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ESNZ Registered Coaches:

  • Are qualified and have been through the ESNZ Coaching programme for their level

  • Have current first aid certificates and are trained in health and safety and dealing with equestrian incidents

  • Have been police checked by ESNZ


Interested in becoming an ESNZ registered Coach?

The ESNZ Coach Programme is designed to facilitate a “blended learning approach”, whereby activities and practical tasks can be completed in a face-to-face learning environment or in a distance learning environment in a self-paced manner.

Why is ESNZ Coach Registration Important?

The ESNZ Coaching Programme verifies that a coach:

  • Has been evaluated at a high level and meets ESNZ standards for professionalism and competence as an equestrian coach.
  • Maintains their certification, and is therefore dedicated to learning and advancement through regular professional development.
  • Has obtained relevant insurance to protect themselves and their students.
  • Has completed a police background check within the past five (5) years.
  • Has current First Aid training.

Order ESNZ Coach workbooks here

Coaching Pathway

The ESNZ Coach training pathways are divided into three sections:

  • Equine Management
  • Riding
  • Coaching

Coach Levels

  • Introductory – ESNZ’s first coach level, coaching beginner and inexperienced riders, learning the foundations and fundamentals of being an equestrian coach
  • Development – ESNZ’s second coach level, coaching early competitors riders, begins to develop performance goals, but still balanced with equestrian sport being fun
  • Performance – ESNZ’s third coach level, coaching 4th-5th level Dressage, up to 1.30m Jumping, 1.15m Cross-Country or up to 120km Endurance.  
  • Elite – ESNZ’s top coach level, coaching up to Grand Prix Dressage, Grand Prix Jumping, 4* Eventing and 160km Endurance

For more information, download an information pack below.

To discuss coaching options further please email: Coaching enquiries or phone 04 499 8994.

Flexible Assessment (examples) for coaches upskilling

  • Oral instead of written assessment (with use of a scribe for purposes of records)
  • Video instead of face-to-face evidence
  • Integrated assessment (assess multiple competencies/modules in one task)
  • Self-paced activities
  • Multiple assessment attempts, if required
  • On-the-job assessment in a practical/real Equestrian environment

Required Coaching Textbooks

The Principles of Riding

Required text for Riding and Coaching – all levels.


Feeding Horses in Australia

Required text for Equine Management – all levels.  

Conditioning Sport Horses

Required text for Equine Management – Performance / Elite levels

Advanced Techniques of Dressage

Required text for DRESSAGE Riding and Coaching – Performance / Elite levels

101 Jumping Exercises for Horse and Rider

Required text for JUMPING Riding and Coaching – Performance / Elite levels