How to Organize a Horsemanship Standards Testing by smythesteven


									How to Organize a
Standards Testing
         Kristen M. Wilson
Regional Extension Horse Specialist
      University of Maryland

                           Revised 05/05/08
Knowledge Standards
              Consists of:
               Written Test
                     Request copies from
                      County Extension Office

                 Oral Practicum
                  (hands on) Sections
Riding Levels
                   Major Sections Include:
                       Riding Courtesy/Turnout
                       Tack
                       Riding
                       Longing (Levels 4-6)
Contact Approved Examiner
   List of approved examiners can be found at or from County
    Extension Office
   Examiner does not have to be from host
   Contact examiner as early as possible
Testing Location & Date
   Most important step
   Facility considerations:
       Parking and space availability
       Riding and longing areas
       Availability of jumps, cavaletti, and/or ground poles
       Area with seating for written tests and discussion
       Bathroom facilities
       Overall safety of facility
       Weather conditions and forecast
Request Knowledge Tests
   County Extension
    Offices have written
    tests and keys on file
   Request the number
    of copies you will need
    for each test ahead of
Paperwork Needed
   MCE Health Forms
   Release Forms
   Accident Report
   Proof of negative
    Coggins test
   Vital aspect of the testing because you cannot be
    everywhere at the same time
   Suggested volunteer jobs:
       Assist examiner
       Direct traffic
       Jump course set up / Moving jumps
       Run refreshment stand
       Hold or supervise horses and 4-Hers
   Lunch should be provided if
    testing runs all day
   Suggest that 4-H member bring
    food and/or that food will be
   Water in coolers should be
   Spectators are encouraged
   Dogs and other animals
    should not be allowed on the
   Private facilities may have
    additional requests of the
   Safety is of the utmost
   Examiners responsibility to
    check out facilities and weather
   Helmets and appropriate attire
    are to be worn at all times
   4-H members or spectators acting in an
    unsafe manner should be reported to the
   Ignoring safety guidelines will be grounds
    for dismissal
   Consider securing EMT or nurse
Preparation Clinic
   Plan “mock” testing or prep
    clinic several weeks in
   Can be:
       Subject oriented
       Run exactly like a real testing
Necessary Equipment
   Knowledge and Riding levels require that
    4-Hers identify specific items

   Discuss ahead of time who is responsible
    for bringing what equipment
Special Needs
   It is the candidates
    responsibility to notify the
    examiner of any special needs
    that a 4-H member may have
   All attempts to meet the needs
    should be taken
   MCE Special Needs
    Notification Form can be used
             Sample Schedule
    (Knowledge & English Jumping Levels)
8:30 am – Orientation with Examiner
9:00 am – Written Examination
10:30 am – Practical Demonstration of Knowledge
12:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 pm – Turnout and Safety Inspection
1:30 pm – Riding on the Flat
2:00 pm – Riding over Fences
3:00 pm – End of Test

                                Maryland 4-H Horse Program
Rider Turnout Checklist
   Make sure you have all
    necessary equipment and
   All tack and apparel should
    be clean, safe, and well-
   Take pride in your
Required Apparel
   ASTM-SEI approved        Hard soled, heeled
    riding helmet             riding boots
   Sleeved shirt            Spurs (optional)
   Jodhpurs, breeches,      Hair net (optional)
    or jeans                 Proof of passing
   Chaps (optional)          previous level
   Gloves                   MCE Health Form
   Belt
Horse Turnout Checklist
   Horses should be well conditioned and groomed
   All riding levels should have:
       Halter
       Lead rope or shank
       Grooming tools and kit
       Fly spray and mask when necessary
       Saddle
       Saddle pad
       Girth
       Bridle
       Any other boots, pads or gear necessary for safety
       Proof of a negative Coggins test
Horse Turnout Checklist
   Level 3 –
       Two (2) shipping wraps
       Two (2) stable bandage material
       Two (2) protective boots (splint, ankle, bell, or
       Clippers
       Thermometer
   Level 4 –
       Horse blanket (could be provided by examiner)
Examiner’s Checklist
   Post any emergency numbers and any
    information available
   Introduction and orientation
   Turnout and safety inspection
   Riding and Knowledge work
Introduction and Orientation
   Introductions
   Verify 4-H members eligibility and negative
    Coggins for each horse
   Explain the schedule for the day
   Go over expectations and rules,
    emphasizing safety
   Note any potential hazards or facility rules
Turnout and Safety Inspection
   Are all helmets ASTM-SEI approved?
   Do all helmets fit properly?
   Is the 4-H member neat and appropriately
   Is the tack clean and in good condition?
   Does the tack fit the horse and is it appropriate for
    the discipline?
   Does the horse appear fit and well cared for?
   Is the horse sound?
Riding and Knowledge Work
   Are the 4-H members safely conscious and
   Do the horses appear suitable and
    prepared for the work?
   Do any 4-H members appear to be having
    difficulty with the work?
   Do the 4-H members meet the Standards
    as listed on the test sheets?
Suggested Safety Guidelines
   All members should have complete MCE health
   4-H Code of Conduct should be on file at County
    Extension Office
   Examiner should check facilities and candidates
    to ensure that they meet all safety requirements
   EMT or nurse is recommended
   Weather should be monitored for unsafe
If a fall occurs…
   Make sure 4-H member is not hurt before getting
   Take plenty of time before 4-Her remounts
   Assess situation of member, horse, and tack
   Discuss the cause of the fall and prevention of
    other falls
   Notify 4-H member’s parent of incident
   Complete an accident report form
   Thanks for assistance to:
       Rebekah Cosden
            Development of Horsemanship Levels

       Meredith Clark
            Development of Training Materials for Riding

       Jessica Suagee
            Development of Examiner Certification Tests

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