Horsemanship Group, Saddle Up Safely Campaign Working Together

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), in support of the University of Kentucky Saddle Up Safely campaign, is waiving its fees for the CHA Instructor Certification Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park, scheduled for November 19-23, 2009, resulting in a significant reduction in the overall price.

The UK HealthCare initiative to promote rider safety was launched in October, and is a five year program to reduce the number of rider injuries. The campaign, led by UK HealthCare in conjunction with the UK colleges of Agriculture and Public Health, includes a series of informational brochures; an interactive Web site featuring safety tips and stories from injured riders as well as a horseback rider safety blog; continuing medical education opportunities; education-based programs; a volunteer-based speakers auxiliary; and a presence in the University of Kentucky village at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

"This campaign is designed to be inclusive and far reaching in its scope, providing educational resources about horseback riding and horse handling safety. We are excited about the new opportunity created for the horse industry with the partnership of CHA and the Saddle Up Safely campaign to encourage the education of horseback riding instructors," said Bill Gombeski, strategic marketing director for UK HealthCare.

CHA Riding Instructor Certification is a five day process in which candidates are evaluated on their skills in safety, horsemanship, teaching, group control, and professionalism. The safety category is the most critical, requiring achievement of a maximum score in order to gain CHA certification.

To register for this CHA Standard Certification Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park contact Laurie Brown at

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