Riding Instructor magazine, the official publication of the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), has announced that as part of the magazine’s commitment to promoting excellence in the teaching of riding and training of students, 50 outstanding instructors will be selected each year, starting in 2006, for the magazine’s “Top 50” list.  The list will be published each year in the magazine’s summer issue, and winners will receive their awards at The National Riding Instructors Convention.
Editor Charlotte Kneeland said, “We want our “Top 50 Riding Instructors  in America” list to give national exposure to some very talented teachers who might otherwise not receive national accolades. While some of the teachers on our list may be nationally known, others will be local heroes in their respective communities, working with riders of all abilities and backgrounds. They are on the front line to help the sport of riding grow.”
Nominations must include a biographical sketch (200 words maximum) of the instructor and his/her accomplishments.  Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail or in writing, and must be received no later than March 31, 2007.
Selections of winners will be made by an independent panel of industry leaders, and ARIA certification or membership is not a requirement for selection. 

For further information or to submit nominations, e-mail ARIA@riding-instructor.com or mail to Riding Instructor magazine, 28801 Trenton Court, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.