Welcome to the Trails & Pleasure Division of the Washington State Horsemen.
This division is comprised of a group of horsemen that find owning a horse a pleasure and riding them on trails a relaxing hobby. Safety is stressed on the trails, both for humans and livestock. We try to keep up on trial conditions as the information becomes available.
Each year our riders pay a fee and submit their number of hours ridden. It is a friendly competition between horsemen. This riding information is used by different agencies to track trail use by horsemen. To the rider, it’s just fun to see how many hours they can ride in a year. Makes those feed bills justifiable!
All riding counts, including arena, pleasure and trail riding. Please note that only you’re actual riding/In Hand/ Driving, times counts, Travel time grooming saddling/harnessing times do not count for your hours in T&P nor do competitive times in the saddle (shows, endurance etc.) Over the last few years we have added a separate section for those of you who only do In-Hand and Driving to the Trails and Pleasure Division If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the T&P Director.
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Ride for Hours: Hours start from the sign-up date (USPS postmark date). Expectation to be made for the 2016-2017 season giving everyone a 60-day back date. For example, if your sign-up form is postmarked March 30 then your hours will count as of January 30. After the 2016/2017 season if your sign-up is dated March 30 then hour hours would start as of March 30.
The Trails and Pleasure “season” is different than most WSH Divisions. In order for hours to continue to count from the fall, riders will have until March 1 of the following year to send in a copy of their WSH card. For the 2016/17 year, updated 2017 WSH cards would be due by March 1, 2017
The preservation of the rights of Americans to enjoy the recreational use of horses on public lands is extremely important. We work to educate our horsemen about minimum impact on the areas we use. We cooperate with federal, state and local agencies to build and maintain trails and trailheads.
Our riders turn in hundreds of volunteer work hours, and WSH turns them in to the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service, State Parks, and Private Timber Companies. We participate in meetings, hearings, and public planning sessions of public agencies. We work on proposed land-use regulations affecting horsemen and report any other news of interest to the pleasure horsemen through the WSH monthly newspaper.