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 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.  You will experience mouthwatering barbeque, live music and dancing, games and activities for all ages, a petting zoo, prizes and awards.  Witness SIRE riders in action as they make their way through some of 7IL Ranch's 40 mile of trails. Trail rider entry includes breakfast, bbq lunch, a t-shirt, and general admission to the family carnival. 

For directions to the ranch, visit (http://www.7iltrails.com/directions.html).  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:1319 7/19/14 Yelm, WA Rebekah McGinnis bekkalee@msn.com (360) 402-4667
AOC:1436 7/19/14 Midland, OH Kristin Aeh balakai3@msn.com (513) 417-9365
AOC:1480 7/19/14 Stevenson, AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
CTC:6963 7/19/14 Stevenson, AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
CTC:7034 7/19/14 Yelm, WA Rebekah McGinnis bekkalee@msn.com (360) 402-4667
CTC:6964 7/20/14 Stevenson, AL Linda Galbraith flvet@embarqmail.com (352) 267-0585
AOC:1484 7/25/14 Hartman, AR Linda K Carmody kay_carmody@live.com (479) 497-1059
AOC:1360 7/26/14 PA Furnace, PA Stephanie Dobiss sjfleetwinds@verizon.net (814) 931-0360
AOC:1435 7/26/14 Granville, OH Tami McAdams tmcadams@Lcounty.com (740) 670-2942
AOC:1446 7/26/14 Asheville, NC Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
AOC:1485 7/26/14 Hartman, AR Mara Thomas missingtranch@yahoo.com (479) 651-3429
CTC:6923 7/26/14 West Greenwich, RI Adelaide Waldron steppingranch@cox.net (401) 397-3725
CTC:6988 7/26/14 Asheville, NC Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC:7048 7/26/14 Spring Green, WI Ashleigh Carlson carlsonsquarters@hotmail.com (715) 966-2340
AOC:1487 7/27/14 Hartman, AR Mara Thomas missingtranch@yahoo.com (479) 651-3429
CTC:6966 7/27/14 Granville, OH Tami McAdams tmcadams@Lcounty.com (740) 670-2942
CTC:6989 7/27/14 Asheville, NC Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC:7053 7/27/14 Spring Green, WI Ashleigh Carlson carlsonsquarters@hotmail.com (715) 966-2340
AOC:1403 8/2/14 Tyler, TX Kathy Brunson info@texasrosehorsepark.com (903) 882-8696
AOC:1428 8/2/14 Stonington, CT Shannon Piermont/Lee Paradis slpiermont@gmail.com (401) 864-6161
AOC:1447 8/2/14 Watkinsville, GA Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
CTC:6714 8/2/14 Sheboygan, WI Carrie Scrima carrie.scrima@actha.us (830) 693-2065
CTC:6865 8/2/14 Tyler, TX D'Anne info@texasrosehorsepark.com (903) 882-8696
CTC:6990 8/2/14 Watkinsville, GA Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
AOC:1404 8/3/14 Tyler, TX Kathy Brunson info@texasrosehorsepark.com 903) 882-8696
CTC:6991 8/3/14 Watkinsville, GA Donna Smith/Sally Rogers sallyrogers@bellsouth.net (770) 601-6278
AOC:1449 8/9/14 Springboro, OH Christine Pirot tridaytondevelopment@gmail.com (864) 650-4967
AOC:1460 8/9/14 Hampton, GA Gretchen Ahrens gretchen@calvincenter.org (404) 583-4591
CTC:6957 8/9/14 Hampton, GA Gretchen Ahrens gretchen@calvincenter.org (404) 583-4591
CTC:6958 8/10/14 Hampton, GA Gretchen Ahrens gretchen@calvincenter.org (404) 583-4591
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


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.