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Endurance and Competitive Trail Horses Earn AHASM High-Point Awards

The Arabian Horse AssociationSM (AHASM) recognized 16 Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses as its 2002 Distance High-Point Award winners. Twelve of these horses earned blue coolers with white piping from Besco for their excellence in competitive trail with seven participating organizations. The coolers were embroidered with the horse's name and the high-point award.

Each competitive trail ride organization submitted an application to become eligible and selected high-point individuals within that organization. Winners had to meet the following criteria: (1) ride a registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian; (2) be current 2002 AHA members; and (3) compete in at least five rides sponsored by that organization.

AHA also worked with the American Endurance Ride Conference to identify high-point horses in the 100 and 50-99 mile categories. Each of the four winners received a navy fleece dress sheet with green piping from Weatherbeeta, donated by AHA Region 9 members George and Sherry McGraw. To highlight the horse's achievement, the coolers were embroidered with AERC and the high-point award.

Because AERC does not track points specifically in the 50-99 mile category, individuals interested in 2003 awards must list their rides and dates on an AHA Endurance Horse High-Point Application Form for 50-99 Miles and send it to AHA by December 31, 2003. For a copy of that form, go to or call AHA
at (303) 696-4500.

Following this listing of high-point winners is a summary of other AHA and Arabian Horse America programs available to distance riders.

Competitive Trail Ride High-Point Winners
Arabian Horse Association of Ohio
Arabian: Sahljur (Ibn-Sahlih x Dixierosezeym), owned by Joanne Decker
Half-Arabian: Nitetime Jamboree++ (Khalarado+/ x Surprise Journey), owned by Teresa Searcy

Indiana Arabian Horse Club Distance Program
Arabian: Hub Habibi (Mabrouks Barakat x Misteyna) owned by Sandy Page
Half-Arabian: SL Bud Visenheimer (Senniel x Daisy), owned by Sean Page

The North American Trail Ride Conference
Arabian: Ni Raffon (Ni Raseyn x Starlite Raffon), owned by Martha Kunkle
Half-Arabian: Elmer Bandit (DJS Jameel Junaid x Dandy Lain), owned by Mary Anna Wood

Manitoba Trail Riding Club
Half-Arabian: Fort William+ (Thunder Bey x JMF Carousel Showgal), owned by Prue Critchley

Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Riders Association
Arabian: Matuks Legend (Yahya Matuk x Carawal Cohalana), owned by Roseanna Clark
Half-Arabian: Over Brooks Image (Overbooks Elixir x Image's Golden Girl), owned by Lisa Germann

Middle of the Trail Distance Riders Association
Anglo-Arabian: SS Pepsi Smoke (Gray Smokey+ x Karyon Pepsi), owned by Jim Burks

Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
Arabian: The Station Master (Taarik Galifrae x Picadilly Philly), owned by Lynda Townsend
Half-Arabian: Tawanda (Zubar x Dream Runner), owned by Carol Renton

Endurance High-Point Winners
American Endurance Ride Conference
100-mile Arabian: LV Integrity (LV Cartell x Rivaska), owned by Joyce Sousa
100-mile Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian: Tezeros Gold (Tezero x Buffy), owned by Suzanne Hayes
50-99 mile Arabian: WMA Lightfoot+// (Presidio x Love Me Lightly), owned by Sherrie Reimers
50-99 mile Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian: April Windstar+/ (VA Renegade x Wings Saranade), owned by Leisa Belser

In addition to the Distance High-Point Award program AHA has four additional programs available to distance riders and their horses--the Distance Horse Awards, Horse Achievement Awards, Amateur Achievement Awards and the International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes. Arabian Horse America also has three programs available to distance riders: the Competitive Distance Program,, the Frequent Rider Program, and the Open Incentive Program,

In the Distance Horse Awards program, horses earn plaques and mileage markers for each 500 completed miles at endurance and competitive trail rides.

In the Horse Achievement Awards program, horses earn points by competing and placing in rides, and those points earn plaques, symbols after their registered names and the chance to win a Sundowner trailer as an overall year-end, high-point program award.

Distance riders enrolled in the Amateur Achievement Awards program receive plaques based upon each level they achieve, and the chance to win an MD Barn as an overall year-end, high-point award. Participants may also ride multiple horses.

Horses that are enrolled in the Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes program receive prize money payouts at AHA regional and national championship rides. More than $130,000 is available to distance riding horses each year. For more information on any of these programs, contact AHA at 303-696-4500.

AHASM is a 40,000 member breed association that registers Arabians, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, administers more than $4 million in prize money annually, produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote Arabian horse breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail or visit


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