4-H Horse Trail Challenge

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HORSE TRAIL CHALLENGE


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Horse Challenge

To ride is to be free.

But do you fully trust your equine partner? Do they trust you? Sign up for this fun, recreational challenge event to strengthen your partnership!

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Why Take The Challenge
What Do I Need To Bring?
Educator Resources
Event Dates and Registration

Challenges are scheduled through the summer of 2015! Check for an event near you listed under "Upcoming Events" on this page.

Click on an upcoming event on the listing on this page for more information. To register, please click on the event you're interested in under the "Upcoming Events" on this page, and call organizer listed for the event.

2016 Trail Ride and Trail Challenge Events

May 7, 2016
Douglas County Fair
Trail Challenge Workshop and Clinic
4H Youth and Adults Welcome
Lake Cunningham Recreation Area- N of Omaha
Rita Clark 402-681-3573

May 4H Trail Challenge Clinic and Event
Lake Maskenthine Recreation Area – North of Stanton, NE
Date TBA
Madison County Extension Service
Sarah Polacek 402-370-4040

June 4, 2016
Douglas County Fair
Trail Challenge Workshop and Clinic
4H Youth and Adults Welcome
Lake Cunningham Recreation Area- N of Omaha
Rita Clark 402-681-3573

June 18, 2016
Annual Ride the Ridge
Trail Ride and Trail Challenge Event
4H youth and adults welcome
Ft. Robinson State Park, Crawford, NE
Bruce Hoffman 402-4697636
Paul Smith 605-890-0217
bruce@brucehoffmanelectric.com

September 10, 2016
Trail Challenge Workshop and Clinic
4H Youth and Adults Welcome
Lake Cunningham Recreation Area- N of Omaha
Rita Clark 402-681-3573

October 14-15-16, 2016
Annual 4H Benefit Ride
Trail Challenge Event
Nebraska National Forest – Halsey, NE
Contact Nebraska 4H Camp
Connie Cox 308-533-2224


CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM PAST EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Don't see a clinic on the list near you?

4-H leaders, Extension leaders, and anyone else interested are encouraged to contact Larry Voecks at lvjv@telebeep.com for information about setting one up.



WHY TAKE THE CHALLENGE

1You'll strengthen your partnership.


By working through challenging, new obstacles with you equine partner, you'll strengthen your relationship and will in turn, make for a more enjoyable experience while riding.


2It's a stress-free, educational environment.


This challenge is geared toward the recreational rider. There are competitive events that you can participate in and earn awards, but for the most part, the clinics are non-competitive. Riders of all experience levels are encouraged to attend a clinic to learn what the AQHA/4H Trail Challenge is all about.There are three levels of participation: Level 1 (the training level), Level 2 (the intermediate level), and Level 3 (the master level). You will receive scores based on your ability to navigate the course with your equine partner. If the event is competitive and the participant is riding a registered quarter horse they are eligible for merit points on their horse's permanent record.


5Convinced? Here's how to get started!


You can contact AQHA Recreational Advisor Larry O. Voecks at 402-649-4474 or lvjv@telebeep.com for more information, an introductory Clinic for youth or possibly a Leadership Workshop on coordinating and judging a AQHA/4H Trail Challenge event.

3Learn to master new obstacles with your horse.


A variety of obstacles will be used and are designed to test the trust you and your equine partner have for each other. You'll receive helpful instruction on the patience and skills it takes to complete a task together. Although natural obstacles will mostly be used, man-made obstacles may be used. In either case, caution will always be exercised as safety is paramount.


4It's fun!


Overall, this is really an event to come out and have fun doing new challenges with your horse. You'll come away from the event with a stronger equine partnership, some new knowledge, and you'll have had a fun time doing it!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Horse Challenge

What you need for the challenge:

Your horse:

AQHA plans are to recognize the following divisions: an All Breed Challenge Class with a Youth and Adult Division. This class will include all breeds of horse and mules. There is also a class for Registered Quarter Horse riders both within the youth and adult divisions. These participants are eligible for merit points on the horse if they register in the proper class and the horse is registered.

Horse Challenge

Topics Covered

Your horse:

Check out some of the obstacles you'll be working through on the AQHA website

Did you attend a recent Horse Trail Challenge? Let us know how it went by taking a short 5 question survey!

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EDUCATOR RESOURCES

Are you an educator putting on a horse trail challenge? Below are some resources for promotion and materials to assist with the challenge.


Promotional funding provided by AQHA Affiliate Grant from Bank of America through the Nebraska Quarter Horse Association.