The Trail Riding/Driving and Iron Butt programs are programs design to recognize all those hours you spend in the saddle. MWHA members can download the Programs Application (Word or PDF) to get started.

Trail Riding/Driving

  • Rider/driver must be a current member of MWHA (except in the Youth Divisions, whereby the owner of the horse must be a current member of MWHA).
  • Any gaited horse is eligible for trail riding/driving awards.
  • Hours can only be accumulated while trail riding/driving on roads and trails.  Hours spent in arenas, round pens, etc. are not allowed with the exception of the 12 & Under Division where they may accumulate hours wherever ridden, except the show ring.
  • Hours ridden must be written in the MWHA Trail Riding Log Book and hours driving must be written in the MWHA Driving Log Book.
  • No hours can be logged that were accumulated prior to the treasurer receiving the Trail Riding Application, applicable fees and MWHA dues for the following year. 
  • Hours will be logged from November 1 - October 31
  • Log book(s) must be turned in by November 5 (postmarked by)
  • Awards will be given in the following categories:
    • Youth 12 & Under (minimum number of hours = 35)
    • Youth 13 – 17 (minimum number of hours = 50)
    • Adult 18 – 39 (minimum number of hours = 50)
    • Adult 40 – 59 (minimum number of hours = 50)
    • Adult 60 & Over (minimum number of hours = 50)
    • Driving – driver any age (minimum number of hours = 35)

Iron Butt

  • This program will be continuous from year to year as long as the rider pays an annual fee of $15 and is a current MWHA member.
  • The nominated rider can be any age and a current member of MWHA (except for youth under the age of 17 where the owner of the horse(s) is a current member of MWHA).
  • Hours can be logged on any horse or mule where either the sire or dam is a registered TWH.
  • Hours can be accumulated for any time in the saddle, except the show ring.
  • Hours ridden must be written in the MWHA Iron Butt Log Book.
  • Hours can be logged starting at any time during the year upon receipt of the $15 fee plus membership dues for the current year.
  • Log books must be turned in every year by November 5 (postmarked by).
  • New log books will be sent upon receipt of membership dues and trail riding fee. The hours previously ridden will be included in the new log books.
  • Pins will be awarded whenever the rider accumulates the following hours: 50, 100, 150, 250, 500, and 750
  • Upon reaching 1000 hours, an embroidered jacket will be given.
  • Pins will be also awarded whenever the rider accumulates the following hours: 1250, 1500, and 1750
  • Upon reaching 2000 hours, saddlebags (or something comparable) with embroidered logo and 2000 hours will be given.
  • Youth riders 12 & Under will receive a prize for every 25 hours they complete.

Trophies and Awards

A Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded in each trail riding age group (except for the Youth Trail Riding group where a Runner-Up award will be given). Size, style, and cost of said awards will be determined by the MWHA Board upon suggestion of the High-Point Program committee. These awards and earned pins/jackets will be presented at the annual MWHA Banquet.