Elaine Swiss spoke to the Hill Country Spurs 4-H Club this month to invite members and parents to a free competitive trail clinic for area junior riders, aged 10-18, on Saturday, February 9 at the Swiss Ranch in Round Mountain. More than 20 club members learned the basics of competitive trail and what to expect at the clinic which is offered in conjunction with the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) Region 4 Convention and Annual Awards Banquet.
Junior riders may bring their horses for personal instruction in presenting in-hand to the judges, performing on-trail judged obstacles safely, map-reading and pacing on the distance trail. On-trail obstacles include opening and closing gates, navigating deadfall, uphill and downhill trails, water crossings, gait transitions, sidepassing and backing in a tight trail situation. Safe trailering and overnight camping with a horse will also be covered.
The clinicians for the event include NATRC judges, as well as multi-National Championship and Presidents Cup winners. Instruction will be given in groups of 3-4 juniors with 2 or more instructors per group. Parents and club leaders are invited to participate too, but without horses.
There is no charge for the clinic and a free lunch will be offered. Attendance is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. The event will be cancelled for bad weather. A parent or adult guardian must complete a liability waiver for the participant. To register contact Elaine Swiss, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elaine on 830-825-3032.