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Riding Instructor Cover Letter


Riding Instructor Cover Letter
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Riding instructors should be sure to have a well written cover letter ready when searching for a new position. The cover letter should highlight their relevant education and experience, as well as demonstrate why the employer would benefit from hiring the candidate for the position offered at their facility.

Example Cover Letter: Experienced Riding Instructor

June 3, 2012

Mr. Mark Smith
Southland Equestrian Center
123 Farm Hill Road
Anytown, VA 12345

Dear Mr. Smith,

I saw your advertisement in Hunter Jumper Equestrian magazine and would like to submit my resume for the Riding Instructor position at Southland Equestrian Center. My strong background in training, showing, and horse farm management would allow me to make a valuable contribution to the Southland team.

I earned my degree in Animal Science from the respected State University equine program, where I was captain of the equestrian team and student barn foreman. After graduating college I achieved certification from the American Riding Instructor Association in the dual disciplines of hunter jumper and equitation.

I started my career as an assistant riding instructor at North Point Equestrian Center, where I was promoted to full instructor status in less than a year. I am currently working as a riding instructor and barn manager at Greenfield Stables, where I have been employed for eight years. I have maintained my American Riding Instructor Association certification for the past ten years, and recently achieved certification through the Certified Horsemanship Association.

I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you at your convenience, and I have included my resume and reference list for your review. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon.



Anne Klein
123 West Short Street
Anytown, VA 12345
(123) 456-7890

Example Cover Letter: New Riding Instructor

June 3, 2012

Ms. Sarah Sanders
Montbrook Farms LLC
789 Brookside Lane
Anytown, VA 12345

Dear Ms. Sanders,

I saw your advertisement in the latest edition of Sport Horse World, and I would like to be considered for the available riding instructor position at Montbrook Farms. With my strong background in instruction and training, I feel that I would make a valuable addition to the team of Montbrook instructors.

At State College I earned a B.S. in Equine Studies and was a part of their national champion intercollegiate equestrian team. I was national champion in Intermediate Hunter Equitation and was reserve champion in Intermediate Hunter over Fences during my junior year. During college I also continued to compete successfully in rated shows across the northeast and worked part time for equine veterinarian Dr. Martin Stark.

After graduation I was selected for an internship position at Sugar Creek Riding Academy, where I have honed my instructor skills with hands on experience and study under the direction of Marylou Smith. Since this internship ends in a few weeks I am actively pursuing full time employment opportunities at this time. I am also planning to complete my CHA certification this summer.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this position with you, and I have included my resume and references for your review. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon.



Jana Ford
123 Gold Coast Drive
Anytown, VA 12345
(123) 456-7890

General Tips:

1. Make sure your letter is designed for the specific job you are seeking, especially if you are editing a letter you’ve used before. Your cover letter will make a negative impression if you should forget to change the addressee information, the date, and the specifics that you mention in the body of the letter (such as stable name or the name of the publication where you saw the job listing).

2. Keep your cover letter to a single page. Longer letters tend to look cluttered and do not encourage the reader to scan them for relevant details.

3. Do not use any gimmicks to make your cover letter or resume stand out (this includes using strange or overly large fonts, brightly colored paper, or photos). This makes the candidate appear unprofessional to the potential employer.

4. If you are responding to an ad with a description of duties, try to tailor your cover letter so it shows your experience in those areas or what transferrable skills might demonstrate your future proficiency in those areas.

5. If you have certifications, licenses, degrees, or other training that would enhance your chances of being selected for a position, be sure to highlight those items in your cover letter. New graduates should also consider mentioning their college club activities, awards earned, and any relevant internships.

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