You have survived the winter snow and ice and are looking forward to the spring blossoms and the green grass. The spring cleaning and planning for the upcoming season is under way. There are many things to consider as you prepare for opening day—the horses, the tack and equipment, scheduling of riders, and the facilities.
CHA Spokesperson Julie Goodnight shares how she developed her career and got started with CHA; the differences between an instructor, trainer, and a clinician; and the differences between group riding lessons and clinics.
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.
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.