GROUPS TO GET YOU STARTED

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• 4-H. A 4-H horse pro­gram is the time-hon­ored place to be­gin a child’s in­volve­ment with horses, and own­er­ship isn’t re­quired. To learn about 4-H horse groups in your area (or to start one), check with your lo­cal county ex­ten­sion agent ( 4-h.org/find). • Cer­ti­fied Horse­man­ship As­so­ci­a­tion. CHA pro­motes ex­cel­lence in safety and ed­u­ca­tion by cer­ti­fy­ing rid­ing in­struc­tors; it also ac­cred­its equine fa­cil­i­ties and pro­duces ed­u­ca­tional con­fer­ences and ma­te­ri­als. Find a cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor in your area at chain­struc­tors.com. • Time to Ride. Part­ner­ing with such groups as the Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion, Time to Ride con­nects Amer­i­can fam­i­lies to lo­cal eques­trian re­sources, in­clud­ing lessons, camps, and clubs. Check out its in­terac­tive Web site at time­toride.com. • In­ter­scholas­tic Eques­trian As­so­ci­a­tion. Serv­ing mid­dle and sec­ondary school stu­dents across the United States, the IEA pro­vides the horses and tack for ev­ery as­pir­ing rider. “Be­cause we’re the low-cost en­try into eques­trian sport, we’re ex­pos­ing young rid­ers to com­pe­ti­tion who might oth­er­wise not have the fi­nan­cial abil­ity or ac­ces­si­bil­ity to par­tic­i­pate,” says Rox­ane Du­rant, IEA co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor ( rideiea.org). • Breed and sport groups. If your child has an in­ter­est in a par­tic­u­lar breed or eques­trian sport, check the ap­pro­pri­ate or­ga­ni­za­tion for spe­cial pro­grams or of­fer­ings for begin­ners. For ex­am­ples of in­no­va­tive ways such groups are at­tract­ing new en­thu­si­asts, see “Sound­ing the Call: Hey, Kids!” at Horse­andRider.com.

Com­pete with­out own­ing through the In­ter­scholas­tic Eques­trian As­so­ci­a­tion, for grades six through 12.

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