Horseback Riding Instructor Certifications

The following organizations provide training and certification for horseback riding programs. Contact information and course titles are provided for your convenience. If you have a question about an organization that is not on the list, please contact the standards department at the ACA National Office.  Certification as well as documented experience and training gained through entities not listed below may also meet some of the requirements for the horseback riding supervisor (PD.14).

 

  • AAHS - American Association for Horsemanship Safety
    Drawer 39
    Fentress, TX 78622
    512-488-2220
    Fax- 512-488-2319
    Web Site: www.horsemanshipsafety.com
    E-mail: mail@horsemanshipsafety.com 
    Certified Riding Instructor
  • American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)
    28801 Trenton Court
    Bonita Springs, FL 34134-3337
    Phone: 239-948-3232
    Fax: 239-948-5053
    E-mail: aria@riding-instructor.com
    Web site: www.riding-instructor.com
    Nationally Recognized Certification
  • BHS - British Horse Society
    Stoneleigh Deer Park Kenilworth
    Warwickshire CV8 2XZ England
    011-44-1926-707700
    Fax: 011-44-1926-707800
    Web site: www.bhs.org.uk
  • CHA - Certified Horsemanship Association
    4037 Iron Works Parkway Suite 180
    Lexington, KY 40511
    800-399-0138
    fax 859-255-0726
    E-mail: office@cha-ahse.org
    Web site: www.cha-ahse.org
    "Level 1" or higher instructor certification
  • CCHI - Christian Camp Horsemanship International
    2925 Gulf Freeway South, Suite B-113
    League City, TX 77573-6750
    888-450-9757
    E-mail: info@christiancamphorsemanshipint.com
    Web site: www.christiancamphorsemanshipint.com/
  • DRA – Dude Ranch Association
    1122 12th Street
    Cody, Wyoming 82414
    Contact: Colleen Hudson
    307-586-2776
    E-mail: colleen@duderanch.org
    Web: www.duderanch.org
  • Equestrian Management Workshops
    1479 Coffman Bend Dr
    Climax Springs, MO 65324
    573-345-8818
    E-mail: eqmw@yahoo.com
    Web: www.eqmw.com
  • HSA - Horsemanship Safety Association, Inc.
    120 Ohio Avenue
    Madison, WI 53704
    800-798-8106
  • Meredith Manor Int'l Equestrian Centre
    Rt. 1 Box E
    Waverly, WV 26184
    800-679-2603
    Web site: www.meredithmanor.com
    Instructor certification on 3 levels.
  • PATH International  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
    P.O. Box 33150
    Denver, CO 80233
    800-369-RIDE or 303-452-1212
    Fax: 303-252-4610
    Web site: www.narha.org
    "Registered," "Advanced," or "Master Instructor"
  • USDF - United States Dressage Federation
    P.O. Box 6669
    Lincoln, NE 68506-0669
    402-434-8550
    Fax: 402-434-8570
    E-mail: usdressage@navix.net
    Web site: www.usdf.org
  • USPC - United States Pony Club
    4041 Iron Works Parkway
    Lexington, KY 40511
    859-254-7669
    Fax: 859-233-4652
    Web site: www.ponyclub.org
    Doesn't specifically certify instructors. However, ACA accepts a 'AH' level pony clubber.