Press Releases

Official Press Releases published by the Certified Horsemanship Association.

Earn Your Equine Facility Site Accreditation Through the Certified Horsemanship Association

(September 2020)  Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) can help you earn insurance discounts for your equine facility by going through the CHA Site Accreditation Program.

“The hardest part about this program is getting your binder done that has all the mandatory and recommended CHA Site Standard documents printed out and ready to be seen by the site visitors when they come,” says Christy Landwehr CHA Chief Executive Officer. “If your insurance has not heard of CHA, we will send our Standards for Equestrian Programs Manual and a cover letting explaining the process to them. We have received no less than 10% off for our sites when we have done this, and all the way up to 50% for one site on their equine facility insurance policy.”

Visit here https://cha.horse/cha-site-accreditation/ to learn more about this program. The fall and winter months are a great time to get this process done and then you can advertise that you are CHA Site Accredited and be listed on our site and on others where we partner such as American Horse Council’s Time to Ride and more.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association September Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for Your Barn

(September 2020) – Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is hosting a webinar on Equines and Disaster Planning on Wednesday, September 30th and you can also watch and listen to the recording afterwards.  To register today for the live webinar or the recording, please visit https://cha.horse/shop-webinars/

Jim Boller is with Code 3 Associates, Inc. and has been in the forefront of animal welfare and disaster response for more than 30 years. Jim is a full time instructor and disaster responder with Code 3 providing extensive training throughout the US to animal welfare professionals and those involved in animal emergency response.

Surveys indicate that only about 10-12% of animal facilities have written disaster plans.  Disaster planning has been shown to minimize the overall affects that can impact a facility shortening the recovery time for a facility when others may continue to struggle.  This discussion will cover some of those areas in the mitigation and preparedness stages of disaster planning that are overlooked and aid in reducing the effects of a devastating event.  Please join us as Jim shares some of his incite of over 30 years of responding to assist animals and their owners during natural and manmade disasters.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association Nominations Due for Annual Awards

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) holds annual awards for horses, humans and companies. They include:

  • CHA Certified Horseback Riding Instructor of the Year
  • CHA Partner in Safety
  • CHA Volunteer of the Year
  • CHA School Horse of the Year
  • CHA Certifier of the Year
  • And the CHA Distinguished Service Award

Here is the list of our past award winners in each category since 1996. https://cha.horse/international-conference/#award-winners

In order to nominate a horse, human or company to win one of these annual CHA Awards, please return this form by no later than August 31st to office@CHA.horse  – https://cha.horse/international-conference/#nomination-forms

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association Online Silent Auction

(August 2020) – Certified Horsemanship Association needs your donations today for an Online Silent Auction we are hosting this year in October in conjunction with our Virtual CHA International Conference, Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

Visit this link today to put in your products and services that you want to donate to share what you do with over 12,000 equine facility mangers and horseback riding instructors. Please plan on donating items to support our CHA scholarship fund!  Will need the form filled out by no later than October 1, 2020. The auction will be live from October 19 – November 2, 2020.  Thank you for your support!

 CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

 

Certified Horsemanship Association August 2020 Podcast

(August 2020) – Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) will be on Horses in the Morning for our “Training Tuesday” show on August 18th at 10 a.m. ET. This is a free podcast on the Horse Radio Network. Hope you can listen in!  https://cha.horse/education/#horse-radio-show

Join Glenn Hebert host of Horses in the Morning and Christy Landwehr the CEO of CHA co-host this show each month. This episode will feature Patti Colbert who has been active in the horse industry for 50 years having worked for AQHA and creating the Extreme Mustang Makeover for the Mustang Heritage Foundation among many other things.  She will be talking about different generations and how we all view the horse industry.

Then Julie Broadway, the President of the American Horse Council will be on the show talking about the current legislative issues in our country that involve the horse industry and how we can all get involved to work on change.

If you can’t make the live show, you can find the free recordings here for this show and all the CHA shows we have done for the past 5 years with the Horse Radio Network – https://cha.horse/education/#horse-radio-show.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

Certified Horsemanship Association’s July Webinar on Yoga for Every Equestrian

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Contact: Christy Landwehr
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Certified Horsemanship Association’s July Webinar on Yoga for Every Equestrian

(July 2020) – The Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) is happy to announce our July webinar Yoga for Every Equestrian with Gabrielle Diakon live on Wednesday, July 29th at Noon ET with a recording to follow to be watched anytime. This webinar will be very interactive with Gabrielle guiding the viewer in yoga postures that will benefit equestrians as they are watching.

Gabrielle Diakon is the Owner/Founder of GMD Training. She is an RYT 200 Certified Yoga Instructor and teaches ‘Yoga for Every Equestrian’ which aids riders with their mental and physical balance in the saddle. Starting off as a timid junior rider and progressing to become a professional rider and trainer, Gabrielle created a program to create confident and strong riders. She specializes in riders’ body awareness in order to optimize their effectiveness, all while helping riders create a strong bond with the horses they ride.

In this webinar we will speak about how using yoga can help your students mentally and physically balance in the saddle. Yoga improves the rider’s concentration, attitude, and physical abilities.

Visit here today to register for the live event on Wednesday, July 29th at Noon ET at https://cha.horse/shop-webinars/.   Register here as well to get the recording if you can’t join us live and CHA can send the link to you. CHA has a special on all of our Webinars in between now and July 31st at half price!  So make sure to register before this deadline!

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference Will be Virtual in October

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859-259-3399 or
Office@CHA.horse


Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference Will be Virtual in October

 

(July 2020) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is holding its first ever Virtual International Conference on Friday, October 30, 2020.  This event will be open to all horse enthusiasts with a CHA member and non-member rate for the educational day.

 

This conference will not just be your typical Zoom call with talking heads and Powerpoint presentations.  The sessions will be very interactive and some will be doing videos ahead of time with riders up on horses to showcase what they are teaching during their presentations. They will then be online to answer any questions during the video sessions and afterwards.

 

We already have confirmed as interactive speakers: CHA Spokesperson and Certifier Julie Goodnight, Jochen Schleese with SaddleFit4Life, Dr. Julie Fischer on grant writing and fundraising for your equine business, Tara Reimer of Cloud 9 Ranch in Manitoba with Turnbacks and Rollbacks and many more!

 

CHA will also have a virtual silent auction that companies can donate products and services to. Please visit here to find out more about the event and to register for the link to join or to get the recording if you can’t be on with us live today!

 

 

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association and Kentucky Equine Education Project Host a CHA Equine Facility Manager Certification

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Certified Horsemanship Association and Kentucky Equine Education Project Host a CHA Equine Facility Manager Certification

 

(July 2020) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) are hosting a CHA Equine Facility Manager Certification from November 20 – 22, 2020 at the Queenslake Facility in Georgetown, KY for only $650 a person.

 

This hands-on with horses certification includes four levels that participants can attain during the 3-day event based on their knowledge of equine safety, horse handling, horse husbandry, equine facility management and professionalism. There are four written tests and skills at each level that need to be demonstrated such as catching and tying a horse, trailer loading, taking vitals, and much more.

 

This link will provide participants with a free EFM webinar to find out more what to expect at the certification, as well as the details that are required at each level.

 

CHA’s Equine Facility Manager Certification checks all the right boxes for a group of employers looking to qualify potential employee’s skill sets,” says Laurie Mays KEEP Equine Talent Pipeline Project Manager.  “The Sport/Show Horse Farm Employer Collaborative group is comprised of 11 facilities in the Central Kentucky area and is the brainchild of both the Kentucky Equine Education Project and the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center. This group of employers is looking for highly experienced and qualified individuals to manage their facilities and feel that by using the EFM certification they can find, and certify, top professionals. Overall, this bodes well for the growth of their businesses as well as the professional progress of the individuals.”

 

About KEEP

The Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, is a not-for-profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky’s signature multi-breed horse industry. KEEP is committed to ensuring Kentucky remains the horse capital of the world, including educating Kentuckians and elected officials of the importance of the horse industry to the state. KEEP was the driving force in the establishment of the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund, which has paid out more than $177 million to Kentucky breeders since its inception in 2006, and pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse racing, which has been responsible for more than $40 million to purses and more than $24 million to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

 

KEEP works to strengthen the horse economy in Kentucky through our statewide network of citizen advocates. To learn more about how you can become a member or support our work, please visit www.horseswork.com.

 

About Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center

Launched in January 2017, and the first in the nation, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center is the centerpiece of the efforts that grew out of the Chamber’s initial report on the state’s workforce challenges to meet the needs of business. The Center’s programs include Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline, Recovery Response Program for Business, and Bus to Business.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse 

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Certified Horsemanship Association Riding Instructor and Equine Facility Manager Certifications Starting Up Again in August

Certified Horsemanship Association Riding Instructor and Equine Facility Manager Certifications Starting Up Again in August

(May 2020) – Anyone who wants to further their career by earning a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification is encouraged to check out the CHA Certification Schedule online at https://cha.horse/find-cha-certification-clinics-by-date/   CHA Certifications are intensive multi-day events in which attendees learn and demonstrate their skills so they can be certified at one of CHA’s various certification types and levels. They are currently available for the English/Western Instructor (EWI), Equine Facility Manager (EFM), and Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) this August 2020 on into 2021. Join more than 30,000 experts who have been certified by the largest equine professional certifying organization in North America!

Certification offers many benefits to the equine professional, including showing the industry and potential customers that you have the skills and knowledge to teach riders or to run an equine facility according to strict industry standards set by an independent third party. In addition, certification demonstrates professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to horsemanship instruction and/or equine facility management. Certified individuals have demonstrated their focus on the safety and well-being of all participants in equestrian pursuits, humans and horses alike.

A person’s willingness to dedicate their time and money to the CHA certification process indicates that they are a serious professional. CHA certified equine professionals must demonstrate a high level of professional competence and adhere to continuing education requirements set forth by CHA to maintain their certification. In addition, many insurance companies recognize certification and will give discounts.

At this time, CHA English/Western Instructor Certifications are available in the following locations: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

Those wishing to receive CHA Equine Facility Manager Certification can attend certifications in California, Colorado, and Kentucky.

Normally, CHA conducts over 80 certifications around the US and Canada. They are posted on the CHA website for the fall of 2020 into the spring of 2021 at this time.

