Centered Riding Certification Clinics
What to expect:
This clinic is open to current instructors who meet the qualifications for becoming a certified Centered Riding Instructor. See, LINK for more information. Bring your open mind, ASTM approved helmet, safe riding shoes, notebook, and a desire to have fun riding! A lunch buffet will be provided each day for riders.
Each day will include a lecture or classroom work, often some handouts, dismounted groundwork or bodywork, riding and observation of other riders. Work each day will build from the information presented in the morning so it is important to be on time and participate each morning to get the most benefit from the afternoon riding. Work also builds from one day to the next. If an emergency causes you miss a portion - we ask that you let us know and an arrangement will be made to get you caught up on what's going on.
The first portion of the clinic will focus on expectations of CR instructors and use of basics in teaching. The second half will require prospective instructors to teach Centered Riding concepts and use to students. Upon successful completion of clinic and membership requirements, instructors may advance to CR Level 1 certification.
This is not a horse training clinic, although many problems in horse training actually originate with rider problems. Horses brought in for the riding portions should be capable of working reliably under saddle at a walk and trot (or similar gait) in a small group of other riders in an enclosed arena. If you have a horse that may not be ready for this, we strongly advise you to use one of our dependable school horses so your attention can be directed to yourself without distraction. Our horses will give you good quality feedback on the changes you are focusing on making in your habits and awareness. This will let you relax and devote your full efforts to the topics as they are presented.
The time schedule is tentative, but we will do our very best to stay on schedule. We will start by 8:30 daily and will try to finish by 4:30. We ask for your help in this effort by being in charge of getting yourself to the facility on time, and moving to the next activity promptly during the day. We have a lot of information on the planned syllabus and would like to get as much covered as we can! Lunch is offered on site as are snacks and drinks during the day. You are also welcome to bring your own, especially if you have dietary restrictions. Dress for safety and comfort. Our arena is covered but not fully enclosed or heated. Classroom and meeting spaces are indoors and climate controlled. Seating during clinic hours is provided.