Overall the rule of thumb is that Non Pros cannot train, or maintain through riding, other peoples horses. They cannot receive any remuneration in any form, either direct or indirect. Listed below are a few situations that may arise. They are not written in stone either-way, and if there is any doubt always check with the NRHA first. It is very easy to loose your Non Pro status but very hard to get it re-instated!
1. I own a livery yard can I be a Non Pro?
Yes, as long as you do not ride any of your customer’s horses. You can maintain them, and even lunge them, but no riding or verbally “helping” your clients when they are riding.
2. A person wants a lesson and says they will mow my lawn for free in exchange.
No – any task that you may normally have to pay for will be classes as indirect remuneration. Bartering is not allowed.
3. I’m at a show and my friend wants me to warm my horse up for her?
Yes, as long as you are not receiving any thing for doing it. If the horse is in livery with you it may be perceived that this is part of your livery charge and so should be avoided, better to be safe than sorry.
4. My Spouse/Partner has the horse in training, can I get on one of his clients horses at a show?
It is probably OK to walk it round, but not advisable as perception can be dangerous.
5. Can I shout from the side to help someone on pattern?
6. I am a lecturer at an Equine college, is that allowed?
Yes, as long as you are not giving practical riding lessons. Theory should be acceptable but check.
7. UKCC – see above
8. Can I be a Judge?
Yes, you can give demonstrations as long as they are for Charitable purposes or you do not charge for them. You may also give them for NRHA promotional purposes. It may be possible to claim for expenses as long as this is cleared with NRHA first.
10. I work in the office at a stables, is that OK?
Yes, as long as you do not give any lessons, even with out payment as this might be deemed to be part of your employment package.
11. I’m training for my Riding Instructor’s certificates. Can I give lessons?
Yes, but only if they are free of charge and the facility that you are giving them at is not charging for them. That would be indirect remuneration