First up! It in no way interferes with any other distance riding association. More of an affliliate organization, meaning in order to become a member with AABDA you already must carry membership with NATRC, AERC, MODTRA, ECTRA, or other approved distance riding organization. It actually uses their riding platform to prove mileage.
So what's so good about it? You will compete in mileage (only) divisions against a pool of your peers riding YOUR BREED OF HORSE. For instance the divisions would look something like this:
Spotted Saddle Horse (POA, Appaloosa, Pinto, for example)
Stock Horse (Paint, QH, for example)
Gaited (Fox Trotter, TW Horse, Paso Fino, etc).
Light Saddle Horse (more a type than a breed, such as Saddlebred, Standardbred)
Grade Horse (horses that do not fit the category and breeding is unknown).
Heavy Breed (drafts, draft cross, Fresian, Warm-blood etc).
So the spotted horses are only competing against the spotted horses. The Stock horses only against stock horses, the gaited horses against gaited, see where I'm coming from? Wouldn't it be FUN???
The other breeds could be categorized and there has to be a pool of 20+ in a breed category nationally to qualify for a year end award. This is where networking with friends who ride your breed of horse would REALLY COUNT.
In order to participate you turn in proof of competition from any of the approved associations. Meaning you might ride CTR this month, and Endurance the next and ALL YOUR MILES COUNT to year end awards.
Each Division would have a nice year end high mileage award.
Examples of prizes: Belt buckle for High Mileage Spotted distance horse of the year. Or monogrammed cooler for the horse, and cap for the rider with AABDA logo/high mileage award winner.
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