We are excited to announce that we are building a Mountain Trail Course. We believe that this will be a great compliment to what we’re already doing on the farm. Mountain Trail like Eventing stresses good horsemanship, developing a partnership with your horse, challenging you and your horse while having fun! check out the drone video (we have added a lot to the course since the video was taken)
A Challenge will test a horse and rider’s ability to navigate both natural and man-made obstacles in a safe manner and with technical skills that demonstrate great horsemanship. The Challenges are judged events designed to show the confidence, boldness and athletic ability of all breeds and disciplines of horses (including Minis) and mules while being challenged by trail obstacles. Judging combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of “degree of difficulty.” Each show will have three levels of difficulty that are designed to challenge but not intimidate riders. Attire and tack required for participating must be neat, clean and in good working order. Boots with a heel and HELMETS ARE REQUIRED OF ALL RIDERS!
For more information on Mountain Trail go the International Mountain Trail Association’s website. We will be following the IMTCA Rules & will be using IMTCA Judges. Check out the links for the IMTCA Rulebook and Judge Reference 2018.
To better help horses and riders prepare for the challenges, schooling days will be offered though out the summer. Stay tuned for dates.
Below is a flyer for the Challenges. Entry forms and a link to an on line sign up will be available soon! in the mean time be sure to follow Stone Gate Farm on Face Book for updates on course construction and the official opening of the course and Open House.