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,

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.
Rules of the Ride

APHA's Flagship Trail Ride: September 7–12, 2015
20th 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: September 13, 2015 (Rain date - October 17, 2015)
TPHC Trail Ride, Pilot Point, TX
Come ride with the Texas Paint Horse Club and explore the sandy trails around Lake Ray Roberts. The Isle Dubois Equestrian Park offers RV hookups (electricity and water) and the TPHC is providing meals with your ride fee.  For more information and to sign up, email Dr. Dave Wiggin, Fred Tabor or Ingrid McPherson.

Check back often for more scheduled rides.
APHA trail rides are sponsored by Gist Silversmiths and Hart Trailers

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.

For details or for a complete list of upcoming ACTHA rides, visit ACTHA, or to join them at their upcoming Great American Trail Horse Festival, see details below.


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, or call 817-222-6413.