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Wed, 2017-04-19 09:40

First Instructors' Certification Program YEH Workshop to be Held June 26-28

Authored By: Sue Hershey
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Following the announcement of the new USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Young Event Horse (YEH) Professional Trainer and Instructor Certificates, the USEA is excited to introduce the first ICP Young Horse Workshop. The workshop will be held June 26-28, 2017 at Steuart Pittman’s Dodon Farm in Davidsonville, Md.

The two new ICP Certificates include the Young Event Horse Instructor certificate and the Young Event Horse Professional Trainer certificate. Young Event Horses are defined as 4-/5-year-olds. To read more about the capabilities necessary to earning either certificate, click here.

A significant purpose of these additions is to support and complement the USEA’s Young Event Horse program via ICP education and certification of high quality instructors of riders of young event horses (YEH Instructor) and high quality professional trainers of these young horses (YEH Professional Trainer).  Further, the smart breeding and early horse training and care encouraged by the USEA’s Future Event Horse program must be followed by developmentally appropriate and humane principles and well applied ridden training practices in order to increase the likelihood that every horse has the chance to be all that he or she can be.

The first ICP Young Event Horse Workshop will be presented on Monday-Wednesday, June 26-28, 2017, at Steuart Pittman’s Dodon Farm located at 440 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, MD 20135. Other ICP YEH Workshops will occur this year in Ohio and California, with more details to come as they become available. If you are interested in hosting a YEH Workshop, please contact Nancy Knight ([email protected]) or Sue Hershey ([email protected]). 

Individuals participate at a YEH Workshop who are interested in becoming certified as a YEH instructor or a YEH professional trainer.  Or, even, both!  Doing both at the same YEH Workshop means that you will both instruct and ride YEHs during each of its three days.  The YEH Workshop focuses its first day upon young event horse dressage training, its second upon young event horse show jump training, and its third upon young event horse cross country riding and training.  An ICP Workshop is full with 8 candidates and is led by an ICP YEH faculty member.

Before attending a YEH Workshop as a participating candidate, you are required to obtain, complete, and return to Nancy Knight the YEH Instructor Registration Form or the YEH Professional Trainer Registration Form (or both).  These forms are available online or from Nancy Knight, Sue Hershey, or from any YEH Workshop’s host. 

To find the dates and sites of 2017 ICP Workshops, whether for Levels I and II candidate instructors, for Levels III and IV candidate instructors, or for YEH candidate instructors and YEH candidate professional trainers, read the USEA website’s ICP calendar page.  To get to that page, click on this link or click on Education and then on Instructors’ Certification Program.  In the upper right of that page, click on “Upcoming Events” to see the ICP calendar.  ICP Assessment dates/sites will be listed there, too; ICP’s two Assessments this year will be held, as usual, in the fall.   Go to the ICP calendar frequently to find information about Workshops that have been added, as well as about the two 2017 Assessments.  To obtain from the USEA website the ICP Registration Form for a candidate instructor at any level (Levels I through IV) or for a candidate YEH Instructor or a candidate YEH Professional Trainer, click on that page’s “Documents,” located to the right of “Upcoming Events.”

To participate in an ICP Workshop of any kind, simply contact the Workshop host indicated in the ICP calendar listing.  To participate in an ICP Assessment after you have attended the required Levels I/II Workshops Pair, the Levels III/IV Workshop, or the YEH Workshop, contact Nancy Knight in the USEA office at [email protected] or 703 669-9997.   


Capabilities Necessary to Earning an ICP YEH Instructor/Professional Trainer Certificate, Bronze Level

ICP YEH Workshop Entry Form

ICP YEH Professional Trainer Registration and Recommendation Form

ICP YEH Instructor Registration and Recommendation Form


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