Dear NSEF Member:
Following the most recent information provided by the Province of Nova Scotia regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation has suspended all activities effective Monday March 16th – April 19th (subject to change). This includes, but is not limited to, the NSEF Coach Symposium, Rookie Rider Training, and Scotia Series competitions. Please check the NSEF Calendar of Events for updates.
Beginning Monday, March 16 at noon, NSEF staff will work from home until further notice. As the Sport Nova Scotia building is also closed, mail service and the sale of NSEF/EC products will be unavailable. Membership renewals are available online or by emailing your membership application to[email protected] .



Rookie Riders is curriculum-based, filled with engaging activities that are fundamental to success in horseback riding. It includes basic  gymnastics on mats, fundamental skills learned on Radish, our “barrel horse” and concludes with an introduction to riding. It is a core skill-building program that benefits all disciplines.


More about Rookie Riders 

  • Safe and fun Introduction to riding skills, horses and horsemanship – Riding and Gymnastic activities focus on developing the skills used in equestrian sport

  • Introduce OR reinforce movement skills within the FUNdamental stage of long term equestrian and athlete development.

  • Group and individual activities

  • Provides physical, mental, and emotional engagement

  • Designed to be delivered to a large group of children

  • Easily customizable to meet the needs of your group

  • Flexible curriculum delivery


Participants Learn

Fundamental Movement Skills

  • Develop Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) necessary for riding by engaging students physically, mentally, and emotionally in individual and group activities

Fundamental Sport Skills

  • Learn to safely mount and dismount

  • Develop ability to maintain a balanced and relaxed position with proper posture while mounted

  • Become comfortable changing into a variety of positions and holds while mounted


  • Learn about horses and how to safely interact with them


Click here to access a short video about Rookie Riders.