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2010 Trail Trials At Circle 9 Ranch In Mariposa

Sharon-Power-and-IrisThere will be a CSHA-sanctioned TRAIL TRIALS sponsored by the Mariposa Mt. Riders held at the Circle 9 Ranch, 6647 Jerseydale Rd. in Mariposa, CA. on Saturday, October 2nd. 
Check-in is from 8:20 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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 

  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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More information about this event:

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.                                                                                            

: 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

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