Equestrian Trails Inc. is holding a Trail Trials competition on June 10 at the Antelope Valley Barrel Springs Dedicated Trail and Arena. Riders of every skill level, horses of every breed, and all disciplines of riding are invited.
Trail Trials are a competition on a marked trail course on mountain trails, park trails, and in desert areas with natural or simulated obstacles that can be found on trails. The ride is two to three hours long and there is a volunteer judge for each of the 10 to 12 obstacles who will evaluate safety, performance, and control of each horse and rider team.
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Families and friends can ride together at Trail Trials; they only need to separate at each obstacle. Trail Trials are meant to be fun and enjoyable for everyone and there are three divisions: Open, Novice and Junior.
Entrance fees are $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. There is also a family discount provided. Pre-entry by June 4 includes lunch.
Sign-up on the day of the event begins at 8:00 a.m. The first rider will go out at 9:00 a.m. and the last rider at 11:00 a.m.
Trail Trials are open to all disciplines of riding, including Western, English, and Gaited, and to all breeds of equines, including Draft Horses, Mules, and Ponies.
Any appropriate attire normally worn for trail riding is accepted. Enclosed shoes are required (no sandals or bare feet); boots are recommended. Approved safety helmets are also recommended. Any type or combination of tack may be used; a saddle and bridle/bosal/hackamore are a must.
Trail Trial Rules can be found on http://etinational.com/trailtrialrules.html
ETI has a DVD to explain how to interpret those rules. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epNGL1pikHo
Contact Kimberly JDwight@aol.com (661) 478-2770 for more details. Checks should be made payable to ETI Corral 138 and sent to 2650 Rushing Creek Trail, Palmdale, CA 93550.
Antelope Valley Barrel Springs Dedicated Trail and Arena is located at 1300 Barrel Springs Road; Palmdale, CA 93550.