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Welcome to the Equi-Trek Trail
& Obstacle Challenge Association!
Trail & Obstacle Challenge Association (Equi-trek) is an organization designed to help
riders form a more trusting relationship with their horses and the ability to
perform obstacle challenges keeping safety and performance in mind.
promotes the concept of good horsemanship and encourages friendly competition between riders. We offer a wide range of
divisions which allow riders to express their individuality in their choice of skill
level. We encourage competitors to have fun while bonding with their horse. Our goal
is to further the advancement of both horse and rider to the next skill level.
Equi-Trek offers two types of venues for you and your horse, click the link
to find out more:
Equi-Trek Trail Challenges
Equi-Trek Obstacle Challenges
OF AN EQUI-TREK Trail Challenge
An Equi-Trek Trail Challenge is a one day trail riding event with a 6 to
10 mile trail route with 6 - 10 natural challenges. Judges are posted along the
trail and in camp to evaluate your execution of the challenges. These scores
are marked on your scorecard which will be compared to other riders in
your division. You may find some locations offer 2 rides back-to-back
within one weekend. These rides are separate rides and each have
their own awards ceremony per day, with new ribbons, new prizes and
The course is designed using natural challenges and
situations a Rider might encounter on a trail ride. The Rider might
expect to be judged on backing their horse, going up or down an
embankment, opening a gate, maneuvering through a creek, etc. For a full
list of challenges that you may encounter on the trail, visit the
Rider/horse teams are judged strictly on how well they negotiate
through a challenge with an emphasis on calmness and safety.
The Riders are divided up into seven levels of difficulty, Pro, Advanced,
Novice, Senior for adults and the Junior and Peewee Divisions for
the kids, please visit the Ride Rules for clarification of Divisions.
The Companion Division is designed for those that want to see what trail
competition is all about or want to accompany a friend or family member
on the trail; you will be judged but not eligible for awards. All divisions ride the same
trail at whatever speed they feel comfortable keeping safety a
consideration. Each Rider competes against other Riders in the same
Ribbons awarded to the top 6 placements per division. Prizes issued
based on number riders per division (see
Awards will be given at the end of the ride.
Points accumulate and year end awards are presented for Equi-Trek
A Typical Ride Day at an Equi-Trek
Some riders arrive
the day before the event, and many come on ride day. A typical
ride day starts with check-in between 8 - 9 (this is where you sign up
for your division, choose a ride out time, pay your fees and are issued
your ride number), followed by a Ride Briefing at 9am (Judges are
introduced, challenges and trail route is explained, followed by Q&A.
Everyone is then dismissed to go tend to their horses and get ready for
ride out. Ride out is 10am - 11am, with groups of riders leaving
every 15 minutes. You may advance down the trail at your own
speed, keeping safety in mind. You do not have to stay with the
group you rode out with, although this is a great time to mosey down the
trail and meet some really great people while enjoying your horse.
As you advance down the trail you will encounter 6 - 10 challenges spaced
a mile or more apart as the terrain dictates. The horse and the
rider, each, will be judged on their performance, and scored
SCORING PER CHALLENGE: 20 points total (10points total
for horse & 10 points total for rider); PLUSES are given to horse,
rider, or both in any score range for an exemplary attempt.
10=Excellent, 9= Very Good, 8=Good,
7=Fairly Good, 6= Satisfactory
5=Sufficient, 4=Insufficient, 3=Fairly
Poor, 2=Poor, 1=Very Poor, 0=Not Executed
Trail routes are on
the average 6 miles. A 6-mile trail route will take the average
rider at a walk/trot about 2 1/2 hours. When you arrive back at
ride camp, your horse will undergo a soundness check by trotting a
figure 8 for the Soundness Judge. You are then free to tend to
your horse until the Awards Ceremony, which is usually by 2pm.
Once the awards are over, your time is yours. At some rides, there
may be other events offered for you to participate in, clinics, in camp
obstacle courses, fun rides such as a night ride with glow-sticks, etc.
If there is another
ride offered on Sunday, it all starts all over again the next day!
OF AN EQUI-TREK Obstacle Challenge (ETOC)
Exhibition Division for the rider that would like to try out the
obstacles without competing
the buckle series
Another way to help build a
relationship with your horse.
obstacle courses are in an arena setting or in a open area. These
are one day events and are designed for you to show your horses
abilities in maneuvering the course and your finesse with your horse.
This is a timed event. There are 6 shows held every other month
beginning in May and ending in March. For more information and a
ride schedule, click on the ETOC button on the left or
We sure hope you can
make the upcoming rides and we look forward to seeing you out on the
Trail Challenge Association