CFMA Certification
Program

CFMA Certification Program

The CFMA works hard to safeguard our exciting sport through implementing and following strong safety, training, and certification processes. As Mounted Archery is a relatively new and quickly growing sport, guidance, direction, and support at the level of education, club training, and competition development is one of our primary means to mitigate risk to our archers and horses and the sport.
To assist in this goal, the CFMA is constantly working to expand its education materials and outreach activities, and has implemented the following certification programs:

The duty of the Safety Officer is to ensure the safety of all participants and to adhere to the safe archery practices as out lined in the Safety and Risk Management Guide . Safety Officers are present at club events to ensure safe practices and to assist instructors and/or coaches.

Instructors are individuals deemed by the CFMA to competently, safely, and effectively introduce and teach the skills of mounted archery to students from beginner to advanced level. The aim of the MA Instructor is to teach the mounted archer and the MA horse the required skills from basic to advanced level on their quest to personal development and personal achievement in mounted archery. Certified instructors should have all the necessary knowledge and expertise associated with ground and mounted archery.

The CFMA strongly encourages every certified instructor to continue learning more about ground and mounted archery, horse care and training, athlete and equine nutrition, and other related knowledge, and to constantly improve their teaching ability in order to become the best Mounted Archery Instructor they can be.

Coaches have all the qualifications of instructors. The expanded task of a MA coach is to guide, train, and further the competition-oriented athlete and their mount in their competitive journey. For this, the MA coach should have personal competition experience, and must be well-versed in various MA competition disciplines.

The above links bring you to the respective pages that provide the requirements and prerequisites for these certifications, and the instructions for applying for these certifications through the CFMA.

In addition, we encourage all our members to expand their repertoire and knowledge, and explore what international and national organizations in other countries have to offer. For example, the International Horseback Archery Alliance (IHAA) has a very impressive and free online education course and certification to be a horse archery competition judge: http://ihaa.info/pages/learning/judge_accreditation.php

Canada currently (as of November 2022) leads the World List of accredited Level 1 Judges.

Furthermore, the CFMA maintains a registry of our certified Safety Officers, Instructors, and Coaches, and Judges certified through other organizing bodies (e.g., IHAA, WFEA, WHAF) .

Please note that most of these certifications require renewal and re-certification after a certain amount of time.

CFMA Certified Safety Officers

Name Club Province Date Certified Expiry of Cert
Donat Koller
Spur Valley
Mounted Archery
British Columbia
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Erin Jardin
Arrowhead
Horse Archery
British Columbia
July 28, 2022
July 28, 2024
Luraina Undershute
Spur Valley
Mounted Archery
British Columbia
August 5, 2022
August 5, 2024
Heather Button
Seawinds
Horse Archers
New Brunswick
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Sarah Clark
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Shelley Porter
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia
April 11, 2022
April 11, 2024
April Gardiner
Wild Hearts
Mounted Archery
Nova Scotia
May 29, 2022
May 29, 2024
Sonja Koch
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Kendall Goddard
Golden Horseshoe
Mounted Archery
Ontario
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Marnie Warman
Golden Horseshoe
Mounted Archery
Ontario
July 28, 2022
July 28, 2024
Maxwell Souter
Golden Horseshoe
Mounted Archery
Ontario
July 28, 2022
July 28, 2024
Carlie Boisvert
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario
July 28, 2022
July 28, 2024
Uwe Schneider
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Emma Latto
Paladin
Horse Archers
Prince Edward
Island
April 11, 2022
April 11, 2024
Marina Wright
Paladin
Horse Archers
Prince Edward
Island
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024
Audrey Ann B. Meloche
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Quebec
March 20, 2022
March 20, 2024

CFMA Certified Mounted Archery Instructors

Name Club Province Date Certified Expiry of Cert
Audrey Ann B. Meloche
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Quebec
March 27, 2022
March 27, 2024

CFMA Certified Mounted Archery Coaches

Name Club Province Date Certified Expiry of Cert
Donat Koller
Borsos Torzs
Horse Archery
British Columbia
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2025
Michael Pearson
Borsos Torzs
Horse Archery
British Columbia
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2025
Stephanie Laversin
Borsos Torzs
Horse Archery
British Columbia
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2025
Kendall Goddard
Golden Horseshoe
Mounted Archery
Ontario
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2025
Uwe Schneider
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario
February 20, 2021
February 20, 2026
Lance Bishop
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2025

International Horseback Archery Alliance (IHAA) Certified Level 1 Judges

Name Club Province
April Gardiner
Wild Hearts
Mounted Archery
Nova Scotia
Heather Button
Seawinds
Horse Archers
New Brunswick
Kimberley Beldam
N/A
New York
Lance Bishop
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia
Laura Dettling
Northern Lights
Horseback Archery
Alberta
Linda Meyer
Kaspian Mounted
Archery
Alberta
Michael Pearson
Borsos Torzs
Horse Archery
British Columbia
Mikayla Howard
HARCAN
Alberta
Maxwell Souter
Golden Horseshoe
Mounted Archery
Ontario
Sarah Clark
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia
Sonja Koch
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario
Uwe Schneider
Horses of the Sun
Horse Archers
Ontario

A complete list of all internationally certified judges can be found HERE

World Federation of Equestrian Archery (WFEA) Kassai Certified Judges

Name Club Province
Robert Borsos
Borsos Torzs
Horse Archery
British Columbia
Douglas Goodwin
Spur Valley
Mounted Archery
British Columbia
Lance Bishop
Seawinds
Horse Archers
Nova Scotia

The board members of the CFMA invite you to apply for certification. We wish you the best of luck. If you have any questions, please ask by email sent to mountedarcherycanada@gmail.com