Breed-As­so­ci­a­tion Trail-Rid­ing Pro­grams

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Amer­i­can Bashkir Curly Reg­istry ~ Fre­quent Rider Cham­pi­onship Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Fre­quent Rider Pro­gram mem­bers may en­ter one of two di­vi­sions — Ca­sual and Com­pet­i­tive. In the Ca­sual Di­vi­sion, mem­bers log the dis­tance or time they spend in forward motion in the sad­dle of their Amer­i­can Bashkir Curly. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties may in­clude com­pet­i­tive events; not rec­og­nized is par­tic­i­pa­tion in shows, demon­stra­tions, or pa­rades. Time/dis­tance is ac­cu­mu­lated each cal­en­dar year and sub­mit­ted by Jan­uary 31 of the following year. Once a horse has been rid­den 500 miles, it must move to the Com­pet­i­tive Di­vi­sion, in which par­tic­i­pants sub­mit in­for­ma­tion spent on or­ga­nized rides, in­clud­ing com­pet­i­tive trail rides, trail tri­als, en­durance rides, and spon­sored rides of known dis­tance that can be ver­i­fied. Mem­bers sub­mit miles within 30 days of the event; a ride sec­re­tary must ver­ify all miles. Con­tact: ABCR, (859) 485-9700; sec­re­tary@abcreg­istry.org; www.abcreg­istry.org.

Amer­i­can Gaited Pony Reg­istry ~ Rid­ing & Driv­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: AGPR Rid­ing & Driv­ing Pro­gram mem­bers record on of­fi­cial log sheets each hour spent rid­ing or driv­ing their Amer­i­can Gaited Ponies. Any type of rid­ing or driv­ing qual­i­fies, in­clud­ing trail rid­ing, pa­rades, train­ing for or com­pet­ing in shows, and ranch work. Hours are sub­mit­ted an­nu­ally. An awards pro­gram for com­pet­i­tive trail and en­durance events is also avail­able through the Reg­istry’s Per­for­mance Pro­gram di­vi­sion. Con­tact: AGPR, (888) 430-0002; info@ gait­ed­pony.com; www.gait­ed­pony.com.

Amer­i­can Haflinger Reg­istry ~ Golden Path Re­cre­ation Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants record their hours spent an­nu­ally rid­ing, driv­ing, or do­ing ground work with their Haflingers. All hours spent in the sad­dle, on the box, or ground-work train­ing (such as ground-driv­ing, longe-line work, or round-pen work) qual­ify. Hours fol­low the horse, which may ac­crue hours with var­i­ous rid­ers or driv­ers. Hours must be sub­mit­ted an­nu­ally by Jan­uary 31 for the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year; since 2008, par­tic­i­pants may build on ex­ist­ing hours for as long as they re­main in the pro­gram. Con­tact: AHR, (330) 784-0000; www.haflinger­horse.com.

Amer­i­can In­dian Horse Reg­istry ~ Award Pro­grams

De­scrip­tion: The AIHR of­fers sev­eral awards pro­grams for trail rid­ers. In the Horse­back Hours pro­gram, AIHR mem­bers log hours spent rid­ing, in­clud­ing trail rid­ing, on their AIHR-reg­is­tered horses or ponies. The Horse­back Miles pro­gram logs miles rid­den. Trail rid­ers may also qual­ify for the Count­ing Coup-Trail award, which re­wards those AIHR horse-and-rider teams that have ac­crued 100 points on or­ga­nized trail rides. All pro­grams are cu­mu­la­tive; no time limit ap­plies when ac­cru­ing hours or points. Con­tact: AIHR, (512) 398-6642; aihrnanci@gmail.com; www.in­di­an­horse.com.

Amer­i­can Mor­gan Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ My Mor­gan & Me Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants in the My Mor- gan & Me Pro­gram, for­merly known as the Path­ways Recre­ational Pro­gram, keep track of recre­ational hours spent with their Mor­gans and sub­mit award ap­pli­ca­tions to the AMHA when they reach a new mile­stone. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are plea­sure (or non­com­pet­i­tive) trail rides or drives, train­ing or les­son ses­sions, con­di­tion­ing or work­ing un­der sad­dle, groom­ing, and other ac­tiv­i­ties spent purely for plea­sure. Not rec­og­nized is time spent show­ing or com­pet­i­tive rid­ing. Hours are cu­mu­la­tive, and there’s no limit to the amount of time taken to achieve award lev­els. Con­tact: Katie Hodges, Amer­i­can Mor­gan Horse As­so­ci­a­tion, (802) 985-4944, ext. 401; katie@mor­gan­horse.com; www.mor­gan­horse.com.

