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The Ride and Tie Association was created in 1988 to provide stewardship for the sport of Ride & Tie. This stewardship is accomplished by the following activities:

•  Disseminate information about the sport of Ride & Tie to new and potential participants

•  Through research, analysis and education, assure improvements in the level of competition, horsemanship and athletic performance

•  Establish rules and standards for Ride & Tie competitions for the protection of the human and equine contestants

•  Take steps to assure the longevity of the sport of Ride & Tie

•  Organize the annual World Championship Ride & Tie

•  Provide a financial and legal structure to solicit donations to further the sport of Ride & Tie

•  Provide a networking opportunity for members and potential members.

It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Information about joining The Ride and Tie Association can be found at Joining Ride & Tie.

A short History of Ride&Tie:

Bud Johns invented the sport of Ride & Tie, staging the first ever Levis Ride & Tie on June 6, 1971 near St. Helena, California.  At the time, he was working for Levi Strauss & Company as public relations director. Levi’s was seeking a rugged sport to promote its similarly reputed line of outdoor clothing. As a writer, reader, and student of history, Bud had read of historic accounts where, out of necessity, two people had covered vast distances using one horse between them. One would proceed on horseback while the other ventured forth on foot. At some distance out, the rider would tie the horse to a tree and proceed on foot, thus providing his partner with a rested mount when he reached the horse. In this manner, people could cover more ground faster than if they had both walked, or if one rode and one walked. “What a concept for a race!” thought Bud, and the sport of Ride & Tie was born. Bud organized the first Levi’s Ride & Tie in 1971 at St. Helena, California. You can read, in Bud’s own words, his account of the sport’s conception and first 15 years of its history in his engaging book What Is This Madness?. You can also purchase online from Amazon and other online booksellers, a history of Ride & Tie Championships thru the first 40 years of the sport,  “40 Years of Madness: A History of Ride & Tie Championships” by Annette Parsons to learn more about early races and competitors.