Thursday, October 25, 2007

Texas Trail Challenge this coming weekend

Well, Summer (my horse) and I will be competing in our first Texas Trail Challenge this coming weekend. We did something similar to this last year and did pretty good, 3rd place out of 21 horses so I was very proud of her. I am going up there with a friend of mine, she is going to be one of the judges. No, I won't get extra credit for that, I will probably get judged even harder by her than the other judges. (smile)

To explain a trail challenge to you, it is where you ride down the trail and you will come across a judge, the judge will then ask you to maneuver your horse through an obstacle. Maybe a creek crossing, open and close a gate, or something like that, something you may come across on any regular trail ride. Basically, they want to make sure you and your horse can do it safely and with good form. I have been into competitive trail riding since the beginning of 2005, mostly volunteering and only getting to compete once. I think these trail challenges will be up my alley because they are only 1 day events. I wish they did soundness checks though, I would hate to see someone compete on a lame or injured horse. But, they don't have vets as judges at these events like they do at CTR's, so, what do you do? Just be honest with you and your animal and don't ride it if it's hurting I guess.TTYL

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Good luck this weekend girl! You and Summer will do G-R-R-R-R-E-A-T!