AQHA encourages horse enthusiasts to volunteer their time to preserve trails and apply for trail conservation funding by August 1.

The American Quarter Horse Association
June 28, 2013


Grant applications for STEP are due by August 1.

Grant applications for STEP (Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships), a program under the American Quarter Horse Association designed to encourage good stewardship and conservation of recreational riding trails, are due by August 1.

The program’s mission is to promote equestrian involvement in the restoration, repair and establishment of trails. STEP hopes to unify horseback riders and other trail users in an effort to build and strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities, the forest service and other land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails.

Each year, AQHA encourages horse enthusiasts to volunteer their time and resources to trail maintenance and development of public and private land. This can include anything from clearing shrubs or branches on existing trails to developing new trails altogether.

Groups or individuals can organize and complete trail conservation projects on any public and/or private land. Simply coordinate with your trail’s land manager, register your project with AQHA and then head to the trails!

Anyone who enjoys horseback riding on trails and wants to see these trails preserved for years to come is welcome to participate. Trail conservation projects are great for riding clubs, 4-H groups and youth organizations.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of AQHA Corporate Partner Tractor Supply Co., funding is available for a variety of trail conservation activities. For more information on STEP or to apply for a grant, visit www.aqha.com/riding/step.

As a proud partner of AQHA, Tractor Supply Co. is an advocate for land conservation by providing funding through STEP, AQHA’s trail stewardship program. Tractor Supply Co. is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States. Learn more about Tractor Supply Co.

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