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

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

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

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

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

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

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 or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit