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Ren Bannerman,

Director of Equine Ministries and Canyonview Equestrian

College President

Phone: 503-931-0901




CHA EFM CLINIC DATE: February 27-March 1, 2018


HOW TO SIGN UP: If you would like to sign up for the EFM Clinic hosted by Canyonview, please contact Katelan Kamstra at: 971-239-1347 or email


CLINIC COST: $585.00 (includes lodging and meals from Tuesday lunch-Thursday breakfast)​

Deposit: $200.00 (non-refundable)

Please make checks out to: Canyonview Equestrian Center


There are four levels of certification and participants must advance through the levels by taking a written test and doing skills demonstration at each level. Candidates for certification must have the knowledge and skills at any given level prior to the clinic; CHA will not certify newfound knowledge or skills.


These four levels of certification are available:


  • Level 1 - Stable Worker: Qualified to work in a barn under the supervision of a manager. Minimum age is 16.

  • Level 2 - Stable Manager: Qualified to manage a small private stable of up to 10 head and 1-2 employees. Minimum age is 18.

  • Level 3 - Herd Manager: Qualified to manage a public equine facility of up to 35 head and 3-4 employees. Minimum age is 21.

  • Level 4 - Equine Facility Manager: Qualified as general manger of a commercial equine operation greater than 35 head and with five or more employees. Minimum age is 21.

  • See expanded content in each level below.



For Level One EFM Certification, minimum competency requires the ability to safely catch, halter, lead and secure horses without assistance; safely execute feeding and stable chores; basic horse knowledge including parts of the horse, signs of health and basic behavior.



Participants will be evaluated on skills and knowledge by two CHA Certified EFM Clinicians, in five areas:


  1. Safety

  2. Horse Handling

  3. Horse Husbandry

  4. Facilities and Equipment

  5. Professionalism

  6. The standard clinic staff certification process will apply to EFM.


  • In order to receive any certification, the EFM candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age requirements apply

  • Complete a certification clinic of at least twenty (20) hours

  • Attain a score of 31 or higher on the EFM Evaluation form, with a minimum average score of seven (7) in the safety category

  • An EFM candidate is evaluated on the ability to work safely and effectively in a stable and is evaluated by written tests, oral examination, and skills demonstration.

  • Candidates must pass each level consecutively to attain level-4 certification.

  • Certification is valid for three years from the date of certification and individuals must maintain membership in CHA.

  • Recertification is possible by application and proof of continued activity in the horse industry and at least 25 hours of continuing education.

  • The only way to raise the level of EFM certification is to attend another certification clinic. Participants must wait a minimum of six months after an EFM clinic to attend another EFM certification clinic.


The following skills/knowledge will be demonstrated at each level, by either a written test or a hands-on skills demonstration, oral examination.


  • Stable Worker: safe horse handling, stall cleaning, turn out, feeding, parts of the horse, signs of wellness and sickness, securing horses.

  • Stable Manager: basic equine nutrition, horse first-aid and wound care; vital signs; routine health maintenance; grooming and bathing; bedding and manure management; hoof care; bandaging and protective boots; animal welfare.

  • Herd Manager: resource management (facility, equipment, supplies); scheduling staff and programs; risk management; stallion/broodmare care; pasture management; infectious disease control; record keeping; medications and supplements; personnel management; environmental impact; communication skills; herd nutrition; saddle fit; emergency procedures.

  • Equine Facility Manager: business and personnel development; budgeting commercial operations; strategic planning; policies and procedures; employment law and payroll; insurance; communication skills; people skills; conflict resolution; federal regulations; animal welfare; show grooming and clipping; horse selection and evaluation; staff training; disaster planning.


For more information about CHA, please check out their website.


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