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!