- A CMO is a treasure hunt of sorts. You get a map, carry an orienteering type compass, and set out on a trail of varied distances in search of 5 (short course) or 10 (long course) objective targets. Time matters, but so do the codes you retrieve from each target. The distance of the course can be 5, 10, 15, 20 miles or so, and yes speed is good. But likewise, if you just want to complete (like LD) then just finding the targets/codes and making it back in one piece are good too. So your speed is relative to the outcome you desire. If you are a points hound, get up and move. If you are the turtle type, just take your time and find those paper plate targets and collect your code. You can ride as an individual, or as part of a team. Rides are staged out of trail/park systems.
- Membership to the national organization is about $30 a year. Cheaper than AERC, ACTHA, and most other ride organizations of this genre. You don't have to join to ride as a day rider. Ride entry fees are $10 for members and about $15 for non-members. Which for me would be a savings of about one hundred dollars per ride weekend.
- Ribbons are awarded for the top six placements on the long course and top three on the short. Awards are given for top male rider, top female, and junior (my logic is a bit fuzzy on the awards). You also gain points that over time accumulate to earning such things as blankets, halters with the organization's logo.
- The sanctioning organization is NACMO and the groups regionally are smaller than LD & Endurance.
- Bonus: I can see where these rides would be very good for starting a young horse into the distance disciplines by getting the horse out on the trail, camping, riding in groups, learning to go slow, fast, and have a good whoa (you aren't going to work a compass from a horse that won't stand still). The long course would be great LSD training in and of itself at an 80% savings over a sanctioned LD.
- All said and done...for 2013 I'm going to give CMO's a whirl and see what I think. Everything else is going on the back burner until I have some CMO experience.
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
September 18, 2012
I can hardly believe this...CMO
As I'd mentioned I had written to a CMO ride manager that is in the ball park of my portion of the state (a sixty mile or so ball park). She wrote me back and has been SO NICE! Has offered to assist me with the finer points of map/compass reading, and has offered to do a meet and ride on "my" home turf. What digging around I've done it looks like CMO rides actually sprang from Endurance. Here's the interesting points (and if I get something wrong please feel free to correct me as I'm only in the reading stages of this thing):