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Certification Achievement Recognition:  Rider Testing

Equestrian Canada and Alberta Equestrian Federation have established national and international standards of English Rider Levels to assist in the development of riders and certification of instructors.  While entirely voluntary, these accreditation standards provide focus, motivation, goal setting opportunities and recognition of achievement.  Exams are held periodically at Sandridge for rider levels and pre-requisites for coaching development.

Sandridge periodically conducts rider testing.  If you are interested in doing rider certification, please contact us and we will assist you in testing at the appropriate level for your experience.

Next Rider Testing @ Sandridge Stables 
Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 2022

Sandridge Stables will once again be hosting Alberta Equestrian Federation Rider Testing from Levels 1 through 8.  This is an official Equine Canada Rider Testing and includes Rider Levels 6, 7 and 8, which are prerequisites for Coaching Certification.

How do you register?  It's EASY!

  • AEF memberships are mandatory and can be purchased online at the AEF website.

  • The Rider Levels Manuals & Stable Management Manual (sold separately from Level manuals) are available for purchase online from  the AEF website and should be purchased well ahead for study purposes.

  • If you are not sure what level you should test at, please consult.  We would be happy to advise.

  • Download a Registration Form and fill it out.

  • Submit  your completed Registration Form by email by October 25, 2022 to

  • Cost is $125.00 for the first level.  Each additional level on the same testing date is $35.00.  Please add GST.  

  • Testing Schedule will be published once the number of candidates is confirmed.

Challenges and Additional Levels:

Riders challenging a level(s) may enter the program and test at whatever level they feel confident to successfully attain.  They will ride at the level of test they are taking and must sit all the written exams for each level up to the one they are challenging.  Ex.  a rider who wishes to challenge the level 4 exam would take the Rider 4 test plus write the levels 1,2 and 3 exams.  Doing more than 2 levels per test date is difficult and time consuming.  It is only recommended for extremely well prepared candidates.

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