Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Frazee, MN: Endurance Riding

The Frazee Forum

Maplewood State Park will host an endurance and competitive trail riding clinic Saturday, July 19.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., finishing by 4 p.m. A light lunch will be served, according to organizers. The cost is $25 for the event.

Persons curious about the fastest-growing equine sport in America are urged to attend and learn about the activity. Moreover, they can get questions answered that may even spur greater interest.

Topics to be covered include:
• the various distance riding organizations;

• the difference between endurance and competitive trail riding;

• tack, equipment and clothing;

• what to expect at your first ride;

• vet check procedures;

• feeding the endurance horse;

• choosing a good endurance or competitive trail horse;

• shoeing options for the distance riding horse;

• an explanation of the paperwork;

• conditioning your horse (where to start and what to do);

• a mock vet check.

There will also be Q and A concerning the "ins and outs" of endurance and competitive trail riding.

If it rains, the clinic will be held in the new shelter built this spring, otherwise it will be staged in the day rider area of the horse camp.

Participants may also decide to make the trip to camp in the park. In any case, a Minnesota State Park sticker is required. After the clinic, a ride will follow for those who wish to take part. A Minnesota Horse Trail Pass is required.

Reservations for camping can be obtained through the Minnesota State Park reservation system. Info: Charlotte Thompson, 28953 15th Ave. N, Hawley, MN 56549, 701-526-3734.

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