CHA BLOG

CHA Certified Instructors Share What Their CHA Certification Has Done for Them

By Sarah Evers Conrad and CHA Members Listed Below CHA Certified Instructors are passionate about their work, their students, and about CHA. We asked several CHA Certified Instructors to share how their CHA Certification has changed their career, and we received some great responses. If you are a CHA Certified Instructor and would like to …

CHA Certified Instructors Share What Their CHA Certification Has Done for Them Read More »

Western Dressage: What Is It, and Could This Benefit Your Program?

By Bradie Chapman What is Western Dressage? US Equestrian defines Western Dressage as, “The riding and developing of the western rider and horse to improve themselves as individuals and partners through the use and discipline of dressage.” In 2010, the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) was formed and approved by US Equestrian in 2013 …

Western Dressage: What Is It, and Could This Benefit Your Program? Read More »

Preparing the Lesson Horse for Inexperienced or Nervous Riders

By Leigh Cooper A reliable school horse is essential to any lesson program. Riding instructors tasked with teaching beginners need horses that are well-rounded enough to safely accommodate riders of a wide range of abilities. Horses that are relaxed around novice riders are hard to come by, but they are integral to a rider’s early …

Preparing the Lesson Horse for Inexperienced or Nervous Riders Read More »

How to Increase Safety for You and Your Horse with the Right Equipment

By Sarah Evers Conrad If you have been around horses at all, you may already know that if a horse can find a way to hurt himself, he will. Last week we looked at rider safety apparel. This week, we will look at equipment that is used on horses that help keep the horse safe …

How to Increase Safety for You and Your Horse with the Right Equipment Read More »

Establishing a True Partnership Between Horse and Riding Student

By Leigh Cooper As instructors, we face challenges teaching communication and partnership between our student and the lesson horse. Some students’ horse time is often limited to a one-hour weekly lesson. They may not be able to spend hours observing horses in the pasture or participating in the daily care of the horses they ride. …

Establishing a True Partnership Between Horse and Riding Student Read More »

Equestrian Camps

By Sarah Evers Conrad You can tell when spring is approaching here in Lexington, KY, when Lexington’s Annual Summer Camps and Activities Fair rolls around. If your city or town has an event like this, it is a great way to do some research on local camps in the area and to be able to …

Equestrian Camps Read More »

Emergency Planning: When It Really Counts, Will Your Farm Be Prepared?

By Sarah Evers Conrad The day started like any other with morning lessons filled with happy children thrilled to be on the backs of their favorite steeds. The mid-day break rolled around, and the barn quieted down for a break. As horses happily munch on some hay, the owner of the small stable walked to …

Emergency Planning: When It Really Counts, Will Your Farm Be Prepared? Read More »

CHA’s Partnerships with Other Top Equine Organizations Benefits Members and Non-Members

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is honored to be partnered with extraordinary organizations that are leaders in their specific areas within the equine industry. Each partner helps fulfill CHA’s mission, which states, “To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine …

CHA’s Partnerships with Other Top Equine Organizations Benefits Members and Non-Members Read More »

Three Must-See Safety Guidelines for Equestrian Facilities

By Sarah E. Conrad Now that Spring has hit all across the country, managers of equestrian facilities might be considering some projects to build, renovate, or add to their farm or stable. Of course, building codes and other local codes must be followed when planning changes to a property. Owners or facility managers will want …

Three Must-See Safety Guidelines for Equestrian Facilities Read More »

Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences

By Sarah Evers Conrad Are you looking for a way to boost your horsemanship skills? Do you want to learn more about teaching horseback riding? Do you want to learn from some of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the equine industry? All horse enthusiasts, especially instructors and professionals within the equine industry, have 11 …

Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences Read More »

Three More Important Standards for Equestrian Programs

By Sarah Evers Conrad Last week we discussed several of CHA’s safety guidelines for Site Standards at equestrian facilities as published in CHA’s Standards for Equestrian Programs manual. In today’s post, which is our second installment in a three-part series discussing safety guidelines, we will look into safety standards in relation to Equestrian Programs. For …

