Diana Beardsley is a CHA Level 3 Instructor, IRD ACI, PATH International registered instructor, driving instructor and equine specialist. She graduated from Lake Erie College with a BS in equine studies and spent 11 years in her local 4-H club prior to college. Diana has been employed at Pegasus Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Hartville, OH since 1999. Diana is the senior riding instructor at Pegasus as well as the head of the carriage driving program.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Not Just a Pony Ride – Friday 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Lesson Barn Arena
Covering teaching techniques and task analysis to help instructors of riders with disabilities move beyond the basics of start, stop, steer.
Coaching Leaders Using Horsemanship Connection – Thursday 4 – 5 p.m. – Schaller Hall
Tammi Gainer & Diana Beardsley from Pegasus Farm and Celia King of Arrants McSwain Team Building have joined forces to offer Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions to corporate and non-profit leaders and their teams. In this workshop they will offer a brief description and overview of what’s happening generally in EAL and tell the story of their work specifically.
Susan Berger began her horsemanship adventure apprenticing in an Arabian Show Stables in Lynchburg, Virginia and attended classes at Randolph Macon Women’s College in their equine department. She then took her knowledge, experience, and gift of handling horses to The Master’s Inn, a Christian Conference Center, where she pioneered their riding program. Her adventure continued when she left there to manage two boarding stables, where she taught riding lessons and offer training. She has shared her horsemanship talent and skills at Camp Hebron in Halifax, PA, where she carries the title of Horsemanship Education Specialist. She is a Master Instructor, Clinician, and Site Visitor through CHA. Susan’s current passion is working with “at risk” youth. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rein Aids; How to Teach Them and Ride Them – Friday 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Lesson Barn Arena
With beginner students, we as instructors love our lesson horses enough to keep those riders’ hands as quiet as possible. But at some point we need them to “pick up” the reins and “carry” their horses to advance their horsemanship. How to ride on correct contact; what is the difference between a leading, direct and indirect rein; how do we communicate with our horses through all of our aids and not just steering them by hand; so many fun, and challenging, lessons!
Anne recently retired as the Director of Equestrian Programs and the coach of equestrian team at Middle Tennessee State University. Her background includes teaching at 4-H horse camps in CT and TN, competing in USEF, IHSA and AQHA shows, and coaching many youth, amateur, and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national champions. She is a CHA Master Instructor and Clinician and has been hosting CHA certification clinics and thoroughly enjoys working with other teachers in an atmosphere of shared enthusiasm, knowledge and techniques. In 2015, Anne won the CHA Instructor of the Year Award.
Real Colors Inventory for Working with Your Clients and Staff – Saturday 6 :30 – 8 :30 p.m. ($15 fee for instrument)
Come to this interactive fun session to learn about your personality style and how to communicate well with your staff, clients, parents and others even when you think they might be being « difficult. »
Celia, alongside her daughter Daniela, owns and operates Miami International Riding Club, LLC (MIRC). MIRC is the largest hunter jumper barn in the Miami area with 50 horses on site and a large lesson program. MIRC is certified as a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Recognized Riding Academy. Celia is a former Lawyer, with a Masters Degree in Education, and graduate studies at the Doctoral level in Education and in Criminal Law. She is CHA Certified English Riding Instructor, as well as a Certified Instructor of Riders with Disabilities. She is also Certified in Equine Coaching and in Equine Assisted Learning by AMECAC (Mexican Association of Equine Assisted Coaching). She received extensive training in Rider Biomechanics by the International Society of Rider Biomechanics (ISRB). Celia is a life long horse lover, barn owner, competitive show jumper, and an all around horsewoman. She grew up both in Mexico and in the US, and learned from the best of a long tradition of international horsemen including the current President of the Equestrian Federation of Mexico.
