ACTHA Searches for Horse Reality TV Stars

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This spring, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association will be selecting participants for a new reality television series, America’s Favorite Trail Horse. Winners of the competition will be selected by viewers’ votes and will share more than $100,000 in cash, gifts and prizes.

Stage 1: Auditions

WHEN: April 11 - April 24, 2011. Due to logistics, entries are limited.

WHERE:The ACTHA will be traveling across the country. Once all entries are in, exact locations will be determined.

HOW: Approximately 100 horse-and-rider teams will be selected as finalists from the regional auditions. They will be represented in two age divisions, over 45 and under 45 (must be at least 21). Participants will be judged on a wide range of criteria, including the timely completion of the ACTHA's trail obstacles.

Auditions will be filmed and featured selectively on ACTHA TV (coming soon) and on national television.

Stage 2: The National Finals
All regional winners will be invited to come to the National Finals near Austin, Tex., May 8-12. Festivities will include: A 6-mile judged Competitive Trail Challenge to be enjoyed by all finalists and clinics from the ACTHA's founders and celebrity clinicians.

In at least 10 selected episodes to be aired on National TV, viewers across America will vote for their favorite horse in that episode. The horse with the most votes will win $5000 per selected episode.

In the final episodes, America will be selecting their favorite trail horse and award:

  • 1st place - $25,000
  • 2nd place - $15,000
  • 3rd place - $10,000

For more information about America’s Favorite Trail Horse, click here.