Equestrian Canada Coaching and Instructor Certification in BC - English and Western Disciplines - Horse Council BC

 
Equestrian Canada Coaching and Instructor Certification in BC - English and Western Disciplines - Horse Council BC
Equestrian Canada
Coaching and Instructor
Certification in BC
English and Western Disciplines

September 2018
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The Benefits of Certification
Obtaining certification is an important life‐time achievement. As a certified Equestrian Canada Coach or
Instructor, your clients and students will know that you have achieved the highest standards in Canada
for equestrian coaching, and adhere to best‐practices in coaching.

Equestrian Canada certified Coaches and Instructors enjoy many benefits that positively affect
their coaching business and professional lives.

       Reduced Coaching and Instructor Insurance fees
       International Recognition of Equestrian Canada Certification
       Promotion on the HCBC website and enhanced listings that gives more information about you to
        prospective clients
       Use of Long Term Athlete Development principles (LTED)
       Full time or a Part time career
       Recognition by peers both locally and nationally
       Certification is transportable throughout Canada
       Proof of Professional Development, First aid and Criminal Record Search
       Coaches and Instructors are part of the Canadian Sport System through the NCCP
       Promotion of safe horsemanship practices
       Promotion of Horse Welfare
       Dedicated EC Coach section on the HCBC Forums
       Ability to use and test riders in the Equestrian Canada Rider Programs
       Ability to mentor other coach and instructor candidates

The EC coaching program is the only Canadian equestrian coaching and instructor certifying program
also recognized internationally (FEI, IGEQ), and by Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Olympic
Committee. The EC coaching program is the nationally recognized certification program for equestrian
coaches and instructors.

The Equestrian Canada / NCCP provides coaches and instructors with the tools necessary to make the
equestrian experience safe and enjoyable for all equine and human participants, and to develop
excellence in horsemanship. Developing equestrian athletes is a secondary result of good coaching and
instruction over time.

As in any sport, athletic accomplishment, and teaching or coaching are separate skillsets. In
equestrianism, horsemanship (ability to work with /train the horse) is a third area of competency. Being
a good athlete or accomplished trainer does not necessarily give a coach/instructor the skills for being an
effective teacher and coach. Equestrian Canada certification recognizes the coach/instructors’ teaching
and coaching skills as meeting professional, and internationally recognized standards for coaching
practice.

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Currently Available EC/NCCP Certifications

The NCCP/CAC has recognized that coaches work in many different contexts, and certification programs
have been developed to fit the different models.

How to Choose the Right Certificate

The level of certification that is right for you as a coach or instructor, depends on the context in which
you do most of your teaching and coaching. If you would like to become a coach or instructor, you
would choose the certificate appropriate to the context of the students you work with the most (ie:
competitive vs. non‐competitive).

The EC coaching program offers two certification streams:

1. Instruction: Non‐competitive or recreational context. Specializes in starting beginners and teaching
equestrians who enjoy their horses outside the competitive stream. It applies to individuals who teach
beginner riders whether in their own backyard, riding schools or at day camps. Only certified instructors
may maintain amateur competitive status while receiving remuneration for coaching.

Certificates in the program:

Instructor: Available for English and Western.

2. Coaching: Competitive contexts. Specializes in working with equestrians who compete. Each
certificate in this stream specializes at different competitive levels. The higher the level, the more
discipline‐specific the coach would be. At the higher levels, the coach’s own competitive experience, as
well as students’ results are factored in as part of the certification process.

Certificates in the program:

    a. Competition Coach This program is targeting coaches who are interested in refining equestrian
       skills of participants of all ages who wish to compete at regional and ⁄ or provincial competitions
       (EC Bronze/Silver). There is no discipline specialization at this level. Available for English and
       Western disciplines,
    b. b. Competition Coach Specialist Specializes in working with students of all ages to consolidate
       and refine basic sport skills. Students are typically prepared to compete in regional and/or
       national level (EC Silver/Gold competitions) Available for English and Western.

    c. c. High Performance HP Coaches specialize in developing athletes: refining basic sport skills,
       developing more advanced skills and tactics, and preparing for performance in national to
       international level competitive standards. Equestrian Canada is responsible for the administration
       of High Performance Coach evaluations and coach file maintenance.

Identify the program you are best suited for. Research the different certification contexts and pre‐
requisites to see which one most describes the type of client you work with, and your own readiness for
evaluation in that context. For example, a main factor may be whether your clients are competitive
(coaching certifications) or not (Instructor certification).

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Basic Pre‐requisites for all coaching and instruction programs:

Join Horse Council BC if you are not already a member. Fill out and send in a Coaching File registration
form to HCBC. This form allows you to be listed as a potential Coach or Instructor Candidate in Training
and receive notice of evaluations, courses, and other pertinent information. You can find the form at the
back of this publication or at www.hcbc.ca under the Coaching Resource section. You will also need to
obtain the following requirements before you send in your application for an Evaluation.

       Current HCBC Membership (www.hcbc.ca)
       Current Standard First Aid certificate (from an accredited provider such as Red Cross or St.
        Johns)
       Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
       Making Ethical Decisions online assessment (online assessment at www.coach.ca)
       Making Headway Concussion training (online at www.coach.ca)
       Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct (www.equinecanada.ca)
       Equestrian Canada sport license (www.equinecanada.ca)

Instructor certification: requires a Silver sport license
Coach certification: requires a Gold sport license

English Instructor of Beginners, all of the Basic Prerequisites plus:
Complete the Rider 6 level from the English Rider 1‐8 Program

Western Instructor of Beginners, all of the Basic Prerequisites plus:
Complete Rider 4 of the Western Rider 1‐4 Program

English Competition Coach, all of the Basic Prerequisites plus:
Complete Rider 8 of the English Rider 1‐8 Program

Western Competition Coach, all of the Basic Prerequisites plus:
Complete the Basic Training Component of the Intermediate Rider program

English Competition Coach Specialist, all of the Basic Prerequisites plus:
Submit a Portfolio of your training, coaching and competition at the required level

