We don't know what's in the air but our riders and hosts have shown up in record numbers in 2014. Perhaps the economy has really turned? Or perhaps riders are confirming that trail riding and trail horses are just pure fun!
Just in the last weekend in April ACTHA saw 23 events from California to Massachusetts and from Florida through Georgia, Arkansas, Texas and Kansas. Some of the rides had waiting lists. More than 400 riders, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, dozens of wonderful ride hosts and 14 dog tired ACTHA staff are enjoying all the grins.
The first quarter has eclipsed our best year by over 30% in all categories. With May 31st being the end of our competitive season and riders chasing over $20,000 in state and national prizes there's not much relief in sight.
Our motto “CASUAL COMPETITION ....SERIOUS FUN" has never been truer. With charity and rescues receiving 20% of ACTHA's gross member rider's entry fees everybody wins.
"What's particularly heartwarming for us is the large number of repeat events from those held earlier and the number of charities holding events! That say's to me we're doing something right” states Robin Tilghman ACTHA Chief Operating Officer.
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About ACTHA: The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is the largest competitive trail riding organization in the world and the only such organization providing a cross breed trail registry and rides in all 50 states and Canada.
* To create an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse and granting them the recognition they so richly deserve.
* To create a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to their value and distinction.
* To create and enable humane treatment and employment options for horses in need.