Fort Armstrong

horsemen's association

FAHA is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to expanding equestrian activities.  FAHA leases Crooked Creek Horse Park (CCHP) from Manor Township, Pennsylvania. 


467  Crooked Creek Dam Rd.  Ford City, PA  16226

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  • 02/21/2019 11:36 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    FAHA is gearing up to host what it hopes to become a yearly tradition.  Designated as the FAHA MEGA SWAP the event will be held Saturday April 20th, 2019 from 10am to 5pm.  Right now the club is attracting in Food Trucks, Vendors of all types, Crafters and Individuals wanting to sell  used tack and flea market items.

    With over 150 indoor spaces available and acres of space for large outdoor spaces, the club hopes to attract in vendors of horse trailers, tractors and farm equipment and much more.  Those want to sell can reserve their space online at the event page by clicking FAHA MEGA SWAP

    Attendees can spend the can spend the day shopping and sampling foods for various food trucks with a small $2 donation per car.  As of this post the event had gained considerable attention in just the first 24 hours of being announced.  

  • 02/02/2019 10:19 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    Lower Kiski Search and Rescue in conjunction with White Oak Search and Rescue hosted a training that was conducted as a search would be, starting out with the call out to assist with search for missing subjects in the area. There where over 20 handlers and their K9 partners completeing trailing, air scent and human remains searches. Handlers from Lower Kiski Search and Rescue, White Oak Search and Recues, Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group, Air Search  Rescue K9 Division and Laurel Mountain K9 Search and Rescue practiced their communication, map and compass, and first aid skills. 12 missing persons with various medical conditions were found, treated and safely returned to base. Al the manakin was a lost subject but once found made lots of new friends.

    Visit their facebook page for more information

    Lower Kiski Search & Rescue Facebook

  • 04/24/2018 10:17 AM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    Young riders enjoy sunshine at a 2017 FAHA Fun Show. Photo credit Christine Blystone

    Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association, FAHA, is gearing up for its first official club event of the season.  So far this year FAHA has rented Western PA Youth Rodeo the club twice and hosted one Jackpot Barrel night.  All have been a great success and this coming weekend’s 80’s themed event looks to be fun for all.  Tagged as a “Fun Show” the event includes Barrel and Poles Friday night, Fun Show events Saturday, and Mini Horse and Donkey Show Sunday.

    In addition there will be the annual Equine health clinic where horse owners can obtain low cost vaccinations and other routine care Sponsored by Countryside Animal Health. Plus a tack swap is available for those looking to sell or buy tack and horse related merchandise.  The weekend is full of activity with an 80s dance, costume contest, and 80s trivia.  Activities start Friday April 27th and wrap up on Sunday April 29th.

    “The fun shows are really meant get riders of all ages and skill levels out in a stress free environment  to ride their horse for the day or camp for the entire weekend.   It helps us fulfill our mission as a non-profit by promoting equestrian activities with low cost fun events.” said Christine Blystone, VP of FAHA , who is hosting this weekend’s event.

    Activities start Friday night with an 80s dance in the museum barn at 7pm and All Night Barrel and Poles starting at 8pm.  Registration for the Fun Show on Saturday starts at 8am with the activities starting at 9am.  The Health Clinic and Tack swap both start at 10am.  Sunday’s Mini Show registration starts at 9am with activities starting at 10am.

    “The kids absolutely love it, and to be honest so do the all the adults.  It is just a great family atmosphere.  And there really isn’t much better camping with your friends, family and horses.” said Tracy Huffman, Secretary at FAHA, and key contributor to the Fun Show and Club Event weekends.

    2017 Fun Show participants compete in pantyhose race. Photo Credit Christine Blystone

    This year FAHA is bringing back an awards program and banquet for the Fun shows.  FAHA Member participants competing in the fun shows that sign up for the program earn points at each fun show and can attend the year end banquet.  The program is aimed at giving back to the membership while encouraging regular participation in club events. 

    Those looking for more information about the events or membership can see the club’s website at

  • 04/09/2018 3:21 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    Youth Rodeo participant races out of the final barrel at Crooked Creek Horse Park.  Photo Credit: Pictures by The Reinman.

    April 9, 2018 , Manor Township, Armstrong Country PA.

    Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association, FAHA, opened their first event of the season on April 7th and 8th,  by hosting Western PA Youth Rodeo Association, WPYRA, for one of their six scheduled events this year at Crooked Creek Horse Park.  The newly elected Board of Directors of FAHA and numerous volunteers have been prepping the park and equipment since February.  Ron Bowser, a member since the inception of FAHA in the early 80’s, is one volunteer that has been helping get the grounds and facilities ready.

