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Application Requirements

All applicants must read and understand the criteria set forth by the USHJA. Applications must be complete. All recognized academies are subject to USHJA membership fees and a renewal application will be required for membership renewal each year. There is no deadline for application but membership will end on November 30 unless renewed.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must submit a completed application form with payment due at the time of application.
  • The academy operator/owner must approve and sign the application. At least one staff member must be a current USHJA member in good standing.
  • Upon submission of the application, riding academies must also include a Certificate of Insurance showing proof of coverage of at least $1 million dollars per occurrence for the operation of its riding program.
  • Approved riding academies must be willing to advertise with its students, guests, and vendors their relationship with the USHJA by methods to include, but not limited to, promoting available programs, posting flyers or banners, hosting events, and displaying the USHJA’s recognition of the program on the riding academy’s website.
  • Approved academies must display the USHJA Recognized Riding Academy plaque in a visible area.
  • The academy must be willing to uphold the USHJA’s Membership Code of Conduct.
  • The academy must be willing to provide USHJA with a client list to include names, addresses, and email addresses as well as promote the USHJA Recognized Riding Academy membership and programs to its students and clients.

Recognized Riding Academy Requirements

Each riding academy applicant must meet the minimum requirements for facility, operation, safety, staff, and curriculum in order to be considered a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy.

  • Facility
    • Follow basic industry standards for horse care
    • Have a least one fenced riding area with suitable footing
    • Have a covered location for riders or horses to gather in inclement weather
  • Operational
    • Offer hunter/or jumper riding lessons or programs with varying levels
    • Offer unmounted instruction
    • Offer lessons with an instructor/student ratio that ensures safety
  • Safety
    • Require ASTM/SEI approved helmets and approved footwear (i.e. smooth sole and a distinguishable heel) for all riders while mounted
    • Have a telephone available for emergencies with emergency numbers posted
    • Have a safety protocol in place for emergencies such as severe weather, injury, etc.
    • Have human first aid kits and provide a staff member who is knowledgeable in human first aid
    • Have equine first aid supplies available and provide a staff member who is knowledgeable in equine first aid
    • Provide the USHJA with a Certificate of Insurance showing proof of coverage of at least $1 million dollars per occurrence for the operation of its riding program
  • Staff
    • At least one staff member who is a current member of the USHJA and in good standing; click here to learn about our membership types
    • Owner or manager of the academy or facility is over the age of 21yrs
    • Riding instructors must have continuing education or follow a defined training system

Contact:
Whitney Barnard
(859) 225-6728