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post #1 of 37 Old 02-05-2018, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Judged Pleasure Trail Riding

So... I've done the trail classes in the ring but I've never done a competitive trail ride. I just found a series that looks really cool and I think I want to give it a shot. I was browsing the pictures not he site and while the obstacles look a little scary, they don't look dreadful.

Since I've never done one before I was wondering how they work. I remember when I did the combined training events I would get a start time and be sent out of the shoot alone. Of course those were timed and the obstacles were jumps.... So I'm wondering, are these timed? I know the obstacles are timed but I wasn't sure about the entire course? It's a judged pleasure ride so I feel like you have as long as you need to get through the trail but only specific times for the obstacles?

I don't know if I can find anyone to go with me so when I get there, can I ask them to pair me with a group? And can I be a wuss and ask them to pair me with a "tried and true" group?

Just looking for how it works. My baby is a coming 4 year old and has only been on a couple trail rides. He's been in the ring and done trail courses, he crosses the teeter totter bridge and climbs the tractor tires, he has pulled a log and crossed a tarp. I'm not sure about a gate, I have a rope gate like in the ring courses but I haven't tried a real gate. I haven't thrown a rope from him either...

Just looking for... information? Thoughts?
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I don't know what region you are in. And it has been 15 years since I did any NATRC CTR.
But I found the folks at the rides to be very helpful.

Most of the time they would assign a mentor to help you thru your first ride. But even if they don't assign a mentor. I'm sure you will have no problem buddying up with somebody in your same class to ride with.

I was new to horses when I started doing CTR. I would show up and the judge would ask me to do something. Often times it was something totally new to me and my horse. And to be honest I failed a lot of the obstacles during my first year. But if I failed during the ride, I would go home and practice, and I would never fail that obstacle a second time. Failing a hard obstacle was just challenge for me to go home and conquer

I think you will have a great time and enjoy the sport. Your horse and you will both grow and become a better partner. Don't be timid about going. just show up and tell them you are novice and they will bend over to help you.
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I've asked a few friends to go with me but they are saying these are really competitive and the obstacles are very tricky but I still think I want to do it...

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Maybe see if you can find a more "casual" event to try first. We had a group of trainers get together as "judges" and put their students through a course for fun. Prizes were a new halter, a $25 gift certificate, a free lesson etc.

I think you and your horse will either like it or you won't. Like with many things, your attitude and expectations will have a lot to do with it. It exposes weaknesses and strengths and is a good way to find out which areas your training needs to go next.

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I can't find any "beginner" rides.

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I've asked a few friends to go with me but they are saying these are really competitive and the obstacles are very tricky but I still think I want to do it...

https://www.crystalcrownseries.com/
That is not a "competitive trail ride" or CTR (which is what @Painted Horse was talking about in his post), but instead its a "judged pleasure ride." I know that seems very picky over semantics, but when asking for help it really does make a difference. CTR is a specific sport with very different rules and expectations (and sanctioning bodies) than JPRs or CTCs (competitive trail challenges) or endurance/limited distance.

After glancing over that website, I would suggest contacting the organizing group of the specific event you want to attend and asking your questions. I would also ask if they offer a newbie/greenie section or would at least be willing to let you start at the end so you aren't delaying the more competitive people. Just because some people are very competitive doesn't mean everyone will be, so management may be able to pair you up with someone more experienced willing to mentor new riders.


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That looks a lot like the ACTHA that I did a while back. I would contact them to ask questions but the format that I did was a 6 to 7 mile trail ride with 6 obstacles along the way. They sent us out in groups of 4 staggered so that you didn't have to wait as long at each obstacle. I enjoyed trying them but never planned on winning as I would do one a year. Typically safety is the first concern so if you have to leave an obstacle leave the obstacle. I was really surprised that tires that had been buried in the ground standing upright upset so many horses.
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I've asked a few friends to go with me but they are saying these are really competitive and the obstacles are very tricky but I still think I want to do it...

https://www.crystalcrownseries.com/
Some of those are near me!
Wish they would post a picture of each obstacle so I could attempt to make it at home to practice....There's a lot of things my guy would tell me off at, lol. I don't feel like getting royally embarrassed...

The website kinda makes it look like the fun obstacle courses barn's make and then charge a small fee for people to try it out.

If you do go, get pictures to share with us!

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@secuono If I go you can come join me!

I did e-mail them and they sent back a quick e-mail that said they could buddy me up with someone. They didn't seem to mind that I'm a "beginner". It sounds weird calling myself a beginner but obviously from looking at @phantomhorse13 response to me... I am a beginner! I don't even know what it's called! OK... shhh don't tell anyone... turn your heads or witness a slight use of mod powers as I change the title of this thread..

PS - not really abuse - anyone can request a title change if their thread would be better suited with a different title...

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