The Equestrian Canada-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 disciplines. 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.
An accredited examiner, who obtains the standardized exams from each Provincial Association, will give an evaluation for each level.
The EC Learn to Ride Programs are self-paced and student/coach led; registration is not required. Setting the date, time and location of exams are done by the evaluator, instructor/coach & student. It is recommended that participants purchase corresponding manuals, and work with an EC current certified instructor/coach in preparation for the rider level exams. The cost of this program may vary depending on the instructor/coach helping with preparations, and depending on the evaluator doing the testing. While the NBEA does not regulate the fee that instructors/coaches/evaluators charge for their time, it is recommended that this fee does not exceed the cost of a regular lesson fee. The following are the procedures to be followed for evaluations.
In 2022, 157 Rider Levels were earned! See the entire list here.
Canadian Pony Club is a member-based association, managed by volunteers, mandated to serve the needs of Canadian youth, ages 6 to 25 years of age, who are interested in riding, learning about and/or caring for horses or ponies. Canadian Pony Club is incorporated as a national not-for-profit organization, and carries Canadian registered charity status.
The NBEA supports the efforts of the province's branches of the Canadian Pony Club. Funding is available for riders who successfully complete their D1 testing.
P'tit Trot is a riding book designed for children 5 years of age and over.
It is also a teaching program which allows children to learn the basics of English and Western riding with a horse or a pony, and to understand its world.
Generously illustrated and divided into four levels, P'tit Trot's amusing comments and the presence of fun characters makes initiation to riding simple. Everything has been done to help children discover on their own the ABC's of riding and basic care of horses and ponies.
However, the child can simultaneously explore riding at an equestrian centre, under the supervision of a qualified professional. An instructor will help the student learn all the notions presented in each chapter of the book. The instructor validates the knowledge acquired by presenting the child with a diploma for each level completed: bronze horseshoe; silver horseshoe; gold horseshoe; platinum horseshoe.