International Level 3
The following is the recommended minimum criteria that should be included when developing riding instructor examinations to meet the requirements of the IGEQ matrix.
The candidate will ride and assess three horses. They should be able to demonstrate:
- Confidence and the ability to assess each horse and work it to development and improvement.
- A secure, deep, effective, position with ability to develop harmony with the horses.
- The work should ideally be to medium level but include single flying changes.
- The ability to discuss the work they have done and how it affected the horses, clearly showing their knowledge in discussion.
The candidate will ride one horse over show jumps and one across country. They will show:
- Confidence and effect in riding any type of horse.
- Good judgment of speed and pace according to conditions.
- Good balance, depth, security and harmony in their riding.
- The ability to discuss any problems or training issues and what they did about them.
Through practical demonstration and oral discussion, the candidate will show all aspects of yard management. They will demonstrate competence in running a large establishment through a range of practical tasks and oral discussion. These will cover fitness, feeding, breeding, care of pasture, yard management and organisation including basic financial management of a business. They will demonstrate skill in dealing with staff and clients and the possible problems that this involves.
The candidate will lunge a horse to assess and improve it. They can use poles if they wish to.
- All the teaching criteria from Level 1 and 2 would be more consolidated.
- In addition to the previous skills achieved, the coach must demonstrate the ability to train and develop future instructors.
- Train individuals and groups to advanced medium dressage level, including the flying change.
- Train individuals and groups to 1m 20 show jumping and over fixed or cross country type fences.
- Demonstrate a full understanding of the scales of training.
- Further develop the fitness of horse and rider relevant to higher levels of competition.
- Importance of understanding mental preparation for both horse and rider to enable best performance.
- Demonstrate a depth of experience reflecting knowledge for developing varied partnerships, including young horses, young riders and successful competition partnerships.
- They will be able to discuss all aspects of teaching horse and rider.
- They will have knowledge on subjects such as dressage training, jumping training or training students for a career in the horse industry.