The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce that we have reached a three-year agreement with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to host the first-ever multi-breed National Endurance Championship Rides beginning in 2016.
In its 11th year, the 2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) is returning to the heartland and will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Vinita, OK on September 24, 2016. The ride is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.
Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships. The ride begins at the Frank’s Ranch, 430853 E 220 Rd, Vinita, OK 74301.
For more event information please visit the ApHC website at http://www.appaloosa.com/trail/national-champ.htm. You’ll find detailed information on the ride and a 2016 ANCER entry form.
Additionally, the ApHC is seeking sponsorship support of the ride. By clicking on the link above, you’ll find sponsorship information and perks. Please consider supporting the ride and ApHC riders as they compete in this multi-breed championship!
If you have questions, please contact the Appaloosa Horse Club at 208.882.5578 ext. 264.
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Support National Forest Trails Bill Today!
On Thursday, July 16, the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110). The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians. This bill is strongly supported by the American Horse Council.
AHC urges all recreational riders and trail users to call their Senators and ask them to support the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110) and to please co-sponsor this legislation.
You can reach your Senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles public lands issues.
Call them today and tell them;
•You support the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110) and it is important to trail riders and all recreational trail users in your state.
•The Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.
•S. 1110 will direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails and identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.
•This bill will help improve trail maintenance without adding to the federal budget deficit.
•The bill is bi-partisan and supported by a wide range of recreational users of public land.
•Please support and co-sponsor this important legislation.
If you have any questions please contact the AHC.
The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) and the Appaloosa Horse Club are pleased to announce a new program to further recognize the great American trail horse. In line with the motto, “A job for every horse,” ACTHA’s new Competitive Trail Organization Partnership program is a way to keep even more horses employed and out of dire circumstances. Beginning June 1, as an ACTHA member, your horse can earn points wherever they compete! Regardless if ridden at an ACTHA event or with another organization, horses can accumulate points in the Achievement Awards Program that stay with them for life. Now you can combine the points earned at ACTHA rides with those earned from other organizations that host competitive trail riding or obstacles. This means your endurance ride, or trail class in an arena will count toward your next Achievement Award. For more information on ACTHA, please visit www.actha.us.
Be sure to check out the October issue of Western Horseman for an article about the Chief Joseph Trail Ride!
If you’ve ever been a participant or a basic fan of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride, you can celebrate with a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Buckle produced by our partners at Montana Silversmiths. The ApHC is offering the two options shown in the picture and orders are being accepted now. Call the office at 208.882.5578 ext. 264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m told that if you order by May 15th, you will receive your buckle in time for this year’s ride.
The 50th Anniversary Chief Joseph Trail Ride will be July 20-26, 2014. Additional information will be posted on the website as soon as a few more details are available. In the meantime, we’ve heard there might be some interest in anniversary logo apparel, so here’s your first opportunity. Our partners at Tioga Territory can sell you a gift certificate for Christmas shopping purposes and the recipient can pick his/her own colors, etc. The T-Shirt is $20 and the zip hoodie is $44. Additional items with the anniversary logo will be available as well. Keep checking the Tioga website link for those.
This year’s Chief Joseph Trail Ride started at Pilot Creek camp near Cooke City, Montana, but technically in Wyoming. Approximately 140 riders experienced one of the prettiest segments of the Nez Perce Trail, traveling in the Clark’s Fork country. Scenery was spectacular and the trail was well scouted thanks to folks with Shoshone National Forest. The really good news is that we had no significant human or equine injuries or illnesses and at least 90% of participants had a great time. We were pleased (and honored) to have a sizable group of Nez Perce youth and adults, visitors from Norway, Germany and England as well as the usual assortment from all across the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to the entire support crew for a great week!
Web alert! For those of you who’ve been waiting patiently for information and application forms, take a click tour to the trail/distance section of appaloosa.com to find downloadable forms for this year’s Chief Joseph Trail Ride and Land of Liberty Trail Ride. We look forward to your participation!
Forgot to tell you that I had the pleasure of attending this year’s ANCER in Oregon. It was a lot like the old days of watching my daughter at cross country meets…see the start and see the finish with a few glimpses in between. In the case of the route though, the start/finish area was also the site for periodic vet checks and rest breaks so there was plenty to see among those participating in a 100-miler, 50-miler and 25. The ANCER is a 50 mile trek. The high desert country is dramatic and changes considerably as the day progresses.
Complete results are posted in the trail/distance section of appaloosa.com (or soon will be). Pictured here is Jacob Cukjati and MIAMIS KEKIONGA SHA, ANCER winner and 9th place finisher overall in the 50-miler. A big thank you to the Oregon Trail ApHC for their support and hospitality. It was definitely fun to present the awards and mix with a group of dedicated Appaloosa fans. We also very much appreciate the support of Tioga Territory, Texas Equine Mercantile, Montana Silversmiths, Lucie Hess and Penny Whitehead.
American Horse Council update
Last week, Congress passed MAP-21 the multiyear national highway bill. The new law reauthorizes the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and allocates $85 million in annual funding for the program. RTP is important to recreational riders all over the country and the AHC is pleased Congress preserved this program in the highway bill.
Since its inception RTP has provided money for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for all recreational trail users. It is funded with a portion of the gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by recreational off-highway vehicle users.
Reauthorization of RTP was not assured. Early versions of the bill would have eliminated the RTP program or removed dedicated funding for the program that would have effectively ended RTP as it currently exists. The AHC, along with a broad coalition of recreational users, has been working for many years to protect RTP and ensure it was part of any highway bill that was eventually passed. Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) were instrumental in preserving RTP as were the thousands of Americans, including equestrians, who contacted their Members of Congress to voice support for the program.