Amer­i­can Paint Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ PAC Recre­ational Rid­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Paint Al­ter­na­tive Com­pe­ti­tion (PAC) Recre­ational Rid­ing pro­gram mem­bers record in their of­fi­cial time log each hour spent rid­ing or driv­ing their Paint Horse, in­clud­ing on trail rides. While PAC cred­its may be awarded for all hours spent rid­ing, hours at a show, for ex­am­ple, may be at­trib­uted to only one PAC category at a time. Con­tact: APHA, (817) 222-6444 or (817) 834-2742; pac@apha.com; www.apha.com.

Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Horse­back Rid­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: AQHA and Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse Youth As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers track on of­fi­cial log sheets their hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing—in­clud­ing train­ing, show­ing, and ex­er­cis­ing—their horses, and sub­mit them to the AQHA through­out the year. Par­tic­i­pants may ac­crue hours on more than one horse but must use sep­a­rate log sheets for each; hours may be sub­mit­ted on­line. Rid­ers can earn dou­ble hours for time spent on of­fi­cial AQHA Trail Rides and by com­pet­ing in AQHA Trail Chal­lenges. Mem­bers may choose one or both of the Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse or the All Breeds di­vi­sions. Con­tact: AQHA, (806) 376-4811; www.aqha.com.

Ap­paloosa Horse Club ~ Sad­dle Log Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants record their hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing their Ap­paloosas; hours are logged on­line. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude trail rid­ing, plea­sure rid­ing and driv­ing, train­ing, com­pet­ing in shows, rid­ing in pa­rades, and do­ing ranch work. A pro­gram for dis­abled rid­ers and driv­ers is also avail­able, as is a sep­a­rate pro­gram that re­wards par­tic­i­pants for miles logged on ap­proved en­durance rides, com­pet­i­tive trail rides, and plea­sure trail rides. Con­tact: ApHC, (208) 882-5578, ext. 264; trail­rides@ap­paloosa.com; www.ap­paloosa.com.

Ara­bian Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Fre­quent Rider Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants keep track of the time they spend en­gag­ing in non­com­pet­i­tive rid­ing or driv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with their AHA-reg­is­tered horses. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude trail rid­ing, pa­rades, rid­ing lessons, train­ing un­der sad­dle, ranch work, demon­stra­tions, and plea­sure rid­ing or driv­ing. All log-keep­ing is on­line. A com­pet­i­tive dis­tance pro­gram is also avail­able. Con­tact: AHA, (303) 696-4500, op­tion 4; www.ara­bi­an­horses.org/com­pe­ti­tion/open-pro­grams/in­cen­tive-pro­grams/.

Draft Cross Breed­ers & Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Par­tic­i­pa­tion Award

De­scrip­tion: DCBOA mem­bers track the hours they spend rid­ing or driv­ing their DCBOA-reg­is­tered Draft Crosses, up to 200 hours. El­i­gi­bil­ity: Par­tic­i­pants must main­tain their mem­ber­ship in the DCBOA while ac­cu­mu­lat­ing hours in or­der to qual­ify for the Par­tic­i­pa­tion Award, and must ride or drive a DCBOA-reg­is­tered or -recorded horse. Con­tact: DCBOA, ad­min@draftcross­breed­er­sandown­ers.com; www.dcboa.com/awards.html.

Horse of the Amer­i­cas ~ Awards Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: The Horse of the Amer­i­cas Awards Pro­gram ac­knowl­edges ac­com­plish­ments of HOA mem­bers and their Colo­nial Span­ish Horses for par­tic­i­pa­tion in var­i­ous equine ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing plea­sure trail rid­ing and driv­ing, and com­pet­i­tive trail and en­durance rid­ing. Points are given in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories based on the HOA Point Sys­tem; awards are given based on num­ber of points earned. The pro­gram of­fers awards un­der two umbrella cat­e­gories: ac­cu­mu­la­tive awards (in which points are car­ried into con­sec­u­tive years un­til points are reached) and an­nual awards. Con­tact: HOA (Kathy Pea­cock), (319) 350-4897; kmhranch@gmail.com; www.horse­oftheam­er­i­cas.com.

