lol Fuzzy you're a hoot. I'm trying to get certified as a therapeutic riding instructor. Been at it for over a year now, my mentor feels I'm ready. Supposed to be going next month for the certification which includes riding a pattern. They proclaim there is to be no discrimination shown toward Western riders, but they definitely are very dressage oriented, so I've been taking some dressage lessons.
I can see where the dressage community is getting their mitts all over this organization what with them already having their protocols and Level 1, 2, 3 etc. Everything is certification, certification, certification. Now they're talking about making it mandatory to be RE-certified every so many years. More $$$ in the coffers.
After/if I get this riding certification I want to get my driving cert (that should be a no-brainer, right?
) and my Vaulting cert. The vaulting is what I'm really looking to specialize in, but you need to be a riding instructor first.
Here's what it's about. I attended a Workshop recently and had to do the compulsory moves on the barrel. !!!! At my age!!! I did it, though.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_IfnmwnUIU
Here's the real deal, Olympic caliber vaulting:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q99mNqijwsQ&list=PLBD771E2A0530ED5B&index=4
You won't be seeing me do any of this. lol I'll be the one lungeing the horse.