Monday, June 26, 2017

Certified Horsemanship Association Honored as a Finalist for Prestigious 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award



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Certified Horsemanship Association Honored as a Finalist for Prestigious 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award

(June 2017) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has been honored as one of four finalists for the 2017 Equine Industry Vision Award, sponsored by Zoetis, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding leadership, creativity, and meritorious contribution toward positive changes in the equine industry. According to AHP, “This distinguished award is a unique opportunity to publicly recognize ingenuity, originality, and effective innovation that exemplifies commitment, dedication, and service to this industry.”

“It is such an honor for CHA to be a Top Four Finalist out of 18 nominations for the Equine Industry Vision Award,” said CHA CEO Christy Landwehr. “The Certified Horsemanship Association is celebrating 50 years of promoting safe horsemanship through certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and producing educational manuals, events, and webinars, so this is a great year for our association to be recognized in this way.”

CHA CEO Christy Landwehr attended this year’s American Horse Publications’ Conference “Saddle Up for Scottsdale,” June 15-17 as an AHP Business Member. CHA has been an AHP Business Member for the past 15 years. Landwehr participated as a speaker on two panels, “Careers in Equine Media for Students” and “How to Position Your Brand as a Value,” on June 16.

“Our association benefits so much from our business membership with AHP,” says Landwehr. “The press releases we can send out each month and the networking and education at the conference are all great benefits for our staff and members.”

As the largest certifying body of riding instructors in North America, CHA has certified more than 30,000 instructors and accredited more than 2,000 facilities, such as riding lesson programs, camps, colleges and universities, boarding barns, show stables, dude ranches, trail ride operations, and rescues. CHA is grounded in education and safety in horsemanship, and CHA members help others have safe, effective, and fun experiences with horses.

CHA was up against three other finalists out of 18 original entries. The three finalists included: Tootie Bland, the creator, owner, and producer of the colt-starting competition called Road to the Horse; Dot Morgan, the executive director of New Vocations, which is the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program; and Sydney Knott, the president, CEO, and founder of Horses4Heroes, Inc., a national non-profit dedicated to empowering people and families by enriching their lives through health and wellness programs with horses.

American Horse Publications is a non-profit association that promotes excellence in equine publishing media and has united equine-related media, businesses, professionals, colleges, and students for almost 50 years. The AHP Board of Directors and a Zoetis representative judged finalists on their performance in relation to achievement(s) cited and their demonstration of the following attributes and abilities: 1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer; 2) Leadership, commitment, dedication, and willingness to serve; 3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, and programs; 4) High moral, ethical, and professional standards.

Winners of the Equine Industry Vision Award include: Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O'Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, Equine Land Conservation Resource in 2012, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in 2013, Patti Colbert in 2014, Gayle Ecker in 2015, Gary Carpenter in 2016 and Sydney Knott in 2017.

To learn more about CHA and its mission and programs, please visit

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. 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, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Julie Goodnight Joins Fight Against Heart Disease; Attends American Heart Association Beach Ride




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Julie Goodnight Joins Fight Against Heart Disease; Attends American Heart Association Beach Ride


The 36th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride to raise $350,000 for Research


On Wednesday, Nov. 1st approximately 1,300 horses and trail riders will arrive at Lakewood Camping Resort for the annual American Heart Association Beach Ride. Participants will travel from more than 22 states for this five-day event that features a vendor village, a costume parade, karaoke competition, nightly entertainment, auction and a celebratory 20-mile beach ride on the beautiful beaches of Myrtle Beach.


Trainer and clinician Julie Goodnight, known for her Horse Master TV show on RFD-TV (, is joining the AHA’s fight to end heart disease and stroke. She will attend on November 1st and 2nd to offer a clinic to beach ride attendees and host a special VIP event for top fundraisers. Watch a free sample of Goodnight’s water-obstacle training at and see many more free articles and videos when you become a member at


The 20-mile beach ride will take place Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 a.m. between Lakewood Camping Resort and Second Avenue Pier. This year, the American Heart Association will celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Beach Ride. 


