Certified Horsemanship Association
Christy Landwehr (CEO)
“It is my pleasure to be your Chief Executive Officer. I have been teaching riding lessons either full time or part time since I hung a shingle (I know the wrong way!) when I was 16 years old and started teaching on Popcorn, my POA. I was certified in 2000 by Julie Goodnight and Jennifer Babeon and knew I had found a wonderful group of people who believe in safe instruction for both horses and their riders! It has been a wonderful journey being your Development and Marketing Director and now your CEO."
Region 1 Directors
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Phil Peterson Ritzville, Washington
Lead Director 2019-2021
As a member of CHA since 1980, Phil currently serves as a CHA Certifier for English Western Instructors, Pack & Trail, (Equine Facility Management) EFM, Driving and is a Site Visitor trainer. He has served on the Research and Development committee, Standards/Accreditation committee, and Treasurer for a total of 12 years on the CHA Board of Directors. His experience includes 30 years in youth camp management, most recently at Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard, WA.
Phil's goals are to see Region 1 be a national trend setter for clinics in all certifications in order to build its membership base and diversity in the horsemanship industry. His strengths include; strategic planning, team building and training. You will also see him planning regional events, promoting CHA to potential members and submitting regional reports
Sherilyn Sander Milwaukie, Oregon
Trainer Director 2019-2021
Sherilyn Sander has been a certified CHA instructor since 1989. At that first clinic she knew she would one day be a certifier. 1997 she was certified as a Master Instructor and Assistant Certifier. 2002-2006 she served on the CHA Board of Directors and was CHA Vice President for a term. Sherilyn is dual certified in Pack and Trail and is a Combined Certifier. She is also a CHA Site Accreditor. Sherilyn has been very active in CHA Region 1 for many years. She is a graduate of University of Idaho with a B.S. in Animal Science and majored in Agribusiness. She is also a 1998 graduate of Canyonview Equestrian College (CEC) and then served at CEC as Dean of Students for 16 years and retired in 2014.
Sherilyn brings years of experience of event planning, conference organization and has helped build our Silent Auction to be what it is today! She enjoys the culture of community and bringing ideas together. She loves to invest in those who desire to grow their skills and knows the brightest days of CHA are what lie ahead.
Debbie Holmes Medford, Oregon
Trainee Director 2019-2021
Debbie Homes is the Executive Director of RideAble Therapeutic Center. She is the founder and program director of White Dove Therapeutic Center. She has served as a Special Olympics delegation head coach and coach for a member of Team USA for the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. Her professional certifications include: CHA Master and Clinic Instructor for Riders with Disabilities & Standards; Past CHA Assistant Regional Director for Region 10 & current state representative for Oregon; PATH Registered Instructor, and Equine Specialist & Mentor.
“CHA has changed my life. It has given me focus, career purpose, invaluable relationships, and endless educational opportunities. CHA supports and encourages its members to be better. Better in the arena, on the trail, and in the community. As member of the Region 1 Triad, I will support, promote, and help others reach their goals through this amazing organization!” says Debbie.
CHA Region 1 State and Provincial Representatives
(alphabetical order by our Region 1 states and provinces)
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Lori Hackenberger was born and raised in the great state of Alaska. Lori owns and operates Moon Light
Equestrian Co-mentoring and coaching Youth and Adults. Her team competes in the local ASQHA shows
and events. Lori has served as past President of the Anchorage Horse Council and past President and
Secretary of the Alaska State Quarter Horse Association also serving as the Youth Advisor to ASQHA. She s the past recipient of the Celeste Hanson Sportsmanship Award.
Lori is currently a Master Instructor with CHA in English, Western and Jumping and holds the AQHA Professional Horseman status with the American Quarter Horse Association.
Lori shares, “The CHA program is a huge part of our daily routine at the barn. The safety and education CHA provides to students has made our team successful.” In her spare time Lori volunteers to the 4H Clubs and Therapeutic Riding programs. She also judges events and puts on educational clinics.
Shawn Seabrook is a CHA certified Western Level 4 instructor. He has been training horses and teaching clinics for over 20 years with numerous other training certificates. Shawn has been the Western Horseman Instructor for the past 4 years at Olds College. In this role, he teaches students how to start horses from the first saddling and rides. He also teaches training green horses, which are horses that have 30 – 90 days on them, and he takes the students through a training program with these horses for 8 months. By the end, the horses and students are completing spins, flying lead changes, rollbacks and sliding stops and beginning to work cattle. He teaches first year students as well with school master horses. In this class, they work through all the basics and touch on the various disciplines in western riding, from pleasure to performance.
British Columbia Representative
Cindy and her husband Steve own and operate Twin Creeks Ranch, a horse boarding facility, riding school and urban cattle ranch in Aldergrove, British Columbia. Cindy grew up riding and owning horses in the Bay Area of California, earned a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University where she was on on the gymnastics and ski teams. She completed a diploma in Christian Studies at Regent, her BC teachers certification from the University of British Columbia and is a NACC level 2 gymnastics coach. Cindy continues her love of teaching as a CHA certified Master Instructor. Cindy strives to improve her teaching with creative teaching methods, networking with other coaches, attending and teaching at conferences, and studying various riding disciplines.
