On January 12, 2013, the WWHA held our annual membership meeting featuring the trail program awards at Tom and Di’s Rustic Inn, Oconomowoc. Many of our members spend time on the trails either riding or driving. The WWHA not only awards and recognizes members who show, but also members who trail ride. Hearing where everyone rode, who had the most hours, and seeing the awards given always make this meeting fun and enjoyable.
The WWHA Distance Riding/Driving Award Program provides the recognition for owners, riders, and horses that enjoy the benefits gained from pleasure trail riding/driving. The distance program consists of two divisions: Horse or Rider. Owner(s) of horse(s) ridden and riders must be members in good standing of the WWHA during the time the hours are accumulated. In the Horse division, a single registered TWH horse is ridden and the hours are accumulated only for that horse. In the Rider division, the hours are accumulated for only the rider. The rider can ride any breed of horse.
Each horse/rider will have their own log book and hours must be recorded in only their particular book. Hours may be logged for any trail ride and for time consisting of actual forward motion. Hours spent driving a horse may also be logged. To log riding/driving time, a minimum of one hour must be ridden, every half hour thereafter is qualified to be logged.
The program runs from November 1 thru October 31. Logbooks must be submitted and postmarked by November 30 for hours to be totaled for award consideration. Awards will be presented every year in January. Log books will be supplied by the WWHA upon receipt of the distance application and annual dues. Dues are $10 per horse or rider per division per year. Annual renewal fees are $10 per division with a paid WWHA membership.
Hours will be accumulated throughout the horse’s or rider’s lifetime with recognition noted and awards given at the following levels of accomplishment: 50, 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 hours. There are also two traveling high point trophies awarded to the high point winners in each division.
The 2013 winners for the Distance Riding/Driving Program are as follows:
In the horse division:
- Thriller’s Jazz Man, ridden by Jim Sizer with 198 hours
- Dude’s Sun Rise, ridden by Kayla Kuenzi with 256 hours
In the rider division:
- Terre Huebner, with 69 ½ hours
- Jan Spencer, with 70 hours
- Andria Madison, with 176 hours
- Kim Sizer, with 205 hours
- Katie Livingwood, with 253 hours
- Peggy Butler, with 583 hours
- Julie Levy, with 600 hours
- Chuck Scholl, with 862 hours.
This year’s high point traveling trophies were awarded to Thriller’s Jazz Man, ridden by Jim Sizer, in the horse division and Peggy Butler in the rider division.
If you trail ride your horse, this club benefit is for you! It’s easy to participate in and even easier to join. An application can be found at wisconsinwalkinghorse.org along with more information about the program. Happy Trails!