Walk N Style Academy


Walk N Style and its creators Denise Bader and Nicole Carswell Tolle are dedicated to creating an education based environment and success driven series of programs through the Academy from which all participants can benefit on both a personal and professional level.

Mission Statement

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he mission of Walk N Style Academy is to provide an educational environment where instructors, trainers, and any individual desiring to be knowledgeable in the Tennessee Walking Horse can communicate and share knowledge, techniques and experiences.

The Academy is in place to build knowledge and provide support for those endorsing WNS and in agreement with its processes and techniques.

 

TRAINER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The Trainers Certification Program is designed to recognize individuals who are capable of training the Tennessee Walking Horse utilizing methods and techniques established within our program. While individual style will be encouraged, program goals are to:

 

While staying true to the fact that the Tennessee Walking Horse was created and bred to cover the most amount of ground in a single stride while giving a smooth ride, and demonstrating headshake and brilliance of carriage. WALK N STYLE will adhere to those basic principles of performance when training individuals toward certification.

To join the WNS Program is to join a TEAM dedicated to the positive progression of the Tennessee Walking Horse as a breed and legitimate athlete. Our goal is to produce a consistent group of trainers known for skill and understanding in the training of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

LEVEL 1 FORMAT


 

WALK N STYLE LLC provides a training format involving round pen work, starting colts, developing young horses under saddle, and maintaining the aged horse 5 and over.

 
Live Testing
- round pen
- actual riding of the 3 gaits
- working with a already started young horse
- working with an aged horse
Written Testing
There are areas of specialty within the certification process:

1) Basic Training
2) Western Training
3) English Training
4) Equitation Horse Training

Certifications are based on an individuals skill set. It is expected but not required that a trainer will certify in more than one category (categories 1 – 4) in Level 1 testing.

Basic Training LEVEL LEVEL 1 Certification involves trainers who stick to polishing up the finished horse, getting him fit and back to a solid gait. This is not a problem horse fixer, but rather a refreshing trainer who has a solid skill set of how to ride well and utilize basic concepts at all 3 gaits.

Western Training involves possessing the techniques to train horses the maneuvers, mannerisms, and skills which make a western horse and true western mount. Being able to train a Tennessee Walking Horse neck reining, leg yields, turns, rollbacks, etc will be necessary to gain this certification.

English Training is for the individual with some Saddleseat or Walking Horse background. The English horse is higher headed, collected upward and animation is encouraged. Riding in a suitable cut back saddle fitted for a Tennessee Walking Horse is required at all 3 gaits. It is imperative that an English horse trainer be able to execute in an English saddle, understand shoeing, and have knowledge of the types of English show divisions.

Equitation Horse Training is very fundamental. Choosing the individual horse that has the correct build, mind and gait to be an EQ horse first, then training this horse to perform smoothly and consistently on the rail is a skill. Then to take that horse and Flat Walk, Running Walk and Canter in a pattern situation requires a planned approach and patience in execution. It is also an art where the rider is as much of the program as the trainer. Individuals with a true interest in horsemanship will want this certification.


ALL CERTIFIED TRAINERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND 10 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION WITH A PROFESSIONAL WITHIN THEIR DISCIPLINE EACH YEAR.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION


Instructor Certification will encompass 3 levels:
(One is available at the Virginia event)
01

Basic Level 1 Instructor

Level 1 Certification includes:

01

Safe ground handling

02

Knowledge of the types of equipment used in riding of different types of walking horses


04

Showmanship (in hand)

05

Teaching the 3 gaits


07

Understanding the true movement of the Tennessee Walking Horse and teaching students to identify gait and collection are the foundation of gaited riding. Not all school horses are the perfect gaited horse, so the instructor must learn to adapt and work with what is available while striving to improve the horse. The student is involved in the process.


09

Interacting with students, parents, adult clients on a personal and business level


11

Must attend 10 hours of educational training each year (expos, seminars, clinics, shadowing a professional)

 
All WNS clinics and expo appearances are available for participation and trainers and instructors are encouraged to attend and work. WNS encourages you to utilize your hours with professionals as an opportunity to network and make new professional colleagues.

ALL CERTIFIED TRAINERS AND INSTRUCTORS:

  • WILL BE EDUCATED ON BASIC SADDLE FIT
  • ALL WNS EQUIPMENT WILL BE UTILIZED AND AVAILABLE TO CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS
  • CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO GAIN CREDITS TOWARD SADDLES AND OTHER EQUIPMENT THEY WANT THROUGH TRACKING SALES TO THEIR CLIENTS
  • IN PREPARATION FOR ALL NATIONAL EVENTS, WNS WILL LOCATE CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THAT STATE AND PROMOTE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEM AT THE EVENT. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE ALSO ASKED TO HELP IN THE BOOTH AND MEET AND GREET THE CROWD.
CERTIFICATION COSTS:

LEVEL 1: $750

VIRGINIA HORSE FESTIVAL CERTIFICATION TESTING LASTS 5 DAYS. ALL CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

2018 CERTIFYING EVENTS


JULY CERTIFICATIONS LEVEL 1 CANADA
AUGUST CERTIFICATIONS PRESENTED AT NICOLE TOLLE’S CLEAR SPRINGS RANCH IN FOUNTAIN, CO. LEVEL 1 ONLY

LEVEL 2 TRAINER

Categories 5 & 6 are limited to Level 2 Instructors and above.


Colt Starting is for the trainer who has a strength and talent for starting a variety of young horses down the correct path to solid gait and maneuvers. Putting a strong foundation on a young colt is a true talent and certainly a specialty area.

Gaining this certification will involve shadowing Denise or Nicole at an event or at their home facility until other upper level Trainers are part of the program. Versatility Horse Training Certification encompasses many divisions.


We will specify the area of the trainer’s strength:


 
1
Skill classes – trail, western riding, horsemanship, showmanship
2
Speed Events
3
Jumping
4
Dressage
5
Reining
6
Driving
 

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION LEVEL 2

Level 2 Certification includes:

01

Showmanship advanced (in hand)

03

Care and Handling of both lesson and show horses


04

Understanding basic saddle fit

06

Understanding correct formulation of patterns and how to perform them correctly


08

Ability to progress a rider to a higher skill set, teach greater collection and more defined use of the aids


10

Must attend 10 hours of continuing education (expos, seminars, clinics, shadowing a professional)

Master Instructor:

01

Must have tested and certified for Level 1 and 2 within the last two years


03

Ability to develop a horse and rider team to show ring level


05

Had shadowed a professional trainer in your area of concentration for 4 months


07

Must understand the differences between western and English riding and how to teach both well

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