Building a Successful Business Around Your Lesson Program RoundTable – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria
Celia Bunge will share her experiences of developing a successful horse business around a large, well organized and highly structured lesson program. All told from the standpoint of someone who has actually done it. She will explain how focusing your efforts into creating a solid lesson program that will become the backbone of your business is the smart way to go. She will debunk the myth that it is impossible to create a profitable horse business, and also explain why as a new horse business entrepreneur you should avoid trying to do many assorted and independent things at once that will quite likely lead you not only to lose credibility, but also to lose a lot of money.
Pauline Burnes, Registered Landscape Architect, is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York State Horse Council, Inc. where she serves as the Western New York Regional Director, CHA Equine Facilities Manager, and New York Parks and Trails. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a concentration of studies in Environmental Planning. Allegany County, New York has over 43,000 acres of state forest, with existing equestrian trails at West Almond and Coyle Hill. She is coordinating efforts with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and others to maintain and improve the equestrian trails on state forest lands.
Putting Horse Power Into Multi-Use Trail Improvements – Saturday 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Event Center Classroom
The presentation will include the significance of horse power (equines and equestrians) in promoting cooperation, cooperation and collaboration (the three C’s) in promoting equestrian trails that are multi-use in designated areas on New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Lands. A brief history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the nursery at the West Almond camp (not far from Houghton College) will emphasize how their work impacted the landscape, watershed protection and the forest ecosystem that we enjoy while trail riding. The presentation will include examples of ongoing equestrian (multi-use) trail improvement activities at the West Almond Trail System in Allegany County and a major project on NYSDEC forest lands at Pine Hill and South Valley accomplished by the Cattaraugus/Chattaqua Chapter of the New York State Horse Council.
Erin Cardea has spent her life studying equitation and equine and equestrian science. As a junior rider, she could be found at the hunter/jumper horse shows in Maryland and Virginia and riding on Loftmar Stables’ champion equitation team. It was here she was introduced to CHA and worked her way through the levels as a rider. While pursuing of a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science at William Woods University Erin rode in hunter/jumper, western, dressage, and saddle seat classes. After graduation, Erin moved to Omaha, NE, where she held a number of titles including US Pony Club District Commissioner, riding instructor, stable manager, show organizer, summer camp director, equine assisted psychotherapy instructor, trainer, professional rider, equine physical therapist, IHSA coach, and owner of Orion Row Stables. Looking for a change of pace (and scenery!) landed her a job in Saudi Arabia as a recreational riding instructor. It changed her as it gave her not only a unique perspective, but also time and money to pursue masters’ degrees in Equine Science and Equestrian Education online from the University of Edinburgh and William Woods University, respectively. She is a CHA clinician and also holds credentials with the British Horse Society. Currently she is an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, teaching courses in the Equine Business Management and Equine Science programs.
Changing Your Track for a Better Distance – Saturday 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Event Center Arena
This sessions will help you to help your students find the ideal line/track to each jump that makes the distance to each ride better. This includes asking the horses to bend around the turn correctly, so bending correctly while using the outside aids to turn/push the horse to the jump will be discussed.
Bob Coleman Ph.D., PAS, Dip.ACAN
Bob Coleman grew up in western Canada and has had a lifelong interest in horses. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture with a major in Animal Sciences and a Master degree in Animal Science. Dr. Coleman worked in the Canadian Feed Industry as a nutritionist for two major feed companies before moving to Alberta, Canada where he served as the Extension Horse Specialist for Alberta Agriculture. During his time in Alberta, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta with a focus in Equine Nutrition. In 1998, Dr. Coleman moved to the University of Kentucky as the Equine Extension Specialist. In addition to his Extension duties, Dr. Coleman teaches in the Equine Science and Management program. Dr. Coleman is active in the Horse Industry serving as Chairman of the AQHF research committee and has served on the executive committee of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association. Professionally, Dr. Coleman is a member of the Equine Science Society and he serves as the executive director, is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and is a Diplomat in the American College of Animal Science and a member of the American Society of Animal Scientists. In addition Dr. Coleman is a member of CHA serving on the board as the President Elect and is a Site Visitor Trainer supporting the CHA site accreditation program.
