Observer Page

Andy Peel
Our Chief Observer
Andy Peel


The process of becoming a national observer(NO) for is as follows:

  • Prospective NO candidates must:
    • be group or local observer
    • following qualification as a local/group observer and whilst acting independently, have had a minimum of one associate pass the test (any initial test pass whilst the prospective NO candidate was under supervision  as a trainee local/group observer, is not sufficient for this purpose)
    • have done a minimum of 10 sessions assessing an associate
    • have their riding assessed by their team leader
    • have their interpersonal and observation skills assessed by their team leader

In order to commence the process:

  • the group or local observer should express an interest to their Team Leader(TL), who will check they meet the criteria.
  • TL will assess riding and interpersonal/observation skills.
  • the observer then needs to complete the NO application form which should be e-mailed to The secretary will then take it to the committee for approval prior to the observer commencing the NO process. This form will then be forwarded to indicating the committee’s approval of the application.

Observer Policies

The IAM has introduced two qualifications: Local and National Observer. Please contact the Guidance Secretary or a Member of the WYAM Committee to discuss these qualifications. We have reproduced four of the relevant documents here but keep an eye the IAM’s website in case of updates.

Training Policy

There are, essentially, two topics in this section: Training Policy and Risk Analysis. The Training Policy documents set out WYAM’s attitudes towards the guidance of Associates; The Risk Analysis is linked to this but, in addition, contains the processes to be followed in a variety of Guidance situations.

There are two documents:

  1. WYAM Training Policy: This is a revised version of the Training Policy that was set out in
 2007. It has been brought up-to-date to reflect the Training Sub-committee’s report.
  2. Risk Analysis: This is a link to the condensed version of the Risk Analysis for Observers with which every Observer should be familiar. It takes the main points from the ObservingSlow Riding and Observer’s Demonstration Ride documents.
  3. WYAM’s Training Bulletin No.1

Advanced Rider Training Guides & Forms


The purpose of this section is to make available copies of powerpoint presentations given at previous Observer Meetings.  At the moment, the only presentations included are those given at the last Meeting on the 11th November, 2013.

There were two major presentations: the first is on Observer Duties and the second on the new Observer Qualifications system.

Other, earlier, presentations will be included at a later date and new ones will appear immediately after they have been given.

Radio Training

WYAM Observers wishing to use radio communication with Associates need to be “qualified” at one of three levels:

  1. Radios can be used only for giving directions.
  2. In addition to 1, radios can also be used for giving an Observer commentary.
  3. In addition to 1 and 2, radios can also be used for giving guidance by an Observer following the Associate.

To obtain one of these three levels an Observer will have to be trained and then assessed by someone who has been qualified to train and assess. The WYAM’s Committee has agreed that the Secretary deliver radio training (see the Who’s Who page for the current post holder). Details of the qualification and assessment are given below:

First, read the general framework .  Secondly, read the details of what is required to become qualified .