STEP Program Names Grant Recipients

More than $13,000 is awarded to recipients of Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships grants in 2016.

American Quarter Horse Association

AQHA is proud to announce the recipients of more than $13,000 in grants this year from Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships.

Stewards for Trails, Education & Partnerships is a program designed by the American Quarter Horse Association to encourage good stewardship and conservation of riding trails.

STEP’s mission is to promote equestrian involvement in the restoration, repair and establishment of trails. STEP hopes to unify horseback riders and other trail users to build and strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities, the forest service and other land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails.

AQHA is able to fund groups and organizations that have the most impact toward community involvement and trail sustainability. This year’s grant projects include clearing brush from trails, restoring trail networks, increasing trail signage, improving facilities, restoring trail soil and developing educational messages for and creating a conservation internship program.

The 2016 STEP grant recipients include:

  • American Endurance Ride Conference in Floyds Knobs, Indiana- $1,000
  • Atascadero Horsemen’s Club in Atascadero, California- $1,400
  • Bay State Trail Riders Association in Douglas, Massachusetts - $850
  • Black Hills Back Country Horsemen of South Dakota in Custer, South Dakota - $4,370.
  •  Commonweal Conservancy in Santa Fe, New Mexico - $2,500
  • Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course in Florissant Colorado- $3,380

Grant recipients were chosen based on an application process.

Visit www.aqha.com/step for more information on the STEP program and how to get involved.

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