Rider Level Program


Myrddin’s instructional programme is centered around the Canadian Equestrian Federation Rider Level Certification Programme. Classes are tailored to the individual’s goals and time constraints. Instruction is aimed at not only departing knowledge but also supporting the individual to make the changes necessary to achieve their goals.

Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Basic balanced position
Walk, trot, understand trot diagonals
Safely enter stall
Halter and lead a horse
Properly feed treats
Tack up with assistance
Clean bit
Figure 8 bridle
Weekly riding classes,
semi or groupWinter lecture series
Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Balanced position in trot, rising & sitting
Ride in a group situation
Basic school figures, diagonals
20m circles, figure 8, jumping position, canter leads
List food eaten by a horses
Horse grooming with body brush & dandy brush
Farrier care
Tie quick release knot
Tack up unassisted
Participate in Christmas Gymkhana

Participate in work parties

Men’s group riding class

Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Ride independently
Knowledge of keeping steady, sympathetic contact
Ride with accurate transitions at letters
Understand why preparation is needed in transitions
Jump cross rails with mane release, approach & departure
Ride small course with change of direction

Start riding outside of ring in cross country fields

Cool out around hay field

Go to Lollipop Schooling Show series

Part boarding a horse or practice riding


Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Show horse in hand
Have a quiet seat and use aids independently
Maintain correct position
Should be able to drop stirrups, ride without them
15m circle in trot, 20m in canter
Make canter transitions on straight lines
Simple change across diagonal
Jump gymnastic
Canter single fence
Identify 6 snaffle bits
Turnout horse
Clip horse and lay mane

Ride basic dressage test

Go on group hacks

Compete at combined tests

Evening cross country lessons


Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Awareness of forward movement, rhythm and relaxation
Understand tracking up and non-progessive transitions (i.e. walk to canter)
Jump 2’3″ course, different types of lines (i.e. bending and broken)
Knowledge of the 5 different rein aids and their influences
Execute turn on the forehand
Ride without stirrups at a canter
Stable management: standard TPR, care of teeth, and principles of biting and skin conditions
Lunging is introduced for basic exercise

Combined tests

Horse trials

Myrddin Short Course
(pre-entry level)

Attend cross country clinics off property


Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Develop the ability to ride forward, leg to hand
Create the rounded outline in walk and trot
Execute turn on haunches
Must be able to maintain canter to jumps
Execute lead changes
While jumping, contact should be maintained to an automatic release
Be able to deal with disobediences, run out & refusals
Jump confidently at 2’6″
Rider should be able to ride a consistent stride on the straight
Recognize impulsion
Stable management: be able to identify lamenesses, fit martingales and breast plates
Rider must be able to pull manes and braid for turnout
Must be able to muck out stall & care for stables

Compete at entry level

Become weekend staff at the barn

Study for assistant instructor certification or trail guide certification

Teach at some summer camps


Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Riders must be able to ride consistently on contact
Understand lateral and longitudual suppling, preforming lateral movements, maintain true bend, flexion and concept of straightness
Must be able to lengthen stride in trot
Jumping riders should have a very secure position & ride a medal type course at 2’9″
Stable Management: bandaging principles, materials and application. Describe navicular, splints and 5 types of wounds and their treatments. Understand the shoeing of a horse and the process of a reset.
Must be able to lunge with side reins and use cavesson

Riders are encouraged to take three basic St. John First Aid course

Be competitive at entry level schooling pre-training

Start showing Trillium Jumper .90m and jumper medal


Knowledge & Skills Required Activities Available
Demonstrate the achievement of bend with correct use of inside leg to outside rein
Keep horse round in all paces
They should be able to identify basic training problems, offer opinions and critique their performance
Jumping riders should jump medal course at 2’9″ to 3′ with confidence and affect the horse’s way of going by shortening and lengthening stride
Stable management: put on shipping bandages, identify teeth problems and describe horse’s age. Knowledge of conditioning and azorturia. Discuss conformation related to performance and soundness. Locate curbs, splints & thoroughpins

Compete at pre-training level

Start showing Trillium jumper at 1.0m

Assist with beginner students

Start mentoring for coaching Level 1


**Level 9 & 10 coming soon**