Three More Important Standards for Equestrian Programs Read More »

Safety Standards for Managing Equines Important for Equine Programs and Clients

By Sarah Evers Conrad It’s our final post in the three-part series discussing safety guidelines published by the Certified Horsemanship Association in their Standards for Equestrian Programs manual. And this week’s topic, Management of Equines Standards, is important, not only for business owners, but also for anyone considering using an equine business. Knowing that horses …

Safety Standards for Managing Equines Important for Equine Programs and Clients Read More »

Colleges and Universities with a CHA Connection

By Sarah Evers Conrad There are a variety of colleges and universities with equine-related programs across the United States and Canada. Some have become Program Members with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) due to all the benefits CHA offers Program Members. If you’re a high school student looking for colleges and universities with equestrian programs, …

Colleges and Universities with a CHA Connection Read More »

CHA’s and The Right Horse’s Pilot Adoption Program is a Match Made in Horsey Heaven

By Sarah Evers Conrad At the beginning of this year, the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) announced their involvement with The Right Horse Initiative. This program allows CHA riding instructors in Region 9—Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska—to adopt horses that need new homes for use in their riding lesson programs and/or camp programs. CHA leadership …

CHA’s and The Right Horse’s Pilot Adoption Program is a Match Made in Horsey Heaven Read More »

11 Tips from the Experts on Developing an Equestrian Camp Program

By Sarah Evers Conrad This week we have two Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified instructors and equestrian camp experts sharing tips with professionals wishing to start a camp program. Teddy Franke, a CHA Level 4 Certified Instructor in English and Western and a Level 3 Packing Guide, currently manages Morrow Ranch Camp in Wamic, OR. …

11 Tips from the Experts on Developing an Equestrian Camp Program Read More »

CHA Business/Program Members Share Their Experiences as CHA Members

By Sarah Evers Conrad The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has multiple options for membership. The Business/Program Membership is perfect for businesses and associations, such as camps, stables, schools, equine suppliers, and producers. There is a plethora of benefits for Business/Program Members, some of which include special advertising opportunities, free job postings on the CHA job …

CHA Business/Program Members Share Their Experiences as CHA Members Read More »

Why CHA’s Individual Membership is a Good Idea

By Sarah Evers Conrad Being part of a business organization is important for business owners, and the horse industry has a variety of business organizations that people can join as members. The Certified Horsemanship Association offers valuable benefits to its members. The membership is made up of horseback riding instructors; driving instructors or vaulting coaches; …

Why CHA’s Individual Membership is a Good Idea Read More »

12 Benefits for Equine Businesses That Join the Certified Horsemanship Association

By Sarah Evers Conrad Today is the second-part of our two part series on the benefits offered by the Certified Horsemanship Association to its members. Last time, we talked about the benefits of Individual Membership, which encompasses instructors; coaches; equine educational professionals; extension agents; trail guides; staff and managers at equine facilities, schools, and camps; …

12 Benefits for Equine Businesses That Join the Certified Horsemanship Association Read More »

Evolution of the Certified Horsemanship Association: From the Beginnings to Today’s Programs and Accomplishments

By Sarah Evers Conrad The Certified Horsemanship Association’s 50th Anniversary will be in 2017, and even though we are still two years out from that momentous year, we can celebrate what CHA has accomplished in its amazing history to-date. The Certified Horsemanship Association has a long history of involvement with certifying riding instructors and has …

Evolution of the Certified Horsemanship Association: From the Beginnings to Today’s Programs and Accomplishments Read More »

Barn Time is a Stress Reliever, Especially During Times of Uncertainty

When a pandemic limits or prohibits clients from stopping by it’s still possible to keep clients connected and progressing in their training. When New York state restricted boarders’ access to stables, CHA Regional Director and Certifier Valerie McCloskey from Rome, New York got creative. Here she shares how she’s staying connected with clients at her …

Barn Time is a Stress Reliever, Especially During Times of Uncertainty Read More »

