USHJA Recognized Riding Academy:
Is your equestrian program helping to cultivate well-rounded equestrians from their earliest riding experience? If your lesson program emphasizes horsemanship, sportsmanship and promotes safety, apply to become a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy. All applicants must read and understand the criteria set forth by the USHJA. Recognized academies are subject to USHJA membership fees and a renewal application will be required for membership renewal each year. There is no deadline for application but membership will end on November 30 unless renewed.
- All applicants must submit a completed application form with payment due at the time of application.
- The academy operator/owner must approve and sign the application. At least one staff member must be a current USHJA member in good standing.
- Upon submission of the application, riding academies must also include a Certificate of Insurance showing proof of coverage of at least $1 million dollars per occurrence for the operation of its riding program. Click here for insurance form requirements.
- Applicant academies must identify the name and contact information of a reference who can speak to the program listed on this application. References do not need to be USHJA members, should not be employed by the applicant academy, and will be contacted by a USHJA staff member or Recognized Riding Academy Committee member.
- Applicants must submit at least five photo images to include the following facility locations: riding ring, tack room, stalls/stabling, pasture fencing, and grooming/tacking area. Images must be submitted as a JPEG file.
- Approved riding academies must be willing to advertise with its students, guests, and vendors their relationship with the USHJA by methods to include, but not limited to, promoting available programs, posting flyers or banners, hosting events, and displaying the USHJA’s recognition of the program on the riding academy’s website.
- Approved academies must display the USHJA Recognized Riding Academy plaque in a visible area.
- The academy must be willing to provide USHJA with a client list to include names, addresses, and email addresses as well as promote the USHJA Recognized Riding Academy membership and programs to its students and clients.
Recognized Academies not meeting the standards outlined by the program can be addressed by contacting the program liaison.