Trail Rides

American Paint Horse Association Trail Ride Adventures
Get your ticket to ride with APHA

If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to see some of America’s most beautiful countryside from the back of your horse, you’ll want to consider an adventure with the American Paint Horse Association. APHA has outstanding rides planned across the country, and the experience is sure to be one that you will cherish for a lifetime.


Photos courtesy of Loretta Asche, www.aschephotography.com

APHA welcomes everyone to ride along on any of its outings this year, and they may participate on any breed of horse or mule. So, sign up today for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and see America the way it should be seen – with your horse and a fine group of friends from APHA.

Check back often for more scheduled rides.

Rules of the Ride

APHA trail rides are sponsored by Gist Silversmiths and Hart Trailers

APHA's Flagship Trail Ride: September 1–6, 2014
19th Annual Fort Robinson Trail Ride
Located at Fort Robinson State Park, three miles west of Crawford, Nebraska
Take the ultimate equine destination vacation with APHA on the all-inclusive Fort Robinson Trail Ride. The association's flagship trail ride, this location is rich in the history of the American West. Today, it offers visitors a unique way to touch history, meet fellow Paint enthusiasts and see some of America's most scenic views. ride info


Regional Ride: August 9 and 10, 2014
The Ultimate Cowboy Trail Ride, Menetou Salon, France
The Ultimate Cowboy Trail Ride is an event that will immerse you into the extraordinary adventure that is America in the 1860s to 1890s—30 years of discoveries and migration through the American West. 

This is a semi-staged trail ride, a mix of role playing and traditional trail ride, including actors who will stay true to the tradition and lore of the Old West. A Western costume (cowboy, trapper, Indian, gold miner, etc.) is strongly encouraged. You will incarnate a character thirsty for adventure in a wild country with spectacular scenery. There, you will meet legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill, the James brothers and many others. Be careful! The further you go, the more your life will be in danger. Watch out for duels! The ride/role playing begins on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with a treasure hunt and orienteering race. The ride/role playing ends Sunday at lunch at the saloon.

Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch are included in the cost. Please bring a picnic lunch on Saturday which we will transport for you to the picnic area. Saturday night entertainment: Western music and dancing featuring the Lonesome Gamblers (http://www.lonesome-gamblers.com/) and the Cercle des Compagnons d’Oniros (http://www.oniros.net/).

Drinking water and latrines available. Free parking (cars, trucks and trailers) available on-site. Free camping available on-site. Please bring portable paddocks for your horses.

Riders must provide proof of liability insurance (for example FFE or AFEW cards).

In a nutshell, it's the Old West, camping, friendliness, horses and horse people in the great outdoors, dust, muscles and sweat ... good times with good friends!  To reserve your spot, contact Franck Gilbert at (33) 665 296655 or email franck.


Regional Ride: October 11, 2014
Texas Paint Horse Club Fall 2014 Trail Ride, Aubrey, Texas
What better way to start your fall trail riding than exploring the trails around Lake Ray Roberts with the Texas Paint Horse Club.  After a successful spring ride, the riders couldn't wait to hit the sandy trails again with new and returning friends.  If you'd like to come on Friday night, the Isle Dubois Equestrian Park offers water hookups for $15.  The entrance fee to Lake Ray Roberts Park is $7.     

Isle DuBois Equestrian Park is located at 100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258.  To reserve your spot, or for more information or additional directions, contact Eileen Daugirda at (817) 296-9144, or email Eileen.

Regional Ride: October 18, 2014
2014 CGG Saddle Up! for SIRE Ride-a-thon, Cat Spring, Texas
Ride with SIRE's (Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center) at their premier fall fundraising event featuring the SIRE Walk, Run, Ride-a-thon and Family Carnival.  Ride 7IL Ranch's 40 miles of trails over 1,150 acres of private land.  The terrain is gentle and rolling with sandy hills - good for barefoot horses. Trail rider entry includes breakfast, bbq lunch, a t-shirt, and general admission to the family carnival. 

7IL Ranch is located at 5389 Mill Creek Road, Cat Spring, TX 78933.  For directions to the ranch, visit 'Directions to 7il'.  To reserve your spot, or for more information, contact Natalie DeJong at (281) 356-7588, extension 202, or email Natalie.

 

 

Ride America ®
For those who prefer to ride at their own pace, the association offers the APHA Ride America program. Through this saddle-log program, members earn rewards and recognition for their achievements riding or driving an American Paint Horse.

