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The field of therapeutic riding offers rewarding career opportunities combining elements of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, education, psychology and child development with horsemanship teaching skills.

Continuing Education


Join us for one or more of our dynamic lectures and seminars! These lectures and workshops are perfect for instructors seeking additional professional education and are also open to anyone looking to find out more about working with equine assisted therapies.


Internationally recognized, High Hopes is one of a handful of independent therapeutic riding centers throughout North America approved by PATH Int’l to offer instructor training at all three levels. Since 1996, High Hopes has trained over 250 students from throughout the United States and from 18 countries abroad.

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How do I become a Registered Instructor?

Professional certification is required to teach therapeutic riding at an accredited center. PATH Int’l, the national certifying organization offers three levels of certification:

Registered Instructor
Advanced Instructor
Master Instructor

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There are two ways to study the basics for achieving PATH Int’l Registered Certification to become an instructor. Both require successful completion of Registered criteria: certification can be achieved through attending an Approved Training Course (such as our Instructor Training Course) or through a multi-step educational process which culminates in an Onsite Workshop and Certification.

Available Methods of Certification:

Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning Workshop & Practical Horsemanship Skills Test. . . . . . . . . . . November 17-20, 2017

This is a three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.
Workshop – November 17-20, 2017                                                                                                                                                    Registration  Deadline: October 13, 2017 
The workshop is a requirement of the ESMHL certification.  It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending this workshop but it is not required.
Horsemanship Skills Test – November 20,  2017

The skills test is held on day 4 following the ESMHL workshop.


21 years or older

Current PATH Int’l Individual Member

Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club  or CHA Level l.

Familiarity with PATH Int’l standards and Code of Ethics, and/or PATH intl. Certified Therapeutic Instructor

For more information and application