a friend and get a discount this year
American Paint Horse Association plans several trail rides
WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will host
more trail rides than any other time in its history with at least
ten outings planned around the nation this year.
For a relaxing time away from the hectic pace of everyday life,
try an APHA trail ride. All breeds of horses are welcome and you
don't have to be a member of APHA to participate. Bring a friend
this year and get a discount.
trail ride activities for members and their friends is taking on
increasing importance for APHA. A recent membership survey, in fact,
showed that 76 percent of its members participate in some sort of
trail riding activity.
goal in 2004 is to accommodate our members and make our rides as
easy as possible for them to attend," said Cody Weirich, APHA
trail ride coordinator. "That's why we've added several more
rides in the past few years. Also, we understand that not everyone
can get away for a whole week, so we've increased the number of
weekend rides. We'll also make room for people who want to come
out and join us for only a day or two on some of our longer rides."
APHA-sponsored rides, association members and non-members alike
are invited, and they are not restricted by the breed of horse they
ride. It is APHA's hope that rides will help inspire people to join
the association and one day purchase an American Paint Horse.
discount and offers in 2004
In an effort to recruit more people for its trail riding program,
APHA is offering a 10-percent discount to anyone who recruits a
person who has never been on an APHA trail ride to register and
national trail rides will also offer leaders of the association's
111 regional clubs the opportunity to experience a trail ride adventure
first-hand and share it with their members. Trail ride activities
will become even more popular at the regional club level, with a
new 2004 APHA rule change that was passed recently. The new rule
allows trail rides to be considered as part of club charter requirements.
addition, APHA's saddle-log program, Ride America®, is offering
double hours for every hour spent riding on an APHA-sponsored national
trail ride. As an added feature to streamline that program, members
can now log their Ride America hours online.
the trails lead in 2004
Following is a confirmed listing of areas where APHA rides will
lead in 2004. As rides are added, they will be listed at http://www.apha.com/trailrides.
Also, visit this site for specific information on accommodations
and fees, and to obtain registration forms for all rides. For further
information, you may contact Cody Weirich at (817) 222-6439, or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exciting new ride planned this year will take place at the Bar
Fifty Ranch, a beautiful cattle and horse facility located 20 miles
from Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ranch itself is situated on 200
acres, but horse trails wind their way into 20,000 acres of the
foothills of the Ouashita Mountains.
spring ride will offer a great opportunity to watch the forests
come alive with vibrant colors.
Natural Gait Trail Ride
Located near Marquette, Iowa
In Iowa, at the Natural Gait ranch, near Marquette, riders will
travel through diverse countryside, including river crossings and
trails that wind through heavy timber areas populated by deer, turkey
and other wildlife. From the lower elevations, riders will make
their way up to some dramatic high bluffs. This section of Iowa,
which has been nicknamed "Little Switzerland," offers
many delightful surprises.
area also has a fascinating history. In nearby Harper's Ferry, the
Eastern Woodland Indians built "effigy" mounds from around
500 B.C. until about the time they came in contact with Europeans.
These effigy mounds, or carved representations in the earth, were
constructed in the shape of mammals, birds or reptiles. The mounds
are preserved and protected by the National Park Service at Effigy
Mounds National Monument.
Natural Gait offers 400 acres of diverse countryside adjacent to
the Yellow River State Forest, a natural environment for horse lovers
looking for a picturesque and relaxing ride.
Bow Trail Ride
Broken Bow, Nebraska
At the Broken Bow Trail Ride in Broken Bow, Nebraska, riders will
experience the beauty and serenity of the Nebraska Sandhills region.
This part of the state covers an expansive area of sand dunes that
stretch across the countryside. The Sandhills region contains about
95 percent of Nebraska's rangeland.
large masses of sand-some as high as 400 feet and 20 miles long-are
the largest such formations in the Western Hemisphere. Formed by
blowing sands, the terrain is now held in place by grass vegetation.
Trail riders who long for wide-open spaces will find this region
to be a paradise.
