The Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) September episode of Training Tuesdays on “Horses in the Morning” will again feature two speakers from the upcoming 2019 CHA International Conference—CHA Certified Instructors Marla Foreman and Val McCloskey. Both speakers will be presenting at the 2019 CHA International Conference, scheduled for October 24-27 at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. The topics to be covered will be on “Positive Reinforcement and Successive Approximation in Teaching” and “Leg Yielding and Side Passing.” The Horse Radio Network’s Glenn the Geek and CHA CEO Christy Landwehr will also speak with this episode’s sponsor, Protequus LLC, makers of Nightwatch halters, which are an equine distress and wellness monitor. The show will air September 17, 2019, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will also be available via digital download.
During the CHA conference, Foreman, will present “Using Positive Reinforcement / Successive Approximation in Teaching” on Friday, October 25, at 10:30 a.m. Foreman is a CHA Master Instructor, a United States Pony Club National Examiner, and is certified with the United States Eventing Association Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP). She is also a primary level TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) teacher. For 20 years, she managed her own training stable in Washington state, where she taught riders of all levels and trained horses for clients, while also managing her own equine-only veterinary practice. Her specialties are dressage and eventing, but she has also competed in endurance and cow penning aboard horses she has trained. In 2000, she began studying behavior science and positive reinforcement training. She currently teaches clinics and works with clients and their horses on positive reinforcement in Massachusetts.
McCloskey will present “Leg Yielding and Side Passing” on Friday, October 25, at 3 p.m. She is a CHA Assistant Clinician and Master Instructor. As the owner of Whisper Wind Equestrian Centre and VLM Dressage and Sport Horses in Rome, NY, McCloskey trains and teaches clinics. She is a USDF Silver and Bronze medalist, which she achieved on horses she trained herself, and is working toward her USDF Gold medal. In addition, she is a USDF L Graduate with Distinction. Her specialty is in horse-and-rider biomechanics and showing people the hows and whys of how the rider’s body affects the horse.
Jeffrey R. Schab, Founder and CEO of Protequus, is an accomplished equestrian and biomedical engineer with 15 years of experience in human health care. He founded and operated one of the largest privately held medical marketing firms in the U.S. In 2013, after he suddenly lost one of his horses to colic, he was driven to make a difference for other horse owners. He assembled a team of passionate science and technology professionals to combat the problem of colic, which causes loss of life for more than 60,000 horses every year in the United States. The solution was the Nightwatch halter, a warning system using a smart halter that alerts caretakers to early signs of colic and distress by the horse, such as with foaling or being cast.
Anyone wanting to listen to past CHA “Horses in the Morning” episodes can find the archive on the CHA website.
More information about the CHA International Conference and the full schedule of events, presentations and speakers, can be found online.
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