    “The weather has been a challenge.  The late snow and cold have prevented us from doing some standard spring cleaning to last minute.  But we have also repaired sections of the barns and stalls as well as some electric.”  Said Bowser, “we have been running this park since we first established it as an equine facility in 1986 and we have always tried to not let anyone down."

    WPYRA has been using the park for some of their events for the last few years and was happy to return for another year.   WPYRA promotes youth involvement in America’s oldest sport, Rodeo.  Founded as a charitable and educational organization, they conduct events and clinics for youth from preschool to 19 years of age.  The types of events include goat tying, barrel racing and even bull riding.  It is Rodeo related they do it.

    The organization isn’t just about Rodeo, they focus on teaching community and working together.  Participants must attend mandatory meetings prior to events starting.  The organization also hosts a cowboy church for participants on Sunday morning.  This past Sunday Ray Urksa, led the service using a lariat as a center piece for compelling message about how the community can bind together.

    Ray Urksa leading Cowboy Church on Sunday April 8th, 2018 at Crooked Creek Horse Park. Photo credit Laura Wilson.

    FAHA is excited about the new season and the return of WPYRA. “We are developing a great partnership with {WPYRA}” said Laura Wilson, current President of FAHA. “I have been here this weekend and they are great people to work with and the kids are polite.  We wished we could have ordered them better weather, but they are tough kids, so cold and mud doesn’t seem to phase them anyways.”

    The two organizations met in early 2018 to discuss plans for the year and determined that the chutes FAHA previously purchased had been sold. A used set was bought in March by FAHA for $5500.   Amie Ealy, FAHA Director, delivered the bucking chutes to the park after a road trip to Buckin B Cattle Co.  “It was great team work and I learned a good bit about bucking chutes really quick.  These ones  just need a good coat of paint and they will look great.  The important thing is that they are safe for the kids.”

    A Youth Rodeo participant is one of the first to use the newly acquired bucking chutes. Photo Credit: Pictures by The Reinman. 

    This year the concession is being run by Lil Jackie’s Concessions. “I came to the park Saturday morning to help and the smell from the kitchen was irresistible.  The pancakes were so big they barely fit on the plate and were amazing.  The kids were loving the cheese fries, walking tacos, and burgers.  Everyone really needs to leave room for multiple trips to the concession stand this year, you won’t be disappointed.” Said Tina Zanotto, Treasurer of FAHA. 

     “We have a really full schedule, but the entire board is working hard to make a great season for FAHA members and show producers. These are both great organizations for the local community to get behind and we hope people come out to watch and support them.” Said Vice President of FAHA, Christine Blystone.

    Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association is a 501(c)4 non-profit and its related Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused establishing, promoting, and ensuring horse-related activities which increases tourism in the local community.  You can find out more information about Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association at

    The WPYRA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, promotes youth involvement in Rodeo, one of America’s oldest sports. Founded as a charitable and educational organization, the WPYRA conducts youth rodeo events and clinics for any interested youth from preschool to 19 years old. 
    In addition, a Scholarship Fund has been established to encourage and assist members in continuing their education beyond high school. You can find more information at

  • 02/13/2018 9:35 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce our logo creation contest!  use your creative skills to create us a fresh new logo for Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association!  See requirements and entry form below!

    cchp logo contest.pdf

  • 01/01/2018 9:00 AM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    As the new board and officers begin their work for the year, I want to include our membership in all of the wonderful events and potential changes we have in store for our equine families.   In my past few years as a member and board member, the organization has been working towards positive changes for its members and the park; we hope to continue this trend.

    The first step is updating our website and providing more detailed information to our members.  I want our members to be able to find out all of the important information and events going on at the park.  In addition to email and snail mail of meeting minutes and newsletters, you as a member can find this information located on our members only section.  In addition, you will also find our committee listing and contact information so you can reach out to the appropriate board or officers about events, volunteer work or to ask questions.  The website should be your resource to all things happening at the horse park.

    The second step is to work on funding and renovations.  Over the past few years the organization has earned grants and worked with groups to make wonderful improvements to the horse park.  I hope to continue this effort and revitalize the trails, that so many love to use.  With the help of the board, there will be a planning committee to focus fundraising and budgeting to upgrade necessary structures.   Although the park is running well and looks great, there are major projects that need renovated, replaced or updated.  So my financial goal in 2018 is to raise funds to help start these projects and continue to offer a fantastic equine facility to all of our members and guests.

