The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is honored to be partnered with extraordinary organizations that are leaders in their specific areas within the equine industry. Each partner helps fulfill CHA’s mission, which states, “To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, posters and much more.” In addition, CHA’s members can also benefit from the connection to these organizations in a variety of ways. Many of the organizations offer programs and products that fit CHA’s membership. Below we have list our partners in alphabetical order and given a little information into who they are.
A few of the ways in which CHA has worked with its sponsors includes:
- Promoting CHA’s professionals to the memberships of our partner organizations
- Arranging for CHA’s CEO, Christy Landwehr, or another CHA representative to speak at a partner organization’s event
- Allowing partners to use some of CHA’s educational publications and tools
- Promote the sponsor’s programs and services to CHA members and the general public
- Exploring educational opportunities with partners
- Inviting representatives from a partner organization to be a guest on CHA’s monthly radio segment on “Horses in the Morning” through the Horse Radio Network, which airs every third Tuesday of the month on HorsesintheMorning.com
- Inviting representatives from a partner organization to serve as a webinar presenter for CHA’s webinar series
- Inviting partners to have a booth at the CHA International Conference
- Scheduling representatives from our partners to speak at the CHA International Conference
- Providing the opportunity for sponsors to offer a mounted riding session or a clinic at the CHA International Conference
- Partners providing their publications to CHA members, or providing a discount, as part of CHA’s membership benefits and vice versa
- Connecting CHA Certified Instructors with the partner so that the CHA Instructor can serve as a resource when needed, such as a speaker to a partner’s audience or as a source within an article published by a partner organization
- Sharing the latest news from partner organizations in CHA’s various publications and vice versa
CHA representatives are scheduled to be at several upcoming events hosted by our partner organizations. Christy Landwehr, CHA’s CEO, will be speaking during a Keynote lunch at the Arabian Horse Association’s Annual Convention in November in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also in November, CHA will have a booth at the 2015 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Conference and Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Next February, CHA President Peggy Adams will be at the 2016 American Camp Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In March, Christy Landwehr will present a Professional Horseman’s breakout session at the American Quarter Horse Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. And in April, CHA will have a booth at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s 2016 Hunt Seat and Western National Finals in Lexington, Kentucky.
CHA is open to additional partnerships. Those wishing to discuss partnering with CHA should contact us at 859-259-3399.
Active Interest Media (AIM)
AIM’s equine division publishes a wide range of magazines and associated websites geared toward horse owners, trainers, veterinarians, and other equine professionals in a variety of niches in the horse industry. Their print publications include American Cowboy, Discover Horses, Dressage Today, EquiManagement, Equus, Hitch Up!, Horse Journal, Horse & Rider, In Stride, Practical Horseman, Spin to Win Rodeo, Stable Management, The Trail Rider, and USRider. Each publication has a website, and additional websites include Equine.com and Equisearch.com.
American Camp Association (ACA)
ACA is a community of camp professionals who endeavor to share their knowledge and experience to those who are creating quality camp programs. At this time, ACA has more than 9,000 members who work to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. In addition, ACA also accredits camps that meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. The association also provides a variety of educational opportunities and tools on camp topics.
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
AQHA is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. Dedicated to the American Quarter Horse and the lifestyle of Quarter Horse lovers, the association offers a wide range of programs, competitions, publications, and prize and awards programs to horse owners, Quarter Horse breeders, competitors, backyard horse enthusiasts, Quarter Horse racing fans, and potential horse owners. AQHA also registers Quarter Horses and maintains pedigree, owner, breeding and progeny reports, and performance and show records.
Arabian Horse Association (AHA)
AHA is a membership organization of Arabian Horse enthusiasts and horse owners and competitors who enjoy a variety of recreational and competitive activities. AHA serves as the official breed association and registry in the United States for purebred Arabians, Half-Arabians, and Anglo-Arabians. AHA has more than 26,000 members at this time and more than one million registered horses. AHA provides a variety of competitions, prizes and awards programs, activities, Arabian Horse racing, endurance events, and much more.
Back Country Horsemen (BCH)
BCHA is dedicated to keeping America’s trails open for everyone. There are more than 174 local and state chapters in 27 states with more than 13,000 members. BCHA members help to maintain trails on public lands and coordinate with conservation corps and youth groups, the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to ensure that people can have outdoor wilderness experiences in the future.
Equisure provides specialty insurance coverage for horse and dog owners, horse and dog clubs, volunteers who serve on boards, professional horse and dog trainers, riding instructors, farm owners, horse shows and events, polo clubs and polo club members. Equisure provides competitive rates for mortality insurance (with or without major medical or loss of use insurance additions), professional and general liability insurance, and insurance for directors and officers for clubs. Equisure prides itself on excellent customer service and for understanding the equine and canine industries.
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)
IEA’s mission is to introduce youth in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports. It currently has over 11,000 members in 42 states that participate in school and/or barn associated programs. Competitions are offered in either hunt seat and western, and horses are provided at the venue for each competitor.
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
PATH Intl. works to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for those with special needs. PATH serves as a global authority, resource, and advocate for these programs. Previously known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), Path now has more than 7,600 members and 850 member centers all over the world. In addition to riding programs, other programs also include therapeutic carriage driving, interactive vaulting, equine-facilitated learning and mental health, ground work and stable management, and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes, which is designed for war veterans and military personnel.
Sarah Evers Conrad is currently the Digital Content Editor at Horse Illustrated and Young Rider magazines. She also owns All In Stride Marketing. She is an award-winning equestrian journalist with a background in magazine publishing, feature writing, news and event coverage, editing, digital marketing, social media, and website management. Conrad has been published in equine publications such as The Horse, Blood-Horse, Equestrian, Arabian Horse Life, USDF Connection, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Off-Track Thoroughbred, Stable Management, Camp Business magazine, Lexington Family magazine, and HorsesDaily.com and DressageDaily.com. She is also the current editor for the Certified Horsemanship Association’s official publication, The Instructor magazine. Conrad has also edited several books, including CHA’s “The Equine Professional Manual—The Art of Teaching Riding.” Learn more at www.equestrianjournalist.com.