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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Testimonials

I was an emancipated woman – or so I thought – and as such, I should be able to ride in any saddle. That was my mindset until I actually felt the difference between a saddle made for men and one made for women. Without exaggeration, this was truly an eye-opening experience. I rode so naturally without making any effort to have my legs hang straight down where they were supposed to be, and I felt the movement as one with my horse. Since then, as a trainer I often think that a saddle that is correctly fitted to my students would definitely help some of their position issues.

— Nicole Kunzel, Classical Riding Trainer, Hanover Germany

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