Trail Rides

American Paint Horse Association Trail Ride Adventures
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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.

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.
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APHA’s Flagship Trail Ride: September 10–15, 2018
23rd 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.

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Regional Rides

Kansas Paint Horse Association Milford Lake Spring Ride
April 28, 2018

Celebrate Spring with the Kansas Paint Horse Association for a trail ride at Milford Lake Kansas.  Enjoy fellowship and horses as you ride about 10 miles of riding trails of varying degrees of difficulty (nothing too difficult) along the buttes, through the trees, and along the lake.  The ride will begin at the Eagle Ridge Equestrian Trail located on the SE end of Milford Lake.  From Junction City take Highway 57 northwest to the lake.  Follow the paved road across the dam and turn left at the State Park entrance – follow the road to camp.  RV hookups, bathrooms, hitching posts and covered corrals are available.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Sheri Grinstead or Darcy Ferguson, 3010 East 56th Avenue, Hutchinson, KS  (620) 921-5014, or email Sheri at czmrockies@gmail.com.


6th Annual Scavenger Hunt Trail Ride and Chili Feed
May 12, 2018

Join the Ranier Paint Horse Club for their 6th annual trail ride and chili feed.  The ride will be held at Washington State Horse Park, 1202 Douglas Munro Blvd, Cle Elum, WA 98922.  There are over ten miles of easy grade, safe groomed trails.  There’s one steep hill to ride but most are single file, firm dirt trails through the forest with some views of the valley – perfect for green horses and riders.  The ride begins at 10:00am with a chili feed at 4:00pm.  Bring a chair, and a chili toppings or side dish and participate in the club’s fundraiser (optional) by bringing your bagged donations of soft goods and household items.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Lori Nevin or Jeff Harr, 1811 Westside Road, Cle Elum, WA, (206) 919-5328 or email Lori at lorinevin8@hotmail.com.


Paint Gathering Fun Day
May 12, 2018

Enjoy the horse trails through the open countryside around Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Lynn Muller, 190 DeRust, Hartbeespoort Dam, Brits, North West, South Africa, +2 782 265 5050 or email Lynn at coolbeaver8@gmail.com.


Ride of Many Colors
May 20, 2018

Join the Arkansas Paint Horse Club in Clarksville, Arkansas for a day riding with new friends along forest trails.  The ride will begin at the Foothills Arena and continue into the U.S. Forest.  Trails are well marked and wide.  It’s an easy ride for beginners as well as seasoned riders.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Shaun Mason, 3512 CR 4021, Ozark, AR, (479) 647-6412 or email Shaun at shmason426@gmail.com.


Check back often for more scheduled rides, or better yet, contact us and find out how you can host an APHA approved ride.  APHA Regional Clubs, individuals and other entities are all able to apply for an approved ride.

APHA PAC program

For those who prefer to ride at their own pace, the association offers two recreational riding categories in the APHA PAC program – Recreational Riding and Youth Recreational Riding. Through this saddle-log program, members earn rewards and recognition for their achievements riding or driving an American Paint Horse.

When riders enroll in PAC, they record each hour spent riding or driving their American Paint Horse (not including APHA approved shows and competitions) and as they move through achievement levels—from 100 to 10,000 hours—APHA records their accomplishments

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.

For more information about the APHA’s Trail Rides, contact us by sending an e-mail to cgrier@apha.com, or call 817-222-6413.


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