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AQHA Trail Challenge Circuit

Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida, will host the first AQHA Trail Challenge circuit, featuring four events.

Fox Grove Farm
March 22, 2013

AQHA Trail Challenge

Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida, will host four Trail Challenges in 2013, which are slated for April 7, October 6, November 3 and December 8. (AQHA photo)

Saddle up for the very first AQHA Trail Challenge circuit, where the circuit champion will receive a champion buckle.

Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida, will host four Trail Challenges in 2013, which are slated for April 7, October 6, November 3 and December 8. Riders must compete in three of the four challenges to qualify for the buckle, and helmets are required.

A Trail Challenge is a judged course that tests a horse and rider’s ability to work as a team and navigate through natural obstacles they might experience on a trail. The purpose of a Trail Challenge is to enhance the horsemanship skills riders need while encouraging education, safety and fun on the trail.

There are generally six to 16 obstacles in any given Trail Challenge, depending on the land and terrain of the host location. A judge or judges (determined by the amount of obstacles) are located throughout the course evaluating a rider’s skills to maneuver his horse through the obstacle. Each horse and rider team starts out with a value of 70 and then gains or loses points, depending on their ability to navigate the course. The horse and rider (partnership) with the highest overall value is declared the Trail Challenge winner in each division. 

Visit www.lynnpalm.com to learn more about the AQHA Trail Challenge circuit set for Fox Grove Farm.

Read up on Trail Challenge divisions, merits and obstacles at www.aqha.com/riding, plus view the schedule of Trail Challenges scheduled across the country.