Top Trail is multi-faceted, all-breed online riding program for the equestrian and open to all equine breeds. We have been logging our rides since 2014. It’s been fun, but…
The purpose & mission of Top Trail is to build a community of equestrians who are passionate about life on the trail, to celebrate and recognize our trail horses, along with encouraging growth in the horsemanship of all our members. Top Trail recognizes equines and their riders for being on the trail no matter what the purpose: pleasure, conditioning, and competition.
On January 1st of this year we launched this — our brand new and much improved website. Only full members have access to all features of the program and website so we offer a 30 day free trial just so you can check it out and even track and log some trail miles for starters!
When you join us, you’ll see just how easy it is to build Lifetime Miles, Annual Miles, and see your name in lights on the monthly and quarterly Challenge Leaderboards. Who wouldn’t want to know how they stack up across the U.S. with other riders? It’s always fun to check the leaderboards to see where you and your equine(s) rank on an ongoing basis throughout the year! If you ride just enough you could even win some cool stuff!!
Are YOU a (Top) Trail Rider?
Have you ever said, thought, or posted with a great sense of accomplishment: “…rode ‘X’ miles today!”? If you have—that’s a good indication that YOU are a Top Trail Rider because you ride with a GPS and you are logging your mileage. Top Trail keeps all those rides for you on your very own Ride Logs screen (under the “My Top Trail” menu), and keeps a running total of miles on the trail for both you and your equines.
In a nutshell, Top Trail Riders use their favorite phone app or handheld GPS to track miles as they ride. When they’re finished riding they simply upload the ride file to their account, designate which equine was ridden, and we take it from there.
What else do I get?
Well for starters, when you join us for one year you get a cool “Ride and Shine” iron-on patch. At the end of the year we grab those miles you have logged and generate beautiful printed certificates with your Lifetime Mileage (to date) and your annual mileage for the year. If you have reached any milestone of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and beyond you also get a mileage rocker patch to go with your membership patch.
And if that’s not enough, our members are recognized and rewarded for their mileage with “Milestone Certificates” generated twice each year. Milestone certificates are earned when members reach and/or exceed a milestone (250, 500, 750, 1000, and every 500 miles thereafter).
Affiliate Groups: Double the Fun
Generally, affiliate groups are available for our members to join if they are members of the sponsoring organization. Affiliate groups also have leaderboards and year-end awards for their group members. In the case of Double Trouble, it’s a special Top Trail group with corporate sponsors donating awards to the highest mileage teams at the conclusion of the year. To participate in the Double Trouble affiliate group, you must form a “team” consisting of two full Top Trail members.
Do you have a trail riding BFF? You may be interested in checking out Top Trail’s special group challenge: Double Trouble.
Horses can be expensive but this is affordable
We like to say, “all you need is your horse, a trail, and a GPS.” Just about everyone has a smartphone, right? Well, there are plenty of free GPS apps that can be used with Top Trail. We recommend EasyTrails GPS which is available for both iPhone ($3.99) and Android ($2.99) for a one time fee. You can log into your Top Trail account directly from the app after your ride and export your trail with a few taps on your screen. A one year Top Trail membership is only $40. You can ride your own rides, on your own trails and log, post ride photos, weigh in on forum topics, connect with your friends, earn milestone certificates and patches, and much, much more. I pay $40 for a farrier to come trim my horse one time if that helps put it into perspective. Let’s see what else can you get for $40, hmmm… one month of internet? One tank of gas? Top Trail is a great value if spending time on the trail with your horse is an important part of your life.
We have a great group on Facebook if you want to ask questions there but you really need to just go ahead and create your account — it’s free for 30 days — what do you have to lose?
Email Troy Lynn Norris firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Top Trail today.
Top Trail Main Features
Keeps your trails all in one handy place. Each rider and horse gets their own individual Ride Log.
Top Trail Horse Challenge Leaderboard is monthly, based on total mileage for the month, has three divisions, awards given
Top Trail Rider Challenge is quarterly, based on total mileage for the quarter, has three divisions, awards given
Trail Master GPS Rider Challenge is quarterly, based on the number of rides logged by the rider for the quarter, has three divisions, awards given
We recognize both horse and rider with our program of “Milestone” certificates which are earned on lifetime mileage totals starting at 250 miles, then 500, 750, 1000, and every 500 miles thereafter.
Mileage Certificates & Patches—
At the beginning of the year, each member receives a beautiful printed “Official Mileage” certificate which shows their lifetime mileage and the total mileage from the previous year. So for instance, in January, we will generate and mail certificates to members with their total lifetime miles and annual (2018) at the conclusion of 2018 for the rider and one horse. Mileage patches are earned at 1000 mile increments and are mailed out with the certificates every January.
With every annual membership purchased, both new and renewals, a Top Trail member patch is mailed out to that member.