I was happily surprised to receive an OAATS Ride & Event Schedule in the mail this weekend. Especially since I hadn't asked for one. OAATS has a big line-up of rides on their calendar for 2012. CTR, Endurance, and LD's. They also have something very interesting they are adding to their events, a new type of distance ride called recreational distance rides. Even though these will not be sanctioned by AERC there are still some great reasons to do these 10-20 mile rides.
New horse to distance.
New rider to distance.
To be used as conditioning rides for longer distance.
To continue riding a senior horse that may not be up for the longer distances.
There are other great things about this new venue.
You still get a good ride in at 10-20 miles per day.
There are no "placements" given so no worries about a horse race. Average speed cannot be over 7 mph. So if you like to move out a little you sure can, but you can ride turtle pace too.
These rides will count as career mileage with OAATS and will also count toward year end awards with OAATS.
They also have some other fun stuff planned for the year.
A multi-year jacket program and a new endurance challenge involving kicking some trail butt at the Chicken Chase, Scioto Run, and Salamonie Stomp by riding both days at all 6 rides!
It is wonderful to see such an active and outside the box thinking regional distance club. I'm thinking that these nicely paced recreational rides will be very appealing to trail riders, ACTHA riders, and others.
Way to go OAATS! (and thanks for the info).
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association