An addendum has been issued by Canada Equestrian to comply with the Animal Welfare Regulations in the Learn to Ride Program textbooks and the Stable Management Manual. Make sure to download the following link to include the addendum in your manuals.


What is the English Rider Program?

The EC English Learn to Ride Program was developed for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship and practices. The purpose of this program is to produce safe and knowledgeable horsemanship and to assist in the development of future instructors and coaches.

The Rider Level 1-10 program has been tailored to further assist those riders who seek to further their riding skills on the flat but who may not wish to continue over fences. Candidates will have the option at Rider Level 3 to either take the full riding phase or the flat-only section. This option is continued through Rider Levels 4-10.


Candidates intending to pursue their instructor or coach levels should carefully consider the following:
  • Those candidates who wish to attain their instructor certification must successfully pass either the full riding OR the flat phase at Rider 6.
  • The Practical Horse Knowledge/Written/Lunging Phases must also be completed. If an instructor candidate wishes to teach over fences then the candidate would be required to complete the full Rider 6 exam.
  • Those candidates who wish to attain their Competition Coach certification will need to ensure they complete full rider levels up to and including Rider 8.


What is Expected from Each Level?

Click on the level to view the rubrics for each.

Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5Level 6Level 7Level 8Level 9Level 10

Level manuals are available for purchase from the SHF Office. The manuals are $30.00/book plus tax and shipping (if applicable).