In Four, Three, Two...... Lights! Camera! Action! How often when you get ready to ride does your life seem like a scene from a movie? Was it an action adventure, a serious drama, a cartoon or more of a tear jerker? And, were you the star, a guest star, a scene stealer or crew member behind the scenes. When you stop and think about it much of our lives are like a movie and depending on where you were in the above list, it may be inspiring or depressing. It all depends on the way it's directed, edited, presented and performed.
To bring in the New Year the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, ACTHA, a Texas Limited Liability Company, has announced that it has filed for non-profit status.
"It is never as much as we want but we’ll take a 33 percent gain over the previous year as long as we can keep the lights on and keep horses employed in record numbers," states Tom Scrima, ACTHA's General Manager.
The Virginia Horse Council and the American Competitive Trail Horse Association have announced a new joint initiative to promote trail riding and all horses in Virginia. In the first of what is hoped to be many partnerships, ACTHA has partnered with the Virginia Horse Council to help encourage all Virginia horsemen and horsewomen to join and be active in their respective horse organizations.
ACTHA released 280,000 names with geo specific zip coding and longitudes and latitudes today to NetPosse.com, (also known as Stolen Horses International) the foremost finders of stolen horses in the USA.
In the seven years since its inception ACTHA’s list of outstanding sponsors and partners continues to grow at record pace. ACTHA is pleased to welcome their newest national sponsor TRUE VALUE.
Having customer service keep pace with explosive growth challenges the best of companies. In a bold move ACTHA has devised a relatively unique call back system. Should a customer or member call the help line and disconnect because a live service representative is not available to pick up immediately, a return call is made regardless if a message is left...or not.
Being a registry in addition to a competitive trail riding association the American Competitive Trail Horse Association has records on all of the horses that participate as members. "Our registry indicated 1,762 horses have been taken out of rescues, or rescue situations, to work at ACTHA. As far as I know we are alone in being able to document name of owner and contact information for every rescue horse ACTHA has helped to return to the workplace. And nothing makes me and our staff prouder," say Carrie Scrima a Founder of ACTHA.
November 11th is always reserved as Veterans Day in observance of the signing of the armistice ending World War One in 1918. ACTHA is shooting for 111 events on Veterans Day week end with all proceeds, except direct administrative costs, going to Veteran Outreach Programs like Horses4Heroes where ACTHA has been successful finding members to set up local chapters.
As the idea of natural horsemanship training has become more mainstream in the equine community of the United States, the value of trail riding is increasingly prevalent in the training process of both horses and riders.
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