Category two – Horses and Driving

Cars Qualification

Proof of successful competition experience, RIAC/FAI licenses or Advanced Stunt Driving Course

Motorcycle Qualification

Proof of successful competition experience and MRCI licenses

Horse Qualification Stunt Test

The examiner shall be a qualified member of the Stunt Guild Ireland who is approved by the Stunt Council to undertake such examinations. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of the examination

  1. The applicant will be required to tack up a horse efficiently with an understanding of the safety and comfort of the tack for the horse and rider. Bits may include snaffles and pelham’s where a curb chain is included. The applicant will be required to lead in hand with consideration for the safety of the horse, self and other people in the vicinity.
  2. The applicant will be required to mount and dismount with agility and sensitivity for the horse and show his/her ability to ride two horses in walk, trot (rising and sitting) and canter – including correct canter leads and changing the canter lead. Transitions from pace including walk to canter and canter to walk should be shown. Circles of varying sizes should be shown in three paces of a suitable size for the horse being ridden to be executed with balance and rhythm. Accuracy of transitions at set marks should be shown. A few steps of rein-back will be required. The applicant may be requested to ride in pairs, threes and four abreast.
  3. The applicant will be required to jump a short course of fences not exceeding 0.76m (2Ft 6In)
  4. The applicant will be required to vault on and ride bareback in all three paces and over fences not exceeding 0.76m (2Ft 6In).
  5. The applicant will be required to ride in all three paces holding lance or sword or shield showing good overall control of the horse. Riding as a team abreast and pulling up at set marks may be required. Where the applicant is below the required standard, the examiner may stop the applicant at any time in the interest of safety of the horse and rider. Completing the test does not necessarily indicate a pass has been achieved.


  • To pass, an applicant must show a correct basic position with balance, which is independent of the reins. His/her aids must be correct in order that the horse and rider show harmony in the work.
  • The sections of the test must all be passed on the same day.
  • Two Guild Horse masters must be present (plus helpers) to facilitate the running of the test. Spectators are not permitted.
  • In making an application for the test, an applicant is accepting that the decision of the examiners is final.
  • An applicant failing the test on three occasions may not re-take the test for at least one year from the date of the last test.
  • Riders must provide suitable riding attire for the test with particular attention to hats and footwear. No jewellery should be worn. Whips or spurs will not be allowed.
  • Results of the test will be given along with a written report outlining strengths and weaknesses as soon as possible following the test.