When riders enroll in Ride America, they receive an official time log and a Ride America patch. They record each hour spent riding or driving their American Paint Horse and as they move through 14 achievement levels—from 100 to 10,000 hours—APHA records their accomplishments and rewards them with special patches and awards.

There is no time limit for riders to achieve their hours, as long as their APHA membership remains active. To date, more than 6,400 riders from 50 U.S. states and 19 other countries are actively involved in logging hours through Ride America.

Join Ride America today!


American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) rides
ACTHA trail rides qualify for double hours in APHA's Ride America program.  Find an ACTHA CTC (Competitive Trail Challenge) or AOC (Arena Obstacle Challenge) near you.

ACTHA-Schedule July-Aug 2014

AOC/CTC DATE LOCATION CONTACT EMAIL PHONE
AOC:1481 8/15/14 Talking Rock, GA Elaina Schmersey fancymountfarm@yahoo.com (404) 323-1566
AOC:1352 8/16/14 Glade Park, CO Maggie Cason mag.butterfly@gmail.com (970) 640-2839
AOC:1424 8/16/14 Cedarburg, WI Emily Kemp Kemphorsemanship@gmail.com (414) 704-0539
CTC:6803 8/16/14 Jamestown, TN Donna Martin truewest@hotmail.com (931) 752-8272
CTC:7060 8/16/14 Talking Rock, GA Elaina Schmersey fancymountfarm@yahoo.com (404) 323-1566
AOC:1375 8/17/14 Jamestown, TN Donna Martin truewest@hotmail.com (931) 752-8272
CTC:6815 8/17/14 Glade Park, CO Maggie Cason mag.butterfly@gmail.com (970) 640-2839
AOC:1431 8/23/14 Walden, NY Lauren Jones laurensuejones@gmail.com (845) 649-6954
CTC:6811 8/23/14 Lac Ste. Anne County, AB Carolyn Schmidt carolyn@sunwestequine.com (780) 967-5555
CTC:6873 8/23/14 Bethel, OH Tina Caldwell jrc3770@fuse.net (513) 885-4664
CTC:6935 8/23/14 Pine Mountain, GA Kim Stephens irishdancer82@yahoo.com (770) 356-4645
CTC:6967 8/23/14 Black, MO Dianne Miller brushy000@centurytel.net (573) 269-4600
CTC:6877 8/24/14 Bethel, OH Tina Caldwell jrc3770@fuse.net (513) 528-7768
CTC:6982 8/24/14 Black, MO Dianne Miller brushy000@centurytel.net (573) 269-4600
AOC:1464 8/30/14 Westfield, NC Nicole Mendenhall meadowbrookstables@aol.com (336) 442-1390
AOC:1488 8/30/14 Lake City, FL Cynthia Pittman threehorse4@yahoo.com (703) 409-1138
CTC:6920 8/30/14 McDonald, TN Denise Lineberry reinbowriders@gmail.com (423) 339-2517
CTC:7031 8/30/14 Westfield, NC Nicole Mendenhall meadowbrookstables@aol.com (336) 442-1390
CTC:7032 8/31/14 Westfield, NC Nicole Mendenhall meadowbrookstables@aol.com (336) 442-1390
CTC:7062 8/31/14 Lake City, FL Cynthia Pittman threehorse4@yahoo.com (703) 409-1138
CTC 09/06/14 Stevenson AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
CTC 09/06/14 Marianna FL Natalie Revels ntlmundell@yahoo.com (504) 905-9493
CTC 09/06/14 Collins MO Cheryl Hennings info@eagle-ranch.com (417) 275-1105
CTC 09/06/14 Edam SK Bruce Martin lhmartin@sasktel.net (306) 397-2775
CTC 09/06/14 Cumberland VA Kenny Harlow kenny@kennyharlow.com (434) 983-2221
CTC 09/06/14 Tewksbury MA Cordula Robinson cordularobinson@hotmail.com (617) 642-8842
A0C 09/06/14 Stevenson AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
A0C 09/06/14 Marianna FL Natalie Revels ntlmundell@yahoo.com (504) 905-9493
A0C 09/06/14 Cumberland VA Robin Tilghman robin.tilghman@actha.us (434) 989-1437
A0C 09/06/14 Alton NY Donna D Johnson donnadjny@aol.com (315) 576-0225
CTC 09/07/14 Stevenson AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
