When it comes to hitting the trails, Deanna Boyd of Mena, Arkansas, and Shilohs Triple Spots are seasoned veterans. Deanna and “Shiloh” recently earned APHA’s recreational riding crowning achievement: 10,000 hours on the trail.
“Recording hours over time is an accomplishment, like college. It’s something that you work toward and succeed,” Deanna said. “It’s something that’s in writing that you can tell people about and look up. It’s part of history now, and no one can ever take it away.”
The duo has participated in APHA’s recreational riding program since 2000; they join only five other riders who have surmounted the 10,000-hour milestone. Deanna and Shiloh often spend time with family and friends camping and exploring their local trail systems.
“We live in a really neat area where there are lots of trails within 30 miles; there’s about 3 million acres and 10 different trail systems in the Ouachita National Forest, so you can go to different ones,” Deanna said. “It’s only about a mile from my house, so it’s really handy. We can just ride out of the pasture, and you’re in the national forest before you know it.”
For their efforts and dedication, Deanna earned a custom Gist Silversmiths belt buckle commemorating the achievement. She’s looking forward to logging even more hours through APHA’s Paint Alternative Competition program, thanks to new recreational riding categories added this year.
For Deanna’s full story, check out the August 2016 issue of the Paint Horse Journal. Not a subscriber? Head over to apha.com/phj/subscription and start receiving the industry’s only publication focused exclusively on Paint Horses!
Learn more about APHA’s Paint Alternative Competition program and the exciting year-end awards available for recreational riding and more at apha.com/programs/pac.
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