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Horsemanship Clinics

ALL LEVELS
RIDER LEVEL WRITTEN TEST NIGHT Wednesday, March 29 6-9pm- for anyone needing to write their written tests.
Please contact: gillian.rosserasmi@gmail.com for prices and to register.

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Rider 1 and 2
Rider 3 and 4
Rider Level 5
Rider Level 6
Rider Level 8
Instructor Preparation

Rider 1 and 2

English Rider Preparation Clinic Series For Rider 1 and 2

Event Timing: 4 Sessions, Starting Friday Feb. 3 to March 3.
Event Address: MJM Equestrian, Touch of Class Office/warm room, 
Contact Gillian at: Cell: 905-807-1078 or Gillian.rosserasmi@gmail.com

Gillian Ross Erasmi of Smart Horse Equine Services has been coaching for over 30 years in both English and Western and has been actively involved in the National Coaching and Rider Level programs since 1989 as a coach, rider examiner and Instructor/coach mentor.

You will be introduced to the National Rider Program levels 1 and 2. We will cover all that you need to know for the first two rider levels and in the process become better able to care for our horses. There will be a mixture of classroom and practical in the stable area for each session. The final session on March 3 will be the Practice Evaluation and will include riding and in the stable area.

Expectations for Rider Level 1

Approach and halter horse, lead horse out of stall, lead back to stall, remove halter and exit.

If cross ties are used, safety an important factor.

Applicant to be observed for safety leading the horse out to the riding ring, ability to halt the horse, handling of reins.

Riders must enter the stall, approach the horse/pony safely and put the halter on. Riders are to lead the pony or horse out of the stall properly, turn it correctly, take the horse/pony back into the stall and remove the halter. A lead line with or without chain should be attached correctly and the rider must not lead the horse without a lead attached.

Tack up the horse (with assistance)

Riders should attempt to tack up. Evaluators may assist but must be directed by the student.

Describe the color of the candidate’s own horse

How and what to feed as a treat

Riders must demonstrate how to feed a treat and what types of foods are best to offer as treats. Riders may feed the treat by hand or use the feed tub (Rules may differ as per stable policy).

Carry tack to tack room area, put up bridle in figure 8. Discuss cleaning the bit.

Riders must put the bridle up in a figure of eight arrangement. Riders need not polish the bit but be aware that the bit should be rinsed to rid it of any dirt that may harden and become uncomfortable for the horse the next time it is used.

Mount and Dismount:

Mount in the correct, safe manner

Dismount, run up stirrups, reins overhead, lead in hand.

Tack Adjustments:

Pre-Mounting: Adjust stirrups from ground, tighten girth, and put reins overhead.

While mounted, adjust girth, stirrups); while reins are held correctly. Assistance allowed with adjustments at this level

Position:

At walk and rising trot.

Riders at Level 1 should not be balancing on the horse’s mouth. Hands should be independent at walk. The use of a neck strap in the absence of a standing martingale (neck strap) is allowed to be used periodically at the trot.

Contact is applied to stop, turn and slow down, reins are then returned to an inactive state.

Drop and retake stirrups at walk

Upper body should remain still, practicing independent use of legs.

Transitions, Diagonals:

Change rising diagonal when asked.

Transitions.

Riders at Level 1 should be able to change their diagonals when asked but may not necessarily know if they are rising on the correct diagonal.

Transitions: halt /walk, walk /halt, walk/trot: trot/walk

Figures:

Turn down centerline at walk.

Across the school in walk.

Long diagonal in rising trot.

Identify direction of travel (i.e. left rein, right rein).

Look for awareness and use of arena figures.

General Impression:

Overall authority, safety and confidence, rider conduct, ability to maintain safe riding distance in ride formation.

Expectations for Rider Level 2

Identify and describe face and body markings on own horse or a horse selected by evaluator.

Demonstrate the technique of using the dandy brush, body brush and safely using the hoof pick.

Tie a quick release knot. There are slightly different methods that are all acceptable.

Tack up (unassisted).

