2020 Time To Ride Program Facility Requirements

TIME TO RIDE PARTICIPATING FACILITIES AND INSTRUCTORS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ALL LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR OPERATING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

TIME TO RIDE REQUIREMENTS
Please review the Time To Ride requirements carefully before starting your application. Your Gold, Silver or Bronze level will be determined based on your application. Please email ttr@horsecouncil.org with any questions.

2020 TIME TO RIDE GOLD LEVEL
Barns and instructors meeting the Gold level requirements will be designated as TTR Program Facilities and receive additional marketing support and tools.

BARN AND PROPERTY – GOLD LEVEL
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.
STAFF/HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM – GOLD LEVEL
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 a minimum of 60 minutes 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, the in-barn/mounted instruction can be limited to 30 minutes, and the unmounted instruction can be conducted online or via print materials.
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 that includes language pertaining to communicable diseases. 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.

 2020 TIME TO RIDE SILVER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
BARN AND PROPERTY – SILVER LEVEL
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.
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.
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.
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.
STAFF/HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM – SILVER LEVEL
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.
Lesson Program
An initial four-week block of lessons is required. The lessons must be a minimum of 60 minutes 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, the in-barn/mounted instruction can be limited to 30 minutes, and the unmounted instruction can be conducted online or via print materials.
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 that includes language pertaining to communicable diseases. 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.

 2020 TIME TO RIDE BRONZE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
BARN AND PROPERTY – BRONZE LEVEL
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.
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.
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.
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.
STAFF/HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM – BRONZE LEVEL
Overview: Professional trainers/instructors are a key component of the Time To Ride program.
Instructor Qualifications
Anyone teaching mounted lessons must be a current member of one or more national equine breed or discipline organizations, or a member of a national organization that certifies or licenses riding instructors. Membership status will be verified as part of the application review process.
Lesson Program
An initial four-week block of lessons is required. The lessons must be a minimum of 60 minutes 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, the in-barn/mounted instruction can be limited to 30 minutes, and the unmounted instruction can be conducted online or via print materials.
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 that includes language pertaining to communicable diseases. 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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