HSI Level 1 Coach Course Open for Applications

  • 8 September 2022, 09:16

The next HSI Level 1 Coach course will take place in Spruce Lodge Training Facility, Redcross, Co Wicklow this coming October. HSI is delighted to announced that a new application process and payment options are now available online.

See the course dates below:

Date Course Days
October 10th, 11th and 12th

Monday to Wednesday


Days 1-3


November 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Wednesday to Friday


Days 4-6


December 12th, 13th and 14th

Monday to Wednesday


Pre-Assessments and Final Assessments

About the Level 1 Coach Course

The HSI Level 1 Coach course is the first step onto the HSI professionally accredited equestrian coaching ladder and includes two separate educational pathways for candidates to choose from, the National Development Coach (NDC) and the National Performance Coach (NPC). Both options provide candidates with the technical knowledge and skills required to coach at their respective levels, instilling the importance of equine welfare, good horsemanship, and rider development as the foundations to the course.

Both the NDC and NPC options use modern systematic training methods that allow horses to be produced in a classically correct manner, with emphasis on the horse’s way of going, the correct use of the training scale and rider position. The course covers the three main disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing as well as additional subjects for candidates’ personal and professional development.

Aidan Tector recently completed the course and qualified as a Level 1 NPC Coach. Speaking of his experience, he said:

“This course has completely changed how I get feedback from my clients which in turn lets me know how much they truly understand the subject we are working on.”

Run over eight contact days, the course includes supervised coaching practice, coaching demonstrations, comprehensive theory modules, a pre-assessment phase and a formal practical coaching assessment in dressage, show jumping and cross country.

Level 1 NDC Anne Marie Galligan used the course to upskill and refresh her knowledge:

“Participating in HSI Level 1 Coaching course has updated and refreshed my coaching skills in a big way. I enjoyed all the content delivered by top class coaches and the Coach Developers were there to help at every turn. I feel confident that I can go out into the equestrian sector now and share newfound knowledge in a safe and interesting manner.”

The Level 1 Coach course provides the opportunity for candidates to expand and improve their technical knowledge and practice their coaching skills under the guidance of leading industry experts. All HSI Coaching course are jointly accredited by Horse Sport Ireland and Sport Ireland Coaching.

Corinne Bracken, HSI Course Moderator, HSI Level 3 Show Jumping Coach, UKCC Level 4 Coach, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Programme Manager and High-Performance Manager for Hong Kong said:

“This new and innovative qualification caters for not only the aspiring performance coach but recognises and certifies those working in a high performing way with participation riders in Ireland. It was an honour to watch these coaches progress throughout the course.”

Comdt. John Ledingham, Show Jumping Coach Developer, HSI Level 3 Show Jumping Coach and Chairman of the HSI Coaching Technical Committee added:

“It has been very exciting to see this course come to fruition following two years of development. The course is now a comprehensive programme for coach accreditation and entirely relevant for modern day equestrian sport. A huge thank you must go to all involved in the development of the programme and the large team of Coach Developers and very experienced assessors.”


Application Process:

Participants must be 18 years old prior to course start date. Please note, applicants should have sufficient equestrian experience and must provide evidence of their experience and / or equestrian qualifications. Applicants can be made via the following link HERE

A copy of the Entry Requirements can be found HERE

There is a €50 non-refundable application fee which is deducted from the course fee for successful applicants.

The full course fee is €3,200 which can be made in one sum or in instalments.

If you are interested in the HSI Level 1 Coach course and wish to receive further information, please contact the Coaching and Education Department by emailing coaching@horsesportireland.ie or phone +353 (0)45 854 533.

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