Breed-Association Trail-Riding Programs
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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.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; email@example.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); firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.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; email@example.com; www.walkinghorseowners.com. TTR
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.
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.
Members of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association’s Trail Mileage Program track the miles they spend trail riding on their Rocky Mountain Horses.
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.