Kelly Lynn Tracey-Martin of Clear Spring recently earned an award for logging 100 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.
The program recognizes and rewards members for time spent with their American quarter horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.
A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity. Members complete a program application and pay a one-time $25 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American quarter horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American quarter horse.
Nine subsequent awards are presented at 100- to 5,000-hour levels. At the 100-hour level, a $25 gift certificate is presented, which is good toward any item from Drysdale's Western Store. At 750 hours, a Tex Tan basket stamped belt is awarded. For each additional hour level achieved, members receive Montana Silversmith products as awards. A Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle is awarded at the highest level of 5,000 hours. Also at both 500-hour and 5,000-hour award levels, recipients receive recognition in The American Quarter Horse Journal, the association's monthly magazine.