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Free Ride! AQHA to hold a 4aHorse Test Ride at California's Orange County Fair

AQHA Press Release

Amarillo, Texas, July 1, 2004 – Have you ever experienced the opportunity to sit atop an American Quarter Horse? If not, here’s your chance! The American Quarter Horse Association is extending this special offer to all who are interested in riding and learning more about American Quarter Horses. The 4aHORSE Test Ride will be held in conjunction with the Orange County Fair at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, July 9-10 from noon to 6 p.m.

Part of AQHA’s mission statement reads, “To generate growth of AQHA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the American Quarter Horse.” The 4aHORSE Test Ride program was developed to put our customers in direct contact with our product through a controlled riding environment.

If you want to join in on the fun, simply arrive ready to ride! Everyone is welcome – rookies and pros alike! All interested parties will be divided into groups and given a safety demonstration prior to entering the riding area. The size of each group is determined on the size of the riding area and the number of horses available.

Upon entering the riding area, each person is matched with a horse that meets his or her riding level. Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association volunteers and Professional Horsemen handle each horse and check equipment before each ride. Once all riders are mounted and equipment has been checked, you will be guided through a series of controlled exercises to become familiar with the American Quarter Horse. All 4aHORSE Test Rides are done at a walk or a jog and usually last between 10-15 minutes each. More than 280 riders are expected to participate in the Test Ride.

Local AQHA members provide the horses which are chosen based on their temperament and suitability for riders of all ages and skill levels.

The Orange County Fair showcases California’s horse community and brings interested people into the fold of horse ownership. For more information, contact the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association at (530) 823-5991 or e-mail

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