Gap Year Program

The goal behind the program is to provide individuals with the opportunity for personal growth and development as well as to enable them to explore possible career paths. Students have the opportunity to get involved in aspects involved in a non-profit organisation for community service.

We prepare candidates for EQASA Module 1 (Certificate in Grooming and Basic Stable Yard Skills) and Module 2 (Certificate in Stable Yard Skills and Horsemanship).

In addition, we expose students to different methods of working with horses in hand and under saddle.
This program has many fixed aspects but is also designed to be tailored to suit individual needs.

What we Offer
Career Exposure. We provide exposure to careers working with horses as well as with people. Wherever possible we try to arrange work experience days/ week in the field of interest. These have included various therapies, teaching, other sports, horse related fields and even event organisation.

Personal Development. We provide growth and learning experiences using the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Model) and others to assist our students to learn more about themselves, gain confidence and personal skills and tools to assist them in all areas of their lives.

Preparation for EQASA Module 1 and 2 (Certificate in horsemanship and Certificate in Stable Yard skills). This includes both practical tuition and theory. These certificates are recognized internationally and are the foundation of any equine qualification. Should you wish to take these qualifications you would need to register at The fees for registration and examination for these certificates are for the individuals own account. We have literature and preparation material that is available to assist with preparation so you don’t need to buy unless you choose to do so.

Should a candidate have already done some Modules, we will do preparation towards further modules and therapeutic riding speciality.

Equestrian Tuition. We use Ttouch and Straightness training for in- hand work and preparation of the horses in our program, to which individuals will be exposed daily. In addition, we can provide opportunities for exposure to other training systems enabling individuals to have a broad base from which to choose for themselves. Riding tuition by highly qualified instructors and exercising of horses on outrides may be an aspect of the program.

Community Service. This will primarily be through involvement with SARDA ( . We do however also get involved in other aspects if we are requested to do so, or if individuals have an interest in a specific aspect. In the past this has included rural outreach, animal welfare, child and community based organisations.

Who we are
Ridgetop Equestrian has been involved in the field of therapeutic riding and training for more than 20 years. Our management team includes:

Tracey Cumming: BSoc Sc (UKZN), SANEF, SARDA Senior Instructor, Disability Coach SA Team at World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and South African Equestrian Team Manager Paralympic Games London 2012, Ttouch Practitioner 1. More than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of therapeutic riding, riding and working with horses.

Julie Ponquett: EQASA Module 1, 2 and 3. Many years’ experience in running a stable yard and involvement in therapeutic riding, various administration positions in industry and NPO.

Japhet Dladla: Stable Manager and experienced groom in the therapeutic riding field as well as aspects of in hand training and competition.

We also use the services of other professionals where relevant.

Program 2017
We will follow government school terms and our program runs over 10 months. The daily hours will be flexible depending on the program. Starting date for 2017 is Monday 13 February.
The monthly fee is payable in advance, before the 1st of the month per month for 10 months with a discount if paid up front for the year. Accommodation is sourced in the area where needed.
We can provide contact details for individuals who have spent a gap year, or those of their parents should you wish to hear first-hand experience.