Important note: All coaching and instructor programs are subject to change. Up to date versions of
documents are posted on the Coaches resource section of www.hcbc.ca or check with
coaching@hcbc.ca to find out if you have the most up to date material. Information is also posted on
www.equinecanada.ca

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The Equestrian Canada Rider Levels for English

To evaluate in the Rider 1‐8 program all evaluators must be active Equestrian Canada NCCP certified
Coaches or Instructors

The English Rider 1‐8 Program was developed for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship and
riding. The purpose of this program is to produce safe and knowledgeable horseman and to assist
in the development of future Instructor and Coaches. The Rider level 1‐8 program is a National Program
with National standards that rewards all riders, recreational to competitive by advancing their learning
with Certificates of Achievement and badges. This program provides riders and coaches with an
attainable progression through the Rider level framework. In addition, the Rider Program encourages all
riders to learn and enjoy the sport of riding while providing guidelines to Instructors and Coaches.
The English Learn to Ride Program is Coach and Instructor led and student paced. There is no maximum
time in which a rider should achieve the levels.
Testing is set up by the student and the testing Instructor or Coach based on their progress and
schedules.
Recommended Resources
• English Rider 1‐2
• English Rider 3‐5
• English Rider 6‐8
• Stable Management in Canada
Rider Rubrics available at www.hcbc.ca under the coaching section.

Starting the Program
Riders can start the EC English Learn to Ride Program by finding an EC Certified Instructor or Coach.
When the student is ready, an EC Certified Coach or Instructor will administer the test which consists of
a written exam and a riding exam. The test is then sent to HCBC by the testing Coach along with the
testing fee of $21.00. The fee payable to the coach for the test is agreed upon between the student and
the coach. HCBC records the achievement and sends the rider a Certificate and a badge for each level as
they complete it. Riders must be HCBC members at the time they are tested.

Who is qualified to deliver the English Learn to Ride Program?
To evaluate in the Rider 1‐8 program all evaluators must be active Equestrian Canada NCCP certified
Instructors or Coaches who have been trained to evaluate riders in this program.
English Rider Level 1‐2 may be evaluated
by an English Instructor, Competition Coach or Competition Coach
Specialist.
English Rider 3‐4 may be evaluated by an
Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist. Evaluator may be the candidates own coach.
Instructorswith the Jump Component may test this level.
English Rider 5‐6 may be evaluated by an
Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist.
English Rider 7‐8 may be evaluated by an
Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist.

Check with coaching@hcbc.ca to see if your Instructor or Coach is approved to Evaluate.
Check out www.hcbc.ca for more English Rider information, rubrics and lists of EC NCCP Coaches.

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The Equestrian Canada Rider Levels for Western

The Western Rider 1‐4 Program was developed for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship and
riding. The purpose of this program is to produce safe and knowledgeable horseman and to assist in the
development of future Instructor and Coaches.

The Rider level 1‐4 program is a National Program with National standards that rewards all riders,
recreational to competitive by advancing their learning with Certificates of Achievement and badges.
This program provides riders and coaches with an attainable progression through the Rider level
framework. In addition, the Rider Program encourages all riders to learn and enjoy the sport of riding
while providing guidelines to Instructors and Coaches.

The Western Learn to Ride Program is Coach and Instructor led and student paced. There is no
maximum time in which a rider should achive the levels. Testing is set up by the student and the
testing Instructor or Coach based on their progress and schedules.
Recommended Resources
• Western Rider 1 manual
• Western Rider 2 manual
• Western Rider 3 manual
• Western Rider 4 manual
• Stable Management in Canada

Starting the Program
Riders can start the EC Western Learn to Ride Program by finding an EC Certified Instructor or Coach
When the student is ready, an EC Certified Coach or Instructor will administer the test which consists of
a written exam and a riding exam. The test is then sent to HCBC by the testing Coach along with the
testing fee of $21.00. The fee payable to the coach for the test is agreed upon between the student and
the coach. HCBC records the achievement and sends the rider a Certificate and a badge for each level as
they complete it.
Riders must be HCBC members at the time they are tested.

Who is qualified to deliver the Western‐ Learn to Ride Program?

To evaluate in the Rider 1‐4 program all evaluators must be active Equestrian Canada NCCP certified
Instructors or Coaches who have been trained to evaluate riders in this program.
All riders must be recommended by their own, or another, Equestrian Canada
current certified Western Instructor, or Competition Coach, Competition Coach
Specialist, or High Performance Coach.
Candidates who are not coached by a current EC Certified Western Coach may acquire a
recommendation from the examining Coach by successfully completing a pre‐test assessment.

Western Rider Level 1‐3 Exams:
Rider to be evaluated by an Equestrian Canada current certified Western Instructor or
Coach. Rider’s own current certified EC Western instructor or Coach may evaluate.
Western Rider Level 4 Exams:
Rider to be evaluated by an Equestrian Canada current certified Western Coach. Rider may
not be evaluated by own current certified EC Coach

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English Instructor

Include with your evaluation application along with the Pre‐requisites:

Current HCBC Membership
Current Standard First Aid certificate
Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
Proof of Completion of the Making Ethical Decisions (online exam at www.coach.ca)
Proof of Completion of the Making Headway Concussion training module at www.coach.ca
Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
Equestrian Canada Silver sport license

Plus

        Emergency Action Plan for the Barn you are most familiar with
        Lesson plan for a flat lesson (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Lesson plan for an Unmounted lesson (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Lesson plan for the optional Jump Component (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Payment at the current fee
        Medical Information form
        Informed consent for the evaluation facility

All applications must be complete, and be at the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the advertised
evaluation date. There are no exceptions, late applications will not be accepted.

