As an annual event for a group who rides back country where there are no comforts of home and no vets, hospitals or urgent care centers right around the corner, we had an idea that this trail obstacle challenge might be a little more “challenging” than the local trials we’ve been going to. The more remote places are beautiful, but there is also more responsibility to be safe and very confident that your horse will listen to you when the terrain gets challenging or wildlife gets scary. With that in mind, Connie and I went to the BCHC Rendezvous Trail Obstacle Challenge with the idea that it would be a learning experience and just go have fun and see where the holes are in training.
When I first walked up to the course and saw the giant teeter-totter, my thoughts went immediately to “Uh-oh! That’s going to be interesting!” I’ve wanted to build one of those to play on for the longest time, but never have, so this is something my horse and I got to try for the … Continue reading →
Rendezvous is an annual event put on by Back Country Horsemen of California. It is a coming together of the local units throughout the state. This year and last, it was held at George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center in Norco, CA. This 3-day event features equine training clinicians, scores of vendors, horse and mule packing seminars, Gentle Use/Leave No Trace classes, Western Art Show, Awards and Accolades, Dutch Oven Cook-off, Trail Trials, Beer and Wine tasting, Cowboy Church, Youth Classes, Raffles and Auction.
Connie, Sheila, Nancy and I had been planning for some time to participate in the arena Trail Obstacle Challenge but sometimes life just gets in the way of adventure. Connie and Sheila sent in their registration forms and were all set. Nancy and I kept putting off sending ours in. A good thing I guess as Nancy ended up having to work and my horse, Dancer, was still sore from our Anaheim Hills ride the weekend before.
Although we weren’t able to attend, Nancy and I were there in spirit. Thanks to technology, we followed our friend Lori … Continue reading →
What is the difference between a trail trial and a trail horse obstacle challenge?
A trail trial is an organized trail ride, usually 5-10 miles long, that includes 10-12 obstacles and situations along the trail that a horse and rider might encounter on any trail ride. In areas where riders do “urban” trail riding, obstacles might include more man-made items.
A trail horse obstacle challenge, which is not to be confused with a trail course in a western pleasure show, will have similar obstacles to the trail trial but is confined to a smaller area or horse arena. Like a trail trial, it challenges both rider and trail horse in confidence, control, agility, and horsemanship. A trail horse obstacle challenge course is completed in minutes, rather than hours, depending on the number of trail obstacles, usually around ten. Multiple trail courses may be entered for a full day of challenging trail horse obstacle fun.