Curriculum & Syllabus

The curriculum is designed for horse lovers and is aimed at providing a specialized education for those who wish to make a career working with horses. The post matric course has grown out of a demand by young people for a facility where they can spend time learning about the care and keep of horses. They are given the opportunity to develop their riding skills to the level they are capable of.

The syllabus is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge to sit the EQASA examinations. These examinations were introduced in 1976 and are conducted annually in all the provinces. EQASA qualifications are highly regarded in the Equestrian Community.


These modules may be completed over a period of two to three years, depending on the student’s formal equestrian background and level of expertise; Each Module carries its own National Qualification. Module 5 onwards carries an International Qualification.

Module 1 - Certificate of Basic Stable Yard Skills

Module 2 - Certificate of Advanced Stable Yard Skills

Module 3 - Certificate of Horsemanship

Module 4 - Certificate of Horsemastership & Preliminary Riding Instruction

Module 5 - Certificate of Horsemastership,Horsemanship & Riding Instruction Level 1

Module 6 - Certificate of Horsemanship, Horsemastership & Riding Instruction - Level 2

Module 7 - Certificate of Horsemanship, Horsemastership & Riding Instruction - Level 3

Throughout the enrolled course year, students are evaluated on an ongoing basis, and the syllabus is worked through systematically, regardless of when examinations are held. By the end of the course year, students will have completed in part or completely, the syllabus according to their individual riding/jumping/practical and theoretical capabilities.

For examination entrance requirements, see the EQASA Webpage:

The Competencies for modules 1 to 3 includes:

Module 1
  •     Blankets and Boots
  •     Grooming 1
  •     Tack 1
  •     Stable Yard management 1
  •     Equine Physiology and Behaviour 1
Module 2
  •     Equine Tack 2
  •     Lungeing 1
  •     Equine Physiology and Behaviour 2
  •     Grooming and Turnout
  •     Stable yard Management 2
  •     Travelling and Trucking
Module 3
  •     Conformation And Unsoundness
  •     Equine Feeding and Diet
  •     General Equine Knowledge 1
  •     Lungeing 2
  •     Equine Foot Care
  •     Stable yard Management 3
Note: All modules follow on each other, and must be passed in sequence.

The Competencies for module 4 includes:

The Theory of Teaching (written paper)
  •         Basic principles of theory of teaching
  •         Qualities of a good instructor
  •         Professionalism
  •         Demographics relating to teaching different age groups & learning levels.
  •         Lesson Plan design
  •         Principles of mounted games
  •         Trail/Out-rides
  •         Road Safety
  •         Practical experience in conducting group out rides

  Basic Riding (Ridden)
  •   Basic seat on Flat and over Fences 85cm (theory and practical)

  •   Group lesson culminating in a jumping session

Instructors/Riding Log Book
  • 25 hours of personal riding
  • 25 hours of teaching

The Competencies for module 5 includes:

    Riding Level One (Ridden on two horses, one unknown)
  •         Novice Dressage level with correct seat and application of aids (circles/serpentines/leg yields/extended paces)
  •         Jumping a course of fences 1.00m in good rhythm and style

  •         Lunge lesson to individual learner
  •         Flatwork lesson to individual learner
  •         Group Jumping lesson 85cm
  •         Principles of Training both horse and Riders, including mounted vices

    General Equestrian Knowledge 2 (written paper)
  •         Teaching related questions including knowledge of the scales of training

    Instructors/Riding Log Book
  •         70 Hours of Teaching
  •         30 Hours of personal riding

Within the sub titles of each modules, all aspects of horsemanship and stable management are covered.