Learn to Ride/Drive Programs


What are the Learn to Ride / Drive Programs?

The Equestrian Canada (EC) Learn to Ride Programs are aimed at individuals who wish to become well-rounded horse people, who are able to care for and ride their horses in a correct and safe manner and wish to be recognized for doing so at a national level.

The program is available for both English & Western riding disciplines, as well as Driving; providing a systematic approach for introducing new riders/drivers to equestrian sport.

Organized into levels (English Learn to Ride Levels 1-10, Western Learn to Ride Levels 1-4, and the Western Intermediate Rider Levels) the Learn to Ride/Drive Programs develop practical hands on stable management and riding skills along with the knowledge that will help ensure riding is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Experience and skills developed during lessons are supported by further learning material found in the rider manuals that accompany each level in the program. Proper riding technique is best developed with the aid of an EC certified instructor/coach. As such, the program has been designed to be delivered by an EC certified instructor/coach. These instructors/coaches are provided with materials, guidelines and specific training to support their delivery of the Learn to Ride/Drive programs.

Accompanying each level of the programs are rider tests that are composed of a written theoretical component, a hands on practical stable management component, and a riding component, all designed to test the rider on their knowledge learned at each specific level. Successful candidates will receive nationally accredited certificates and rider level badges.

Join today! Feel good about participating in a program that is for everybody and accomplishes the following:

  • Tracking your progress successfully;
  • Working towards a national standard;
  • Learning to ride safely and correctly;
  • Developing a range of skills and knowledge;
  • Recognizing and celebrating your achievements.

Please inquire directly, for more information on the “Learn to Drive” program at this time.

How to Take Part in the Learn to Ride / Drive Programs

  1. Purchase an AEF membership;AEF-Family-Membership-Edit
  2. Purchase the Learn to Ride English Manual(s)/Learn to Ride Western Manual(s)/Learn to Drive Manual as well as the Stable Management in Canada handbook. Manuals can be purchased at the AEF Online Store;
  3. Contact a current & certified EC instructor/coach to begin lessons/training/preparations for the tests. Access the Instructor/Coach Directory to do so;
  4. When your instructor/coach feels you are ready, a testing date can be chosen. If your instructor/coach is “trained” to deliver testing they may retrieve the required applications to apply to the AEF office for a testing date. If your instructor/coach is not “trained” to deliver testing you may wish to contact an outside instructor/coach who is “trained” to do so, to come and administer the tests. Applications still need to be submitted in this case. Note: Certain levels of instructors/coaches are only able to test specific levels. Please reference the materials provided below to ensure you are selecting the correct level of instructor/coach;
  5. Applications/Forms/Payment are sent minimum of two weeks prior to testing date to the AEF office by the examiner/organizer for approval. Once approved candidates and their examiners may proceed with the testing phase.
  6. The completed test results are then submitted to the AEF office by the testing instructor/coach;
  7. Your certificate and badge will be mailed to you;
  8. You then begin to work on the next Rider level.

The EC Learn to Ride Programs are self-paced and student/coach led. You do not need to register for the program. Set up of the date, time and location of exams is done by the instructor/coach & student.

The cost of this program may vary depending on the instructor/coach doing the testing. While the AEF does not regulate the fee that an instructor/coach is entitled to charge for their time, it is recommended that this fee does not exceed the cost of a regular lesson fee. In addition to this, a processing fee is charged by the AEF for production of rider level certificates/badges. This fee is $25 (GST included) per certificate.

For more information view our “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Learn to Ride Programs.

English Learn to Ride Program Documents

 View  English Learn to Ride Levels 1-10 Overview
View  English Rider 1-8 Study Guide
View  English Rider 1 – 10 Rubrics
View  English Rider 9 / 10 Handbook
View  English Rider Manual – Addendum 1 / 2 (manuals prior to 2013)
View  English Rider Manual – Addendum 3/ 4 / 5 (manuals prior to 2013)
View  English Rider Manual – Addendum 6/ 7/ 8 (manuals prior to 2013)
View  English Rider Level Program Equivalencies/Exemptions/Challenging Levels/Instructor & Coach Prerequisites Explained
View  Pony Club Equivalency Application Form
View  Physical Exemption Application Form
View  Whom May Evaluate the English learn to Ride Program Levels – Instructor/Coach Requirements
View  Sonja Burton $500 English Rider Bursary

Western Learn to Ride Program Documents

View  Western Learn to Rider Level 1-4 Overview
View  Western Intermediate Rider Level Overview
View  Western Rider Rubrics 1-4 & Intermediate Rider Program Rubrics
View  Western Intermediate Rider Level Basic Training Addendum
View  Western Rider Level Exemptions/Challenging/ Instructor & Coach Prerequisites Explaine
View  Physical Exemption Application Form
View  Whom May Evaluate the Western Learn to Ride Program Levels – Instructor/Coach Requirements
View  Charlene Baker $500 Western Rider Bursary

Learn to Drive Program Documents

View  Learn to Drive Program Rubrics

For EC Certified Instructors/Coaches

View  Application to Host Rider Testing – 1 per testing phase required overall
View  Candidate Application Form – 1 per rider required
 NOTE: Above applications must be submitted to the AEF office a minimum of two weeks in advance to the desired testing date
View  Pump Up Your Levels Instructor/Coach & Stable/Facility Incentive Funding