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Trail Challenge Obstacle Course

Recreational Competition

EVENT TYPES

 

TRAIL CHALLENGE (TC)
A relaxing trail ride with judged obstacles placed in camp and on trail (5-10 miles).  Ride at a leisurely pace with friends and family.  Enjoy the sights as you improve your horsemanship skills.  An unlimited number of obstacles, but at least 6. 

OBSTACLE TRAIL (OT)
Any combination of pasture, arena, and trail (2-4 miles) with at least 8 obstacles. Multiple horses per rider may be allowed. Please verify with the Event Manager to see if their schedule will allow for multiple horses.

OBSTACLE COURSE (OC)
Any combination of pasture, arena, and trail (0-1 mile) with at least 8 obstaclesMultiple horses per rider are allowed, but cannot hold up the event. Please coordinate ride out times with the Event Manager.

IN HAND (IH)
In Hand courses are held in an arena or pasture setting with at least 8 obstacles where the handler works with the equine through obstacles. Multiple horses per handler are allowed, but cannot hold up the event. Please coordinate ride out times with the Event Manager.

RECREATION RIDE (RR)
This format provides 1 to 10 miles of recreational riding.  It may be used to offer a practice Trail Challenge offering obstacles and feedback from judges, provide a fun format such as a poker run, or for simple pleasure riding as a fundraiser.

VIRTUAL COMPETITION (VC)
Virtual competitions require the rider to submit a video of their pattern by the required due date. Videos are then judged and the rider receives a scorecard and comments.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR RIDE, HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!
Upon the approach of each obstacle, you inform the judge of the Challenge Level that best suits you and your equine, allowing you to best showcase your equine, helping you achieve success.  Obstacles are not timed!

  1. SELECT A CHALLENGE LEVEL at each obstacle.
  2. RECEIVE A SCORE from the judge.  Max 20 points per obstacle; 10 for the equine, 10 for the rider.  A plus(+) may be given to equine and/or rider for anything from an exemplary try to an exemplary performance.
  3. YOUR OBSTACLE SCORE is multiplied by the Challenge Level's corresponding weighted factor.
  4. YOUR BRACKET is determined by the sum of the Challenge Levels selected.

 

Bracket Challenge Level Weighted Factor Challenge Level Sum Average
Challenge Level
6 obstacles 7 obstacles 8 obstacles 9 obstacles 10 obstacles
Novice 1 1.00 6-8 7-10 8-11 9-13 10-14 1.0 - 1.49
Intermediate 2 1.30 9-14 11-17 12-19 14-22 15-24 1.5 - 2.49
Advanced 3 1.65 15-18 18-21 20-24 23-27 25-30 2.5 - 3.0

 

EVENT AWARDS