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post #11 of 37 Old 02-06-2018, 03:43 PM
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Terminology will get you different responses. "Competitive Trail Rides" were originally those put on by NATRC which are typically NOT what people mean by "competitive trail rides" today. The NATRC rides are typically timed & pretty long over varying terrain (many times they were run with an endurance race & just went out after the endurance riders went out) and you judged not only on the obstacles but the condition of your horse and how you horsekeep at camp.

We have in CA an organization that does "Trail Trials" which sound more of what you may be doing. These were typical easy trail rides that were NOT timed where you would do obstacles at various points in the ride. The obstacles were fairly easy. You could go out on the trail when ever you wanted within a specific time (8 am - 10 am), so that they would get finished by a certain time in the afternoon. I did a number of these, many times on my own and sometimes would ask people if I could ride with them. They were always very nice and let me do it.

"Competitive Trail Rides" today could be any where in between the two above. I would get the rule book for the ones you want to do to see exactly what they entail. You can usually down load them from the website (or ask a venue to send it to you). It looks fun! I'd do it with you if I was in the area!!
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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!
Oh jeez, I hope you didn't see my response as negative towards beginners - because without those no sport would ever get new members!! I just wanted to make sure you got correct information in your search.

I hope you take management up on the offer to pair you with an experienced member and that gives you the nudge to actually take your horse to the event. I think its looks like a lot of fun and would be a great experience for you both. [I wish there were such things at a reasonable price near me, as I would love to try it myself.]
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agree that it is best to get a rule book, always, for any event/organization
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Terminology can be confusing!
Competitive trail here, is more like endurance riding, far as the horse covering some distance, and can be neither over or under the give time limit. The condition of the horse is also judged

Extreme trail, is where obstacles are included

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I actually DID the JPR at Manassas National Battlefield Park a few years ago! I had a blast! The obstacles weren't TOO tricky in my opinion its just a matter of you and your horse having good body control and trust.

One obstacle that I thought was great was "rescue the wild animal"
We came across a hurt stuffed animal, had to dismount, then remount with the stuffed animal on the horse and carry it to safety.

The main obstacle I struggled with was doing the perfect circle while holding the rope...I didn't have enough body control and my horse didn't know how to neck rein...we got a 1 for effort on that one LOL!

Try it out, go in with an open mind. I still have quite a few friends that live in Clifton VA and do the JPR at the battlefield. I moved to Ohio so I don't get to do it anymore :(
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Hopefully I won't chicken out. I'm hoping to do it!

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Just a few of the obstacles that I've seen at CTR

back your horse thru two barrels
Open gate from horseback
Mount with out your horse moving
Mount pretending you have a broken arm
side pass over and pick up a coat off a tree
Side pass over and tie a ribbon to a tree branch
Crossing logs in the trail
Crossing water on the trail
Steep descents or Ascents

For the most part, The judges always tried to find natural obstacles, so they would vary from ride to ride depending on the terrain and what was available. Nothing was terribly scary or tricky. Just some horses didn't like some obstacles. Some horses are calm and take new challenges in stride.

I found most of the folks at NATRC rides almost became family. I still have contact with folks from 20 years that mentored me on my early rides.
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So... Husband and son have both said they'll do this ride with me. I need to order them new helmets. Husband never had one that fit right and my son has outgrown his I think... Looking at the troxels. The leather covered ones, they look manly-ish.

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Is there somewhere your DH and DS could go to try on the helmets (even if you buy them online)? Having one that is the wrong shape for your head is miserable. My DH rides in a Tipperary as the Troxel was the wrong shape. So exciting that they are willing to do the ride with you!!
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Is there somewhere your DH and DS could go to try on the helmets (even if you buy them online)? Having one that is the wrong shape for your head is miserable. My DH rides in a Tipperary as the Troxel was the wrong shape. So exciting that they are willing to do the ride with you!!
I already made husband try one on a tractor supply. The large Troxel fit (assuming all troxels will fit the same) I think I have a white one that will fit my son (my moms) but I'm going to order him a new one anyway. He needs to try one on first though. He outgrew his a long time ago and was wearing my old one but it's too small for him now.

And I just ordered myself this one (I do have my traditional black velvet one - but this is way cool!)
https://www.statelinetack.com/item/t...elmet/E015726/
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