This outline summarizes the education of an IPZV Icelandic Horse Trainer and Instructor. The information was obtained from the IPZV website and prepared by Alexandra Pregitzer, USIHC Education chair.

German Icelandic Horse Association:
Trainer Education

The German IPZV offers different certifications for Icelandic horse trainers and instructors. All certifications are based on a self study of the participating student who prepares himself/herself over the course of years in many different ways (such as taking lessons, attending clinics and seminars, riding badge exams, internships, studying theory, etc.) that suit the students needs and schedule.

Compared to a college like Holar, this is a completely different approach. The actual trainer courses are rather short, mostly two week seminars. They are an intense seminar with different riding instruction, ground work and class room style theory over the course of each day that is thought to offer students help and advice pointing out their strengths and weaknesses and giving them a good preparation for the two day exam.

All of the trainer seminars have a prerequisite that is needed to enter the seminar and exam. Prerequisites are mostly riding badges and introductory seminars in which students receive a foundation in a variety of topics such as gait training, dressage riding, jumping, ground work, animal care, feeding, pasture management, trailer loading, first aid, insurance matters, the laws of the protection of animals against cruelty etc.

To see a matrix of the prerequisites for each program, please go to the IPZV website. (Note, this link will download a portion of a PowerPoint presentation.)

The following lists the different trainer programs for instructors and trainers. (There are more programs such as breeding and sports judges and a specialized trail riding guide that are not listed).

IPZV-Trainer C

Definition

The IPZV-Trainer C is general, less specialized, trainer that works with a variety of clients with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate riders, leisure and trail riders.

Prerequisites

Eligible Clinicians

Length of Seminar

Seminar Contents

Exam

Examiner

Further Education / Currencies

IPZV-Trainer B

Definition

The IPZV-Trainer B is a trainer for the Icelandic horse rider that is interested in a wide variety of activities. This trainer is trained to work with horses and riders from starting them all the way thru the foundation of competition riding.

Prerequisites

Eligable Clinicians

Length of Seminar

Internship:

Seminar Contents

Exam

Examiners

Further education / currencies

IPZV-Trainer A

Definition

The IPZV-Trainer A is the trainer for all areas of Icelandic horse riding including the training of those riders competing in very high ranking competitions.

Prerequisites

Eligible Clinicians

Length of Seminar

Seminar Content

Exam

Examiners

Further education / currencies

IPZV-Ausbilder

Definition

The IPZV-Ausbilder is allowed to hold all educational clinics and seminars and all those that are prerequisites and preparations for trainers, instructors, horse trainers and judges. The Ausbilder is also qualified to be an examiner.

To fulfill this job, one has to have a very high qualification and also a personality that suits the position.

The nomination and selection for this position is decided by the board of the IPZV and determined by the needs of the association in a hearing of the education chairman.

Prerequisites

Any IPZV Trainer A can apply for this position if he or she fullfills the following prerequisites:

Applicant must submit proof of the above. This information together with the application and a resume with regard to the persons horse related education and a proof of good conduct by the police department will be submitted to the board of directors of the IPZV.

Information prepared and reviewed Spring 2009.