Establishing a True Partnership Between Horse and Riding Student

Establishing a True Partnership Between Horse and Riding Student By Leigh Cooper As instructors, we face challenges teaching communication and partnership between our student and the lesson horse. Some students’ horse time is often limited to a one-hour weekly lesson. They may not be able to spend hours observing horses in the pasture or participating …

Establishing a True Partnership Between Horse and Riding Student Read More »

Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences

Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences By Sarah Evers Conrad Are you looking for a way to boost your horsemanship skills? Do you want to learn more about teaching horseback riding? Do you want to learn from some of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the equine industry? All horse enthusiasts, especially …

Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences Read More »

Riding Instructors As Stakeholders

Riding Instructors As Stakeholders By Sarah Evers Conrad At the beginning of this year, the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) announced their involvement with The Right Horse Initiative. This program allows CHA riding instructors in Region 9—Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska—to adopt horses that need new homes for use in their riding lesson programs and/or …

Riding Instructors As Stakeholders Read More »

Business / Program Members Share Their CHA Member Experiences

CHA Business/Program Members Share Their Experiences as CHA Members By Sarah Evers Conrad The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has multiple options for membership. The Business/Program Membership is perfect for businesses and associations, such as camps, stables, schools, equine suppliers, and producers. There is a plethora of benefits for Business/Program Members, some of which include special …

Business / Program Members Share Their CHA Member Experiences Read More »

Spring Planning: Getting your Horses and Facility Ready for the Upcoming Season

By Bradie Chapman We have survived the winter snow and ice and are looking forward to the spring blossoms and the green grass. The spring cleaning and planning for the upcoming season is under way. There are many things to consider as we prepare for the opening day, the horses, the tack and equipment, scheduling …

Spring Planning: Getting your Horses and Facility Ready for the Upcoming Season Read More »

What to Expect During a CHA Certification Clinic

The Certified Horsemanship Association’s Certification Clinic season is currently under way for those who want to get certified or renew a certification as a riding instructor, camp staff, equestrian program staff, a vaulting or driving instructor, and/or a therapeutic riding instructor. Certification is valid for three years, at which time, a Certified Instructor must provide …

What to Expect During a CHA Certification Clinic Read More »

Why Becoming Accredited is Important for Equestrian Programs and Facilities

By Sarah Evers Conrad Whether you run an equestrian facility of any kind or are seeking one out for riding lessons, camp, board, or training for your horse, site accreditation should be on your mind. The Certified Horsemanship Association Site Accreditation Program is a program that allows equine facilities to get a designation from CHA …

Why Becoming Accredited is Important for Equestrian Programs and Facilities Read More »

Socially CHA: Connecting with the Certified Horsemanship Association

By Sarah Evers Conrad The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) offers many ways to connect online and receive information and updates on the organization’s events and programs. CHA works hard to keep members and non-members informed and to share educational materials. For those who want to receive CHA’s updates, there are a variety of ways to …

Socially CHA: Connecting with the Certified Horsemanship Association Read More »

CHA in the News

  • Therapeutic riding program instructors receive certification in Ohio 09 May 2019 22:39 Nanton News High River’s Kara Davis rides Chick, with assisted leader Samantha Giles alongside, during a Journeys Therapeutic Riding Program session April 30 at Winning Strides near Nanton. Stephen Tipper / Nanton News Three instructors from the Journeys …
  • <strong>Planning Board dinner assesses the year in Allegany County</strong> 20 Jan 2019 07:06 Wellsville Daily Reporter BELMONT — The Allegany County Planning Board met Wednesday night for its annual dinner, year-end assessment, and election of officers. “We’ve had some negatives and some positives this year, but mostly we are on the positive side,” the county’s Director of …
  • Horse Trainer Riding High After Award Nomination 04 Dec 2018 08:44 San Tan Sun News By Colleen Sparks Managing Editor A longtime equestrienne and horse trainer known for boosting students’ spirits and self-esteem is riding high after getting nominated for a national award. A former student nominated Tammy Smith, 51, owner of Fox Mask …
Certified Horsemanship Association

1795 Alysheba Way, Suite 7102
Lexington, KY 40509