Describe how to position the saddle and saddle pad on the horse and where the girth should lay on the horse.

Riders should recognize how to place saddles, pads and girths correctly on the horse.

Mount and Dismount:

Mount in the correct, safe manner (from ground or block).

Dismount, run up stirrups, reins overhead, lead in hand.

Tack and Adjustments:

Show knowledge of adjusting girth and stirrups (unassisted).

Hold and use of whip correctly.

Position:

Position (basic seat) at all paces.

Walk with and without stirrups.

Drop and regain stirrups at trot.

Focus is on stability of position and confidence. Without stirrups at walk – make sure the leg position does not change (i.e. knee pinching, leg raised or drop toe); upper body stays on vertical. Whip, if used, should be held with hand centered on handgrip, and whip should rest on thigh. If not used, candidate should be able to demonstrate.

Maintain upper body when dropping stirrups

Transitions:

Transitions (progressive) at all paces, except canter.

Canter brief distance showing basic knowledge of aids.

Knowledge of canter lead not required at this level. However riders should be able to recognize leads by observing another horse. The goal is to see that the canter can be achieved if only briefly. Riders

Halt, recognize that their horse is in a balanced and immobile

Halt. should have knowledge of how to prepare for the transition but a prompt accurate transition is unlikely at this stage.

Figures:

Circles in trot (20M minimum.

Turn across ring away from ride, rider independence.

Circles should be of correct size (i.e. Go to tangent points) not necessarily bent, or rhythmic.

At this level riders should be beginning to demonstrate the ability to ride independently.

Jumping Position:

Demonstrate jumping position (half seat) at trot.

Correct use of rising diagonals.

Trot course of poles to demonstrate ability to control direction, approach and ride to the end of the lines and use corners. They should be able to focus on direction, and use of eyes to plan where to turn for next fence.

Jumping Control and Straightness:

Trot a simple course of poles, rising trot.

Show evidence of control and straightness over course.

Course should be “simple” with 2 changes of direction and nothing related. For example a single pole at B, diagonal, diagonal and a single pole at E. The candidate is to execute the course in rising trot with correct use of diagonals.

The standards should be left at the ends of the poles to encourage horse and rider to go through the standards and over the middle of the poles.

General Impression:

Overall authority, safety and confidence, rider conduct, ability to maintain safe riding distance in ride formation.

Rider 3 and 4

English Rider Preparation Clinic Series For Rider 3 and 4

Horsemanship - SESSION 1, Friday, March 24, 2017 7-9pm
Horsemanship - SESSION 2, Friday, March 31, 2017 6:30-9pm
Horsemanship - SESSION 3, Friday April 7, 2017 6:30-9pm
Horsemanship - SESSION 4, Sunday, April 9, 2017 9-11:30am
FLAT & FENCES MOUNTED TESTING PREP. CLINIC Monday, April 17 (Easter Monday)- 9am-1pm and 1:30pm-5pm, 2017
REVIEW & WRITTEN TESTS, Friday, April 21, 6:30-9pm, 2017
RIDING AND STABLE MANAGEMENT ASSESMENT- Sunday, April 30 9am-5pm
Please contact:
Cell: 905-807-1078 or gillian.rosserasmi@gmail.com for prices and to register

Rider Level 3 Expectations

  • Take apart and put together snaffle bridle, “put up” figure 8.

  • Put on and remove a stable sheet Identify three types of blankets and one reason to use each.

  • Riders must put on a blanket, with leg straps and belly surcingle’s, and remove the blanket. Candidates should be able to identify three different types of blankets, sheets or coolers in the stable and give examples of when used.

  • Safely tie up a hay net.

  • Riders must safely tie up a hay net with attention to the height and the type of quick release knot used.

  • General Impression: Presentation of candidate, overall confidence and awareness of safety.

  • Mount and Dismount:

  • Mount correctly (from ground or mounting block) Adjust stirrups and girth correctly, dismount correctly and cool out.

  • Tack:

  • Identify own mount’s equipment.

