On September 17, 2011 ACTHA Region 4 Affiliate, Toni Christopher, will officiate another superb, certified American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) event at the Historic Blakeley State Park. The proceeds from this ride will benefit Starlight Stables that currently houses 19 special horses and has rescued and placed many others.
Riders will be able to enjoy the park’s pristine woodlands along the Tensaw River and can even choose to make it a weekend event by camping at the Harper Campground that has nice sites with fire rings and picnic tables but no utilities. Only tents and pop-ups are allowed in this area. Accommodations are also available 4.5 miles south of the park at Microtel Inn & Suites. For reservations call (251) 621-7807.
Blakeley gates open at 9 a.m. and close at dusk to day visitors, however to accommodate this event, they will open the gates earlier. There is a $10.00 park fee for each horse/rider payable at the entrance. The park is located approximately two hours from Hattiesburg in Spanish Fort, AL (Directions). If you plan to stay the weekend, call for reservations (251) 626-0798.
Toni has a bonus at every ride. This time there will be a FREE Equine Massage Demonstration by Southern Comfort Equine & Canine Sports Massage. The presentation will be by Chelbie Engle, E.S.M.T & C.C.M.T. of Poplarville, MS. Equine massage enhances muscle tone, reduces inflammation, promotes the healing process, releases tension, stimulates circulation, and helps to maintain the whole body. Every registered rider will be entered into a raffle to get a FREE equine massage! The drawing will be held before the ride; the winning horse will be given his/her massage upon completion of the ride.
The first five Junior Riders to register WILL RIDE FOR FREE! Each Junior Rider will also receive a FREE GIFT!
Year end awards for the Golden Pines events will be presented at this ride.
Agenda, menu, fees, and ride information is available on the ACTHA website. Ride fees are payable online. Fees that will be collected at check-in include meals and primitive campsite fees. Registration for this ride will close Thursday, September 15, 2011, two days before the ride date.
Not an ACTHA member yet! ACTHA is currently offering new members a $35.00 discount for the first five new members that sign up. It’s called the Lucky U and you can find more details by clicking on the banner at the top of their page. As of September 7, 2011 there are still five slots open for the new member discount!
PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE.
If you need assistance please call Toni at (251) 391-4268.
NEGATIVE COGGINS IS REQUIRED TO BE SHOWN AT THE GATE
A T T E N T I O N
Americas Favorite Trail Horse will air on HRTV, Dish Network channel 404, or you can visit the ACTHA website to watch it online at ActhaTV beginning September 13, 2011. Truly wonderful horses from all over the United States will compete for Your Votes to win $100,000.00. Make sure to tune in every week and above all look for these deserving finalists that competed at our local auditions in Perkinston, MS:
AQHA Curly Man McCue & Ronald “Slick” Sullivan
Supreme Dream Catcher & Kathee McGuire
Flying Diamond The Bailef & Wendy Stephens
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