Trail Challenge to Benefit Wounded Service Men and Women

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is proud to partner with Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Cowboy Up! to host a nationwide Trail Challenge called Ride to Remember from November 10-11 2012. ACTHA riders all across the nation will hit the trails to pay tribute and remember our nation’s service men and women.

Every ACTHA Trail Challenge held over the Veteran’s Day weekend, will assist in raising much needed funds for Horses For Heroes – New Mexico, Cowboy Up!. ACTHA Ride Hosts across the nation will also have the ability to donate a portion of those funds raised to their local nonprofit organizations that support our wounded warriors.

Horses For Heroes – New Mexico, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to Veterans and active military who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma (PTSD) during their time serving our country.

From day one Veterans are hands on with horses, beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are Veterans themselves. Visit their website to learn more:

ACTHA’s Co-Founder Karen VanGetson is proud to host this event, “Coming from a military family (Semper Fi!) and having used the benefits of horses and riding for my own child suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), it is beyond words that I can express, how excited I am to get to impact the lives of our soldiers suffering from war. The funds that will be donated to Horses for Heroes NM, Inc. will go directly to operating costs, meaning they will directly impact the lives of soldiers to help them heal on horseback.”

For more information on ACTHA’s Ride to Remember or for sponsorship opportunities with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association visit


Six Miles. Six Natural Obstacles. Six Judges. ACTHA’s Mission is to provide an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse, granting them the recognition they so richly deserve. ACTHA competitions are held all over the United States and Canada. For more info about ACTHA visit

ACTHA Sponsors

Platinum Performance, Durvet, Cavallo Horse & Rider, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, Best of America by Horseback, Lonestar Barn, Tucker Trail Saddles, 4-Star Trailers, Monty Roberts, Lynn Palm, Hodges Badge Company, Mustang Heritage Foundation, Robart Bits, Straight Time Stirrups, Mary Ann Kennedy, JW Brooks Custom Hat Co, Horse Colic Relief, Molly’s Custom Silver, Revitavet, Katlyn, Parry Tack, Spursuader, Barranada, High Hopes Designs, Rodeo Etc. , Colorful Manes & Tails, Paddock Purses and Jewelry, Espana SILK, Favorite Cowgirl Coffee, Mayatex Saddle Blankets, Vettec Hoof Care Products.

Affiliated Breed Associations

American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, American Gaited Mountain Horse, American Indian Horse Registry, American Morgan Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, International Purebred Appaloosa Association, The National Walking Horse Association, North American Mustang Association & Registry, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Association, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, United Mountain Horse.