Guiding many of these improvements and enhanced certifications are high standards set forth by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). 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. The Jester Park Equestrian Center is on track to receive a comprehensive CHA facility accreditation in 2015.
Two Equestrian Center staff have completed the necessary training to become CHA-certified Instructors of Riders with Disabilities. Equestrian Program Specialist, Shellie Carmoney, was recently awarded first place in the CHA Instructor Challenge competition at the International Conference. Shellie's Master Level Instructor talents are well known throughout the industry and a valuable resource to our other instructors and the public.
Despite the cold and snowy winter weather conditions, programs and events at the Center are plentiful. Winter camps, holiday programs, sleigh rides, birthday parties, clinics, an extensive selection of riding lessons, and a new Tiny Tots riding lesson program for riders 5-8 years of age are just some of the public opportunities that you can take part in this season.
Great programs and projects at the Jester Park Equestrian Center are only enhanced by the dedicated and passionate volunteers that unselfishly lend their time and talents. From leading pony rides to cleaning stalls to assisting with therapy riding lessons, there are opportunities for people of all ages to discover their love for horses and be part of a series of programs and special events that make a profound impact on many people in the community. Participate in a Volunteer Training Workshop on Thursday, December 4th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Don't worry if this date doesn't work into your schedule because there are many other trainings that you can attend to learn more about how you can help. For more information or to register for the training, email shellie.carmoney