Feeding the Hard Working School Horse – Saturday 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Event Center Classroom
Certainly the heart of any lesson program is the school horse. They put in their time day in day out and we need to feed appropriately to allow them to do their job. This presentation will talk about how to meet horse’s nutrient requirements while holding fast on feed costs. Looking at the different requirements due to work load and how to use available feedstuffs to meet those needs. In addition there will be a short discussion on how to accomplish your feeding goals when common feeds are in short supply or more expensive.
Jennifer Connor, third generation horsewoman has been involved in many aspects of the equine industry. Currently the Northeast Equine Territory Manager at Dechra Veterinary Products. Former General Manager at Majestic View Farms, Int’l and Bloodstock Coordinator at Blue Chip Farms. Jennifer has an extensive background in breeding, racing and hunter jumpers. Attended the University of South Carolina. 2000-01 Co-Captain of the NCAA Division I Equestrian Team, finishing 2nd at Nationals during her Sophmore year. Jennifer has also competed in Racing Under Saddle, holds licenses to both Drive & Train Standardbreds. Former Hudson Valley Equestrian Team IEA Coach. Board of Trustee member for Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Director of Outreach for Equestrian Businesswomen.
Building Your Brand – Saturday 3 – 4:15 p.m. – Event Center Classroom
What can you do out of the saddle to help promote your equine business? In effort to help build better business practices in the equine industry, it is important to understand your business inside and outside of the arena. This session will cover marketing initiatives, social media strategies and building a support network. Target markets, where to market and building your brand will all be discussed as well as using social media, creating great content and gaining followers. Lastly, we will cover the importance of having a support network and break down what networks already exist and how you can get involved.
Terry has owned and ridden horses since childhood. Her passion for horses has led her to the current hands-on, non-invasive, therapeutic bodywork she performs today. She has spent the last 17 years researching and learning several Equine Therapeutic Modalities. A few individuals she has studied with are, Doris Halstead (physical therapist and author of “Release the Potential”), Jim Masterson (founder of the “Masterson Method”), Ruth Mitchell-Golladay (physical therapist and author of “Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release”). Terry is a licensed Veterinarian Technician and certified in Masterson Method, MMCP as a practitioner and a coach for level 1 students in this certification program, Equine Massage, Equine Rehabilitation, Kinesiology Taping and Reiki levels 1 & 2. She has also taken courses in Acupressure, Myofascial Release and Sports Training.
Bodywork Techniques for the Horse Owner, Trainer, Rider & Caretaker – Saturday 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Event Center Classroom
This demo will show you how to read and listen to your horse in order to enable the horse to actively participate in the therapeutic session. The results are deeper and longer lasting releases. Terry will demonstrate techniques that all horse owners, trainers, riders and caretakers can apply to help your horses relieve stress, be more flexible and increase circulation. The shared experience through therapeutic bodywork between horse and human, helps to create a connection and level of trust that is priceless.
Diana De Rosa
Diana DeRosa is a veteran equestrian photo journalist, who has traveled the world and has recorded equestrian history for over 35 years. Her stories and photography have taken her to over 30 countries. An accomplished rider herself, De Rosa understands the horse world from many different angles. De Rosa has been one of the few journalists to be credentialed to cover the past eight Olympic Games (including being on assignment for USA Today for the 1992 Olympics).She has also covered or been on staff at every World Equestrian Games, numerous Pan American Games and World Cups. Her most recent endeavor has been combining the world of acting into her life. She is a SAG-AFTRA member. More about that can be seen at www.dianaderosa.net She also has two of her own columns on hubpages.com/@dianaderosa. Her photography can be seen at www.dianaderosa.com.
