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What are Trail Trials?

California State Horsemen's Association is very active on the regional level throughout the state. By becoming a member of a regional Trail Trials program, you are able to earn "points" towards Year End Awards. Trail Trials is a judged obstacle course. Riders cover a clearly marked trail, of several miles in length, which are generally held in parks or private lands. You'll encounter 10 - 15 naturally occurring obstacles such as stepping over logs, crossing a stream, opening and closing a gate and many others unique to each environment. Judges then compare the way you and your horse meet the obstacle with a standard of performance and points are given accordingly.

Unlike endurance and competitive rides, there are no times or pacing requirements. You are judged only while negotiating obstacles. Trail Trials are about trail riding and that means using your common sense along with the ability to move safely down the trail and have fun doing it. Whether you're a serious competitor going for that Championship buckle, or you just want to try out some new trails, there's something for everyone. Categories of "Novice", "Intermediate" and "Advanced" are further broken down in several age divisions, including Juniors, so everyone has a chance to win ribbons and prizes. The program is open to all breeds and all ages of horses. All you need are a saddle, bridle, halter, lead rope, knife and hoof pick and you are ready to go!

 

Program Rules and Forms

2014 State Trail Trial Rules

2014 Region 1 Trail Trials Application

2014 Region 1 Trail Trials Rules

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional questions about Trail Trials? Please contact
Vallen Cooper
vallencpm@gmail.com

State Trail Trials web page

California State Horsemen's Assocation