Several years ago, the LEA under the guidance of Julie Cochran began to develop a horsemanship testing program that would "test" riders skills in horse management and riding. Candidates would demonstrate proficiency at the bronze (walk-trot), silver (walk-trot-canter, cross rails) and gold ( a more advanced level to be divided into higher levels of dressage or jumping).
The most successful graduates will receive scholarships to use for educational pursuits of their choice. All graduates will be presented with medals at the LEA year end banquet.
To be a part of the program, you must purchase the testing study guide that will help you prepare. The guide is not meant to answer questions or teach so much as it is to show you the areas of horsemanship that you should have developed skills in at the level you are working on.
Everyone must start with the bronze level and then progress to silver, then gold.
Testing will be conducted when a sufficient group of candidates show interest. Testing will be conducted by LEA examiners. Some parts of the testing are self reporting and should be "checked off" by your trainer or LEA examiner.