Video Requirements and Tips on How to Make an Upgrade Video
From CR Policies & Procedures, Section
III Upgrade Requirements:
or DVD Requirements
must provide the Level IV Committee with a video or DVD (in the form of a link to a
website where the video can be viewed or a DVD copy for each Level IV), showing
- Demonstrating riding requirements for Level
hands-on body work with a mounted rider
- Teaching ground work, and
- Teaching lessons suitable for a Level III
(only part of the lesson needs to be shown.)
Total video length
is not to exceed 60 minutes (10 minute segments are preferred.) The purpose of the video is to demonstrate the
candidate's riding, teaching and bodywork at the level applied for, and to allow
Level IVs who have not worked with the candidate to see their teaching, riding
and bodywork skills.
Each video segment (riding, teaching, groundwork, etc,) should be
approximately 10 minutes in length. The complete video/DVD should not exceed 1
hour in length. Teaching and narration must be in English, or a transcript in
English must be provided.
Please ensure that the video can be clearly seen and heard. It is
impossible to evaluate videos with images that are indistinct, taken at too
great a distance to see details, or that cannot be heard clearly because of
wind, traffic or other sound problems.
Videos may be copied onto a DVD and/or uploaded to a website for
private viewing. If making DVD copies, these must be provided in both formats
(for North American & European DVD players.) If posting video to a website,
the candidate is responsible for providing a link and directions for Level IVs
to access the site and the video.
a. Riding – The purpose of
the riding segment is to show that the candidate meets the required standards
for the level, and to clearly demonstrate that s/he understands
centering, good use of self and can demonstrate the qualities of the 4
basics & grounding in their own riding. Riding segment should include:
riding at walk, trot, canter
lengthening and shortening stride
riding the horse through his back and on the bit.
Jumping, riding outside or cross country, driving and
other specialized disciplines are optional.)
Riding segment should demonstrate the use of Centered Riding principles
and techniques to improve the horse's movement and use of its body.
b. Groundwork – The candidate
must show teaching groundwork incorporating classical CR principles (i.e., teaching the 4 basics supported by
grounding), and show that they can communicate what CR is and how it relates to
students. Groundwork may be taught to an individual, a group, or both, but
group work is preferred.
c. Body Work /Saddle Fit – The candidate
must demonstrate body work, including:
a brief analysis of the rider and his/her body issues
- demonstrate a
leg or hip release and/or arm/shoulder release to address those issues.
The instructor/candidate must also address the balance
and fit of the saddle to allow for a balanced and level pelvis.
d. Teaching -- Candidate
should demonstrate teaching a private
lesson and a group lesson, including the
application of Centered Riding principles and techniques to improve the
student(s)' seat, application of the aids, use of self, and better movement and
harmony with the horse, relative to the student(s)' level and discipline.
Lessons shown should be safe, well organized, and show improvement in the
student(s); at least one lesson must show work with advanced riders. Teaching
segments should include a brief introduction/analysis of the student(s) at the
beginning and a wrap/up or evaluation at the end of the lesson
e. Teaching Clinics and/or
Instructors - Level III candidates should include a segment showing themselves
teaching a group of riders and/or groundwork in a clinic setting.
f. Professionalism and Presentation -- Instructors
should present themselves as professionals in their video presentations in
regard to dress, equipment, horsemanship and safety.
The video is not judged on video production qualities, but it must be
clear and easy to view and understand.
Steps for Creating an Upgrade Video:
1. Download and read the Upgrade Checklist and the section in CR
Policies and Procedures on the Upgrade Requirements for your level. Pay special
attention to the requirements for Riding, Teaching, Groundwork and Bodywork,
and what the Examining Committee will be looking for.
2. Find someone who will video your
riding, teaching and bodywork/groundwork sessions. You will also need someone
who can edit your finished video. This need not be done by a professional, but
you will need someone who knows how to shoot video, upload it to a computer and
3. Review any existing video of your
riding and teaching, to see if it is suitable to include.
4. Make a list of the video segments you
need to shoot, and what you should demonstrate in each segment. Keep a list of
the video segments and topics you have completed, and which are not done yet.
Shoot more video of each topic than you need—you can choose only the best
sections when you edit it.
