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Horsemen participate in 7th annual Trail Challenge

The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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Heartland Back Country Horsemen held their 7th annual Mountain Trail Challenge Saturday at Al and Holly Becker's Whitetail Ridge Arena near New Meadows. Some 19 riders rode the mountain course over 28 obstacles, including logs, down brush, banks, bunkers, trail gate, mud bog, dead end back up, plank walk, teeter balance, log drag, boulder field, and more including an outhouse stop where riders had to ground tie their horses, go into the deluxe outhouse and, hopefully stepping back outside to find their horse waiting for them.

Several riders came up from the valley to ride. Their ringleader was Bobbi McFadden who has a place in New Meadows as well as Eagle. Among the local residents were Tom Watts, Jody Seely, and Twyla Cairns from Council, and Brandy Padgett from New Meadows. Skip Burnett provided a speaker system so all could hear the goings on. He announced the raffle and did the auction of items that HBCH members provided.

All riders had two chances to ride the course, and could school obstacles afterward. Riders experienced true western hospitality, with the McCall Pony Club providing concessions.

This is a non-competitive event that challenges horse and rider in their partnership negotiating obstacles one might find on a National Forest or Wilderness Trail. There was a Trail Riding Clinic held the day before by Helen Glidden. She was impressed by the abilities of both horses and riders tackling obstacles they had never encountered before. Great Job Riders! Yipee Ki Yi Yo! What a good time we had! See ya'll next year!

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Original Publication Date: June 18, 2014

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