Riding Instructor Certification

If you wish to teach people to ride a horse you should keep in mind that most states require riding instructors to be certified, or licensed riding instructors. When it comes to providing riding lessons to the general public certain states are stricter than others regarding licensure, for example, in Massachusetts all riding instructors for hire must be licensed. The Massachusetts license is good for one year and must be renewed annually in March. An aspiring instructor must complete an apprenticeship under a Massachusetts licensed riding instructor who is also licensed under an apprenticeship program. The duration of such an apprenticeship is 6 months, and during this time, the apprentice must provide a minimum of 60 hours teaching mounted students under the direct supervision of the mentor. All hours must be meticulously logged. Upon completion the candidate can take the Riding Instructor’s Exam currently offered twice a year, May and August, in Amherst at UMass, or in Randolph, MA.  All instruction to mounted students must occur at a licensed stable. An alternative option is an equivalent certification from another governing body. Complete information is here: Massachusetts Riding Instructor Apprentice Information

The Certified Horsemanship Association

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) seated in Lexington, KY has provided riding instructor certification clinics for riding instructors, barn managers and trail guides for decades and certified over 30,000 riding instructors. They are known to be “one of the outstanding organizations in the horse industry!” Their programs range from standard riding instructor certification classes, to riding instructors for people with disabilities, driving instructors, trail guides and more.  They also hold the CHA Riding Instructor Challenge competition. 

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