Recreational riders currently represent more than 80% of the PFHA membership. The PFHA offers a variety of awards programs which recognize members who enjoy recreational riding. Whether spending time in the saddle competitively trail riding or enjoying non-show activities such as leisure trail rides and parades, there is a PFHA award program to recognize the wide variety of recreational rider activities.
The PFHA Recreational Rider Awards programs are based on riding registered Paso Fino horses and participation is open to all PFHA members. Complete details and forms for each award program can be accessed at the official PFHA website, www. PFHA.org.
Pasos for Pleasure Program
Rewards participating PFHA members for time spent riding registered Paso Fino Horses.
- Earn cumulative hour patches and gift awards.
- Non-pointed riding activities such as everyday trail rides, arena work, saddle training, parade and drill team venues, etc. qualify.
- One time registration fee to join the program.
- Participants keep a log of time spent in the saddle then they submit their logs upon reaching specified cumulative hours for respective patches and gift awards.
Ticket to Ride Program
Prizes awarded to yearly drawing of "tickets" submitted by PFHA members participating in the Ticket to Ride program.
- Qualifying activities include trail competitions, parades, drill teams, benefit events as well as other non-show events.
- Five documented qualifying activities make up one complete Ticket to Ride.
- Participants send in completed tickets by September 1st to be entered in a drawing held at the PFHA Grand National show.
- Participants do not have to be present to win.
Annual award presented to a participant's horse with the most sanctioned points.
~ Current PFHA members who participate in competitive trail rides on registered Paso Fino horses are eligible to apply for points for their horses for each successful completed ride.
~Rides must be organized by an organization such as the "North American Trail Ride Conference ( NATRC) and must be sanctioned by PFHA.
~ "PFHA Competitive Trail Horse of the Year” award presented at the Grand National show.
~Horse's points accrued in the program are applied toward Society of Merit AwardsCompetitive trail: Annual award presented to a participant's horse with the most sanctioned points.
Annual awards presented to a participant's horse with the most sanctioned points.
~Current PFHA members who participate in endurance trail rides on registred Paso Fino horses are eligible to apply for points for their horses for each succuessfully completed ride.
~Riders must be organized by organizations such as the “American Endurance Ride Conference ( AERC) and must be sanctioned by the PFHA.
~Horse's points accured in the program apply towards Society of Merit Awards.
Pleasure Long Distance Trail:
Annual award presented to a particiapnt's horse with the most sanctioned points.
~Organized rides of 10 or more miles with a trail manager or boss, and either be sanctioned or pre-approved by PFHA no less than 10 business days prior to the date of the ride.
~Qualifying rides include benfit riddes such as those sponsored by hospice organizations, hunter or cavalry paces, and sanctioned PFHA regional rides.
~ Horse's points accrued in the program are applied toward Society of Merit.
Paso Fino Sport Horse Program
The Paso Fino Sport Horse (PFSH) rewards both Riders and Horses that excel in all-breed competitions outside the traditional Paso Fino horse community. As a participant in PFSH, you and your horse will accumulate points based on how you place in competitions and be rewarded for your achievements.
To read about the Program and download all the forms necessary to enter and earn points, please read this: The Paso Fino Sport Horse Program
For more information on these programs, here is the link to the PFHA Recreational Rider's Booklet: http://www.pfha.org/Documents/other/RRPBookletJune2011.pdf