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Clear Spring's Hoffman enrolls in American Quarter Horse group

February 13, 2008

Debbie J. Hoffman of Clear Spring recently enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.

The program recognizes and rewards association members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, shows, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

One aspect of the program is its simplicity. Association members complete a program application and pay a one-time $25 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official association log sheet to record their hours driving or riding a 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, and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdale's Western Stores to a Montana Silversmiths trophy belt buckle at the highest level.

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Stephanie A. McCommon, association manager of membership services, said "The Horseback Riding Program is a unique opportunity to earn rewards outside of traditional competition. In some cases the program rewards people who already spend many hours riding American Quarter Horses. For others, the Horseback Riding Program is an incentive to get out and ride."

Horseback riding provides good exercise. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, more than 27 million Americans participate in horseback riding nationally.

The association actively encourages horseback riding as a relaxing recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends. For more information about the association, visit www.aqha.com, or call 806-376-4811.

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