ACTHA Announces the Great American Trail Horse Festival

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) has announced a first of its kind trail horse celebration, honoring the diversity of all of America’s trail horses.  The Great American Trail Horse Festival will take place November 5-8, 2015 at the Von Holten Ranch in Mora, Missouri.  


ACTHA Achievement Awards Are Recognized To Approved Competitive Trail Organization

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) values the efforts of every competitive trail organization in recognizing the great American trail horse.  In keeping with our mission, beginning June 1, 2015, ACTHA will recognize other organizations’ competitive trail challenges and arena obstacle courses so that points earned will count towards ACTHA Achievement Awards.


ACTHA Announces National Champions for 2014-2015 Competitive Year

The culmination of ACTHA’s seventh competitive season was led by a sweep of southern belles and their AQHA horses.  The Lone Star state of Texas is the home to a pair of National Champions in ACTHA’s 2014-2015 Competitive Season: 


8 of the Best Places to Go Trail Riding

There are so many great places to ride in this beautiful country of ours. Here are just a few for you in this story.


The Von Holten Ranch: “A Family Heritage”

Von Holten Ranch is a new trail riding facility near Sedalia, Missouri owned and operated by David and Brandy Von Holten.  Sedalia also happens to be the home of the annual Missouri State Fair.  Von Holten Ranch has been in the Von Holten family since 1906, making it a celebrated century farm.  


On the Trail With Stephanie

Check out Stephanie's new blog on "On the Trail With Stephanie". There's a new one every week! Follow her and her mare Ruby as Stephanie tries to manage a family and her "horse problem" by visiting Stephanie is a longtime Horsecity Forum member and and a member of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association. We're sure you're going to love her!

Fifty Years of Teamwork

ACTHA ride host “team” Carole and Gary Wilder were high school sweethearts from the farm county in Iowa.  In September, they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  A monumental milestone filled with love and teamwork, which along the way has been blessed with a wonderful daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons.  


See the Country From the Back of Your Horse

After twenty years of traveling and riding our horses around this beautiful country of ours Jim and I have seen some of the best trails this country has to offer. We have traveled from the east to the west, north to the south, and everything in between. Our love of traveling and our passion for trail riding even led us to sell our home, store our belongings, and explore the country for over five years as full-time RV'ers. What a life we have.


ACTHA Host Support Team Member Joins the Equestrian Medical Safety Association’s Board of Directors

Fellow non-profits, ACTHA and the Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA) are pleased to announce the addition of Selena Lucas of West Virginia to their Board of Directors.  Ms. Lucas is a member of the ACTHA Host Support Team, an ACTHA Ride Host, a certified ACTHA judge and a certified Canine and Equine Sports Massage Therapist.  


The Truth about Trail Riding

by Janine Wilder

There is nothing that I enjoy more than trail riding. In fact, that is all Jim, my husband, and I do. Our life is literally trail riding and traveling the country with our horses. "Seeing the country from the back of my horse" is more than just a statement of fact, it is our "way of life". As we all know trail riding has become one of the fastest growing past times for the equestrian. What better way to enjoy life, this great country, and your favorite equine friend than on the trail of your choice.

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