Night at the Movies – Equus Film Festival – Wednesday at 7 p.m. – Houghton Recital Hall
The movies that will be seen are - DESERT FLIGHT (2018) USA 40:00 min / Directed by: Ryan Koral
A love letter to the sport of show jumping, this is a documentary short film that explores the unique relationship with the horse and why people dedicate so much to the equestrian life.
A PONY AND HIS BOY THE STORY OF BERRY & JOSH (2018) USA 25:00 min / Directed by: Julianne Neal
This movie shows the power of a pony and the effect that he had on one small boy who had been afraid of animals, especially horses, all of his life. Filmed in Illinois, North and South Carolina, plus featuring heartfelt testimonials and informative interviews, “A Pony and His Boy” is a testament to the power of the horse.
THE WILD PONIES of CHINCOTEAGUE 59:00 min / Directed by: Kurt Kolaja & Tod Mesirow USA
The legend says that a Spanish Galleon carrying ponies crashed off the Atlantic coast. The ponies swam free of the sinking ship and reached the New World. Decedents of that lost band live today, wild and free, on the barrier island, Assateague, Virginia. To keep the population in check foals are auctioned each year. Sabrina Dobbins made a winning bid and took a pony home, for her it was a pivotal moment.
Lisa Diersen is an avid equestrian, she has spent her life in the company of horses. Riding since she could sit in a saddle, Lisa has a great appreciation for all types of equestrian disciplines. She is the Founder and Director of the EQUUS Film Festival. Her mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities or disabilities. Lisa is passionate about the education and enlightenment of others to the wonderful world of horses and everything they can do to enrich our lives. She spends her time, when not promoting equestrian film, having fun promoting the new equestrian sport of Working Equitation and raising and training Lusitano horses. email@example.com
Celia King is the lead consultant at Arrants McSwain Team Buildingwhere she teaches leaders how to coach their team. She uses her 25 years’ experience with the Myers Briggs to give clients a logical framework to understand how people are wired, and she uses equine assisted learning to help leaders develop the intuition necessary to work with people. Celia has a Master’s degree in Communication, is an MBTI Master Practitioner and a certified Equine Experiential Education Association Practitioner. She works with a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, educational organizations and non-profits.
Coaching Leaders Using Horsemanship Connection – Thursday 4 – 5 p.m. – Schaller Hall
Tammi Gainer & Diana Beardsley from Pegasus Farm and Celia King of Arrants McSwain Team Building have joined forces to offer Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) sessions to corporate and non-profit leaders and their teams. In this workshop they will offer a brief description and overview of what’s happening generally in EAL and tell the story of their work specifically. They will also cover: developing the relationship between an equine professional and a consultant, choosing horses for corporate EAL work, making sure your EAL work fits the overall mission of both the consultant and equine program.
Christy has been teaching in the equine industry for over 35 years. She is a Master Level Riding Instructor/Equine Facility Manager with Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and has taught students in 4-H and Pony Club. Christy is an AQHA and APHA Professional Horseman and sits on the Colorado State University Equine Sciences Advisory Council and on the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Board. She was the Sponsorship/Youth Programs Manager for the Arabian Horse Association, a trainer for Skill Path Seminars, and the Development Director for The Urban Farm that works with at-risk youth in Denver. Currently, she is the CEO for CHA and a clinician and site accreditor. Christy has spoken at numerous events throughout her career
Real Colors Inventory for Working with Your Clients and Staff – Saturday 6 :30 – 8 :30 p.m. ($15 fee for instrument)
Come to this interactive fun session to learn about your personality style how to communicate well with your staff, clients, parents and others even when you think they might be being « difficult. »
Lisa Lombardi started as a wrangler at a summer camp that offered a performance drill team to campers. Lisa’s experience includes reining, jumping, dressage, trail riding, horse camping, mounted color guard, and mounted assistance unit with the American Quarter Horse Association and Appaloosa Horse Club. Lisa earned a B.A. in English with an emphasis in education. She also enjoys writing equine articles for the Sonoma County Horse Journal. Lisa has been CHA Certified since 1990 and is currently CHA ClinicStaff as well as a Site Evaluator. Lisa teaches lessons on her nine horses and clients’ horses, as well as at an after-school and a summer camp program. Lisa has also taught hands-on equine science courses at Santa Rosa Junior College. Lisa is also PATH Intl. certified and CIEP-ED certified.
