Federation of Professional Trainers

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This far-reaching organization is compiled of several sub-groups within its membership – professional trainers of all levels, various grass-roots riding organizations and clubs, aspiring equine professionals in various career paths, and people who simply love horses and want to be involved. Under the directorship of Carolin Schmidt, the organization has grown to over 4000 members and is in direct competition with the FN in its training and certification process of professional trainers and riding masters. Both organizations promote classical riding and are very much concerned with the concept of proper saddle fit and how it relates to horse and rider performance.

Saddlefit 4 Life® has been integrated into the training curriculum of the professional trainers and Jochen Schleese has been travelling to Germany 2-3 times every year to hold one week courses for the students. (It would be wonderful if the complementary associations within North America – the USDF, the USEF, ARIA, CHA and Equine Canada would do some soul-searching and give due consideration to the integration of the very timely topic of proper saddle fit into their training and certification requirements – beginning with the Level 1 Coaching Certificate).

http://www.berufsreiterverband.de/

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As quoted in the Certified Horsemanship Association February Monthly Newsletter "I recently attended a nine day intensive saddle fitting course conducted by Jochen Schleese. Jochen and his wife, Sabine, have attended two of CHA's International conferences.  I was intrigued by his demos on how saddles are made differently for men and women. This year in Amarillo, he went into more detail about fitting saddles properly to horses to prevent serious injury.  He is passionate about helping horses and by offering this course to professionals in the horse industry, we can do our part in having healthy horses and educated riders. This 3-day course event covered how saddles [may] cause injury and how little has been done in the last 100 years to prevent these injuries.  By educating professionals who deal with horses on a daily basis on how to properly evaluate a saddle fit can go a long way in making horses healthy.  by teaching an 80 Point Evaluation, taking into account, the shoulder angles, wither shape, saddle support area and making sure critical pressure points are not impinged on by the saddle is just a small segment of this course.  The Schleese's passion for helping horses is much the same as CHA's mission statement for riding instructors.  It is for the good of the horse.  Taking these courses reminded me of my certification week to become a CHA instructor.  A huge highlight of my life with horses."  Check our Saddlefit4life.com and the book "Suffering in Silence."

— Lori Maciulewicz - Regional Director for Region 6

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