Find an Instructor

Click the map above to see a directory of ARIA Certified instructors in the United States and Canada. For other countries, click here.

George and horse cr“The ARICP is good for riding instructors”
-George Morris – legendary trainer in the history of equestrian sports. Among his many accomplishments, George Morris earned Olympic Gold, won the biggest purse in Show Jumping, and led the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping team as Chef d’Equipe.

Certification Levels

Level I

Instructor in Training

Level II

Instructor of Beginner through Intermediate

Level III

Instructor of Beginner through Advanced


In General

Instructors earn certification by passing a comprehensive battery of written and oral examinations. Each candidate for certification meets personally with at least one member of the ARIA Evaluation Board at the time of their testing. Test scores are carefully and thoroughly reviewed by the Evaluation Board, and certification is awarded or withheld based on these results. Anyone not achieving certification is welcome to try again at a later date. ARIA emphasizes safety, knowledge and integrity with all its instructors, however ARIA cannot and does not assume responsibility or liability for future actions or behavior of any person.


ARICP certifies instructors in 16 specialties:

  • Distance Riding
  • Dressage
  • Driving
  • Eventing
  • Hunt Seat
  • Hunt Seat on the Flat (no jumping)
  • Mounted Patrol Training Officer
  • Recreational Riding
  • Reining
  • Riding to Hounds
  • Saddle Seat
  • Show Jumping
  • Side-Saddle
  • Stable Management
  • Western Pleasure & Equitation
  • Western Dressage