Recreational Riding

AQHA Step Program Overview

As long as you're in the sadde, you're earning miles toward great rewards in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program.

Every time you saddle up to ride, whether you're at your 4-H county fair, practicing at home for the next show or completing a Junior Master Horseman activity horseback, you can earn hours for the time you spend in the saddle.

It's easy to earn rewards!

You're first reward begins at 25 hours. Enroll in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program before you take your next ride, then start logging your hours toward great Horseback Riding Program rewards!

Here are some fun ways you can log Horseback Riding Program hours toward rewards:

  • 4-H horse shows

  • AQHA shows

  • In the practice arena

  • Therapeutic riding

  • On trail rides

  • Working on a ranch

  • Completing Junior Master Horseman curriculum horseback

  • Comleting Fundamentals of Horsemanship training techniques horseback

  • AQHA Trail Challenge

  • At an AQHA Ride

  • It's easy to enroll in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program!
  • AQHA, AQHYA and Amateur members, enroll in either the American Quarter Horse or the All Breeds division of the Horseback Riding Program. (You may enroll in both divisions).

  • Pay the one-time enrollment fee.

  • Log the hours you spend in the saddle.

  • Return the log sheets to AQHA or enter your hours online before December 31

  • Earn great prizes.