Competitive Trail Riding


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Comment by Lynn Kinsky on January 23, 2009 at 5:31pm
If your hip can take Novice it can take Open -- the ride times have over-lapping windows, and normally the Opens are back in camp before the Novices. I was recovering from a broken back when I switched from Novice to Open and the getting back to camp sooner was part of the incentive , along with less crowded lunch and water stops . . . and the ability to let the horse walk out (both Sinchi and Cori had big walks and would get frustrated and pissy at the Novice pace. That I also got 20 more mileage points per ride towards a High Point Award and towards my 1000 Mile Horse goal helped too .
Comment by Lynn Kinsky on January 13, 2009 at 7:44pm
Cheryl -- Are you going to move up to NATRC Open this year or continue to poke along in Novice? From what I saw of you guys last year, you are quite ready to do the slightly further and faster distance of Open Division competition . . . or even try an AERC Limited Distance Ride (six hours to complete 25 miles).
Comment by Terry Barrall on November 12, 2008 at 3:41pm
Congratulations, Cheryl!

I am just bowled over at the idea of you making the ride sidesaddle. I would have LOVED to see the looks on the faces of the riders on 'big-trot' breeds as you floated by aside. That has to be some great promotion as well as a real accomplishment.

Terry B/Salem
Comment by Cindy Lemke on October 27, 2008 at 10:47am
Just found a great link to a utube video for eventing for gaited horses.
What do you think?
Comment by Sandra Eggert on August 31, 2008 at 3:37am
Cheryl, how was the side saddle trail ride? How many person took part and how long was the trail ride?

Are there many CTR in USA? Here in Germany it´s just at the beginning. The rules come from France who have more CTR - it is called TREC here in Europe.
Comment by Sandra Eggert on August 29, 2008 at 7:04am
here in German is only one word "Galopp", you in English have Canter an Galopp. So i always confuse it ;-) What we had to do was a slow canter of course.... But my Peruvian is until now not enough trained to galopp/canter, so I did not the canter in the trail ride. For me it does not metter to get 0 points on this part ;-)
The obstacle exercises I did not very good.... My horse was not concentraited, because her friend was not nearby... We had to do this 2km trail with the obstacles each horse-rider alone. The partner who did the 19km together was not alowed to go at the same time. So that was very difficult for my horse and for the other horse, too. They alway were screaming after the other and were not concentrated at all. Hope next time it will be better ;-)
The 19km ride was good. We nearly were in time. On one part of the road was very much mud and I got problems with the easyboots. They were slipping.... So I put them off and rode without, it was much better.
Comment by Sandra Eggert on August 25, 2008 at 3:26am
Yesterday we did a Competitive Trail Ride for beginners. It was 19 km ride in speed 6 km per hour. If you need more or less time you get penalty points. On the trail are 3 control points where they checked the time and on the second point there was the possibility to make a break - water for horse and rider. After the 19 km we had to do a "equitation" exercise. Its a 2 m wide and 150 m long marked road. You have to galopp as slow as possible first then turn ang go back in walk as fast as possible. The galopp exercise is not the best idea for gaited horses, but does not matter. I quit the galopp exercise and only did the walk ;-) After this exercise we had to do a about 2 km trail with obstacles.
I think this kind of competition is very interesting to ride and a good thing for the Pasos.
Comment by David & Laura Burrell on August 22, 2008 at 11:14pm
Hi Cheryl, thanks for starting this site, this will give us an opportunity to learn about this - I have thought that CTR would be an excellent sport in which to prove and improve the breed. When the breed started in Peru it was a horse that had to work first and be comfortable second. When the agricultural reform came to Peru the work requirement went away. CTR could help the breed. Thanks again - we will look forward to learning more. David

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