English Instructor Topic List:

POSSIBLE TEACHING TOPICS

    Mounted Lesson Topics                                   Unmounted Lesson Topics
       Introduce and practice the trot                        Fitting of helmets and safe riding attire
       Introduce and practice the posting trot                Grooming Procedure
       Introduce and practice the canter                      Tack Cleaning
       Introduce and practice a circle                        Proper leading and turning of the horse
       Introduce and practice a turn                          Bridling ‐ Proper fitting and technique
       Introduce and practice changing the rein               Saddling ‐ Proper technique and fitting, including
       Introduce and practice exercises to practice             girth and breastplate
          eye control                                          Fire Safety ‐ Procedure
          Introduce and practice exercises at the walk        Fire Safety ‐ General
          to teach steering and control                        Foot Care
          Introduce and practice identifying the correct      Tying a horse properly in the stall
          canter lead and how to correct the lead              Blanketing and unblanketing a horse
       Introduce and practice changing the leading            Fitting martingales
          file
          Introduce and practice 3‐point position at
          walk & trot

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Western Instructor of Beginners

Include with your evaluation application along with the Pre‐requisites:

Current HCBC Membership
Current Standard First Aid certificate
Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
Proof of Successful Completion of the Making Ethical Decisions (online exam at www.coach.ca)
Proof of completion of the Making Headway Concussion training module at www.coach.ca
Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
Equestrian Canada Silver sport license

Plus

       Emergency Action Plan for the Barn you are most familiar with
       Lesson plan for a lesson on the rail (topic must be exactly from the list)
       Lesson plan for an Unmounted lesson (topic must be exactly from the list)
       Payment at the current fee
       Medical Information form
       Informed consent for the evaluation facility

All applications must be complete, and be at the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the advertised
evaluation date. There are no exceptions, late applications will not be accepted

    Mounted Lesson Topics                                  Unmounted Lesson Topics

           Introducing the Walk                                  Fitting of helmets and safe riding attire
           Introducing the Jog                                   Grooming Procedure
           Introducing the Lope                                  Tack Cleaning
           Mounting safety                                       Proper leading and turning of the horse
           Speed Control                                         Bridling ‐ Proper fitting and technique
           Position                                              Saddling ‐ Proper technique and fitting,
           Stop                                                   including cinch and breastcollar
           Back up                                               Fire Safety ‐ Procedure
           Circling                                              Hoof care
           Rein effects: Open Rein, Direct Rein,                 Tying a horse
            Neck Rein, Rein of Opposition
           Change of direction
           Eye Control
           Posting Trot
           Correct Diagonals
           Identifying leads at the lope
           Turn on the Forehand
           Turn on the Haunches
           Figure 8
8          Simple change of lead (through jog
            or walk)
English Competition Coach

Include with your evaluation application along with the Pre‐requisites:

Current HCBC Membership
Current Standard First Aid certificate
Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
Proof of successful completion of the Making Ethical Decisions (online exam at www.coach.ca)
Proof of completion of the Making Headway Concussion training module at www.coach.ca
Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
Equestrian Canada Gold sport license

Plus

       Emergency Action Plan for the Barn you are most familiar with
       Lesson plan for a flat lesson (topic must be exactly from the list)
       Lesson plan for a lesson over fences (topic must be exactly from the list)
       Payment at the current fee
       Medical Information form
       Informed consent for the evaluation facility

All applications must be complete, and be at the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the advertised
evaluation date. There are no exceptions, late applications will not be accepted

    Flat Topics                                               Flat Topics

    IMPROVE:                                                  IMPROVE:

        1. Progressive transitions                                 1. Riding a line of two fences with a related
        2. Riding a horse on contact between leg &                    distance
           hand                                                    2. Riding a turn to a fence on the diagonal
        3. Change of lead through trot                             3. Riding a combination (1 or 2 non-jumping
        4. Lengthen stride at the trot                                strides)
        5. Lengthen stride at the canter                           4. Eye & stride control at canter over poles.
        6. A 3-loop serpentine                                     5. Riding a gymnastic of three or more
        7. Leg-yield                                                  elements using a crest release
        8. The horse’s lateral suppleness                          6. Riding a single oxer on the diagonal
        9. 15m circles

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Western Competition Coach

Include with your evaluation application along with the Pre‐requisites:

Current HCBC Membership
Current Standard First Aid certificate
Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
Proof of successful completion of the Making Ethical Decisions (online exam at www.coach.ca)
Proof of successful completion of Making Headway Concussion Module at www.coach.ca
Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
Equestrian Canada Gold sport license
Equestrian Canada Western Intermediate Rider Basic Training certificate

Plus

        Emergency Action Plan for the Barn you are most familiar with
        Lesson plan on the rail (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Lesson plan on a manoeuver (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Payment at the current fee
        Medical Information form
        Informed consent for the evaluation facility

All applications must be complete, and be at the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the advertised
evaluation date. There are no exceptions, late applications will not be accepted

  Rail Lesson                                             Manoeuvers
  IMPROVE one of the following:                           IMPROVE one of the following:
  1. Speed control (Pace Control)                         1. Turn on the haunch
  2. Collection                                           2. Turn on the forehand
  3. Upward & downward transitions                        3. Circles (large & small, fast & slow)
  4. Rider position                                       4. Side-pass
  5. Progressive & non-progressive                        5. Two track (jog)
  transitions                                             6. Simple lead change through jog
  6. Spacing in a group                                   7. Stop
  7. Stop                                                 8. Back-up
  8. Back-up                                              9. Upward & downward, progressive & non-
                                                          progressive transitions

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English Competition Coach Specialist

Include with your evaluation application and the Pre‐requisites:

Current HCBC Membership
Be at least 20 years old as of January 1st of the current year
Current Standard First Aid certificate
Police reference check , including Vulnerable Sectors
Proof of successful completion of the Competition Development Making Ethical Decisions at
www.coach.ca
Proof of successful completion of the Making Headway Concussion training module at www.coach.ca
Signed Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
Equestrian Canada Gold sport license

Plus

        Emergency Action Plan for the Barn you are most familiar with
        Lesson plans as per listed for your discipline (topic must be exactly from the list)
        Portfolio showing proof of required Competition, Training and student level requirements along
         with letters of support and any other documents that show you are at the Comp Coach Specialist
         level (Discipline Specific requirements listed in the following pages)
        Yearly Training Plan
        Payment at the current fee
        Medical Information form
        Informed consent for the evaluation facility

