The Straightness Training

Certification Path

The ST Academy helps you evaluate and optimize your knowledge and skills, so you can actualize your horse's potential. Join the thousands who have been certified, we'd be honored to work with you too.

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Why Certification Is Important

"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself". 


The most crucial factor that highlights the importance of certification is self-mastery. 

Riders can pursue certifications for expressing their ST capablities and to achieve personal goals. 

The purpose of a certificate in Straightness Training is to both protect the horse and to guarantee that a student, Scholar or Instructor who holds the credential has met a minimum standard when it comes to their knowledge and skills.

Certification indicates that you meet a certain standard of competence, and it makes sure that you're doing the right thing and doing things right for the benefit of your horse and - if you're a professional - your students.

Why Evaluation Is Important

Self-evaluation is key on our personal path to mastery. 


The first step to personal growth is the ability to make an assessment of where you currently are when it comes to knowledge and skills in the training pillars groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty. 

Now the natural response to evaluation is to feel judged, but we have to mature to a place where we respond to it with gratitude, and love feedback as it helps us transform in the good horse trainers we're meant to be.  

The Evaluation Program

Measurement is the first step that leads to improvement.


In the Straightness Training Academy, we evaluate the performance of specific exercises in the five training pillars: groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty. 

Each of the five training pillars has been devided into five grades, where a grade represents the complexity of exercises and skills, and where grade 5 covers the most advanced exercises and skills.

To evaluate your ability at a certain grade in a certain training pillar, you can submit a video with a set of pre-defined exercises, called a Touchstone. 

You can submit one Touchstone at a time, and when you pass this Touchstone, you'll receive a Touchstone Certificate. 

When you pass all five Touchstones in a certain grade, you will be awared with a Grade Certificate.

In total, 25 Touchstones certificates and 5 Grade Certificates can be obtained.  

Get Better, Get Certified

One Touchstone at a time.


Have your videos with your horse evaluated by one of our ST Academy Coaches so you can improve your training skills.

By integrating the tips and advice you'll get through live online coaching sessions and written feedback on an evaluation form you get better and, as proof, get certified - one Touchstone at a time.


The Certification Path

In the Straightness Training Academy, you can get certificates after completing various Touchstones in a specific training pillar.


25 Touchstone Certificates

You can get a Touchstone certificate in the training pillars groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty on the levels of grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. In total, you can get 25 Touchstones certificates.


5 Grade Certificates

When you achieved all five Touchstone certificates within a certain grade, you'll get a Grade certificate. In total, you can get 5 Grade certificates.

Start Your Transformation Now

Transform into the master horse trainer you're meant to be.


The Straightness Training Academy helps you achieve your personal goals and create the results you are looking for. 

Through the Scholars Program you can progress at your own pace, and it guides you further on your journey - one Touchstone at a time.

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The Professional Certification Path

In the Straightness Training Academy, you can get professional certificates and licenses after completing various programs.


Instructor Diploma

When you completed the Straightness Training Instructor Program, you can get the official ST Instructor Diploma. 


Evaluator License

When you completed the ST Evaluator Program, you can get licensed to coach Scholars online in the ST Academy by evaluating their Touchstones.


Academy Coach License

When you completed the ST Academy Coach Program, you can get licensed to coach Scholars in the ST Academy through live online group classes.

ST Academy Coaches

Decicated to your progress. 


Every coach in the ST Academy started off exactly where you are today. They have been successful in Straightness Training and want to help you travel the same path. 

ST Academy Coaches are ST Instructors and Evaluators who operate under Marijke de Jong’s intensive supervision. They teach according to a collection of coaching and evaluation guidelines and with these guidelines we set a high standard and create uniformity in the evaluations.

You can consider an ST Academy Coach as your personal trainer to support you in your transformation and creation of life changing results.

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