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Treading Lightly

Attend the QuarterFest conservation seminar on Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly, the newest AQHA alliance partner, promotes responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship.

“Trail conservation is extremely important to AQHA and its members,” says Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president. “We are pleased to join Tread Lightly in preserving trails for future generations to be able to enjoy their American Quarter Horses and advocating education for everyone who uses our nation’s great outdoors.”

AQHA and Tread Lightly value open access to beautiful, healthy public lands for recreational use. With increased popularity of outdoor recreation and limited open space, conflicts between enthusiasts enjoying different modes of transportation, such as horses, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles, is on the rise making for a greater need for education about responsible trail use.

Trail riding gets you and your horse out of the arena to break up a monotonous routine and to experience new sights! AQHA's FREE Trail Ride Safety Tips report will keep you and your animals out of harm's way wen you're on the trail.

“To create a society of good stewards, we must permeate an ethic of stewardship into the minds of all outdoor enthusiasts,” says Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly’s executive director. “At Tread Lightly, we believe this goal is attainable if we band together under one ethics brand. Ultimately, we are all protecting access by raising awareness and moving people from clueless to a committed outdoor ethic.”

Tread Lightly is working to help prevent or reduce trail closures resulting from environmental impacts and social conflict by providing a series of educational brochures. The pamphlets are full of tips advocating an ethic of stewardship and promoting a wide variety of recreational activities. Some of the tips also include information for responsible horseback riding. In addition, the brochures include a series relating to activities involving the use of motorized vehicles that provide guidelines such as what to do when approaching horses or other pack animals.

AQHA is facilitating Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships (STEP), a new program that helps educate equestrians to become effective advocates for trail stewardship in the horse community. Formerly known as Trail Trotters, the program was launched in November 2004 by the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. The goal of STEP is to increase participation in trail stewardship among equine enthusiasts while casting a positive light on horseback riders to land managers and other trail users.

QuarterFest is packed full of special events, clinics, seminars and activities for the entire family! You'll enjoy four great areas centered on the American Quarter Horse:

  1. Conservation
  2. Breyer Kids Korral
  3. Special Events, Clinics and Seminars
  4. Trail and Ranch

Some clinics require advance registration (and maybe a small fee) to participate. Otherwise, all seminars and clinics are open to the public and free to attend with your QuarterFest admission.

Get AQHA's FREE Trail Ride Safety Tips report and learn from experts about three different areas of trail riding tips and advice on how to better enjoy trail riding while keeping your horse's health and protecting the environment in mind.