A student in the Riding Master program, one of Meredith Manor's several equestrian programs.

Riding Master Programs

Riding Master Six Certification
Program Descriptions

Meredith Manor offers six Riding Master programs (Riding Master I - VI) designed to produce professional riders, trainers, and instructors for the horse industry.

The programs are taken in sequential fashion, each consisting of one 12 week quarter. The student may graduate after successful completion of any program or continue on to the next. A student completing all six programs would complete six quarters and receive a Riding Master VI certificate.

Each week within the Riding Master programs consists of 8 hours of instructed Riding, 16 hours of Career Area electives, 3 hours of Showing, 2 hours of Theory, and 21 hours of Horse and Barn Care. View a sample program schedule and sample daily schedule.

Comprehensive vs. Individual Riding Master Programs

To be eligible for federal financial aid, programs must be at least 30 weeks in length. Our individual Riding Master programs are 12 weeks long and not eligible, so we offer the Comprehensive Riding Master programs which are three individual Riding Master programs combined into one larger program.

The Comprehensive Riding Master III is a combination of the Riding Master I, II and III individual programs. The Comprehensive Riding Master VI is a combination of the Riding Master IV, V and VI individual programs. So the Comprehensive Riding Master programs are for students using federal financial aid, the individual Riding Master programs are for students not using financial aid.

Comprehensive Program Schedules: 36 Week vs. 72 Week

Two scheduling options are available for the Comprehensive Riding Master programs: 36 week and 72 week. The only difference in the schedules is the length of time to complete the program, the curriculum is the same. On the 72 week schedule you will take the same classes as on the 36 week schedule, it just takes twice as long to complete.

Some students elect to take the 72 week schedule because they need more free time for outside obligations including work, child care, etc. Some opt for the 72 week schedule for financial purposes as the tuition is spread over a longer time period and two years of federal financial aid can be applied to your program versus one year on the 36 week schedule. View a 36 week sample program schedule and sample daily schedule. View a 72 week sample program schedule and sample daily schedule.

Program Length Chart
12wks 24wks 36wks 48wks 60wks 72wks 144 weeks
RMI RMII RMIII RMIV RMV RMVI
Comp 36wk RMIII Comp 36wk RMVI
Comp 72wk RMIII Comp 72wk RMVI

Not sure which program to choose? Complete our Program Selection Questionnaire.



Program Outlines

Riding Master I Certificate Awarded: Riding Master I
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Apply Online Quarter Credits: 41
  Sample Daily Schedule Clock Hours: 600
  Sample Program Sched. Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care

Riding Master II Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master I required for enrollment.
  Sample Program Sched. Certificate Awarded: Riding Master II
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 41
  Clock Hours: 600
  Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Riding Master III Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master II required for enrollment.
  Sample Program Sched. Certificate Awarded: Riding Master III
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 41
  Clock Hours: 600
  Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Riding Master IV Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master III required for enrollment.
  Sample Program Sched. Certificate Awarded: Riding Master IV
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 41
  Clock Hours: 600
  Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Riding Master V Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master IV required for enrollment.
  Sample Program Sched. Certificate Awarded: Riding Master V
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 41
  Clock Hours: 600
  Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Riding Master VI Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master V required for enrollment.
  Sample Program Sched. Certificate Awarded: Riding Master VI
  Time Required: 12 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 41
  Clock Hours: 600
  Curriculum: 2 Riding Classes
    Theory
    Showing
    2 Career Area Electives
    Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Comprehensive 36 Week Certificate Awarded: Riding Master III
Riding Master III Time Required: 36 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 124
  Apply Online Clock Hours: 1800
  Sample Daily Schedule Curriculum: 6 Riding Classes
  Sample Program Sched.   3 Theory Classes
    3 Showing Classes
    6 Career Area Electives
    3 Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Comprehensive 72 Week Certificate Awarded: Riding Master III
Riding Master III Time Required: 72 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 124
  Apply Online Clock Hours: 1800
  Sample Daily Schedule Curriculum: 6 Riding Classes
  Sample Program Sched.   3 Theory Classes
    3 Showing Classes
    6 Career Area Electives
    6 Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Comprehensive 36 Week
Riding Master VI
Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master III required for enrollment.
  Certificate Awarded: Riding Master VI
  Sample Program Sched. Time Required: 36 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 124
  Clock Hours: 1800
  Curriculum: 6 Riding Classes
    3 Theory Classes
    3 Showing Classes
    6 Career Area Electives
    3 Horse & Barn Care (Management)

