Responsibilities of Certified and Provisional Trainers

Certified Trainers

A Certified Trainer is someone who has worked as a full-time professional hunter/jumper trainer for at least three consecutive years out of the last seven years. Certified Trainers include the majority of working trainers in the USHJA. These are professionals training at all levels, from local to international competition, who emphasize basic skills, horsemanship and safety.


Provisional Trainers

Professionals interested in participating in the TCP, but who have fewer than three years experience training within the hunter/jumper industry, now have the opportunity to apply for Provisional Trainer status.


A Provisional Trainer is someone who has worked as a full-time professional hunter/jumper trainer for at least one year but who has not yet reached the three full consecutive years required for certification. A trainer may apply for provisional status by completing the Trainer Certification application procedure, and once approved, take and pass the certification exam. A Provisional Trainer will have the opportunity to become a Certified Trainer after he has worked as a full-time professional trainer for at least three years. A Provisional Trainer must submit his request for promotion to Certified Trainer, along with an updated resume documenting his additional education and experience, after completing his third year working as a full-time professional trainer.

USHJA Certified and Provisional Trainers are encouraged to represent and promote the hunter/jumper sport in a positive, ethical and professional manner.

Regardless of show record, geographic location or perceived prestige, certain fundamentals are required of every USHJA Certified and Provisional Trainer:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the history of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward System of riding and training horses
  • Active involvement in the hunter/jumper industry
  • Dedication to horse and student safety
  • Sound horsemanship skills
  • Skillful equine-management practices
  • Ethical business practices
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Continuing professional development and education

There are many ways in which a Certified or Provisional Trainer can continue to grow and become actively involved in the hunter/jumper community:

  • Attending and conducting clinics (Free listing in the USHJA Directory of Clinics for riding clinics hosted or conducted by a USHJA Certified or Provisional Trainer.)
  • Networking with other professionals at clinics
  • Judging
  • Mentoring
  • Publishing books and articles on relevant topics
  • Participating in affiliate associations

Certified and Provisional Trainers have several responsibilities to their riding students:

  • Instructing their students in the basic theory of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System
  • Demonstrating a personal core competence in the areas of instruction
  • Educating their students in the proper application of aids and riding techniques
  • Unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the horses and students entrusted to their care
  • Conducting themselves with a high degree of sportsmanship and ethical behavior in all aspects of their profession, especially when students and horses are concerned
  • Preparing their students for success in the saddle, both in and out of the show ring
  • Providing their students with the skills and knowledge to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of riding enjoyment

"Never forget that we are trying to produce horsemen and not just show winners." George Morris

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USHJA Certified Trainers
Rion J. Day – (859) 225-6703