  • Must identify with proper name their equipment, including boots. Knowledge about how the equipment functions is not required. Martingales (not German) are allowed.

  • Position:

  • Position at all gaits – evidence of an effective position, balance and development of an independent seat.

  • Riders are expected to know and demonstrate knowledge of correct diagonals at this level.

  • Figures and Movements:

  • Correctly identify lead on their horse.

  • Circles 20M in trot.

  • They should know if they are on the correct or incorrect lead but being on the wrong lead is not to be penalized at this level. Candidate should now understand how big a 20m circle is and the circle should be round, starting and ending in the same place. The horse might not maintain bend or straightness throughout the whole circle.

  • Effectiveness:

  • Quality of progressive transitions.

  • Riders should ask for the transition at the letter and not before, but the transition may take a few steps to complete. They should “prepare” their horse for the transition by asking for it slightly before the letter as the transition may take a few steps to complete. If successful, the horse should make the transition on or close to the letter.

  • Flat Test:

  • Accuracy and control, commitment to arena letters.

  • General Impression:

  • Overall authority, safety and confidence, rider conduct.

  • Position:

  • Gymnastics

  • Course

  • Mane release

  • At the trot riders should demonstrate and maintain the jumping position on the approach, over the fence and upon landing over the cross rail.

  • Riders should demonstrate medium mane release.

  • Control and Straightness:

  • Gymnastics

  • Course

  • Simple gymnastic – trotting poles to an X;

  • Demonstrate control of trot and straightness of approach and departure. Horse should land at canter and be brought back to trot before reaching the end of the ring. Riders should sit in the saddle to do this. Maintain balanced forward seat position. If rising trot is done through turns, rider is to be on the correct rising diagonal.

  • Trot a course of cross rails and regain trot before a turn; focus on the path of the course and the ability of the rider to bring the horse back to trot before the turn to prepare for the next trot approach.

Rider Level 4 Expectations

  • Show how to measure a horse.

  • Use measuring stick

  • Apply a Stable Bandage to a front and a back leg.

  • The bandage should go from just below the knee and either wrap to support under the fetlock or a stove pipe wrap maybe used. If bandaging below the fetlock there should be an inverted V centered on the bottom of the front of the fetlock. Masking tape should be used over the Velcro and the tension of the tape should not be greater than the tension of the bandage. Riders must be able to discuss the fit of the materials and the materials should be clean and in good repair. The bandage must end at the top of the leg and the Velcro should be on the outside of the leg.

  • Demonstrate how to take temperature and pulse (heart rate and know the normal value).

  • Demonstrate restraining a horse with the use of lead shank (with chain).

  • Mount and Dismount:

  • Mount correctly (from ground or mounting block) Adjust stirrups and girth correctly, dismount correctly and cool out.

  • Demonstrate jogging a horse in hand as per a veterinarian`s assessment i.e. lameness.

  • Evaluator may assist the horse to trot.

  • Position:

  • Walk, trot and canter in full seat.

  • Drop and regain stirrups at the trot during warm-up, position at

  • All trots will be rising unless specified otherwise.

  • Focus on maintaining position; Focus on a balanced seat and riding with the movement of the horse, not grabbing/pinching with knee, tipping body or dropping toe.

  • Trot rising and sitting (no stirrups) done in a group ride/warm-up.

  • At this level riders should demonstrate the ability to sit quietly and use aids independently.

  • Figures:

  • Circles: 15M in trot.

  • Circles: 20M in canter.

  • 15m circle at trot; the focus is centered around roughly knowing the size – and demonstrating knowledge of bend 20m circle at canter; maintain the canter and reach the tangents.

  • Effectiveness:

  • Correct use and effectiveness of independent aids at all paces.

  • Transitions.

  • Focus should be independent use of aids. Reflective of the relaxed, balanced seat of the rider.

  • Flat Test:

  • Accuracy and control.

  • Commitment to arena letters.

  • Position:

  • Gymnastics.

  • Course.

  • Release: demonstrate short, medium and long mane release.