Comprehensive 72 Week
Riding Master VI
Requirements: Successful completion of Riding Master III required for enrollment.
  Certificate Awarded: Riding Master VI
  Sample Program Sched. Time Required: 72 weeks
  Quarter Credits: 124
  Clock Hours: 1800
  Curriculum: 6 Riding Classes
    3 Theory Classes
    3 Showing Classes
    6 Career Area Electives
    6 Horse & Barn Care (Management)


Program Objectives

Riding Master I

Following successful completion of Riding Master I, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. describe and demonstrate basic knowledge and skills for an entry level position in horse and barn care
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of knowledge and skills in the chosen career areas, riding theory, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate a basic understanding of skills in the career area chosen, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 12 week program in relation to his or her levels of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Riding Master II

Following successful completion of the Riding Master II Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. describe and demonstrate basic knowledge and skills for an entry level position in horse and barn care and a career area continued from Riding Master I
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of knowledge and skills in the chosen career areas, riding theory, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate a basic understanding of skills in the career area chosen, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 24 week program in relation to his or her level of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Riding Master III

Following successful completion of the Riding Master III Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the career area(s) chosen (training, teaching, farrier, or versatility which may include breeding and/or business) for the 36 week course
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 36 week program in relation to his or her level of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Riding Master IV

Following successful completion of the Riding Master IV Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in a new career area(s) chosen or an intermediate or advanced level position in career area(s) chosen for in-depth study continued from Riding Master I-III or the 36 week Comprehensive Riding Master Program
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate or advanced level for horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate or advanced level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 48 week program in relation to his or her level of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Riding Master V

Following successful completion of the Riding Master V Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the new career area(s) chosen or an intermediate or advanced level position in career area(s) chosen for in-depth study in a specialized discipline continued from Riding Master I-IV
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate or advanced level for horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate or advanced level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 60 week program in relation to his or her level of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Riding Master VI

Following successful completion of the Riding Master VI Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the new career area(s) chosen or an intermediate or advanced level position in career area(s) chosen for in-depth study in a specialized discipline continued from Riding Master I-V
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate or advanced level for horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate or advanced level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 72 week program in relation to his or her level of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Comprehensive Riding Master III

Following successful completion of the Comprehensive Riding Master III Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the new career area(s) chosen or an intermediate or advanced level position in the career area(s) chosen for indepth study in a specialized discipline continued from the Comp III
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate or advanced level for horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate or advanced level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 36 week program in relation to his or her achievements, accomplishments, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Comprehensive Riding Master VI

Following successful completion of the Comprehensive Riding Master VI Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. meet industry criteria in knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the career area(s) chosen (training, teaching, farrier, or versatility which may include breeding and/or business for the 36 week course)
  2. show an understanding of knowledge at an intermediate level for horse and barn care, riding theory for his or her level of mastery, and showing in the riding discipline chosen
  3. demonstrate skills that show an intermediate level of understanding of horse and barn care, riding mastery at the level (s)he was able to attain, and showing in the riding discipline chosen.
  4. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  5. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  6. describe the 72 week program in relation to his or her achievements, accomplishments, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Disclosures
  1. Occupations programs prepare students to enter:
  2. Costs: 2015-2017
    Program Length Tuition Room & Board
    Riding Master I 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Riding Master II 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Riding Master III 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Riding Master IV 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Riding Master V 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Riding Master VI 12 Weeks $9,072 $1,338
    Comp. Riding Master III 36 Weeks $27,216 $4,014
    Comp. Riding Master VI 36 Weeks $27,216 $4,014
    Equine Science Master 36 Weeks $20,637 $4,014
    Shoeing Short Course 12 Weeks $7,500 $1,338
    Other Fees:
    • Breeding Class lab fee: $325
    • Teaching III lab fee: $30
    • Leather Working toolkit: $145
    • Leather Working lab fee: $225
    • Farrier Craftsmanship text: $105
    • Farrier Craftsmanship hoof knife: $34
  3. 2014-2015 On Time Completion Rate for students completing Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs: 92%
  4. 2015 Placement Rate for students completing Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs: 91%
    Placement Rate Data
  5. 2014-2015 Median Program Loan Debt incurred by students completing Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs:
    • Median Title IV Loan Debt: $5,444
    • Median Private Educational Loan Debt: $0
    • Median Institutional Finance Plan Debt: $0
Gainful Employment Disclosures

I feel very lucky to have gone to Meredith Manor, you canít get experience like that at any other school.
Jana Armstrong: 2005 Riding Master VI Graduate