In Ontario, we have had a Trail Guide Certification Program for several years. This program has been put on hold with no new guides certified in the last two years in anticipation of the new National Trial Guide certification program.
Québec à cheval’s new equestrian tourism program, which encompasses a four-colour reference manual and a multi-level training program to teach trail riding, leading and guiding, will soon be coming to Ontario.
Québec à cheval is widely known in the province of Quebec for its extensive expertise in recreational riding and driving education and training programs. Executive director Julie Villeneuve, together with program coordinator Audrey Lapointe, are working with Equine Canada’s recreation and coaching divisions to coordinate the delivery of the new program across Canada through provincial equestrian federations, coaches and outfitters.
This program satisfies that desire and, at the same time, allows participants to build on their horsemanship and trail skills as they choose, module by module. If you dream of leading an overnight ride or a multi-day excursion, this program will be fully adaptable.
More information about the program, as well as how to purchase the over 200-page fully illustrated manual, will be available shortly. In the meantime, there are still several active Ontario Certified Trail Guides if you are looking for a safe place to go for a trail ride or to start your training as a certified guide.
If you are interested in becoming certified as a trail guide, please fill out the application form to declare your interest. This will help move things forward when we information about training and certification opportunities from Equine Canada.