Equi-Skills

ENSW Equi-Skills Programme and EA Education Programme

The most exciting thing to happen to interschool riding is the introduction by Equestrian NSW of the Equi-Skills Programme in which riders work towards nationally recognised achievement certificates.

Equestrian Australia, as part of its member education services, has provided school based riders with access to their Introductory Riding and Introductory Horse Management workbooks at a discounted price for use in the programme.

On enrolment, riders receive the workbooks and an Equi-Skills saddle patch for their school saddlecloth.  The theory components of EA training are delivered in a flexible home-study manner using comprehensive workbooks and recommended reading which can be supplemented using your own coach or through "group training".  Practical study may be done through the Equi-Skills group training programme or individually with coaches, coach educators or other industry experts.

It is hoped that equestrian sport will eventually be more widely recognised in schools with training taking place during sports afternoons.

Equi-Skills Group Training

Equi-Skills group training is provided once a month by NCAS coaches who have been nominated as providers in the programme. There may be six to ten riders enrolled in any one group which will meet at a venue convenient to it and to the coach. The coaching session will be of three hours' duration during which time one hour will be devoted to horse management theory and two hours to riding. Riding may be conducted in two smaller groups, with one group mounted and the other as spectators.

The cost to each rider involved in group training will be capped at $45 per rider inclusive of venue hire. Where one on one instruction is taken there is no fee cap and no time commitment.  The training follows the syllabus of the EA Introductory Riding & Horse Management certificates, both of which are provided as part of the enrolment package. Worksheets will be filled in at each coaching session. Progress will be monitored by your instructor and assessor.

Is this for me?

Maybe you aspire to work within the horse industry when you finish school or maybe you are the mum or dad that wants to be a bit more "in tune" with your horse mad kids or you just want a bit more structure to your regular riding lessons. Inter-school riders are part of the whole EA family and while the programme has originated with the ENIC committee there is no restriction on who can join the programme. In all cases successful completion of modules are registered with the EA coordinator as they form part of the pathway towards accreditation and other higher qualifications. The minimum age for the programme is set at 12.

The minimum age for the EA national education courses is fixed at;
12 years to commence Introductory Certificates in Horse Management and Riding
18 years to commence Introductory Coaching certificate
Groups may be arranged by schools, riders or coaches.

Assessments will be carried out by Coach Educators and arranged through the coach and the Equi-Skills Coordinator.

Once the Introductory Horse Management and Introductory Riding modules have been completed, the Level I Horse Management and Riding modules provide an opportunity for further study and this may also be purchased direct from the Equestrian Australia National Office .

What's Next?

Fill in the enrolment form and send it with your fee to the ENSW Equi-Skills Coordinator, P O Box 7077, Wetherill Park BC, NSW 2164. On receipt of your form and payment, the course workbooks and saddle patch will be sent to you.

  • If you already receive training, discuss the programme with your coach.
  • If you already have regular lessons with a private coach, your coach can provide the training on a one-to-one basis or in a smaller group but the fee for such training is not capped.
  • If the coach is already a provider of group training registered with the Equi-Skills programme you may be able to arrange to join an existing group.
  • If your coach is not a provider but wishes to join in the scheme, then he/she should fill in a coach enrolment form and send it to the Equi-Skills Coordinator and proceed to establishing an appropriate group(s)
  • For non-riding horse owners, parents of riders and others

If you wish to be a part of the scheme, you are welcome. ENSW is keen to educate people who can join our group of volunteer officials. Participating in the scheme will enable you to learn more about the sport and its disciplines. The only charge for non-riding participants is the cost of the Introductory Horse Management workbook.

Forms

ENSW Equi-Skills Enrolment Form.pdf

ENSW Equi-skills Coach Enrolment.pdf

How do I get assessed?

School riders may enrol in the programme at any time for a cost of $79.00 and adult persons for $130. This includes enrolment, training workbooks, registration saddle badge and eligibility to join a group if required. When you have completed one of the courses, you will receive a certificate noting your achievement.

 

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