July 20, 2013 — The FOSH Gaited Distance Program (GDP) is proud to help sponsor the Muckleratz Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) July 27-28 at Weiser State Forest in Halifax, Pennsylvania. The Muckleratz Run is an Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association (ECTRA) sanctioned CTR with two 25 mile rides and one two-day, 50-mile ride. They are offering a conditioning distance ride (CDR) Clinic of 12.5 miles on each day. The ride site is near Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, just 45 minutes north of Harrisburg.
In addition to helping to sponsor the race, FOSH has provided FOSH GDP logo bucket cover prizes for the top three gaited horses in each category.
FOSH offers the first distance recognition program for all breeds of gaited horses, and 2013 is the inaugural year. The Gaited Distance Program promotes FOSH Sound Principles by recording mileage of gaited distance horses competing in veterinarian-sanctioned endurance, limited distance or competitive trail events and recognizes, honors and rewards the work of that horse. Each year’s program runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Registration for 2013 is still open and program rules and forms are available online at http://www.foshgaitedsporthorse.com.
The FOSH GDP includes Competitive Trail and Endurance Riding, Year-End High Mileage Awards, 1,000 Mile Awards, and the FOSH Commemorative Award Program. Winners will be announced in the FOSH Sound Advocate magazine, on the FOSH website and in press releases.
Many gaited horse breeds have provided smooth comfortable rides for their riders while successfully competing in distance riding programs. Some of these breeds include the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Racking Horse, Paso Fino, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses, Rocky Mountain Horse, Icelandic Horse and more.
FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, the only national organization that represents multiple gaited breeds, or to join, visit www.fosh.info.