Rider Level Preparation and Testing

Rider level preparation sessions include a 45 minute riding lesson and a 30 minute practical/stable management component.  Students will learn on the ground with the horse at a level appropriate to the level they will be testing for. 

Stable management topics include but are not limited to:


  • horse colours and markings
  • stable safety 
  • grooming
  • horse anatomy
  • body language and behaviour
  • riding theory on the flat and over fences
  • horse feeds and feeding
  • horse health
  • bandaging
  • understanding lamenesses



Practical components include:


Level 1

  • approach, halter and lead a horse safely
  • lead a horse and turn it correctly
  • how to properly handle and store tack
  • what, when and how to feed treats


Level 2:

  • grooming techniques
  • quick release knots
  • tacking up unassisted
  • identifying face and body markings


Level 3:

  • taking apart and reassembling a snaffle bridle
  • put on and remove stable blankets
  • identifying blankets and their use
  • safely tying a hay net


Level 4:

  • how to measure a horse
  • applying stable bandages
  • taking temperature and pulse
  • use of restraint


Level 5:

  • applying shipping bandages
  • introduction to lungeing


Rider Level Testing:
Level 1 & 2                        Level 3,4,5
  $45 + hst                            $60 + hst

The EC developed Learn to Ride Program is for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship skills and practices. The purpose of the program is to produce well-rounded horsemen, who are able to care for and ride their horses in a correct and safe manner.

The program is available for both English and Western. It provides a systematic process to introduce new riders to equestrian sport and presents the basics of good riding. Since proper riding technique is best developed only with the aid of an accredited instructor, the program has been designed to be delivered by an EC certified coach.

As an accredited examiner, Laura is authorized to give evaluations up to and including level 5.

Rider Levels

English Rider Level 1-5 Program

Rider Level 1:
Riders at Level 1 should be in the beginning stages of their Equestrian development.  At rider Level 1, riders acquire the basics of riding and demonstration of good position, knowledge of 'aids' and emphasize safe habits.

Rider Level 2:
Riders at Level 2 will develop their skills and knowledge acquired during Rider Level 1.  At this level the rider will become more independent in both their riding and their stable management skills.

Rider Level 3:
Riders at Level 3 will develop stability, control and will now demonstrate the ability to ride independently.  Riders at Level 3 are now expected to ride an individual flat test and complete a cross-rail jumping course.

Rider Level 4:
At this level, riders are starting to co-ordinate the use of the independent aids i.e. leg being used to support hand contact.  The riders must be able to recognize an incorrect lead within a few steps and correct it without delay.  The riders at this level must demonstrate knowledge of arena rules as required.

Riders are expected to complete a flat test and ride jumps at a height of 2' (0.6m).

Rider Level 5:
Riders at Level 5 should have a solid awareness of a horse and an ability to maintain rhythm and relaxation.  At this level non-progressive transitions are introduced.  Examples of non-progressive transitions include walk to canter and halt to trot. 

Riders at this level will be jumping fences at a height of 2'3" (0.7m) in addition to a flat test.


Rider Level Preparation Classes:
(usually only a few are needed depending on level)
$60 + hst