Skill Assessment

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Our Skills Assessment program is a series of 53 videos, broken up into three stages. They are what Al considers to be the essentials needed to properly train a horse. You record yourself, duplicating each individual task and submit your video. Al will respond with feedback and you will either pass or be asked to re-do and re-submit. We provide rewards for completing each stage. There are two ways to participate with the Skills Assessment program. The first is to simply use the Skill Assessments as a challenge, a goal, and a way to measure your progress. The second is to use the Skill Assessments as a pathway towards becoming a Team AD Accredited trainer.

Our Skill Assessment Stages build upon one another. Please begin with Stage One.

Stage One

Stage One skills are the basics that every rider and trainer should master to be a proficient horseman. These tasks can be done on any age horse, as this stage focuses mainly on the rider.

Stage Reward: AD Hat

Stage Two

Stage Two skills are more challenging tasks that are necessary for training and taking your horse to the next level. For this stage, your horse should be proficient in the basics but will advance as you work through this stage and master the skills.

Stage Reward: AD Shirt

Stage Three

Stage Three skills are the advanced training techniques for use across many disciplines. Stage Three is the culmination of the program, building on Stage One and Two to further advance in the maneuvers used at the show and on the ranch for any well-broke horse. For this stage, it is necessary to have a horse with more skill.

Stage Reward: AD Jacket

After you’ve purchased your coaching sessions, follow these simple steps

Step 1
Watch and study Al’s skill video

Step 2
Film yourself duplicating the skill

Best Practice when filming;

  • Shoot horizontally. Shooting while holding your phone vertically will lead to black bars on the side of the screen
  • Hold it steady! If you don’t have a tri-pod, try resting your phone on a stable surface while shooting.
  • Check your lighting. The best videos are shot in natural sunlight.

Step 3
Upload and Share your video with Al

Sharing Options

Public videos and playlists can be seen by and shared with anyone.
Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users you choose.
Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.

Step 4
Recieve written feedback and your assessment from Al. When you pass, you can move on to the next skill and repeat these steps


Our Accreditation Program was developed to assist riders across the globe become proficient and accomplished horsemen and horsewomen. There are two main components to earning a Team AD Accreditation, completion of our skills assessment program and a two week intensive one-on-one apprenticeship with Al.