Teri has over 48 years of experience with horses. She is the owner of Little Feather Ranch which is a horse boarding business and lesson program since 1998. Teri has also been a CHA instructor and member since 1998. She is the author of a horsemanship book and DVD; “The Horse Your Journey The Gift.” Author of a fiction book that is the first in a series; A Horse Affair. “Rhonda’s Journey.” She brings breadth of experience as she has been a 4-H Horse and Livestock leader for 20 years. She is a proud member of AQHA since 1992. Teri is active in her community as a State of Idaho Horse association member. Teri enjoys and is accomplished in English, Hunter Hack, Western, Reining, Trail and Ranch riding skills. She has worked under many trainers and has trained many horses in the last several years. She is an active Volunteer and has given many hours for fund raisers in each organization. The time spent has been very rewarding for her. When asked what she is looking forward to, "I look forward to bringing youth to the life and journey of horsemanship. I have several free introduction to horse’s classes scheduled for spring. During these classes, the students get hands on experience with the horses at Little Feather Ranch with grooming, leading and safely tying, as well as horse behavior."
Trisha Kiefer-Reed began her horse addiction like so many others: anything and everything equine related grabbed her full attention. Fortunately, her family didn't squash this undeniable passion, opting instead to allow her as many hours on, or near, horses as possible. Wisdom was again shown when they sought professional instruction when they realized their daughter was jumping the family horses over some rather "questionable" obstacles. From that day on, the love-affair with classical training and instruction was forged.
Pleasure trail riding in the mountains to ranch work to competitive barrel racing to formally studying and competing in upper-level Eventing and Dressage, the once horse-crazy kid parlayed her passion into a lifetime of learning and exploring many aspects of the horse world. Personally, Trisha sought out coaching from many of the top instructors in the world. Academically, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in, predictably, Equine Science.
Understanding that "horsemanship," at its purest, is an art form, she felt a strong desire to pass on what she was learning. Because Trisha was compelled to be a professional in the industry, in 1998 she became a certified instructor with CHA. Since then she's earned her stripes not only as Master Instructor in both Western and English, but was also honored to become a Certifier Instructor. To-date she has successfully run her own business as both a trainer and full-time instructor.
Currently, Working Equitation has her full attention. She's traveling around the U.S., learning and competing as much as possible. In the near future she hopes to be offering camps and clinics at her ranch in Montana where visitors can also enjoy her Spanish-type horses.
Trisha enthusiasm for "learning" has been a fantastic fit for CHA. Helping others to be safe and enjoy horses remains her personal, as well as professional, passion. She is glad to have the opportunity to help represent her area, and gladly spread the good word about the opportunities CHA has to offer.
Awards Committee Chairperson
Jennifer Mayberry has been involved in the equine industry since junior high. She trained and grew up in the horsemanship camping world in both English and western disciplines. She has been mentored by some amazing CHA instructors and industry professionals throughout the years at Canyonview Equestrian Center in Oregon and other facilities around the country. Jenn is a graduate of Canyonview Equestrian College (2007). She also has her Master of Science Degree in Beef Cattle Nutrition from the University of Nebraska in 2014. She went through her first CHA English Western Instructor clinic in 2001 and has been a Master Instructor & Assistant Certifier since 2009. She has had the opportunity to be involved with diverse equine programs at the camp, college, university, and production industry levels.
She loved being involved with CHA on a deeper level in Region 1 as a part of the Region1 Director Triad. She currently heads up the Region 1 Awards Committee. All questions about awards and parameters can be directed to Jennifer.
Jennifer Mayberry Silverton, Oregon
Jennifer Mayberry has been involved in the equine industry since junior high. She trained and grew up in the horsemanship camping world in both English and western disciplines. She has been mentored by some amazing CHA instructors and industry professionals throughout the years at Canyonview Equestrian Center in Oregon and other facilities around the country. Jenn is a graduate of Canyonview Equestrian College (2007). She also has her Master of Science Degree in Beef Cattle Nutrition from the University of Nebraska in 2014. She went through her first CHA Standards clinic in 2001 and has been a Master Instructor & Assistant Clinic Instructor since 2009. She has had the opportunity to be involved with diverse equine programs at the camp, college, university, and production industry levels.
She is excited to continue to be involved with CHA on a deeper level and in Region 1 as a part of the Region1 Director Triad. She loves the strong and involved member participation and she wants to continue to nourish this and include more instructors and program members involvement throughout the year as well as at our Regional Conference.
Rowanne Fairchild has been the Ranch Manager at Cascades Camp and Conference Center in Yelm, Washington for six years, a position she stepped into after graduating from Whitworth University in 2014. She is a CHA certified Level 3 Packing Guide, and Level 2 English and Western instructor. Rowanne also serves as an Equine Facility Manager (EFM) Assistant Certifier. Since coming to Cascades she has worked to make the ranch a CHA accredited site. Rowanne’s work with horses is shaped by her value for people and mentorship; her favorite parts of her job are the opportunities she gets to use horses as a vehicle for personal growth in the lives of her students.
Rowanne’s desire as the Washington Representative is to give voice to the many different members in Region One, and to celebrate the relationships and growth that take place in this unique professional community.
CHA Board Member
from Region 1
Teddy Franke is a horse trainer, riding instructor, and farrier from north central Oregon where along with his wife and three kids, he manage a camp horse program called Morrow Ranch. His long involvement with CHA has included certifications as a master instructor and Certifier for English Western Instructors, as well as certifications in Instructors for Riders with Disabilities (IRD), Pack/Trail, EFM and as a CHA Site Visitor. He has helped to lead horse programs in three states, been a regional director in Regions 1 and 11, and is a current CHA board member. He is an American Youth Horse Council past board member, an ASHA judge/life member, and operates a horsemanship and farrier business known as Franke Equine LLC (frankeequine.com). He has lived out the CHA mission to “change lives through safe horse experiences" and hopes to continue those experiences for others. Contact Teddy to schedule clinics, workshops, or other events.
He continues to serve the Region as our Web and tech advisor.