Riding a horse on a trail has always been one big obstacle course. But unlike arena competition, Trail Trials actually are held on the trail. In answering the demand for a more casual trail riding competition, CSHA has revitalized this competitive sport for members and non-members alike. Sanctioned rides are produced throughout the year all over California by equestrian clubs and by CSHA Region area programs.
Trail Trials is a judged obstacle course. Riders cover a clearly marked trail, of several miles in length, which are generally held in parks or private lands. You'll encounter 10 - 15 naturally occurring obstacles such as stepping over logs, crossing a stream, opening and closing a gate and many others unique to each environment. Judges then compare the way you and your horse meet the obstacle with a standard of performance and points are given accordingly.
Unlike endurance and competitive rides, there are no time or pacing requirements. You are judged only while negotiating obstacles.Trail Trials are about trail riding and that means using your common sense along with the ability to move safely down the trail and have fun doing it. Whether you're a serious competitor going for that Championship buckle, or you just want to try out some new trails, there's something for everyone.