Paint Horse Association invites riders to saddle up for exciting
WORTH, Texas-Recreational riders eager to explore some of the most
diverse countryside in America should consider taking part in one
of four exciting adventures planned by the American Paint Horse
Association (APHA) this year. The Association is now accepting reservations
for rides in Arkansas, Iowa, New Mexico and Nebraska.
Meade, who has served as APHA trail boss for all of the association's
rides since 1991, takes a group across the Yellow River in Iowa.
This year, the association will visit the high country of New
Mexico, the Pine Ridge countryside of Nebraska, Iowa's "Little
Switzerland," and the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas for some
outstanding trail ride adventures. (APHA photo by Jerry Circelli)
welcomes all interested people, regardless of the breed of horse
they ride, to register for any of the outings.
is a great opportunity to see America the way it should be seen
- from the top of a horse and with a fine group of people from APHA,"
said Cody Weirich, the Association's ride coordinator. "We'll
take riders up mountains, across rivers and everywhere in-between,
as we continue to carry on our mission of treating our guests to
the best time they've ever had on horseback."
are APHA's trail rides slated for 2003:
D Horse Camp Trail Ride
At the Lonesome D Horse Camp in New Blaine, Ark., riders will enjoy
the natural beauty of the Ozarks, which includes the highlands region
of northwest Arkansas. With the Lonesome D Horse Camp land adjoining
the Ozark--St. Francis National Forest, more than 100 miles of trails
are available. APHA will take riders over the most scenic part of
the countryside, including mountains, valleys and creeks, with many
scenic bluffs that allow breathtaking views of the area.
include cabins and campsites located at the base of a majestic mountain
Natural Gait Trail Ride
In Iowa, at The Natural Gait ranch, near Marquette, participants
will make several river crossings and ride trails that wind through
heavily timbered areas populated by deer and turkey. From the lower
elevations, riders and their horses will climb to some dramatic
high bluffs and find out for themselves why this section of the
state has been nicknamed "Little Switzerland."
area has a fascinating history. In nearby Harper's Ferry, the Eastern
Woodland Indians built "effigy" mounds from around 500
B.C. until about the time they came in contact with Europeans. These
mounds, which are carved representations in the earth, were constructed
in the shape of mammals, birds and reptiles. The mounds are preserved
and protected by the National Park Service at Effigy Mounds National
natural environment for horse lovers looking for a relaxing ride,
The Natural Gait's 400 acres is adjacent to the Yellow River State
Robinson Trail Ride
APHA's ride in Nebraska will be held at Fort Robinson State Park,
three miles west of Crawford. On that outing, riders will visit
an area that is rich in the history of the American West. A military
outpost from 1874 to 1948, Fort Robinson is located in the heart
of the rugged Pine Ridge region of northern Nebraska. Crazy Horse,
Red Cloud and Walter Reed are just a few of the memorable figures
who helped carve the fort's place in history.
Robinson covers more than 22,000 acres of majestic countryside,
offering unforgettable views and outstanding trails that pass through
tall-grass prairies, breathtaking rock formations and Ponderosa
outing offers riders the opportunity to witness nature's rugged
beauty in a part of the country that seems untouched by time.
Boy Scout Ranch Ride
In New Mexico, the APHA trail ride will be held at the Philmont
Boy Scout Ranch, near Cimarron, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The ranch spans more than 137,000 acres of some of the most beautiful
land in the nation, and APHA riders will see it from the highest
elevations, sometimes up to 8,000 feet above sea level.
mountains, mesas, pine forests, lakes and streams can be found in
every direction from the ranch trailhead. Each day is a new adventure
for riders in this wide-open territory, which was donated to the
Boy Scouts of America by philanthropist Waite Phillips in the 1930s
of the trails traveled by visitors in this rugged terrain in the
northeast part of the state have remained relatively untouched since
legendary frontiersmen like Kit Carson carved them out in the mid-1800s.
In fact, Carson's wilderness residence is located just a few miles
from the ranch and is open for tours.
To find out more about the 2003 APHA Trail Rides, including registration
information, contact Cody Weirich by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call (817) 222-6439. You may also visit the APHA Trail Ride Web
site at http://apha.com/events/trailrides.html.