FORT WORTH-A diverse
countryside, exciting history and unforgettable experiences on horseback
await trail riders who saddle up with the American Paint Horse Association
(APHA) as part of its recreational riding program in 2002..
APHA is sponsoring multiple rides this year to make the outings more accessible to its members. "With four rides around the country, most of our members will be within about a day's drive of one of these fantastic outings," said Ed Roberts, director of long-range planning for APHA. "It's our goal to introduce as many people as possible to these rides and what they have to offer.
"Enhancing our recreational riding program at APHA is very important to me, because of the high numbers of our members - about 50 percent - who tell us they are primarily interested in recreational riding with their horses.
"When I see the camaraderie of the riders, witness the bonding that takes place between people and their horses, and see how much enjoyment people derive by traversing our nation's beautiful countryside on horseback, it reaffirms that we're doing the right thing by strengthening our program for recreational riders."
This year, APHA will sponsor four different trail rides across some of the most beautiful countryside in the United States. Outings include:
The Philmont Scout
Ranch Trail Ride
The Black River
The Fort Robinson
The Natural Gait
Specific information on the Black River Trail Ride, in Lesterville, Mo., can be obtained by calling the Wilderness Lodge at 573-637-2295.
For information on the Philmont Scout Ranch Ride in New Mexico and Fort Robinson ride in Nebraska, and the Natural Gait Ride in Iowa, call APHA Ride Coordinator Cody Weirich at (817) 834-2742, extension 439, or send an e-mail to him at email@example.com. You may also visit http://www.apha.com/events/trailrides.html.
In addition to its trail rides around the country, APHA also serves members with its Ride America® program. While participating in this innovative saddle-log program, members earn rewards and recognition for their individual achievements riding an American Paint Horse.
When riders enroll in Ride America, they receive an official time log and a Ride America patch. They record each hour spent riding their American Paint Horse, and as they move through 11 achievement levels-from 100 to 5,000 hours-APHA records their accomplishments and rewards them with special patches. Depending on the number of hours accumulated, participants can also earn saddlebags, halters, lead ropes and saddle pads.
For more information on Ride America, write or call:
Amy Foerster, Ride
Information on the APHA Ride America" program can also be accessed on the association's Web site http://www.apha.com/rideamerica.