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Instructor levels

What They Mean

Centered Riding Instructor Levels refer primarily to the amount of experience an instructor has in teaching Centered Riding techniques. A Level I instructor may be very experienced within their discipline but may be new to using Centered Riding techniques in their teaching. Centered Riding is not limited to any specific discipline, and we have instructors from most riding disciplines. For a full description of requirements for each Level and their responsibilities and privileges see the relevant section of Centered Riding Policies and Procedures.

Centered Riding Instructor Level I

A Level I CR Instructor is a safe, competent riding teacher who can teach the CR Basics and apply CR techniques to his/her discipline at the level at which s/he teaches. A Level I CR Instructor may be of any discipline, and may teach in their discipline at any level.

Centered Riding Instructor Level II

A Level II instructor is a more advanced and experienced CR instructor. S/he has further experience, growth and education in Centered Riding, teaching and bodywork including an
introduction to Alexander Technique and Tai  Chi. A Level II may teach any level and any discipline. 

Centered Riding Instructor Level III

 A Level III CR Clinician is a qualified CR Instructor and clinician who has advanced
and grown in both Centered Riding work and in his/her primary discipline. S/he is qualified to teach CR Open Clinics, (delete: CR lessons applied to advanced work) and give CR Lectures, Workshops and Demonstrations, mounted and/or un-mounted. S/he can teach groups of any level through advanced.

Centered Riding Instructor Level IV Apprentice

The Level IV Apprentice is a Level III Clinician who is in the process of becoming qualified as a Level IV Instructor, advanced clinician and teacher of teachers. 

Centered Riding Level IV Clinician

A Level IV Clinician is a teacher of teachers and an advanced Centered Riding Instructor/ Clinician. S/he has a high level of knowledge and experience which includes teaching and training in Centered Riding, bodywork, and horsemanship, and is qualified to teach CR lessons and clinics at all levels, CR Instructor Certification Courses and CR Instructor Update Clinics, work with Level IV Apprentices and develop Centered Riding Instructors.

Senior Centered Riding Instructor Emeritus

A Senior Centered Riding Instructor is one who has served as an apprentice to with Sally Swift. This designation applies for life.


If a Senior Centered Riding Instructor no longer pays dues-or has not updated in accordance with Centered Riding’s Policies and Procedures, they become “Senior Centered Riding Instructor, Emeritus”. Senior Centered Riding Instructors with Emeritus status may only advertise that they have been awarded Emeritus status and may not:  1. Continue to advertise that they teach Centered Riding (including “using Centered Riding techniques or concepts”) 2. Continue to use the CR Logo.