“In its 36 years, the Beach Ride has raised $3 million for cardiovascular research helping AHA discover better treatment for heart disease and stroke, said Sara Nelson, director of development at the American Heart Association. “The progress we’ve made in the fight against heart disease would not be possible without the Beach Ride and the support of the Myrtle Beach community. We’re thankful to the community for graciously hosting this unique event year after year. “


Research funded by the AHA Beach Ride has many important scientific advances including drug-coated stents, CPR guidelines and microsurgery. Through events like the Beach Ride the American Heart Association is currently funding $5 million in research throughout South Carolina health intuitions. The goal for the 2017 American Heart Association Beach Ride is to raise $350,000 for heart and stroke research. For more information, visit


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s leading killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. 




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Julie Goodnight Launches FREE Horse-Training Podcast; Now Available on iTunes





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Julie Goodnight Launches FREE Horse-Training Podcast; Now Available on iTunes


SALIDA, Colorado, March 15, 2017—Julie Goodnight's new podcast series, Julie Goodnight's Horse Master Academy, Presented by SmoothStride Jeans (, launches on March 15, 2017, on Podbean ( and iTunes. Goodnight's free podcast includes 10 episodes and covers horse care and training topics for horse owners and enthusiasts. Stream these fun and conversational podcasts while you drive to the barn or while you're riding! Seventy more podcast episodes are available to Goodnight's Academy members. Become a library or interactive member today at and access audios, articles and over 200 videos (plus behind the scenes clips only available in the Academy) of the hit TV show, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. 


About Julie Goodnight's Horse Master Academy, Presented by SmoothStride Jeans:

Listen now on the PodBean website ( or download the app to your smartphone or tablet ( Goodnight's new podcast has 10 free episodes available now. She'll release a new episode each month—covering a training topic, horse behavior info or riding tips. Each new podcast will be featured in Goodnight's free e-news. Sign up for free access at to make sure you get the news about each new episode. 


"This podcast is great for any rider on the move," says Goodnight. "Listen as you ride or while you drive to the barn."


Podcast Episodes Available Now


  1. Groundwork Basics
  2. Barn Aisle Hand Signals
  3. Horse Behavior: How Your Horse's Senses Affect His Actions
  4. Horse Behavior: Postures
  5. Coming Back to Riding After a Fall
  6. Horse Behavior: Herd-bound Fixes
  7. Dealing with Spooky Sounds on the Trail
  8. Claustrophobia and Horses: Moving Through Tight Trail Obstacles
  9. Stay Safe on Group Rides
  10. Master Each Gait


In addition to the episodes on the podcast, access the full library of over 70 audios when you're a member of the Horse Master Academy Library or Interactive plans. Click here for the full list:, and join the Academy by going to


How To Listen

Download the Podbean app (or any app you want to use to listen to podcasts on) from the iTunes store or Google Play (, and then search for "Julie Goodnight" in the app.  Need more help? Go to for step-by-step directions to help you download and listen right away!


About Smooth Stride:

The original inside-seamless jeans.


Smooth Stride's roots lie in Boise, Idaho where the founder had a great problem to solve: could blue jeans be constructed without an inseam? So she set to work. The answer was "yes," and the results got great feedback. Finally, a pair of jeans that you can ride in every day...and then muck stalls or go to the grocery store without changing! No-inseam jeans make chafing a thing of the past. They are as comfortable as riding breeches or jodphurs, but look, perform, wash, and wear like regular jeans. Stretch denim provides comfort and a great fit whether in the saddle or out! Real Horseback Riding Jeans, Full-Seat Riding Jeans, or Extended Knee Patch Jeans are the styles to choose from and each provides the perfect combination of comfort, performance, fit, and style.


Smooth Stride is now owned by Désirée (Smith) Johnson. Johnson is an accomplished three-day event competitor, instructor and trainer, and is delighted to have the opportunity to provide riders—both Western and English—with practical, comfortable, and flattering riding jeans. Call (509) 521-5496 or visit


About Julie Goodnight

Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master with Julie Goodnight airing Mondays. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles-- she's experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses.


Explore Goodnight's online library and many training videos at; be sure to sign up for the free monthly training news with the "Free Access" link at and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at