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Riding / Equestrian Instructor

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Riding Instructor
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€18 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Trains and instructs people to ride and care for ponies and horses at a stables.


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Luke Drea
Event Rider

Luke Drea is a 3 Day Event Rider who is Self Employed. He left school before the the Leaving Cert exams to study in Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, where he completed the Sport Horse Production course. During his Transition year in school he took a year out to work with horses and did the British Horse Society stage I & 2 exams.

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Riding instructors teach children and adults, both on an individual basis and in class groups. Teaching may include jumping techniques and hack rides, as well as flat riding; this depends on the place of employment. For each lesson the instructor devises and follows a lesson plan in order to keep track of what has been learned and practised.  
 
Most instructors have other duties in addition to teaching. These include exercising horses and ponies (in all weather) and training the young animals. Some time is spent in caring for the horses and ponies and in cleaning stables and tack. Paperwork, in the form of ordering supplies, handling accounts, and writing progress reports on clients may also be the riding instructor's responsibility.  
 
Some instructors work with people who have physical or mental impairments.


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Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.

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Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.

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Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.

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Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.

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Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.

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Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.

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Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.

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Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.

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Lead teams by serving as captain.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Developing and Building Teams: Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Candidates should have good health, physical fitness, a spirit of co-operation and enthusiasm for and enjoyment for all activities related to this career, and most importantly a desire to teach.  
 
Patience, a sympathetic manner and a liking for both people and horses are important. You will need good communication skills to help you encourage riders effectively.  
 
A first aid qualification and a driving licence are useful.


Entry Routesheader image

There are different routes to qualification as an Equestrian Instructor. One is to take the examinations of the British Horse Society (BHS).  
 
The Irish Certificate in Equitation Science (ICES) is recognised by the British Horse Society as the equivalent of the BHSAI (British Horse Society Assistant Instructor).

The Equestrian International Instructor-Level 1 (BHS AI) Traineeship provided through SOLAs (formerly FÁS) aims to provide both school leavers and unemployed people with an excellent foundation in the skills and practical experience required to gain employment as Instructors in the equine industry and to prepare them for examinations leading to recognised British Horse Society (BHS) Assistant Instructor qualifications.

The Equestrian International Instructor Level 1 (BHS AI) Traineeship is a 48 week programme. The Traineeship consists of 3 weeks off-the-job training with FÁS, 44 weeks training with an approved riding establishment who provide both on and off-the-job training and a final week of off-the-job training with FÁS. On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Equestrian Instruction.

There are several degree level programmes available LM093 - Bachelor of Science in Equine Science at University of Limerick is a 4-year Honours Degree which equips studnets with competence in the disciplines of Equine Science and a choice of professional studies in either Equitation or Equine Business Management. See course search 

Teagasc also offers courses of relevance to careers in the Equine industry - click here for more

To become an apprentice you must be a minimum of 16 years-old and have a D in five Junior Certificate subjects, or the equivalent.

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice with an employer if you satisfactorily complete an approved preparatory course. You can also be eligible if you are over 18 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience.

For more information look at the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment.

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

Last Updated: February, 2015


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Organisation: Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)
Address: Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Tel: (0)45 850800
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Organisation: British Horse Society (BHS)
Address: Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ
Tel: +44 (0)1926 707700
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Organisation: Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE)
Address: Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare
Tel: (045) 522468
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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: SOLAS
Address: Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin, 1
Tel: (01) 533 2500
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