Friday, October 20, 2006

10 Years of AQHA Distance Program

AQHA Sets Record with 100 Rides in 2006

The American Quarter Horse Association Ride program has reached a new milestone by hosting 100 Rides around the world in 2006. The 100th Ride will take place near AQHA headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 2 at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.

This is the first time AQHA has hosted 100 Rides in one year, and this goal will be accomplished during the AQHA Ride program's 10th anniversary. Since 1997, more than 46,000 riders have participated in the program, with the number of rides growing each year.

"This is a great accomplishment to reach 100 rides in 2006," said AQHA Executive Vice President Bill Brewer. "The AQHA Ride program has been a tremendous success and a great opportunity for recreational riders."

Presented by Sooner and Exiss Trailers, AQHA Rides are open to all breeds and disciplines of riding. The Ride Program provides a great opportunity to have fun on horseback, while enjoying breathtaking scenery and making new friends. Sooner and Exiss Trailers have contributed to making the program bigger and better every year.

In celebration of the 10th year anniversary, Ride participants can win great prizes. At the end of the year, an Exiss trailer and a trip for two to a 2007 Ride will be given away. Participants can register at any AQHA Ride event for their chance to win.

Each AQHA Ride benefits local and national charities, and provides funding for equine research through the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Join AQHA for the 100th Ride at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch near Amarillo, Texas, on Dec. 2. It will be an event to remember.

For more information on the AQHA Ride program or to find a ride near you, visit or call the Universal Trailer Ride hotline at 888/414-RIDE.