CTC 09/07/14 Marianna FL Natalie Revels ntlmundell@yahoo.com (504) 905-9493
CTC 09/07/14 Collins MO Cheryl Hennings info@eagle-ranch.com (417) 275-1105
CTC 09/07/14 Alton NY Donna D Johnson donnadjny@aol.com (315) 576-0225
CTC 09/07/14 Cumberland VA Kenny Harlow kenny@kennyharlow.com (434) 983-2221
CTC 09/13/14 Bristol TN Lorie Fleenor bdfandltf@gmail.com (423) 956-9386
CTC 09/13/14 Decorah IA Nicholle Phillips thunderrode2006@yahoo.com (563) 380-4449
CTC 09/13/14 Beulaville NC Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC 09/13/14 Jersey Shore PA Ann Muller amuller1@comcast.net (570) 329-2977
CTC 09/13/14 Hogansville GA Joan Keegan jcmkeegan@flatcreek.us (706) 637-8920
CTC 09/13/14 Fairfax MN Shelby Berglund shelby1072@hotmail.com (507) 227-1949
CTC 09/13/14 Spicewood TX Joel Mosher joelsforum@gmail.com (281) 224-1505
A0C 09/13/14 Birch Run MI Patricia Mayer mmayer2828@fmuth.com (989) 992-8679
A0C 09/13/14 Manor TX Stephanie G Powell steffie777@gmail.com (512) 413-4371
A0C 09/13/14 Camdenton MO Pam Campbell pamack91@gmail.com (573) 317-4449
CTC 09/14/14 Beulaville NC Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC 09/14/14 Fairfax MN Shelby Berglund shelby1072@hotmail.com (507) 227-1949
A0C 09/14/14 Jersey Shore PA Ann Muller amuller1@comcast.net (570) 329-2977
A0C 09/14/14 Huntley MT kristina patti krissers.99@gmail.com (406) 320-1560
A0C 09/14/14 Camdenton MO Pam Campbell pamack91@gmail.com (573) 317-4449
A0C 09/19/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270
CTC 09/20/14 Nunn CO CJ Donovan horsegal@ezlink.com (970) 481-4004
CTC 09/20/14 Altoona FL Valerie Stalvey vstalvey@hotmail.com (352) 875-3334
CTC 09/20/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270
CTC 09/20/14 South Boston VA Gary Holmes g.holmes@mindspring.com (434) 517-0888
CTC 09/20/14 Waynesville OH Carole Bower carole.bower@juno.com (513) 265-4477
CTC 09/20/14 Yamhill OR Ronald Stalman rstalman@tds.net (360) 263-2879
A0C 09/20/14 Escondido CA Lori Hall McNary hallmcnary@earthlink.net (760) 224-2483
CTC 09/21/14 Altoona FL Valerie Stalvey vstalvey@hotmail.com (352) 875-3334
CTC 09/21/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270
CTC 09/21/14 South Boston VA Gary Holmes g.holmes@mindspring.com (434) 517-0888
A0C 09/21/14 Lac Ste. Anne County AB Carolyn Schmidt carolyn@sunwestequine.com (780) 967-5555
A0C 09/21/14 Norco CA Lori Hall McNary hallmcnary@earthlink.net (760) 224-2483
A0C 09/25/14 Conyers GA Robert Butler rbutler514@gmail.com (404) 520-3370
CTC 09/27/14 Duluth MN Jane Ecklund snowhuggers@gmail.com (218) 721-4603
CTC 09/27/14 Seymour TN Jocelyn Smith jocelynpns@bellsouth.net (865) 406-6137
CTC 09/27/14 Stony Creek NY Claudia Wheeler wolfpondstables@yahoo.com (518) 696-5575
CTC 09/27/14 Southampton MA Kathleen Raymond kraymond24@hotmail.com (413) 527-8026
CTC 09/27/14 Dawson Springs KY Erin Waters watersfarms@wildblue.net (270) 625-5291
CTC 09/27/14 Beckley WV Selena Lucas horseypoo007@yahoo.com (304) 673-7629
CTC 09/27/14 Porterville CA Lucinda Terrell labcrazy@ocsnet.net (559) 542-2868
CTC 09/27/14 Thomasville GA Kim Stephens irishdancer82@yahoo.com (770) 356-4645
A0C 09/27/14 Salinas CA Lori Tuttle ljt1218@sbcglobal.net (831) 757-9235
A0C 09/27/14 Salinas CA Lori Tuttle ljt1218@sbcglobal.net (831) 757-9235
A0C 09/27/14 Strawberry Plains TN Jocelyn Smith jocelynpns@bellsouth.net (865) 406-6137
A0C 09/27/14 Beckley WV Selena Lucas horseypoo007@yahoo.com (304) 673-7629