All applications must be complete, and be at the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the advertised
evaluation date. There are no exceptions, late applications will not be accepted

     Dressage Topics IMPROVE/DEVELOP:

            Rein back
            Counter canter
            The horse’s engagement & collection at trot and/or canter
            Non‐progressive transitions (Canter to walk/walk to canter/trot to halt/halt to trot)
            Medium canter
            Shoulder‐in
            Half halt
            10m circles
            Travers
            Renvers
            ½ turn on the haunches

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Jumping Topics IMPROVE/DEVELOP:

           Riding a line of two fences set as a broken line
           Riding a line with optional striding, i.e. ride 60’ line in 5 or 4
           Picking up the correct lead over a fence
           An automatic or out of hand release
           Jumping fences on an angle
           Adding a stride on a line
           Riding a line vertical to oxer & oxer to vertical
           Riding a roll back turn to a fence
           A horse’s jumping form through a gymnastic
           Cantering an oxer off a long approach

     Eventing Topics IMPROVE/DEVELOP:

           Galloping at speeds (400/450/520 mpm)
           Riding a bank/step up
           Riding a drop/step down
           Riding a ditch
           Jumping in and out of water
           Riding a Coffin Jump
           Riding a Corner Jump
           Riding a skinny or narrow fence
           Riding an Arrowhead
           Jumping fences on an uphill/downhill grade
           Riding a hilltop jump
           Riding a combination

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DRESSAGE Candidate Requirements for CCS
              REQUIREMENTS                      SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Competitive   To have shown at a                Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name/date
Experience    minimum of two (2) shows          of shows, names of judges, copy of judge’s sheet. If not
              at Third Level or higher, with    available please provide a letter(s) from a
              a minimum score of 65% at         sponsor/coach/show official supporting your competitive
              Gold shows                        experience.
Training      To have prepared a horse          Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name/date
Experience    which has competed at a           of shows, names of judges, copy of
              minimum of two (2) shows          judge’s sheet. Please provide a letter(s) from a
              at                                sponsor, owner/rider of horses trained to supporting your
              Fourth Level or higher with a     training experience.
              minimum score of 65% at
              Gold shows
Coaching        At least two years coaching     Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name/date
Experience      experience producing            of shows, names of judges, copy of
                students                        judge’s sheet. Please provide a letter(s) from a
                competing at Fourth Level       sponsor/parent/rider supporting your coaching experience.
                or
                higher, with a minimum
                score of 65% at Gold shows

Hunter/Jumper Candidate Requirements for CCS

Competitive     To have successfully          Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name/date
Experience      completed courses at a        of shows, name of judges a letter(s) from a
                minimum of two (2) shows sponsor/coach/show official supporting your competitive
                at                            experience.
                3'6”(1m10) in the hunter or
                jumper divisions at Silver or
                Gold shows
Training        To have prepared a horse        Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name/date
Experience      which has successfully          of shows, name of judges, a letter(s) from a sponsor,
                completed courses at a          owner/rider of horses trained to supporting your training
                minimum of two (2) shows        experience.
                at 3'
                6” (1m10) in the hunter and
                or
                Jumper divisions at Silver or
                Gold shows
Coaching        At least two years coaching Any documentation providing evidence such as: Name of
Experience      experience producing        show, name of judges, a letter(s) from a sponsor/parent/rider
                students who have           supporting your coaching experience.
                successfully completed
                courses

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EVENTING Candidate Requirements for CCS

                REQUIREMENTS                         SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Competitive     At least two years coaching          Any documentation providing evidence such as:
Experience      experience producing students        Name/date of events, name of judges a letter(s)
                meeting MER at National              from a sponsor/coach/show official supporting
                Training Horse Trials level or       your competitive experience.
                above. To complete the
                evaluation process, the
                candidate must show proof of
                having coached or be actively
                coaching a candidate at the CNC
                1* National Preliminary Horse
                Trials level
Training        To have prepared a horse, which      Any documentation providing evidence such as:
Experience      has competed at a minimum of         Name/date of events, a letter(s) from a sponsor,
                2 National Preliminary Horse         owner/rider of horses trained to supporting your
                Trial events.                        training experience.

Coaching        A minimum of two (2) students        Any documentation providing evidence such as:
Experience      currently at the national Training   Name/date of events, a letter(s) from a
                Horse Trials level or above and      sponsor/parent/rider supporting your coaching
                working towards competing at a       experience.
                CNC 1* / national Preliminary        Supporting documentation would include ‐ print‐
                Horse Trials competition. To         out(s) of the competition's performance results
                complete evaluation, the             where the objective was achieved.
                candidate must have coached or
                be coaching at least one student
                at the CNC
                1*/national Preliminary Horse
                Trials level.

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NCCP Training

Training is not mandatory for certification, but it is strongly recommended preparation for success at
the evaluation.

NCCP training available for Instructor of Beginners candidates is as follows:

Equestrian Canada Equestrian Theory (2 days)
Very strongly recommended Prior to Coach/Instructor Evaluation
Includes four (4) modules:
   Equestrian Teaching and Learning
   Planning an Equestrian Lesson
   Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance
   Making Ethical Decisions (MED) – On line evaluation

NCCP training available for Competition Coach and Specialist candidates is as follows:

Equestrian Canada Equestrian Theory (2 days)
Very strongly recommended Prior to Coach/Instructor Evaluation
Includes four (4) modules:
   Equestrian Teaching and Learning (.5 day)
   Planning an Equestrian Lesson (.5 day)
   Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance (.5 day)
   Making Ethical Decisions (MED) – On line evaluation (.5 day)

Competition Coach Workshop (2 days) & Competition Coach Analyze Performance Clinic (1 day)

Recommended prior to Coach Evaluation, or as professional development. Very strongly
recommended prior to Coach Specialist evaluation.
Includes four (4) modules:
   Design an Equestrian Sport program (1 day)
   Manage an Equestrian Sport Program (.5 day)
   Training Mental Skills for Equestrian Sport (.5 day)
   English Competition Coach Analyzing Performance clinic (1day)

These Equine Specific courses are offered by HCBC once or twice a year in several areas of the Province.

