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Equestrian Canada’s (EC) instructor/coach program was developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. EC is one of over 67 sports participating in the NCCP, which represents coaching excellence in Canada. The EC instructor/coach program is the only Canadian equestrian instructor/coach certifying program also recognized internationally (FEI, IGEQ), and by Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

What are the goals and objectives of the EC instructor/coaching programs?

  • To offer an acceptable standard of developing instructing/coaching expertise
  • To provide a structure whereby instructors/coaches can enter and progress as they improve their expertise
  • To ensure the integration of the National Coaching Certification Program into an overall strategy of instructor/coaching education
  • To improve the level of performance and competence of Canadian equestrian instructors/coaches and their students

In 2019, the AEF was pleased to certify a total of 27 new instructors/coaches across a multitude of disciplines.

We are extremely proud to present the list of newly certified instructors/coaches from the final stretch of 2019!

EC/NCCP English Instructor’s with Jump

  • Julianna Brodeur
  • Kayla Orchard
  • Maureen Bakker

EC/NCCP English Competition Coaches

  • Tess Wise
  • Samara Heinrichs

EC/NCCP English Competition Coach Specialist Jump

  • Sergey Zayika

EC/NCCP Western Instructors

  • Sondra Middleton
  • Allyson Nason

EC/NCCP Saddle Seat Instructors

  • Barbara Tracey
  • Sydney Young

What Certification Means

Achieving and maintaining certification as an EC instructor/coach testifies to the instructor/coaches professionalism and competence as a teacher in equestrianism. To obtain a certificate initially, candidates are evaluated at the highest national standard and must provide evidence of riding ability, a cleared police check, first aid/CPR certification, adherence to the EC code of ethics & conduct, as well as complete professional development as set forth by the CAC.

An instructor/coach who maintains their certification is a professional who is actively involved in the equestrian community.

Certification is available in the following disciplines: English, Western, Drive, Saddle Seat

Want to become a certified Instructor/Coach? Please visit How to Become Certified.