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Competitive Trail Ride

By Bob Silbernagel

This sounds like fun, and a great opportunity to learn about competive trail riding through a sanctioned organization. Here is the flyer for the event:

Come try Competitive Trail Riding  -  At
Island in the  SKy
Grand Mesa National Forest
August  7-8, 2010
Type A (2-Day Ride)     Rider Limit 60               NATRC Sanctioned
 
Competitive Trail Riding is a really fun, family friendly event. The trails are well marked and incredibly beautiful and interesting. Novice competitors will ride 15-24 miles a day at 3.5-5.5 mph and more advanced competitors will ride 25-35miles/day at 4-6mph, before returning to camp each afternoon.
The horse will be judged on soundness, manners, condition and the rider will be judged on trail riding horsemanship, care of horse on the trail and in camp plus courtesy and safety. The horse will be monitored on the trail and in camp for any metabolic or soundness problems.  The judges are helpful, friendly, educational and approachable.
 
Island in the Sky is located high above Grand Junction in the Grand Mesa National Forest .  Give yourself a treat and come ride the Mesa .  This is the land of lakes, some 350 of them.  Ride through Spruce and Aspen forests, around beautiful lakes and lush, alpine meadows.  This is the summer pasture for huge elk, deer and cattle herds and the views are wonderful.  Located just south of Grand Junction , Grand Mesa rises abruptly to an elevation of 10,000 feet and a whole different, alpine world. Bring your fishing poles if you fish, there are lakes full of trout everywhere. We recommend horses have hoof protection as the trail has rocky sections (this is the Rocky Mountains ).
 
CAMP - Camp will be in a high mountain meadow. Elevation is  10,000 feet.  Bring blankets for you and your horses.  The weather can be anything from warm to cool and rainy.  Porta-Potties and Horse water will be provided. Weed free hay is required.  If you need hay to be provided make arrangements with the Ride Secretary.
 
SHEDULE- Check in will begin at 2:00 on Friday afternoon until dark.   Depending on the weather the ride will begin at 8:00 on Saturday and 7:00 on Sunday.  Awards will be presented as early as possible on Sunday as soon as the scores are talleyed.
 
RULES:   The ride will be conducted under current NATRC rules Colorado State law requires that ‘out-of-state’ horses have a current Coggins and health papers.  Please be prepared to show the ride secretary.  Registration papers must be shown or sent to ride secretary to be eligible for breed awards.
 
MEALS:  Price includes dinner Friday night,Lunch and Dinner Saturday, and lunch in camp Sunday.
 
ENTRY FEES: - Senior Entry $105, Junior Entry  $50 includes meals. Non-working guests may purchase meal package for $15.   Deposit of at least $30/rider must accompany entry.  Cancellations received by July 15 will receive $15.00 of deposit back.   Please cancel if you cannot make it and allow someone else the chance to ride.  Warning: Send entries to Ride Secretary only or they could become lost.
 
Contact : - Ride Chairmen: Judy Wise Mason  (970) 856-7022, Masonranch@aol.com . See  natrc.org for rules and information or natrc3.org to register in the rms system or send entry form to ride Secretary.Ride Secretary:  Rich Garrett (970) 835-8194 or bgarrett@Alliancepaper.com PO Box 70 Eckert, CO.
 

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