Riding Internship

Riding Internship at SJ Riding Camp

  • Obtain Instructor Certification
  • Nine weeks of teaching beginners throught advanced (up to 24 lessons per week)
  • Hunt seat, dresssage, eventing and X-Country course
  • Opportunities for lessons and riding and training
  • Herd management, horse health management, barn management and instructor staff management opportunities

Preparation for an instructor certification clinic, participation in a 5 day (June 12-17) CHA instructor certification clinic, 6 days (June 19-25) of staff training, and 9 weeks (June 26- August 27) of working at camp as a riding instructor and camp counselor. Some online pre-camp classes are 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 perform your best during the clinic and achieve the highest level certification possible for you

You will take workshops on herd management, teaching techniques, 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)                       

The 5 day certification clinic will be followed by 6 days of camp staff training, building teamwork skills, learning counseling 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 and any team you join in the future.


During the summer you will be asked to teach 3-4 group riding lessons a day, prepare and teach stable maagement 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 independance (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

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