1990 - The year Saddle Up! was founded
180 - Number of riders served in 2012
4500 - Average number of lessons in a year
300 - Number of active volunteers
Since our first lessons in 1990, Saddle Up! has used various systems to track rider progress. Like many centers, Saddle Up! encountered problems with many of those systems, such as:
The current system was fully implemented in January 2012 with amazing results. Saddle Up! has realized improvements in:
In 2010, an instructor task force was formed to identify the holes in the existing system and brainstorm ways to eliminate the inconsistencies in measuring rider progress. The team worked approximately 1½ years to identify and develop these participant skill charts. The process involved developing a system that showed a rider’s current skill level, tracked rider progress within a skill or set of skills, and eliminated redundancy.
Riders are grouped more effective by skill level.
Rider/Horse mismatching reduced.
Improves instruction accuracy and consistency.
Improves communication and goal-setting.
Enhances parent/rider communication.