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By WILLIAM PERSSON
SHAMONG — The New Jersey Trail Ride Association held its 46th 100-mile trail ride on May 9-11. Concurrent with this were 50- and 30-mile rides. The event was held at Holly and Hugh MacDonald’s farm, Hollyview.
A short distance west of the farm was an entry point to Wharton State Forest through which the three separate distance rides traversed. The rangers of the Wharton State Forest and the New Jersey State Police were available to assist if needed.
Amateur radio operators were also stationed in the forest so the location of the horses and riders was known at all times and help could be summoned quickly, if needed.
According to the NJTRA, “The sport of competitive trail riding and driving is designed to stimulate greater interest in the breeding of good horses possessed of stamina and hardiness qualified to make good mounts for trail use; to demonstrate the value of type, soundness and proper selection of horses for long rides or drives; to learn and demonstrate the proper methods of training and conditioning horses for long rides or drives; to encourage horsemanship and good sportsmanship in long distance riding and driving as well as to demonstrate the best methods of caring for horses during and after long rides or drives without the aid of artificial methods or stimulants.”
Horses can not be entered until they are 4 years old, and only for distances no greater than 25 miles. At 5 years old they can be entered for any distance.
The New Jersey 100-mile trail ride occurs over three days, with 40 miles covered the first day, 40 the second, and 20 the third.