  • Rider should demonstrate a short, medium and a long mane release. If the rider is doing a more advanced release, then this is acceptable if it is done correctly.

  • Effectiveness (control and straightness):

  • Gymnastics.

  • Jump Elements.

  • Canter a single Fence.

  • Control on approach and landing.

  • Focus on ability to ride straight and maintain steady rhythm to a single fence at canter.

  • Requirement:

  • Gymnastic – trot into line, counting correctly to second element.

  • Gymnastic: cross rail, 15-18’ (4.60 m-5.50 m) to a 2’ (61cm) vertical. Trot approach to cross rail, then one canter stride to vertical. Maintain jumping position to the cross rail and upon landing. Gymnastic should be set up progressively i.e. starting with the poles.

  • Trot into the cross rail, canter to the second fence, count strides correctly.

  • General Impression:

  • Overall confidence, safety, control; rider conduct.

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Rider Level 5

English Rider Preparation Clinic Series For Rider 5

Horsemanship SESSION- Sunday May 7, 2017 - 9am-12:30pm
LUNGING SESSIONS- Monday May 15, 2017 - 7:30-9pm
LUNGING SESSIONS- Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30-8pm
JUMPING THEORY AND COURSE SET UP- Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6-9pm
MOUNTED JUMPING ASSESSMENT PREP - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9am-12 noon
MOUNTED FLAT TEST ASSESSMENT PREP- Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9am-1pm
SESSION 2 – June dates TO BE DETERMINED         
SESSION 3 – June dates TO BE DETERMINED         
REVIEW AND WRITTEN TEST- June dates TO BE DETERMINED
Please contact: gillian.rosserasmi@gmail.com for prices and to register

Rider Level 5 Expectations

Apply front and back shipping bandage.

Riders will need to put on two shipping bandages – one on a front leg and one on a hind leg. They should apply the bandages with even tension, covering from just below the knee down the leg and covering the bulbs of the heels. Knowledge of the proper length of cotton and bandage as well as the bulk of the cotton is needed. The tension should be neither too tight nor too loose. All bandaging materials should be clean and in good repair. The Velcro should end on the outside of the leg near the top of the bandage. If tape is used the tension must not be greater than the tension of the bandage.

Position:

Walk, trot and canter in full seat.

Drop and regain stirrups at canter during warm up as directed by evaluator.

Riders will be tested one at a time dropping and regaining stirrups at canter.

Warm up:

Efficient use of time allotment.

Arena safety.

Effectiveness of warm up.

Figures (accuracy and shape) and Movements (evenness, smoothness of pace and evidence of bend:

Circles: 15M in trot

Circles: 15M in canter.

3-loop serpentine at trot.

Lead change through trot on straight line.

Riders should now begin to demonstrate bend and evenness of gait on circles.

Serpentine should show correct shape, ½ circles connected by 2 or 3 steps of straightness. Attempting a change of bend is good; however, the horse may lose some rhythm, balance or forwardness through the change of bend.

Half turn on forehand.

The lead change through trot is ridden on a diagonal with emphasis on following the path of the straight line. The transition may be slightly inaccurate or unbalanced at this level.

Half turn on forehand is the beginning exercise to teach the horse to move away from the rider’s leg, while also maintaining the intent or desire to move forward. It also teaches the rider better co-ordination of their aids.

Effectiveness:

Correct use and effectiveness of independent aids at all paces.

Progressive transitions –general quality.

Non-progressive transitions: walk-canter, halt-trot.

All progressive transitions should be accurate and smooth.

Non-progressive transitions (walk to canter or halt to trot) are introduced.

Flat Test:

Overall ability to produce a confident, accurate ride appropriate to the level.

Position:

Gymnastics.

Course.

Use of appropriate release.

Gymnastic should be set up progressively i.e. starting with the poles.

Gymnastics should be trot into cross rail, 18’ (5.50 m) to vertical then 21’ (6.40 m) to 2’ – 2’3” oxer.

Evaluators should see ability of the candidate to maintain the half seat and showing instinctive use of various crest releases.

Effectiveness (control and presentation):

Gymnastics.