For those of you who need details about the memorial service for Dr. John…it’s tomorrow.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Grand Lake Casino Lodge and Event Center, Hwy 10- 26301 S. 655 Road, Grove, OK 74344, (918) 786-4406. Donations in his name can be made to: The Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake, Inc., POB 451368, Grove, OK 74345; Integris Grove Hospital Building Fund, 1001 E. 18th Street, Grove, OK 74344 (Attention- Cathy Trewyn); or The ApHC Scholarship Fund, ApHC Museum at the Appaloosa Horse Club, 2720 W. Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843. No flowers please.
Update from the American Competitive Trail Horse Association…Season 2 of America’s Favorite Trail Horse will be completely new! The emphasis this season will be on the horse/human interest story. Every equine and their human partner have a story, a partnership, a bond… we want to hear it! We want to broadcast it to the world and show how awesome the great American Trail Horse is, and we want you to tell us your journey! Each horse and rider in the Finals will be showcased in one of thirteen 1-hour episodes. America will vote for their favorite horse during 10 voting episodes, and then America votes again for their favorite from the top winners to crown America’s Favorite Trail Horse 2012!
Dozens of live auditions will be held all over the United States. By registering early, you will reserve your spot and have priority in selecting your audition location. SEASON 2 brings some exciting changes. We have designated two divisions to accommodate different levels of competition. The divisions are PROFESSIONAL and PLEASURE. Everything you need to know is outlined in our DETAILS section at www.actha.us
We’re told by the folks at ACTHA, that they would especially like even more Appaloosa riders to participate. Who knows, you might be a TV star.
Show us YOUR Favorite Trail Horse and get your chance to be on RFD TV !
The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is proud to announce Season Two of America’s Favorite Trail Horse, a national TV Series in search of America’s favorite trail horse. “Season One of America’s Favorite Trail Horse was a huge success! The horses we met and the stories that we shared touched our hearts, there was no way that we couldn’t do this again” stated ACTHA co-founder Karen VanGetson. “Our mission is to give the great trail horse the recognition it deserves and this is a wonderful opportunity to do just that”.
In a similar format to Season One, horses all over the country will have a chance to compete to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a new 4 Star living quarter’s trailer. The finals will be held at the beautiful Franklin Family Ranch in Blanco, TX and will be aired on RFD TV!
Do you have a great Trail Horse? Have a partnership you’d like to share with America? TELL US YOUR STORY! We’re looking for all breeds, all skill levels, and lots of personality! Season 2 of America’s Favorite Trail Horse will be completely new! The emphasis this season will be on the horse/human interest story. Every equine and their human partner have a story, a partnership, a bond…we want to hear it! We want to broadcast it to the world and show how awesome the great American Trail Horse is, and we want you to tell us your journey! Each horse and rider in the Finals will be showcased in one of thirteen 1-hour episodes. America will vote for their favorite trail horse during 10 voting episodes, and then America votes again for their favorite from the top winners to crown America’s Favorite Trail Horse 2012!
More Options for 2012!
Season 2 brings some exciting changes. We have designated two divisions to accommodate different levels of competition. The divisions are Professional and Pleasure. We will also offer Live Auditions as well as Video Auditions. See details on our website. We want you on RFD TV this Fall! Go to www.actha.us to register today!
Don’t Miss the SECOND voting episode at 8pm EST on September 27, 2011 (that’s tonight)!
Watch the second ten finalists as they compete to earn your vote and their share of the $100,00 in prize money! America’s Favorite Trail Horse will air at 8pm EST on HRTV DISH channel 404. Every episode will be shown FREE on www.actha.tv simultaneously at 8pm EST. Voting starts as soon as the episode is over at 9pm EST and will be open for 48 hours per episode. If you missed any of the episodes, you can still watch it at www.actha.tv
How to VOTE:
Ten horse are showcased in each of the 10 episodes, with one horse chosen
as a winner of each $5000 episode. The 10 winning horses then proceed to
the final round where 3 grand prize winners will be awarded a total of
$50,000. Only one vote per email address per episode and voting starts
after each Tuesday night episode at 8pm EST.
Last week’s winner was Marjorie Chema riding Emmy Lee! (1/2 Spanish Arab
Every Vote counts! Pass the word! Tell us your Favorite!
« More Past Entries
Follow the amazing journey of the nation’s top 100 trail horses on America’s Favorite Trail Horse and vote for your favorite, who will receive their share of the $100,000 in prize money. America’s Favorite Trail Horse will premiere at 8pm EST on September 13th 2011 on HRTV on DISH channel 404. Check your local listings on cable networks. Every Episode will also be shown FREE on www.actha.tv simultaneously at 8pm EST. Voting starts as soon as the episode is over at 9pm EST Tuesday and voting will be open for 48 hours per episode.
ApHC member George Ehmer (you may recall) is a contestant, so be sure to watch for and vote for George and Joker!
How to Watch America’s Favorite Trail Horse…
TV: Channel 404 on HRTV on the Dish Network
ACTHA.TV Online: www.actha.tv FREE
When to tune in…
Tuesday – 8pm EST/ 5pm PST
Tuesday – Same episode repeats 3 hrs later 11pm EST/8 pm PST
When scheduling permits: Repeats Sunday 10am EST/7am PST
How to vote for your favorite trail horse…
Ten horses are showcased in each of the 10 episodes, with one horse chosen as the winner of each $5000 episode. The 10 winning horses then proceed to the final round where 3 grand prize winners will be awarded a total of $50,000. Only one vote per email address per episode and voting starts after each Tuesday night episode at 8pm EST. Voting is open for 48 hours. You can also REVIEW competitors by watching episodes at www.actha.tv