FOSH Gaited Distance Program

The FOSH Gaited Distance Program is about honoring and recognizing the achievements of gaited horses who compete in the sport of veterinarian supervised distance rides.

FOSH launched the first distance recognition program for gaited horses in 2013.  FOSH is proud to promote gaited horses who demonstrate the FOSH Sound Principles by recording mileage of gaited distance horses competing in veterinarian sanctioned endurance, limited distance and competitive trail events.  FOSH will recognize, honor and reward the accomplishments of those athletes.  The gaited distance horse, riders and owners exemplify the spirit of the FOSH Sound Principles.

The FOSH Gaited Distance Program will run from January 1 to December 31.  All owners and riders of horses must be current members of FOSH for miles to be accumulated and count toward the year end awards.  The horse must be enrolled in the FOSH Gaited Distance Program and all fees current.

Year End High Mileage Awards will be presented to the horse in the following divisions – Competitive Trail, Limited Distance and Endurance.  There are three categories in each division – lightweight, heavyweight and Junior. The overall high mileage horse will be recognized, honored and rewarded.  To recognize gaited horses able to attain high levels of achievement, and to recognize riders who are serious, 1000 mile awards will be given.

 for supporting the FOSH Gaited Distance Program.

Your help in vital to the success of the program.  You know which rides may have Gaited horses in competition.  If you inform us of the rides in advance and contact information for Ride Managers  we are pleased to send a award for the Gaited Horse category.

The FOSH GDP is a fluid program.  Your suggestions are appreciated.  We may not be able to implement them at this time, but they are discussed, may be modified and filed for future consideration.

Synopsis of Gaited Distance Program

The program is for gaited horses either registered or unregistered.


Registered horses – must Enroll in the program.
Unregistered Horses – must submit Application for Honorary Recognition of Gait in addition to Enrolling in the Program.


  •  The owner of the horse must be a FOSH member.  Membership is yearly with renewal from date of registration to the program.
  •  There is an Annual participation fee each year the horse participates in the program


  •  All forms can be found under Entry Forms, **here**
  •  All forms can be downloaded and mailed to FOSH, or be submitted electronically.
  •  Payment can be made through Mail or Paypal

FOSH Number

When you enroll in the Gaited Distance Program, the horse is assigned a FOSH number.  This number identifies the horse in the FOSH Permanent Performance Record.  This number is found in the lower right hand corner of the Enrollment Certificate and is identified as FOSH GDP #.



As of January 1, 2015 the Minimum mileage requirements in all Division to be considered for awards has changed.  The new minimum mileage requirement in order to be considered for awards is 75 miles for Competitive Trail Rides and Limited Distance Rides and 150 miles for Endurance rides.  This change only reflects the minimum requirements with no effect on the maximum number of miles that will be recognized.   A 2014 Award recipient logged a total of 660 miles in recognized competition.  In an attempt to simplify your life the GDP will accept screen pictures of results from other official sites. 
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