Course.

Requirement:

Canter the related line of fences and be able to identify if they were long or tight and how to react after the first fence to arrive more accurately at the second fence.

Riders should know that their pace on approach will affect the inside distance in the line and be able to tell evaluator if they were long or tight (deep) to the second fence in the line

Rider Level 6

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Flat test preparation clinic with Jill Stedman
This clinic is to assist those preparing for their Rider 6 evaluation. Jill will guide each group through their warm up with constructive feedback. Each rider will ride the level 6 flat test then will have constructive feedback on improvements. Then the group will review and debrief together.
Group 1 (Max 4 riders)
9:30am -11:00am
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms
Flat test can be found at: https://www.google.ca
Please have practiced your test prior to the clinic and have it memorized (though readers will be available).

Auditing $15.00 per person (limited spots available)

Clinician Bio: Jill Stedman is a dressage coach in Ontario, Canada. Jill was trained through lessons and clinics with Mark Williams, Lee Tubman, Cindy Ishoy, and Gillian Sutherland before she began training with her current coaches, Belinda Trussell, in 1995 and Jean Paul Paré in 2011. Under Belinda's tutelage, and with the use of former FEI-level mount Bastiaan, Jill successfully achieved her OEF Coach 2 Certification.  Jill has remained active in the OEF coaching program and has been a Course Conductor (Examiner) in Ontario since 2000.

Turn out of horse and rider at this level should be appropriate to the weather, however should be immaculate.

Horse turnout for Rider Level 6 must be as what would be expected for a competition. Horse is to be braided (by the candidate) and must be trimmed (i.e. ears, muzzle, fetlocks and bridle path).

Rider turnout – hunt coat and riding shirt are not required. Shirts however must be well fitted, have collars, sleeves and be tucked neatly into breeches. Riders should wear a belt and the belt should be visible. Breeches and tall boots or jodhpurs with jodhpur boots and knee strap may be worn. Wellfitted half chaps are acceptable. Boots should be polished. Conservative traditional attire is expected.

The clinician will let you know how you are performing with respect to the requirement for the rider 6 flat test. Riders at Level 6 will demonstrate the ability to ride forward from leg to hand. They will be able to ride the horse forward with impulsion while maintaining rhythm, regularity and evenness of pace. The contact demonstrated will not impede the horse’s desire to move forward and is beginning to create a “round” outline, particularly at the trot. Overuse of the hand and lack of leg will be penalized. The evaluator should give consideration to a candidate who is riding a horse as forward as the horse’s ability allows without excessive speed. Specific evaluation components include:

1 Position:

  • Position at all paces in basic seat.

2 Warm up:

  • Efficient use of time allotment.

  • Arena safety.

  • Effectiveness of warm up.

3 Figures (accuracy and shape) and Movements (evenness, smoothness of pace and evidence of bend):

  • Circles: 15M in trot and canter – rhythm and impulsion.

    • Circles should demonstrate consistent bend, and rhythm. The candidate may not maintain consistent stride length and forwardness while on the circle but should do so on the long sides. Care should be taken to avoid a marked increase in the speed of the horse after riding the circle and returning to the straight line.

  • 3-loop serpentine wall-to-wall in trot bend, shaping of loops, forwardness of pace.

    • Serpentine, at this level, should now demonstrate correct shape and definite changes of bend. Horse should be working forward through the serpentine. The rider should be able to recognize if some impulsion has been lost throughout the movement and discuss with evaluator if required.

  • Simple change on long diagonal – accuracy and smoothness.

  • Non-progressive transitions.

4 Effectiveness:

  • Consistency of rhythm and impulsion in allpaces and movements.

  • Ability to ride leg to hand and maintain contact.

5 Flat Test:

  • Overall ability to produce a confident, well executed accurate ride appropriate to the level.

6 General Impression:

  • Applicant turnout and horse presentation.

  • Correct mounting, dismounting and handling of the horse.

English Rider Preparation Clinic Series For Rider 6

Dates to be determined in July and August. Evaluation tentatively planned for fall 2016.

