|Riding Instructor Internship
• Obtain Instructor Certification
• Nine weeks of teaching beginners through advanced
• Opportunities for lessons and riding
The SJ Riding Camp 2018 teaching internship consists of 3 days (June 9-10) of training
and preparation for an instructor certification clinic, participation in a 5 day (June 10-15) CHA
instructor certification clinic, 6 days (June 17 - 23) of staff training, and 9 weeks (June 24 -
August 25) of working at camp as a riding instructor and camp counselor. Some online pre-
camp classes also required.
You will start with 2-3 days preparing for the CHA Instructor Certification Clinic. CHA is a
national organization devoted to maintaining a safe and knowledgeable standard of riding
instruction. Thus, certification requires a thorough working knowledge of horsemanship and
safety. Preparation for this clinic is aimed at allowing you to get acclimated to our facility and
horses, do exercises to improve voice projection and develop your eye for critiquing
equitation and horsemanship. This training will help you to perform your best during the clinic
and achieve the highest level certification possible for you.
|You will take workshops on herd management, teaching techniques, and professionalism and be
evaluated on a written exam, a riding evaluation, and four lessons you will prepare and teach.
During these lessons you will be evaluated based on your group control, explanations of riding
skills, corrections of position and technique, safety, and ability to communicate effectively.
You will receive valuable feedback after each lesson which you can use to develop
a solid teaching foundation.
CHA certification is a valuable resource for you beyond the SJ experience. (See their website for
more details www.cha-ahse.org)
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The 5 day certification clinic will be followed by 6 days of camp staff training, building
teamwork skills, learning counseling skills, and instructing skills. You will also have more
practice instructing groups, and will be taught more about lesson development, and
managing our barn and lesson program. Each instructor is an integral part of running a
safe, successful lesson program and during this training you will learn how to be an
effective part of our team.
During the summer you will be asked to teach 3-4 group riding lessons a day, prepare
and teach stable management classes, and supervise campers during horse care
sessions. You will collaborate with the other instructors during a daily meeting during
which people will exchange ideas for teaching and discuss any horse or people-related
problems that arise.
You will also be asked to be a cabin counselor for a group of girls. This requires you to
act as a role model for girls at the barn and around camp, help them with interpersonal
relationships, group living skills and independence (in many cases it will be their first
time away from home). The girls are 8-16 years old and will have varying degrees of
horse knowledge, riding skill, and commitment to horses.