Certification includes workshops and hands-on demonstrations in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching techniques, group control, and professionalism and ethics. Two CHA Certifiers evaluate each attendee, who must also pass written tests and competently demonstrate their skills during the event to receive their certification. The cost of the certification also includes the attendee’s membership in CHA, fees for the event, and all educational materials. Each host site will specify which meals are included and if a lodging option is available with the final price.

For more information on attending a CHA Certification and what to expect, please visit https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/

For anyone wishing to host a CHA Certification, the organization is taking applications to host in the spring of 2020 and beyond. Host sites must become a CHA Program Member that is pre-approved by CHA. If your facility would like to become a new host site for CHA, please visit https://cha.horse/how-to-host-a-cha-clinic/

For questions, or if you have already been approved as a host site, please contact CHA at office@CHA.horse to receive your next steps.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

 

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Certified Horsemanship Association Launches a Brand New Interactive Website

Certified Horsemanship Association Launches a Brand New Interactive Website

 For Immediate Release –May 11, 2020 – Lexington, KY – Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has launched a brand new interactive website at https://cha.horse/.

“We are so excited about this new website that has great resources for all equestrians including educational horsemanship video shorts, webinars, full length streamable videos on a variety of equine topics, articles under our fun categories such as:  Pet Peeves Around the Barn and the Solutions to Solve Them, On the Rail, Tricks of the Trade, Incidentally Speaking and so much more,” says Christy Landwehr, CHA Chief Executive Officer.

CHA members have their own member login section where they can find deep discounts in the online store on CHA manuals, posters for the barn, DVDs, CHA wearables, CHA gifts for riders and much more!

If you are wanting to find an equine professional near you, be it an instructor or equine facility manager, this new site can help you do that. You can also find a barn, camp, lesson program, trail ride operation, college/university and more by just typing in your city and state or province. Please visit https://cha.horse/ today and enjoy!

 CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship streamable videos and DVDs, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, or to find a certified horseback riding instructor, equine facility manager or an accredited equine facility near you, please visit https://cha.horse/ or call 859-259-3399.

Tim Davis with Zero Egg Count – Test Before You Treat – The Right Way to Deworm Your Horse

Tim Davis with Zero Egg Count Doing a Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar – Test Before You Treat – The Right Way to Deworm Your Horse

For Immediate Release –February 25, 2020 – Lexington, KY – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is excited to offer a webinar with Tim Davis from Zero Egg Count on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11 a.m. PT, Noon MT, 1 p.m. CT and 2 p.m. ET. Those attending the webinar live will have an opportunity to ask questions. It will also be recorded for those who are unable to make it at the scheduled time.

The webinar is open for anyone to register. For CHA members the cost is only $20 and will count as one hour of continuing education. (CEUs) Those certified through CHA must earn 25 hours of CEUs every three years to keep their certification current. For those wishing to access the webinar, but are not CHA members, the cost is $40. You can register for the webinar here.

To view a complete list of horsemanship and equine business webinars available through CHA click here.

Zero Egg Count is an Equine Healthcare company offering diagnostic equine parasite test kits and laboratory services that provide information about your horse’s worm burden and the effectiveness of your deworming program. Zero Egg Count’s mission is to make fecal testing your horse easy and affordable. Zero Egg Count’s inexpensive mail-in equine parasite test kits use a non-invasive collection process that is quick and easy to follow. Each kit includes everything you need to collect and safely ship your horse’s fecal sample to Zero Egg Count’s laboratory. Zero Egg Count’s lab is staffed with professional laboratory technicians using the most accurate and sensitive fecal egg count testing methods recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for parasite testing.

Zero Egg Count Equine Parasite Test Kits provide vital information about your horse’s worm burden and the effectiveness of your deworming program. Zero Egg Count Parasite Test Kits are sold through e-commerce sites, catalogs, and retailers, and are available to trainers, barns, veterinarians and horse owners across the United States. The kits can be used on all horses regardless of age or breed. Each kit contains all the materials you need to test a single horse. Multi-packs and Barn Kits are also available for multiple testing environments. https://zeroeggcount.com/

Tim Davis, along with his wife, Diane, three dogs, and several barn cats, own and operate a boarding, training and retirement care facility for over 30 horses in the Midwest. One of their areas of focus has been successfully retraining “off-the-track Thoroughbreds” for new meaningful carriers. Close to a decade ago, Tim and Diane struggled to implement a comprehensive parasite control program and thought there had to be a better, less expensive, less confusing way to test and treat horses for parasites. So over the next few years, Zero Egg Count evolved. Tim and Diane’s current Test-Before-You-Treat Parasite Control Program has successfully lowered their herd’s average fecal egg count results over time. Zero Egg Count is Tim’s second venture into the world of laboratory testing. Tim previously founded and sold a successful microbiology testing business.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and video safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse.

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CHA Seeking Equine Experts as Speakers for the 2020 CHA International Conference

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Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking Equine Experts as Speakers for the 2020 CHA International Conference in October in Texas

(January 2020) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking experts within the horse industry as speakers for the 2020 CHA International Conference. Part of CHA’s mission is providing quality continuing education within the horse industry, and the annual international conference is CHA’s ultimate learning opportunity. The 2020 CHA International Conference is scheduled for October 30 – November 1, 2020 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Speakers at this event include riding instructors, horse trainers, barn managers, veterinarians, equine behaviorists, farriers, saddle fit specialists, equine association representatives, business consultants, and other equine professionals. Those wishing to attend the conference should Save the Dates.

If you would like to speak, CHA is now accepting speaker applications for classroom-style lectures, roundtable and panel discussions, hands-on horse demonstrations, and mounted riding sessions (using Parsons Mounted Cavalry school horses) with attendees who sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sessions at the CHA International Conference are focused on safe, effective, and fun horsemanship.

CHA is all-breed and all-discipline organization. The audience at the CHA International Conference includes riding instructors, trail guides, barn managers, driving and vaulting coaches, horse owners, riders, and general horse enthusiasts. Attendees can sign up to ride well-trained school horses provided by the Texas A&M Parsons Mounted Cavalry. CHA members and non-members alike attend as the conference is open to the public with prior registration.

Those wishing to speak should contact CHA at 720-857-9550 or clandwehr@CHA.horse. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Those applying to speak will need to send a professional biography paragraph, a photo, and a session title and paragraph description, along with anything needed to fulfill your session.

More information about the CHA International Conference can be found here. Additional information will be added online throughout the year, including the full line-up of speakers and sessions.


CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit
www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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New Resources to CHA YouTube Video Collection

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Certified Horsemanship Association Adds New Resources to YouTube Video Collection

For Immediate Release –January 15, 2020 – Lexington, KY – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has expanded its educational offerings on its YouTube channel again. These free resources are great for all ages and experience level to watch and expand their knowledge and while keeping a focus on safety. Viewers can watch all the videos, which cover a variety of topics and range from three to 15 minutes in length by clicking on the links below.

The newest additions cover the following topics:

Past topics covered include Sample Lesson: First Trot, Lengthening and Shortening Horse’s Strides, Truck and Trailer Safety Check, Showmanship Tips, How to Pony a Horse Safely, How to Fit a Rope Halter, and much more.

CHA encourages the horse industry and the public to use these free videos and to embed them on their websites for their clients. CHA’s videos are created with the goals of helping to spread the CHA’s mission of safe, effective, and fun horsemanship.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and Horsemanship Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse.

Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking Advertising Sales Representative

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Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking
Advertising Sales Representative

(November 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking an Advertising Sales Representative. The Ad Sales Representative would report to the CHA Chief Executive Officer and is a part-time 1099 contracted position. The Ad Sales Representative would sell advertisements on behalf of CHA for a variety of projects, including The Instructor annual magazine, the CHA International Conference Program, the CHA monthly podcast, monthly CHA e-newsletters, horsemanship safety videos and more.

Applicants should have experience selling ads within the equine industry, have his or her own contacts within the industry and be willing to generate a leads list. Some leads will be provided. CHA is seeking a detail-oriented self-starter who will work remotely from a home office. The applicant must have their own working computer, Internet, phone, etc.

This position is a commission-only position with no base salary and is a 1099 contracted position. Commission ranges from 10% to 30% depending on if it is a new advertiser or repeat business. To apply for the position, please email a resume, cover letter, and references to Office@CHA.horse with “Ad Sales Job” in the subject line.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and Horsemanship Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse .

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Julie Goodnight CHA Webinar on Helping the Timid Rider Conquer Goals

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Contact: 720-857-9550 or office@CHA.horse

Julie Goodnight Doing a Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar on Helping the Timid Rider Conquer Goals

For Immediate Release –November 22, 2019 – Lexington, KY – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is excited to offer a webinar with Julie Goodnight on Wednesday, December 11 at 1 p.m. EST. During the webinar, Julie will be discussing how to help the timid rider conquer their horsemanship goals. Those attending the webinar live will have an opportunity to ask questions. It will also be recorded for those who are unable to make it at the scheduled time.

Julie is known for her popular TV series, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight, that aired on RFD-TV for eleven years. She is a spokesperson for CHA and holds the highest level of certification within the association – Master Clinic Instructor. Julie writes articles, conducts a monthly podcast, and still travels both domestically and abroad to teach horsemanship.

The webinar is open for anyone to register. For CHA members the cost is only $20 and will count as one hour of continuing education. (CEUs) Those certified through CHA must earn 25 hours of CEUs every three years to keep their certification current. For those wishing to access the webinar, but are not CHA members, the cost is $40. You can register for the webinar here.

To view a complete list of horsemanship and equine business webinars available through CHA click here.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and video safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse.

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Certified Horsemanship Association Announces Cyber Monday Deals and Giving Tuesday

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Certified Horsemanship Association Announces Cyber Monday Deals and Giving Tuesday

For Immediate Release –November 22, 2019 – Lexington, KY – In a season known for shopping and once-a-year deals, the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is thrilled to participate in the festivities by offering two incredible Cyber Monday deals.

Current CHA members will have the ability to take advantage of the two following deals:

  • CHA members can purchase one copy of The CHA Equine Professional Manual: The Art of Teaching Riding for only $27.95! Retail is $69.95.
  • CHA members can buy one copy of CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs for $15! Retail is $39.95

Not a member of CHA? Not a problem you can still take advantage of deals on both publications. Non-members can purchase one copy of The CHA Equine Professional Manual: The Art of Teaching Riding for $37.95 and one copy of CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs for $19.95. When placing your order be sure to put “Cyber Monday” in the comment box in order to receive the discounted rate.

