Families across the nation are invited to meet a horse on Saturday, July 25, at participating Time to Ride Challenge host locations. Stables, camps, clubs and businesses are opening their doors for National Meet-a-Horse Day to help new equine enthusiasts make a connection with a horse.
The Time to Ride Challenge is a national contest involving nearly 1,000 stables, clubs and businesses, all competing for $100,000 cash and other prizes by introducing people to horses from May 30-Sept. 30. To date, more than 6,300 people have enjoyed a first-time horse experience through 135 challenge events.
Enthusiasts who are interested in horses are invited to search the event calendar for horse events taking place nearby them. National Meet-a-Horse Day takes place on the same day as National Day of the Cowboy and many locations are using the opportunity to enhance their events with such offerings as cowboy breakfasts, trail rides, raffles and games. Most events are free, open to the public and offer refreshments.
Horse owners and riders are encouraged to take part by inviting their friends to meet their horse on July 25. Friends, neighbors and family members who own horses are an important link for the newcomer interested in learning more about horses or riding.
Newcomers can enter to win a Time to Ride prize pack by posting a picture using the hashtag #MeetaHorse to @_TimetoRide on Twitter, or the Time to Ride Facebook page. All entries posted by 9am CST, Monday, July 27, will be entered to win one of three prize packs, which include apparel and Junior Master Horseman books for beginning riders, valued at $75.