Mark Bolender is the nation’s leading horse expert in Mountain Trail, Extreme Mountain Trail, and Competitive Trail. He is a three-time National Champion and one of the most popular and sought-after trainers in the country.
Mark’s unique style and insight into training creates horsemanship results that are nothing short of astonishing. This is why Mark Bolender and the Bolender brand have become synonymous with these new and exciting equine disciplines.
Mark combines his vast experience as a horseman and trainer with a stimulating presentation style. As a former professional speaker, Mark entertains and informs his audience about these growing sports and his new twist on horse training. He has been featured on the Television program, “Best of America by Horseback” and has written for and been featured in many national magazines. Mark is the author of the popular book, “Bolender’s Guide to Mastering Mountain and Extreme Trail Riding” (which is the first-ever book written about the subject). His articles about these disciplines, new trends, and training methods are quite popular.
Mark administers a judging school which certifies judges in the USA, Canada and Europe for Mountain Trail and Trail Challenge. He and Lee Bolender are the founders of the “International Mountain Trail Challenge Association” (IMTCA) which was formed to promote the sport of Mountain Trail. Today, the IMTCA coordinates activities, develops training protocols, and maintains regulations and certifications for Mountain Trail competition.
Mark owns and operates Bolender Horse Park in WA State, which houses the finest Mountain Trail course in the world. Using Bolender Horse Park as the model, Mark has designed and built Mountain Trail courses throughout North America and abroad – with many more in development. These courses are premier sites and used by beginners and highly advanced riders alike, and are designed for clinics, shows, and training. In the last year alone, Mark has built courses in Pineville (Missouri), Hope (British Columbia), Hebstein (Germany), and Alcalde (New Mexico). The expansion of courses is a testament to the rising popularity of Mountain Trail, Extreme Mountain Trail, and Competitive Trail as well as Mark’s leadership in these disciplines.
Mark actively promotes his training philosophy centered on using the natural instincts of the horse during the training process. Mark says that activating key instincts in the horse combined with good horsemanship results in real equine magic. To see Mark with a Mountain Trail horse truly is a magical experience.