“It is never as much as we want but we’ll take a 33 percent gain over the previous year as long as we can keep the lights on and keep horses employed in record numbers,” states Tom Scrima, ACTHA’s General Manager.
“We are enthused that we’re up almost 100 percent over calendar year 2012 and have a record breaking 352 events already pre-booked for 2015! That is indeed amazing for us and virtually assures ACTHA yet another record year.
However with the European Union’s recent decision to ban the import of Mexican horse meat, as reported recently, the pressure on the rescues and the horse industry in general will be even more extreme in the upcoming years. ACTHA remains committed to be the dominant employer of the unwanted horse in the United States. By continuing our never ending thirst for growth we hope to create a large enough secondary market for the unwanted horse so that every horse has a home and a rewarding occupation.
In the meantime we continue to give what we can to equine rescues and charity. In 2014 our contributions exceeded $75,000. While that is a lot for us, especially since we run at a break even at best, it’s a pittance to what is needed.”
With tremendous help from great sponsors, wonderful members, thousands and thousands of riders and noble volunteers; as well as the gracious industry at large, ACTHA will continue the quest.
Their biggest plan for 2015? More junior involvement! Do we hear possible scholarships in the wind?? (And of course as they say… more events than anyone can count).
“We’d like to offer everyone a joyous Christmas with their horses, friends and families. The ACTHA Staff will be taking a well-deserved 24 hour vacation on Christmas day before completing our remaining events for 2014.” ACTHA’S MISSION To create an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse and granting them the recognition they so richly deserve. To create a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to their value and distinction. To create and enable humane treatment and employment options for horses in need.
Virtually every known breed competes in ACTHA events including the noble Grade horse.
The Charities, rescues and nonprofit recipients of approximately $500,000 ACTHA LLC funds thus far are listed below..
4-H Clubs Merrimack County
Achievement Centers for Children
All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. All Vegas Horses American Cancer Society American Diabetes Assoc. American Heart Association American Horse Council American Lebanese Syrian Associated Animal Humane Society Anne Biggs Annie Baggett Appaloosa Museum Arabian Rescue Mission Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Inc. Atlasta Home Horse Rescue Audrey Turpin Back In The Saddle Ben Milam VFW Post 2010 Beth Herndon Beverly Sanchez Beyond Wishes Therapeutic Riding Program Big Brother Big Sisters of Chattanooga Bit of Hope Ranch, Inc. Born 2 Be Therapeutic Eq. Ctr. Inc. Bradley’s Assisted Ther. Rid. Center Brookside Farm; a Horse Rehabilitation Center Calvin Center Camp Shamineau Canadian Competitive Trail Horse Assoc. Carolina ACD Rescue & Rebound Cauzican Care Inc. Central Valley Veterans Central Virginia Horse Rescue Certified Horsemanship Association CFCC & Assoc. Inc. Challenges Met Therapeutic Riding School Cheri Westmoreland Choctaw Cowboy Church Inc. CHUM Therapeutic Riding Inc. City Gospel Mission City of Mineola Clairese Austin Colleen Novotny Community Serving SW Colorado Coweta County 4-H Council Coweta Org. for Riding, Rehab & Learn Cracker Box Palace, Inc. Craig County Public Library Cross Brand Cowboy Church Crossroads Center Inc. Cyndi Jorgenson Cynthia Williams Day Dreams Farm Equine Rescue Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. Deborah Greene-Dellvon Debra Porter Del Val Brittany Club Delta County Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Denise Harmon Diamonds in the Rough Inc. Dougherty County Saddle Club, Inc. DreamCatchers Equine Rescue Inc. Driving Magic, Inc. Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horse Dusty Trails Horse Rescue Inc. Easy Does It Ranch EquiFriends Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc. Equine Aid Equine Cancer Society Equine Rescue and Adoption Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Ranch EQUU8 Horsemanship & Ther. Riding Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Inc. Farmington Hunt Club Forever Morgans Rescue, Inc. Founder Rehabilitation Ranch Freedom and Joy Ministries Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Freedom Horses Inc. Friends of Florida Caverns State Park, Inc. Friends of GA State Parks & Historic Friends of Georgia State Parks Friends of Gunpowder Falls State Friends of Kings Mtn. State Park Georgia Equine Rescue League Grace Lake Ministries Graham Equestrian Center Graz’n Acres Therapeutic Riding Center Guardian Angels Horse Rescue H.O.R.S.E. Inc. H.O.R.S.E. Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. Hanaeleh Hands-On-Horses Inc Happy Horse Haven Rescue Happy Trails Riding Academy Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue Harold Gabriel Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding Center Healing With Horses Ranch Heartland Equestrian Ministry, Inc. Heartland Horse Heroes Hearts Desire Equine Rescue, Inc. Henderson County Herds of Hooves, Inc. Hidden Springs Horse Rescue, Inc. High Mountain Equine Research Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. Hope, Horses & Kids Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue Horse Boy Foundation Horse Education and Rescue Organization Horse Empowered Learning Programs, Inc. Horse Haven of Tennessee Horse Protection Association of Florida Horse Time, Inc. Horse-Angels Inc. HorseDreams Inc. HorseDreams Youth Ranch Horsefeathers Equestrian Center, Inc. Horsepower Inc. Horses for Healing Inc. Horses For Heroes New Mexico, Inc. Horses Helping Heroes Project Inc Horses of Hope, Inc. Horses4Heroes Inc. Horses4Heroes, Inc. Humane Society of Central Texas Humane Society of Davidson Cty, Inc. Humane Society of Jackson Inc. Humane Society of the United States Independent School District 704 Intermountain Horse & Burro Advisors Iowa Trail Rider’s Association Jaclyn Lynch Jacobs Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center JayaMae Gregory Jeanette Provolt Jennifer Reandeau Jilene Klubertanz Jim Dawson Joan Emily Winkler Joy Ranch, Inc. Joyful Horse Project Jubilee Academy Judy Jett Judy Jett/mounted police Julia Bowen Julie Martin-Stacey Jyl Emerson Karen Carlson Kate Beardsley Kelli Fortune Kentucky Equestrian Center, Inc. Kentucky Equestrian Foundation Inc. Kim O’Hagan Kristy Artman Lakeland Animal Welfare Society Lana Horton Large Animal Response Group Las Cruces Horsemans Association Last Chance Corral Laurel Saddle Club Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center Lifepoint, Inc. Linda K Carmody Linda Riley Lloyd Robichaux Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center Lori Tuttle Louisiana Horse Rescue Assoc. Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Lucia Roda Lucky Duck Horse & Farm Animal Rescue Maggie Whitlow Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program Marilee Lowe Marion Therapeutic Riding Assoc. Inc. Mark Hermann Maury Magic Riders, Inc. McLennan Community College Meade 4-H Council Merrimack Horse Leaders Michelle Morville Mid Atlantic Peruvian Horse Club Miles of Smiles, Inc. Morning Star Ranch Ministries Retreat Morris Animal Foundation Mt. Adams Trailriders Mustang Heritage Foundation Mustang-Spirit Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, In National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter National Stroke Association NC Therapeutic Riding Center New Beginnings Paso Fino Horse Rescue New Horizon Ranch Inc. North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center North Country R.I.D.E. Northern Wyoming Community College Foundation Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue Ohio Horseman’s Council Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue Palmer Home for Children Parelli Education Institute Inc. PATH International Patrick Fitzgerald Pawsibilities Perfect Harmony Horse Rescue & Sanctuary Perkins County Animal Shelter Pink Horse, Inc. PRANCE Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Professional Assn. of Therapeutic Horsemanship R. O. Ranch, Inc. Rachel Martinez Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue Rainer Therapeutic Riding Raleigh County 4H Leaders Assoc. Raleigh County 4H Youth Camp Ramona Trails Assoc. Ranch Good Days, Inc. REACH Therapeutic Riding Center Red Arena, Inc. Red Bucket Equine Rescue Red Gate Rescue, Inc. Reins of Life Youth Ranch Ride on St. Louis Inc Riding Emphasizing Ind. Needs & Strengths Rising H.O.P.E.S. Ranch River Cities Therapeutic Riding Center River of Hope Ranch Robin Serritslev Rodeo City Equestrians Roland Schmitz/org Ron Tyner Rosemary Farm Sanctuary Rough Start Horse Rescue Sacred Healing Circle Saddle Up! San Diego Hippotherapy San Dimas Rodeo, Inc. Save A Forgotten Equine SHEER NC Shine on Ministries Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association Silverwings Horse Rescue South Carolina Awareness and Rescue Southern Nye County Search and Rescue Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills Inc. Special Olympics Georgia, Inc. Spirit Therapies St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Stable Life, Inc. Stable-Spirit Stagecoach 4H Community Club Star of the North Humane Society Stars & Strides Stables Inc Steadfast Steeds Stephanie Campbell Stephanie Kokal Steve Taylor Strawberry Mountain Mustangs Inc. Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club Sundance Equine Assisted Therapies Susan McCready T.A.L.K. Services Tackfully Teamed Academy, Inc. Tali Smith, treasurer Tania Bennett Tenney Mudge Texas 4-H Youth Development Fnd. Texas Blessings Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Assoc. The Barn Closet The Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch The One Fund Boston The Red Barn Foundation The Rick Kemp Foundation The Tewksbury Hospital Equestrian Farm The Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc. The United Mounted Peace Officers of Therapeutic Riding Academy of Knoxville Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc. Therese White Throwaway Ponies Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge Tim Bosler Tina Aguirre Trinity Rescue Inc. Trinity Trail Preservation Association Triple R Horse Rescue Tri-State Exhibition Center True Innocents Equine Rescue – TIER Turtleback Therapeutic Equine Under the Angels Wings Rescue, Inc. UNF Equestrian United States WAR DOGS Assn Inc Unwanted Horse Coalition Upward Transitions Therapeutic Horsemanship Vinceremos Riding Center Virginia Wagoner Walk On Walkin N Circles Ranch Inc. Walt Marolf Washington State Horse Park A&F Western Star Cowboy Church Why Ranch
Wings of Hope Equitherapy