5. Review all the video footage,
identifying the parts you want to use. Write down the video time/number of the
starting point and ending point for each segment. (You may want to ask another
instructor or your mentor to help you identify the segments that best meet the
requirements for that level.)
6. Make a list of any segments that are
missing or not up to standard and need to be re-done.
7. When the final video segments are all
assembled, the video should be edited. It is easiest to break it into 10 minute
segments for each required topic (i.e, Riding, Teaching, Groundwork &
Bodywork/Saddle Fit.) You may wish to make an additional (optional) segment
introducing yourself, your facility and what you teach, and showing any riding,
training or other activities that are relevant to what you do.
8. Listen to the audio as you review
your video. If the audio is not clear, you may wish to do a voice-over,
explaining what you are teaching (or riding). Your technical helper should be
able to help you record a voice-over.
9. If you are not teaching in English,
you must provide an English transcript of each segment of your video, or create
a voice-over in English. Please be sure that you give details on what you are
teaching, and that the voice-over goes with what is being shown on the video.
It is strongly recommended that you ask a
Level IV Clinician to review your video and your application to make sure that it is complete and meets Upgrade Requirements, before submitting
the video and upgrade application. If your application or video is incomplete or does not meet Upgrade Requirements, it will not be considered by the Committee.
11. To make your video available to the
Level IV Committee:
may upload your video segments to a website (YouTube is preferred) and provide
a link and a password for your videos.
you prefer to send the video on a DVD, you must provide a copy of your DVD for
each Level IV. Please be sure that the
DVD you provide is in a format that will plan on any computer.
Tips on shooting videos:
1. Make a list of the topics, gaits,
movements, etc. that you plan to show in this segment, and check them off as
you complete them.
2. Horses and riders should be neatly
and properly presented (dressed as for a lesson or clinic—formal or show dress
is not required. Plain-colored, form-fitting riding clothing makes it easier to
see the riders and how they respond to instruction. The arena should be safe
and free from unnecessary obstacles and distractions.
3. Shoot your video in good lighting
conditions—outdoors in sunlight, or in an indoor arena with good lighting. Place
the camera so that the sun is behind it. If you shoot toward a light source, it
will be difficult or impossible to see the riders.
4. The DVD should show the horse and
rider (in riding segments) or students (in teaching or groundwork segments) at
a close enough distance and clearly enough that the viewer can see and evaluate
how they are riding or being taught.
5. Shoot your video in a quiet area
where there are no loud distractions (nearby traffic noise, machines, loud
wind, etc.) Avoid unnecessary talking by the person shooting the video or
anyone watching. Video cameras pick up background noise, and this may make your
teaching impossible to hear. (If the
sound on a segment is indistinct, you may need to record a voice-over later.)
6. It is not necessary to show the
entire ride or lesson, but shoot more video than you will actually use. This
gives you more to choose from when you edit the video. Show the most important
segments (you and or your students preparing for and performing the exercise,
making corrections, and if possible, demonstrate improvement in the horse
7. In your riding segment, you must be
able to demonstrate that you can ride the required gaits and movements, showing
that you use and can demonstrate the application of Centered Riding techniques
in your discipline to improve your horse’s use of his body. Choose a horse (or
more than one horse) that will help you demonstrate this.
8. You are not expected to be a perfect
rider or, if your primary discipline is not dressage, a dressage expert.
However, Centered Riding is based on knowledge of the horse’s mind, body and
biomechanics, including the training process and understanding what various
movements and exercises are supposed to do for the horse. You should be prepared to demonstrate, discuss
and evaluate riders’ and horses’ performance and use of their bodies, including
working "through the back,” "on the bit,” and lateral movements (as appropriate
for the discipline.) If a horse or
rider is not able to execute a movement correctly, you should point out what is
good or improving, what is not correct yet, and what you will do to help them
9. When you demonstrate teaching, choose
topics that are simple, relevant to Centered Riding, and that you and your
rider(s) and/or horse(s) can do well. Discuss what you will be doing with your
students before beginning your video, so they are prepared. At the beginning,
give a brief introduction about your student, any problems or body issues s/he
has, and what you will be working on.
Remember that the primary goal is to demonstrate
your understanding and use of Centered Riding, and your application of Centered
Riding Basics and techniques in your riding, teaching, bodywork and groundwork.
It is also important to demonstrate good "use of self” in your own riding,
teaching, bodywork and groundwork