Bookmark the CHA store, which can be found here, and mark your calendars for Monday, December 2, 2019 so you don’t miss out!

And please don’t forget that CHA is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership association. So if you are looking for a year-end tax write off, please think about CHA on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by clicking here to donate! Thank you for your support.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and video safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

 

2019 CHA International Conference Celebrates Horses and Safety

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2019 CHA International Conference Celebrates Horses and Safety

For Immediate Release – October 31, 2019 – Lexington, KY – Without horses there would be no reason for the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) so it is only fitting that an outstanding horse be honored as the Stone CHA Horse of the Year. To commemorate such an outstanding honor the winning horse receives a Stone Horse model, replicated to match the honoree, created by Peter Stone Company and a hand painted oil painting from CHA member Julie Fischer from Colorado with bark from her camp as the frame.

Earning the title of 2019 Stone CHA Horse of the Year was Smut, a 33-year-old mare owned by Dream Catcher Sables in Spring, TX. Described by some of her riders as “she has always known to be careful and moves smoothly, listens well and never gets spooky. She is just a wonderful horse and richly deserves to be school horse of the year” and “She is a magnificent horse. She has won me two belt buckles in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Top Hands Horse Show.” She is named after a fungus that grows on corn in the Midwest that is the same color as she is!

Sanna Rolling, who runs Dream Catcher Stables, had this to say when asked about Smut being the award recipient, “To own a horse that touches so very many lives and at the age of 33 in semi-retirement is still herd boss is awesome. This is the second time we have had the CHA Horse of the Year (Smokey in 2008). With the vast number of CHA program members, I never thought we could win twice.”

The CHA Stone School Horse of the Year Program honors the best of the school horses who are part of CHA member programs. The longtime sponsor of the program, Stone Horses, creates “model horses for real horse people.” Each equine finalist receives a plaque from CHA and were also honored at the Awards Banquet. The top five finalists included:

  • Bambi from Clover Ten Thirty in Santa Rosa, CA
  • Ginger from Methow Valley Riding Unlimited in Winthrop, WA
  • King from Big Bear Horsemanship in Gettysburg, PA
  • Onyx from West Equestrian in Sand Springs, OK
  • Smut from Dream Catcher Stables in Spring, TX

Horses aren’t the only key to CHA and its mission though. Safety is top priority when it comes to every interaction with horses. Earning the 2019 Partner in Safety Award was Pegasus Farm in Hartville, OH. The program at Pegasus Farm has over 130 volunteers, 500 students, has been a CHA Program member since 1995, and an accredited site since 2012. To date they have held 17 CHA certifications including Standard English/Western, Equine Facility Manager, Instructors of Riders with Disabilities and Vaulting.

Nominators described the program at Pegasus Farm as “They are so professional and safety conscious. I enjoyed the facilities, horses and staff there. They provide a vast array of services for the special needs community” and “The staff, volunteers, students and horses made an exceptional impact, not only on my career as an instructor, but on my LIFE!”

For a complete list of past award winners, visit www.cha.horse/store/pages/50/Award_Winners.html. For more information about the next CHA International Conference, please visit www.CHA.horse/conference.

CHA Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the equine industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs, webinars and video horsemanship safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

 

Deserving Award Winners Honored at the 2019 CHA International Conference in New York

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Deserving Award Winners Honored at the 2019 CHA International Conference in New York

For Immediate Release – October 30, 2019 – Lexington, KY – Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) members, instructors, and speakers gathered in Houghton, New York October 24-27 to participate in the yearly CHA International Conference. During the three days attendees engaged in networking, expanded their knowledge over a variety of equine topics, and honored the highly anticipated award winners.

The first award recipient to be honored during Friday night’s banquet was the 2019 CHA Volunteer of the Year. The coveted award that recognizes the countless hours and dedication CHA volunteers spend changing lives through safe experiences with horses went to Aimee Edwards from Waco, Texas. Amy has been a member since 1996, was certified in 1997, became a standard English/Western Clinician in 2011 and an Equine Facilities Manager in 2017. Those nominating Aimee for this award described her as “a dedicated professional” and that “She runs a wonderful facility and is liked as well as respected by her staff.” Others went on to say, “This person goes above and beyond to help CHA not only as a host site coordinator, an instructor, and a clinician for us, but also putting our monthly eblast together and sending it out each month.”

CHA Certifiers are vital in order to continue growing the association and accomplishing our mission. The CHA Certifier of the Year Award is reserved for someone who has shown outstanding service to CHA by conducting meaningful certifications and influencing the careers of equine professionals over many years. This year’s award was given to Andrea Richardson from Brantford, Ontario. Andrea became a CHA member and certified instructor in 2004 and later became a certifier in 2006. Described as “a strong advocate for training staff and running safe programs” and “she is very invested in setting people up for success and encouraging confidence in certification participants” it is easy to see how she was chosen as the award recipient.

Often described as the life blood of the association, individual certified instructors undoubtedly play a key role in the success of the association and its mission. Earning the title of 2019 CHA Instructor of the Year was Celia Bunge from the Miami International Riding Club in Miami, Florida. Nominated by her students and recognized by her peers this year’s winner was described as fair, consistent, hard-working, and empathetic. Other descriptions included things such as, “what makes her stand out is her amazing ability to adapt to each rider’s needs, while processing the gift to read and anticipate each horse’s behavior” and “She loves the horse first and the sport second. She is a confidence builder in us all.”

After receiving her award Celia had this to say, “I would not have ever imagined that I could be the recipient of such extraordinary recognition.  I promise to keep on going, striving for excellence and safety in our sport.  Working hard to make horses a part of more and more people, because horses truly transform lives.  They have transformed our lives, and they have introduced us to so many amazing and good people like yourself, and to groups and organizations that exemplify what service to others really looks like.”

The CHA Distinguished Service Award is a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has gone above and beyond through the years promoting and upholding the mission of the association. Throughout the years the 2019 recipient, Susanne Valla from Mocksville, North Carolina, has worked tirelessly on a wide variety of CHA projects including serving on the board, committees, and in executive offices for many years. Described as a mentor for many new board members and clinic staff over the years her leadership abilities are undeniable. She also used her artistic talents to designs many of CHA’s manuals and our logo and is known for her knowledge of the association and its history.

Susanne, a CHA Life Member, has been involved with CHA since 1978. A past president of the board, she served on the board of directors through 2011. She has been a clinician since 2011 and has conducted 31 certifications as of this year.

For a complete list of past award winners, visit www.cha.horse/store/pages/50/Award_Winners.html. For more information about the next CHA International Conference, please visit www.CHA.horse/conference.

CHA Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the equine industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs, webinars and video horsemanship safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

 

Certified Horsemanship Association Welcomes New Board Members for 2020

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Certified Horsemanship Association Welcomes New Board Members for 2020

(For Immediate Release – October 29, 2019 – Lexington, KY) The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) welcomed four new board members at the 2019 CHA International Conference held at Houghton College near Buffalo, New York. Joining the CHA Board of Directors are Jessica Hersey, Kristin Jaworski, Katrina Lechlitner, and Amanda Reardon. Candidates for the board seats were introduced and voted on during the general membership meeting.

Jessica Hersey, from Gettysburg, PA, is a CHA Lifetime member and a Master Instructor/Assistant Certifier. Her skill set includes over 20 years of teaching and training in addition to prior board experience. She is the former Vice President and Board of Directors member for the Maine Cowboy Mounted Shooters, and Vice President/Outreach Officer of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Hampshire. Involved in many different areas of the equine industry she has held memberships in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, Cowboy Sports Association, United Mounted Shooters, Mustang Heritage Foundation, FN Verlag, US Equestrian Federation, American Youth Horse Council, IHSA, state chapters, and regional clubs. Jessica has also earned two business degrees and is currently completing a Master of Education in Equestrian Education from William Woods University.

Kristin Jaworski, from Fort Worth, TX, is the Director of the Fort Worth Herd where she manages and directs the world’s only twice daily longhorn cattle drive. She grew up raising mules and horses in northern Arizona and later graduated with her Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Tarleton State University. Since 2002 she has expanded all aspects of The Herd, including educational programs, facility operations, and horsemanship to support the economy and raise awareness of western heritage.

Kristin was introduced to CHA through The Herd program and is now a CHA Certified Instructor. When asked what she was looked forward to the most she said it was to be more involved in the association to inspire people and generate awareness and excitement for those who want to explore their dreams with horsemanship.

Katrina Lechlitner, from Reed City, MI, grew up very active in the American Quarter Horse Association and has been at SpringHill Camps as Ranch Director since 2005. She is a CHA Certified Instructor and has been involved in a 4-H Horse Leaders Group for the past 5 years. Katrina became certified when she joined SpringHill Camp and continues to use CHA as a resource, not only for herself, but SpringHill as an organization, local 4-H Extension, and others seeking a starting point.

Katrina had this to say about joining the CHA Board of Directors, “My desire to be involved on the board is because safe, positive experiences with horses is important to me and I continue to let that lead my decisions in my own career and the areas I volunteer. Secondly, I value education and creative presentation of information to students and leaders. The access to resources and continued education builds stronger programs. Lastly, I understand that building a base of individuals who will continue to represent CHA with the esteem that I have come to respect is important to move forward during the next 50 years!”

Amanda Reardon, from Lexington, KY, started her riding career over 20 years ago as a young pony clubber, advancing over the years to competitive riding with high school and college teams. At 18, she became a CHA Certified Horseback Riding Instructor. Amanda has worked as a teaching assistant for the University of Kentucky’s Equine Handling courses, taught lessons and camps at a Lexington lesson farm, and has spent time working in the Thoroughbred breeding industry. Earning a degree in Equine Science/Management and a minor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky she joined the Kentucky Horse Park staff immediately following graduation where she manages the Equine Education Department.

In her time at the Kentucky Horse Park Amanda has developed, planned, and executed four years of summer camps and teaches over 100 children every summer. She also started and runs the first riding lesson program at the Park. Amanda recently earned her CHA Master Level Certification and is moving forward with her education and practices to earn her CHA Clinician status. She envisions hosting clinics at the park once again, as they were held when she started her involvement with CHA in 2011.

Returning CHA Board members include: Hayley Eberle, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, Oklahoma City, OK; Teddy Franke, Camp Morrow, Pine Hollow, OR; Susan Garside, YMCA Camp Noah, Canal Fulton, OH; Beth Long, YMCA, Kentucky; Katie Reynolds, American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, TX; and James Rickner, Champ Chippewa, KS.

