ACTHA Pens Strategic Alliance With FOSH

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Trail Ride Bandera 72 Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an educational partnership with ACTHA, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association.

ACTHA founder, Carrie Scrima, and FOSH Vice President, Dianne Little, agree that “the formation of this educational partnership is the perfect venue to aid and assist the health and welfare of our fellow equines and reward the abilities of gaited horses.”

Both ACTHA and FOSH are committed to providing an enjoyable venue that recognizes and rewards the abilities of all horses on the trail.  ACTHA venues provide the horse and rider team an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.  FOSH supports ACTHA by providing education to Obstacle Judges regarding the movement of gaited horses. FOSH also verifies entries in the ACTHA Gaited Medal division.

About FOSH:

Established in 1998, FOSH is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is the national leader in the education and promotion of all sound and natural gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.  The FOSH philosophy embodies the emotional, mental and physical well-being of all horses, and it is committed to education regarding humane care, training, and treatment of all gaited horses.  FOSH welcomes all who want to embrace gaited horses and to better understand them.  To learn more about FOSH, or

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.

ACTHA donates 20% of its share of member rider proceeds to a charity that the ride host selects. Over 1,000 events are planned in 2015 nationally. To learn more about ACTHA and find a ride nearby, visit