Trail Riders Awards Program

Recognizing the need to honor the trail rider who is the foundation of the CSHA and a need to encourage the use of riding and hiking trails by the members of CSHA, the Trail Riders Awards Program was established in 1988.

Riders keep track of the number of HOURS they are on a trail and any time spent on trail construction or maintenance and send a copy of the log to the program chair. It's that simple! It does not matter how far or fast you go, just the number of hours you spend on the trail. Any time spent on trails, on either public or private lands, whether alone or in a group counts toward awards. It can be any type of trail riding, driving or just walking your horse, e.g. pleasure, conditioning, endurance, trail trials, etc. It does not include time spent getting ready to ride, riding in an arena, parades, etc..

The riders provide information on what park or location they rode in, which trails they rode, how many riders there were and what type of riding it was. This information is useful in substantiating trail usage which is especially important now when so many trails are in jeopardy.

Upon joining the program, you receive a beautiful 5" patch and a supply of "Riders Log" record forms on which you keep track of your riding hours. Chevrons to be worn under the patch are awarded when you complete the following levels - 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, and every 500 thereafter until you reach 5000 hours. A special Master Trail Rider Award will be presented upon completion of 3000 hours and a special sterling silver trophy buckle commemorating the Supreme Trail Rider will be presented when you reach 5000 hours of logged time. As of 2007, Recognition Plaques are also awarded for each 500 hour increment and Membership stars representing 1 year of membership in the TRAP program will be presented upon annual renewal. The stars are to be worn around the patch.

This is a great program, especially for those of us who are "Sunday drivers" and just want to take a leisurely ride and look at the scenery.

All participants must be members of CSHA either as individuals or as members of a CSHA Club. There are no age divisions or limitations. There is no limit to the number of horses which may be used in qualifying for an award.

To join there is a one-time enrollment fee of $15.00 and an annual renewal fee of $15.00 to remain active in the program. These fees are used to cover the cost of record keeping, materials, providing the Riders Logs, patches and awards.

If you would like to join this great program, CLICK HERE for an application form. If you have more questions, send an e-mail to

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