Recreational riding provides time to reflect on the day's activities and plan for tomorrow. It allows regional club members to relax mind and body and escape from the hassles of day-to-day life. Riding can provide quality time with family, friends or fellow club members. It helps develop personal character and promotes physical fitness.
Regional clubs offer an instant community of folks who like to ride their Paint Horses. At one end of the riding spectrum, regional club members get together for informal trail rides. At the other end are official club-sponsored trail rides. In 2003, an amendment to the charter requirements was made to allow clubs to host trail rides in lieu of or in combination with shows and clubs have taken advantage of this opportunity. The APHA Recreational Riding Guide contains invaluable information for clubs who want to sponsor a trail ride.