Ariat Announces Aponsorship of American Riding Instructors Association


Ariat International, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of Western and English riding boots and apparel, announced today it will serve as corporate sponsor of the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), an organization established in 1984 to promote excellence in horseback-riding instruction.

“Ariat’s relationship with riding instructors nationwide, through the ARIA sponsorship, substantiates our commitment to enhancing the performance of equestrian athletes,” says Beth Cross, Ariat’s founder and president. “We are excited to partner with an organization whose fundamental purpose is to promote safe, knowledgeable riding instruction.”

The ARIA’s most successful means of meeting its goals is through the American Riding Instructor Certification Program, a nationally recognized evaluation and testing program. It assesses instructors for expertise in their general and specialized field of knowledge, attention to safety, professionalism and maturity.

As part of the certification program, ARIA will certify instructors who qualify and meet rigorous standards at one of three different levels: Instructor in Training (Level I), Instructor of Beginner through Intermediate (Level II) and Instructor of Beginner through Advanced (level III) and in 14 disciplines, including Hunt Seat, Western Equitation & Pleasure, Dressage, Eventing, Reining, Driving, Side-Saddle, Show Jumping, Saddle Seat, Distance Riding, Mounted Patrol Training Officer, Riding to Hounds, Recreational Riding and Stable Management.

In addition to ARIA, Ariat is an official sponsor of the National High School Rodeo Association, the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, the Arabian Horse Association, the United States Team Penning Association, and Texas A&M Equestrian Team.

About Ariat

Ariat International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, belts and apparel. Featuring patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat is the pioneer of integrating athletic shoe technology into equestrian footwear. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800-899-8141 or visit

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