In 1992, before CHAMP was formed, there was the First Annual Recreation Ride as part of the Harvest Festival. Evelyn Losack convinced Susan Bell to head up the ride, along with Lisa Miller. All the funds raised for the ride went to the Harvest Festival Committee. The following year it was decided to split the ride off from the Harvest Festival. That next ride left from Rancho de Corrales and returned there, followed by lunch and music; Village Mercantile provided prizes. There were 100 to 110 riders.
Subsequently, there was a Village Council meeting about trails. Bicycle people were getting everything they wanted so Kathy Gordinier said “we need an organization like the bicycle people have… something official, with letterhead, that will be recognized”.
As a result, CHAMP was created in 1995 and held its first Open House on June 1 of that year. Early meetings were held at Stephanie Sams’ house. Every horse person in Corrales was automatically a member. The mission: advocacy for the equine lifestyle.