ATHRA recognises that even though it is a national association of volunteers, there is a definite need for uniformity of process and rules when conducting a Trail Ride.
The Association also acknowledges its duty of care and with this in mind it jointly developed with its insurance partners Affinity Insurance Brokers an members' accreditation programme based on ATHRA's Code of Conduct.
The accreditation program is internal to ATHRA and is self managed.
Currently there are three recognised accredited positions: Trail Boss, Ride Coordinator and Ride Steward. Each position holds clearly defined responsibilities and elements.
The following information has been developed to assist clubs and their members in understanding ATHRA Accreditation process:
Participation in ATHRA's Accreditation program is not a daunting process and the aim is to educate individuals and to focus on risk management and safety for all.
- All participants are taken through a training curriculum that addresses the inherent risks associated with Trail Riding and how to effectively manage them. The Code of Conduct is used extensively as a reference source.
- All participants who are actively involved throughout the duration of the course will receive certification as either a Trail Boss, Ride Coordinator or Ride Steward.
- In order to obtain the Trail Boss certificate the following practical exercises must be undertaken and passed -
- Ride and control a horse at a walk, trot and canter,
- Open and close a gate either mounted or dismounted,
- Mount and dismount a horse unassisted,
- Lead a horse whilst mounted,
- Lead a horse from the ground,
- Correct and functional fit of tack and or equipment, and
- Actively participate mounted in a simulated Trail Ride.
- ATHRA strongly recommends that those seeking full Trail Boss certification bring a horse that is suitable for the practical components. A badly behaved or uncontrollable horse may affect your ability to pass aspects of the practical test.
- Participants who do not pass all components of the practical assessments are not eligible for the Trail Boss classification, however they will still be eligible for Ride Coordinator and Ride Steward certification.
Clubs should ensure that members who are nominated to attend the accreditation course are aware of these criteria and are capable of managing the practical components.
Important information for accreditation course participants can be found in the IMS-GU-041 Accreditation Course Outline V20160101
Additional information can be obtained from the Club's Regional Manager.