Join young, talented riders as they take the audience on a breathtaking journey through maneuvers and jumps that few experienced riders can handle… all without the aid of saddles or bridles. The EhCapa riders, ages 8 through 19, develop a unique relationship with their horses based on sound horsemanship principles.  They control their mounts with leg cues, their voices, and a one-inch wide leather strap around the horse’s neck known as a “tack rein.” EhCapa believes that when youngsters learn to build trust in the horses they love, the results can be remarkable. The program emphasizes commitment, patience with self, consistent practice, active team participation and mentoring others.

The EhCapa Bareback Riders were created in 1956 as an inexpensive way for children to ride and enjoy their horses. EhCapa is a family-oriented horseback riding club for boys and girls, and has performed all over the West, including Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and even as far as Ohio. Most riders average 6 years with EhCapa.

The horses are of every shape, color, and breed, with no specific qualification except that they are trained and loved by the children who ride them. The group consists of 40 - 50 motivated young people.

The routine varies from season to season, but always includes an exercise at "Liberty" (a special drill during which the “tack rein” is removed), pinwheels of various dimensions, and a show stopping display of jumping - in pairs, in small groups, and up to sixteen abreast - that thrills the audience.

As the club’s style of riding is reminiscent of Native Americans, the name Apache was selected to be spelled in reverse, thus the name EhCapa. The organization rides in the hope of bringing honor to Native Americans, from their beautiful handmade clothing to the traditional native symbols painted on the horses.

The EhCapa Bareback Riders have a 25-plus year history with the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association).

An EhCapa Queen was once asked by a passer-by if she could ride any horse in the group as well as she rode her own. Her answer was characteristic and spoke for all the members of the riding club. She said, "Every rider in the club has a special relationship with his or her own horse, and there isn't another one I'd rather be riding."

EhCapa alumna Shelly Williams,
1999 Miss Rodeo America said, "I learned valuable horse and life skills and am convinced that it is because of EhCapa I was able to win Miss Rodeo America."

EhCapa is a nonprofit, charitable organization and is financed by its participation in horse-related events, as well as through sponsors and fundraisers. Performance fees are negotiated on the basis of number of performances and distance traveled.