CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION
“CHA changes lives through safe experiences with horses.”
CHA’s mission is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, holding educational conferences and publishing educational resources including horsemanship manuals, webinars, safety video shorts, DVDs, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, and posters. CHA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association. CHA offers riding instructor certification clinics for instructors, barn managers and others; to date CHA has certified over 20,000 instructors, barn managers and trail guides.
CHA offers four levels of instructor certification in both English and Western disciplines, ranging from assistant instructor to CHA clinician. THE CHA certification process involves evaluation by two CHA Certified Clinicians in a 5 day certification clinic held at approved CHA Program Member host site facilities. CHA certification clinics involve teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops. Certification is awarded at the end of the clinic and the level of certification attained) is the sole discretion of the two CHA Clinicians conducting the clinic. Certification is valid for three years from the certification date. CHA instructors must maintain annual individual membership; they may recertify at the end of the three-year certification period by providing documentation of work within the industry and at least 25 hours of continuing education.
Jochen Schleese teaches principles of saddle fit to horse and rider as a guest clinician at annual CHA Conferences. Saddlefit 4 Life® curricula and certification programs are CHA accredited continuing education.