Competitive Trail & Endurance riders

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Competitive Trail &  Endurance riders

This group is for all you riders out there who compete in endurance or competitive trail events or even trail trials or mounted orienteering. Let's share tips, advice and ride stories!

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2015

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Started by cassandra vinckers Dec 21, 2010.

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Comment by Ari on May 4, 2009 at 8:03pm
Anyone here from BC if so do you know if there is going to be a Skimikin Lake CTR this year? THX
Comment by cassandra vinckers on March 22, 2009 at 10:55am
not a member at the moment- my last "good horse' wa a nut bu name of shajiah- everyone called him horse from hell- but after 11 years we top tenned in ont. havent had any time or a good enough horse- have a rescue i might take out this year-we shall see- anyone who wants to do hills and trails can come train at our place- we offer bales and breakfast- simcoe county forest out the back door, between barrie and orillia so not too far and amazing trails- sadly still under a foot of snow right now but should be clear in a week or so, for now we are out and about on the backroads
Comment by Diana on March 22, 2009 at 9:10am
Hi Cassandra

Are you an OCTRA member now? If so what horse do you ride. I share the leopard Appaloosa in my avatar with my mom, the mare's name is Bask N Coins (aka Loosi). So far we are planning on Queen's Bush and Aprilfest (in May) for the OCTRA season. We've also got 3 US rides planned this season.

We sometimes trailer up to Dufferin Forest to school in during the summer as all we have are back roads to condition on. We also trailer up to Rabbit Run Farm in Flesherton if we need to practice hills.

I know many OCTRA members trailer into Dufferin during the week to condition on the trails.
Comment by cassandra vinckers on March 16, 2009 at 6:57pm
Hi - I am Cassandra and have been an on and off member of OCTRA since 1982- just moved up to the Horseshoe valley area north of barrie and am right on the forest for the first time since i was a kid- great riding but need people to ride with- if any of you live around here please let me know!
Comment by Diana on January 11, 2009 at 9:00am
Is anyone else heading to the AERC Convention in Feb? I've just sent my conference fees in - looks to be good topics on "Best Condition" for both you and the horse.

A weekend later is the APEX sessions in Eastern Ontario, don't know if I could a) afford and b) get 2 weekends away in a row. Have to start saving up weekends and money for the competition season which starts April 25/26.
Comment by Diana on December 14, 2008 at 8:27am
I'm still riding distance (10+ years) in English saddles - Stubbens (Tristan, Wotan, Rex) and a Passier. I have a military type saddle but it sits me too far away from the backs of spooky horses for my comfort - yes, I tend to ride the spooky ones.

Been with OCTRA in Ontario off and on for the past 40 years. Only just joined AERC last year as I was doing more END rides and the day membership fee went up so it made economic sense. I compete all over NE Zone - ON, OH, PA, WI, TN, IN, IL.
Comment by Louise on October 31, 2008 at 11:58am
I'm happy to see that there is a bit of interest in endurance/long distance riding on barn mice. I discovered endurance riding about 4 years ago and became addicted to the sport and the requirements to keep you horse fit and healthy from the very beginning. For further information on endurance riding and links in BC, Canada, please refer to our provincial website I currently ride 30 and 50 mile rides depending on which horse I'm using and training. The ultimate goal is of course 100 mile rides which I hope to do in the next few years, it usually takes 3 to 4 years to develop a good 100 mile horse.
Comment by Tracey Smith on October 21, 2008 at 9:54am
Howdy everyone! Welcome to competitive trail and endurance group!

How about we all introduce ourselves?

I'm Tracey and have been doing endurance and competitive trail for about 5 years now...most of that with my current mount Amira, but did do a little CTR with my older mare when I first started out.

I started because I love the trail, but also like having a goal to "train for" and I'm just not interested in the show ring this seemed like a good fit for me.

What about y'all?
Comment by Gary Stuart on October 19, 2008 at 11:19am
I'm more of a leisurely trail rider, but would like to learn more!
Comment by Tracey Smith on October 19, 2008 at 1:41am
Hi ! Started this group as I see just about every other riding discipline on here EXCEPT endurance and CTR. And since those are my two loves... I want to find others out there who love these sports too and want to chat!

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