2020 Time To Ride Program Facility Requirements

Please review the Time To Ride Program Facility requirements carefully before starting your application. To be approved as a Time To Ride Program Facility, these requirements must be met.

Overview: A safe, clean facility is a reflection of the quality and standards of the overall equestrian facility and the professionalism of the staff.

Posted Signs
In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, warnings, guidelines and restrictions must be clearly visible to people arriving for horse-related activities.

Safety and Emergency Training for Participants
A participant orientation must be held before or as part of the first lesson, including basic safety rules and emergency procedures.

Participant Supervision
A staff member with knowledge of horse behavior must supervise participants at all times.

Safe Horse Handling Area
There must be a designated area or areas for participants and staff to groom, tack and untack, and perform other unmounted tasks.

Emergency Equipment
There must be a telephone or cell phone available, and the facility address and directions should be posted next to the phone and/or somewhere easily accessible and visible for cell phone users.

A minimum of one fire extinguisher per building is required.

Bathroom Facility
The facility must have at least one portable toilet or indoor bathroom.

Rider Attire
Participants are required to wear helmets that meet current ASTM/SEI equestrian helmet standards, hard-soled boots or shoes with heels and closed toe, and long pants.

Overview: Professional trainers/instructors are a key component of the Time To Ride program.

Instructor Qualifications
Anyone teaching mounted lessons must be a professional trainer/instructor. Membership in one or more organizations that either designate professional status or certify or license instructors is required. Membership and professional/certified/licensed status will be verified as part of the application review process.

SafeSport Certification
All instructors must have completed SafeSport training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport. SafeSport training is available at no charge through US Equestrian. If you have not taken this training and are not a US Equestrian member, a free US Equestrian Fan Membership will be provided, which will allow you to access SafeSport training.

If you completed SafeSport training in 2019 or earlier, you must take the online refresher course available through US Equestrian.

Criminal Background Check
Each instructor must provide proof of a clean criminal background check dated within two years. If you need to complete a criminal background check, you can access it through your US Equestrian Fan Membership

Lesson Program
An initial eight-week block of lessons is required. The lessons must be 90 minutes to two hours in length and must include unmounted instruction as well as mounted instruction per Time To Ride’s goals and suggested curriculum. It is highly recommended that the lessons be at the same time each week, either after school or on the weekend.

Commercial General Liability Insurance
You must have commercial general liability insurance, and a Certificate of Insurance (COI) must be submitted as part of the application process. The American Horse Council must be named as an additional insured on the COI, with effective dates of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Liability Waiver and Release
You must have a liability waiver and release form. Participants (or parents/legal guardians) are required to complete and sign the form prior to the start of the participant’s first lesson. A sample of this form is required as part of the application process.

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