USHJA Instructor Credential Welcomes Lake Erie College as Participating College

Instructor Credential _webLexington, Ky.—May 13, 2024—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to welcome Lake Erie College's School of Equine Studies as a Participating College of the USHJA Instructor Credential.

"We are thrilled to expand access to the USHJA Instructor Credential through Lake Erie College's School of Equine Studies," said Kevin Price, USHJA Executive Director. "This collaboration underscores our commitment to advancing equestrian education and ensuring that instructors receive comprehensive training to excel in the industry."

LEC-1Beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, the School of Equine Studies will integrate the Instructor Credential with its existing curriculum. The Credential's online coursework will be included as part of the Methods and Materials of Teaching Riding I and II courses required for the Teacher/Trainer major and the Riding Instructor Concentration.

In May of 2025, students' work will culminate in a Live Workshop and Examination held at the College. A limited number of slots will also be available for Instructor Credential participants outside of the College.

"Lake Erie College is already known for producing excellent young professionals. We believe the USHJA Instructor Credential program perfectly complements our existing curriculum and will offer our graduating students the opportunity to add to their knowledge base. The students will be well prepared to take the Instructor Credential testing and receive their certification," said Mary Pardee, Director of Riding and Assistant Professor of Equine Studies at Lake Erie College.

Launched in 2023, the Instructor Credential offers a comprehensive education for riding instructors through online coursework and as an in-person workshop and examination. After completing all online courses, candidates are eligible to register for the in-person workshop, where they will observe, practice and collaborate on teaching and coaching techniques. During the live examination, candidates are tested on their teaching skills and provided individualized feedback. Upon successful completion of all online courses, the workshop, and passing scores during the examination, candidates are awarded the status of USHJA Credentialed Instructor.

To learn more about the USHJA Instructor Credential at Visit to learn more about the School of Equine Studies at Lake Erie College.

About Lake Erie College

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, professional studies, education, and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.