ACTHA has announced that The Great American Trail Horse Festival being held November 5-8, 2015 at the Von Holten Ranch in Mora, Missouri will feature some of the equestrian world’s best known clinicians. The largest trail horse celebration in U.S. history is open to all trail horses, all breeds, all trail organizations and all disciplines. The clinicians featured come from as equally diverse background as the riders themselves, allowing for countless educational opportunities for all who will be attending.
During these hot summer months, it's easy to come up with any excuse to complain or grouch about not wanting to ride. Here in Texas it's not uncommon for summer to carry on all the way to late October. So when it's hot, and I mean really hot, it's often justified to let dust collect on your saddle due to feeling lazy or even exhausted between the heat, humidity, glaring sunlight and grumpy horses.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 http://www.horsecity.com/blogs/on-the-trail-with-stephanie. 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!
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.
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.
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