Candidates can also choose to do the non‐sport specific generic training modules that are offered
online, in classroom and home study if they are not able to attend Equine Specific courses. These
options can be found at www.coach.ca. Candidates may also choose to do the Make Ethical Decisions
online assessment without any training or choose to do the multi sport “home study” course.

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Mentoring – Optional but strongly recommended
All Instructor and Coach Candidates of all Disciplines are encouraged to spend time with a EC Certified
Coach who can mentor them. As this is optional there is no required number of hours with a mentor and
no form to be signed and submitted.
Mentoring with an EC Certified Coach will help the Candidate improve their teaching technique,
understand the proper organization of lessons and pick up on key points that will help them succeed in
the evaluation and in their coaching career.

Rubrics

Rubrics are by definition “a standard of performance for a defined population” They are typically linked to
learning objectives and are used to assess or communicate about performance or tasks. A scoring Rubric
is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task. Because the criteria (rubrics) is
public, a rubric allows teachers and students alike to evaluate criteria.
What this means for coaching candidates is that all of the information is there for them in the rubrics.
There are no surprises. Everything a candidate will be evaluated on is in the rubrics with what actions
will meet expectations and what will not. The rubrics are the “cheat sheet” of Coach and Instructor
Evaluations.
The rubrics are different for Instructor, Competition Coach and Competition Coach Specialist as well as
by discipline. When you decide what context you are interested in obtaining, you can access the rubric
and see exactly what the evaluation expectations are.

The rubrics for each of the coaching programs are available for download at www.hcbc.ca in the Coach
Resource section or www.equinecanada.ca or you can email coaching@hcbc.ca to request copies.

First Aid
All candidates are required to submit a valid first aid certificate. The level required is the Standard First
aid, a course that is at least 8 hour long. It must include CPR. The certificate can be obtained through any
accredited First Aid Provider such as Red Cross, WorkSafe, St. Johns etc.

Criminal Record Search
All candidates require a Criminal Record Search which includes Vulnerable Sectors.

Emergency Action Plan
Should be done for the facility the candidate is most familiar with. It should not be done for the facility
where the evaluation is being held.

Evaluation
The evaluation is the portion of the Certification process where the candidate is evaluated (tested) on
their teaching skills. There will be one or two evaluators at the evaluation. For all certifications with the
exception of Competition Coach Specialist, a successful evaluation is the last step towards certification.

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What happens at the Evaluation?

After the Emergency Action Plans and Lesson plans are marked and successful the candidate will move
on to the Teaching Evaluation. There will be a maximum of 4 candidates per day and the day should
take approximately 6 hours, not including lunch. Each Candidate will be given approximately 20
minutes to teach each of their lessons.

English Instructor
This evaluation consists of:
      Teach one flat lesson to a group (assigned topic)
      Teach one stable management lesson to a group (assigned topic)
      Lunge a beginner rider on a horse
      Written exam
      At the end of the day the candidate is debriefed and given their results
The candidate is responsible for bringing their own horse and equipment to lunge. Demonstration for
riding and stable management lessons riders are provided.
Candidates that are not successful in some or all components can be re‐evaluated at another evaluation.
Any components that the candidate is successful in do not have to be re‐done.

Candidates may choose to complete the optional “Jump” component in addition to the
Instructor. The evaluation consists of all of the above components plus:
     Teach one lesson over fences (topic assigned)
     Jump Component Written exam

Western Instructor
This evaluation consists of:
      Teach one Mounted Lesson to a group (assigned topic)
      Teach a stable management lesson to a group (assigned topic)
      Demonstrate safe and effective lunging skills
      Demonstrate Bandaging and basic stable management skills
      General Oral questions
      At the end of the day the candidate is debriefed and given their results
The candidate is responsible for bringing their own horse and equipment to lunge. Demonstration for
riding and stable management lessons riders are provided.
Candidates that are not successful in some or all components can be re‐evaluated at another evaluation.
Any components that the candidate is successful in do not have to be re‐done.

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English Competition Coach
This evaluation consists of:
      Teach one lesson on the flat (assigned topic)
      Teach one lesson over fences (assigned topic)
      Teach one Equitation lesson
      Teach a student how to lunge a horse
      At the end of the day the candidate is debriefed and given their results
The candidate is responsible for bringing their own horse and equipment to lunge. Demonstration for
riding and stable management lessons riders are provided.
Candidates that are not successful in some or all components can be re‐evaluated at another evaluation.
Any components that the candidate is successful in do not have to be re‐done. The English Competition
Coach evaluation can also be done remotely by video, see the application form and information at the
back of this book.

Western Competition Coach
This Evaluation will consist of:
      Teach a group of students on the rail (assigned topic)
      Coach a student on a Basic Training Pattern (pattern must be submitted to the evaluator)
      Coach a student on a Maneuver (assigned topic)
      Teach a student to improve a horse on the lunge using side reins
      At the end of the day the candidate is debriefed and given their results.
The candidate is responsible for bringing their own horse to lunge. The Candidate must bring their own
student for the Basic Training Pattern and the Maneuver. Demonstration students for the group lessons
will be the Candidate’s students.
Candidates that are not successful in some or all components can be re‐evaluated at another evaluation.
Any components that the candidate is successful in do not have to be re‐done.

