After a lot of thought and decision making, I have decided that I would like to try competing in competitive trail riding this year. I already know that my horse and I have quite a ways until we get to the point where I feel confident enough to compete. I have been trail riding many times before and have ridden western all my life. I love trail riding and the whole sense of adventure you get from it. I have never really competed/shown before (a couple local shows). Where I am from/live, the main showing opportunities are either barrel racing or western pleasure. Because of that, most of my riding is done in a casual setting around the farm. I see competitive trail riding as my way to compete without being confined to an arena and doing the same thing at every competition.
The only exposure I have to competitive trail riding is judging a few trail obstacle classes at shows, watching the extreme cowboy races, and seeing a family friend compete. I would like to find out more about the sport. If you can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I am looking for advice/information on every aspect from the training of horse/rider to the actual competing to required tack and equipment. I want to find out as much as possible before I start training and practicing for it.