CTC 09/28/14 Dawson Springs KY Erin Waters watersfarms@wildblue.net (270) 625-5291
CTC 09/28/14 Seymour TN Jocelyn Smith jocelynpns@bellsouth.net (865) 406-6137
CTC 09/28/14 Hillsborough NC Heidi Thiel heidictcrides@gmail.com (919) 477-0506
CTC 09/28/14 Beckley WV Selena Lucas horseypoo007@yahoo.com (304) 673-7629
CTC 09/28/14 Duluth MN Jane Ecklund snowhuggers@gmail.com (218) 721-4603
CTC 10/04/14 Collins MO Cheryl Hennings info@eagle-ranch.com (417) 275-1105
CTC 10/04/14 Milano TX john isaacs serveteachranch@aol.com (512) 455-2552
CTC 10/04/14 Star Valley AZ Gary Wilder glwild@hotmail.com (928) 595-0428
CTC 10/04/14 Pahrump NV Judith Guthrie darkmoonfarms@gmail.com (775) 990-9100
CTC 10/04/14 West Bend WI Emily Kemp kemphorsemanship@gmail.com (414) 704-0539
CTC 10/04/14 Saint Cloud FL Christine Davis healingtouchtherapeutic@yahoo.com (407) 405-7850
CTC 10/04/14 PA Furnace PA Stephanie Dobiss sjfleetwinds@verizon.net (814) 931-0360
CTC 10/04/14 Moundville AL Jennifer St. John jensmolliedog@gmail.com (205) 310-9990
A0C 10/04/14 Birch Run MI Patricia Mayer mmayer2828@fmuth.com (989) 992-8679
A0C 10/04/14 SWANSBORO NC JOHNNIE PITTMAN captjp@ec.rr.com (252) 622-7263
A0C 10/04/14 Esko, MN Carey Monson cmonson@live.com (218) 591-5905
A0C 10/04/14 Moundville AL Jennifer St. John jensmolliedog@gmail.com (205) 310-9990
CTC 10/05/14 Collins MO Cheryl Hennings info@eagle-ranch.com (417) 275-1105
CTC 10/05/14 Milano TX john isaacs serveteachranch@aol.com (512) 455-2552
CTC 10/05/14 Saint Cloud FL Christine Davis healingtouchtherapeutic@yahoo.com (407) 405-7850
CTC 10/05/14 Star Valley AZ Gary Wilder glwild@hotmail.com (928) 595-0428
CTC 10/05/14 Pahrump NV Judith Guthrie darkmoonfarms@gmail.com (775) 990-9100
CTC 10/05/14 SWANSBORO NC JOHNNIE PITTMAN captjp@ec.rr.com (252) 622-7263
CTC 10/05/14 Moundville AL Jennifer St. John jensmolliedog@gmail.com (205) 310-9990
CTC 10/05/14 Grafton MA carolyn weeks BigT_Weeks@msn.com (508) 320-0591
CTC 10/11/14 Albany OH Nancy Brame kc8dfo@yahoo.com (740) 418-6522
CTC 10/11/14 Borden IN Paul Pannell pannellp155@gmail.com (812) 354-1440
CTC 10/11/14 San Diego CA Theresia Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com (760) 789-5185
CTC 10/11/14 Asheville NC Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC 10/11/14 Mineola TX Joseph Petronella avalonfarm@peoplescom.net (903) 316-0250
CTC 10/11/14 Mayo FL Coleen Agner clnfuquay@yahoo.com (850) 838-7110
A0C 10/11/14 West Greenwich RI adelaide waldron karawaldron@live.com (401) 752-9288
A0C 10/11/14 Asheville NC Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
A0C 10/11/14 Camdenton MO Pam Campbell pamack91@gmail.com (573) 317-4449
A0C 10/11/14 Camdenton MO Pam Campbell pamack91@gmail.com (573) 317-4449
A0C 10/11/14 Tunica MS Robin Tilghman robin.tilghman@actha.us (434) 989-1437
CTC 10/12/14 Asheville NC Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC 10/12/14 Mineola TX Joseph Petronella avalonfarm@peoplescom.net (903) 316-0250
CTC 10/12/14 Mayo FL Coleen Agner clnfuquay@yahoo.com (850) 838-7110
A0C 10/12/14 Camdenton MO Pam Campbell pamack91@gmail.com (573) 317-4449
A0C 10/13/14 West Greenwich RI adelaide waldron karawaldron@live.com (401) 752-9288
CTC 10/18/14 Marana AZ Ronald Sirota rhs56@aol.com (315) 427-0734
CTC 10/18/14 Batesburg SC Lauri Livingston hlfequine@pbtcomm.net (803) 920-7638
CTC 10/18/14 Kernersville NC Michele LaCoste-Howard horsepatches@yahoo.com (336) 495-0022
