May 1, 2013 14:49
National Coalition of Equine Organizations and Companies Launch TimeToRide.com
Interactive Website offers horse-related resources, rewards system and sweepstake prizes
(Washington D.C., May 1, 2013) Joining a national initiative to increase awareness of and interest in horse-related activities, The American Horse Council announces today the launch of a new Website and social media platform, TimeToRide.com.
With its design based on in-depth consumer research, the site targets moms who are challenged to not only find family-friendly activities but who are also interested in finding refreshed joy for themselves. The site is a collaborative effort of ten horse organizations coordinated through the American Horse Council in Washington, D.C.
“We know American families are strapped for time with the demands of work, school, and day-to-day survival,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council. “We need to make it easier for families to discover the benefits of horse-related activities.”
The new site is organized into categories that include lessons and camps, trail riding, rodeos and fairs, and events and shows. It provides links to professional resources and will build a data base of providers through an interactive map to be launched in the near future.
“The horse is a mystery to Americans living in the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban settings,” notes Hickey. “We’re hoping to show that a horse experience is accessible and certainly worth investigation.” The site will deliver general information about horses and different activities, and then make a connection to local and regional opportunities.
To generate participation and enthusiasm, theTimeToRide.com platform includes a rewards system that encourages visitors to join, visit horse-related sites, and share experiences. The rewards include merchandise delivered based points accumulated by visiting equine pages on Facebook or following various Twitter accounts. It will also offer a regular rotation of sweepstakes. The first two sweepstake offers include two tickets to the Preakness Stakes and Belmont horse races.
TimeToRide.com is the first Website and social media platform generated through a coalition of horse organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the United States Equestrian Federation and Zoetis.
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About the American Horse Council
The American Horse Council is a non-profit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry. Its mission is to promote and protect the equine industry by representing its interests in Congress and in federal regulatory agencies on national issues of importance. Leaders at the American Horse Council hope their activities will encourage individuals and other entities to support and participate in the industry, to enjoy horses, and to sponsor and support equine events and activities. They believe a healthy horse industry will contribute to the health of Americans.