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Trail Challenge Obstacle Course

Recreational Competition

Outback Station

76231 Or-31 La Pine, OR 97739

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019

Date Type Mi Name Contact Contact Roster
Sun - 05/26 TC 5 Outback Station - Trail Challenge Darlene Merlich
(360) 433-5772
Sun - 05/26 IH Outback Station - In Hand Sunday Darlene Merlich
(360) 433-5772
Mon - 05/27 OC Outback Station - Obstacle Course Darlene Merlich
(360) 433-5772
Mon - 05/27 IH Outback Station - In Hand Monday Darlene Merlich
(360) 433-5772

About The Venue

The Outback Station is located in Central Oregon, near Fort Rock. There is ample room for primitive camping. There are showers available at the venue, for a nominal fee. Big grassy field with ample potable water. Dogs are welcome but must be safely contained. No open fires. 

Learn more about the events here:

Event Details

On Sunday there will be a 5 mile Trail Challenge, followed by a mounted Obstacle Challenge. 

Monday will offer an In Hand event in the morning, followed by a mounted Obstacle Challenge. 

The Terrain

A good mix of single and two track trail. Great footing with minimal rock. Hoof protection is recommended. These trails are ideal for “new to the sport” riders and horses. Rolling elevation changes with a mix of desert and pine forest trails. 


No food onsite. Please come prepared. 


Beautiful ribbons 1st-6th place Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced! 1st-3rd place Junior (age 13-17), 1st-3rd place Youngin' (age 7-12), and 1st place Newcomer!

Bracket High Point Awards for the weekend! 

Additional Fees

Day use fee: $10

Primitive Camping Fee: $15/night

Shower Facility Available: $4.00/shower

Hook ups/Corrals: Reservation Only -- Email: Darlene Merlich:

Additional Opportunities

There will be an distance/endurance riding event, the Outback Station 3Peat Rides held Friday, May 24-26. Come and watch or sign up for one of the rides! More information is on the website!

For more information on EDRA or to enter one of the distance rides, please visit:  Equine Distance Riding Association.


Outback Station
76231 Or-31
La Pine, OR 97739

Google Directions

Event Host Directions:

From Bend, OR, on Hwy 97, drive 27 miles south to LaPine. Then, 1 mile south of LaPine, turn east onto Hwy 31. Go to mile marker 25 and look for the flagged and signed left turn to the Outback Station. 


8:00 am Gates Open
3:00 pm Rider Check In
7:00 pm Dinner - Taco Bar! Bring a taco filling/side!
After dinner Awards for endurance & ride and tie events - Plan to stick around for this!
SUNDAY - Trail Challenge
8:00 am New arrival Check In
8-9 am Judge Meeting
9:00 am Rider Meeting
10:00 am Handlers on the In Hand Course
Lunch on your own, after In Hand event
1 hr post last IH off course Riders start onto Trail Challenge course
7:00 pm Dinner - $5/person, Shepherd's Pie and Salad. Bring a side or dessert to share!
Judge Shout Outs once dinner is done.
Awards After Judge Shout Outs!
MONDAY - In Hand Course and Obstacle Challenge
7:30 am New arrival Check In
7:30 am Judge Meeting
8:30 am Rider Meeting
9:15 am Handlers on the In Hand course
Mounted 1st Mounted Riders on course 45 Minutes after LAST In Hand Contestant Finishes
Lunch On your own, after your ride
Judge Shout Outs once all riders are in!
Awards After Judge Shout Outs!
Refer to for current information


Email Darlene Merlich to reserve corral
Saturday Primitive Camping $15.00
Sunday Primitive Camping $15.00
Sunday Day Use Fee $10.00
Monday Day Use Fee $10.00
Monday - Shower $4.00
Sunday - Shower $4.00