Attendees of the 2022 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will get a first look at the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels. This educational tool was developed over the course of two years and is loaded with materials and resources targeted for all levels of eventing professionals, instructors, and coaches.
The ICP Symposium has undergone a reboot and will feature an interactive and inclusive format that encourages participation and input from active professionals at all levels through a hands-on live teaching session. While geared towards eventing professionals, the ICP Symposium is open to all who wish to attend and will feature relevant information that all riders and eventing enthusiasts can learn from. As an added perk, early registrants will receive an advanced copy of the new USEA Eventing Handbook! Register for the ICP Symposium here.
What can you expect from the USEA Eventing Handbook? Through systematic research, the ICP faculty and committee have put together a resource for instructors, riders, parents, and more to inform and clarify for themselves the following:
In preparation for its release, the USEA Eventing Handbook has undergone a thorough vetting by all of the major committees and branches of the USEA and USEF, including licensed officials, safety staff, membership, emerging athletes, and professional riders. The USEA Eventing Handbook was resoundingly endorsed by the USEA Board of Governors at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention this past December. Overviews of each level from Starter to Advanced are outlined with instructor requirements as well as expectations and requirements in each of the three phases of competition.
Want a sneak peek? Check out this excerpt from the USEA Eventing Handbook below:
The training of the horse should be centered around the following principles:
The amount and type of pressures the horse feels at any given moment are vast and varied. Understand what pressures are influencing the horse.
The slow way is the fast way.
• It is essential that for every new skill the instructor takes the necessary time and patience to install comprehension, trust, and confidence in the horse, and in the rider, such that they can successfully execute each new skill before increasing the difficulty. Skipping steps dilutes the education, inevitably costs time, and jeopardizes a safe and successful outcome in the long run.
The infinite possible variations in the combination of riders, horses and situations requires infinite imagination to train.
Instructors should aim to build and develop a correct foundation in both horse and rider.
The highest priority must be given to:
Instructors must stay current and up to date with all aspects of the sport, including:
Instructors should have the ability to teach the exercises and movements for dressage and jumping that are required at each competition level, based on the following criteria:
The instructor must take responsibility for the safety of the students and the welfare of the horses.
Linking the Flatwork to the Jumping
The Independent Seat
A key focus of the teaching of riding for eventing should be on the development of the “Independent Seat” in the rider, as follows:
A Correct Position = A Correct Foundation
The following description represents the ideal goals for rider position and balance, which will remain as ongoing targets and should be reinforced and confirmed as the rider progresses through the levels.
The lower leg position provides the base of support for the rider’s balance, and therefore must be correctly implemented and confirmed. The upper body should be centered over the lower leg and balanced over the middle of the horse.
The elements of a strong and effective leg position
Elements of the correct position should include the following:
About the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program
Instructors are essential to the training of riders and horses for safe and educated participation in the sport of eventing. The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) was initiated in 2002 to educate all levels of eventing instructors with crucial training principles upon which those instructors can continue to build throughout their teaching careers. ICP offers educational workshops and assessments by which both regular instructors, Level I through Level V, Young Event Horse (YEH) instructors, and Young Event Horse professional horse trainers can become ICP certified. Additional information about ICP’s goals, benefits, workshops, and assessments as well as names and contact information for current ICP-certified instructors, YEH instructors, and YEH professional horse trainers are available on the USEA website. Click here to learn more about the Instructors’ Certification Program.
The USEA would like to thank Stable Secretary and Parker Equine Insurance for sponsoring the Instructors’ Certification Program.
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