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.

Feb 19, 2020 Intercollegiate

Eventing at NC State Treasures Horsemanship and Friendship

Eventing at NC State was founded in 2016 and we currently have 18 undergraduate members as well as a supportive group of alumni riders. We are proud to be the first intercollegiate team in North Carolina located at the heart of the 1862 Land Grant Institution, NC State University. We have riders just beginning their eventing careers as well as those that are seasoned competitors, competing from Maiden through Training level.

Feb 18, 2020 Instructors

Dibowski Wants You to Feel the Rhythm at the 2020 ICP Symposium

Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.

Feb 18, 2020 Education

Top 10 Tips for Introducing Your Horse to Cross-Country with Tim Bourke

A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?

Feb 17, 2020 Instructors

Andreas Dibowski’s Words of Wisdom From Day 1 of the 2020 ICP Symposium

The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.

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