Equestrian Program Supervisor
Park City, UT Programs - Equestrian

Job Summary 

National Ability Center, a rapidly growing national nonprofit, seeks an equestrian program supervisor to provide safe and high quality private and/or group horseback riding lessons to participants with or without a disability.  This is a program delivery and administrative position that includes supervising and mentoring instructors, conducting participant assessments, creating lesson plans, providing lessons and schooling horses.  Support the Equestrian Management Team with the daily functions of the Equestrian program.  A primary function of this and every other job at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor of NAC receives the highest caliber of service.

Job Information: 

Position Type: Full Time, Exempt, evening and weekend work required

Salary: $33,475-$54,000

Supervisor: Equestrian Program Manager

Major Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Supervise, evaluate and mentor adaptive riding instructors, instructors in training, equestrian summer camp counselors, volunteers and interns, including written lesson evaluations 1x/quarter per regularly scheduled instructor, 2x/year for seasonal or fill in staff
  • Implement and supervise safety/risk management protocols in a caring and fun environment for participants, volunteers and staff 
  • Support the Equestrian program in a supervisory capacity
  • Utilize appropriate teaching techniques during program activities, including but not limited to directives, technique, and feedback
  • Function as Manager on Duty within the equestrian department as needed
  • Implement and enforce program policies and procedures
  • Oversee proper use of facility, equipment and supplies
  • Enter equestrian program attendance, weekly at minimum, and maintain equestrian stats document; collaborate with Reservations department on discrepancies
  • Ensure completion of “between session tasks” list, including participant file reviews and paperwork updates, first aid kit inventory checks, and saddle fitting
  • Maintain saddle fit chart, at minimum 2x/year, upon arrival of new trial horses, and proactively when behavior issues arise or body composition changes are noted in program horses
  • Scheduling- equestrian session schedule and special groups including ongoing communication with participants, Reservations, and groups departments to navigate requests and changes. Update weekly grid schedule on an ongoing basis to ensure accuracy of schedule
  • Inform supervisor of any program delivery issues or concerns, equipment concerns or equipment maintenance needs
  • Provide general feedback in a solution driven, appropriate manner utilizing existing established means
  • Abide by all policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook and relevant program specific manuals
  • On- call duties for emergency horse transportation - as assigned
  • Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community
  • Teach adaptive, therapeutic and non-disabled riding lessons, non-session groups/camps/trail rides, as well as long lining for Hippotherapy treatments as assigned
  • Conduct pre-lesson activities such as complete participant assessments, create lesson plans, review progress notes, prepare for lesson activities, and lunge horses
  • Conduct post-lesson activities such as discuss lesson with parents and volunteers, put tack away, write progress notes on each student, clean barn
  • Complete participant evaluations to assess/document participant abilities
  • Assist in daily care of horses as assigned: Schooling, feeding, turnout/bring in, veterinary care 
  • Manage summer camps and special groups
  • Maintain horse schedule in collaboration with Equestrian Programs Manager
  • Plan and orchestrate National Ability Horse Show, in Collaboration with Competition and Events Manager
  • Assist Equestrian Program Manager in developing and providing trainings for staff, interns and volunteers
  • Commit to continuing education in your field utilizing internal and external resources to ensure our programs sustain continual responsiveness and improvement
  • Communicate clearly, honestly and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents/caregivers and volunteers
  • Assist with special events including pre and post event tasks as assigned
  • Assist Equestrian Management Team as requested
  • Attend required staff meetings and trainings
  • Adhere to the National Ability Center Core Values
  • Other duties as assigned

  • PATH Advanced level certification or above (Registered level considered with skills approaching Advanced criteria)
  • Previous experience teaching horseback riding lessons preferred
  • Previous experience working with people with disabilities preferred
  • Working knowledge and skills with PATH, AHA and EAGAA practices and standards preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; Proficient at speaking, reading and writing English
  • Ability to communicate effectively to volunteers, participants, donors, community members, co-workers and superiors 
  • Can work effectively and efficiently under pressure and help motivate employees to meet demands
  • Demonstrated history of responsibility, dependability, and maturity
  • Understanding of organizational risk management standards
  • Ability to ride and school a wide variety of horses (English, Western, bareback, etc.). Riding skill proficiency demonstrating at a minimum: walk, trot & canter on a variety of horses and disciplines; must meet PATH Registered Level criteria
  • Demonstrated skill in handling horses from the ground, including: grooming, tacking, turn out/bring in, handling gates, identifying colic and lameness, etc.
  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment
  • Ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable to situations
  • Ability to consistently lift, carry and transfer participants, hay bales and equipment that may weigh 75 or more pounds, stand for up to 6 hours, and walk and run on uneven surfaces for up to 2 or more consecutive hours including stooping, bending, crouching and repetitive hand motions
  • Comfortable working in all conditions including outdoors and inclement weather
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Proficient in the application of changing technology, email, Google Docs, and  MS Office applications
  • Valid Utah State Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance 
  • Successful completion of a background check


  • Medical, employer contribution to HSA, dental, long-term disability, life insurance and optional vision, short-term disability and other benefits

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