2017 Breed Challenge Results

Winners of the 2017 Breed Challenge
Congratulations to all that rode…
Great Job!

Breed Challenge Finals 2017

Friday Night

1. Paint Patricia Schuster
2 Mustang Callee Miller Sabrina Amidon
3. Friesien Cindy Amsden
4. Gypsy Sport Horse Teresa Valenti Jennifer Gregston

Sunday Finals

1. Mustang Callee Miller Owner Sabrina Amidon
2. Paint Patricia Schuster
3. Friesien Cindy Amsden
4. Gypsy Sport Horse Teresa Valenti. Owner Jennifer Gregston



Ada County Sheriffs Mounted Possee-ettes
American Blazer Horse Association, Inc.
Back Country Horsemen of Idaho
Boise Pony Club boise.ponyclub.org/
C Bar F Saddle & Equine You
Cornerstone Equine   http://cornerstonequine.com/about-us/
Eh-Capa Bareback Riders
Farriers Guild of Idaho http://www.farriersofidahoguild.com/
Idaho Dressage & Eventing Assoc. http://www.idahodressageandeventing.org/
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
Idaho Miniature Horse Association
Idaho Quarter Horse Association http://idahoqha.com/
Idaho Thoroughbred Association  http://www.idahothoroughbred.com/
Personal Ponies Ltd. Idaho http://www.personalponies.org/programs/
Rough Riders Drill Club
Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club
Southwest Idaho Trail & Distance Riders http://www.endurance.net/switdr/index.htm
Southwind Ranch LLC
Thursday Sage Riders
Treasure Valley Racing
Western Riding Club  http://www.westernridingclub.com/

BLM Announces 2016 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule

BLM Announces 2016 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule

In accordance with Federal law, which requires excess wild horses and burros in the West to be placed with caring private owners, the Bureau of Land Management today announced its 2016 adoption schedule for these special animals that evoke the history of the American West.  The new adoption schedule can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program/schedule.html.

“I urge people from across the country to attend an adoption event this year and bring home one of these icons of the West,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze.  “Giving a good home to a wild horse or burro has the double benefit of saving taxpayers nearly $50,000 each time an animal gets adopted.” Continue reading

Gem County Fair Board, at Emmett,

Ridge to Rivers Trails

Attention All Equestrians
If you use any of the Ridge to Rivers trails, you are invited and strongly encouraged to attend a new meeting FOCUSED on EQUESTRIANS. Here is your chance to really speak up. Due to the strong response at the previous two meetings, there is now a meeting for just equestrians. Please attend one more meeting to present your concerns and solutions.
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Where: Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center on North 8th Street 
3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID 83702
Time: 6:00pm
Please share and spread the word. The time to speak up is now.

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

On February 10, 2015, Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) re-introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians. The bill was first introduced during the last Congress. The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill.

A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.

The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.

The bill is supported by the AHC and many other recreation organizations.