Centered Riding's® Upgrading Requirements

These are highlights only. For complete details on expectations and requirements for each Centered Riding Instructor Level, please consult the Policies and Procedures, Section 8 available on this website.

Centered Riding Upgrade Requirements

To upgrade to any level, an instructor must be currently updated and have paid Centered Riding dues for the current year. Level IV Instructors giving letters of recommendation or evaluation forms must be current for the year they are giving the recommendation. Alternate updates are not acceptable towards upgrades; they only serve to keep an instructor current at their present level.

Requirements for Attaining Level I

Successful completion of the Centered Riding Instructor Course (see CR Instructor Certification Standards for Level I - Policies and Procedures Sections 3 & 4)

Level II Upgrade Requirements

•    Has been a current Level I for a minimum of two (2) years
•    Has attended a minimum of two (2) Instructor or All Level Update Clinics since becoming a Level I
•    Has worked with a minimum of two (2) Level IV Clinicians since becoming a Level I
•    Has LORs from a minimum of two (2) Level IV Clinicians (Level IV Apprentice may provide one (1) of
•    Holds a current First Aid + CPR Certificate for his/her country
•    Has continued their education in their own discipline by taking lessons/clinics from specialists in their  field, not just from CR instructors
•    Has continued their education in body awareness by taking lessons from a qualified teacher of Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais Method, Yoga or Franklin Technique etc
•    Demonstrates s/he teaches from his/her center and is grounded
•    Rides effectively, in balance, all 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter)

Level III Upgrade Requirements:

•    Has been a Level II for a minimum of three (3) years
•    Has participated at a minimum of three (3) Instructor or All Level Updates since becoming a Level II
•    Has worked with a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians since becoming a Level II
•    Has LORs from a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians who have seen the candidate within the past 
•    Must have assisted a Level IV at a minimum of three (3) clinics
•    Has taught a minimum of 3 clinics under his/her own name
•    Has continued his/her education in own discipline by taking lessons from specialists in that discipline  -
•    Demonstrate a good working knowledge of the application of CR in the classical training of the horse and
•    Has continued his/her education in body awareness through taking lessons/classes in Alexander  Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga or Franklin Method etc. from a qualified instructor
•    Has continued his/her education by studying human and equine functional anatomy and biomechanics
•    Rides all 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter) effectively and in balance
•    Rides the horse from “back to front”
•    Rides simple lateral movements correctly
•    Can demonstrate on the horse the effect of having, losing and regaining any of the 4 Basics and grounding
•    Holds current First Aid Certificate from his/her country
•    Must assist teaching a minimum of two clinics under the supervision of a Level IV Instructor or be observed teaching a clinic by a Level IV Instructor and receive a positive recommendation from the Level IV  Instructor.

Requirements to become a Level IV Apprentice

•    Has been a Level III for a minimum of 3 years
•    Has attended a minimum of 2 Clinician or All Level Update Clinics (2 Level IV’s must participate) since  becoming a Level III
•    As a Level III, has taught a minimum of 6 CR 2-day or longer Open clinics
•    Has worked with a minimum of 3 Level IV’s since becoming a Level III
•    Has LORs from a minimum of 3 Level IV Clinicians (LORs from 4 Level IVs recommended)
•    Holds a current First Aid Certificate including CPR for his/her country
•    Has continued his/her education in own discipline by taking lessons/clinics from specialists in that discipline – not just from CR instructors
•    Has continued his/her education in body awareness by taking lessons from a qualified instructor in such modalities as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga, Franklin Method etc.
•    Has continued his/her education in the study of human and equine functional anatomy, biomechanics, and
•    the body-mind connection
•    Rides effectively, in balance, in all three (3) gaits (walk, trot, canter), applying CR methods and classical techniques for training of horse and rider
•    Can demonstrate on the horse the effect of having, losing and regaining any of the 4 Basics and grounding
•    Must have a Level IV mentor

Requirements to Upgrade to Level IV


•    Has participated in 1 or more Clinician or All Level (2 or more Level IVs must be at it) Update Clinics
•    Has completed a minimum of 40 days assisting a Level IV at clinics
•    Has worked with a minimum of 4 Level IV Clinicians during Apprenticeship
•    Has LORs from a minimum of 4 Level IV Clinicians to upgrade to Level IV
•    Has continued his/her education in his/her primary discipline and in other disciplines by taking lessons/clinics from specialists in those disciplines – not only from CR instructors
•    Has demonstrated a working knowledge of the classical training principles and application of CR to the training of rider and horse
•    Has continued his/her education in body awareness by taking lessons from a qualified instructor in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga,  or Franklin Method etc
•    Has continued his/her education by studying human and equine anatomy and biomechanics
•    Rides all 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter) effectively and in balance
•    Teaches how to ride effectively, in balance, all 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter)
•    Teaches how to ride horse from back to front (i.e. putting horse together)
•    Can teach lateral movements such as leg-yield and shoulder-in or shoulder-fore including when and why to use them
•    Can apply CR techniques to riders of different disciplines including riders of gaited horses