Longer trails beckon

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

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

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