CHA International Conference

Carla Wennberg


Carla spent last weekend at the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.

“This was a great experience,” said Carla. “I taught people of all different levels from all over the country.” Her topic was Western Horsemanship Exercises and her general lesson plan included balancing exercises in transitions, the steps of collection required, steering exercises to control the shoulders of both horse and rider and mental preparation required for the horsemanship rider as they prepare for pattern work.

“It was challenging to present this at levels appropriate for riders of different experiences,” said Carla. “I think I did a pretty good job of explaining the concepts and challenging each of the riders.’

Carla was scheduled to present Western Horsemanship Exercises but due to another clinician being unable to make it to the conference also presented on the topic of Exercises for Multiple Students at Different Levels. The catalog described this session in the following way.

When scheduling students for riding lessons, the ideal would be “like ability and like age” to ride together, but with busy families and multiple activities this can be impossible.  An instructor must be able to plan lesson content that can be adapted for all abilities or skill levels, hunter or western, male or female, adult or child. This session will give you many exercises to take home and start teaching!

Having already clearly demonstrated this skill in her own session, I suspect Carla was well prepared to fill in on this session.

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