Therapeutic Riding Instructor in Training Education


High Hopes

TR Instructor in Training Educational Component

High Hopes’ 16-day Certified Instructor Training Education Course (CITEC) incorporates lectures and experience in teaching one-on-one and group lessons. Our course faculty includes more than 10 experienced teachers with backgrounds in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, master and advanced level instructing, expressive therapies, recreational therapy, nonprofit management, and fund development. The diversity of our program participants and therapy horses, combined with our skilled volunteers, provides a learning environment where student-instructor trainees can advance their knowledge and skills, learning how to plan and implement safe, effective therapeutic riding lessons. Prior riding instruction and volunteer experience in a therapeutic riding program is strongly encouraged.

Approved Training through PATH Intl.

Instructor Training Certification

There are two ways to study the basics for achieving PATH Intl. Registered Certification to become an Instructor. Both require a successful demonstration of the skills and knowledge outlined in the Registered Instructor Criteria.

High Hopes’ 16-day Certified Instructor in Training Education Course (HH-CITEC) will provide you with the tools and education necessary as you work towards your PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI)* Application. If you undertake your Instructor in Training Education at High Hopes, you will also be able to apply to undertake the 25 hours of practicum/mentored teaching component at our internationally-recognized training facility in Old Lyme, CT.

* Also meets the requirements of the current PATH Intl. TRI Certification.

Courses start twice a year, September and January.

Please CLICK HERE if you would be interested in starting your course in September 2020 or January 2021



Alternatively, you may choose a multi-step, self-directed educational process that culminates in an On-site Workshop and Certification or Certification on Demand. To support this process, you may decide to take one or more of High Hopes’ workshops, which provide the knowledge and skills for focused areas of the PATH Intl. Job Task Analysis.




Pre-requisite Criteria for registration

  • Proof of PATH Intl. Membership
    Must be at least 21 years of age (applicants under the age of 21 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Current Resume
    A letter of intent, addressing reasons for applying to course and intentions upon graduation
  • Personal letter of reference (no more than two years old)
  • Professional letter of reference (no more than two years old)
  • Proof of previous experience with disabilities
  • Copies of current CPR and First Aid Cards
  • Horsemanship skills checklist or adequate proof of basic stable management and horse knowledge
  • Submission of a riding video performing the published riding pattern is required as part of the application process. Riding skills at the strong intermediate level must be demonstrated for acceptance into the course. Skills must demonstrate ability to perform walk, trot, canter, knowledge of correct leads and diagonals, security of seat, appropriate contact and communication with the horse, accurate demonstration of correct bend and performance of ring figures throughout the pattern.
  • Proof of previous volunteer experience of at least one year at a therapeutic riding program strongly encouraged.
  • Experience teaching non-therapy riding strongly encouraged.

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