The trail goes over dirt trails and roads, and it will take 3-4 hours to complete the 8-10 obstacles found along the trail. Obstacles might include gates to open and close, streams to cross, steep hills to climb, rattling saddle bags to carry, or a multitude of other things to do.
Costs range from $20 to $40, depending on the category you enter, and juniors enter for only $7.99! All juniors must wear helmets, and be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride.
Sharon Power and Iris the Mule at creek crossing in 2009 Awards: Prizes to 3rd places; ribbons to 6th places. Overnight camping is available by reservation only, for Friday and Saturday nights, for $10 per night.
Please contact Vickie Kardell, 209-966-2080 or
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Trail Trials is a horseback ride over a marked trail, along which are found 8-10 obstacles to be completed. Each obstacle has an obstacle judge who watches each horse and rider complete the obstacle, and marks a scorecard. The ride takes about 3-4 hours to complete, depending on how many riders there are. Obstacles can be natural or man-made, such as backing on a prescribed course, sidestepping over to pick up an object, going up a steep hill, then dismounting and leading the horse back down, opening and closing a gate, etc. Check-in is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. There is camping available Friday and Saturday nights ($10 a night) at the ranch. Reservations must be made in advance by calling Vickie Kardell, 209-966-2080.
Location: Circle 9 Ranch, 6647 Jerseydale Rd., Mariposa CA 95338. (Rain cancels event) Cost: Within the first three divisions are four categories: Adult rider ($40), Junior rider ($7.99), Schooling rider ($20) and Companion Rider ($20). Pre-registration is highly recommended. There are five divisions: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced, plus Schooling (judged but no awards) and Companion (no obstacles or awards).If there are any more questions, please ask away. Thanks, Evie Wilson, 209-742-4261 Due to the illness and recent death of our Scavenger Hunt manager and past MMR President, Richard Theodore, there will not be a Scavenger Hunt on Sunday. Instead, riders can ride over the marked trail at their leisure. Photo Credit: David Estep