Time to Ride Chal­lenge Win­ners

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The Time to Ride Chal­lenge con­cluded its 2016 year by award­ing $100,000 in cash and prizes to top sta­bles, clubs, and busi­nesses in three tightly com­pet­i­tive di­vi­sions who ex­celled at in­tro­duc­ing new peo­ple to horses.

A to­tal of 38 hosts took home cash prizes rang­ing from $100 to $10,000, plus prod­ucts and awards pro­vided by Amer­i­can Horse Coun­cil Mar­ket­ing Al­liance or­ga­ni­za­tions, for their suc­cess­ful ef­forts in bring­ing new en­thu­si­asts into the horse in­dus­try through the Chal­lenge. Time to Ride con­grat­u­lates ev­ery Chal­lenge host who par­tic­i­pated and worked hard to­ward grow­ing their busi­nesses and the horse in­dus­try!

The third an­nual Chal­lenge, which took place June 1 to Septem­ber 30, saw 1,004 events held by com­pet­ing hosts. A to­tal of 28,175 new­com­ers en­joyed a hands-on in­tro­duc­tion to horses and rid­ing.

Cham­pion of the Small Di­vi­sion is KarMik Acres, of Wood­stock, Ill., a pri­vate fa­cil­ity that hosts clin­ics and other horse events. Prom­e­nade Horse­man­ship Acad­emy of Brighton, Colo., is the win­ner of the Medium Di­vi­sion.

The Large Di­vi­sion saw a re­peat win­ner in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada-based Hors­es4Heroes, which was cham­pion in 2014. Through its com­mu­nity eques­trian cen­ter in Las Ve­gas and na­tional net­work of sta­bles, Hors­es4Heroes’ mis­sion is to “make horse­back rid­ing af­ford­able for, and ac­ces­si­ble to, our ser­vice mem­bers, vet­er­ans, sur­vivors, first re­spon­ders, and their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies, as well as other he­roes in our com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, nurses, spe­cial needs teach­ers, and oth­ers whose ser­vice and sac­ri­fice keep us safe and free.”

Each cham­pion won $10,000 cash; in all three di­vi­sions, cash prizes were awarded to win­ners through 10th place. Two win­ners were awarded Wild Card prizes: Har­mony Horse Eques­trian Cen­ter won $500 as the top-per­form­ing host that didn’t win a divi­sional prize; Alpine An­i­mal Hospi­tal was awarded $250 as the run­ner-up Wild Card.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (512) 591-7811, or send an e-mail to info@time­toride.com. To view full re­sults, go to www.time­toride.com/news.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PROM­E­NADE HORSE­MAN­SHIP ACAD­EMY

Prom­e­nade Horse­man­ship Acad­emy of Brighton, Colo., won the Medium Di­vi­sion in the 2016 Time to Ride Chal­lenge. Staff and vol­un­teers worked all sum­mer to in­tro­duce a to­tal of 2,495 peo­ple to horses, said owner Kim Gieseke.

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