American Horse Council Selects July 20 for 6th Annual Event

Washington, DC – Time To Ride, the equine industry initiative created by the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance to encourage and champion the growth of the U.S. horse industry, is pleased to participate in the American Horse Council’s sixth annual National Meet A Horse Day on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Since its inception, National Meet A Horse Day has traditionally been held on a Saturday in July, taking advantage of the more leisurely days of summer when families are looking for fun and different activities. The American Horse Council is celebrating National Meet A Horse Day at the USDA Farmers Market on the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 19. Horses from the National Park Service and the Caisson Platoon will be in attendance, and there will be giveaways for the children who visit the AHC booth.

The 2019 Time To Ride pilot program participants are being encouraged to celebrate National Meet A Horse Day by inviting their local communities to visit their facilities and meet the horses and staff. “Horseback riding can be enjoyed by the whole family,” said Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager. “National Meet A Horse Day is a great opportunity to introduce parents and kids to equine facilities in their local area. While our focus is to encourage kids to learn about riding and horse care, this is a sport in which the whole family can participate.”

The TTR pilot program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment. The purpose is to familiarize young people with horses through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding. The lesson series are offered through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues. Many barns are planning special activities to attract parents and children as an introduction to the Time To Ride lesson program.

To learn more about Time To Ride, please visit,  email, or call 202-891-7971.

 About Time To Ride

Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Morris Media Network, Platinum Performance, Purina and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Pony Clubs.

For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager:; 202-891-7971

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