The CHA Executive Board consist of: President Tammi Gainer, Pegasus Farm and PATH International, Alliance, OH; President Elect Dr. Bob Coleman, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Vice President of New Initiatives Anne Brzezicki, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Murfreesboro, TN; Vice President of Regional Relations Jennifer Eaton, Interscholastic Equestrian Association, Groveland, MA; Secretary Elizabeth Duffy, Camp America, Eatonton, GA; Treasurer Terry Williams, Blanchester, OH; and Past President Beth Powers, YMCA and American Camp Association, Bellefontaine, OH.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

 

Sponsorship Opportunities for CHA’s Popular Safety Short Videos

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offers Sponsorship Opportunities for CHA’s Popular Safety Short Videos

(September 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) offers a unique sponsorship advertising for companies wishing to reach horse enthusiasts who love to watch YouTube videos about horsemanship and horse care and management. CHA produces educational videos called CHA Safety Shorts on a range of equine-related topics, such as how to groom a horse, how to saddle a horse with an English or Western saddle, how to adjust a bit, reading horse behavior, how to hitch up a horse trailer, etc. Sponsors can be featured within these professionally produced instructional videos, which can then be featured on your company website or social media. To see an example of a sponsored video, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-g5wzk-W8o.

This year’s videos will include the following topics: hitching a horse up to drive, lunging a horse safely, the horse’s digestive tract, and simple lead changes. This year’s videos will be recorded on October 27. Therefore, all sponsors must book their sponsorship before that date.

For $500, sponsorship includes video production, talent, promotion, your product prominently featured in the video, and hosting on the CHA YouTube channel and on the CHA website under the Education tab. To see the full list of topics that have been produced by CHA over the years, please visit the CHA Safety Shorts Playlist on YouTube.

For more information on all of CHA’s advertising options, rates, and ad specifications, the CHA Media Kit can be found online at www.CHA.horse/advertise. To book your ad space, or for questions, please contact Christy Landwehr at clandwehr@CHA.horse.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies riding instructors, equine facility managers and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and free video Horsemanship Safety Shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit our online member database at www.CHA.horse

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CHA’s Horse Radio Show Positive Reinforcement, Successive Approximation, Leg Yielding, Side Passing, Along with Protequus LLC as Sponsor

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Certified Horsemanship Association’s September Radio Show Will Discuss Positive Reinforcement and Successive Approximation and Leg Yielding and Side Passing, Along with Protequus LLC as Sponsor

(September 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) September episode of Training Tuesdays on “Horses in the Morning” will again feature two speakers from the upcoming 2019 CHA International Conference—CHA Certified Instructors Marla Foreman and Val McCloskey. Both speakers will be presenting at the 2019 CHA International Conference, scheduled for October 24-27 at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. The topics to be covered will be on “Positive Reinforcement and Successive Approximation in Teaching” and “Leg Yielding and Side Passing.” The Horse Radio Network’s Glenn the Geek and CHA CEO Christy Landwehr will also speak with this episode’s sponsor, Protequus LLC, makers of Nightwatch halters, which are an equine distress and wellness monitor. The show will air September 17, 2019, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will also be available via digital download.

During the CHA conference, Foreman, will present “Using Positive Reinforcement/Successive Approximation in Teaching” on Friday, October 25, at 10:30 a.m. Foreman is a CHA Master Instructor, a United States Pony Club National Examiner, and is certified with the United States Eventing Association Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP). She is also a primary level TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) teacher. For 20 years, she managed her own training stable in Washington state, where she taught riders of all levels and trained horses for clients, while also managing her own equine-only veterinary practice. Her specialties are dressage and eventing, but she has also competed in endurance and cow penning aboard horses she has trained. In 2000, she began studying behavior science and positive reinforcement training. She currently teaches clinics and works with clients and their horses on positive reinforcement in Massachusetts.

McCloskey will present “Leg Yielding and Side Passing” on Friday, October 25, at 3 p.m. She is a CHA Assistant Clinician and Master Instructor. As the owner of Whisper Wind Equestrian Centre and VLM Dressage and Sport Horses in Rome, NY, McCloskey trains and teaches clinics. She is a USDF Silver and Bronze medalist, which she achieved on horses she trained herself, and is working toward her USDF Gold medal. In addition, she is a USDF L Graduate with Distinction. Her specialty is in horse-and-rider biomechanics and showing people the hows and whys of how the rider’s body affects the horse.

Jeffrey R. Schab, Founder and CEO of Protequus, is an accomplished equestrian and biomedical engineer with 15 years of experience in human health care. He founded and operated one of the largest privately held medical marketing firms in the U.S. In 2013, after he suddenly lost one of his horses to colic, he was driven to make a difference for other horse owners. He assembled a team of passionate science and technology professionals to combat the problem of colic, which causes loss of life for more than 60,000 horses every year in the United States. The solution was the Nightwatch halter, a warning system using a smart halter that alerts caretakers to early signs of colic and distress by the horse, such as with foaling or being cast.

Anyone wanting to listen to past CHA “Horses in the Morning” episodes can find the archive on the CHA website.

More information about the CHA International Conference and the full schedule of events, presentations and speakers, can be found online.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies riding instructors, equine facility managers and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and free video Horsemanship Safety Shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit our online member database at www.CHA.horse

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Advertise to Riding Instructors, Equine Facility Managers, Camp Directors, and Other Professionals

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Companies Wanting to Advertise to Riding Instructors, Equine Facility Managers, Camp Directors, and Other Professionals Can Do So in the 2020 Certified Horsemanship Association Magazine; Book Your Ads Early

(September 2019) – To reach an audience of equine industry professionals who are in charge of purchases for riding lesson programs, equine facilities, horseback riding camps, and a whole host of equine businesses, advertising in a membership publication like the Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) official magazine, The Instructor, makes perfect sense, and cents. CHA offers ads at a range of sizes for great rates, and readers are influencers within the horse industry as instructors, farm owners, camp directors, etc.

The majority of instructors teach more than 100 people in a group riding program environment. CHA instructors teach between 25 and 1,000 students per year, so the reach goes well beyond the CHA membership. CHA Certifications include English and Western instructors, college and university staff, seasonal equestrian staff, equine facility managers, vaulting coaches, day ride trail guides and overnight and wilderness guides, and driving instructors and those who drive horses. And as the largest certification program for horseback riding instructors in North America, CHA has more than 3,500 instructors and equine facilities, all who have between two and 250 horses on site. That is a wide swath of the horse industry to reach, and a lot of horses that need your horse products and services.

“As a riding instructor, horse trainer, college equestrian program director and horse show judge for many decades, I realize that equine and equestrian products need to fit the needs of the user,” said Jo-Anne Young, Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies at Houghton College in New York. “Bottom line: you need quality in materials and workmanship to get good, enduring value. That is what I look for in products I use, and that is how I train my students and clients to shop.”

The Instructor is published every spring. It is a full-color publication that includes CHA news and updates, informative and engaging features, and the CHA Annual Report. More than 4,500 issues are distributed to all CHA members and available at the CHA International Conference and other trade shows and events attended by CHA representatives. Ad spaces range from 1/6th-page ads to full-page ads. Now is the time to book ad space in CHA’s official publication, and don’t forget to ask about premium placement on the inside front cover, inside back cover, and on the back cover, because those spots are first-come, first-served.

In addition, those who advertise in both The Instructor magazine and the 2020 CHA International Conference Program will receive 20% off on a conference program ad of any size. The program, which is printed in black and white, will be published for attendees of the 2020 CHA International Conference, which will be held in October 30-November 1, 2020 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Book your ad space in the full color The Instructor magazine by mid-February 2020! Ad materials are due by the end of February. In addition to CHA’s amazingly low rates, CHA Individual and Program members receive discounts on advertising as part of their membership.

For more information on all options, rates, and ad specifications, the CHA Media Kit can be found online at www.CHA.horse/advertise. To book your ad space, or for questions, please contact the CHA office at office@CHA.horse and put CHA magazine ad in the subject line.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies riding instructors, equine facility managers and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and free video Horsemanship Safety Shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit our online member database at www.CHA.horse

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Tips on How to Get Youth Involved with Horses

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Tips on How to Get Youth Involved with Horses
from the Certified Horsemanship Association

(August 2019) – Kids and horses are a magical combination. Seeing the joy that washes over a child’s face while he or she rides for the first time is truly inspiring. If you are a parent, grandparent, or other guardian looking for ways for a special young person in your life to get into riding, rest assured that there are plenty of options. The Certified Horsemanship Association has a primer on the best ways for youth to become involved with horses.

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) offers options through its members, who are riding instructors, driving instructors, instructors for riders with disabilities, vaulting coaches, trail guides, equestrian facility staff, or camp staff. If you want to try lessons for the child in your life, CHA’s certified experts are a great option. It’s important to understand the credentials of anyone you work with, do thorough research, and make a careful decision, to ensure your child gets off to the right start and has a positive and safe experience. In a past blog post, CHA explored why it’s important to find a certified horseback riding instructor.

To look for CHA certified instructors in your area, along with accredited CHA facilities, that offer riding opportunities, you can search the free online database at CHA.horse. Once you have a list of options in your area, CHA offers more information on how to choose a riding instructor or you can listen to CHA’s interview of two experts on the subject on an episode of the CHA’s Training Tuesdays podcast on “Horses in the Morning.”

In addition to lessons, many children have their first experience with horses at a camp. To find a CHA Accredited Facility, visit CHA.horse and type in “camp” into the search field. To read more about finding a camp with horses, check out the following blog posts: “Attending a Camp with Horseback Riding” and “How to Find the Best Horse Camp.”

In addition to CHA instructors and camps, there are additional options in the equine industry for youth to get involved. Some of the most well-known ones are mentioned below.

The purpose of Time To Ride is to sustain and grow the equine industry by creating the next generation of knowledgeable, dedicated horse enthusiasts and owners while also teaching children valuable life lessons. Time to Ride accomplishes this by introducing school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, professional, welcoming environment. Time To Ride is a program of the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. For more information, visit TimeToRide.org. CHA is an educational partner with Time to Ride.