In­ter­na­tional An­dalu­sian & Lusi­tano Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Recre­ational Rider Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Recre­ational Rider Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants record on of­fi­cial log forms the hours they spend rid­ing or driv­ing their full- or half-bred An­dalu­sians. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude such ac­tiv­i­ties as trail rides (or­ga­nized or not), plea­sure rid­ing, rein­ing and cat­tle work, pa­rades, and demon­stra­tions. Not rec­og­nized is time spent in lessons, at clin­ics, and at shows and com­pe­ti­tions. Con­tact: IALHA, (205) 995-8900; re­crider@ialha.org; www.ialha.org.

In­ter­na­tional Curly Horse Or­ga­ni­za­tion ~ Curlies in Ac­tion Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Curlies in Ac­tion pro­gram par­tic­i­pants track on of­fi­cial log sheets the hours and/or miles they spend with their Curlies in non-show ac­tiv­i­ties. Hours may be tracked in var­i­ous cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing trail rid­ing and com­pet­i­tive trail and en­durance rid­ing, and are con­verted to points us­ing an ac­tiv­ity-spe­cific for­mula. Points and mileage are tracked from Jan­uary 1

through De­cem­ber 31 an­nu­ally; log forms must be sub­mit­ted by Jan­uary 15 each year. Points and mileage are cu­mu­la­tive from year to year. Con­tact: ICHO, (575) 740-4159; of­fice@ curly­horses.org; www.curly­horses.org.

Ken­tucky Moun­tain Sad­dle Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Trail Rider’s Club

De­scrip­tion: Club par­tic­i­pants track their trail-rid­ing miles and sub­mit them on of­fi­cial log sheets to the KMSHA. The trail or group leader (or solo rider) fills out the en­tire log sheet for each ride. Con­tact: KMSHA, (859) 225-5674; of­fice@ kmsha.com; www.kmsha.com/events/trail_­club.htm.

Mis­souri Fox Trot­ting Horse Breed As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Fox Trot Amer­ica Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Fox Trot Amer­ica par­tic­i­pants record on an of­fi­cial time log the hours they spend on non-com­pet­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties with their MFTHBA-reg­is­tered horses; qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude plea­sure trail rid­ing, pa­rades, ranch work, nat­u­ral horse­man­ship, train­ing, and plea­sure rid­ing or driv­ing. Hours are logged sep­a­rately for each horse en­tered in the pro­gram, and are sub­mit­ted an­nu­ally by Jan­uary 31 for the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year, although hours are cu­mu­la­tive from year to year. A Na­tional Trail Ride pro­gram is also avail­able for those as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers who par­tic­i­pate in MFTHBA-spon­sored trail rides. Con­tact: MFTHBA, (417) 683-2468; fox­trot@mfthba.com; www.mfthba.com/fox-trot-amer­ica/.

Moun­tain Plea­sure Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Trail Rid­ers Mileage Club

De­scrip­tion: Trail Rid­ers Mileage Club par­tic­i­pants main­tain of­fi­cial log sheets of the miles they spend trail rid­ing on their Moun­tain Plea­sure Horse. Mileage should be sub­mit­ted in Jan­uary for the pre­vi­ous year. Con­tact: MPHA, (859) 595-1778 (Taylor David­son); sil­ly­horse­girl94@gmail.com or mphareg@ymail.com; www.moun­tain­plea­sure­horseasso­ci­a­tion.org.

Na­tional Spot­ted Sad­dle Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Trail Horse Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Trail Rid­ing Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants main­tain a log of hours spent trail rid­ing on their Spot­ted Sad­dle Horse. Par­tic­i­pants may not log more than six hours a day. Each horse is en­rolled sep­a­rately, and hours can ac­cu­mu­late through­out the horse’s life­span; rid­ers may en­roll more than one horse. Dou­ble hours are awarded for ride lo­ca­tions open to the pub­lic (such as a ben­e­fit ride) and triple hours are awarded for NSSHA-spon­sored rides; log sheets must be signed or stamped by the NSSHA af­fil­i­ate or ride host. Con­tact: NSSHA, (615) 890-2864; nssha898@aol.com; www.nssha.com.

