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ST Instructor Licence Types

Official ST Instructors® are licensed to teach Straightness Training according to the standards and guidelines of Straightness Training® as composed by Marijke de Jong®. This is regulated by a license agreement.

The license agreement regulates the rights, obligations and the working relationship of the ST Instructors in the ST Instructor Network (STIN) by setting standards on knowledge, skills, educational formats and business procedures.

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  1. Reason for licensing
  2. Compatibility guidelines
  3. Annual agreement
  4. Base of the license types
  5. License types categories
  6. Educational formats
  7. License types C, D, E, F, G

1. Reason for Licensing

The idea and essence of licensing is to create a guild of ST Instructors that has the exclusive right to teach Straightness Training® by Marijke de Jong®, and that supply ST teaching services of high quality and in accordance with up to date standards.
Straightness Training® by Marijke de Jong® has taken a huge flight around the world and it's vital that the existing and growing ST community is served with dedicated ST Instructors who teach pure Straightness Training, which means the following;

  • If clients come to an ST Instructor for ST and want ST as a service, they should be offered pure ST, and have the guarantee that they can rely on the fact that the teaching and training is according to ST dimensions, ST keys, ST areas, ST training components, ST exercises, ST frameworks, ST concepts and ST principles.
  • The ST Instructor's teaching and training should not differ from other ST Instructors - ST is an official well thought-through program, and all clients should receive the same education to maintain integrity and to keep the teaching congruent and consistent.

Therefore the ST Instructor's teaching and training is based on the official ST guidelines determined by Marijke de Jong and the ST Instructor Network (STIN) itself.

"Pure ST" doesn’t mean it’s static. Within the STIN we can all learn from each other, we all are forever students, we will always keep updating and increasing our knowledge and skills. For sure new concepts will be added to ST through the years to make it better and stronger, and it will continue to evolve as Marijke de Jong's awareness and that of the ST instructors will widen, broaden and deepen.

2. Compatibility Guidelines for ST Instructors

All licensed ST Instructors feel a shared responsibility to keep Straightness Training a pure brand and a premium brand, and they will contribute to that. And we do prefer and hope to see that ST will be a spearhead of their companies.
ST Instructors might offer add-on equestrian methods and techniques, but they will always make sure that these equestrian methods and techniques are not contradictory to ST or diluting it. The guidelines for ST Instructors are as follows:

  • If an ST Instructor wants to offers additional equestrian techniques that supports the well being of the horse - such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, horse massage, stress-free trailer loading - in their practise, that's perfectly fine.
  • If an ST Instructor has knowledge and skills from other educational programs - such as NH, clicker training, body awareness, centered riding, equitation science, biomechanics - it's of course no problem to use this knowledge, as long as it doesn't change the ST teaching and training in it's core and the ST Instructor doesn't lose sight of the essence of ST.

We are very flexible, but we do protect the purity of ST that is being taught for the benefit of the horse, the student and the future of the ST Instructor Network and ST.

3. Annual Agreement

License types are awarded to ST Instructors after they have been subjected to education, training and exams by Marijke de Jong to insure that ST students receive education that is of predictable quality according to standards, set by Marijke de Jong.

A license will be awarded for a calendar period of one year and will be renewed each year.

Staying updated is an important part of being a Licensed ST Instructors. This is achieved by attending live online Mastermind and STIN sessions with Marijke de Jong, practical Update & Upgrade Clinics with Marijke de Jong, private lessons, by taking an annual theory exam, and individual contributions by each ST Instructor to the ST Instructor Network.

4. Base of the License Types

st_evaluation_touchtonesThere are 7 License Types and the awarded License Type depends on the Grade the ST Instructor has obtained in ST Evaluation.

5 Grades in the ST Evaluation Program can be achieved: Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, where Grade 5 is the most advanced level.

The granting of the final grade depends on the personal skill of the instructor displayed with its own, self-trained horse in ST Evaluation.

A licensed ST Instructor commits to maintain the level of skill during the year of license and will continue to develop towards higher grades.