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English Competition Coach Specialist
This certification process consists of 3 distinct steps. All components must be done in order. The first
being the lesson plans, EAP, portfolio and YTP. Once these are marked and successful the next step is
the Lesson component which consists of:
     Teach one lesson to improve horse (Dressage, assigned topic)
     Introduce a specific skill (Dressage assigned topic)
     Teach one lesson to improve Equitation (Dressage)
        Or
     Teach one lesson to improve the horse on the flat (Hunter/Jumper assigned topic)
     Teach one lesson to improve a skill over fences (Hunter/Jumper assigned topic)
     Teach one lesson over gymnastics to improve horse and rider (Hunter/Jumper no assigned topic)
     Lunge to improve a horse while explaining the process to a student.
        Or
     Teach a lesson to improve horse and rider performance on the flat (Eventing topic assigned)
     School Cross Country, introduce a new skill or improve performance (Eventing topic assigned)
     Teach a lesson to improve the rider and horse over gymnastics (Eventing not specific topic)

     Lunge to improve a horse while explaining the process to a student. (Eventing)
The Candidate may bring their own student for the evaluation or demo students will be provided. The
Candidate is responsible for bringing their own horse to lunge.

Once successful at the teaching component the Candidate will then go to the “in competition”
Evaluation. This is set up between the candidate and a trained evaluator and must be completed at an
Equestrian Canada Gold Show. The Candidate will coach their students at the appropriate level for their
discipline and specialty and at the an EC Sanctioned Gold competition. The evaluator watches the warm
up, the ride and then watches the coach debrief the students afterwards. Upon successful completion of
the “in competition” evaluation the candidate will be certified as a Competition Coach Specialist.

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Coaching File Registration for Candidates in Training

Date:

Name:

Age:                   Birthdate;                         Gender:

Address:

City:                                     Postal Code:                    Phone:_

Email address:

HCBC #                  Equestrian Canada Sport License #                  NCCP Number:

Please indicate which Equestrian Canada certification you are hoping to obtain:

     Western Instructor of Beginners
     Western Competition Coach
     English Instructor of Beginners
     English Competition Coach
     English Competition Coach Specialist        Dressage      _Jump        Eventing
     Drive Instructor of Beginners

First aid certificate expiration date:

NCCP training completed (Optional training)

Make Ethical Decisions online assessment completed:

Rider Level completed:
      English Rider Level
      Western Rider Level
      Western Intermediate Rider component
      Learn to Drive Level

Have you mentored? (optional)                        If so with who?                                 ‐

Return this registration form to coaching@hcbc.ca. Please enter all of the information you can however
you do not need to have any pre‐requisites completed to have a coaching file opened for you.

By filling out and returning this application you give HCBC permission to send emails containing
information that is relevant to the Equestrian Canada Coaching and Instructor programs. Examples would
be notifications of NCCP Course dates, Evaluation dates and important changes in the coaching programs.
If at any time you would like to stop receiving Coaching Program emails you may unsubscribe by emailing
coaching@hcbc.ca and asking to be taken off this email list.

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Suggested Reading for all Coach and Instructor Candidates

        Equestrian Canada Western Rider 1
        Equestrian Canada Western Rider 2
        Equestrian Canada Western Rider 3
        Equestrian Canada Western Rider 4
        Equestrian Canada Stable Management in Canada
        Equestrian Canada English Rider 1‐2
        Equestrian Canada English Rider 3‐5
        Equestrian Canada English Rider 6‐8
        US Pony Club Guide to Bandages and Bandaging
        US Pony Club Guide to Lungeing
        Coaching Skills for Riding Teachers by Islay Auty
        Equine Sports Coaching by Alison Lincoln
        Everyday Jumping by Melissa Troup
        An Instructors Guide to teaching Children How to Ride by Melissa Troup
        The Instructor’s Handbook by the British Pony Club
        Equestrian Canada’s Long Term Equestrian Development Model
        Teaching Safe Horsemanship by Jan Dawson
        Themed Lesson Plans by Melissa Troup
        Western Practice Lessons by Charlene Strickland
        USDF Lunging Manual
        USDF Teaching Manual
        Equestrian Canada Western Instructor of Beginners Rubrics
        Equestrian Canada English Instructor of Beginners Rubrics
        Equestrian Canada Western Competition Coach Rubrics
        Equestrian Canada English Competition Coach Rubrics
        Equestrian Canada English Competition Coach Specialist Rubrics
        DVD Teaching a Student How to Lunge a Horse
        DVD Teaching a Lesson on the Lunge

These books and many more are available at the HCBC bookstore, www.hcbc.ca

Candidates may also want to check out the HCBC 5 minute video project for some excellent tutorials on
Instructor subjects.

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NCCP                                                   National Coaching Certification Program
 CAC                                                    Coaches Association of Canada
 EC                                                     Equestrian Canada
 HCBC                                                   Horse Council BC
 MED                                                    Make Ethical Decisions
 EAP                                                    Emergency Action Plan
 I                                                      Instructor
 CC                                                     Competition Coach
 CCS                                                    Competition Coach Specialist
 HP                                                     High Performance
 LTED                                                   Long Term Equestrian Development Plan
 YTP                                                    Yearly Training Plan
 CR Search                                              Criminal Record Search

After the Evaluation

All candidates will be informed of their results at the debriefing on the day of the Evaluation.

Once all the paperwork has been sent to the HCBC office all candidates will receive copies of their
results. Successful candidates will also receive their certificates and letter of congratulations along with
other information that certified coaches and instructors need.

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The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the
skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs,
the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds
competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.
Mission: To enhance the experiences of all Canadian athletes through quality coaching.
The CAC believes:
That sport leads to individual and community growth:
      The significant benefits of sport should be accessible to individuals throughout their lives. It
         helps Canadians lead an active lifestyle that positively affects their health.
      Sport provides the means for individuals to learn dedication, discipline, perseverance, and team
         work, strengthen character, and develop self‐confidence.
      Sport brings people in communities together and is an essential element in strengthening
         community life.
      Coaching is a fulfilling experience because it fosters meaningful relationships with athletes and
         participants, other coaches, and the community, and provides opportunities for personal
         growth.
That coaching is the primary influence on the quality of a participant’s sport experience:
      From playground to podium, the presence of competent and ethical coaches has a positive
         impact on sport participation, performance, and the lives of those they coach.
      The commitment and contributions of those coaches should be recognized and celebrated.
That competent and ethical coaches are essential to the provision of a safe and positive sport
environment:
      Earning public trust obligates coaches to meet established standards for safety, ethical
         behaviour, and competency.
      Standards allow individuals, families, and communities to identify and select competent and
         ethical coaches who will protect the physical and psychological safety of participants and
         athletes.
      The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the Canadian standard of coaching
         competency.
That coaching requires lifelong learning:
      Coach education improves a coach’s ability to meet the needs of participants and athletes.
      Coaches have a responsibility to continually learn and use the most effective means of working
         with their participants and athletes.
That coaching education demands collective effort:
      Common values, shared responsibilities, mutual respect, and accountability among partners are
         essential to the ongoing quality, currency, and relevance of coach education.
      Coaches and coach education benefit from partnerships beyond the sport system.
That inclusion must be the hallmark of Canada’s sport environment:
      Barriers to coaching that result from gender, physical ability, sexuality, religion, culture,
         language, or region of the coach should be eliminated.
      Affirmative strategies address historical under‐participation or systemic bias.