Na­tional Walk­ing Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Trail Rid­ers In­cen­tive Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: TRIP mem­bers track their hours spent trail rid­ing with their gaited horses. Sep­a­rate of­fi­cial log forms are kept for each par­tic­i­pat­ing horse; a horse may ac­crue hours with any el­i­gi­ble rider or com­bi­na­tion of rid­ers. Hours spent on Best of Amer­ica on Horse­back rides or of­fi­cial NWHA-sanc­tioned trail rides count as dou­ble. Par­tic­i­pants must sub­mit their logs for the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year by Jan­uary 7 to be el­i­gi­ble for an­nual high-hour awards; hours to­ward award plateaus ac­cu­mu­late year to year. A sep­a­rate awards pro­gram for com­pet­i­tive trail and en­durance rid­ing is also avail­able.

Con­tact: NWHA, (859) 252-6942; di­rec­tor@nwha.com; www.nwha.com.

North Amer­i­can Peru­vian Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Joy of Rid­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Joy of Rid­ing mem­bers track the hours they spend in the sad­dle of their NAPHA-reg­is­tered horses and sub­mit them on of­fi­cial log forms once an achieve­ment level has been reached. While par­tic­i­pa­tion in NAPHA-ap­proved shows does not count to­ward hours ac­crued, al­most all other rid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties do, in­clud­ing plea­sure, trail, and arena rid­ing, demon­stra­tions, drills, open horse shows, and pa­rades. An an­nual High Point Horse Award pro­gram for sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing Trail, is also of­fered. Con­tact: NAPHA (Chris­tine McIn­tosh), (276) 744-2887; www.napha.net.

North Amer­i­can Sad­dle Mule As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Ver­sa­til­ity Trail Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants main­tain records on an of­fi­cial log sheet, track­ing hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing a sad­dle mule. Recre­ational, en­durance, and com- pe­t­i­tive trail ac­tiv­i­ties all qual­ify. Rid­ing or driv­ing on a trail in a United States or Cana­dian na­tional park earns dou­ble hours. Par­tic­i­pants send in log sheets once an award level has been reached or a min­i­mum of once per year; hours may also be sub­mit­ted on­line. Con­tact: NASMA (Stacy Go­lian), (573) 231-5838; vtp@nasma.net; www.nasma.us/vtp.

North Amer­i­can Thor­ough­bred So­ci­ety ~ World­wide Trails Awards Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: NATBS mem­bers track their hours spent trail rid­ing or driv­ing their NATBS-reg­is­tered thor­ough­breds and sub­mit them on of­fi­cial log sheets. Train­ing for and show­ing in en­durance events, event­ing cross coun­try, and marathon driv­ing all qual­ify. Mem­bers sub­mit log sheets no later than Jan­uary 15 for the pre­vi­ous year. Com­pet­i­tive trail and en­durance award pro­grams are also avail­able. The com­pe­ti­tion year runs from Jan­uary 16 to Jan­uary 15 an­nu­ally. Con­tact: NATBS, info@hel­lohorse.com; www.hel­lohorse.com.

Nor­we­gian Fjord Horse Reg­istry ~ Trail Rid­ing/Driv­ing Awards Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: NFHR mem­bers log on of­fi­cial forms the num­ber of hours they spend trail rid­ing and/or driv­ing their Nor­we­gian Fjord Horse. Both or­ga­nized and in­for­mal trail rides qual­ify. Hours may be car­ried

over from year to year but must be sub­mit­ted an­nu­ally by Fe­bru­ary 1. Other awards pro­grams in­clude Hours of Fun with Fjords — which tracks hours par­tic­i­pants spend with their horses, in­clud­ing agri­cul­tural work, show­ing, par­tic­i­pat­ing in clin­ics, and trail rid­ing — and Step­ping Out with your Fjord/s, which tracks hours par­tic­i­pants spend with their Nor­we­gian Fjord in the pub­lic eye, in­clud­ing at shows, clin­ics, fairs, pa­rades, and or­ga­nized trail rides. Con­tact: NFHR, reg­is­trar@nfhr.com; www.nfhr.com.

