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Do You Have America's Favorite Trail Horse?

The ACTHA is seeking trail horses and riders to become TV stars.

By Edited Press Release | 26-Jan-11

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Trail ride through waterThe American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) is seeking charistmatic trail horses and riders for their new reality TV series, America's Favorite Trail Horse. All trail riders are invited to submit an application to audition.

Here's how it works.

Stage 1 - Attend an Audition near you

WHEN: April 11 - April 24, 2011. Entries are limited. Weekend slots will be given to early entrants. Applicants will be notified of their audition time and location by phone and email with at least two weeks advanced notice.

WHERE: Once all entries are in, exact locations will be determined. See current audition locations at

HOW: Approximately 100 horse & rider teams will be selected as finalists from the regional auditions. They will be represented in two age divisions: over 45 and under 45 (must be at least 21). Each region will be represented in the national finals.

Auditioners will be judged on a wide range of criteria including the timely completion of ACTHA's trail obstacles. Those moving on will be notified at least two weeks before the national finals.

Auditions will be filmed and featured selectively on ACTHA TV (coming soon) and on national TV.

Stage 2 - The National Finals!

All regional winners will be invited to come to the National Finals near Austin, Texas May 8th -12th, 2011.

Festivities will include:

  • A six mile one day judged Competitive Trail Challenge to be enjoyed by all finalists. This CTC will be held on one of ACTHA's most beautiful ranch venues.
  • Several days of schooling and being coached on a wide array of ACTHA's trail obstacles. Ample time will be given during the week for question and answer sessions as well as interviews.
  • Clinics from ACTHA's founders and celebrity clinicians complete with ample time for question and answer sessions.
  • Tours of local area attractions.

Then….Awards by America's Live Vote!

In at least 10 selected episodes aired on National TV, America will vote for their favorite horse in that episode. The horse with the most votes will win $5000 per selected episode! (Can only be won once).

In the final episodes, America will be selecting their favorite trail horse and award:

1st place - $25,000
2nd place - $15,000
3rd place - $10,000

Learn more about ACTHA and America's Favorite Trail Horse at

Affiliated Breed Associations
The National Walking Horse Association,
Arabian Horse Association,
Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Association,
American Paint Horse Association,
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association,
American Morgan Horse Association,
United Mountain Horse,
American Gaited Mountain Horse,
The American Indian Horse Registry,
International Purebred Appaloosa Association,
Appaloosa Horse Club

Questions? Contact the American Competitive Trail Horse Association at 877-992-2842.

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Joni    Hearne, TX

4/28/2011 8:13:42 AM

I definitely have America's Favorite Trail Horse. As a foal, Sniggy got kicked by another mare and fractured her humerus. Dr. Jeff Watkins at Texas A&M was doing research on an interlocking nail to repair long bone fractures. It has been 16 years and numerous trail rides, barrel races, etc. and Sniggy, "Nailed to the Bar" is a testiment to "they don't shoot horses anymore"! Please consider this outstanding mare for AFTH!

Robin    Charlottesville, VA

2/19/2011 3:28:39 PM

I think it's going to be a great way to bring trail riding to a new level! It's about time that trail riding is recognized as a legitimate sport, not just a hobby!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

1/26/2011 8:03:38 PM

Sounds intriguing. I'm wary that it might end up like the apprentice. Not my favourite.

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