Trail Trials gives riders the next step to compete
PALMDALE – Equestrian Trails, Inc. may be in its 65th year, but the group’s energy is more like a young colt.
One of ETI’s most active corrals, ETI Corral #138, held a Trail Trial April 3 from the new Barrel Springs Arena in northern Los Angeles County, and 45 riders competed at the fun, well-attended event.
“Trail Trials are a fun competition on the trail that friends and family can do together,” said organizer Kimberly Dwight, adding that judging is based on safety and control in negotiation of 10 obstacles. “You’ll also learn lots about your relationship with your horse and how he responds to your cues.”
Founded: June 2009
Open to: Anyone…and you need not own a horse nor live in the city of Chino Hills.
Current Membership: 50
Meetings: McCoy Equestrian Center, 2nd Tuesday each month
About the community: More than a dozen horse trainers call Chino Hills home…World and National Champion Paint horses, Arabians, Buckskins, Appaloosas, Miniature horses, Quarter Horses, nationally ranked dressage and driving horses, hunters, and even racehorses…Hundreds of riders take lessons in Chino Hills each week, and there is a challenged-student program too…also home of the Chino Valley Equine Hospital, one of the most respected teaching “horsepitals” in the U.S….home, too, of the popular McCoy Equestrian Center…plus, nearly 40 miles of city-maintained, multi-use trails and hundreds more miles of trails in linked trail systems and open spaces.