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ACTHA’s New Obstacle Challenge


The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) is introducing a new format which allows riders to keep riding and training throughout the messy winter months. An ACTHA Obstacle Challenge (AOC) is held in an indoor arena, an open/covered arena, or a field so riders (and horses!) can enjoy the fun challenge of obstacles without negotiating a muddy or icy trail.

ACTHA Obstacle Challenges consist of eight ACTHA-approved obstacles. Riders have the option of entering various divisions which suit their skills and they will be competing for ribbons and prizes, just like in ACTHA’s Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC). Unlike CTCs, which are usually between 6 to 8 miles, the obstacles of an AOC will be set up in one location in an arena or field, and riders will complete all of these obstacles consecutively, within an 8-minute time period. Riders will also have the option of being able to compete on multiple horses.

Approximately 70% of ACTHA’s events are hosted by nonprofit organizations. In addition to ride proceeds, ACTHA donates an additional $3 per rider from every Competitive Trail Challenge and ACTHA Obstacle Challenge, to a charity selected by the Ride Host. This can be any local equine nonprofit of their choosing.

For more information on hosting an ACTHA Obstacle Challenge, visit or  contact Tina Mae Weber at 573-434-1617.

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