Trail

The trail class tests the maneuverability of an American Quarter Horse through an obstacle course. Mandatory obstacles include one in which the rider will open, pass through and close a gate. Scoring is based on the horse’s willingness, ease and grace in negotiating the course. The other two mandatory obstacles are riding over at least four logs or poles and one backing obstacle.

Tips from AQHA Professional Horsemen

May 14, 2020 | Showing , Training
How to build a trail bridge and train your horse to safely cross it.
March 12, 2020 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Use these tips from AQHA Professional Horsemen Cynthia Cantleberry and Brent Maxwell to prepare for this obstacle in trail classes.

TRAINING FOR AND COMPETING IN TRAIL

June 03, 2021 | News and Publications , Trail
A good walk-through before a trail class can go a long way. AQHA Professional Horsemen Jim and Deanna Searles share strategies for showing in trail.
May 23, 2021 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
A study found the most common cause of discomfort in horses competing in rail, pattern and reining events. Here are the results.
January 15, 2021 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Use these tips from AQHA Professional Horsemen Robin Frid and Tim Kimura to prepare your horse for the sidepass.

LEGENDARY TRAIL HORSES

March 11, 2020 | Showing , Registering/transfer
The versatile gelding succeeded with amateurs and with open riders.
March 04, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Daniel Carlson and 'Emily' had a relationship that took them to the heights in trail and other classes.
February 27, 2020 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
The red roan gelding has a knack for making dreams come true in trail and other classes.
February 24, 2020 | News and Publications , Trail
Ima Petite Classic was known for his western riding prowess, but he was outstanding in open trail also.
February 18, 2020 | News and Publications , Trail
The gelding had personality to burn and with owner Kathryn Gorsuch set an AQHYA record score that still stands today.