Educational Organizations

These organizations provide educational resources to both equine professionals and the horse-owning public.

American Association of Equine Practitioners
Dedicated to improving the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. The AAEP Web site offers educational information for horse owners on a wide range of subjects.

American Riding Instructors Association
The American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) was established in 1984 to help promote safe, knowledgeable riding instruction. Instructors can find information about certification and test centers. Potential students can find listings of certified instructors.

Certified Horsemanship Association
The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) promotes excellence in safety and education internationally, for the benefit of individuals and group riding programs. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources for the horse industry. Students can search for certified instructors and accredited barns, camps and stables in their areas.

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
EAGALA is a non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
The IHSA actively promotes the growth of equestrian as intercollegiate sport by encouraging team spirit and camaraderie, as well as teaching excellent horsemanship.

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