Find Qualified Instructors

So you want to learn how to ride or improve your horsemanship? 

Should you open up the yellow pages to find a barn or riding instructor near you? You could, but you wouldn’t know which trainers use quality school horses and safe, proven training and teaching techniques.

How do you choose a horse trainer with good credentials?

By visiting and searching for an instructor near you, you know that instructor has gone through a weeklong, hands-on training course where two people have evaluated her on how safe, effective and fun her riding lessons are.

Certified Horsemanship Association, a nonprofit organization in operation since 1967, is based at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. It is the largest international horsemanship instructor certifying organization in North America.

The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and horsemanship education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA is one of AQHA?s educational alliance marketing partners. This is accomplished by not only certifying instructors, but also accrediting equine facilities, publishing educational manuals and producing events for the horse industry.

CHA certification does not mandate any particular teaching style or method but evaluates instruction on the basis of being safe, effective and fun.

For more information, contact CHA at (800) 399-0138 or visit

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