The Equestrian Coaching Certificate pathway endorsed by UK Coaching and provided by 1st4Sport is a standardized approach across equestrian disciplines and focuses on the coaching craft in the context of equestrianism.
It usually contains a course with a taught element – both in the classroom and practically alongside the development of a coach portfolio based on clients you are coaching – and an assessment which looks at the your coaching skills (whilst coaching elements from the technical syllabus at each level) and also requires the submission of a portfolio.
It does not assess knowledge or expertise in relation to horse care and welfare albeit demonstration of an appreciation of equine health and welfare is necessary as a requirement to register for these qualifications either demonstrated through experience or previous qualifications.
CERTIFICATE IN COACHING LEVEL 1
This qualification will qualify you to operate as an equestrian coaching assistant in the general riding environment. You will be able to support other coaches to deliver and evaluate coaching sessions. You will be qualified to work alongside other coaches in an assistant role and will form part of a larger coaching team.
As you complete the qualification, you will learn what the role of a coaching assistant is, what will be expected of you in this role, and what the boundaries of this role are. You will also develop your coaching skills and learn how to deliver pre-planned coaching activities that are safe and effective.
CERTIFICATE IN COACHING LEVEL 2
This qualification will qualify you to operate as an equestrian coach in the general riding environment. You will be able deliver and evaluate coaching sessions. You will be qualified to work as a coach independently.
You will develop your knowledge of the technical coaching requirements for general riding. As you complete the qualification, you will enhance your understanding of the role and responsibilities of the equestrian coach, as well as those around you, ensuring your coaching is safe and inclusive. You will plan, deliver, and review a series of coaching activities that are safe and effective, as well as linked and progressive in nature in order to develop riders’ performance within the specific discipline of being coached.