Test your horsemanship knowledge. Get certified as an instructor through CHA.

cha_logoThe Benefits of CHA certification are numerous. Certification is a validation of the individual's knowledge and ability and demonstrates to employers and customers that the instructor has been proven against a respected standard, under independent evaluation. Certification means the instructor is committed to professional standards and is proven to be safe, knowledgeable and effective.

This Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) clinic evaluates participants existing knowledge and skills. Certification is granted at the level that each participant is able to demonstrate his/her proficiency through out the clinic. Instructors are evaluated in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching technique, group control, and responsibility and professionalism.

Date: September 22-27, 2019

Check-in: 9:00am on Monday at Bayview Ranch House
Check-out: 12:00pm on Friday

First Meal: Lunch, 12:00pm on Monday
Final Meal: Breakfast on Friday

Cost: $825 per person

The Process Involves

  • Evaluation by two CHA certified clinicians, in a 5-7 day certification clinic
  • Teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops on risk management, teaching techniques, professionalism and herd management.
  • Certification is awarded at the end of the clinic and the level of certification attained (if any) is the sole discretion of the two CHA Clinicians conducting the clinic. See CHA website for Standard Instructor Certification information and Instructor Levels
  • Certification is valid for three years from the certification date; the instructor must maintain annual individual membership in CHA.
  • Instructors may recertify at the end of the three-year certification period by providing documentation of at least 25 hours of continuing education and work within the industry. The only way to raise the level of certification is to attend another CHA certification clinic.

What to Expect at a Certification Clinic

  • Candidates will teach at least 4 brief demonstration lessons on topics assigned by the clinic staff, according to the candidate's ability level.
  • When not teaching, the candidates will ride in lessons, role-playing as a student.
  • All candidates will give oral evaluations of their own lessons, as well as the lessons given by other candidates
  • Clinic staff will also give oral and written evaluations of lessons for safety, group control and effectiveness
  • Candidates will be evaluated throughout the clinic on their professionalism, including appropriate dress, attitude and demeanor.
  • Expect long days and evening classroom sessions; participants may also be expected to help with horse chores.

For more information about the requirements and benefits of certification, please visit the Certified Horsemanship Association website.

Registration opens January 15, 2019

Here is the ideal weekend for the horse-lovers in your family! Parent & Child Horse Camp offers instructional riding, trail riding, and other horse related activities. Moms and Dads can both come with kids.

  • Quality Horsemanship Instruction
  • CHA Certified Site
  • Trail Rides
  • Arena Games
  • Horse Science
  • Bible Studies
  • Engaging Chapel Talks
  • May include other camp activities, such as swimming & mini-golf
  • Riders must be at least 10 years old
  • Requirements: Riders must not exceed weight of 200 lbs and need to be able to walk on their own.

"I would recommend this camp to anyone who loves horses and wants to know or learn about God."

Previous camp attendee

2019 Dates

May 17-19, October 4-6, 2019
Arrival: Friday, 5:00pm, First meal is Friday Dinner at 6:00pm
Departure: Sunday, 3:00pm, Final meal is Sunday Lunch at 12:00pm

Lodging and Cost

Rates include program fee, materials, meals, snacks, two (2) nights lodging.
  Parent Each Child

Bayview Ranch House
Shared Room - Bunk style beds with shared bath. Linens are not included. All rooms are multiple occupancy. Maximum Occupancy varies per room from 4 - 8 persons.

$324 per person $324 per person

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Summer 2019 - The Wrangler in Training (WIT) program provides the opportunity for high school age participants to apprentice alongside experienced horsemanship staff while assisting with trail rides, riding lessons and all manner of horse and facility care during their four week session. WITs will gain valuable experience involving safety, horsemanship instruction, group control and horse care while working with guests and campers in the summer camp environment.

Warm Beach Camp’s Horsemanship Program shares the love and truth of God through horses, riding, and horsemanship instruction. Our goals are that participants grow in their spiritual and personal life as well as their riding disciplines. Horses and horsemanship teach an abundance of life lessons that build maturity in participants. Safety and responsible horse handling are central to everything that goes on in the program. Staff undergo careful training to align safety practice and instruction under the guidelines of the national program of the Certified Horsemanship Association program (CHA). Under the leadership of Lisa Tremain, Horsemanship Director, the staff make every effort to provide a safe, professional horsemanship experience - one that will have life-long impact.

  • Group riding lessons of no more than 6 riders per group
  • Any skill level is welcome; ages 8 and up
  • Lessons include ground work, horse care, and safety instruction
  • Horses, tack and helmets provided by Warm Beach Camp
  • CHA certified site
  • Most riding lessons will occur in the riding arena with occasional “trail lessons” (taught at the discretion of the instructor)

Riders will learn:

  • Grooming, saddling, horse care
  • Basic horse control at a walk, jog, and lope
  • Basic equitation and proper use of the four natural aids (voice, hands, legs, weight)
  • How to recognize and ride on the correct diagonal, leads & much more!

Classes Offered:

Class Level Age Requirement Style
Level 1 class 8+ years old Western
Level 2 class* 8+ years old Western
Level 2 class* 8+ years old Western & Intro English
Level 2 class** 10+ years old English with Jumping
Level 3, 4 class* 10+ years old Western & English with Jumping
Recreational Level 18+ years old Western & English

*Must have passed previous CHA riding level test or be pre-approved by Horsemanship Director prior to registration
**Must have previously participated in Intro English class or be pre-approved by Horsemanship Director prior to registration

General guidelines:

  • Minimum age 8 years old at the time of first class of session.
  • Riders must not exceed weight of 200 lbs and need to be able to walk on their own.
  • Helmets and boots required. (Helmets provided by Warm Beach Camp; limited supply of boots are available.)

Download the Lesson Information Packet

2019 Session Schedule

Winter Session: January 7 - February 23, 2019 | Includes 7 classes, once per week.

Spring Session: March 9 - May 24, 2019 | Includes 10 classes, once per week.
No weekday lessons April 1-5 (Spring Break). Saturday lessons end May 11.

Students will be placed in one of the following classes:

Tuesday 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday 10:00 - 11:30 am
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Once approved & registered, the horsemanship director will place students in appropriate classes for each session. Please note your schedule availability in the online registration form. Class placements will be finalized by December 21, 2018 (Winter Session) and February 22 (Spring Session). Enrollment for each session will be accepted after this date up until the first day of lessons (subject to availability).
Must complete the online registration form, waiver form, and concussion policy prior to the first lesson.

What to expect at class:

  • If arriving 15 minutes late or more, rider may not be able to participate
  • 30 minutes to saddle/unsaddle your horse
  • 45-50 minutes of riding time
  • Short devotional


Winter Session $245 (7 classes)
Spring Session $350 (10 classes)

Register Now for Spring 2019 Session