Distance riding is a great sport for all ages and skill levels. It tests a horse’s condition and stamina, rider intelligence and horsemanship under veterinary supervision on a cross-country trail. Most competitors own and train their own horses.
Discipline, dedication and a sense of adventure are the most important ingredients for success. Competitive Trail and Endurance are the two most popular distance sports and Arabians excel at both. Other distance events include Ride & Tie competitions and Mounted Orienteering.
The endurance competitor’s motto, “To Finish Is To Win,” applies to all types of distance events. Distance riding may be highly competitive and challenging or a recreational activity combining a camping trip with an extended trail ride.
Ride your way to great rewards with these AHA Distance Ride Programs:
Distance Horse Awards
Competitive Distance Program
Frequent Rider Program
Competitive Trail High Point Program Awards
Endurance High Point Program Awards
Distance Horse of the Year Award
Horse Achievement Awards
Amateur Achievement Awards
The Arabian Horse Association offers several programs that recognize efforts of distance riders. Please contact Carlene Benson for more information at (503) 399-1580 or Email.
AHA Distance Ride Championships
The AHA National Distance Commission has been working with additional breed organizations to help support the growth of Distance Riding by partnering to hold multiple National Championship rides at one event. The 2022 Distance Horse National Championships will be held at Autumn Sun Pioneer Site in Gooding, Idaho. We look forward to welcoming more breeds in joining the Distance Horse Nationals Championships!
Sweepstakes Payout for Distance
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Earn Distance Awards
Do you compete with your Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian in Endurance or Competitive Trail rides? Earn credit for all of your miles with the Distance Horse Award Program! When you reach 500 miles, you will be awarded a beautiful plaque with your horse’s name with space for more milestones in 500-mile increments. For every 500 miles you ride in AHA recognized distance rides, you will earn another brass mileage marker that can be added to your plaque. You will also receive acknowledgment in the Recognition Spotlight of the Modern Arabian Horse Magazine. For more information on the Distance Horse Award Program, please call the Competitions Department at (303) 696-4500 Option 4, or visit the AHA website.
AERC’s Northwest ride season begins December 1 of each year.
Owyhee Tough Sucker
Mary & Anna Memorial
City of Rocks
Cariboo Gold Rush Pioneer
Top O The World Pioneer
Old Selam Pioneer
Lava Cast Forest Mem Ride
Autumn Sun Pioneer
Programs for horses and riders!
Recognition for completed miles in Endurance, Competitive Trail and/or Ride and Tie.
Joining AHA and the returning partners, the Appaloosa Horse Club, the Paso Fino Horse Association, the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry, the American Morgan Horse Association, the Akhal-Teke Association of America and the American Saddlebred Assn in 2020!
AHA is offering the Limited Distance Challenge again in 2020. They recognize that many individuals do not want to ride 50 miles a day, but do enjoy riding 25-30 miles in consecutive days. Therefore, AHA's Limited Distance Challenge offers this opportunity.