Florida Hosts AHA National Championship Competitive Trail Ride
attending the 32nd Annual Arabian Horse Association National Championship
Arabian and Half-Arabian Competitive Trail Ride on October 31-November
2 will enjoy the scenic trails of the Ocala National Forest on the
two-day, 80-mile ride. In a change from previous rides, no portable
stalls are allowed. All horses must be stabled at Rocking Horse
Farms in Altoona, Fla.
by the St. John's River on one side and the Ocklawaha River on the
other, the 382,408-acre Ocala National Forest includes several springs
and quite a bit of water. Footing is a combination of hard packed
trails, grass and sand with some hills to negotiate. Riders should
be prepared for showers since the average rainfall in November is
more than 2 inches. Temperatures are mild with lows in the mid 50s
in the early morning and day time highs in the low 80s.
awards will be presented to the Arabian and Half-Arabian divisions.
The champion and reserve will receive a trophy, plaque and ribbon,
and Total Mobility will donate its hoof and joint supplement to
the champion. Paint Rock Designs will present a "Turtle Neck"
blanket to the champion and reserve and a horse sheet to the top
ten, who will also receive plaques and ribbons. AHA Region 11 will
donate a jacket to the High Scoring Junior Rider. All riders who
finish will receive AHA silver buckles. Additional prizes include
Total Mobility, product of Mobile Milling Services, Inc., Cowboy
Magic, courtesy of Country Saddlery and Gnawbone Feed, Hawthorne
Products, Rio Vista Products and Creative Science.
International Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes will pay out to eligible
horses with Arabians and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians combined for
the prize money payout. The champion will receive $5,000, the reserve
champion will receive $2,500 and each of the top ten will be awarded
entry fee of $175 must be postmarked by October 1, 2003. After October
1, 2003 and for entries made at the ride, the fee is $200. Because
all horse must be stabled at Rocking Horse Farms, there is a stall
rental fee of $15 per night, and this fee must be included with
the entry form. The entry fee includes Friday and Saturday dinners,
light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch and snacks on the
trail. Non-rider dinners may be purchased at $10/per person. The
camping fee is $20 per night with RV hookups or $10 with no hookups.
qualify a horse must be owned by a direct or affiliate member of
AHA, have a certificate of registration, be at least 5 years (60
months) of age and not be currently owned, managed or trained by
the judge or ride steward. Horses must have completed at least 100
miles of AERC endurance rides or competitive trail rides with at
least 50 of those miles coming from competitive trail rides. All
qualifying competitive trail miles must be from rides sanctioned
by an AHA approved ride organization (as listed in the AHA Handbook
in Article 1606.4.e) or have placed top five in a regional championship
competitive trail ride.
management includes manager Jean Eastman, secretary Jodie Moore,
trail master Ken Anderson, treatment veterinarian Kent Seamonson,
DVM, and farrier George Holman. Maureen Fehrs, DVM, and Doug Schearer,
DVM, are the veterinarian judges, and Micky Creech is the AHA Competitive
Trail Ride Committee Chair. For more information, contact Jean Eastman
at 18212 Boys Ranch Rd., Altoona, FL 32702; (352) 669-1505; buttonwood1Awmconnect.com
or Jodie Moore at P.O. Box 424, Lecanto, FL 34461; (352) 621-3231.
2003 Ride sponsors include Equisure, Mobile Milling Servics, Inc.,
Paint Rock Designs, the Indiana Arabian Horse Club, the Indiana
AHC Distance Program and AHA Regions 11, 12 and 13.
is a 40,000 member equine association that registers and maintains
a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses,
call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org
or visit www.ArabianHorses.org.