How to Retain Clients RoundTable – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria
Advertising one’s equestrian business is essential. However, it is even more important to retain cients. In this course we will explore strategies to maintain satisfied customers long-term. Topics will include thoughtful lesson plans, goal-setting, a no-drama positive barn environment, and much more. The value of retaining clients long-term is at least as important as attracting the clients in the first place.
Amanda MacDonald, Founder of Full Gallop Communications, is a marketing veteran that works with equine-based businesses on improving brand communication, marketing strategy, and content marketing. With almost 20 years of experience, and a lifetime of riding behind her, MacDonald loves to work with the companies that enrich the lives of her riding partners, including HorseGuard, Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions, and Hoof MD. She has presented equestrian and sports marketing topics at AETA and ATA. FullGallopComm.com
Marketing Smarter - Best Practices for Riding Instructors – Thursday 3 – 4 p.m. – Schaller Hall
Stop feeling overloaded by your (or lack of) marketing efforts! This informative session will cover a variety of best marketing practices, including tactics for social media, website, photography/video, as well as selected shortcut tools. We will also review a case study of “gold standard” instructor marketing. A handout on monthly social media topic ideas will be included for session attendees.
Jim McDonald is founder and chairman of the Graham Equestrian center. The center is a non-profit organization dedicated to horsemanship education. As an instructor/trainer his focus is on combining knowledge of the nature of the horse as a prey animal and using behavioral psychology in the process of interacting with the horse. Using this approach enables clear communication with the horse in the training process. This process also minimizes stress for both horse and handler and is used with all interactions with the horse.
The Applied Science of Horse Training RoundTable – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria
Discussion of the principles of learning theory and behavioral psychology as they apply to all aspects of horse training.
Cynthia Niemela became a certified CHA instructor in 1998. She has a BS in Animal Science and was a long time 4-H leader and riding instructor before that time. In 2003 she learned to do barefoot hoof trimming and has done that professionally for the last 16 years as well. The barefoot hoof trimming lead to exposure to Equine Osteopathy in 2010 and eventual completion of the 4 year Equine Osteopathy program at the Vluggen Institute in 2014. Since 2014 she has been practicing Equine Osteopathy, practicing and teaching barefoot hoof trimming and teaching riding to a select few clients.
Equine Osteopathy Roundtable: A Mobile Horse is a Happy Horse and Happy Horse is a Safer Horse - Thursday at 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria
From the Osteopathic perspective, mobility encompasses every place in the body where two tissues move against each other. Any place where there is a restriction in that mobility will have an effect on the musculature, the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system and the behavior of the horse. So what does that mean for a performance horse, a ranch horse, a school horse, a dude horse or a camp horse? Have you ever had a mare suddenly just turned grumpy and unwilling to do her job? Have you ever had a gelding that seemingly, overnight, can’t hold a lead in his hind quarters? A horse that can’t stand for the farrier? A horse that inexplicably becomes head-shy or girthy? All of these have logical explanations and solutions within the realm of Equine Osteopathy.
Equine Osteopathy: A Demonstration – Lesson Barn Arena – Friday 3 – 4:15 p.m. – Lesson Barn Arena
Live demonstration of an Equine Osteopathic Examination and Mobilization with discussion of the findings. Cynthia will demonstrate an exam and share the results and evaluation of what she finds as well as the recommendations for follow-up care and use of the horse.
