CHA Certified Instructors are passionate about their work, their students, and about CHA. We asked several CHA Certified Instructors to share how their CHA Certification has changed their career, and we received some great responses...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
Kids and horses are a magical combination. Seeing the joy that washes over a child’s face while they ride 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. Each option has different time and financial commitments, which could also differ based on the local club or group you become involved with within a national organization...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
In today’s world, our society is becoming more and more inactive. As horse professionals who are trying to help expand the horse industry and bring in new people to the sport, regardless of discipline, breed, or segment of the industry, it is our job to think outside the box and try to cater our services and products to the different generations, personalities, and challenges that our local market may include. CHA has an interesting place within the equine industry as an organization that does not cater to just one breed or discipline, but who desires to help our members teach the masses all about horses, horsemanship, and safety while providing a fun experience to the participant...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
The Certified Horsemanship Association’s 50th Anniversary will be in 2017, and even though we are just a little over a year out, we can celebrate what CHA has accomplished in its amazing history to-date. CHA has a long history of involvement with certifying riding instructors and has certified over 25,000 individuals since its beginning in 1967. The organization currently serves around 3,500 active members, which include individual members and equine facility members such as universities, colleges, trail ride operations, breed and discipline barns, non-profits, and others in the horse industry...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) offers many ways to connect online and receive information and updates on the organization’s events and programs. CHA works hard to keep members and non-members informed and to share educational materials. For those who want to receive CHA’s updates, there are a variety of ways to connect online with us that are discussed in this blog post...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is honored to be partnered with extraordinary organizations that are leaders in their specific areas within the equine industry...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
This week we have two Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified instructors and equestrian camp experts sharing tips with professionals wishing to start a camp program. Teddy Franke, a CHA Level 4 Certified Instructor in English and Western and a Level 3 Packing Guide, currently manages Morrow Ranch Camp in Wamic, OR. Corinne Lettau, a CHA Level 4 English and Level 2 Western Certified Instructor, owns Denver Equestrians, LLC, and the Colorado Equestrian Center in Littleton, CO. Franke and Lettau shared 11 great suggestions with CHA for those who want to plan a riding camp, and CHA has multiple programs and certifications that can help camp managers develop and run their programs...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
A good lesson horse is worth its weight in gold. Once you find a good horse for your lesson program, then you need to hang on to that horse, keep up on all necessary health care, and make sure he stays healthy and happy. Good horses are the cornerstone to a lesson barn’s program. After all, the horses are what help lesson barns make money. And good horses are what bring riding students/customers back, in addition to quality instruction. This blog post will discuss what to look for in a lesson horse and what things to consider before you shop...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
The Certified Horsemanship Association’s Certification Clinic season is currently under way for those who want to get certified or renew a certification as a riding instructor, camp staff, equestrian program staff, a vaulting or driving instructor, equine facility manager, and/or a therapeutic riding instructor. Learn more about what a CHA Certification Clinic involves and how an instructor is certified...Click on the headline above to read the full post.
While not all emergencies are preventable, there are precautions that can be taken to reduce the risk and steps to take beforehand so that if an emergency happens, a plan can be put in action to save lives. While the topic of emergency planning is a big topic, the Certified Horsemanship Association would like to share some of the most important tips for blog readers...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
If you are a college and university looking to be involved with CHA these are the reasons to do so: 1. Can host a CHA certification clinic for your graduating students 2. Great networking and job opportunities for your students 3. Can become CHA Site Accredited for insurance discounts, etc. 4. Can purchase CHA manuals, DVDs, webinars and other educational tools at a greatly reduced cost. 5. Can have your college/university be chosen to host our CHA International Conference ...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
Are you looking for a way to boost your horsemanship skills? Do you want to learn more about teaching horseback riding? Do you want to learn from some of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the equine industry? All horse enthusiasts have many great opportunities throughout this year to learn more about horses, horsemanship, and safety. Each Certified Horsemanship Association Region offers a regional conference for anyone wanting horsemanship education, hands-on experiences, networking opportunities, and to make social connections within the horse industry.
The Certified Horsemanship Association Site Accreditation Program allows equine facilities to get a designation from CHA that states they have met certain standards for quality, effectiveness, and safety set forth within the CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs manual. Learn more about why Site Accreditation is important to both equine facilities and those who are seeking an equine program...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
This is the second-part of our two part series on the benefits offered by the Certified Horsemanship Association to its members. Business/Program Members receive their own set of benefits. This membership group is for equine businesses or associations; stables, camps, and schools; as well as equine suppliers and producers. Here are 12 great benefits for Business/Program Members...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
Being part of a business organization is important for business owners, and the horse industry has a variety of business organizations that people can join as members. The Certified Horsemanship Association offers valuable benefits to its members. The membership is made up of horseback riding instructors; driving instructors or vaulting coaches; trail guides; staff or managers at equine facilities, schools, or camps; equine education professionals; extension agents; and people aspiring to one of those positions...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
It’s that time of year again when the Certified Horsemanship Association finishes planning its big annual event, the CHA International Conference. Attendees are getting ready for several days of presentations from top horse trainers, instructors, veterinarians, farriers, and equine behaviorists. This year’s event will be held in Lexington, KY, October 23-October 26. It’s an event not to be missed, and there is still time to register to attend. The conference offers over 50 top-notch speakers, multiple social events and chances to network, hands-on demonstrations and riding opportunities, along with great food, lodging, and attractions in a beautiful horsey-locale, and more...Click on the headline to read the entire post.