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is offered for kids in grades 4th through 12th, and participants do not need to own a horse. Riders of various levels compete on IEA teams in hunt seat and Western disciplines throughout the school year for individual and team points and accolades. IEA teams are offered through public and private schools and through participating barns. There are more than 11,000 members competing in hundreds of events across the United States. For more information, visit www.RideIEA.org. CHA is an educational alliance partner with IEA.

4-H is the Cooperative Extension System’s youth development program with 110 U.S. land-grand universities involved, which helps to make it the largest youth development organization. More than six million kids are involved between the ages of 8 and 18 in more than 3,000 counties across the United States. Every state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 50 other countries have local offices. The equine curriculum includes “horseless” activities along with riding and horsemanship. To look into joining or volunteering with 4-H, or to learn more, visit www.4-H.org. CHA provides discounts on its educational materials to 4H leaders.

The National FFA Organization, mostly known as FFA, or the Future Farmers of America, involves teaching youth about livestock, including horses, and agricultural topics, although it is not just for those who want to be farmers. Students participate in classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural programs, and student leadership opportunities within the organization. And for those who start FFA as a child and want to continue, there is the Collegiate FFA, programs for adults, and the opportunity to volunteer as an adult. FFA allows participants to connect with a mentor, win awards, and participate on horse judging and horsemanship teams. FFA has local school-level chapters, which are connected to your state’s association underneath the national organization. To learn more, visit www.ffa.org. CHA provides discounts to FFA members on its educational horsemanship materials.

One organization helps youth and youth leaders in the equine industry regardless of breed or discipline affiliation. The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) serves as a national information center with ongoing training opportunities for youth and people looking to teach kids about horses. AYHC also strives to provide opportunities for youth leaders to network among adults in the industry. It also produces high-quality educational resources for kids. AYHC grants help youth to attend equine activities in the U.S. For more information, visit www.ayhc.com. AYHC and CHA work together on many projects to help kids connect with horses.

The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) provides horsemanship and horse care instruction. Its core values include horsemanship, organized teamwork, and respect for horse and self through horsemanship, service, and education. Participants can now stay within the organization until they are 25 if they meet requirements. There are Pony Clubs in many countries worldwide, and the U.S.’s organization was originally an offshoot of the British Pony Club. USPC offers mounted and unmounted meetings, clinics, rallies, certifications, exchanges, and other special opportunities. Membership is through local a Pony Club or a riding center recognized by the USPC to administer the Pony Club program. Many riding centers can provide a horse for a child to use for Pony Club activities if the child does not own one. To learn more, visit www.ponyclub.org. CHA and USPC attend each other conferences providing education to each other’s members.

In addition to these organizations, there are also youth organizations within most horse breed and discipline organizations. These organizations offer a variety of activities, leadership opportunities, ways for children to be mentored, events and conferences, and even all-youth championship horse shows. CHA partners with AQHA, APHA, ApHC, and AHA.

Many organizations offer contests and youth awards through their youth associations or through the parent organization. Some awards are not just for riding achievements; many are given to those who exemplify sportsmanship, volunteerism, leadership, commitment, dedication, and other similar traits that adults are trying to teach to the next generation. Several youth awards offered by breed and discipline organizations include scholarships and grants.

So whether you own a horse or not, there are a variety of options for youth. To learn about even more opportunities, please read the original blog post that CHA published on this topic.

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CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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“Horses in the Morning,” Sponsored by Troxel, Upcoming 2019 CHA International Conference

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Certified Horsemanship Association’s August Training Tuesday on
“Horses in the Morning,” Sponsored by Troxel, Features Presenters
at the Upcoming 2019 CHA International Conference

(July 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) August episode of Training Tuesdays on “Horses in the Morning” will feature several of the speakers slated for the upcoming 2019 CHA International Conference, scheduled for October 24-27 at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and Glenn the Geek will interview CHA Clinician Julie Goodnight, Harness Horse Youth Foundation Executive Director Ellen Taylor, and Lisa Diersen, founder of the EQUUS Film Festival. Each speaker will showcase what they will be presenting at the conference. It’s a great way to get a preview before this much-anticipated event. In addition, Troxel Helmets, one of CHA’s partners, will sponsor the episode. The show will air August 20, 2019, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will also be available via digital download at https://cha.horse/education#horse-radio-show.

During the conference, Goodnight will present “How to Bring Out the Best in Your Horses and Riders” on Friday, October 25, at 9 a.m. and “Collection: Promoting Self-Carriage” on Friday at noon. Goodnight is best known as producer and host of the popular TV show, “Horse Master,” which aired weekly on RFD-TV for 11 years. Her clear and humorous teaching style, enlightening insights on horses, and her live horse-training demonstrations inspire and educate horse owners all over the world. Goodnight’s techniques are grounded in natural horsemanship, classical riding, and a deep understanding of horse behavior. She travels the globe teaching riders, training horses, and entertaining audiences at major horse events. She also offers online education, training videos, tack, and training tools at JulieGoodnight.com.

Taylor will be present “Lines, Not Reins—A Primer on Harness, Driving, and Racing” on Saturday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m. Taylor’s roots are deeply planted in Standardbreds and harness racing with a grandfather and both parents having held trainers’ and drivers’ licenses. Growing up, she was heavily involved in the family training and breeding operation, where she served as caretaker and night watchman and assisted with administrative responsibilities. In addition, Taylor has been involved with the charitable Harness Horse Youth Foundation since she was 16 and has served as executive director for the past 29 years.

Diersen will represent the EQUUS Film Festival on Wednesday night, October 23, starting at 7 p.m. for “A Night at the Movies” during which three movies will be shown for attendees. Diersen founded the EQUUS Film Festival as the first film festival oriented around equestrian-themed content from all over the world. She was also the producer and a writer on one of the films being shown, “A Pony and His Boy: The Story of Berry & Josh.” She is an lifelong equestrian who has ridden since she could sit in a saddle and who appreciates all types of equestrian disciplines. As founder and director of the festival, her mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities, or disabilities. She is passionate about the education and enlightenment of others to the wonderful world of horses and everything they can do to enrich our lives.

Troxel Brand Manager Jenny Beverage will join the show again with more information about helmet usage. Troxel was the first to develop a light-weight vented ASTM-approved equestrian helmet, and it is the only physician-developed line of equestrian helmets on the market. Troxel offers helmets and accessories to riders of all kinds, including English, Western, and trail. For more information, please visit www.troxelhelmets.com.

To listen to past CHA “Horses in the Morning” episodes, please visit https://cha.horse/education#horse-radio-show.

For more information about the CHA International Conference and the full schedule of events, presentations and speakers, please visit https://cha.horse/international-conference/.

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CHA Certified Instructors Share How Their CHA Certification Has Impacted Their Career and Their Lives

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(July 2019) – Certified Horsemanship Association Certified Instructors are passionate about their work, their students, and about CHA. Because of this, several CHA Certified Instructors share how their CHA Certification has changed their career and their lives for the better.

When Dale Rudin of Un-Natural Horsemanship in Santa Fe, Tennessee, attended her first CHA International Conference, she says she knew she had found her tribe. This CHA Certified English and Western riding instructor who grounds her program in natural equine behavior shares that it is an honor and a gift to be a member. “It was like coming home to a place where everyone already knew me, because they thought the same way I did about teaching and horses,” she says. “That is especially precious to me because I often follow the beat of a vastly different drum than the majority of trainers and instructors I encounter.

“Coming across someone like-minded is rare enough, but finding an entire organization—CHA was like hitting the jackpot!” she shares. “I felt welcomed and supported by this group of people who ceaselessly strive to do their best for people who want to have a safe and fulfilling equestrian experience and the horses who make that happen. CHA inspires me to be a better instructor and horse person.”

CHA Assistant Clinician Amanda Love, an instructor in animal science at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and the head coach of the women’s equestrian team there says her CHA Certification has given her another tremendous outlet for education to share with her students. “Our students come from many different riding backgrounds and have professional equine goals that span the spectrum of the horse industry, but CHA is a language that speaks to all horse people,” continues Love. “The videos, publications, manuals, and continuing education encourages equine students to be lifelong learners in the horse industry while maintaining the core values of safe, effective, and fun experiences with horses.”

As owner of CKR Training Stables in Yorba Linda, California, Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg, a CHA Master Instructor with more than 35 years of experience of teaching riders and training horses, thought she would attend a CHA Certification Clinic and that would be it. “I’d have a piece of paper that said I was okie-dokie and I’d be on my way,” says Rohnke-Kronsberg. “Yet, as fantastic as the clinic itself was, I never realized that the best was yet to come. Once I had my certification, I met lots of other certified instructors. They became my friends, mentors, and associates. I have become acquainted with wonderful instructors from all over the world. We have exchanged information and ideas. We have helped each other with training and teaching issues. We have passed along helpful hints and sad stories. Their input has been extremely valuable to me, my staff, clients, and horses.”

Because of her certification, Rohnke-Kronsberg has been asked to speak at local and international events and to write articles. She credits CHA with improving her skills as a barn manager, horse owner, trainer and instructor.

She also never expected to become part of something that was not only helpful to her as an instructor and equine business owner, but as a person. “I have learned that I am respected by my peers and that my opinion matters to people,” she adds. “That has increased my self-esteem immeasurably. I have new confidence in myself and my abilities that extends far beyond the barn, arena, and show pen.”

CHA Clinician and Past President Tara Gamble of TG Horsemanship in British Columbia, Canada, says her CHA certification has allowed her to pursue her passion and turn it into a career. “From this I am a professional with a successful program and facility,” she says. “The resources and opportunities CHA has available for instructors is limitless.”

To learn more about CHA’s certifications and various other programs and educational materials, please visit www.CHA.horse. If you are a CHA Certified Instructor and would like to share “What Your CHA Certification Has Done for You,” please add your story in the comments of our original blog post on the topic at https://cha.horse/cha-certified-instructors-share-what-their-cha-certification-has-done-for-them/.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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Get to Know the Partners of the Certified Horsemanship Association

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(June 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association believes in unification of the horse industry and less fragmentation and reinventing of the wheel. So with that mindset, CHA is proud to have created two levels of sponsorship, Corporate and Educational Alliance, and both levels play key roles in helping CHA with its mission of promoting excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry and helping the partner in return with their business plan. CHA would like to express its appreciation to the various organizations who are serving in partnership to help CHA members change lives through safe experiences with horses.

Corporate Sponsors
Active Interest Media (AIM) is one of the world’s largest enthusiast media companies, and it produces consumer and trade events, websites, magazines, films, and TV shows. The Equine Network serves as the horse industry branch with magazines that include Dressage Today, EquiManagement, EQUUS, Horse & Rider, Practical Horseman, Stable Management, The Team Roping Journal, and websites, such as Equine.com, Equisearch, American Cowboy Digital, A Home for Every Horse, and Hope in the Saddle. In addition, the Ariat World Series of Team Roping, which is the richest team roping event in the world, and USRider Equestrian Motor Plan fall under the AIM brand. For more information, visit www.aimmedia.com/equine-network.

Equisure provides specialty insurance coverage for both horse owners and equine professionals, such as riding instructor/trainer insurance, horse mortality and major medical, horse club insurance, horse show/special event insurance, personal excess insurance, and more. Riding instructors and equine facility managers find insurance coverage a great way to prepare for the unexpected. For more information, visit www.equisure-inc.com.

With more than 4 million of their helmets in the equestrian market, Troxel is a leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets. Troxel focus has been on providing products with innovative design and being the only physician-developed equestrian helmet line. Troxel was the first company to offer helmets for trail and Western riders, and the company supports all equestrian disciplines with helmets and accessories designed for both English and Western riders. For more information, visit www.troxelhelmets.com.

Educational Alliance Partners
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) promotes, preserves, and provides meaningful experiences with the American Paint Horse breed. Registrations have exceeded 1 million American Paints. APHA sanctions horse shows and races and holds several world championship events. APHA’s recognition programs reflect its membership’s wide range of interests with the American Paint. APHA also provides educational materials and collects official breed data, such as performance records, progeny records, honor rolls, show results, etc. For more information, visit www.apha.com.

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization with more than 5 million registered American Quarter Horses and more than 250,000 members. AQHA is dedicated to recording and preserving the American Quarter Horse breed and encouraging ownership and participation with American Quarter Horses. It also processes approved show and race results, catalogs performances, and produces data on the breed. AQHA’s various championships feature barrel racing, pole bending, roping, western pleasure, jumping, halter, reining, cutting, and more. For more information, visit www.aqha.com.

The Appaloosa Horse Club of America (ApHC) is the international breed registry for Appaloosa horses. Members benefit from services that encourage Appaloosa ownership and participation with their horses, especially in ApHC’s regional, national, and international network of clubs and associations. Many of the 118 regional clubs offer local shows, pleasure rides, and year-end awards. For more information, visit www.appaloosa.com.

The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is the official breed registry of the Arabian horse in the United States and Canada, and it has more than 1 million registered Arabian, Half-Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian horses. This organization brings together like-minded Arabian horse enthusiasts and provides a focal point for breeding and ownership programs and recreational and competitive activities. With almost 350 events and competitions across 18 geographical regions and its five national events, members can earn around $1 million in annual prize money. For more information, visit www.arabianhorses.org.

The mission of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports. With more than 13,500 members in 42 states, IEA supports the disciplines of hunt seat, western, and dressage. IEA’s guidance for the creation of school- and/or barn-associated equestrian programs and organized student competitions has helped expand exposure to equestrian sports to those who may not own a horse. For more information, visit www.rideiea.org.

The North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) is the premier competitive trail riding organization in six regions across North America. NATRC sanctions long distance competitive trail rides and clinics for riders of all equine breeds and disciplines. There is an emphasis on safety, sportsmanship, education, and trail horse care through qualified evaluation of horse and rider by veterinarians and horsemanship judges. Events provide fun for the whole family and build horse-and-rider partnerships, provide comradery among participants, and educate riders about horse care. For more information, visit www.natrc.org.

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. With 4,800 certified instructors and equine specialists, 873 member centers, and almost 8,000 members around the world helping close to 69,000 individuals, PATH Intl. is making the difference in those with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges to find independence thanks to horses. Additional activities provided by centers include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work, and stable management. For more information, visit www.pathintl.org.

The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of equine industry and welfare professionals and advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition. People looking to adopt a horse, share their story about a previous horse in transition, or become an advocate can all benefit from The Right Horse, which is hoping to increase equine adoption numbers nationwide. The organization also hopes to support horses in transition by reframing the conversation around equine adoption. For more information, visit www.therighthorse.org.

Time to Ride is dedicated to introducing people to horses through its Time to Ride Challenge and its latest initiative that introduces people to horses through a series of lessons at Time to Ride Program Facilities. Created by the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, the goal is to sustain and grow the horse industry by creating the next generation of knowledgeable and dedicated horse enthusiasts and owners. The organization’s main objective is to connect parents and children with local barns, riding centers, and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.timetoride.org.

Companies wishing to reach the CHA audience can do so in a number of ways: as a Corporate Sponsor or an Educational Alliance Sponsor, as an event sponsor or vendor (e.g., at the CHA International Conference or a Regional Conference), or as an advertiser in CHA’s print publications, e-newsletter, radio show, or through CHA’s sponsored educational videos.

For those wishing to become a Corporate Sponsor or an Educational Alliance Sponsor, please contact clandwehr@CHA.horse. For more information on becoming a CHA International Conference Sponsor or for a vendor booth, please visit https://cha-ahse.netlou-secure.com/product_images/uploaded_files/0519-conf-sponsorshipsbooths.pdf. For more information on advertising, please visit CHA.horse/advertise or contact SarahConrad@CHA.horse.

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“Horses in the Morning”, Teddy Franke and Terry Williams “Working Through Mounted Issues; Troxel Continues Sponsorship

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CHA’s May Training Tuesdays on “Horses in the Morning” to Feature Teddy Franke and Terry Williams on “Working Through Mounted Issues; Troxel Continues Sponsorship

(May 2019) – Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) “Horses in the Morning” radio show hosts, CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and Glenn the Geek, will interview CHA Board Members and Clinicians Teddy Franke and Terry Williams live on May’s Training Tuesdays episode. The topic will be “Working Through Mounted Issues.” In addition, Troxel Helmets, one of CHA’s newest partners, will sponsor again. The show will air May 21, 2019, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will also be available via digital download at https://cha.horse/education#horse-radio-show.

Franke, of Pine Hollow, OR, brings a lot of experience into his new position on the CHA Board of Directors. He is a CHA Clinician and a Master Instructor in English/Western, in addition to being certified as an IRD Instructor, an Equine Facilities Manager ACI, and a Packing Guide ACI. Franke serves on the CHA Membership and Marketing Committee. When he’s not busy managing the horse program at Camp Morrow, he also operates Franke Equine, a horsemanship and farriery business. Franke has helped lead horse programs in three states, been the regional director for CHA Regions 1 and 11, served on the board of the American Youth Horse Council, and is an ASHA judge.

Williams of Blanchester, OH, serves as CHA Treasurer, as chair of the Research and Development Committee and the Finance Committee, and as a member of the Nominations Committee. She is a Clinician, Certified Master Instructor, an EFM Clinic Instructor, an Overnight Guide, and a CHA Site Visitor. She was honored in 2015 with the CHA Volunteer of the Year award and in 2011 with the CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year award. Her hard work as the editor-in-chief of CHA’s The Equine Professional Manual: The Art of Teaching Riding paid off when the manual was honored in the American Horse Publication’s Equine Media Awards in the Equine-Related Nonfiction Book Category. She has also been a regional director and has managed dozens of clinics over the years. She is a graduate of Otterbein College’s Equine Science and Stable Management Program.

Troxel Brand Manager, Jenny Beverage, will join the show again with plenty of useful information about helmet usage. Troxel was the first to develop a light-weight vented ASTM-approved equestrian helmet, and it is the only physician-developed line of equestrian helmets on the market. Troxel offers helmets and accessories to riders of all kinds, including English, Western, and Trail. For more information, please visit www.troxelhelmets.com.

CHA has been a part of “Horses in the Morning” radio show since 2014 and has interviewed a variety of experts on safety and horsemanship topics. To listen to past CHA “Horses in the Morning” episodes, please visit https://cha.horse/education#horse-radio-show.

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Experts Offer 11 Tips on Developing an Equestrian Camp Program

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on Developing an Equestrian Camp Program

(May 2019) – Two Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certified Instructors and equestrian camp experts share tips with professionals wishing to start a camp program. Teddy Franke, a CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, currently manages Morrow Ranch Camp in Wamic, Oregon. Corinne Lettau, a CHA Level 4 English and Level 2 Western Certified Instructor, owns Denver Equestrians, LLC in Littleton. In addition to the following tips from Lettau and Franke, CHA has multiple programs and certifications that can help camp managers develop and run their programs.

1. Always use safe horses. CHA has a variety of educational materials, including its CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs, its CHA Composite Horsemanship Manual, and The Equine Professional Manual: The Art of Teaching Riding, along with articles published in The Instructor magazine and the blog post, “Finding a Great Lesson Horse: What to Look for and Consider Before You Shop.” Any of these resources can help educate professionals find a safe horse and develop a safe facility, since safety is paramount for campers. Camp managers will need to determine if their current horses should be used in a camp program or if they need to purchase or lease new horses and what qualities a camp horse should have.

2. Use CHA Certified Instructors. One of CHA’s first blog posts looked into “Why You Should Find a Certified Riding Instructor,” many of the reason also apply to why a certified instructor should be employed for a camp program. CHA riding instructors have been thoroughly tested at a certification clinic to ensure they can teach safely, effectively, and while providing a fun lesson. CHA certified instructors are tested on five important areas needed for a good instructor: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching techniques, group control, and responsibility and professionalism. In addition, having instructors with a certification shows the professionalism of your camp program and that you value hiring knowledgeable staff.

3. Develop organized lesson plans. Camp instructors and managers can learn how to develop quality lesson plans through CHA’s continuing education opportunities. Sessions at the CHA International Conference, Regional Conferences and at a Certification Clinic often showcase how to plan lessons and organize lesson plans.

4. Develop fun games and horse-related educational activities for the kids. The key to this is to make sure the activities are safe, and since a camp is already using safe horses and has a CHA instructor, then this is a good start. It’s just a matter of letting creativity fly.

5. Provide an outline for the parents so they know what to expect. Good communication is always important between staff, parents, and campers.

6. Develop leaders. One great way to empower staff and to help them succeed is to send staff to CHA skills workshops, regional conferences, the CHA International Conference, and other continuing education events within the horse industry. This allows staff to learn the latest in horsemanship, horse care, horse training, riding, and teaching students.