CTC 10/18/14 Boswell OK Kelly Chapman kelly@woodguestranch.com (580) 271-1048
CTC 10/18/14 Fayetteville TN Kimberly Carpenter dressageatgreystone@gmail.com (931) 452-9225
CTC 10/18/14 Powhatan VA marilyn Catlett marilyn_catlett@mindspring.com (804) 598-4907
CTC 10/18/14 Mora MO Brandy Von Holten vonholtenranch@yahoo.com (816) 719-5988
A0C 10/18/14 Las Vegas NV Sharon Fiato gaited07@gmail.com (702) 592-9583
A0C 10/18/14 Mount Forest ON lawrence Cannon lccannon45@gmail.com (519) 794-9912
A0C 10/18/14 Kernersville NC Michele LaCoste-Howard horsepatches@yahoo.com (336) 495-0022
CTC 10/19/14 Mora MO Brandy Von Holten vonholtenranch@yahoo.com (816) 719-5988
CTC 10/19/14 Kernersville NC Michele LaCoste-Howard horsepatches@yahoo.com (336) 495-0022
CTC 10/19/14 Fayetteville TN Kimberly Carpenter dressageatgreystone@gmail.com (931) 452-9225
CTC 10/19/14 Spring Grove IL Kathleen Boettcher meadowsweet60081@yahoo.com (815) 675-1177
A0C 10/19/14 Batesburg SC Lauri Livingston hlfequine@pbtcomm.net (803) 920-7638
A0C 10/19/14 Boswell OK Kelly Chapman kelly@woodguestranch.com (580) 271-1048
A0C 10/19/14 Culpeper VA Theresia A Connell tconnell@ia-planet.com (540) 226-9316
A0C 10/24/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270
CTC 10/25/14 Spicewood TX Carol Grosvenor dstxus@gmail.com (512) 825-9076
CTC 10/25/14 Dawson Springs KY Erin Waters watersfarms@wildblue.net (270) 625-5291
CTC 10/25/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270
CTC 10/25/14 Altoona FL Valerie Stalvey vstalvey@hotmail.com (352) 875-3334
CTC 10/25/14 Spencer IN Maggie Whitlow Phil.maggie@gmail.com (812) 322-6320
A0C 10/25/14 Luling TX Nancy Stratton flysranch@yahoo.com (512) 619-1221
A0C 10/25/14 Winder GA Angela Matthews Matthews.angela73@gmail.com (404) 840-2966
A0C 10/25/14 Pinon Hills CA Tania Bennett taniabennett@mustang-spirit.org (760) 807-7558
A0C 10/25/14 Olathe CO Isobel Hertlein is_jim@yahoo.com (970) 323-5654
A0C 10/25/14 Olathe CO Isobel Hertlein is_jim@yahoo.com (970) 323-5654
A0C 10/25/14 Olathe CO Isobel Hertlein is_jim@yahoo.com (970) 323-5654
A0C 10/25/14 Boulder City NV Karen Donnahie ksd2go@hotmail.com (970) 260-4863
A0C 10/25/14 Mesilla Park NM Gertrude Kremer trudy.kremer@gmail.com (970) 759-5041
CTC 10/26/14 Pinon Hills CA Tania Bennett taniabennett@mustang-spirit.org (760) 807-7558
CTC 10/26/14 Spencer IN Maggie Whitlow Phil.maggie@gmail.com (812) 322-6320
CTC 10/26/14 Dawson Springs KY Erin Waters watersfarms@wildblue.net (270) 625-5291
CTC 10/26/14 Altoona FL Valerie Stalvey vstalvey@hotmail.com (352) 875-3334
CTC 10/26/14 Ooltewah TN Tara Hills troglovite@hotmail.com (423) 488-3993
CTC 10/26/14 Winchester KY Valerie Kleinheitz val14umh@gmail.com (859) 842-0270


For details on the above rides or for a complete list of upcoming ACTHA rides, visit ACTHA.

Free guide for trail riders
To further serve the needs of trail riders, APHA offers a Guide to Recreational Riding. This booklet covers a variety of topics, including everything from training tips for trail horses to a comprehensive list of what to take along for the ride.

For groups interested in hosting rides, the booklet also contains valuable information about organizing, promoting and administering rides. The guide also contains a listing of recreational riding resource material and state park contacts.

For more information about the APHA's Trail Rides, contact us by sending an e-mail to trailrides@apha.com, or call 817-222-6413.