ACTHA's Competitive Year 2013/2014 Closes With Cavallo Horse and Rider's $10,000 Pay Out, Tucker Saddles, Championship Jackets, Ovation Helmets, More Saddles, Best Junior Buckle Ever, and Championship Buckles From Molly's Custom Silver That Larry Mahan Would Be Proud to wear. We asked him!
*Best of all $95,657 raised for charity*
What a year! The winners in many divisions could not be computed until the final event of the year on 5/31/14. The very last day of the ACTHA competitive season annually! We've never had it this close. Fractions of points separated so many!
But in the end yet another spine tingling year end race, two National Champions emerged splitting the Cavallo World Series $10,000 pot! $7,000 to the open winner and $3,000 to the pleasure winner. Second place in the nationals received an ACTHA Lifetime Membership for their sportsmanship and incredibly close finishes.
It was noted throughout the year that the Cavallo Boot has become the foot wear of choice. Many if not most competed barefoot in their Cavallo boots and demonstrated the boot’s toughness and ease of use. But most of all the fact that Cavallo Boots stay on better than any-other, yet are so easy to take off and put on.
"ACTHA's top contenders competed in close to 100 events each to win this coveted Cash Prize" states Kim Forbes, Director of Member Awards for ACTHA. "I have had the pleasure of overseeing the National Champion chase for the generous $10,000 cash award and all of our state awards and junior awards not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of medal awards that many of our members received during the year.
Combined with the ACTHA Bucks redeemable for merchandise at our scores of our generous sponsors allowing the purchases of wonderful things…in total I’ve had the honor of administering well over a million dollars in gifts and prizes…FOR HAVING FUN TRAIL RIDING with friends and family! I may have the most fun job in the horse industry! While we at ACTHA place a very low emphasis on the casual competitive aspect of our association and registry it's fun to see our members, young and senior receive acknowledgement for their improvements. I personally just love the medals…everyone can win medals, and they're really cool thanks to our sponsors. See them here! Greatest sponsors in the world! "
So how can ACTHA and their sponsors top the 2013/2014 season awards?! “It’s not easy,” says Robin Tilghman Chief Operating Officer. “But how's this for starters? TWO expense paid trips to AUSTRALIA, air and hotel included plus tickets to EQUITANA 2015. How cool is that!? And ANY MEMBER or RIDE HOST CAN WIN! Each winner has their own individual hotel room so a friend can come with for just airfare!
Of course our inspirational medals program continue to thrive with new and more being the theme. But ACTHA does indeed have a degree of competition for those that want to rise to the challenge. So what will our national champions for 2014/2015 season receive?
NEW TRUCKS. Diesel for open winner and gas for pleasure. For their reigning year as champions they will ride in style in their ACTHA skinned trucks. We’re going to have to work hard to top that in 2016! "Casual Competition…Serious Fun" indeed Mrs. Tilghman concludes.
Oh….what about our Juniors you might ask? Best prize we know of…JUNIORS RECEIVE FREE ACTHA MEMBERSHIPS FROM NOW ON."
We hereby honor our national champions for the 2013/2014 season.
OPEN CHAMPIONS FOR 2013/2014 ACTHA SEASON
Runner up Sandra Walker on Goghsmokem- Lifetime Membership
A stone’s throw back Stephen Gregory on Billy!
PLEASURE CHAMPIONS FOR THE 2013/2014 ACTHA SEASON
Kim Pundai on Lex $3,000 and a championship saddle from Tucker Saddlery
Runner up Roberta Coddington on Blondie-Lifetime Membership
A stone’s throw back Jan Garvin on Peponitas Shot Gun
NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPION FOR 2013/2014
Jade Walker on Lady TX-THE FINEST BUCKLE IN THE LAND wear it proudly Jade you deserve it.
Buckle donated by Cavallo Horse and Rider with Cooperation from Molly’s Custom Silver.
We finish our 2013/2014 season by honoring our state champions. So many stories and so many good times….
ACTHA STATE CHAMPIONS FOR 2013/2014 OPEN-PLEASURE AND JUNIOR
“Casual Competition…Serious Fun!”
ONTO 2014/2015 WHAT A GREAT RIDE IT’S GOING TO BE. JOIN US!!
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