Trail Riding

By Marsha Hayes, Photos by Ron Osborn Tennessee Lane, riding a 17-year-old, bald-faced chestnut Arabian gelding named Auli Farwa ("Far”), won the 62nd Tevis Cup on August 5, 2017. Her picture graced the front page of local California papers and...
The Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) is a point-to-point, 100-mile ride traditionally starting near Lake Tahoe and ending in Auburn, Calif. It requires one rider on one horse to complete the journey in one 24-hour day. August 5,...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Endurance riding can be an intimidating equine sport. After all, the shortest distance offered is 25 miles long. But a grassroots effort has been growing for the past few years to help...
Photo by jdj150 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 When you think of endurance riding, you may conjure up images of 100-mile rides across rocky terrain or multi-day rides across the high desert. In reality, endurance riding careers can begin with...
American Competitive Trail Horse Ride by Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington via flickr/CC BY 2.0 Trail riding with your horse is a wonderful opportunity to relax and leave the world behind. Training your horse on...
It’s no secret that Thoroughbreds are a popular choice for competitive equestrian sports like jumpers, eventing, and even barrel racing. The athleticism that makes them great racers often translates to a career flying over fences or around barrels. However,...
  For most us dressage riders, a trail ride feels like a break from serious training. In many ways it is a break from our usual routines, but in terms of training focus its success relies on the same level...

Don’t Daydream on the Trail!

So you’re out on a trail ride…enjoying the cool breeze…watching the light and shadows play on the trees…listening to the soft hoof beats…feeling your horse spook out from under you as a deer crashes out of the woods ahead—wait,...
I’ve previously expressed my deep love of judging leadline classes, but I also have another favorite set of classes to judge: trail. Some judges dread trail classes because they "take too long” and are "sooo repetitive,” but I put...
Crisp, clear evenings and changing leaves are some of the top reasons why fall has some of the best trail riding weather of the year. There are fewer bugs around, too, but many tick species are still active until...
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