(July 2022) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) says goodbye to long time CEO Christy Landwehr and wishes her well in her new role with the National Reining Horse Association as their Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships. Christy leaves a 20-year legacy of growth in membership, programming, and fiscal responsibility. The CHA Board, staff, and membership will miss her and wish her the very best as she joins NRHA.
The CHA Board of Directors welcomed Jacqueline Tiley into the role of interim CEO to provide continuity of services and leadership to the organization while they review their long-term plans to move with a CEO search. Jacqueline comes to CHA with extensive background in membership association leadership, conference and event management, fundraising, fiscal management, grant writing and management, program development and evaluation, marketing and external relationships. She was also once a CHA Certified Camp Instructor at a Girl Scout Camp in Sophia, NC and knows firsthand the value of CHA certification.
Jacqueline was involved in equine programing with Girl Scout camps, from the age of 15 to 24, first as a Wrangler-in-Training, then a Camp Counselor, and finally a Camp Riding Director. This passion for working with kids and horses led her to Colorado State University where she earned her B.S. in Equine Sciences with an industry concentration. She moved to North Carolina and worked for the Girl Scouts at Keyawee Program Center for 3 years, during this time she certified with CHA at Level 3 English and Western and grew their brand-new horse program before returning to Colorado. Once back in Colorado she immersed herself in the world of Therapeutic Horsemanship and became a PATH (then NARHA) Advanced Certified Instructor, PATH On-Site Registered Workshop Faculty and Evaluator, PATH Accreditation Site Visitor, and PATH Standards Workshop Facilitator. Jacqueline has worked at programs in Colorado and Texas teaching lessons to volunteers, riders with a wide range of (dis)abilities and worked as the equine specialist/horse handler for physical therapists, Occupational therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists during therapy session to provide the most effect movement from the horse.
In 2005 Jacqueline joined the NARHA team as Manager of Certification. She held several roles in her 4 plus years with NARHA including, Director of Programs, Managing Director of Program Operations during a change of leadership, and Director of Standards and Education. For 8 years she worked for the American Hippotherapy Association as their Executive Director, growing both their membership and educational offerings by well over 50%, providing new membership resources, and growing sponsorships and diversifying funding streams. The past two and a half years she has worked locally for a human services agency as their Director of Development and External Relations, growing their funding during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, managing nearly a million dollars in government grants. She managed annual giving campaigns, special events, and their foundation grant program. Through all these administrative roles she continued to travel to facilitate workshops and certifications and mentor instructors.
Jacqueline’s heart has always been tied to promoting safe, professional, and effective interactions with horses. She could not be happier to provide leadership and support to the organization that started her career in the equine industry.
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