Funds raised from competitive trail riding events will go to benefit unwanted horses and US equine care facilities under a new initiative by the Unwanted Horse Coalition and the American Competitive Trail Horse Association.
The ACTHA will donate funds raised from each ride hosted this year to the UHC and a local nonprofit equine rescue or care facility. The UHC and ACTHA are seeking equine rescues and care facilities to get involved with the effort. Currently, there are more than 700 equine care facilities listed on the UHC’s website.
“ACTHA and the UHC would love to include each one of the rescues listed in this year-long effort,” said Tom Scrima, Managing Member of ACTHA.
ACTHA rides are casual, judged trail rides that are untimed and 6-8 miles long. There are open, junior, and pleasure divisions and horses and riders can win ribbons and prizes. The rides are designed so that any skill of horse/rider combination can compete. Non competing horses and riders are also welcome at ACTHA rides.
UHC Director Ericka Caslin said the large number of ACTHA rides means there is an opportunity for more jobs for more horses and many unwanted horses are provided with the chance of a second career.
“We are pleased to partner with ACTHA, an organization that has held hundreds of rides to benefit unwanted horses. Our organizations’ missions are similar and we look forward to working with ACTHA to assist our nation’s equine care facilities, while helping horses in need,” she said.