Affiliate groups are a bonus for Top Trail members who choose to participate in one or two of these fun side “affiliate” groups!
What you need to know about Affiliate Groups
There are now five affiliate group categories (or types):
- Associations (MFTHBA, NATRC)
- Special Top Trail Bonus (Double Trouble Team Challenge)
- Social (Hags with Nags, 40 Something Cowgirls)
- Brand (Scoot Bootin’ Boogiers, Fuzzy Butters)
- Special Event (Michigan Horse Council)
Of those affiliate groups you may participate in two—based on the group eligibility requirements. You can be in Hags with Nags and Fuzzy Butters, provided you meet the eligibility requirements of both groups. But, you may not be in two groups in the same category. For example, you cannot be in both Hags with Nags and 40 Something Cowgirls.
Each affiliate group offers a variety of year end and/or quarterly awards/ recognition for the top riders or equines so we encourage you to get involved with a couple groups and get out there and ride!
Affiliate groups have their own criteria to join but the General Top Trail Challenge Rules apply to all affiliate groups. Please see each group description for more information on eligibility.
Established Top Trail Members must join an established affiliate group within the first month of the year or join a new affiliate group within the first month of its start.
New Top Trail members must join an affiliate group within one month of your initial membership start date.
When you decide which affiliate group you want to participate in, be sure to read the group description.
How to Join a Group
You may need to request membership to a particular affiliate group. If that’s the case, submit request to be added to the group and if you meet the requirements of the group, you will be added. Otherwise, you may simply “join” the group provided you’re still only in two affiliate groups, you meet the group criteria, and you’re joining within the timeframe.
Participants in the The Michigan Horse Council’s Statewide Trail Ride Challenge special event affiliate group must join Top Trail at the Michigan Horse Council Member level (Michigan Horse Council Member). Existing Top Trail members may join this group no later than May 1, 2021 at your current membership level but will need to request membership in the group.
How to Leave a Group
If you wish to leave a group, go to your group and click or tap the “Leave Group” button.
How to Find Your Group(s)
A quick link to all your groups can be found under the “My Top Trail” pull down menu — so pull it down and select “My Groups.”
2021 Affiliate Groups
Breed or Riding Club Association
MFTHBA Top Trail Horse Challenge —
To join this group you must be a full Top Trail Member, member in good standing with MFTHBA and own or ride a Registered MFTHBA Fox Trotting Horse.
Moderator: Troy Lynn Norris
Sponsored by MFTHBA
NATRC Top Trail Challenge
Moderator: Hannah Clark and John Zeliff
To join this group you must be a full Top Trail Member and a registered NATRC member for the 2021 ride season.
Sponsored by: Messick Performance & Endurance Horses
and: The Distance Depot
Top Trail Bonus Group
For Top Trail premium and basic level members who are also legitimate members of the official social group.
Hags with Nags
Moderators: Julia Edwards-Dake and Margie Johnson
Sponsored by Hags with Nags Swag
For Top Trail premium and basic level members — check the requirements of the specific group to see if you’re eligible to join.
Scoot Bootin Boogiers
Moderator: Stacy Pratt
Sponsored by Heartland Scoot Boots
Special Event Group
For Top Trail Michigan Horse Council level members (or existing premium and basic level members) — check the requirements of the specific group to see if you’re eligible to join.
Michigan Horse Council’s Statewide Trail Ride Challenge
Moderator: Troy Lynn Norris
Tom’s Western Store
D BAR D Ranch
more sponsors to come