STEP Program Names Grant Recipients

More than $15,000 is awarded to recipients of Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships grants in 2018.

American Quarter Horse Association

STEP’s mission is to promote equestrian involvement in the restoration, repair and establishment of trails.

Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships is a program designed by the American Quarter Horse Association to encourage good stewardship and conservation of riding trails.

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.

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 2018 STEP grant recipients include

  • Friends of Kings Mountain State Park, Gaffney, South Carolina - $4,250
  • Arizona Trail Association, Phoenix - $2,250
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut - $1,400
  • Yankee Springs Trail Riders, Delton, Michigan - $1,400
  • Friends of Neshota Park, Denmark, Wisconsin - $3,000
  • Back Country Horsemen of Missouri River Springs Chapter, Edgar Springs, Missouri - $2,676

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.

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