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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop riding proficiency 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335723  Develop riding proficiency 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for people who wish to develop and apply riding proficiency on a trained equine in order to develop confidence and ride in a competent manner according to accepted international standards.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to: understand the importance of and to be working towards an independent seat. They will also be capable of controlling an equine on the road and in the country side.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating and maintaining an independent seat at various paces on a trained Equine.
    > Range: Paces are limited to walk trot, and canter.
  • Explaining and demonstrating a jumping seat over an obstacle.
    > Range: Obstacles are limited to ones up to 60 cm in height and/or width.
  • Demonstrating the ability to ride individually, in a group and in the open.
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply road safety procedures while riding in rural and urban environments. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication, NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Equine handling, NQF Level 1.
  • Riding Proficiency, NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Maintain an independent seat at various paces on a trained Equine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Paces are limited to walk trot, and canter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Seat, legs and hands are applied as aids to change pace, effect turns and circles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A sitting trot is achieved, showing control and an independent seat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A walk on a long rein is demonstrated showing control and an independent seat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Directive terms are used on a trained equine in an enclosed area to show control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Halt and move off are demonstrated at walk and at a trot on a trained equine to show control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Commands at canter are executed on a trained equine showing control and an independent seat. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain and demonstrate a jumping seat over obstacles up to 60cm high and/or 60 cm wide. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The jumping seat is explained according to internationally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The jumping seat is demonstrated at a walk, trot and canter according to internationally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to ride over obstacles up to 60cm high or 60 cm wide is demonstrated showing control and an independent seat. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Ride safely as an individual and in a group in an open area at various paces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to ride over uneven terrain at various paces is demonstrated showing control and an independent seat. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terrain is limited to uneven ground and gradients of no more than 45 degree.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Techniques to be applied when faced with dangerous situations when riding are explained in accordance with generally accepted practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dangerous situations include but are not limited to mobile hazards, swarm of bees, dogs, inclement weather.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different safety requirements are identified for riding alone and in a group. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply road safety procedures while riding in rural and urban environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The code of the road for equine riders is explained and demonstrated according to local by-laws and internationally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of road safety equipment is explained in terms of its purpose and the potential dangers of not using it correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Road safety equipment includes but is not limited to reflective clothing and equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential safety hazards and dangers when riding on the road are identified for a given situation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed, (including RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must hold a minimum of NQF Level 3 Qualification in the equestrian field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this US or assessing this US, must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and ETQA guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome:
  • How to maintain an independent seat whilst riding.
  • Different paces of movement.
  • How to orchestrate a jump.
  • Safety for riding in a group.
  • What actions to take when faced with unsafe situations.
  • How to behave on a public road. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to riding a trained equine in an enclosed and open area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others while riding a trained equine to ensure that safety is followed at all times. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while preparing to ride and during riding of a trained Equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the equine by using the correct directive terminology. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    International accepted standards refer to the standards according to the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.

    The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that relates to the humane handling of equines. They are:
  • The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
  • The Performing Animals Protection Act 24/35.
  • The Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982.
  • Powers of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained in the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
  • The National Road Traffic Act 59 of 1989. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71491   National Certificate: Equine Studies  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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