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Each year ATRA sponsors a Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) competition in the Ozark National Forest of Arkansas. The competition is held under the sanction of the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC). The competition involves the performance of horse and rider on the trail being judged according to condition, manners and horsemanship. Each competition has at least one horsemanship judge and one veterinarian judge. The riders are judged on good horsemanship skills. The horses are observed for manners, willingness and skills in performance, conditioning and soundness.

The trail event is marked over the natural terrain of the area. The riders are expected to navigate the trail in a prescribed time, according to the designated division. “Open: riders will ride from 50 to 60 miles during a two-day event. “Novice” and “Competitive Pleasure” riders will ride 30-40 miles total. The horse-rider team must maneuver around or over typical trail obstacles as well as perform certain movements (backing, side-pass, specified turns, etc.)

CTR is a highly demanding sport requiring the utmost in conditioning, training and care of the horse. A typical CTR event will involve 40-60 competitors. It is not unusual to have an event where the age of the riders ranges from 10 to more than 60 years of age.

In addition to the competitors, 20 to 30 support personnel are required to make the event a success. The ride management positions are: ride chairperson, ride secretary, trail master, pulse and respiration (p & r) chairperson, safety chairperson, judges’ secretaries, timer, rules interpreter, and stable manager. Anyone with horse and trail experience is a candidate for these positions. Some duties of other workers include: assisting with the display tables and awards tables, tally scorecards, drag riders (horse must meet competitive criteria), 4-wheeler riders, ambulance (horse trailer) driver, etc. If you would like to be part of a CTR event, but do not think you are ready to compete, there is a spot for you…on or off your horse! The family atmosphere surrounding a CTR event makes every rider feel comfortable.


NATRC_-_North American Trail Ride Conference

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