Longer trails beckon
I read “Miles to Go” (True Tale, EQUUS 478) rather wistfully. About 10 years ago I started training my mare and myself for competitive trail riding (CTR). I’d tried other equine sports, but CTR was more to my taste. I recognize that all horse sports require dedication and training, but CTR, like endurance, doesn’t require fancy clothes or tack;
the events are outdoors, not in a ring; and the awards are based on the fitness of horse and rider. This was all very practical and right up my alley. I love riding through the varied terrain---hills, woods, water---and always going someplace different. My horse seems to enjoy the rides as much as I do. And I love the fellowship in a CTR crowd at an event.
Circumstances have sidetracked my ambition, but I still have plans to return to CTR when my career and family needs allow. Until then, I will read of others’ adventures with envy and enjoy my mare on quiet trail rides whenever we can get away. Always in the back of my mind, I’ll be thinking of the day when I can return to long distance riding. Julie Pearsall Rockledge, Florida