"It is never as much as we want, but we’ll take a 33% gain over the previous year as long as we can keep the lights on and keep horses employed in record numbers," stated Tom Scrima, ACTHA's General Manager.
"We are enthused that we're up almost 100% 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.”
The ACTHA mission is: 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.
If you are unfamiliar with ACTHA, this brief video featuring some of the industry's most notable icons will help you.
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
Arabian Rescue Mission
Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Inc.
Atlasta Home Horse Rescue
Back In The Saddle
Ben Milam VFW Post 2010
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
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
Choctaw Cowboy Church Inc.
CHUM Therapeutic Riding Inc.
City Gospel Mission
City of Mineola
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.
Day Dreams Farm Equine Rescue
Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.
Del Val Brittany Club
Delta County Fellowship of Christian Cowboys
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 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. Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.
Happy Horse Haven Rescue
Happy Trails Riding Academy
Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue
Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding Center
Healing With Horses Ranch
Heartland Equestrian Ministry, Inc.
Heartland Horse Heroes
Hearts Desire Equine Rescue, Inc.
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.
HorseDreams Youth Ranch
Horsefeathers Equestrian Center, Inc.
Horses for Healing Inc.
Horses For Heroes New Mexico, Inc.
Horses Helping Heroes Project Inc
Horses of Hope, 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
Jacobs Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center
Joan Emily Winkler
Joy Ranch, Inc.
Joyful Horse Project
Judy Jett/mounted police
Kentucky Equestrian Center, Inc.
Kentucky Equestrian Foundation Inc.
Lakeland Animal Welfare Society
Large Animal Response Group
Las Cruces Horsemans Association
Last Chance Corral
Laurel Saddle Club
Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center
Linda K Carmody
Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center
Louisiana Horse Rescue Assoc.
Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Lucky Duck Horse & Farm Animal Rescue
Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program
Marion Therapeutic Riding Assoc. Inc.
Maury Magic Riders, Inc.
McLennan Community College
Meade 4-H Council
Merrimack Horse Leaders
Mid Atlantic Peruvian Horse Club
Miles of Smiles, Inc.
Morning Star Ranch Ministries Retreat
Morris Animal Foundation
Mt. Adams Trailriders
Mustang Heritage Foundation
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.
Perfect Harmony Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
Perkins County Animal Shelter
Pink Horse, Inc.
Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
Professional Assn. of Therapeutic Horsemanship
R. O. Ranch, Inc.
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
Rodeo City Equestrians
Rosemary Farm Sanctuary
Rough Start Horse Rescue
Sacred Healing Circle
San Diego Hippotherapy
San Dimas Rodeo, Inc.
Save A Forgotten Equine
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.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Stable Life, Inc.
Stagecoach 4H Community Club
Star of the North Humane Society
Stars & Strides Stables Inc
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs Inc.
Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club
Sundance Equine Assisted Therapies
Tackfully Teamed Academy, Inc.
Tali Smith, treasurer
Texas 4-H Youth Development Fnd.
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.
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
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.
United States WAR DOGS Assn Inc
Unwanted Horse Coalition
Upward Transitions Therapeutic Horsemanship
Vinceremos Riding Center
Walkin N Circles Ranch Inc.
Washington State Horse Park A&F
Western Star Cowboy Church
Wings of Hope Equitherapy