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Arkansas Trail Riders Association, Inc. (ATRA) is an organization of equine enthusiasts with approximately 150 members statewide. Although we collectively hold many equine interests, our primary love is riding the trails of Arkansas.

We have group trail rides that generally last one to two days. Any ATRA member may host a ride as long as it is scheduled through the Ride Chair. Some of our rides are located at facilities where there may be a charge for stalls, camping, meals, etc.; however, there is never a charge for attending a ride itself. This is an ATRA policy to keep the family fun affordable. Rides can occur at any time during the year, although most of our rides are scheduled in the Fall and Spring when the weather is most agreeable and when hunting season is not in full swing.

We communicate primarily through email and also through our article in the Horsemanís Round UP, our website (www.arkansastrailridersassoc.com), Facebook, and the ATRA Yahoo Users Group.

We have two general membership meetings each year in January and in July/August. Membership dues are paid each January.

ATRA has an optional mileage program in which rider and equine may be enrolled for awards at the January meeting. Awards are given for 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 miles. Miles are cumulative from year to year. Please contact the Mileage Chair for more information.

ATRA members comprise all ages, ride all sorts of equine including mules and vary in riding ability, experience and endurance. We have some basic trail courtesies that we encourage. In addition, we encourage and hold voluntary work days to maintain and clean up various trails. A 12-month negative Coggins is required for all ATRA events, and we have several members certified to check Coggins papers.

ATRA has many members who work actively with federal and local governments to encourage new trail development and to follow legislation that might threaten the availability of trails on public lands. As urban development takes up land, we have come to realize how important our public lands are and have taken a stance to preserve multi-purpose use of them.

Thanks so much for your interest in ATRA. We ride some beautiful trails, have a great deal of fun, and we hope that you join us soon!


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