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CEDF is proud to support Riders and Coaching Programs by providing resources, testing opportunities, and stable management education opportunities for Equestrian Canada's English Learn to Ride Program.

The Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride program is designed to be guided by a Certified Instructor or Coach, to ensure that the concepts are clearly understood before the rider progresses to more challenging levels.

The program provides an opportunity for riders to progress, demonstrating their

skills through a series of increasingly complex written tests, interviews, and

under-saddle jump and flat tests.

Looking to enrol in an EC Rider Level Program in your area?

Do you have an EC Rider Level Program you would like CEDF to promote? Interested in Running an EC Rider Level Program in your area?

Please contact CEDF at 

Stay Tuned for Rider Level Testing Dates during CEDF Training Days in Alberta!

Search for a program to enrol in on CEDF's registrations page!


The Equestrian Canada (EC), Learn to Ride programs are available for junior and senior riders and ranging from Rider Level 1 through Level 10.

Rider Level 1: Introduces the basics of horsemanship and rider skills and

creates Rider knowledge in

• Basic horse knowledge such as horse colours, feed and tack

• Beginning riding experience mounting, tack adjustment, walk and trot

Rider Level 8 : Equestrian Canada Competition Coaches seeking EC licensing to coach as EC sanctioned shows must achieve Rider Level 8.

Rider Level 10: Riders are highly proficient riders and coaches with professional level knowledge in areas such as horse health and care, stable management, jumping, dressage, coaching and critical performance analysis.


Detailed Rubrics and Resources for Equestrian Canada Rider Levels:

English Rider Levels 1–10 Rubric

English Rider Levels 1-10 Overview

English Rider Levels 1-10 EC Study Guide

Learn to Ride Manuals may be purchased from Equestrian Canada Here:

Learn to Ride English Levels 1-2

Learn to Ride English Levels 3, 4, 5

Learn to Ride English Levels 6, 7, 8


CEDF supports Coaches and aspiring coaches in navigating the path to an Equestrian Canada Coach Status License.  CEDF will assist coaches by directing you to resources and offering education, testing, and evaluation opportunities.  


Equestrian Canada Coach Status Information and FAQ

English Competition Coach Rubric

English Competition Coach Specialist Rubric

Key Licensing Criteria:

  • Rider Level 6 (or equivalent) is required for EC Instructor status.

  • Rider Level 8 (or equivalent) is required for EC Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist Status.


Rider Level Testing Initiative:

In pursuit of supporting coaches on their journey towards EC Coach status licensing, CEDF introduces Rider Level Testing commencing in 2024. 

Rider Level Testing Options include:

• CEDF Training Days 2024: Scheduled testing sessions during Training Days, providing a structured and conducive environment for assessment.

• Private Testing

• Group Testing

Competition Coach Evaluation Initiative:

CEDF will arrange for coaching evaluations in 2024.  Stay tuned or reach out!


For detailed information regarding options and assistance setting up testing for you, your barn or group please reach out to



English rider candidates have the opportunity to challenge a Rider Level.


Challenging riders are required to write and pass all prior written levels up to and including the

level they are challenging. Riders are responsible for reviewing the requirements at each of the

prior levels.


If a candidate is unsuccessful at the Rider Level they are challenging the evaluator

has the option to award the rider with the appropriate level.


Former or current Pony Club members that have completed full stream C2 or B levels may be

awarded rider level 6 and 8 equivalency by their provincial sport organization.

This approval by provincial sport organizations is internal and will be added to rider’s coaching

files for when they decide to attend a coaching evaluation to become NCCP certified.


For assistance with this process, please contact your provincial sport organization or

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