The Colorado Horse Development Authority (CHDA) is a promotional and marketing arm of the horse industry. Established in 1998 through legislation which charged the CHDA to strengthen the equine industry, CHDA is funded through assessment of a fee on brand inspections. CHDA has educated horse owners and the general public on equine health, land management, land use regulations, classification of horses, through videos, pamphlets, twelve town meetings across the state and Ag in the Classroom readers, reaching 66,000 youth in classrooms.
CHDA has promoted the horse to our youth by sponsoring the 2,400 4-H youth entries at Colorado State Fair, FFA National Judging team and sending Colorado 4-H Horse Bowl team to the Quarter Horse Congress. In addition, CHDA sponsored the Four Mile Historic Park’s Draft Horse Day reaching thousands of new potential horse owners.
Together we can “hold the reins for a better life.”
CHDA Supporting Colorado Horse Industry
Trail/guide and guest services accounted for 30%, boarding stables 28%, sales of equine 16%, lessons and clinics 4.7%, breeding services 3.7%, shows/rodeos 3.3%, and other 13.3%. CHDA collected $48,000 from sponsors and contributed $12,000 to have Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service collect the above data. This equine economic impact survey can now be used to show the impact of our industry to Colorado.
Board of Officers & Directors
Scott Dorenkamp – Pro Rodeo Association
Chuck Peterson- Equine Science Center – CSU
Dr. Keith Roehr – State Veterinarian
Ed Hartl – State Horse Organization – Trail
Ami Cullen – State Horse Organization, Dude Ranchers
Terri Wagner – Horse Industry Support Services
Jennifer Ostenson – State Horse Organization
Latifa Rodriguez State Horse Organization
Lindsey Berbee – State Horse Show Association
Jim Snook – Horse INdustry Support Services