7. Follow standards. CHA provides a set of industry standards for group riding programs. The standards provide the solid foundation for instructors and for your facility. If not CHA, find an organization that clearly defines your operational practices. This will help you ensure that your program is up to par. For all of CHA’s standards, read the “CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs” manual.

For all 11 tips, and a list of questions that camp managers can use to evaluate their needs and determine what needs to be done before those first campers arrive, please visit the complete blog post at https://cha.horse/11-tips-from-the-experts-on-developing-an-equestrian-camp-program/.

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offering Numerous Certifications in North America is in Need of Qualified Host Sites

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offering Numerous
Certifications in North America is in Need of Qualified Host Sites

(April 2019) – Anyone who wants to further their career by earning a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification is encouraged to check out the CHA Certification Schedule online at https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/. CHA Certifications are intensive multi-day events in which attendees learn and demonstrate their skills so they can be certified at one of CHA’s various certification types and levels. They are currently available for the Standard Instructor in English and/or Western disciplines, Equine Facilities Management (EFM), Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD), and as a Trail Guide or Day Ride Trail Guide. There are also opportunities to host Driving and Vaulting Certifications. Join more than 30,000 experts who have been certified by the largest certifying organization in North America! Through the certification of professionals who can provide safe, effective, and fun experiences with horses, CHA changes lives through safe experiences with horses.

Certification offers many benefits to the instructor, including showing the industry and potential customers that the instructor has the skills and knowledge to teach riders or to run an equine facility according to strict industry standards set by an independent third party. In addition, certification demonstrates professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to horsemanship instruction and/or equine facility management. Certified individuals have demonstrated their focus on the safety and well-being of all participants in equestrian pursuits, humans and horses alike.

The instructor’s willingness to dedicate their time and money to the CHA certification process indicates that they are a serious professional. CHA certified instructors must demonstrate a high level of professional competence and adhere to continuing education requirements set forth by CHA to maintain their certification. In addition, many insurance companies recognize certification and will give discounts.

At this time, English/Western Certifications are available in the following 19 states and three Canadian provinces: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington state, and Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, Canada.

Those wishing to receive their IRD certification can do so in Arizona, Iowa, Ohio, and Oklahoma, while those wishing to be certified as a trail guide or day ride trail guide can attend certifications in Colorado, Georgia, and Oregon. In addition, those wishing to become a certified equine facilities manager can attend certifications in Colorado, Texas, and Washington.

Each certification includes workshops and hands-on demonstrations in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching techniques, group control, and professionalism and ethics. Two CHA Certification Instructors evaluate each attendee, who must also pass written tests and competently demonstrate their skills as an instructor during the event to receive their certification. The cost of the certification also includes the attendee’s membership in CHA, fees for the event, and all educational materials. Each host site will specify which meals are included and if a lodging option is available with the final price.

To see the complete schedule, please visit http://www.chainstructors.com/clinics. Please note that CHA adds host sites to this schedule on an ongoing basis. For more information on attending a CHA Certification, please visit https://CHA.horse/join-cha-2/.

For anyone wishing to host a CHA Certification, the organization is taking applications to host in the fall of 2019 and beyond. Host sites must become a CHA Program Member that is pre-approved by CHA. If your facility would like to become a new host site for CHA, please visit https://cha.horse/how-to-host-a-cha-clinic-2/.

For questions, or if you have already been approved as a host site, please contact CHA at office@CHA.horse to receive your Materials Order Form and Certification Request Form.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit
www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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Troxel Becomes Alliance Partner of the Certified Horsemanship Association

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Troxel Becomes Alliance Partner of the Certified Horsemanship Association and Sponsors CHA’s March Training Tuesdays on “Horses in the Morning”

(March 2019) – The 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has added Troxel as a CHA Alliance Partner. Troxel is a leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets. With more than four million helmets in the equestrian market, Troxel’s safety record is second to none. With both Troxel and CHA’s commitment to safety, this partnership is a perfect fit for both organizations.

Troxel will also sponsor the March episode of CHA’s Training Tuesdays on the “Horses in the Morning” Radio Show. CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and Horse Radio Network founder Glenn the Geek will interview CHA instructors Anne Brzezicki and Keli Wakeley about grooming tips and tricks during the live radio show on March 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In addition, Troxel’s Brand Manager, Jenny Beverage, will join to discuss what riders should look for when purchasing an equestrian helmet and when a rider should replace their helmet. To listen live or to catch the recorded show, visit https://cha.horse/education#horse-radio-show.

Beverage, of Union, OR, grew up in the saddle and found her “Why” in life after seeing the spot where a family acquaintance died from a head injury while riding her horse to a trail head. She has been with Troxel Helmets for more than 15 years helping to develop helmets that riders want to wear. Troxel was the first to develop a light-weight vented ASTM-approved equestrian helmet, and it is the only physician-developed line of equestrian helmets on the market. Troxel offers helmets and accessories to riders of all kinds, including English, Western, and trail. For more information, please visit www.troxelhelmets.com.

Brzezicki of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is CHA’s Vice President of New Initiatives, a CHA Master Instructor, and a CHA Assistant Clinic Instructor. She is the former Director of the Equestrian Program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and former coach of MTSU’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) equestrian team. She was honored as the 2015 CHA Instructor of the Year, 2003 IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and was the 2004 IHSA Regional Coach of the Year.

Wakeley is a CHA Certified Instructor who offers instruction and training specializing in showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, competitive trail, and western pleasure horsemanship and showmanship through her business KW Performance Horses in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has competed at events affiliated with the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and the Appaloosa Horse Club. She is also the Equestrian Director at Keystone Camp and Conference Center in Starke, Florida.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit
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Employment Opportunities in the Horse Industry through the CHA Job Opportunities Board

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Employment Opportunities Available to the Horse Industry through the
Certified Horsemanship Association Job Opportunities Board

(March 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is providing a valuable service to those wishing to work in the equine industry through its online job opportunities board. Would you like to teach riding lessons in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, or Maine? Or be the director of a riding academy in the Adirondacks? Would you like to be a summer camp riding instructor or an equestrian program manager in North Carolina, a therapeutic riding instructor in Texas, a summer wrangler in Washington state, or a program specialist in Wisconsin? These positions and more are online on the CHA Job Opportunities Board.

If you are looking to hire, one of CHA’s member benefits is the ability to add job postings online for free on the board. This benefit is especially helpful for Business/Program Members seeking to hire additional staff. CHA Program/Business Members can also run job openings in the CHA e-newsletter at a discounted rate of $50 (normal rate is $100), while individual members can run up to 25 words for free. CHA members can submit a job posting to office@CHA.horse with the subject line “CHA Website – Job Posting Request.”

For more information on more benefits of CHA membership, please visit here. For questions, please contact CHA’s headquarters in Lexington, KY, at 859-259-3399 or office@CHA.horse.


CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit
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CHA Seeking Equine Experts to Speak at their 2019 International Conference in October in New York State

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Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking Equine Experts for Speakers for the 2019 CHA International Conference in October in New York State

(February 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking experts within the horse industry as speakers for the 2019 CHA International Conference. Part of CHA’s mission is providing quality continuing education within the horse industry, and the annual international conference is CHA’s ultimate learning opportunity. The 2019 CHA International Conference is scheduled for October 24-27, at Houghton College near Buffalo, New York. Speakers at this event include riding instructors, horse trainers, barn managers, veterinarians, equine behaviorists, farriers, saddle fit specialists, equine association representatives, business consultants, and other equine professionals. Those wishing to attend the conference should Save the Dates.

If you would like to speak, CHA is now accepting speaker applications for classroom-style lectures, roundtable and panel discussions, hands-on horse demonstrations, and mounted riding sessions (using Houghton College’s school horses) with attendees who sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sessions at the CHA International Conference are focused on safe, effective, and fun horsemanship.

CHA is all-breed and all-discipline organization. The audience at the CHA International Conference includes riding instructors, trail guides, barn managers, driving and vaulting coaches, horse owners, riders, and general horse enthusiasts. Attendees can sign up to ride well-trained school horses provided by Houghton College. CHA members and non-members alike attend as the conference is open to the public with prior registration.

Those wishing to speak should contact CHA at 720-857-9550 or clandwehr@CHA.horse. The deadline is March 18, 2019. Those applying to speak will need to send a professional biography paragraph, a photo, and a session title and paragraph description, along with anything needed to fulfill your session.

More information about the CHA International Conference can be found at https://cha.horse/international-conference. Additional information will be added online throughout the year, including the full line-up of speakers and sessions.


CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit
www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offers Educational Opportunities with Skills Workshops

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offers Educational Opportunities with Skills Workshops

(February 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is excited to announce several opportunities for learning and continuing education with several Skills Workshops offered on its calendar. CHA Skills Workshops are single-day or multi-day events covering any topic covered in any of the CHA Certification Programs or how to teach any topic covered in any CHA Certification Program.

The CHA Region 9 Equine Facility Managers (EFM) Skills Workshop, “Building Safer Equine Activity Programs through Equine Facility Manager Certification,” will be taught by CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and CHA EFM Clinician Jill Montgomery. This workshop is designed to show the process that CHA uses in evaluating the skills necessary to gain CHA EFM Certification and to practice the skills tested in each of the four levels evaluated at CHA EFM Certification Clinics.

There will be a tour of the host facility, the Dumb Friend’s League Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colorado. This state of the art facility is dedicated to re-homing unwanted horses and is part of CHA’s pilot program with The Right Horse to give horses another career as lesson horses with CHA instructors. “We’re really excited to be able to do this workshop at this particular facility that is so impactful for our region,” said Montgomery.

This April 6th workshop is geared toward stable owners and staff, riding instructors interested in becoming CHA Certified Equine Facility Managers, and individuals who want to make their operations safer and more effective. The cost for non-members is $135 (which includes CHA membership for a year) and $75 for CHA members. Proceeds will go to benefit CHA Region 9 travel funds. The program qualifies for eight continuing education units (CEUs). Contact Jill Montgomery at jill.montgomery@yahoo.com for more information.

Montgomery of Pueblo West, Colorado, is CEO of JRAM Enterprises, Inc., which provides equine business consulting. She is also a CHA Certified Instructor at Level 3 in English and Western, a CHA Certified Equine Facility Manager Clinician, a Site Visitor, a director for Region 9, and a past board member. Montgomery won the 2017 CHA Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2017 Van Ness Award from the American Horse Council.

