Federation of Professional Trainers
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).