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Equine Canada Launches New High Performance

Coach Certification Program More Certification Opportunities for Canada’s Coaches

Ottawa, Canada– An exciting new coaching certification program is now available for eques- trian coaches in Canada. The High Performance Coach program is designed for those work- ing with riders looking to succeed at the national championship level or toward Junior/Young Rider FEI or similar international level com- petition. Certification is available for Dressage, Eventing, Jump and Reining candidates.

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Central Ontario Pleasure Driving Association

President: Jeff Kohler 705-733-8161 VP/Newsletter: Gerry McCallum 905-936-5444 Secretary/OEF: Mary Gregoris Treasurer: Patricia Cooper (905) 880-2778, Promotions/Website: Jeff Kohler 705-733-8161 Directors at Large:

Eve Dexter (905) 854-0168, Mary Cork (705) 434-4848,

Tri-County Carriage Association

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Treasurer & Membership: Frances Uhran (519) 928-5923,

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The Equine Cana- da/National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) High Perfor- mance Certification Coach program replaces the former Level 3 eques- trian coaching designa- tion and is both more advanced and more accessible than Level 3. Coaches no longer have to work their way up through coaching levels: coaches who meet the application criteria are invited to apply whether they have been certified in the past or not. While it is a pre-requisite for

Newly minted High Performance coaches Wendy Nelson (Reining) with rider Janice Hep- burn, and Wendy Christoff (Dressage) with riders Lauren McLeod and Esmee Ingham.

applicants to document their personal athletic per- formance in their disci- pline, riding is no longer a component of the evalu- ation process.

“Aligning the new program with the current NCCP multi-sport focus which is based on coach- ing competency, opens the door for many candi- dates who are successful- ly coaching but may not currently be competing,” explains EC Coaching Manager Heather San- som. “The program is much more accessible to coaches who have the experience but may no longer be high perfor- mance competitors them- selves, whether due to injury, lack of appropriate horses, busy coaching schedules or other rea- sons.

Clean Sport module which covers medication guidelines for horses in competition and related issues of interest to any coach, participant or offi- cial. Training courses in the new NCCP are not mandatory, but the cours- es are strongly encour- aged for candidates prior to evaluation.

The new program also offers training mod- ules which are open to any interested attendee and not just candidates hoping to certify. Topics include: sport medica- tions guidelines (equine); biomechanics; injury pre- vention; training program planning; human athlete conditioning and injury prevention; and insurance and feed for high perfor- mance horses. Several of the available courses are already running success- fully, notably the Equine

“As industry and Equine Canada coaches we can now utilize the more advanced training program and testing Equine Canada offers, and proceed to being rec- ognized for all our hard work as trainers, coaches, showpeople and mentors to achieve our High Per- formance Certification,” reports Wendy Nelson, High Performance Coach and High Performance Master Evaluator, Rein- ing.

certification, candidates must:

• Have competition, coaching and training experience described in the High Performance Coach Application Pack- ages:


• Be at least 22 years of age as of January 1 of the current year

Reining Dressage Eventing

• Hold an Equine Canada Sport License (member- ship) and provincial/terri- torial equestrian federa- tion membership, in good standing

Acquiring certification requires the following steps:

“The new program features enhanced educa- tional resources and mod- ules, making the program highly credible and attrac- tive,” she continues. “Having this certification improves our coaching opportunities as well as making it possible to take advantage of lower insur- ance costs.”

“This is a logical and detailed program which is very user friend- ly,” explains Wendy Christoff, Chair Equine Canada Dressage Coach- ing Committee, High Per- formance Coach, Dres- sage. “Candidates are evaluated on their coach- ing competency in real situations. The outcomes are structured so that each candidate can access the evaluations according to personal schedules. This accessibility should bring about a renewed interest in the higher levels of coaching certification for Dressage.”

To be eligible for

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• Submission of sample lesson and yearly training plans

• Participating in a single-evaluation day with two evaluators where you are evaluated on coaching skills while giving lessons

• Evaluation of your coaching skills during competition

“I am really proud of the Equine Canada Coaching Committees that pulled together to create this program. We have created a great opportunity for the ath- letes and the coaches that coach them,” states Grant Field, National Coaching Committee Chair, Jump Course Designer, Level 3 Coach and High Perfor- mance Jump Evaluator. Level 4 Coach, for- mer coach of the Canadi- an Eventing Team and three-time Olympic Games competitor and High Performance Coach- ing Master Evaluator Peter Gray, adds: “I am thrilled with our new abil- ity to accept applications for the many coaches waiting to get accredited. New components in the evaluations are fantastic and genuinely reflect real- time coaching.”

Complete details on the High Performance Coach Certification pro- gram can be found on the Equine Canada web site under Coaching – How to Become Certified.

For more informa- tion, please contact: Julie Cull, EC Media Relations at 613 248-3433, x 136/ OR

Heather Sansom, EC Manager of Coaching, 613 248-3433, x 115/ hsansom@equinecana-

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