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Starting a Hay Bank

By Katie Navarra Feed and hay bills did not stop even though income evaporated amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizations across the country offer access to hay banks and A Home For Every Horse helps connect horse owners with those resources. “The main goal of hay banks is to help people in need keep their horses …

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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 …

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Western Dressage

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 …

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Keeping Horse Legs Safe

Whether a horse is being used for jumping, eventing, dressage, reining, cattle work, trail riding, riding lessons, camp programs, or just as a pleasure horse, one thing is certain – they work hard, and so do their legs. The legs of a horse are certainly amazing. They take on extreme amounts of stress, bear a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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; …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Right Horse Initiative

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 …

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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 …

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From Lessons to Clinics

From Lessons to Clinics By Julie Goodnight I was just a year out of college when I decided to follow the path of least resistance (for me) and make a career in the horse industry. My college degree had nothing to do with horses, but I had been managing a breeding/training farm for a year, …

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From Lessons to Clinics

By Julie Goodnight I was just a year out of college when I decided to follow the path of least resistance (for me) and make a career in the horse industry. My college degree had nothing to do with horses, but I had been managing a breeding/training farm for a year, so it wasn’t a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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