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New Horse Registry for Gaited Horses
Registry Provides Show Venues for Handicapped and Non-Handicapped Exhibitors
The new registry also dedicates specific classes in each of its shows to be for Special Needs riders only, giving each rider the unique thrill that comes from riding a gaited horse in front of a crowd.
The Gaited American Sporthorse Registry (GASR) will conduct several competitions annually. “The same horse and rider will compete in halter, pleasure, versatility, and ranch horse with cattle classes gaining points toward the show high point award,” said founder Rick Gates of Catoosa, Oklahoma. Each competition is also a charity show, with a portion of its show profits being donated to a charity designated by the show management.
Both breed-registered and non-registered gaited horses and ponies are welcome to register with GASR. “Horses not currently registered with a breed association may be gait verified by a GASR representative upon request,” said Gates.
In addition to holding exciting competitions, exhibitions, and clinics open to both youth and adults, GASR will maintain a list of accrued show points earned by each horse in GASR classes. This history will stay with the horse throughout its life, adding to its value.
GASR horse owners will be eligible to sign each GASR horse up for the Attended Events Program, and a year-end award will be presented to the GASR horse attending the most events. GASR representatives are always available to help you organize a GASR event in your area.
All GASR events are for only those gaited horses verified as being sound on site.
If this all sounds serious, it is. It’s also enjoyable. Although GASR events offer tough competition, underlying each show is a sense of fun, camaraderie, and support for one another. “Why not join us in our mission to promote and expand the use, value, and popularity of the sound, smooth-gaited saddle horse while benefiting Special Needs riders and the charity of your choice at the same time?” asks Gates. Learn more about GASR by going to www.gaittogether.com to learn more about the many things GASR offers.
About GASR’s Founders
GASR is a Limited Liability Company created in Oklahoma and was founded by Rick Gates of Catoosa, Oklahoma. Gates is a champion exhibitor who has ridden, trained and judged gaited horses for many years. The co-founder is Ronlin Farms, LLC, www.ronlinfarms.com, of Dadeville, Mo., breeders and trainers of gaited horses and ponies for show and trail.
About Rick Gates
Rick Gates is the founder of GASR. He has been involved with many different aspects of horsemanship with over 45 years of experience from training to judging and everything in between. He is an NSU Tahlequah Alumni, and lives in Catoosa, OK.
NOTE: Anyone looking for a forever home for an older gelding that would work in a Therapeutic Riding environment please consider donating him to one of the facilities linked here. Your horse would have an easy life and would also provide a priceless service to some Special Folks. Most of these donations are tax deductible.
· Horses of Hope, Buffalo, MO www.horsesofhope.com
· Home of Hope, Vinita, OK www.homeofhope.com
· Equi-Librium Therapy Center www.etctherapy.org
· Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO http://www.eemv.org
Exceptional Equestrians and Equi-Librium offer programs for military veterans.
Gaited American Sporthorse Registry (GASR)