Growing up as your typical horse-crazy kid, Molly O’Brien had her first pony ride at age 5, started regular lessons at 7, became the proud owner of her first horse at 12, and has consistently owned at least one horse ever since. On the professional front, Molly has been fortunate to combine her enthusiasm for all things equine with her career path, including marketing communications and leadership positions with both non-profit and for-profit equine organizations. Believing firmly that it’s important to “give back” in some way, Molly derives great pleasure from helping others learn about and enjoy horses, striving to help them find the joy and passion that horses have brought to her life. Molly is the current Time to Ride Program Manager.
How Time To Ride® Can Benefit CHA Members RoundTable – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria
Time To Ride is conducting a pilot program in 2019 based on the golf industry’s The First Tee. Learn more about the ongoing results of the pilot program, the evolution of Time To Ride’s mission, and how this program can benefit your business and the horse industry overall in 2020 and beyond.
Larissa Ries is the Equestrian Program Director and Assistant Professor of Recreation at Houghton College. She teaches college equestrian classes, trains horses, shows, and manages the running of the Equestrian Center. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Master Instructor and Assistant Clinic Instructor for Standard and Equine Facility Management programs. She has competed in the disciplines of eventing, hunter/jumpers and dressage. Larissa has completed her bronze medal in dressage and this past season was able to compete and get scores toward her silver medal. She is excited to continue growing in her knowledge of dressage and jumping in the future! She has a Master’s degree in Equestrian Education and is fully committed to promoting effective and safe equine instruction. Larissa truly enjoys helping others learn about the amazing equine partners that help her do her job!
Jumping Gymnastics - Exercises for Horse and Rider - Saturday 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Event Center Arena
In this workshop we will work through gymnastic exercises that focus on helping the horse develop a steady rhythm and balance. These exercises will also help the rider improve their jumping position and build greater confidence. She will discuss how to correctly set up the gymnastic exercises to help everyone feel confident that they can try similar grids at home.
Megan Smits is a certified instructor through both the CHA as well as PATH Int'l, and is currently the General Manager of Horses for Healing, located in Bentonville, AR. HFH serves on average 400 children with special needs each year in their therapeutic riding program, and strives to provide an integrated ‘sports’ program for riders of all abilities who wish to grow their skills in dressage and hunter jumpers. Her unique approach to delivery of services has been rewarded by state level recognition and awards, as well as invitations to speak about Best Practices and Therapeutic Riding at both state and regional conferences.
Focusing on Abilities – Friday 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Event Center Classroom
In this lecture, we aim to challenge the idea of therapeutic riding, and grow our understanding of abilities relative to disabilities. After a brief overview of the history of therapeutic riding, we will discuss the certification processes available for therapeutic riding instructors, and the goals of a therapeutic lesson. What does it mean to be a therapeutic riding instructor? What challenges do we face that are unique to this field, and are they really unique? Examples of actual therapeutic riding students will be considered, and the approach to teaching will be explored. Discussion is encouraged to inspire thought and consideration on a deeper level as we explore the topic.
Susanne Valla has been involved with CHA since 1978 and is a CHA Past President and Clinic Instructor. She has a degree in Equine Science and one in Graphic Design and Illustration. She set up and ran the Equestrian Program at Blue Star Camps for 35+ years. Besides working with horses she has been involved with graphic design, designing logos (including the CHA logo), websites, business cards etc. She has worked on the CHA Manuals, Designed the “I AM Soulshine” book and illustrated the children’s books “The Dog That Barked Bear”, and “The Song of the Spirit Bear.” This presentation is designed to help you decided how to let people know what you have to offer and how to achieve your goals.
Does Your Horse Business Need a Brand/Identity? – Friday 3 – 4:15 p.m. – Event Center Classroom
You have decided to have your own horse business, so now what do you do, what do you need? Branding is a way of defining your business. How important is your business identity or branding to your success? We will talk about good design and what you will need i.e.…logo, business cards, website etc. Are they necessary? How to go about achieving your goals and keeping it within your budget.