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The CAC was established in 1970 as a result of recommendations of the Task Force on Sport for
Canadians. In 1974, the Association launched the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Since
its inception, the CAC has developed into a world leader in coach training and certification. Each year,
more than 60,000 coaches take an NCCP workshop and since it began, more than 1M coaches have
participated in the program.

Horse Council BC (HCBC)

ABOUT HCBC

Horse Council BC is a membership‐driven not‐for‐profit association representing the interests of the
equine industry in all sectors throughout British Columbia. Tradition, strong values and superior hard
work provided by our volunteers has made Horse Council BC the largest and most successful multi‐
discipline, multi‐breed equine association in Canada.

Horse Council BC continues to grow each year with membership reaching over 23,000 in 2013. Horse
Council BC actively represents the equine industry in agriculture, industry, sport, and recreation through
education, grant funding, club support, government lobbying, liability insurance, and participant
programs.

HISTORY

Horse Council BC was established in 1980 to provide a coordinating body to serve all equestrian and
equine interests except pari‐mutuel racing. Guided by the objectives of our constitution with
representation on the Board of Directors from across the province and all FEI Sport disciplines, Horse
Council BC serves members involved in all aspects of the horse industry. Our ongoing commitments to
communication, education and the well‐being of horses are reflected in the quality programs we offer.

VISION STATEMENT

Horse Council BC strives to represent ALL horse people in BC regardless of discipline, breed orientation,
or sport. We endeavor to be an association that anyone active in the horse industry is proud to be a
part of. We are accessible to all our members and communicate with them on both a professional and
personal level. We ensure that we set an example for all other associations to follow.

Horse Council BC is the recognized Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization for Equestrian Sport in BC
(P/TSO)

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Equestrian Canada (EC)

Equestrian Canada is the National Governing Body for Equestrian and Equestrian Sport in Canada.
Through their partnership with Sport Canada, Coaches Association of Canada and the National Coaching
Certification Program, EC has developed NCCP compliant Coaching and Instructor Programs.

All EC Coaching and Instructor programs are compliant with the NCCP standards and must be developed
and piloted before they are accepted by the CAC and may carry the NCCP Certification brand.

Equestrian is one of over 67 sports in Canada with an NCCP coaching program. Equestrian NCCP
Coaching programs include English, Western, Endurance, Drive and Saddle Seat. Certification will be
available in the Instruction stream, and in the Coaching stream for Competition, Competition Specialist
and High Performance contexts. Together, the Instruction and Coaching certification streams of the
coaching program are aligned with requirements for equestrians in Long‐Term Equestrian Development
stages from Fundamentals to Living to Win.

The Equestrian Canada National Coaching Certification Program has the following objectives:
     To offer a standard of excellence in coaching practice.
     To provide a structure whereby coaches can be certified appropriate to their teaching context,
       and continue to develop professionally.
     To ensure the integration of the Coaching Certification Program into an overall strategy of
       coaching education
     To improve the level of performance and competence of Canadian equestrian coaches and their
       students
     To lead in long‐term equestrian athlete development, and widespread practice of good
       horsemanship
     To ensure safety of riders and horse welfare.

All Equestrian Canada coaching programs are developed by discipline‐specific coaching committees,
which are made up of provincial technical and administrative representatives and national discipline
representatives.

All Equestrian coach programs adhere to national standards.

All Equestrian Canada certified coaches are expected to abide by the Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics
and to adhere to the Equestrian Canada Coaching Code of Conduct. To be considered current, coaches
must maintain their EC Sport License (membership), Coaching Levy, First Aid certificate and meet the
updating requirements of their certificate.

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The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Introduction

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) develops the national standards for all National Coaching
Certification Programs (NCCP) in Canada. It is recognized as the most extensive and fundamental
program affecting sport development in Canada, touching virtually every sport delivery system.
The Program structures coaching development to standardize coaching levels across the nation and
provides the framework for the development of progressive coaching. It was developed and
implemented by the cooperative efforts of the National Sport Governing Bodies, Provincial Sport
Governing Bodies, Sport Canada, the provincial sport‐related government agencies, and the Coaching
Association of Canada with the collaborative assistance of coaches who created and continue to use the
program.

The NCCP outlines multiple levels of coaching competence. To be certified and recognized in any given
context, coaches must successfully complete all components for the context. The goal is to produce
certified coaches with sound and well‐tested coaching techniques to improve the performance of
Canadian athletes locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Components

Certification under the NCCP consists of three stages: In Training, Trained, and Certified. “In Training” is
for a coach who has begun training but not completed. A “Trained” designation is for a coach who has
completed all required training activities for a particular context. Lastly, a coach is considered “Certified”
when they have been successfully evaluated in outcomes for a particular context, and have met all
prerequisite requirements.

Administration

The Coaching Association of Canada maintains a database of all successfully completed NCCP
components. Upon registration in the database, individuals are assigned a Certified Coach Number
(CC#), which is used to track each individual’s progress towards certification. Coach transcripts are also
issued, which list each NCCP component completed.

