How to Use: There are a number of different ways to utilize this search engine. Note that the search engine sorts instructors/coaches by area alphabetically and then by first name alphabetically within their area.
"Current" Instructors/Coaches: Those with contact information showing are professionally current and active, and have opted to have their contact information displayed. Each "current" instructor/coaches name is hyperlinked to their individual profile page. Click on the instructor/coaches name to bring up more detailed information about that individual and to see what programs and services they offer. If contact information is not displayed, one or more items required to maintain certification has lapsed.
Inactive/Not EC Certified: Certification is an important lifetime achievement. All EC certified instructors/coaches in Alberta, are honoured in the list. If an instructor/coach is not listed, they have not been certified by Equestrian Canada.
The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) takes pride in all of our instructors/coaches. As such, we are not able to recommend one instructor/coach over another to individuals seeking instruction/coaching. We can however, provide educational resources to individuals on how to select the right level of instructor/coach. If you do not see your instructors/coach's name on this list, please have them get in touch with the Alberta Equestrian Federation directly.
1. Professional & Accountable - Certified instructors/coaches are professionals who are expected to adhere to strict standards of the profession. (EC Code of Ethics & EC Coaching Code of Conduct);
2. Safety and First Aid - Trained in procedures, coaches hold a valid First Aid certificate which must be kept up to date for the coach to maintain a current status;
3. Theory - Certified instructors/coaches know "how" to teach/coach. Instructors/Coaches support all aspects of the sport, not just the technical skill. Successful completion of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a requirement at each level;
4. Knowledge and Technical Competence - Instructor/coach candidates are assessed by qualified personnel. Candidates are required to show their technical ability as well as having theoretical knowledge;
5. Consistency and Upgrading - Through a process of formal study, mentorship and assessment, instructors/coaches are taught and tested on consistent skills. Instructors/coaches must upgrade their knowledge to stay certified therefore keeping skills fresh and current;
6. Stable Management - Instructors/coaches have learned and have been tested on more than just technical skills, they are capable of teaching every aspect of horse care;
7. Commitment - Becoming certified requires significant time and financial commitment on the part of the instructor/coach;
8. Sport Specific - Instructors/coaches are evaluated and certified in the area of their expertise;
9. Resources - Certified instructors/coaches have all the resources at EC and the Alberta Equestrian Federation available to them to upgrade, educate and learn;
10. Learn to Ride - Only EC Certified instructors/coaches can examine the EC Learn to Ride rider developement levels;
11. Conformance - with growing public expectation of certification in all amateur sports.