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post #21 of 28 Old 09-09-2011, 08:52 AM
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ACTHA also has divisions which are tailored to your riding skills. The top level (I think it's called competitive?) are the hardest obstacles, the pleasure rider level has obstacles a little easier and the buddy level you don't have to do any obstacles, just enjoy the ride or school a green horse!
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post #23 of 28 Old 09-11-2011, 10:31 AM
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I wish we had this competitions in Slovenia :(
Sounds like the perfect opportunity to open a new chapter! Contact the association to ask permission, I'm sure they'll say yes. Then it's a matter of getting some like minded people together and start doing the competitions.
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My father was president of our local NATRC group when we lived in So. CA... too many years ago! I LOVED comptetitive trail riding! We moved to Texas, no NATRC! There is now, but then there was nothing! Just pleasure rides here and there. And, for some reason I grew up and married a man who HATES horses and ended up selling mine.... still rode dads though. I just got another horse a couple months ago, not alot of rides near, all would be a good 4 hrs drive from me, but I'm hoping to try to do a few.
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I wish there were some around my area, but everything that ACTHA does, I would have to drive for several hours to get there .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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post #26 of 28 Old 09-14-2011, 10:56 PM
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I was just on the ACTHA site this afternoon, and wondered if riders doing the "Buddy" level CAN do the obstacles, but yield right-of-way to the competitive riders, or if they have to pass them up. It'd be a lot more useful for schooling if you are allowed to try them as long as you're not holding others up.
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post #27 of 28 Old 09-15-2011, 05:06 PM
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Back in the 90's I did a lot of NATRC rides. I even sponsored a ride for 6 years. ( Which is a lot of work)

The challenges at any given NATRC ride will depend on the judge that is there and what natural obsticles can be found. NATRC really encourages using natural obsticles vs man made. You can expect to be judged on your mount. Your horse needs to stand still while you get into the saddle. If water is available. If will often be used an obsticle. as in a creek crossing, we even once had to cross a lake about belly deep. Steep up and downhill grades are common judging areas. and of course things such as side passing over to tie a ribbon on a branch, backing between two trees, crossing blow down logs on the trail can all be expected.

Almost all NATRC rides involve camping and staying for the weekend. They do offer a single day event. But the cost to put on an event and the travel cost to attend just don't support having one day rides. So almost all rides are two day events.

The rules are defined to make the event as equal as possible. All riders must complete the ride in the same amount of time, Too fast or too slow and you are out of the game. Any forward progress down the trail must be done while riding, No running alongside your horse to save him. All horses must be kept in the same manner. If stalled, All horses must have stalls, Hence most NATRC rides keep the horses tied over night. It's not fair for one horse to have a nice corral to stretch in and somebody elses horse needs to be tied to the trailer because they can't afford a corral.

Check out their website. They are a lot of fun
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post #28 of 28 Old 09-18-2011, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by sabowin View Post
I was just on the ACTHA site this afternoon, and wondered if riders doing the "Buddy" level CAN do the obstacles, but yield right-of-way to the competitive riders, or if they have to pass them up. It'd be a lot more useful for schooling if you are allowed to try them as long as you're not holding others up.
I found info on a site advertising a Maryland ACTHA ride saying that buddies can do the obstacles if local ride management allows. I think that would probably depend on whether the ride was full or not, e.g. buddies doing the obstacles would delay the competitors too much. It's a great idea to let them school, I agree!
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