Local business owners Gary Hahn, 45, and wife Jeannie Hahn were recently honored with a Lifetime membership in the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association in recognition of years of service to trail riders across the State of Texas.
The Hahn’s joined TETRA in 2001 and became members of the Board in 2002. Serving as Regional Directors, the Hahn’s facilitated local riding activities for youth as well as participating in statewide TETRA sponsored events. During his 3 year tenure (2008-2010 inclusive)as TETRA President, Hahn was responsible for providing trail ride participation for more than 900 youth in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Urban Outdoors Program. This included annual rides at Old Fort Parker near Groesbeck, Texas and an historical and educational trail ride commencing in Marfa, TX and concluding on the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Marfa ride included youth from Carrollton-Farmers-Branch ISD (Dallas area) and from Canutillo ISD (El Paso area). Additionally, the Hahn’s facilitated a relationship with the Texas Buffalo Soldiers enhancing the diversity of programs provided during Outreach trail rides for Texas’ youth.
During Gary’s tenure as TETRA President , the organization received approximately $130,000 in grants for youth outreach, the financial condition of TETRA was much improved during a tough economic period, and the organization converted from 501c4 status, to 501c3 status which enabled individuals and businesses to deduct contributions to the organization. Perhaps most significant to the membership, Gary and Jeannie contributed heavily to the organization themselves, not only in time and service, but in barbecue!
The Texas Equestrian Trail Rider’s Association members are individuals who share a mutual love of horses and participate in trail rides across the state of Texas. Formed in 1997, TETRA strives to promote all phases of trail riding as a family activity. This includes trail safety and etiquette, environmental responsibility, and public education regarding care and conditioning of equine for trail activities.
TETRA continues to establish, improve, and maintain equestrian trails and offer clinics and seminars throughout the year. More information regarding TETRA activities and membership can be found at www.tetratrails.com, or by contacting TETRA President Vernon Leuschner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.