Palomino Horse Breed­ers of Amer­ica ~ Recre­ational Rid­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants record on of­fi­cial log sheets their hours spent recre­ation­ally rid­ing or driv­ing; ac­cepted ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude trail rid­ing, train­ing, pa­rades, and ranch work. Sep­a­rate of­fi­cial log sheets are kept for each par­tic­i­pat­ing horse-and-rider or horse-and-driver com­bi­na­tion. Con­tact: PHBA, (918) 438-1234, ext. 12; www.palomi­no­hba.com.

Paso Fino Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Pa­sos for Plea­sure Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Pa­sos for Plea­sure mem- bers use of­fi­cial log forms to record their hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing on the trail or else­where. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude ev­ery­day trail rides, arena work, sad­dle train­ing, pa­rades, and drill teams; hours spent on ac­tiv­i­ties that earn PFHA points don’t qual­ify. Log sheets are sub­mit­ted when an award level has been reached, and must be sub­mit­ted by Septem­ber 5 an­nu­ally to be con­sid­ered for the Top Pa­sos for Plea­sure award. Other trail-rid­ing award pro­grams pegged to plea­sure long-dis­tance rides, en­durance rides, and com­pet­i­tive trail rides are also avail­able, as well as Ticket to Ride, which awards “tick­ets” for par­tic­i­pat­ing in such ac­tiv­i­ties as trail com­pe­ti­tions, pa­rades, drill teams, and ben­e­fit events (par­tic­i­pants re­ceive one “ticket” for ev­ery five doc­u­mented qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties). Con­tact: PFHA, (859) 825-6000; www.pfha.org.

Pinto Horse As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica ~ On the Trail

De­scrip­tion: The Se­lect Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Re­wards (SOAR) Pro­gram, in part­ner­ship with Kens­ing­ton Pro­tec­tive Prod­ucts, awards PtHA mem­bers for their time spent with their Pin­tos trail rid­ing, school­ing, lessons, driv­ing, pa­rades, show­ing at lo­cal non-PtHA shows, fun shows, and more. Cred­its earned will ac­cu­mu­late; the prize that cor­re­lates with the amount of cred­its earned will be sent to the par­tic­i­pant. Con­tact: PtHA Of­fice (405) 491-0111 or www.pinto.org.

Pony of the Amer­i­cas Club, Inc. ~ Horse­back Rid­ing Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants track on of­fi­cial log sheets the hours they spend rid­ing (in­clud­ing trail rid­ing) or driv­ing their POA. Con­tact: POAC, (317) 788-0107; www.poac.org.

Pure­bred Morab Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Sad­dle Log Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Sad­dle Log pro­gram par­tic­i­pants track on of­fi­cial log sheets hours spent rid­ing their Morabs in non-rec­og­nized com­pe­ti­tion or rid­ing, in­clud­ing trail rides. Par­tic­i­pants sub­mit log sheets an­nu­ally, at the end of each show year, but hours are cu­mu­la­tive. Award pro­grams for com­pet­i­tive trail and com­pet­i­tive en­durance rid­ers are also avail­able. Con­tact: PMHA, (502) 535-4803; pure­morab@gmail.com; www.pure­morab.com.

Rocky Moun­tain Horse As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Trail Mileage Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants track on pro­gram log sheets the miles they spend trail rid­ing on their Rocky Moun­tain Horses. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude trail and plea­sure rid­ing, mileage com­pleted at com­pet­i­tive-trail and en­durance-rid­ing events, and prac­tice and con­di­tion­ing miles for those events. Such ac­tiv­i­ties as school­ing, clinic par­tic­i­pa­tion, rid­ing at a rec­og­nized show, dres­sage, or rid­ing in arena or other en­closed ar­eas don’t qual­ify. Mem­bers mail in log sheets an­nu­ally to qual­ify for awards and High Points.

The RMHA has ad­justed the 2017 trail year from Jan­uary 1, 2017, to Oc­to­ber 31, 2017; logs are due by Novem­ber 15, 2017. The next trail year will be from Novem­ber 1, 2017, to Oc­to­ber 31, 2018. The trail year has been ad­justed to co­in­cide with the show year, so rid­ers in both pro­grams are able to par­tic­i­pate in an­nual end-of-year High Point Awards. Con­tact: RMHA, (859) 644-5244; ad­min@ rmhorse.com; www.rmhorse.com.

