Progression through equi-ability


Awards in equi-ability are denoted by horse colours. The Grey Award is where all new partnerships begin. 

There are three levels within each Award. The levels within the Grey Award are Light Grey, Dapple Grey and Steel Grey in that order. When you become a member you can see on our Members page,  a digital version of the entire Grey handbook. This gives you all of the information that you need to complete all three Grey levels and obtain your Grey Award.

There are three phases in equi-ability and to pass a level an Individual Member needs to complete the Agility phase plus their choice of the Mounted or In Hand Expression.


Each of your entries must be filmed and sent to us for marking. When you have reached the expected quality in both phases you will receive a certificate for that level, and will be eligible to enter at the next graded level. When you have attained the three levels in that Award you will receive a sash for that colour.

If you only wish to progress through one of the phases you can, but that level will only be attained once two phases are completed. For example you may want to focus on In Hand Expression only.












Phase Overview


equi-ability Mounted Expression

The Mounted Expression Phase is about how well you and your equine partner work in harmony with each other, focusing on your rider connection. We are looking for the horse to be relaxed and working with the rider, demonstrating a mutual understanding of what is being communicated.

equi-ability do not insist on a set plan, but we give you criteria that must be seen in your entry. You can plan your own pattern and choose where to show the criteria, so you are able to ride in the best way for you and your horse’s partnership. equi-ability do provide one suggested plan at each level if you would like some support, or if you are unsure about how to create your own (or if you just want some ideas!).

equi-ability In Hand Expression


This phase is the non-ridden alternative to Mounted Expression and the same process applies. As for Mounted Expression, you are free to plan your own pattern to include the set criteria. In Hand Expression is looking for how well you work in harmony with your equine partner, focusing on your connection and communication.

equi-ability Agility

Agility is about introducing various obstacles to the equine and human partnership. These could be things to walk over, under, through or past, and some levels might also include specific tasks to undertake. Each obstacle or task is assigned a star rating for its difficulty, and equi-ability set criteria for your course with a certain number of obstacles at each star-rating. Each month equi-ability will ask for one "must-see" obstacle which would need to be included in your course. From this, you can design the layout that works best for you and your partner. Each course will have up to ten obstacles, laid out in an enclosed area. When you submit your entry, each obstacle is scored based on how the handler shows leadership to the horse (10 points) and for the horse’s confidence and ability (10 points).

Click here to see a diagram of Level and Award Progression

Click here to see examples of the criteria set for Light Grey