Biggest synchronized trail ride for wild horses of AU and US has last minute hitch

Guinness world record bid for largest synchronized trail ride now aims for Australian record as US team reschedules due to NA equine virus outbreak

On Saturday 4th June 2011 horse riders across Australia planned to take part in a bid to break a world record for the largest trail ride in history!

Members of Australia’s peak trail riding organisation, the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), planned to join with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) in a synchronised, historic trail ride. A key purpose is to raise awareness of the Australian Brumby and the American Mustang. All ATHRA clubs have been encouraged to participate on this day with their own arranged trail ride and to get as many members and guest riders together as possible.

At the last minute, the ACTHA in the United States indicated that it will have to defer its involvement. Sadly, this is due to an outbreak of a contagious horse disease, Rhino EHV-1 Equine Virus. ACTHA now hopes that it can go ahead with its ride on 10 September. However, the Australian coordinated ride will proceed on 4 June 2011.

Riders participating with recognised brumbies can expect special encouragement. ATHRA’s commercial partner, Cavallo, is sponsoring the day and will provide special keepsake ribbons to all participants, together with additional giveaways.

ATHRA, its sponsoring partners, such as Cavallo, and the Australian Brumby Alliance, are all working together in order to achieve a number of goals with this wonderful event. The aims are to give all horse riders, on a grand scale, fun on horseback, raise awareness of the needs of the Australian brumby, develop links with ACTHA in the USA and set a trail riding record.

For more information on the 4 June record bid and how to participate, contact:

Paul Moulden, ATHRA’s National Ride Co-ordinator, ph. 0409213841.

They are also holding a raffle to raise additional monies. If anyone would like to donate a raffle item, please let them know quickly please.

If you are interested in riding in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association rescheduled “Ride for the Mustangs” on September 10, 2011, please visit for further information.

Source: Press Release

Thank you to everyone taking part and riding for the wild horses of America and Australia.

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