I was interested in the Mountain Trail Challenge type of shows. I would like to actually see a show to see if it’s something that would be of interest to myself and my husband. We ride backcountry. Are there any shows online that we could watch?
I personally do not compete in the Mountain Trail Challenge-type competitions. We do a lot of great trail riding in the real mountains during our clinics here in eastern Oregon, and I have a number of clients who truly enjoy the competitions. One very well known challenge happens just down the road from us at Eastern Slope Ranch, just outside of Baker City, Oregon. You might want to contact Leslie at Eastern Slope, as I am sure she has some great video footage.
I also just searched on-line for Mountain Trail Horse Competitions, and got quite a few examples of video. http://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0oGdM9J9ZRRRBYARAwPxQt.?p=mountain+trail+horse+competitions&fr=&fr2=piv-web&hspart=FreeCause&hsimp=yhs-shopathome_001&type=100973
Please note that I did not watch all of these, and am not endorsing any.
Hope this helps you and your husband get a feel for the event. If you are looking to develop a way to prepare for these, we’d love to see you at a T&T Horsemanship “Trail” clinic. One with cows and mountains is coming up June 28 – 30, and another just focusing on trails and obstacles is July 20 – 22nd. Visit us on-line, (www.tnthorsemanship.com) or even better, give us a call so we can meet over the phone. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-856-3356 or 541-519-7234.
Alice was born on a ranch in eastern Oregon, the only daughter in a family of five brothers. She learned to ride behind the back of the saddle holding on to her brother’s belt loops. In the past 15 years Alice has studied with horsemen such as Tom Dorrance, Ray Hun, Dennis Reis, and Bettina Drummon. Her focus is on building a balanced relationship, applying Classical Dressage and Traditional Vaquero principles, via multi-day horsemanship retreats at her ranch in eastern OR.