What is Long Term Equestrian Development?

LTED in Alberta Canada

Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is the equestrian model for maximizing an athlete’s potential at critical stages of cognitive, affective and psycho-motor skill set acquisition.

More simply, it’s providing the right coaching environment to facilitate learning throughout the active lifetime of the athlete. The model is practical, designed to direct programming needs of youthful beginners to seasoned competitors and includes needs of adult amateurs. The LTED or in other sports, the Long Term Athlete Development model is a cornerstone program that has been adopted by most, if not all, sports governing organizations in Canada.

Each demographic in every sport discipline has an optimum time frame for skill acquisition, physical and mental training, and competitive mileage. In equestrian sport, our equine partners are subject to the same considerations as human athletes. All groups of athletes, human and equine benefit from setting and achieving attainable goals within a coach supervised training plan. Using the LTED as a guideline for riding coaches encourages the implementation of sport science as it relates to the equestrian athlete.

The LTED Committee of the Alberta Equestrian Federation initiated, conferred and published a Long Term Equestrian Development booklet in 2016. Committee members began the process to align the the LTED model with services and programs offered through the AEF and Equestrian Canada. As a member of the committee and certified coach, I’m excited to see the possibilities of having a developmental model for coaches, instructors, riders and officials in Alberta.

More information on the LTED in Alberta can be found at http://www.albertaequestrian.com/programs

Long Term Athlete Development
LTED, Riding for the Long Term

Calgary area Summer Riding Camps – Kestrel Ridge Farm…..

Haflingers rule
Summer Riding Camps at Kestrel Ridge Farm

There are limited spaces available for beginner, novice and developing riders.

Kestrel Ridge is a dressage based facility.  Once riders obtain a good dressage seat, they can progress to work over fences.Camp Handout (March 29, 2012)

From Calgary Dressage: Level 1 Freestyle Music with Choreography – Beatles

Lots of Pics
Freestyles are fun


Freestyles are fun!



                 Calgary Dressage Level 1 Freetyle – Beatles  

Send me a request in “comments”,  including your email address, and I’ll forward you choreography to go with the music.

You can turn this into a training level freestyle by adjusting the choreography to meet the rule requirements of EC.    

Always check  for rule updates before performing a freestyle for marks at a show.    

There are moves at each level that are “clearly allowed” and that are “clearly disallowed”.

Video for 1st level Freestyle


Watch my 1st Level Freestyle here:



Riding freestyles are a fun way to promote Dressage in the Calgary Alberta area. 

They are a spectator friendly way to share the training and dedication of our sport.

 Try riding to music first, does it distract or motivate?  Can you feel the hoof beats of your horse through the music?  Does your horse like it? Can you imagine a transition to another gait when the music changes? Do you know the required elements of the freestyle level you intend to ride to? Is riding accurately to a letter in a regular test a bit of a worry? 

Stay with CalgaryDressage.com, we will explore the art of drafting your freestyle coming soon.