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New Driving Instructor and Driver Certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association

(February 2009) The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) recently developed a new program Driving Instructor and Driver Certification. This new program is for driving instructors who teach group lessons in the camp or commercial driving school setting, and for recreational or commercial drivers. Certification includes single and team driving with multiple vehicle types, both breast collar and collar harness are addressed.

There are several workshops included in this clinic including Teaching Techniques for Driving, Risk Reduction, Passenger Safety in Loading and Unloading, Harness Fit and Adjustment, Road Driving, Emergency Procedures and Professionalism. Minimum age for an Assistant is 16 years old and the minimum age for a driver/driving instructor is 18 years old. To find out more about how your equestrian facility can host this clinic and others, please contact CHA Program Director Polly Haselton Barger at pbarger@cha-ahse.org.

Other CHA certification programs include: Standard English and Western, Trail Guide, Equine Facility Manager, Recreational Vaulting Coach, College & University, Site Accreditation, Instructors of Riders with Disabilities and Seasonal Equestrian Staff Certification.

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 and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit http://www.CHA-ahse.org or call toll free 1-800-399-0138. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you visit http://www.CHAinstructors.com.


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