Expectations for Rider Level 6

  • Lunging:

  • Presentation of handler and horse tacked with proper fitting saddle, bridle and boots. Identify equipment and their purpose correctly.

  • Horse to wear saddle and bridle, protective boots and/or bandages, halter over the bridle is acceptable.

  • Handler`s use of lunge line and whip including when reversing horse.

  • Evaluators should look for safe handling of lunge line and whip, use of body language, control and confidence.

  • Understanding fit and use of side reins.

  • A suitably trained horse should be used. Horse to be presented with boots and bandages on all four legs, overreach boots, bridle, saddle and side reins. A lunging caveson, halter over bridle or Barnhum method is acceptable.

  • Knowledge of fit and use of side reins.

  • Safety and technique: control of circle size, use of body language, voice and confidence.

  • Ability to keep horse active and moving forward, lunging on a circle that does not get too small or handler wanders. Effective use of voice commands and tone of voice. Safe technique.

  • Understanding of free forward movement and ability to recognize horse behind the bit or over bent.

  • Understanding need to change direction but not necessarily demonstrate.

  • Technique, use of body language and confidence while lunging walk, trot in both directions.

  • The purpose is to introduce lunging early. Riders should lunge for 5-10 minutes only! Evaluators note that candidates can share a lunge horse if needed.

  • Apply Polo Bandage and discuss

  • Demonstrate fitting a running and standing martingale as well as breastplate.

  • Riders should demonstrate the proper fit of running martingales, standing martingales and breastplates.

  • Where possible tack should be fitted onto an unfamiliar horse.

  • Demonstrate pulling a mane and discuss various restraint methods

  • Position:

  • Position at all paces in basic seat.

  • Warm up:

  • Efficient use of time allotment.

  • Arena safety.

  • Effectiveness of warm up.

  • Figures (accuracy and shape) and Movements (evenness, smoothness of pace and evidence of bend:

  • Circles: 15M in trot and canter – rhythm and impulsion.

  • 3-loop serpentine wall-to-wall in trot: bend, shaping of loops, forwardness of pace.

  • Simple change on long diagonal – accuracy and smoothness.

  • Non-progressive transitions.

  • Circles should demonstrate consistent bend, and rhythm. The candidate may not maintain consistent stride length and forwardness while on the circle but should do so on the long sides. Care should be taken to avoid a marked increase in the speed of the horse after riding the circle and returning to the straight line. Serpentine, at this level, should now demonstrate correct shape and definite changes of bend. Horse should be working forward through the serpentine.

  • The rider should be able to recognize if some impulsion has been lost throughout the movement and discuss with evaluator if required.

  • Effectiveness:

  • Consistency of rhythm and impulsion in all paces and movements.

  • Ability to ride leg to hand and maintain contact.

  • Flat Test:

  • Overall ability to produce a confident, well executed accurate ride appropriate to the level.

  • Candidates build and set stride of gymnastic line.

  • Gymnastic line: Trot approach to cross rail, 18’ (5.50 m) to 2’3 – 2’6” oxer, 21’ (6.40 m) to 2’3”– 2’6” vertical. Distances may be adjusted to suit the length of the stride of the horses in the test.

  • Position:

  • Gymnastics.

  • Course.

  • (Maintaining correct position, focus on approach and recovery. Contact, release, contact after landing).

  • It is not mandatory that candidates bring animals with full 12’ strides to the exam. Demonstrating correct position, the focus is now on control of approach and recovery. Riders can hold a contact to the fence, release over the fence and regain contact after landing.

  • Effectiveness (rhythm and straightness):

  • Gymnastics.

  • Course.

  • Jump a course of 2’6 jumps. The course should be done at canter including canter approach to the first fence. Rider should be able to recognize leads soon enough to be able to change the lead through trot in the recovery phase and not have it run over into the approach phase for the next fence.

  • Requirement:

  • Awareness of correct lead.

  • Awareness of the importance of riding turns.