Robinson Trail Ride
Located at Fort Robinson State Park, three miles west of Crawford
APHA's ride in Nebraska will be held at Fort Robinson State Park,
three miles west of Crawford. Here, riders will visit an area that
is rich in the history of the American West. Fort Robinson, a military
outpost from 1874 to 1948, is located in the heart of the rugged
Pine Ridge region of northern Nebraska. Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and
Walter Reed were just a few of the historic figures who helped carve
the fort's place in the history of the American West.
Robinson spans more than 22,000 acres of majestic countryside, offering
breathtaking views and outstanding trails that pass through tall
grass prairies, breathtaking rock formations and Ponderosa pine
Midwest Trail Ride
Located in southern Indiana, The Midwest Trail Ride is a privately
owned horseman's campground bordering Hoosier National Forest. The
Ohio River flows just south of the forest, which encompasses 644,163
acres, with more than 192,000 acres in public land. The patchwork
effect of small farms, pastures, cross-road communities, and national
forest gives the Hoosier National Forest a distinctive rural flavor.
area is within a day's drive of the metropolitan centers of Cincinnati,
Louisville, Chicago, Evansville, and Indianapolis.
The APHA-sponsored ride features nearly 100 miles of well-marked
wilderness trails that traverse streams and a diverse landscape
filled with hardwoods, pines and cedars throughout the hills and
Boy Scout Ranch Ride
Near Cimarron, New Mexico
APHA will hosts its trail ride in New Mexico at the Philmont Boy
Scout Ranch, near Cimarron, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This
vast territory spans more than 137,000 acres of some of the most
beautiful land in the nation and APHA riders will see it from the
highest elevations, sometimes up to 8,000 feet above sea level.
mountains, mesas, pine forests, lakes and streams can be found in
every direction from the ranch trail head. This wide-open territory
was donated to the Boy Scouts of America by philanthropist Waite
Phillips in the mid-1900s.
parts of the rugged terrain trails of northeast New Mexico have
remained relatively untouched since legendary frontiersmen like
Kit Carson carved them out in the mid-1800s. Carson's wilderness
residence is located just a few miles from the ranch and is open
fall ride this year will offer a spectacular view of fall foliage
in the region. In addition, a "Legends by Lantern" tour
of historic Cimarron will be conducted, with the tour guide lighting
the way by an 1800s-era hand-held lamp.
selected nights, local wrangler and talented singer/songwriter Rod
Taylor will provide musical entertainment.
Held at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, riders will enjoy many breathtaking
views in this mountainous region of northwest Georgia. One of the
largest college campuses in the world, Berry College has numerous
miles of scenic riding trails.
will take riders over various terrains, such as dirt roads, mountains
and wooded trails. There are also several points of interest such
as reservoir lakes, water wheels and a historic schoolhouse.
America offers more opportunities to hit the trail
For those who prefer to ride at their own pace, the association
maintains the APHA Ride America" program. Through this program,
members earn rewards and recognition for their achievements riding
an American Paint Horse. Now, Ride America participants may receive
double hours for each hour riding at an APHA-sponsored national
trail ride, and they can log all their hours online.
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 14 achievement levels-from
100 to 10,000 hours-APHA records their accomplishments and rewards
them with special patches. Depending on hours of riding reached,
participants can also earn saddle bags, halters, lead ropes and
is no time limit for riders to achieve their hours, as long as their
APHA membership remains active.
Ride America information may be accessed at http://www.apha.com/rideamerica,
or call Amy Foerster, Ride America coordinator, at (817) 834-2742,
guide for trail riders
Still another way APHA promotes recreational riding is through the
free distribution of its Guide to Recreational Riding. The 36-page
trail riding guide is packed full of useful information, from the
importance of keeping horses in good condition to critical safety
guidelines. The booklet also contains valuable information on tack
and equipment, saddling up, trailering a horse, and general horsemanship.
Guide to Recreational Riding may be accessed online at http://www.apha.com/forms/guidebooks.html.
Or for a printed copy, call APHA at (817) 834-2742, extension 773.