The legs of a horse are certainly amazing. They take on extreme amounts of stress, bear a lot of weight, can move quickly so that the horse can change directions on a dime or jump over an obstacle, and they are one of the most important parts of the horse. Protecting a horse’s legs is imperative in certain situations, especially if the horse is young and still growing. Horses that are faced with poor footing, uneven ground, a competition environment, transportation, or have a tendency to stock up (have their legs swell) while in a stall, can benefit from leg wraps, boots, or bandages...Click on the headline to read the full post.
Last week we looked at rider safety apparel. This week, we will look at equipment that is used on horses that help keep the horse safe and in good health and also the rider. Click on the headline to read the entire post.
There is no doubt that equestrians are a stylish group. Regardless of whether a person is a Western rider or English, a vaulter or a combined driver, a recreational rider or an active competitor, the apparel for the rider has been designed to be fashionable and suited to the type of riding. However, looking stylish isn't the only reason for the attire chosen by riders. Equestrian apparel should always be designed with safety in mind. It is important to know what apparel is worn for safety and why and how to choose the appropriate attire...Click on the title to read the entire blog post.
It’s our final post in the three-part series discussing safety guidelines published by the Certified Horsemanship Association in their Standards for Equestrian Programs. And this week’s topic, Management of Equines Standards, is important, not only for business owners, but also for anyone considering using an equine business. Knowing that horses are healthy and fit and that equipment is safe and well-cared-for should be a concern on both sides...Click on the headline to read the full post.
Learn about three Standards for Equestrian Programs as published by the Certified Horsemanship Association. These standards are key for horsemanship directors and riding staff, who are obligated to ensure the safety of all staff and clients...Click on the headline to read the full post.
If you are considering building, renovating, or adding to your equestrian facility, you will want to read the "Certified Horsemanship Association's Standards for Equestrian Programs" manual, which was published to provide the horse industry with safety standards for any equestrian facility. This post takes a look at arena safety, making facilities safe for the horses, and emergency equipment. These topics can be found in the "Site Standards" section in the manual...Click on the headline to read the full post.
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn how to ride. The benefits of horseback riding are innumerable and are shared among all horseback riders. The benefits are life enriching, and CHA explores the top benefits that horseback riders enjoy.
Knowing what kind of camp you want to go to is only the first step. Last time, we talked about the benefits of going to camp and about the various types of camps with horseback riding programs. This week, learn some tips on how to choose the best horse camp so that the visit is safe, effective, and fun...Click on the headline to read the full post.
There are all types of camps, and around 40% of camps accredited by the American Camp Association have horses. Finding a camp with an equestrian focus is easier than ever for horse enthusiasts. Other options to consider include age range, all-girls or all-boys or co-ed, length of time to attend, overnight or day camp, when to attend (summer camp, during spring break, or a weekend), etc. The Certified Horsemanship Association brings more information about equestrian camps to readers of its blog, "The CHA Way: Safe, Effective, and Fun."
Finding your first riding instructor, or a new riding instructor if you already ride, will take time and effort to find the right one for you and your situation. After all, you, or your child that wants to ride, should learn basic horsemanship skills before moving on to more advanced riding, competitions, or horse ownership. Everyone will have different factors that will direct the rider to their final choice. This article discusses what a new rider, or a parent, should look for in a riding instructor and lesson program...Click on the headline to read the full post.
So has it finally started? Has your child started asking for a horse? Or at least some riding lessons? Or maybe you are the one who dreams of galloping across an open field on your trusty steed. But how do you get started? Perhaps your first thought is to open up the Yellow Pages, or more often these days, run to the Internet to Google it. The problem with this is that anyone can advertise themselves as a riding instructor. Click on the headline to read the full post.
Welcome to the official new blog of the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). CHA is excited to introduce this blog as another way to reach both its membership and non-members, established horse lovers and those that may just be developing an interest in horses. As the largest horsemanship instructor certifying organization in North America, CHA's staff and membership have the knowledge and resources to embrace the horse industry for positive change and to share that knowledge to anyone seeking more information about horsemanship... Click on the headline to read the full post.