Competitive Trail Riding


Competitive Trail Riding

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Comment by Donna Smith on March 7, 2014 at 9:51am

My next ride is at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge May 3-4. Two CTCs and an AOC.  Saturday also has a Parelli Instructor taking people back out and coaching them through obstacles.

Comment by Marianne Bowman on March 7, 2014 at 9:35am

Thanks for the info on upcoming ACTHA events in GA!  Where are you hosting the 3 ride weekend in June...I'll need an address!

I'm so proud of the positive exposure you're providing the Peruvian horse!  I've always felt they are better on the trail than in the show ring, and that says a lot!

Comment by Donna Smith on March 6, 2014 at 4:02pm

Marianne there are some ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association) rides coming that are actually north of I-20..LOL.  3/15 & 3/16 in Crawfordville, 3/29 in Statham, 4/05 in Powder Springs and 4/12 & 4/13 in Dahlonega!  These are both Competitive Trail Competitions (CTCs obstacles along the trail) and Actha Obstacle Competitions (AOCs held in an arena or open area).  Visit

Comment by Marianne Bowman on March 6, 2014 at 1:08pm

Definately need to get involved in Peruvian trail riding in Georgia...where do I get started?  I live in Ellijay, GA, with my 10 Peruvians.

Comment by Donna Smith on May 25, 2013 at 8:44pm

Hi Kat.  I haven't been here in a while and I just discovered this group.  I hope your ACTHA ride went well.  I started competing with ACTHA last June and I am hooked.  I love maneuvers and obstacles and to have them on a trail is perfect for me.  ACTHA does offer a version held in an arena or field designed for the very hot and very cold months to keep people riding called an Arena Obstacle Challenge or AOC.  Peruvians are a natural at this.  My horse recently became the first Peruvian ACTHA Silver Medalist and we have our sights set for Gold next season. 


If anyone is within traveling distance of Georgia I am hosting a 3 ride weekend (CTC, AOC, CTC) June 22-23.  Camping and stalls are available.

Comment by Kathryn Grossman on February 5, 2010 at 12:40pm
Curious to see if anyone has tried a Competitive Trail Challenge, which are put on by ACTHA? Is it very different than a CTR? I joined ACTHA and am going on my first CTC on Mar 13. - Kat
Comment by kim tilley on February 25, 2009 at 8:05pm
he looks just like my ricky-bobby. I have no idea where this horse may have come from, but as soon as the weather is suitable i will take some pictures for you, they could be twins. I understand that the girl i got him from got him from a sale in texas, mr. jack said he looks like a baca horse to him, but who knows? anyway, this weekend on a ride he cut his tongue while going up a steep incline and his mouth was bleeding like crazy, so i slipped the bridle off and rode almost 20 miles in a halter, boy are my arms sore. he is a strong, go-go type horse that loves to gait out in front of the pack and keeping him in check in a halter was much more workout than i had anticipated. I have been riding him in a bitless bridle this week, and will probably have to compete in it, since his tongue is so bad. maybe i will switch to a bitless bridle anyway. he likes it and does just as well as in bit.
Comment by kim tilley on February 24, 2009 at 4:20pm
does anyone know who the horse on the top of this page is? he looks just like my new horse and i can't find any information on him. he was bought from a sale apparently in texas. anyway, to keep this on topic, i am competing my new guy in competative trail this year, starting at spanish trail in march. thanks
Comment by Lynn Kinsky on February 24, 2009 at 1:15pm
Hey guys! The folks at (hosts the ridecamp elist) are brightening up the "off" riding season by sponsoring a series of Very Virtual compeitions. It's international -- all you need is a GPS that will connect to a computer, then register for the March ride at

and start logging the miles you ride (even if it's just around the block). Don't have to race, don't have to have an Arab, don't have to camp out.
Comment by Lynn Kinsky on February 1, 2009 at 6:40pm
Here is the link to a short video done of our most recent Sage Hill ride. Thanks to our ride manager for arranging for the production.

There will be a longer version coming soon but I think this one is really good! (Unfortunately can't see Cheryl in this one)

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