Of course there's a difference in:

  • 1. Seeing ST as an 'add-on' method to any kind of equestrian discipline.
  • 2. Seeing ST as something to 'master' in full detail to the highest, widest, broadest, deepest level.

Both paths can be followed, but an ST Instructor will follow the path of Mastery, the path of pure ST.

This way the grade of the instructor guarantees a consistent quality of services provided for all parties.

Besides personal ability in training horses, other characteristics such as professional maturity, experience, didactic skills, and leadership qualities are represented by the license types.

5. License Types

The guild of official ST Instructors is organized around the principle of increasing skillsets that the ST Instructor can offer to ST students. These increasing skillsets are recognizable by the license types which are awarded to the individual ST Instructors.

The License types are named: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, in descending order of the magnitude of their body of knowledge and skills that they can offer to ST students. The most defining factor is the achieved personal ability in training horses according to the principles of ST, measured in the ST Evaluation Program.

The following License types are used:

      • Type A: Grade 4 and 5 - extended license
      • Type B: Grade 4 and 5 - basic license
      • Type C: Grade 3 - extended license
      • Type D: Grade 3 - basic license
      • Type E: Grade 2 - extended license
      • Type F: Grade 2 - basic license
      • Type G: Grade 1 - basic license

At this moment the highest grade obtained by licensed ST Instructors is grade 3:

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License Types A and B are reserved for Grade 4 and 5 if applicable. Therefore the following paragraphs describe the rights of the ST Instructor License Types C, D, E, F and G.

The advantage of the license types is that the instructor can present him/herself in a clear and distinct way and the customer has an insight into the quality standard offered by the instructor.

6. Educational Formats

Each license type defines which educational formats are allowed to be given by the licensed ST Instructor. This system of licensing is meant to guarantee a predictable and consistent degree of quality offered to the ST student.
The following educational formats are used by ST Instructors:

  • ST Lectures: theoretical lectures about ST to a group of auditors, objective is to create awareness.
  • ST Lessons: private lessons 1 to 2 students for 1 to 2 hours
  • ST Workshops: 3 to 6 riders for 1-5 days, 15 or less spectators
  • Clinics and Mastery clinics: 6 to 8 riders for 2 to 3 days, 15 or more spectators
  • ST Events: with lectures, demos, lessons, riders and large groups of spectators
  • ST Demos: demo with own horse to riders and spectators
  • ST Demos - small format: demo with own horse to 1-2 private students
  • ST Training horses: offering to train a horse for (new) clients
  • ST Training horses - small format: taking over training sessions from private students (max. 3 weeks)

7. License Types C, D, E, F, and G

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ST Instructors with License Type C are qualified to teach all training components up to the level of grade 3 and are licensed to serve the ST Community with the following educational formats:

  • ST Lectures
  • ST Lessons
  • ST Workshops
  • ST Clinics
  • ST Mastery Clinics (Mastery/HSC students only)
  • ST Demos
  • ST Training horses
  • Mentoring and teaching other ST (Trainee) Instructors

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ST Instructors with License Type D are qualified to teach all training components up to the level of grade 3 and are licensed to serve the ST Community with the following educational formats:

  • ST Lectures
  • ST Lessons
  • ST Workshops
  • ST Demos (small format)
  • ST Training horses
  • Mentoring and teaching other ST (Trainee) Instructors

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ST Instructors with License Type E are qualified to teach all training components up to the level of grade 2 and are licensed to serve the ST Community with the following educational formats:

  • ST Lectures
  • ST Lessons
  • ST Workshops
  • ST Demos (small format)
  • ST Training horses

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ST Instructors with License Type F are qualified to teach all training components up to the level of grade 2 and are licensed to serve the ST Community with the following educational formats:

  • ST Lectures
  • ST Lessons
  • ST Workshops
  • ST Demos (small format)
  • ST Training horses (small format)

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ST Instructors with License Type G are qualified to teach all training components up to the level of grade 1 and are licensed to serve the ST Community with the following educational formats:

  • ST Lectures
  • ST Lessons
  • ST Workshops
  • ST Demos (small format)

Click HERE for the licensed ST Instructors 2016 >>

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