Competitive Trail & Endurance

Sarah Rinne and Silver Valley Tate tackle Cougar Rock on the Tevis Trail_Bill Gore of Gove

Endurance riding

Testing endurance over miles and challenging terrain was once a practice in the military and a means of evaluating equine breeding stock. Today, it is a well-controlled discipline that offers the opportunity to compete with a horse that has a willing attitude and that has been physically prepared for the level of competition entered. As with competitive trail rides, endurance rides are available in one-, two-, or three-day events. Endurance ride distances are generally 50 to 150 miles; however, non-competitive limited distance rides of 25 to 35 miles are also available.

To compete in either of these demanding rides requires a horse to be sound, fit, and enthusiastic about their “work”. These characteristics make Morgans an indisputable candidate for enjoyment of competitive trail or endurance riding.

 

More information on these sports is available at www.aerc.org, www.natrc.org, and www.ectra.org.