6 Online Learning Platforms Every Eventer Can Learn from in 2023

Virtual training can be like having a coach right there with you — even if you’re riding at home on your own. Photo by JJ Sillman.

One of the most interesting advancements within the equestrian world in recent years is that of online education. Perhaps fueled by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, or perhaps also aided by the evolution of technology and the growth of other online learning platforms, riding education has come a long way in digital form.

Now, this isn’t to say that every online platform is created equal, or even that virtual learning is an all-out replacement for in-person lessons. But let’s face it: we don’t all live in a riding or eventing hub. Many riders live in rural areas, or in states without strong eventing calendars or a robust roster of certified instructors. So what’s a rider to do?

I’ve gathered some of the most prominent online education platforms that have gained momentum within the eventing space recently. This isn’t a sponsored article — nor is this a comprehensive list — and I encourage our readers to do their own research on what type of learning makes sense for their current skill set. I wouldn’t, for example, recommend starting your riding career with online education, nor would I recommend many of these lessons for full beginners. Riding comes with responsibility, so be sure to make your training decisions wisely!

Equestrian Masterclass

Equestrian Masterclass was launched by NöelleFloyd.com, originally focusing on the hunter/jumper space but expanding into over disciplines. Users have the opportunity to participate in full-scale educational curriculum featuring well-produced videos and exercise breakdowns from top riders such as Karl Cook, Ian Millar, Anne Kursinski, Tik Maynard, and many more to come.

Cost: $19.99/month or $199/year with a 7-day free trial

Horse & Country TV

H&C+ subscribers not only gain access to a full slate of live streams each season (and not only in eventing — H&C+ carries dressage, show jumping, driving, Western, and many other disciplines!), but also a library chock full of both educational and entertainment content. While the educational content on the H&C+ platform is not customized or module-based, there are still plenty of learning opportunities with content from Hannah Sue Hollberg, Will Coleman, Carl Hester, Alex Hua Tian, and more.

Cost: $12.99/month or $99.99/year (H&C+ Gold is also available with more perks for $249.99/year) with a 7-day free trial

Lucinda Green XC Academy

Learn from British eventing legend Lucinda Green herself thanks to her XC Academy program, which features educational webinars and lectures as well as practical exercises distributed to members on a regular basis. Focusing on Lucinda’s “Greenprint” for producing confident horses and riders, this platform focuses primarily on improving cross country riding — but features plenty of content that builds better, more aware riders all around.

Cost: £25 / $30 per month, membership spots open again on February 1, but you can join the wait list here.

Piggy TV

After producing a successful vlog for several seasons, British 5* winner Piggy March launched her own subscription product, Piggy TV, in 2022. More of a fan club-meets-training community feel, Piggy TV brings you behind the scenes of Piggy’s bustling program while also sprinkling in training advice for both horse and rider on a regular basis.

Cost: £9.99 or $12.15/month+

Practical Horseman OnDemand

Fans of Practical Horseman’s magazine learning will appreciate their venture into video training with OnDemand, a full library of filmed training sessions and lessons. Find exercises broken down by top riders, full lesson videos, interviews, and much more from your favorite riders with this platform. The videos are not created in module format like some, but the vast amount of videos available will be helpful for any rider looking to learn.

Cost: $24.99/month

Ride iQ

With a brand new look in 2023, audio app Ride iQ is growing rapidly and always looking for what’s next in the rapidly-expanding equestrian tech space. Ride iQ features unique, guided lessons taught by a strong staff of top riders, including Leslie Law, Doug Payne, Kyle Carter, Lauren Sprieser, and many more. What’s really cool about these lessons is that they can be done “in ear”, while you ride your own horse. Think of it as a Peloton class, but done in partnership with your horse! Riders who don’t have the benefit of regular lessons say Ride iQ has changed the way they ride on their own. In addition to an ever-growing library of lessons, Ride iQ also features an engaged private Facebook community (as do many of the other platforms on this list) as well as podcasts and regular Q&As with coaches and industry experts.

Cost: $29.99/month or $299/year with a 14-day free trial

Do you have an app or platform you like that I didn’t include on this list? Add it to the list in the comments!

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