ACTHA’s New Trail Challenge takes Events to the Arena to Accommodate Winter Weather

December 27th, 2012 10:37 PM | No Comments

press release

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association recently released a new format which allows events to be held in an arena (indoor, outdoor or covered) in order to protect riders from extreme weather conditions. The new ACTHA Obstacle Challenges (AOCs) will allow trail riders to enjoy the challenge of the trail obstacles, without having to stay out on the trail for an extended period of time.

ACTHA Obstacle Challenges consist of eight ACTHA-approved obstacles. Riders have the option of entering various divisions which suit their skills and they will be competing for ribbons and prizes, just like ACTHA’s original format, the Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC). Unlike CTCs, which are usually between 6 to 8 miles, the obstacles of an AOC will be set up in one location in an arena or field, and riders will complete all of these obstacles consecutively, within an 8 minute time period. Riders will also have the option of being able to compete on multiple horses.

Hosting ACTHA CTCs and AOCs has proven to be a powerful fund raising tool for many nonprofits across the nation. Approximately 70% of ACTHA’s events are hosted by nonprofit organizations. In addition to ride proceeds, ACTHA donates an additional $3 per rider from every Competitive Trail Challenge and ACTHA Obstacle Challenge, to a charity selected by the Ride Host. This can be any local equine nonprofit of their choosing.

For more information on hosting an ACTHA Obstacle Challenge to benefit your ranch, club or charity, visit or please contact Tina Mae Weber at 573-434-1617. For more information on sponsorship opportunities with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, please contact Tammy Sronce at .


About ACTHA:  ACTHA’s Mission is to provide an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse, granting them the recognition they so richly deserve. ACTHA competitions are held all over the United States and Canada. For more info about ACTHA visit

ACTHA Sponsors : Platinum Performance, Cavallo Horse & Rider, Ovation Helmets, Mountain Horse Clothing, Enjoy Yums, MJ Equine Tools, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, Best of America by Horseback, Lonestar Barns, Tucker Trail Saddles, 4-Star Trailers, Monty Roberts, Hodges Badge Company, Robart Bits, Straight Time Stirrups, Mary Ann Kennedy, JW Brooks Custom Hat Co, Horse Colic Relief, Molly’s Custom Silver, Revitavet, Katlyn, Parry Tack, Spursuader, Barranada, High Hopes Designs, Rodeo Etc. , Colorful Manes and Tails, Paddock Purses and Jewelry, Espana SILK, Favorite Cowgirl Coffee, Mayatex Saddle Blankets, Vettec Hoof Care Products, Safe Riders Gear.

Affiliated Breed Associations: American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, American Gaited Mountain Horse, American Indian Horse RegistryAmerican Morgan Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, International Purebred Appaloosa Association, The National Walking Horse Association, North American Mustang Association & Registry, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Association, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, United Mountain Horse.

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