Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Maggie Rinker
Lillian Dahlin |

ACTHA Colorado State Champions

Maggie Rinker and her APHA mare, Snazzy “Lily,” have won American Competitive Trail Horse Association’s 2014-2015 Colorado State Championship in Pleasure Division. They receive a Championship belt buckle, embroidered jacket, embroidered fly/rain sheet, and leather number holder from ACTHA sponsors.

Lily and Maggie have earned seven first place and one second place finishes in eight competitions. The pair won a beautiful series belt buckle, gift certificates, saddle blanket, books, variety of grooming supplies, wet vest, hats, buckle, horse treats and more.

Thanking those who hosted events: Maggie Cason Van Loan of Glade Park (two CTC & two AOC); Isobel and Jim Hertlein of Olathe (two AOC); and Sandra Simms of Glade Park )one CTC and one AOC). Special people marking trails, building obstacles, selecting judges, finding volunteers, event paperwork, and so many duties in logistics to enhance weekend fun for riders, horses and dogs. Out on their trails we have seen beautiful vistas of Colorado and Utah by horseback. We watched colorful sunsets and a super moon rise through clouds of lightning.

Thank you to Alison West of Silt for her riding instruction creating good communication and balanced partnership. Communication finesse is key in maneuvering through obstacles. This Championship also honors; Don and Marian Stultz — 4H Leaders, Sgt. Theodore H. Kirksey, World War I U.S. Cavalry — wise horseman, and my Mom and Dad for buying my first horse, Rockett.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

ACTHA is dedicated to employment of horses in casual trail riding competitions. There are prizes at events, year-end awards, horse achievement records kept, and discounts from sponsors. A portion of entry fees are donated to horse charities. In this new year, June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016, more divisions have been added including “Rookie” and “In Hand.” Trail rides are approximately 6-8 miles including six judged obstacles out on the trail. In an arena course, there may be eight judged obstacles. All obstacles have an individual time limit but there is no course time limit. Visit

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