Grateful Pine Farm will be hosting the first Challenge in the Northwest IMTCA Buckle Series on Sunday, April 17th 2016!
Whether you are new to the sport of Mountain Trail or a seasoned trail competitor, this challenge is a great way to launch the season and try out Grateful Pine Farm’s new trail course that is under development in Snohomish, WA.
You can earn points toward the series awards by participating in this challenge and the others in the area. See the dates and locations here.
Ribbons will be awarded through 5th place at the show. Classes are available for adults, juniors, in-hand, minis, and more! Lessons and practice rides are available on Saturday prior to the challenge.
To participate, riders/handlers must register for the challenge with the IMTCA AND register for the park fee and stabling/camping with Grateful Pine.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a limited number of corrals/stalls and dry camping available. Please fill out your park use form early to ensure that you get a spot.
All horses/riders MUST sign a release form, understand the farm rules, and pay the park fees prior to participating. Click here to sign the release.
Park Use, Stabling, Camping:
Kelly Munro, Grateful Pine Farm
$35/day Park Use Fee per Horse
Includes day use of the mountain trail park, round pen, outdoor arena, and bridle path. No indoor arena or stable use.
If lessoning with Mark or practicing the day before, please pay for two days.
$35/weekend Pipe Corral Stall
Includes shavings and stripping at the end of the weekend. Owner is responsible for hay and feeding/cleaning during the event. BYO water buckets. Hose available.
Pipe corrals only. If you need solid stalls let me know, very limited availability.
$35/weekend Dry Camping Fee per Rig
No hookups at this time. Tents or trailers are allowed. Multiple tents Ok with one rig.
Bathroom and kitchenette available in main clubhouse.
What to expect at a Mountain Trail Challenge.
A competitive event for Mountain Trail and Extreme Mountain Trail is known as a challenge. A challenge tests 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. There will be up to 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.
The overall purpose of the Trail Challenge is to promote good horsemanship skills and provide an educational venue for equestrians. Trail Challenge tests an equine and rider on their ability to work as a team and navigate obstacles which they might experience on a trail.
The horse and rider will encounter various obstacles during a Trail Challenge. Sometimes they will encounter difficult trail situations which will better prepare the equine and rider in the real world. Through education and experience, riding becomes more pleasurable, while safety and fun are encouraged.
Judges: All challenges must be judged by IMTCA certificated judges. A judge must have the ability to evaluate horsemanship skills such a rider’s skill in controlling and maintaining the equine. The judge should be also familiar with the natural movement of the equine.