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About the Certified Horsemanship Association

Learn more about the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and its mission of promoting safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying horseback riding instructors, accrediting equine facilities, and publishing educational resources. The Certified Horsemanship Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit association. Donations are tax deductible.

The CHA Way – “Safe, Effective and Fun!”

Previewing the CHA International Conference

Posted on September 15, 2017 07:51 pm

With the 2017 Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference right around the corner, several of the speakers offered up a preview of what attendees can learn from their presentations. To see the schedule of all presentations and to read the bios for all of the speakers and descriptions of each presentation, please visit www.chainstructors.com/conference.

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CHA Certified Instructors Share What Their CHA Certification Has Done for Them

Posted on July 29, 2016 05:36 pm

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.

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How to Get Youth Involved with Horses

Posted on May 24, 2016 05:47 pm

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.

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The Ever-Evolving Horse Industry and How to Bring in Newcomers

Posted on March 18, 2016 04:03 pm

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.

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Evolution of Certified Horsemanship Association: Beginnings to Today’s Programs and Accomplishments

Posted on December 1, 2015 07:58 pm

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.

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Socially CHA: Connecting with the Certified Horsemanship Association

Posted on September 30, 2015 05:12 pm

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.

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CHA’s Partnerships with Other Top Equine Organizations Offers Benefits to All

Posted on August 27, 2015 06:50 pm

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.

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What to Expect During a CHA Certification Clinic

Posted on May 27, 2015 05:06 pm

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.

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Colleges and Universities Can Be Involved with CHA in a Big Way

Posted on March 11, 2015 09:51 pm

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.

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Educational Opportunities for Equestrians Available at CHA Regional Conferences

Posted on February 18, 2015 06:06 pm

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.

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7 Key Benefits to CHA Site Accreditation

Posted on January 21, 2015 09:48 pm

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.

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12 Benefits for Equine Businesses That Join the Certified Horsemanship Association

Posted on December 5, 2014 10:33 pm

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.

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Why CHA’s Individual Membership is a Good Idea

Posted on November 18, 2014 10:12 pm

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.

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2014 CHA International Conference Preview: The Countdown is On

Posted on September 16, 2014 05:39 pm

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.

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Attending a Camp with Horseback Riding: From Day Camps to Summer Camps and Beyond

Posted on February 28, 2014 06:52 pm

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."

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Introducing CHA's New Blog

Posted on January 6, 2014 03:45 am

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.

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