Trainer A Certification Program - Riding - competitive

Basic requirements of an applicant:

ridingNote: The director of the school has the final decision with respect to an applicant's participation within one of the Trainer Programs as well as within the examination.

In the Trainer A Program an applicant can select to specialize in a discipline. The applicant will then be tested at either forth-level dressage or jumping at 4 feet and the other discipline will be tested at a lower level.

Please ask for details.


Contents of the course:

  1. Practical riding
    • Dressage (second or preliminary level)
    • Jumping (3'9'' or 1,20 meter)
    • Cross country (novice level)
  2. Teaching
    • Dressage (second or preliminary level)
    • Jumping (3'9'' or 1,20 meter)
  3. Riding theory:
    • In accordance with the FN's Principles of Riding, Advanced Techniques,    and Longing
  4. Sport education:
    • More in-depth knowledge of developing athletic movement
    • Planning and Strategy for students
    • Cross training for the rider
  5. Greater understanding of
    • Working with teens and young adults
    • Personal and social communication skills
    • Responsibilities of instructors
    • Professional competence
    • Teaching methods
  6. Greater knowledge of Equestrian sport:
    • Stable management, feeing, and veterinary care
      1. Safety and care of horses, emergency first aid, infectuous     diseases, according to the FN's Horse Management book (out     of print - must buy used - Amazon usually has it)
      2. Confirmation
    • Ethics and animal rights in equestrian sport
    • Basic knowledge in:
      1. Planning
      2. Club structure
      3. Organization of clinics and workshops
    • Business Management Issues
      1. Responsibilities and Insurance
      2. Animal Rights
      3. Laws of Riding Associations


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Testing - participants will be examined in the following areas:

  1. Practical riding (3 grades)
    • Dressage riding - in a snaffle and double bridle - demonstrating second or    novice level dressage (1st grade)
    • Jumping - riding the horse in a balanced jumping seat and the ability to     jump 3'9'' / 1,20 meter course (2nd grade)
    • Cross Country - riding in a balanced jumping seat and demonstrating the    basic training for cross country and basic knowledge for riding the horses    outside (3rd grade)
  2. Teaching (3 grades)
    • Designing training plans, lesson plans, and lesson concepts (1 grade)
    • Practical teaching of (2) lessons along with written lesson plan (1 grade)
    • Theory in education, how one learns and how one instructs (1 grade -    oral/practical exam)
  3. Riding theory * (1 grade) - oral:
    • General training of the horse and rider
    • The training scale of the horse and of the rider
  4. Veterinary Care and Stable Management
    • Stable management and veterinary care** (1 grade - oral exam)
      1. Management; feeding, horse keeping, first-aid, infectious    disease** (1 grade - oral/practical exam)
      2. Judging Conformation (1 grade, oral/practical)

* In the riding theory exam - The participant will be tested on his/her knowledge of the German system and understanding of the: Principles of Riding, Advanced Techniques and Longing books printed by the German National Federation.

** In the stable management - The participant will be tested on his/her knowledge of the Horse Management book printed by the German National Federation


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A typical Daily Schedule for a course

6:30 am  Barn work
7:15 am  Breakfast
8:30 am  Dressage lessons in small groups
12:00  Lunch break
2:00 pm  Jumping lessons in small groups
4:00 pm  Theory or classroom work
6:00 pm  End of day

Each day is individual; this is a general plan of how the day usually runs during weekdays, weekends are planned according to other activities.


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What to bring

** There is a washing machine and dryer available on the premises


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How to prepare for a course


Suggested reading


Dates of the program

Trainer Program: September 8 - 25, 2014


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Trainer Courses

The German trainer courses are one of the elements that make the German System of Riding so successful.

Another important component is also the fact that all the disciplines (dressage, jumping, cross country) of riding are practiced and supported along with riding theory.

Each course is based on a proven systematic program of training, which ensures that all instructors holding the title of Trainer/Instructor have been tested and have a certain level of understanding and experience in the sport of riding.

This level of expertise is consistent throughout Germany due to the fact that the curriculum is defined by one governing body and carried out by only a few certified schools.

Upon completion of each course, candidates in the programs are examined by certified examiners, which guarantees a consistent level of knowledge is being passed on from one generation of riders to the next.

The steps in completing this Instructor Certification program are as follows:

Once a rider has completed the requirement of the medal performance, he/she can begin the instructor certification program. First earning the trainer C, then the B, followed by the A.


Application process - Information needed to apply


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The price of the trainer course is 1.250 €    (testing fees, room and board not included)

For payment of deposit and courses we accept:

Details for International wire transfers to the WRFS
Name on the account:
Westfälische Reit- und Fahrschule e.V.
Bank name: Sparkasse Münsterland Ost
Bank address: Rothenburg 5, 48143 Münster
IBAN: DE29 4005 0150 0000 3467 00

Inside of Germany
Account number: 346 700
Sort Code: 400 501 50