To create an enjoyable venue showcasing the
wonderful attributes of the great trail horse and
granting them the recognition they so richly
To create a registry open to all breeds and a
point designation system which will stay with
each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to
their value and distinction.
To create and enable humane treatment and
employment options for horses in need.
We Currently Offers 2 Types Of Events.
Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC)
The CTC is a casual trail ride competition that is 10-13 kilometers long with judged obstacles (mostly natural) along the way. Each
obstacle has its own judge. It is not a speed, timed or extreme event. You are encouraged to ride with your group, family, or friends.
When you come to the obstacle & judge, you perform the obstacle one at a time. The trail rides usually take from 2-3 hours. Many of
the rides have clinics or information sessions on a number of equine related topics as well.
ABCTHA Obstacle Challenge (AOC)
The AOC is held in an arena (indoor or outdoor) or field with 8 ABCTHA obstacles and 2 judges. Riders can bring multiple horses.
Most events include mounted games or other activities.
All obstacles at these events are ABCTHA approved obstacles. You will be given a sheet describing all the obstacles for your event
with detailed instructions on how each division should perform the obstacle and the judging criteria.
Open - age 7 and older.
Pleasure - age 7 and older. Obstacles a little less demanding than the Open.
Junior - ages 7 to 15. Obstacles similar to or less demanding than Pleasure.
Scout - ages 7 and older. Obstacles the same as pleasure. Judging criteria slightly relaxed.
In-Hand - For AOC’s only. Ages 7 and older. Obstacles similar to Pleasure Division.
Buddy - For CTC’s only. Ages 7 and older. Do not do the obstacles. Not eligible for ribbons, prizes and points.
Masters - 18 years and older. Open to clinicians, trainers and instructors of all disciplines, allowing them to ride alongside their
students out on ABCTHA trail rides at a reduced cost. Eligible for Points.
Members - All members are eligible for Ribbons, Prizes and Points as well as Luck of the Draw prizes for individual events and year