Rookie Riders 1 Instructor Training

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April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The fun-filled, active workshop focused on the instruction of fundamental skills and group management skills in a non-equestrian environment.  After the completion of the program, instructor candidates will:

  • Be familiar with the ground and barrel skills in the program
  • Have practiced performing and teaching the majority of the skills included in the program
  • Able to manage a large group of participants and lead small group activities using Rookie Riders lesson plans
  • Be confident in their ability to deliver the Rookie Riders program to participants in the FUNDamentals and Learn to Train stages of development

Workshop participants will be given access to the PLAYBuilder App which includes access to pre-built lesson plans, instructional videos, and other support resources as part of the workshop package.


How to Become an Instructor

The instructor responsible for any Rookie Riders session must always be present, hold an Equestrian Canada Coach License and an active NCCP Certification (any sport), or be a qualified physical education teacher, in addition to having completed the Rookie Riders 1 instructor training. As a certified and Licensed coach or instructor, you will be provided with the resources required to run the program, including:

  • Horsemanship Handouts and Quizzes
  • Free Access to PLAYbuilder
  • Access to over 150 Rookie Riders’ activities
  • Access to over 25 Rookie Riders Pre-built lesson plans
  • Ability to create personalized lesson plans
  • Rookie Riders Certificates of Completion
  • Rookie Riders Barrel Adoption Certificates

Rookie Riders Interns

Rookie Riders is best delivered by a team of instructors. Once you’ve chosen your delivery model, determine how many instructors you need and make sure they all have the appropriate training. The Rookie Riders program is a great way for youth riders to be introduced into a coaching role, by becoming a Rookie Riders “Intern”. Rookie Riders Interns should:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Complete the Rookie Riders 1 Instructor Training
  • Sign the Equestrian Canada Coaching Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics
  • Have their Learn to Ride English Level 6 or Western Level 4 if offering a Rookie Riders program that includes riding
  • Hold a Registered Coach Status


How to Register:


  • Click REGISTER HERE to go to the MyEC homepage
  • Once logged on to MyEC, scroll down and click the ECampus
  • This will put you on the ECampus homepage. Click “Catalog” on the top menu bar, and then “Live Training” in the drop-down menu. This will list all the courses currently open for registration.

*Note: If you haven’t set up your MyEC account yet, no problem! Follow the prompts on the MyEC home page to get started. You can set up a free account without having to purchase an EC Sport License.

Date & Time
April 13
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wesley Clover Parks
Nepean, ON Canada


Ontario Equestrian