The Provincial Sport Offices are responsible for maintaining records of completed components for each
certified coach or coach candidate. Upon completion of all EC requirements, EC authorizes certification
for the candidate and notifies the PSO of the candidate’s certified status. Once authorized, candidates in
provinces administered by a PSO, which is not a member of Equestrian Canada, will receive their
certificate directly from Equestrian Canada. PSOs, which are members of Equestrian Canada, may issue a
co‐branded certificate to the candidate, using the national standard template issued by Equestrian
Canada. Other letters of achievement may be issued for NCCP course participation, upon approval by
Equestrian Canada.
PSOs must register all NCCP activities and significant coaching professional development clinics with
Equestrian Canada prior to the event. The PSOs are responsible for tracking currency information on
individual coaches in their province

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Video Evaluation Guidelines

The National English Coaching committee has approved a motion to allow Competition Coach video
evaluations.

Submission procedure and evaluation fee

The candidate must complete the Competition Coach Evaluation Application form. All requirements and
procedures regarding prerequisites, lesson content, and topics are the same as those required for an “in
person” evaluation. The application fee must be included with the application.

Video will be at any time during the year. All evaluation videos received complete with all requirements
will be sent to two Equestrian Canada evaluators for evaluation. The video presented must have been
filmed recently and specifically for the purposes of this evaluation.

The DVD or video material will become the property of Horse Council BC and not be returned to the
candidate. By submitting a video evaluation the candidate agrees that the video may be used for Coach
and Evaluator training purposes after they are evaluated.

Two copies of the video must be sent to HCBC, we can accept CD, DVD or memory sticks. At this time we
cannot accept SIM cards. Please make sure that the video is in a format that will be viewable on any
computer or DVD player. Candidates may also wish to send in both a memory stick and DVD to ensure
that the format will be readable by the evaluators.

Demonstration Riders: The Coaching Association of Canada requires the use of demo riders to be at the
level described for the context. It is the responsibility of the candidate to set up the demo riders for
their video.

Competition Coach –

The teaching topics in this context require that the students (groups of 3) be proficient enough to ride
competently on the flat and over fences at 2’ 6” (.8 m) – minimum Rider 6 level.

Lesson topics
The topics used for in person evaluations are the same for video evaluations. Please refer to the list in the
candidate information package for the topics. Any lesson submitted that is not from the list of topics will
be returned to the candidate unevaluated.

Important
    The videographer must use a tripod to record the lesson, shaky videos will not be evaluated
    The video must have quality sound; videos that are difficult to hear will not be evaluated.
    Each video lesson must be no longer than 25 minutes in length; any footage after 25 minutes
       will not be viewed or evaluated.
    Lessons that are submitted by video must be using a topic from the list or it will not be
       evaluated.
    There should be only the coach candidate and the demo riders in the arena when producing a
       video for evaluation.
    Please keep dogs and other distractions out of the video and arena

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Submission Protocol

In a padded envelope, candidates must enclose
      Two duplicate CD’s, dvd’s or memory sticks holding the lessons to be evaluated
      A completed video evaluation request form
      Complete evaluation application form with all prerequisites completed in proof included
      Emergency Action plan for the facility that the video is shot at
      Payment included with application (the fee is the same as a regular evaluation)
      Video release forms for each demo rider
      Video declaration form from witness
      Written lesson plan for each lesson in the submission with the exception of the Equitation and
         lunge lesson.
Time line
All applications sent to the office will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email. Any application
that is not complete will be returned to the applicant without evaluation.

Results will be mailed to the candidates within 60 days of submission of the quarterly submission
deadline.

Resubmission Policies
Any video that is not audible or visible will be returned to the candidate unmarked. In this event
candidates are required to submit a new video.
In the case of an unsuccessful candidate, the candidate will be required to resubmit a video for the
component they were unsuccessful in with the appropriate component fee.

Filming Procedures:
     The DVD must be digital and each lesson taken in one non‐stop take and unedited
     The videographer and a witness must sign the video declaration form
     The taped footage must be submitted in DVD form or on a memory stick
     Background noise should be minimal,
     The voice of the coach must be audible at all times. This means that the cameral cannot be too
        far away from the coach. If necessary a portable microphone must be used.
     In cases where the coach cannot be clearly heard or understood, the video will be returned and
        will need to be re‐filmed.
     The cameral focus must be on the coach and rider(s) during any conversation
     The camera should use a wide angle shot to capture the rider(s) as he/she/they perform the
        skill(s)as well as the coach candidate
     The end result needs to provide the evaluator with a clear and cohesive view of the lesson given
     All DVD’s or memory sticks be submitted with the lesson topics clearly marked in order. Video
        must have at least a 10 second pause between lessons and be clearly marked with the date and
        candidate name.
     Lessons should be recorded in a enclosed arena or ring. If the zoom feature is used, the horses
        should be no larger than ¼ of the screen. Please ensure that the evaluator sees the both the
        coach and the riders.
     Please preview all material before you send it in
     There should be no other horses or riders in the arena other than the demonstration riders

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Consent to Use Personal Information
                                     (Video release form for demo riders)

     I,                                     hereby authorize
          Name of individual                                     Name of Coach Candidate

     To arrange for a video to be taken for the purposes of evaluating
                                                                         Name of Coach Candidate

     For EC/NCCP Coaching certification.

                                       OR

     I,                                       hereby authorize
       Name of Parent or Guardian                                Name of Coach Candidate

     To arrange for a video of                                   and use it for the purpose of
                                 Name of minor

     Evaluating                                    for EC/NCCP coaching certification

     I understand that the video will not be used by Equestrian Canada for any other purpose than
     those stated with our authorized, written permission.

     I hereby release Equestrian Canada of any and all liability arising from such videoing and use.

     Signature:                                      Date:

     Address:

     Addendum:

     I consent to Horse Council BC using the video for the purpose Evaluator Training only, not for
     sale or public distribution or viewing.

     Signature:

     Parent or Guardian signature:

     There is no obligation to agree to the addendum, video’s without specific permission will not
     be used for evaluator training
     This form must be included, with all required signatures with the Video Evaluation submission
     package.

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