you own an Experienced Trail Horse?
you able to Prove it ?
to our Stamps of Excellence Page
There are no Requirments for Registering
your Horse at the basic level !!
entry is perfect for the horse who is just starting out or needs
to work through each level).
Stamps of Excellence is an optional program.
Here we will inform you of our criteria for the American Trail
Horse Association Stamp categories. After completion of each
level, the registered trail horse will be issued an ATHA, Inc.
imprinted Stamp of Excellence for the completed level. This
stamp is placed on the back of your registry papers in the designated
boxes. You must first register your equine, then work towards
your levels. For most levels, pictures, show papers or video
is accepted. For T7 stamps, a local representative of ATHA,
Inc. will observe your riding and sign off as a witness to the
completion of this level. You may also compete at ATHA, Inc.
approved Trail Shows and Trail Rides, where winning or speed
doesn't count, but how you negotiate the obstacles on trail
does. Events will be held at local horse fests, fairs and forest
preserves, depending upon ATHA, Inc. Representatives. You will
receive a check list with your registration papers, to help
your determine how far and fast you are moving along the stamp
process. The checklist is also used for a local representative
to sign off on your level completion.
are the Levels:
of these levels should be easily attainable by the more experienced
trail horses, while others have something to advance towards
in their future.
Must halter, stand tied for 3 minutes, lead without yanking or
pulling, and lift all 4 legs calmly.
Must saddle and bridle quietly, groom and clip with no problems
(actual clipping is not required), and cross tie or line tie.
Must be started under saddle, must be able to change gaits on
cue. Mount and dismount on both sides. Stand quietly for mounting.
Started on obstacles, arena or trail. This includes water crossing,
bridge crossing, log crossing. Standing still for passenger movements.
(taking out noisy items, or rummaging through saddle bags noisily)
Gate opening and closing while mounted. Load within two minutes,
stand tied calmly in trailer for one minute, then unload from
trailer within 2 minutes.
All the above with no problems including thick brush, walking
thru and stepping over a tarp, jumps, and a general sheer willingness
to trust the rider. Your equine's willingness for trust and how
they negotiate the obstacle is what is counted, not if they find
an easy way out. There are no wrong answers to judging an obstacle.
The Association only looks for trust, calmness and safety.
Completes trail obstacles with calmness, sure-footedness, trust
and safety for the rider. Takes knowledge and know how to the
trail. Your test will be out on trail by a local representative
or local approved Trail Club Ride. (contact atha for approval
prior to other national trail rides)
This is the advanced obstacle course. Designed for experienced
horse and rider, with obstacles constructed by local trail clubs.
This course will include almost everything you find on trail,
including some scary, surprise trail stunts. (Deer, plastic bags
blowing, strange noises, hunters in camouflage, etc..) If no show
is planned for your area (determined by members in that area),
then a National, commercial, endurance, or trail class may be
used. (contact atha for approval prior to "ride")
will put 7 quality assurance
stamps on the back your registration card for an Experienced
Registered American Trail Horse that has proven
its ability to the Association in full. We ask those who have
their card filled to help others fill theirs, by becoming local
representatives. We encourage Trail Horse Clubs to register as
representatives also, as they have the ability to qualify horses
while out on trail. Please consider this great honor, and volunteer
to help one of the fastest growing Associations in the equine
world today...the American Trail Horse Association, Inc.
an added bonus....
horse clubs that volunteer for local reps receive discounts on
registering their horses in the club. (Must be done as a group.)
All T7's are asked to judge the local Trail Horse Trials, and
receive a special ATHA, Inc. judging gift.
chose to do most of these by pictures or video. Theres a
$5.00 charge for each upgrade stamp. If you don't have a local
rep yet, you can chose to attend a ATHA Trail Trials
to have a judge witness you thru many levels. If you are testing
for T7, then you are charged $75, which includes testing on the
advance trail course, T7 graduate stamp, and a special T7 gift
from the Association. If you test for T-7 at another show, ATHA
only charges $50, so you have $25 towards the other shows fees.
Please contact ATHA will any questions.
We have put out the challenges, now ATHA, Inc. asks you and
your Trail Horse....Are you able to meet them?