STEP Program Names Grant Recipients

The American Quarter Horse Association and Tractor Supply Co. announce the 2015 Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships grant recipients of more than $56,000.

The American Quarter Horse Association

AQHA and Tractor Supply Co. are proud to announce the 2015 Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships grant recipients that are receiving more than $56,000 in funding this year.

The American Quarter Horse Association and Tractor Supply Co. are proud to announce the 2015 Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships grant recipients that are receiving more than $56,000 in funding this year. STEP is a project of AQHA and Tractor Supply Co., designed to encourage good stewardship and conservation of riding trails.

Thanks to the partnership with Tractor Supply Co., AQHA is able to fund groups and organizations that have the most impact toward community involvement and trail sustainability. This year’s grant projects include clearing brush from trails, restoring trail networks, increasing trail signage, improving facilities, restoring trail soil, and developing educational messages for and creating a conservation internship program.

The 2015 STEP grant recipients include:

  • Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness - $300

  • Friends of Kings Mountain State Park - $6,000

  • U.S. Forest Service - $480

  • Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park - $3,200

  • Back Country Horsemen of Alabama - $5,000

  • Siuslaw National Forest, Central Coast Ranger District - $4,000

  • Friends of Lee State Park - $2,848

  • Tahoe Rim Trail Association - $ 2,800

  • Back Country Horsemen of Northeast Georgia - $3,290

  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado - $2,000

  • USDA Forest Service, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest - $5,000

  • Back Country Horsemen of Middle & South Georgia - $1,642

  • Lake Ray Roberts Equestrian Trail Association - $6,000

  • Sportsman Lake Development Commission - $5,825

  • Back Country Horsemen of America, Warrior Mountain Chapter - $2,500

  • Buffalo River Back Country Horsemen - $1,500

  • Modoc National Forest - $155

  • Friends of the Lakes/City of Guthrie - $3,500

  • Duck Egg County Forest - $875

STEP’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 to build and strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities, the forest service and other land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails.

Grant recipients were chosen based on an application process.

Visit www.aqha.com/step for more information on the STEP program and how to get involved.

Tractor Supply Co. is an advocate for land conservation by providing funding through STEP. 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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