Posts By: Helen Richardson

Coach Training

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The snow has finally landed around here. While I wish I could write poetic, lovely verses about the love I possess for the white stuff, it would be complete fiction.  OK, it is great to take a horse out and hack through it on an unseasonably warm day occasionally through the long dark months, but I’d rather have grass under my feet to be honest! As coaches, this time of year makes us take a deep breath and start considering what the next few months…
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Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) – What is it?!

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One of the hot terms being tossed around by coaches these days is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). If you are coaching and you’re not talking or thinking about it just yet, don’t panic – I’ll fill you in so you can talk like you personally came up with the idea! So what is LTAD? And why do we care?  I mean, my students come for lessons every week because of my super amazingness.  They’ll keep taking lessons with me for as long as I…
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10 Tips To Lunge Like A Pro

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Lunging is perhaps one of the most unfamiliar skills for many new equestrians. Coaches lunge for various reasons, including improving a horse’s way of going, starting or teaching a young horse new skills, detecting lameness, exercise and even reinforcing a student’s riding position. The skill needed to lunge a horse safely and effectively can be learned through the Equine Canada Learn to Ride Program (Rider Levels 5 to 8) and the Equine Canada Coaching Certification Program. In the coaching evaluations administered by provincial sport organizations…
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Stay sane this winter with a little creativity

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Before I get to the next blog, I have to pass on some very exciting news! The Transfer Update Clinic that all existing Coach 1, 2 and 3’s have to complete to transition to the new NCCP coaching system has been organized by Equine Canada. The clinic is being delivered online as a webinar. There are tons of dates and times available for you to register and complete the clinic ASAP. Click HERE to have a look and register so you can check this requirement…
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Don’t fret about NCCP coach transfer of qualifications

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NCCP coach transfer of qualifications. Those words have many of us swearing like a pirate who has run out of grog. You may have seen the press release from Equine Canada in September announcing that the Canadian Equestrian Coaching program is being transitioned from older levels of recognition (English / Western Level 1, 2, 3, etc.) to the new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) model of Instructors, Competition Coaches, Competition Coach Specialists and High Performance Coaches. If you were certified as a coach prior to…
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Competition Coach Specialist – Are you special enough?

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Okay, so maybe Instructor of Beginners, with their love of FUNdamentals, or Competition Coach, introducing young (and not so young) equestrians to the world of competition are not your cup of tea. Perhaps your skills are better suited in the Equine Canada gold show warm-up rings? Rather than entering shows as they pop up in the calendar, do you sit down with your students and come up with a plan for the year? Have you competed at the gold level yourself – and survived? Have you coached…
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Competition Coach – Is This You?

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If being an Instructor of Beginners isn’t for you, you are working more with students who compete, or want to get into the competition world, you might be better suited to Equine Canada’s Competition Coach certification. A Competition Coach (“Comp Coach” to those of us too lazy to use the entire title.) is a coach who enjoys taking students from understanding the basic skills of piloting their horse or pony around the sand ring at home to heading out into the wide world of competition…
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To IOB or not to IOB

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What is an Instructor of Beginners (IOB)? The textbook definition from Equine Canada and the OEF is: The Instructor of Beginner program is focused on those who wish to take on the instruction of children and adults learning to ride, establishing foundational riding skills with an eye on safety. What the heck does that mean? Is that you? If I am asked what an Instructor candidate looks like, I usually think of a fun, energetic coach who has the patience to take time and explain…
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Why Did I Get Certified?

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I have been a Canadian certified equestrian coach for many years now. I was certified in 1992 when I was 21 years old. You can do the math; just don’t tell me the number you come up with because I still believe I’m in my 20s. After riding in weekly lessons growing up, progressing to owning our own family horse (Yep, we shared; my sister, mom, dad and I. There were fights. Poor Marty, he had to do EVERYTHING!), Pony Club, Hunter, “A” circuit Jumper,…
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