    The third step is to bring more people out to the park to enjoy its facilities and participate in the decisions moving forward.   The organization has had some wonderful events this past year, like our first annual Sasquatch hunt and Tack Auction or the continued annual Fall for Animals and Fort Armstrong Championship Rodeo.  These events are for the community and equine lovers alike and offer fun for all ages.  The organization monthly meetings are open for all to attend, participate and learn about the events at the park.  I look forward to seeing you there.


    Laura Wilson
    2018 FAHA President

  • 06/03/2017 9:44 AM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    We are in need of Volunteers in the following areas:

    Sign and Flyer Placement: Signs and flyers need to be placed far and wide.  Consider picking up a few at the June meeting or when at the club house on the weekend to post.  Please be cautious and only place signs in locations where it is permitted by local laws. 

    Parking:  Volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday to assist with parking participants and spectators.  Ages 16 and over with good team work skills and a mind for safety and customer satisifaction.  Non-profit organizations such as local clubs, fire departments, etc that would like to lend resources to parking will gain a small monetary donation for their organization in exchange for assistance with park.

    Trail Ride Drag Rider(s):  We need one or two dependable drag riders for the Saturday morning trail ride.  Must have sound and sensible mount capable of covering the covered bridge trail and back.  Experience with the trail a plus, as well as a patient horse willing to stay back with slower riders or those experiencing problems.  Its your job to tail everyone and make sure they return to the park.

    Concession Stand Helpers:  Friday and Saturday night assistance to the concession stand during busy times.  

    Vendor booth sales:  Assist in sales at T-Shirt table or other areas Friday and Saturday night. (exact needs to be determined)

    Park Prep: As needed week prior to Rodeo assisting with setting up, clean up, etc.  

    All those interested should contact Tina Zanotto at, Please reference Rode Volunteer in the subject line.  Or call/text 724-331-4430 (please leave a message, I do not answer unknown numbers)

    The Rodeo does not happen without volunteers.  If you appreciate this yearly event in the community, please consider helping out.

    NOTE: We cannot guarantee those volunteering on Rodeo night will be able to watch the Rodeo.  If you have a strong desire to watch the Rodeo, consider volunteering one night and watching the other.  We will release you during slow times or when your work is done to watch the show. 

    All volunteers will need to sign a Hold Harmless Release Waiver

  • 03/28/2017 9:14 AM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association is now accepting construction bids for the following projects:
    1. New roofs for three horse barns and Administration Building
    2. A new shower house (construction)
    3. Bleachers (at the end of the arena closest to barn)
    4. New PA system, speakers and installation

    Members will be available for project details at the park relating to the above bid proposal on:

    April 15 (2pm) and April 22 (8am- Noon)
    Crooked Creek Horse Park
    461 Crooked Creek Dam Road Ford City, PA 16226-0266

    Please contact Laura Wilson at for details and dates for the above bids. Please include which project(s) you would like to bid for in the email. All bids must be submitted (post-marked) no later than May 13, 2017.

    Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association is now accepting bids for various projects at Crooked Creek Horse Park unit 5/13/17

  • 02/08/2017 6:43 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)

    Check out our You Tube video on how to find the schedule, event information and how to register events.  

  • 01/30/2017 2:09 PM | Tina Zanotto (Administrator)


    FREE camping Monday through Wednesday (FAHA MEMBERS only)

    • MUST USE A STALL $10 per horse/per stall for length of stay.
    • Stalls and camp spot must be vacated by 10 AM on Thursday to allow cleaning in preparation for show.


    FAHA Members intending to stay for a show scheduled on the weekend may extend the FREE camping Thursday thru Friday but MUST CONTACT THE WEEKEND SHOW PRODUCER to seek a Barn/Stall Assignment. Please do not assume that you can choose your own stall. Many show producer have stalls pre-assigned!

    Friday through Sunday Camping rates and week-end stall rates will be set by the individual Show Producers. Each Show Producers weekend Camping and Stall rates may vary.

    You will be charged Show Producers CAMPING & STALL RATE in addition to the park's pre-event $ 10.00 stall fee  if you elect to stay Friday thru Sunday.

    Non-compliant Members will be asked to pay regular camping and stall rates and be asked to vacate stall immediately.


    Must pay regular daily camping fees and stalls costs for each day prior to Friday.

    Event fees take over starting Friday.

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Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association is a 501(c)4

Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 

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Apollo, PA 15613



467 Crooked Creek Dam Rd

Ford City, PA 16226

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