Testing trail-riding skillsTrail horse riders are challenged to a competition of their horsemanship skills during the 18th annual Taylor Horse-fest.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
Trail horse riders are challenged to a competition of their horsemanship skills during the 18th annual Taylor Horse-fest.
The trail horse competition begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. There will be eight judged obstacles with prizes for first, second and third place. All ages are welcome.
The competition is being arranged by Sylvia Hartford and Louisa Severson.
“This is for trail horses — it’s the objects you can find on the trail naturally,” said Hartford. “You never know what you’ll run into — so you need a horse that will do just about anything for you.”
The obstacles will offer an opportunity to showcase the skills of the horse and rider. Some of the ideas were taken from the American Competitive Trail Horse Association. Several will be a surprise, said Severson.
“I think it will be fun,” she said. “I think people will enjoy watching what people can do with their horses.”
The trail horse competition is new to the Horse-fest. Anyone can sign up and there is no fee charged for participating.
“We’re riding friends, we’re neighbors,” said Hartford, who uses Severson’s arena for practice.
Hartford rides a Tennessee walker named Tucker, while Severson rides a Rocky Mountain horse named Sky. Both are known for their smooth riding gait.
For more information regarding the competition, call Hartford at 701-290-0052 or Severson at 701-260-1801.