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America's Favorite Trail Horse - Yeah or nay?

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  • America's Favorite Trail Horse - Yeah or nay?

    Has anyone signed up for "America's Favorite Trail Horse?"

    Does it make sense?

    Basically you pay $150 for a 3 minute audition - you don't know where or when yet, then I think 100 move up to finals in TX.
    Last edited by BEARCAT; Feb. 28, 2011, 04:32 PM.
    "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

  • #2
    I'd like to do it, but the closest audition location to us is 6+ hours away. I can't justify that to my husband, for 3 min for $150. Sounds like they may have some rides (like their regular competitions) at some audition sites over the same weekend, but I'm sure you'd have to pay the usual $58 fee.

    Especially since the audition is going to be set up like an arena trail class. Sorry, those are offered locally (with more than 3 obstacles) for $20 a pop (plus some for fees, and you could add on other classes...) It makes the AFTH not a good option.


    • #3
      AFTH Yeah or nay

      I was checking it out too. The $149 fee gets you the arena audition, the interview, and if you move on to the next level there's no additional fee. Looks like you can request financial assistance in getting to the finals as well. There is the opportunity to work with some of the "big name" clinicians to help you along the way. I think if you have a horse with great personality and reasonable trail sense, the opportunity exists for this to pay off big time.

      Looks like they are adding locations all the time and that there are locations within 200 miles of anyone. There's a location here in VA now, not far from Charlottesville. I'm thinking of participating seeing as how its so close.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Nizzina View Post
        Looks like they are adding locations all the time and that there are locations within 200 miles of anyone.
        Just checked. Nearest one to me is 330 miles. Google says that's 5.5 hours away, and I always add time for the horse trailer. Too far to travel for a very short audition!

        I checked out the map on the ACTHA page. It looks like I really am in a hole without nearby rides!


        • #5
          my trainer/instructor and her fjord are registered!! Im so excited for them!


          • #6
            Originally posted by pintosrock View Post
            Just checked. Nearest one to me is 330 miles. Google says that's 5.5 hours away, and I always add time for the horse trailer. Too far to travel for a very short audition!

            I checked out the map on the ACTHA page. It looks like I really am in a hole without nearby rides!

            my friend got them to put up an audition site close to us. All she did was email them to tell them she was interested but there wasnt a site close enough ( the closest was 8 hours away in NY.) they emailed her back and asked her if she could give them any places that had the required site requirements
            1. Covered arena
            2. Parking for 60-100 trailers
            3. Close proximity to major highways
            Ideal… but not a requirement – These are where the location can make some money!
            1. Stalls available for overnight stays
            2. Camping available or hotels nearby
            3. Concessions
            4. Access to a trailhead or trails on property

            She emailed them a list and within a week, there is a site less than 2 hours from here, so if you are interested give them an email!


            • Original Poster

              I signed up for it way back when, because I think my horse would be a great candidate for it, but I think I will bail out (they do offer a full refund before March 15, which is nice).
              Just doesn't make sense for me to travel 300 miles for a 3 minute audition. You do 3 obstacles but cannot do any "tricks" and that hardly seem long enough to showcase your horse. (Though I do understand the time limit if they have a lot of applicants.) Maybe in the future, they will let people send in video auditions that would really showcase their horse?
              "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


              • #8
                Any idea what the 3 obstacles are?
                All horses can go barefoot, but not all owners can - words of wisdom!


                • #9
                  They're being posted today on Facebook! they've added to it so there is a fourth obstacle, and there is an interview section to showcase what makes your horse special, so it can be personal.


                  • #10
                    Belle and I are totally throwing in for it!

                    Belle now has a Facebook page and could use friends- we'll update stuff as it goes on.

                    If you want to add Belle just do a search for "Belle Breezing" and you should find her pretty easy
                    ~ Shannon Hayden ~


                    • #11
                      I'm not an ACTHA fan, so no.

                      First, they have an HSUS connection.

                      Second, I can't compete in a riding halter - which I have to say, if my horse can do in a halter what "America's Favorite Trail Horse" can do in a bit, then I think my horse wins!

                      Third, ACTHA hasn't done a great job organizing their trail challenges, so I can't imagine this will be a lot better. I think they are an organization with good intentions, but they aren't quite together enough to make it work.


                      • #12
                        They are not associated with HSUS but made a contribution in 2010. They choose a charity annually to donate an amount to - the 2011 charity is the Mustang Heritage Foundation, then yet another one for 2012.

                        Have you actually contacted ACTHA about riding in your riding halter as opposed to a bridle and explained why? I've found that education and making sure all of the facts are known usually provides a satisfactory outcome for everyone. I'm sure they would listen to valid reasons..


                        • #13
                          Yes, I've discussed the issue with ACTHA. I cleared it before I joined. Then, in an email loop, I heard that someone had been disqualified for riding in headgear that was both bitless and without leverage. There was a lot of back and forth with ACTHA at that point, and we were told that hackamores with leverage were okay, but riding halters were not. Recently, I received a phone call from someone in my area who was promoting a ride. I told her why I wouldn't ride, but she didn't think I understood the rule correctly. She has a conference call with ACTHA that night, and she called me back the next day and said that I could not ride an ATCHA ride in a riding halter. She did say she would be lobbying for the rule to be changed.

                          While Tom said ACTHA isn't giving a donation to HSUS as their primary charity this year, he hasn't stated clearly enough for me that the association has ended. When questioned about HSUS before the world record attempt last year, he stated that he was a huge HSUS fan and that he was proud of the association. There was, again, a lot of discussion on the email loop, and Tom was a passionate supporter of HSUS throughout the discussion.


                          • #14
                            I joined on impulse even though I'd never done competitive trail riding, just recreational. I attended my first ACTHA in January and had a blast!

                            Nizzina, can you tell me where to find the obstacle list? I looked on FB, but couldn't find it. Granted, my FB skills are limited.
                            Read about my riding adventures at:
                            Spotted T Riding Blog


                            • #15
                              It's posted on the main ACTHA page now. You have to stop, back, sidepass, and trot over deadfall (cavaletti). I was extremely disappointed. That is IT?! Any trail horse worth their salt can do THAT! I have no clue how they're going to judge that. I was hoping for more obscure, interesting obstacles! So, definitely not paying $150 for THAT!


                              • #16

                                What does your riding halter look like and where did you purchase it. I ride my mare in an english hackamore. I have for years, but if I could find something she may like better, I'm all for it. I did an ACTHA ride and had fun. The judging was pretty good, but for the money, I prefer the judged trail rides. Less money, more obstacles and good causes.


                                • #17
                                  Definately bummed by the 4 obstacles. Here we've been boning up on our trail skills, and it turns out it's just arena work.
                                  Read about my riding adventures at:
                                  Spotted T Riding Blog


                                  • #18
                                    Here it is -


                                    • #19
                                      $150 is a little steep - especially JUST for a brief audition, not to mention expenses of travel with gas/diesel prices the way they are!

                                      For that amount, I could pay for a long weekend of camping and riding closer to home.
                                      Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.


                                      • #20
                                        Too expensive for not much.

                                        I've looked at one of their rides...3+ hours each way for a 6 mile ride...and not cheap to partake.

                                        Plus, anyone who has a horse and gives money, no matter how deserving the sales-patter is, to the likes of Peta-Pachenko/HSUS doesn't get anything from me.
                                        "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"