Horse Training Certification

Level 3 Horse Trainer Certification

Level One: Requirements for the Level One Training Certification:

  • Completion of at least two Training courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no more than 7 absences or observations per course
  • Completion of the Riding Master II program or the equivalent level of equine studies
  • 30 hours of logged training time plus 10 hours assisting; these hours will be completed on campus during the regular course of study and will be documented in the studentís training log book
  • Completion of training portfolio
  • Satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination
Upon completion of these requirements, the student will receive Level One Training Certification.

becoming a horse trainer

Level Two: Requirements for the Level Two Training Certification:

  • Meet all requirements for the Level One Training Certification
  • Completion of at least four Training courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no more than 7 absences or observations per course
  • Completion of the Riding Master III program
  • 80 hours of logged training time plus 20 hours assisting; these hours will be completed on campus during the regular course of study and will be documented in the studentís training log book
  • Completion of training portfolio
  • Satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination
Upon completion of these requirements, the student will receive Level Two Training Certification.

Level Three: Requirements for the Level Three Training Certification:

  • Meet all requirements for the Level Two Training Certification
  • Completion of at least six Training courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no more than 7 absences or observations per course
  • Completion of the Riding Master V program
  • 150 hours of logged training time plus 20 hours assisting; these hours will be completed on campus during the regular course of study and will be documented in the studentís training log book
  • Completion of training portfolio
  • Satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination
Upon completion of these requirements, the student will receive Level Three Training Certification. Certification is a crucial step in becoming a horse trainer.


Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Meredith Manor! I am the assistant barn manager and head junior instructor at Concord Ridge Equestrian Center, a brand-new facility here in Southwest Michigan. I impress my bosses everyday with the knowledge I gained from my time at the manor! And I must say school was a breeze compared to my work load now! I'm very thankful to have been prepared for it and prepared correctly! Thanks once again :)
Rachel Cadle: 2010 Riding Master III Graduate