CHA has two Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) Skills Workshops this year that will be taught by Debbie Holmes. These two clinics will cover mounts and dismounts, matching up the horse and rider, adapting riding elements to a therapeutic rider, risk management, teaching techniques and lesson plans, and saddle fit. These workshops may be of interest to any CHA IRD instructor, or anyone who has volunteered at a therapeutic riding program or who wants more information on the CHA IRD program. Participants can earn six CEUs.

The first IRD workshop will be April 27 at Horses with Heart in Chino Valley, Arizona. The cost for non-members is $160 (which includes CHA membership for a year), while the cost for CHA members is $100. Contact Debbie Holmes at debbie.holmes@charter.net. The second IRD workshop will be on October 9 at Wesley Woods-Barnum Equestrian Center in Indianola, Iowa. The cost for non-members is $175, while the cost for CHA members is $115. Contact Laura Huttler at horses@wesleywoodsiowa.org.

Holmes is a CHA Master and Clinic Instructor in Western, English, and Jumping; a CHA Master IRD Instructor and Clinician; the current Oregon State Representative; a PATH Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist, and Mentor; and she has completed the Level One American Hippotherapy Association training. She is the program director and founder of White Dove Therapeutic Riding Center in Grants Pass, Oregon. Previously, she was a therapeutic instructor with Horses with Heart and at Arizona State University.

In addition to these clinics, please keep an eye on the online CHA clinics calendar at https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/#skills-workshops for the addition of more CHA Skills Workshops for 2019. For further information on becoming a CHA Host Site or to learn more about skills clinics, please visit https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/#skills.


CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit
www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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Horse Enthusiasts Can Find Educational Opportunities through CHA

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Horse Enthusiasts Can Find Educational Opportunities at
Certified Horsemanship Association Regional Conferences
and at the 2019 CHA International Conference in October

(February 2019) – The 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) CHA Regional Conferences is constantly being added to throughout the year as new Regional Conferences are announced by their respective CHA host region. In addition, information about the CHA International Conference is released throughout the year. If you like horses, these conferences offer great opportunities to learn more about horsemanship through the largest certifying body in North America. They are open to all.

Each CHA Conference offers continuing education, networking opportunities, and the chance to make social and business connections within the horse industry. Some conferences even offer hands-on mounted sessions taught by top instructors. Speakers include expert instructors, clinicians, veterinarians, farriers, and other equine industry professionals. Participants are free to attend only those topics they are most interested in.

The 2019 CHA International Conference is scheduled for October 24-27, at Houghton College near Buffalo, New York. Houghton College has offered the use of its well-trained school horses for mounted sessions. In addition, classroom-style presentations with top experts within the horse industry will offer attendees the chance to take notes on a variety of topics involving horses. Since this event is in Region 5, there will be no Region 5 Conference. More information about the CHA International Conference will be released throughout the year and can be found at https://cha.horse/international-conference.

Several regional conferences are coming up soon, so now is the time to make plans to attend and to get registered. Attendees do not have to be from the specific host region to attend at that location.

CHA’s Region 1 (British Columbia, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alberta) will host its conference February 28-March 3 at Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard, Washington, which is about an hour from Seattle. This four-day conference has a jam-paced schedule on topics such as feeding, grooming to massage, dressage in riding lessons, working equitation, herd management, camping, farriery, evaluating a therapeutic horse prospect, lesson planning, social media marketing, bandaging and vital signs, risk reduction, and so much more. There are numerous options for networking, a silent auction, and social events. The cost is $220, which includes the program, meals, and overnight accommodations. For those commuters who only wish to pay for the program and meals, the cost is $185. Day rates are also available. For more information, visit https://www.charegion1.com/events.

CHA’s Region 9 (Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming) will host a free virtual conference on March 13 at 6pm Mountain Time with a talk on how to use CHA in your horse programming and from an equine attorney on the difference between staff and contracted employees. For more information, please contact the CHA office for the link to the webinar and the recording afterwards at office@CHA.horse

CHA’s Region 4 (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia) will host its conference March 14-15 at Marmon Valley Farms in Zanesfield, Ohio. Mounted classes include: playing polo, driving a team of horses, turn backs and rollbacks, orienteering on horseback, introduction to jumping, and building confidence and horsemanship skills by working your horse in hand through showmanship and obstacle training. Lectures include: developing an equestrian business plan, putting safety first, what to expect at a CHA Certification Clinic, and more is set to be announced. The cost is only $75 by check or money order and $80 if paying by credit card. Housing options include local hotels or bunk housing at Marmon Valley Farm, which would include breakfast on Friday. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2406189249391667.

CHA’s Region 7 (North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama) already held their conference on January 19 at Girl Scouts Carolinas Peak to Piedmont in Sophia, North Carolina. For next year’s event, stay tuned to the CHA Regional Conferences calendar at CHA Regional Conferences.

Future regional conferences will be added to the schedule throughout 2019. More information can be found at CHA Regional Conferences. In addition, skills clinics and certification clinics are added throughout the year at https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/#skills-workshops.

To get notification as events are added, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit
www.CHA-ahse.org or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse.

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Administrative Assistant Position Available at the Certified Horsemanship Association

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Administrative Assistant Position Available
at the Certified Horsemanship Association

(August 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking an Administrative Assistant. This position, which reports to the Membership Services Director, is a non-exempt, part-time (25-30 hours/week) position. The Administrative Assistant will help CHA staff in the day-to-day operations of the CHA corporate office in the areas of membership and program services. The position is an office position in the CHA corporate office in Lexington, Kentucky.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Providing outstanding customer service to all CHA members
  • Answering and directing phone and email inquiries as needed
  • Maintaining office order and cleanliness
  • Shipping items to trade shows, clinics, conferences, etc.
  • Data-entry, word processing, and filing as needed
  • Ensuring clinics are properly listed on the CHA website, packets are properly assembled for distribution, and incoming clinics are properly reported and filed
  • Assisting in revising all CHA paperwork as needed
  • Collecting dues and contacting members as needed
  • Maintaining office supply inventory and office equipment as needed
  • Processing orders, shipments, and mailings in a timely manner
  • Insuring professional appearance of all shipped material
  • Performing any other tasks as requested by the Membership Services Director

The Administrative Assistant must have skills and experience in the following areas: clerical work, filing, shipping, and maintaining inventory, and be able to provide professional customer service. Verbal and written communication skills are a must. The Administrative Assistant is expected to be customer service-oriented in attitude and appearance.

This position requires lifting of objects up to 40 pounds and may include travel to the annual CHA International Conference and/or CHA board meetings.

The Certified Horsemanship Association is a non-profit membership association that provides services and educational materials and products for riding instructors, equine facility managers, camp staff, universities with equestrian programs, and others. CHA offers a variety of certifications for equine professionals and accredits equine facilities.

To apply for the position, please email a resume, cover letter, and references to office@CHAInstructors.com with “Administrative Assistant Job” in the subject line.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking Advertising Sales Representative

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Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking
Advertising Sales Representative

(November 2019) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking an Advertising Sales Representative. The Ad Sales Representative would report to the CHA Chief Executive Officer and is a part-time 1099 contracted position. The Ad Sales Representative would sell advertisements on behalf of CHA for a variety of projects, including The Instructor annual magazine, the CHA International Conference Program, the CHA monthly podcast, monthly CHA e-newsletters, horsemanship safety videos and more.

Applicants should have experience selling ads within the equine industry, have his or her own contacts within the industry and be willing to generate a leads list. Some leads will be provided. CHA is seeking a detail-oriented self-starter who will work remotely from a home office. The applicant must have their own working computer, Internet, phone, etc.

This position is a commission-only position with no base salary and is a 1099 contracted position. Commission ranges from 10% to 30% depending on if it is a new advertiser or repeat business. To apply for the position, please email a resume, cover letter, and references to Office@CHA.horse with “Ad Sales Job” in the subject line.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and Horsemanship Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse .

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Two New Sample Lessons Added to CHA YouTube Channel

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Certified Horsemanship Association Offers Educational
Materials for Instructors Preparing to Become Certified;
Two New Sample Lessons Added to CHA YouTube Channel

(January 2019) – As the largest certifying body in North America, the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) consistently produces new educational materials for CHA members and the general public. The latest content includes two sample lesson videos for riding instructors interested in becoming a CHA Certified Instructor or who wish to move up the levels of certification. During certification clinics, attendees are asked to teach numerous 15-minute sample riding lessons as fellow attendees act as “students” on host site horses. The two latest videos produced by CHA show the format for a sample lesson required for certification during a CHA Certification Clinic.

The first video features CHA Master Instructor Tara Reimer teaching a sample lesson at CHA Level 3 involving western turn backs. Viewers can watch the instructors perform a tack check before riders view a demonstration of a western turn back. The western turn back is used in working cow horse events and can be used to help the horse engage their hind end more. After the demonstration, Reimer then teaches the participants how to perform the maneuver. Riders then practice their turn backs while she provides feedback for each rider and then provides a self-evaluation of their riding for that day.

The second video features Reimer teaching the first lope for a CHA Level 2 lesson. Viewers can see that the lesson starts with the safety check followed by a later check of cinches by the assistant instructor after the horses have warmed up. Reimer then works on body positions of each rider as she preps the riders for the jog. Each rider receives feedback at the jog. One rider then does a demonstration of the lope while the instructor discusses how the lope is different from the jog, how to cue, and then what the seat is at the lope. After each rider performs their first lope, Reimer adds some final tips for instructors at the end of the video.

Additional videos on CHA’s website “Sample Lessons” include:

  • 3 CHA 15 Minute Sample Lessons on First Trot/Jog
  • Horseback Riding Exercises to Improve Rider Position
  • Lengthening and Shortening Horse’s Strides

In addition to these free sample lessons on YouTube, CHA also offers a 50-minute webinar called “Preparing to Become a CHA Certified Horseback Riding Instructor” with CHA Master Instructor and Clinician Laura Jones. This webinar covers all about CHA, the CHA levels, the clinic process, and how to plan for your clinic. This webinar from CHA is free and also featured on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuhOm8YjGyI.

And finally, further reading is available on CHA’s blog on “What to Expect During a Certification Clinic.”

All of these resources are helpful for anyone interested in CHA Equine Professional Certification for riding instructors, trail guides, equine facility managers, etc. To learn more about CHA Certification, please visit https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/. For further questions, please call 859-259-3399 or email office@CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse

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