AMERICAN RIDING INSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION (ARIA)

 

image00A national association for horseback riding instructors, ARIA’s purpose is to promote excellence in the profession of horseback riding instruction based on the principles of Safety, Knowledge, and Integrity. The health, happiness and well-being of students and horses are ARIA’s primary concern for 31 years. ARIA offers nationally-recognized instructor certification testing through its American Riding Instructor Certification Program. Certification is offered for 3 experience levels and in 15 disciplines: Hunt Seat over Fences, Hunt Seat on the Flat, Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving, Eventing, Western Pleasure & Equitation, Reining, Mounted Patrol Training Officer, Stable Management, Recreational Riding, Saddle Seat, Distance Riding, Riding to Hounds, and Side-Saddle.

Educational and informative articles are published in their quarterly magazine ‘Riding Instructor’ (also in monthly digital format) and in ARIA E-News.  Membership to ARIA is open to all.

As ARIA’s Official Education Partner, Jochen Schleese writes monthly educational articles for the Riding Instructor on the Importance and How To’s of achieving optimal saddle fit to ensure comfort, back health and freedom for both horse and rider.

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Margaret Boyce

For me as a coach and judge, we absolutely do not want to see all our years of hard work and dedication go down the drain because of ill-fitting saddles on our horses. Saddlefit 4 Life®’s amazing developments, have absolutely benefitted the riders but more importantly - for the horse's long term health with immediate and visible results. Seeing is believing! I saw a close friend of mine whose horse has been misdiagnosed for years as to why he was not happy in his work. This horse had his hocks injected; he had an MRI and several other medical procedures trying to find the answer as to why this TB gelding was so resistant even in the most basic work. This horse saw saddlers, chiropractor, massage therapist - the owner felt she did everything she could for this horse and nothing seemed to help. Even the veterinary clinic found and treated the symptoms but never found the cause for this horse's pain. In the diagnostic saddle fit evaluation, Jochen discovered several major fitting issues on this horse and immediately set to work like a surgeon, fitting the horse instantly with a new saddle and the results were beyond amazing. In all the years I have known this horse - I have never seen him produce a regular three beat canter under saddle until that very day. Once all the pressure points were relieved on this extremely sensitive horse, he moved with so much freedom and regularity and offered no resistance - as a judge and coach I just started applauding and crying at the same time!

— Margaret Boyce, Equine Canada Certified Dressage Coach and Judge

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