  • Riders should be aware of the importance of the shape of the turn and the balance of the horse in the turns.

Presentation of handler and horse tacked with proper fitting tack and equipment.

Rider Level 8

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Flat test preparation clinic with Jill Stedman
Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/b7FeceWgeQYzvJQ93
This clinic is to assist those preparing for their Rider 6 evaluation. Jill will guide each group through their warm up with constructive feedback. Each rider will ride the level 6 flat test then will have constructive feedback on improvements. Then the group will review and debrief together.

Flat test can be found at: https://www.google.ca
Please have practiced your test prior to the clinic and have it memorized (though readers will be available).

Group 2 (Max 4 riders)
11:50am -1:30pm
Riders $60 per person
Auditing $15.00 per person (limited spots available)

Clinician Bio: Jill Stedman is a dressage coach in Ontario, Canada. Jill was trained through lessons and clinics with Mark Williams, Lee Tubman, Cindy Ishoy, and Gillian Sutherland before she began training with her current coaches, Belinda Trussell, in 1995 and Jean Paul Paré in 2011. Under Belinda's tutelage, and with the use of former FEI-level mount Bastiaan, Jill successfully achieved her OEF Coach 2 Certification.  Jill has remained active in the OEF coaching program and has been a Course Conductor (Examiner) in Ontario since 2000.

Turn out of horse and rider at this level should be appropriate to the weather, however should be immaculate.

Horse turnout for Rider Level 8 must be as what would be expected for a competition. Horse is to be braided (by the candidate) and must be trimmed (i.e. ears, muzzle, fetlocks and bridle path).

Rider turnout – hunt coat and riding shirt are not required. Shirts however must be well fitted, have collars, sleeves and be tucked neatly into breeches. Riders should wear a belt and the belt should be visible. Breeches and tall boots or jodhpurs with jodhpur boots and knee strap may be worn. Wellfitted half chaps are acceptable. Boots should be polished. Conservative traditional attire is expected.

Riders at Level 8 are competent with sound English equitation skills and are able to recognize “true” quality of movement. Riders are beginning to ride the horse with impulsion and engagement. They have the ability to achieve consistent bend and straightness as required and can demonstrate the ability to control the outside shoulder. They can demonstrate the achievement of bend by the correct use of the inside leg and outside rein. The horses should be consistently “round” at all paces. They are able to identify basic training problems and offer options for their correction.

English Rider Preparation Clinic Series For Rider 8

Dates to be determined in July and August. Evaluation tentatively planned for fall 2016.

Instructor Preparation

INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE/ MENTOR – GOAL SETTING MEETING Monday March 20, 2016 6-9pm
Event Address: MJM Equestrian, Touch of Class Office/warm room, 
Contact Gillian at: Cell: 905-807-1078 or
Gillian.rosserasmi@gmail.com
For those interested in becoming instructors please carefully review the requirements at: http://horse.on.ca/coaches/how-do-i-become-certified/a-guide-to-coach-certification/

The following events are upcoming and run by the Ontario Equestrian Federation
OEF Spring Training – NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Workshop- Mar 18 @ 9:00 am - Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm Sign up at: http://horse.on.ca/event/nccpec-equestrian-theory-workshop-15/
English Instructor of Beginners Evaluation Day Preparation Clinic- Apr 9 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm- Sign up at: http://horse.on.ca/event/english-instructor-of-beginners-evaluation-day-preparation-clinic/
English Instructor of Beginners Evaluation- Apr 29- Sign up at: http://horse.on.ca/event/english-instructor-of-beginners-evaluation/
English Instructor of Beginner Evaluation Day Preparation Clinic- Jun 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sign up at: http://horse.on.ca/event/english-instructor-of-beginner-evaluation-day-preparation-clinic/
English Instructor of Beginner Evaluation- Jun 30 @ http://horse.on.ca/event/english-instructor-of-beginner-evaluation-5/

NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Workshop Aug 12 @ 9:00 am - Aug 13 @ 5:00 pm- http://horse.on.ca/event/nccpec-equestrian-theory-workshop-11/