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See complete article in Sport and Trail magazine May 2018 edition
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See complete article in Sport and Trail magazone April 2018 edition
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See complete article in SPORT AND TRAIL magazine May 2018 edition
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See complete article in SPORT AND TRAIL magazone April 2018 edition
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See complete article in NORTHWEST Horse Source December 2017 edition

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See complete article in Sport and Trail Magazine December 2017 edition

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See complete article in Sport and Trail Magazine November 2017 edition
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PROPER PREPARATION NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS

by Mark Bolender

The most important thing a judge should see when you run a Mountain Trail pattern is a partnership between horse and rider. Show a horse that has been properly schooled and trained. Memorizing a pattern will feel overwhelming at first, but with practice this too shall pass. Don’t worry about making mistakes! Relax and enjoy the ride.

In this article we break down the Level II riding pattern used at the Washington State Horse Expo for the International Mountain Trail Show/Challenge.

To score well, the rider must always have the horse centered and straight, one horse length from the obstacle. This is true both as you enter and exit an obstacle.

The pattern begins with the trot...

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WORLDWIDE INTEREST IS GROWING

by Mark Bolender

Riding through rugged mountain trails is something people do every day across the world. You never know what kind of obstacles you and your horse might encounter on the trail; you may have to cross anything from fallen tree limbs to deep washouts. An experienced horse and rider can navigate such obstacles just fine if they have the proper training. However, few things in horseback riding are more dangerous than being unprepared for these eventualities.

Navigating difficult obstacles along a mountain trail is the backbone of the sport called Mountain Trail. It began as an informal competition just over a decade ago and has grown into an international competitive sport. International Mountain ...

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FUN FOR PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS

by Mark Bolender

It’s exciting to see mountain trail growing around the world. What a year it has been! We now have seven nations involved and four of those countries are holding certified IMTCA (International Mountain Trail Challenge Association) challenges/shows. We had a number of well attended shows in Canada, Italy, Germany and the USA. The last challenge in Ohio had 70 entries and this was their first challenge.

Thanks go to Wanda Lusk who volunteered her time to put all the obstacle plans on CAD. We can now send the plans around the globe to IMTCA members so the obstacles are standardized. Even though we have many natural obstacles such as logs, rocks, water and steps, when you go from sho...

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