Span­ish Mus­tang Reg­istry, Inc. ~ Points and Awards Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: The SMR of­fers a num­ber of non­com­pet­i­tive and com­pet­i­tive awards pro­gram cat­e­gories in which SMR mem­bers and their Span­ish Mus­tang mounts can par­tic­i­pate as trail rid­ers, in­clud­ing the Com­padre, Mileage, En­durance, and Com- pe­t­i­tive Trail cat­e­gories. Horses ac­cu­mu­late points based on par­tic­i­pa­tion, mileage and, in the com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories, fin­ish­ing place­ment. Forms must be sent in by Fe­bru­ary 1 each year for points ac­cu­mu­lated the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year. Con­tact: SMR Events Co­or­di­na­tor (Re­becca Fulcher), (352) 341-2461; ra­f­ulche@aol.com; www.span­ish­mus­tang.org/points.htm.

Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horse Breed­ers’ and Ex­hibitors’ As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Dis­tance Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants record on of­fi­cial log pages their hours spent trail rid­ing or com­pet­ing in trail events. They may par­tic­i­pate in the Dis­tance Pro­gram, for reg­is­tered Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horses, or the Open Gaited Dis­tance Pro­gram, for un­reg­is­tered Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horses and all other breeds. Only time or mileage spent rid­ing on trails may be logged for the pro­gram; arena rid­ing or les­son hours don’t qual­ify. The TWHBEA en­cour­ages mem­bers to send in log sheets monthly or when an achieve­ment level has been reached; log books must be sub­mit­ted an­nu­ally by Novem­ber 1 for High Point awards, as the trail pro­gram year runs Novem­ber 2 to Novem­ber 1.

Con­tact: TWHBEA (Michael Gray), (615) 494-8822; mgray@twhbea.com; www.twhbea.com/pro­grams/trail.php.

United States Ice­landic Horse Con­gress ~ Plea­sure Rider Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants log points through the Free­dom Ride Time Log and through the Spe­cial Events Log. Free­dom Ride Time Log par­tic­i­pants log their time spent rid­ing, driv­ing, ground-driv­ing, or ground-train­ing; each hour logged is equiv­a­lent to one PRP point. Spe­cial Events Log par­tic­i­pants re­ceive points by par­tic­i­pat­ing in events with pre­des­ig­nated point val­ues. These events in­clude sem­i­nars, rid­ing or driv­ing in a group plea­sure ride, en­durance rides, trail tri­als, pa­rades, and plan­ning or host­ing events; hours spent in these ac­tiv­i­ties can also be in­cluded on the Free­dom Ride Logs. Com­pet­ing in shows doesn’t count to­ward Spe­cial Events points, although show hours can be in­cluded in the Free­dom Ride Log. Time spent on ac­tiv­i­ties for which the mem­ber is paid does not qual­ify. Points ac­cu­mu­late from year to year; mem­bers sub­mit logs quar­terly. Con­tact: USIHC; plea­sure_rid­ing@ice­landics.org; www.ice­landics.org/prp.php.

Walk­ing Horse Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ~ Happy Trails Pro­gram

De­scrip­tion: Par­tic­i­pants track their time spent trail rid­ing on their Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horses, and is also open to other gaited breeds. Hours logged must be time spent in forward motion on trail rides. There is no time limit to achieve award lev­els. The pro­gram is di­vided into three age di­vi­sions: Youth (17 and un­der), Adult, and Elite (60 and over). Con­tact: WHOA, (615) 494-8825; join­whoa@aol.com; www.walk­inghorse­own­ers.com. TTR

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Mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s Horse­back Rid­ing Pro­gram track hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing their horses. Rid­ers can earn dou­ble hours for time spent on of­fi­cial AQHA Trail Rides and by com­pet­ing in AQHA Trail Chal­lenges.

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Mem­bers of the Ap­paloosa Horse Club’s Sad­dle Log Pro­gram record their hours spent rid­ing or driv­ing their Ap­paloosas. Qual­i­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude trail rid­ing, rid­ing in pa­rades, and do­ing ranch work.

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Mem­bers of the Rocky Moun­tain Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s Trail Mileage Pro­gram track the miles they spend trail rid­ing on their Rocky Moun­tain Horses.

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Par­tic­i­pants in the Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horse Breed­ers’ and Ex­hibitors’ As­so­ci­a­tion Dis­tance Pro­gram record their hours spent trail rid­ing or com­pet­ing in trail events. Only time or mileage spent rid­ing on trails may be logged.

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