Time to Ride Challenge Winners
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 email@example.com. To view full results, go to www.timetoride.com/news.
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.