“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man…”

- Winston Churchill
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The Equestrian Academy offers students the opportunity to complete four courses in equestrian studies totalling 16 graduation credits. Admission to the Academy is by written application. Application for admission is open to both THSS and non- THSS students. Students do not need to own a horse to participate. Upon successful completion of all Academy courses, students will be awarded with a certificate in Equine Studies.

Classroom instruction for all three of the Equine Studies courses will include a variety of guest lecturers (veterinarian, farrier, trainer, coach, breeder, etc.) and field trips (horse shows, training facilities, tack stores, colleges etc. Academy student fees: $300 per school year. Fees include mandatory membership in Horse Council of BC (includes insurance through Capri), barn lessons, honouraria for guest lecturers, local field trip transportation. Students expressing financial hardship may make application to the school administration for financial assistance. Safety will be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Students will receive safety instruction both in the classroom and in optional riding lesson settings. While HCBC insurance is mandatory, parents will be asked to sign a waiver as is customary in all sports that include risk.

Registration for the 2013 - 2014 school year is now being accepted on line.This is the FIRST step in the application process. Short-listed candidates will be contacted by e-mail and will be asked for specific references- including: a letter of reference, a letter of support from a parent/guardian and an e-mail of support from the administration of the student's home school. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. Link to the APPLICATION on this page. Student may complete this program ON LINE or ON CAMPUS and students from ALL BC HIGH SCHOOLS grades 10-12 are elligible. This is a 16 credit program and courses may NOT be taken as stand-alone courses. Enrolment is limited.

ADMISSIONS DEADLINE IS April 1, 2013.

 

Registration can be done online by completing this form 

THSS Equestrian Application form

and emailing it as an attachment to sevans@sd42.ca

  • This course is an introduction to a broad range of equestrian topics of study including but not limited to:

    • Conformation
    • Breeds
    • Safety and Handling
    • Stable Management (1)
    • Risk Management
    • Tack, Attire and Equipment
    • Equine Canada Rules (1)
    • Equine Nutrition (1)
    This course requires students to attend two scheduled classes each week.
     
    Assessment: Oral presentations, practical demonstrations, compositions, oral and written tests. Advanced students may challenge components of the course which they believe they have mastered (80% required for a successful challenge).

    Read the course outline here


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  • This course is an intermediate course investigating broad range of equestrian topics of study including but not limited to:

    • Buying a horse and the pre-purchase exam
    • Parasite Control
    • Equine Nutrition (2)
    • Lunging and Long Lining
    • Ground Handling
    • Tack and Attire
    • Hauling
    • Vaccinations
    • Stable Management (2)
    • Equine Canada Rules (2)
     
    This course requires students to attend two scheduled classes each week.
     
    Assessment: Oral presentations, practical demonstrations, compositions, oral and written tests. Advanced students may challenge components of the course which they believe they have mastered (80% required for a successful challenge). A group presentation or demonstration is required at this level.

    Read the course outline here


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  • This course is an advanced course investigating broad range of equestrian topics of study including but not limited to:
    • Feet and shoeing
    • Grooming
    • Equine dentistry
    • Discipline Presentations: (dressage, western (pleasure, trail, penning, reining, recreational riding, jumper, hunter, halter, showmanship, sport horse, hack classes)
    • Conduct and Ethics
    • Equine First Aid
    • Bandaging and Wrapping
    • Equitation
    • Judging
    • Breeding and genetics
    This course requires students to attend two scheduled classes each week.
     
    Assessment: Oral presentations, practical demonstrations, compositions, oral and written tests. Advanced students may challenge components of the course which they believe they have mastered (80% required for a successful challenge). Students at this level will be expected to conduct a lesson and assessment on a specific equestrian topic in keeping with the student’s individual skill set.
    Read the course outline here


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  • The course enables the student to demonstrate practical ability in working with horses in one of three ways:

    • Students who already have a horse or access to a horse.
      Students who are already working with a coach or trainer at least four times a month (either on their own horse or on a lesson horse) may complete this course by having their coach/trainer complete a rubric assessment of the student’s skills development once a month. Students who engage in recreational riding at least once each week may complete this course by keeping a rider log journal which is to be signed off by the parent on a monthly basis.
       
    • Students who are not currently working with a coach/trainer but who would like to take riding lessons may complete this course by taking riding lessons at one of our liason stables: The Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre or Maple Meadows Equestrian Centre. Students must complete a minimum of two lessons a month and riding lesson fees are NOT included in Academy fees. Payment for riding lessons and the cost of these lessons are entirely between the students/parent and the coaching staff at the facility. THSS will provide release time during school (and possibly transportation) for students to facilitate taking lessons during the school day lessons.
       
    • Students may complete this course by completing a reflective journal with weekly entries connected to horse-related activities and events. The journal must be signed off by a parent /guardian monthly and submitted for assessment. If a student needs to suspend lessons for a period of time due to finances, injury or weather conditions- a student may opt to move from coaching assessments to reflective journal entries with teacher permission.
    • The IDS 12 course may be completed over the duration of the student's time in the Academy but MUST be finished by the end of the grade 12 year.
     
    Assessment:
    Trainer -Coach Assessment rubric OR rider log journal, attendance OR participation in barn clinics.