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At the beginning of 2011 I was chomping at the bit The coaching system is the United States is, to start teaching, and I knew the best way to do this amazingly, a very new concept and still in early stages was to attain my Level 1 Coaching qualifications. After of development. My experience with the Trainer asking Colleen for her advice, I approached Chrissie Certification Programme in the USA began in 2009 Johnson about coming to stay with her at Johnson with the announcement that the United States Hunter Equestrian and working for her in return for training for Jumper Association (USHJA) would begin a voluntary my level 1 coaching certificate. I was very excited at accreditation scheme for coaches/trainers to preserve the opportunity to learn from an experienced coach with the American Hunter/Jumper forward riding system. To an organised and methodical approach to teaching, and gain your Trainer’s certification I was required to attend also this way allowed me to progress quickly and put my a Trainer’s symposium in the 12 months preceding learned skills from one section of the course immediately application, submit a resume including references from into the next. other professional trainers, and then sit an online exam. I believe these requirements are more structured now, but The NCAS system is a tried and tested one, and I believe there is still only one level (certified trainer) and other the standards maintained by the required testing and levels are in development. The programme is endorsed by peer reviewed material ensures that the qualified coaches George Morris and other well-respected professionals who emerge have a consistent view on the education of riders in Australia, which will ultimately ensure a strong The coaching scene in the US left a lot to be desired for foundation of horsemanship and riding skills in both new students and trainers/coaches alike, as students did riders and those who are furthering their knowledge. not have a recognised body that could point them in the Having this accreditation scheme in Australia enables direction of reputable and sufficiently educated trainers, riders to rest assured that their coaches have a certain and trainers did not have a recognised certification level of knowledge and expertise, and the classification and backing from a relevant body that could vouch for of levels and discipline enable them to further engage the them. This is now in development and continuing to talents of specifically trained and educated coaches to gain strength, but is not compulsory and there are still help them achieve their goals. many trainers who can advertise themselves as such but really have no qualifications or confirmed knowledge for would-be students to rely upon. 86


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