(December 2021) Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has over 150 certifiers around the US and Canada. The CHA Certifier Award goes to someone who has shown outstanding service to CHA by conducting meaningful certifications and influencing the careers of numerous equine professionals over many years. The CHA 2021 Certifier Award goes to Sue Ott from Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
Susan Berger, a fellow CHA Certifier says, “Sue was one of the first certifiers I worked with. We worked together many times. I have a huge respect for her as a horsewoman, educator, and colleague. She can be quite matter of fact as she evaluated prospective instructors and at the same time very fair and encouraging in the words she uses to help them grow. She is unique (first person I’ve met who eats cereal without milk). She is creative (have you seen the remarkable hanging wreaths she makes?). She is humble (I imagine many who work with her don’t know how very accomplished she is as an equestrian). Other words that come to mind…intuitive, high energy, a ready smile, thoughtful & caring.”
Some of her CHA certification participants have this to say, “Sue really knows her stuff. I appreciate her empathy for students and horses. She is very knowledgeable, educational, informative and caring. Easy to understand and FUN! Informative and flexible when needed. Friendly, energetic and always helpful. Well organized, went above and beyond.”
Beth Powers, a Past President of CHA says, “We used to volunteer in the CHA booth at trade shows. We spent many hours together in our “stall” talking to folks about the value of a CHA membership, watching people go by and eating fair food. It was time spent at these events that I learned about her passion for horses and teaching. And it seemed that every year she would tell me about new life adventures with her husband, different jobs and horses.”
Sue was in a photo sitting on a horse for our very first color brochure CHA made for promotional purposes many years ago. She has been a CHA member since 1990 and was recommended as an Assistant Certifier for CHA at her first clinic. She has conducted 29 certifications for us including 27 English/Western Instructor and two Seasonal Equestrian Staff.
For a complete list of past CHA award winners, visit https://cha.horse/international-conference/#award-winners
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 equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship videos and webinars, 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 equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, please visit www.CHA.horse.