Time to Ride today announced the winner of the Pledge to Take a Friend Riding Sweepstakes, which took place September 1-30 and encouraged equestrians to introduce a friend to riding. Caitlin W. of Parker, Colorado, was selected in the random-draw sweepstakes to receive a three-night stay at a luxury dude ranch in Montana, the Resort at Paws Up.
Caitlin has loved and ridden horses since she was young and currently owns a registered Palomino mare, Meradas Delight (aka Brandi), with whom she trains and competes in working cow and stock horse events. She says, "I always encourage my non-horsey friends to ride or even to go be around horses. I can usually drag them with me and have them step up into the saddle and walk them around and soon they start to enjoy it! Not only am I getting a friend to do what I'm passionate about and now have another hobby to enjoy with them, but that is also helping expand the horse community out here. I love to share my passion and be able to introduce a friend into riding for the first time in their life and hope that they love it as much as I do." Caitlin heard about the Pledge in Horse & Rider magazine and was thrilled to learn she won the all-inclusive trip to The Resort at Paws Up.
The Pledge sweepstakes was a new campaign this year aimed at encouraging horse owners and riders to welcome non-riding friends to the horse industry. Nearly 3,300 entrants pledged to introduce a friend to riding, lighting the spark of passion that will carry new enthusiasts into lifelong involvement with horses. Equestrian celebrities including Lyle Lovett, D. Wayne Lukas, Al Dunning, David O’Connor, Lindy Burch, Lynn Palm, Kerry Kuhn, Dell Hendricks, Tom McCutcheon, Audrey Griffin, Barbra Schulte, Sandy Collier, Tootie Bland, and recent star of ABC’s the Bachelorette, Luke Pell, supported the cause by taking the pledge.
To view photos of celebrities who took the pledge, as well as fan-submitted photos and a photo of the winner, view the album on Facebook. For more info, please call 512-591-7811 or contact email@example.com.
The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance
Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Equibrand the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative; Lumina Media, Pyranha Inc., the America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.
About the American Horse Council
The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.