Frost Valley Announces Heidi Potter as Clinician for Certified Horsemanship Association Standard Instructor Clinic

Frost Valley YMCA is excited to announce that renowned riding instructor Heidi Potter will be the Clinician for its Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Standard Instructor Clinic this year. The CHA clinic, for those looking to become a certified riding instructor in English and/or Western disciplines, will take place May 11-15, 2020 at Frost Valley’s private East Valley Ranch.

The clinic will involve teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops on risk management, teaching techniques, professionalism, and herd management. Five levels of certifications can be achieved in the clinic, ranging from assistant instructor to CHA clinician. Certification level is determined at the discretion of clinician Heidi Potter along with the rest of the clinic staff and no certification of any kind is guaranteed.

Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected Trainer, Clinician, Instructor and Author, sharing over 50 years of horse experience. Her approach to horsemanship is strongly influenced by her practice in traditional Eastern Martial Arts, bringing mindfulness, awareness, breathing, centering and grounding into her teachings.

She is a certified Centered RidingĀ© Clinician who was fortunate to have learned directly from neighbor, friend, and mentor, Ms. Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding. Heidi is a dedicated CHA Master Instructor and Clinic Instructor who supports the important work CHA does of helping to ensure safe, educational, enjoyable equine programs across North America. She shares her knowledge of holistic horsemanship as an Accredited Horse Agility Trainer and Horse SpeakĀ® Senior Instructor.   

Heidi is driven by her passion to make interactions better for horses and their humans in a calm and caring manner. She enjoys trail riding and competing in Western Dressage with her Cheval Canadian Horse Riley and spending time with family and friends at her Southern Vermont farm, The New England Center for Horsemanship. Heidi travels locally and abroad to teach clinics on a variety of topics. For more information about Heidi and her work visit

For more information or to register for the CHA Clinic, please call 845-985-2291 ext. 240 or email .




Frost Valley YMCA

Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,500-acre, year-round camp - There's something for everyone here in the Valley. From group and family retreats to overnight camps to horse camps to teambuilding, we've got you covered. School groups love taking a three-night field trip to explore the natural world and learn about the environment and their classmates. Family weekends are the perfect getaway for the young and the young at heart. Teambuilding retreats afford corporate, collegiate, religious, and other groups the opportunity to challenge themselves and effectively work toward common goals. In the summertime we're where kids and teens gain independence, explore the world, and make lifelong friends through various camps such as traditional sleepaway camp, farm camp, horse camp, adventure trips, survival camp, and day camp. Call (845)985-2291 or email to learn more today!

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