Jan 15, 2020

Plan to Get ICP Certified this Winter

By Lauren Gash - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The Instructors’ Certification Program is vital to preparing riders and their horses for humane, safe, and skilled participation in the sport of eventing. If you would like to be a part of a professional network of like-minded individuals committed to learning and sharing essential time-tested training principles, with ongoing opportunities to learn, grow, and advance as an instructor, then the ICP is for you!

The ICP is focused on establishing and identifying essential training principles from time-tested sources and experience with today’s competition challenges. Getting certified is simple and not as time-consuming or costly as it once was. There are scholarships available to help you cover the cost of a workshop or assessment through the Cindy Burge Memorial ICP Grant. We are excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for 2020, coming soon!

  1. First, contact Nancy Knight for an ICP Registration Form, complete it, and return it. ($75.00 for registration)
  2. Read through the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook; you will receive these after you register with ICP.
  3. Read the recommended materials listed in the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook before you plan to attend a workshop.
  4. Obtain a written sign-off recommendation from an experienced eventing professional. (last page of the ICP Candidate Application)
  5. Submit three student verification forms for students you are teaching or have taught at the level at which you are seeking certification. (Included in Application)
  6. Attend the required ICP Workshop(s) for the level at which you wish to attain certification. Candidates for each level must attend a dressage and jumping workshop. (Level I/II workshops are $400 each and Level III/IV workshops are $500 each)
  7. After you have completed a workshop, you can sign up to be assessed. (Assessments are $500)
  8. Prepare, attend, and pass your assessment
  9. After you are certified, every four years there is a continuing education requirement of four credits.

To remain current with ICP, you must:

  • Be a current member of the USEA
  • Possess current professional liability insurance
  • Possess a current CPR/First-Aid card
  • Pass SafeSport Training
  • Pass a nationwide background check
  • Complete the CDC Heads Up Concussion Training module
  • Sign the ICP Code of Professional Responsibility

Opportunities to continue learning:

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 instructor with essential 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 IV, 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 is available on the USEA website. Click here to learn more about the Instructors’ Certification Program.

The USEA would like to thank EquiAppraisal for sponsoring the Instructors’ Certification Program.

Mar 03, 2021 Education

VIDEO: Forward Riding for Successful Jumping with Kim Severson

Five-star eventer Kim Severson taught a show jumping clinic in January at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on the importance of forward riding for successful jumping. In this exercise, which Severson progressively adds additional pieces to, riders are instructed to focus on the quality of their canter.

Mar 02, 2021 Affiliates

IDCTA Presents: A Live Stream with David O'Connor

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.

Mar 02, 2021 Volunteers

Billy Jackson: USEA's Volunteer of the Month

Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.

Mar 01, 2021 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: March 6-7, 2021

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

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