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Local resident participates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 1,500.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity. Current AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time $35 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American Quarter Horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American Quarter Horse.

Fifteen subsequent awards are presented at 25 to 5,000 hour levels and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdales Western Store to a Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle at the highest level.

Other awards provided by AQHA corporate sponsors include a $25 gift certificate at the 25 to 250-hour levels, good towards any item from Drysdales Western Store, and 750 hours earns a horseback riding denim jacket. For each additional hour level achieved, members will receive Montana Silversmith products as awards. Also at both 500-hour and 5,000-hour award levels, recipients recieve recognition on AQHA's website at www.aqha.com. Stephanie A. McCommon, AQHA manager of membership services, said, "AQHA is very proud to offer this program rewarding people who enjoy riding and driving American Quarter Horses. Enrollees are doing such diverse activities that it's obvious this program literally fits everyone who likes spending time with horses."

AQHA actively encourages horseback riding as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends. For more information about AQHA and its programs, visit www.aqha.com or call (806)376-4811.

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