Trainer C Certification Program - Riding - competitive:

The Trainer C course is to prepare and test that an applicant has a thorough understanding of basic equestrian sport activities as well as knowing the framework that will lead riders and horses to excel in equestrian performance sports.


Basic requirements of an applicant:

Note: 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.

If you want to attend a course, but have no competitive experience you will have to do the trainer C - non-competitive course. Please ask for details.


Contents of the course:

  1. Practical riding:
    • Dressage (first or novice level)
    • Jumping (3'3'' or 1 meter)
    • Cross country (elementary/novice level)
  2. Teaching
    • Dressage (first or novice level)
    • Jumping (3'3'' or 1 meter)
  3. Riding theory:
    • In accordance with the FN's Principles of Riding and Longing
  4. Sport education:
    • Basics of movement
    • Basic structure of a riding lesson
    • Recreational sport for riders
  5. General understanding of
    • Working with teens and young adults
    • Personal and social communication skills
    • Responsibilities of instructors
    • Professional competence
    • Teaching methods
  6. General knowledge of Equestrian sport:
    • Stable management, feeding, and veterinary care
      1. Safety and care of horses according to the FN's Horse    Management book (out of print - must buy used - Amazon    usually has it)
    • Ethics and animal rights in equestrian sport
    • Basic knowledge in:
      1. Organization of the German equestrian sport
      2. General first aid


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Testing - participants will be examined in the following areas:

  1. Practical riding (3 grades)
    • Dressage riding - in a snaffle bridle - demonstrating US first level or British    prelim level dressage dressage (1st grade)
    • Jumping - riding the horse in a balanced jumping seat and the ability to    jump 3'3'' / 1 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)
    • The basic understanding of sports education and psychology, different    teaching methods and didactics of the lesson (1 grade - earned in an    oral exam)
    • Practical teaching of an assigned topic (1 grade for knowledge of topic)    and (1 grade for practical application)
  3. Riding theory * (2 grades) - 1 written and 1 oral:
    • Basic training of the horse and rider
    • The training scale of the horse and of the rider
  4. General knowledge of Equestrian sport:
    • Stable management and veterinary care** (1 grade - oral exam)
      1. Equine safety - in the barn, in the riding hall, and outdoors
      2. Knowledge of animal protection laws
      3. Basic knowledge of stable management and feeding (FN's book)
      4. immediate first aid for injuries and illnesses
      5. application of simple bandaging techniques
    • Organization: sport, environment and safety (1 grade, oral or written)
      1. Basic understanding of the riding club structure, the responsibility      of membership and the responsibility of the riding clubs
      2. The value of integrating the sport into the environment
      3. Ethics in equestrian sport

* 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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Additional Information

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.


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


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Dates of the next program

Trainer Program: September 8 - 25, 2014


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.


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Application process - Information needed to apply


The price of the trainer course is 1.250 €

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

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