Efficiency Tests (E to A) / The Steps Training Certificate

The Steps Training Certificate is now available to members who have completed the Introduction to Coaching Steps 1-3.

Step 1

Who is this course for?

  • Pony Club Members aged 16 years or older who are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level (This group will have priority for places)
  • Past Members, supporters or parents over 25 years who have sound horse knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level
  • Pony Club coaches at any level who want to refresh their ideas or check they are in line with best practice

What’s involved?
These courses develop participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity.  All participants will have the opportunity to teach. 
The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive. The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone.

This course focuses on the basic skills needed to begin coaching, including planning riding and horse care sessions and the values underpinning Pony Club coaching.

The Tutor : Participant ratio is 1:6.

A minimum of 40 hours coaching/volunteering is required to progress to the next STEPS level.

Step 2

Who is this course for?

  • Younger coaches (suggested minimum age: 17 years)
  • More experienced coaches as a CPD refresher within Branches/Centres
  • Any Pony Club coaches, as a refresher, who require an accreditation day, in either Areas or Branches/Centres.

What’s involved?
These courses develop participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity.  All participants will have the opportunity to teach. 
The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive. The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone.

This course focuses on introducing jumping, rider balance and a balanced jumping position, and working groups in open spaces (rider control!)

The Tutor : Participant ratio is 1:4.

A minimum of 40 hours coaching/volunteering is required to progress to the next STEPS level.

Step 3

Who is this course for?

  • Younger coaches (suggested minimum age 18 years) who have completed Introduction To Coaching Courses - Step 1 and Step 2.
  • More experienced senior coaches as a refresher within Branches/Centres.
  • Any Pony Club coaches, who wish to coach cross country in their Branch/Centre.

What’s involved?
These courses develop participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity.  All participants will have the opportunity to teach. 
The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive. The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone.

This course focuses on the safety requirements for cross country coaching, and how to best prepare riders to tackle cross country challenges safely and effectively. 

The Tutor : Participant ratio is 1:4.

How do I book?

Visit the Coaching CPD Courses page to check for dates, and contact the organiser of the course directly. 

Further Information:

Step 1 tutor notes
Step 2 tutor notes
Step 3 tutor notes
STEPS 1-3 INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Read

Pony Club Publications

  • The Manual of Horsemanship
  • The Instructor’s Handbook
  • Coach’s Folder
  • Look…  No Hands! Straightforward Cross Country - Eric Smiley

Suggested further riding:

  • Themed Lesson Plans for Riding Instructors: A Handbook for Teaching Recreational Riders - Melissa Troup
  • 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider – Jec Aristotle Ballou
  • 101 Jumping Exercises: For Horse and Rider – Linda Allen

Internet Resources


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