How I became the first FEI II Coach in the USA


I was surprised to say the least when I found out I was the first and ONLY FEI Level II Show Jumping and Dressage Coach from the United States! Here is the WHAT, the HOW and the WHY!

FEI is something most equestrians have heard of. It’s the Federation Equestria International and it is based in Europe. Although there are many FEI competitions in the USA, along with some judges and stewards that are American, I am the first one to become a Level II Coach.

What is an FEI Coach?

Well, it means that I went to Europe and got tested by the Federation for my skills as a Coach and Instructor. I have years of experience coaching various National Teams in my travels and so I put my skills to the ultimate test and went for my FEI Level One back in 2014. With the Level One I was shown the FEI Curriculum and tested by an FEI appointed Tutor whom became a close mentor of mine. I later visited him in Greece and it was by his recommendation in 2016 that I was accepted and referred to attend my Level Two. Level Two cannot be done by just anyone and those who attended Level One needed to wait a minimum of Two years to apply for the level Two AND they could only apply for the Level Two if they were referred by their FEI Tutor from Level One. (Which Thankfully I was!)

Coaching Discussion during my FEI II Course in Athens

To break it down:

FEI II Showjumping Coach successfully coaches students to:

  • Compete in Show Jumping up to 1.30 meters
  • Compete in Dressage up to Elementary Level
  • Must be able to follow the FEI Curriculum and Ensure Horse and Rider Welfare

That doesn’t mean that I am limited to that! Actually I am currently on the lookout for a student who wants to help me pursue my level 3! Level 3 is the highest FEI Coaching certification one can achieve and I am on my way.

How I got my Level II

My Level Two course took me to Athens, Greece where I was again tested for the period of a week. After giving countless lessons to Elementary Dressage Students and Horses and Show Jumping Lessons up to 1.30 Meters in Height, I STILL WASN’T FINISHED. I had three months to put together 20 lesson plans following the FEI curriculum at the Level Two height and level. Meaning, I needed QUALITY and High level Students to complete my log book! Luckily for me, I was based in Germany during these three months and quality students wasn’t too difficult to come by! 

Riding in my spare time during my FEI Level I Course in Zambia

After a much awaited, nail biting anticipation, I PASSED! I got my Certificate early 2017! The highest FEI coaching level is the Level Three which I have my sights on BUT I again need a Quality High Level Student in order to achieve this! (Whom I must document training for at least a year!) I am on the lookout for my next lucky student to help me achieve my goal of becoming an FEI Level III, but in the meanwhile I am enjoying my time traveling to and from America giving clinics and lessons and training horses representing the FEI curriculum found in the Level II.

If you are interested, please get in touch with me! Flights roundtrip from London to California, New York, Florida and others are generally around only USD 400, making it very easy and possible to come to your facility and give a week (or more or less) of training! 


Published by Krystal Kelly

Krystal Kelly is a California girl on a Quest to see every country. She is a certified FEI II Show Jumping coach and has worked in over 20+ countries with horses on 5 continents. She is an award winning author, podcaster, youtuber, film documentarian and clinician. She is founder and CEO of Equestrian Adventuresses and The International Equestrian. Her mission is to help empower women around the world to ride horses.

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