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.


The organization must be recognized as a legitimate equine organization with the ability to verify event rosters and placements.  The points must be earned while the horse and rider are registered and active members of ACTHA.  We will recognize competitive trail events both on the trail and in the arena, where riders receive a score/placement (not a trail ride).  Points will be awarded only for achievement awards and will not count towards state or national standings.

The current list of recognized trail organizations included in ACTHA’s Achievement Awards program include;  American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), Arabian Horse Association (AHA), Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA), North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), Southern Obstacle Challenge Association (SOCA), Texas Trail Challenge Club (TTCC), National Peruvian Horse Association (NPHA), Pinto Horse Association (PtHA), and the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA).

To recommend an organization to be included in this program please contact [email protected] for consideration.


The American Competitive Trail Horse Association’s mission, duty and purpose is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to unwanted, unused, abandoned and abused equines on a national level. ACTHA’s mission to provide a venue for the trail rider to participate in the sport of competitive trail riding, focuses on educating participants on all aspects of the equine, care, training, as well as the importance of being a good steward of our natural resources (land, water, and the animals entrusted in our care). To create an enjoyable venue to showcase the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse and granting the recognition they so richly deserve.  Leading by example, ACTHA donates 20% of its member rider proceeds from each event to registered 501(c)3 organizations (usually equine charities providing care for horses in need), and provides a vehicle for organizations to raise funds to support their cause.  Our mission focuses on creating and enabling humane treatment and employment options for every able bodied equine, reducing the burden on local, state, and federal programs to support the ever growing problem of unwanted, unused, abandoned, and abused equines. To further our mission, ACTHA will create and maintain a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to their value and distinction.