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How to Become a Side Saddle Instructor

ISSO Certified Instructors have passed comprehensive written and practical exams, evaluated by other Certified Instructors. The exams cover saddle fit, equitation, equipment details, attire, and other knowledge areas in addition to the candidate’s teaching and riding ability. To maintain certification, instructors must engage in continuing education, abide by a written code of conduct, and remain a member in good standing (including an annual certification renewal fee). Instructors benefit from listings on our website - a primary resource for students seeking instruction - and may hold clinics advertising ISSO’s sanction.

For more information on the certification program, please follow the links below:

If you have any further questions please email

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