A Texas Trail Challenge is a one day trail riding event with 7 to 12 miles along with 10 plus obstacles. Judges are posted along the trail and in camp to evaluate your execution of obstacles. These scores are marked on your scorecard which will be compared to other riders in your division.
The course is designed using natural obstacles and situations a Rider might encounter on a trail ride. The Rider might expect to be judged on opening a gate, maneuvering through a creek, executing an up or downhill. Other obstacles encountered might be: side passing over logs, backing up in patterns, dragging objects, and handling a horse in-hand like sending them into a pond or through a gate. Rider/horse teams are judged strictly on how well they negotiate through an obstacle with an emphasis on calmness and safety.
The Riders are divided up into three levels of difficulty and then into age groups. All classes ride the same trail at the same speed. Each Rider competes against other Riders of similar experience, for 1st to 6th place awards. Awards will be given at the end of the ride along with the score card. Points accumulate and year end awards are presented for Texas Trail Challenge Members.