Time to Ride Challenge Breaks 20,000 Newcomers Mark

The challenge has reached 20,107 newcomers as of Aug. 26, a 31% increase over this point in 2014.

The Time to Ride Challenge—a grassroots competition offering $100,000 cash and prizes to stables, clubs, and businesses that introduce new people to horses—has reached 20,107 newcomers as of Aug. 26, marking a 31% increase over this point in 2014.

The challenge began May 30 and continues through Sept. 30 nationwide.

Preliminary survey results show that the typical event attendee has ridden or interacted with a horse one to three times in the past three years, indicating they are interested but not regularly involved with horses. “Newcomers” enjoy a fun, safe, entry-level horse experience and, following the event, are provided with further opportunities to take riding lessons, attend events, and otherwise become more involved in the horse industry.

Challenge hosts providing the horse experiences are often riding stables and instructors, but also include clubs such as 4-H and regional organizations, therapeutic riding stables, rescues, camps, retail stores, and

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