The 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference is Almost Here; Register and Make Plans to Attend  

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference is the best way for horseback riding instructors, trainers, equine facility managers and staff, trail guides, camp staff, and other equine industry experts to learn more about horsemanship, safety, running an equine business, and so much more. In addition, the conference offers mounted workshops, networking events, an award banquets, the CHA annual meeting, a night at the movies, and other fun events for attendees. Since this year’s event, which is set for October 24-26, 2019 at Houghton College, is fast approaching, now is the time to register and finalize your plans to attend. The event is open to the public. We hope you will join us!

With dozens of sessions to choose from, here are just a few of the topics at this year’s event: marketing, funding your equine business, understanding learning styles, building a successful business, how to retain clients, how to turn a rescue horse into a lesson horse, equine osteopathy, the applied science of horse training, how to bring the best out in your horses and riders, Western dressage, therapeutic horseback riding, footing, jumping, trail improvements, saddle fitting, driving, hoof care, training through problems with lesson horses, timing of the aids, and more.

Two internationally known trainers—Julie Goodnight and Jesse Westfall—will be keynoting at the conference. Goodnight’s keynote will be during the Friday lunch on “Achieving Collection: Promoting Lightness in the Rider and Self Carriage in the Horse.” Goodnight is the CHA International Spokesperson, and before that she served as CHA Program Director. She is internationally known for her former RFD-TV show called "Horse Master with Julie Goodnight."

Westfall’s keynote will be during Saturday’s lunch on “Training Through Problems with Lesson Horses.” With more than 25 years of experience in the horse industry, Westfall is a National Reining Horse Association trainer, coach, and a judge, who has judged at shows around the world. He is also an internationally known horse trainer and breeder. Westfall is the Trainer in Residence at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.

CHA offers a variety of ways to attend as well—including full conference or single day options. In addition, there are special rates for students and CHA members. Those who opt to attend the full conference have the option to ride on the Houghton College well-trained school horses in one of the mounted sessions given by CHA Master Instructors in the new climate controlled Houghton College Equestrian Center indoor arenas. To register, please visit this link.

For more information about the CHA International Conference and the full schedule of events, presentations, and speakers, please visit here.

For CHA members, the Early Bird Registration Deadline is August 31.

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CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit

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