CMO (Competitive Mounted Orienteering): F-U-N (that should actually sum it up). But I will stretch myself just a little bit to give a more thorough description.
Have a horse? Are you a trail riding enthusiast? Want to step it up a notch? Try a friendly little competition that is part trail ride, part tail competition, part scavenger hunt, and the most fun you will ever have on horseback?That is the quick description for CMO.
Is CMO for you?
*Entry fees are only $10-15 for a full day of fun.
Your horse must be at least three years old.
Open to most age groups of riders.
You can compete individually.
As a team.
Against your local group at a ride.
Against other teams Nationally!
Membership is only $30 for a year, but you can compete as a day member for a small fee (but we hope you will love it so much that you will join, and let us track you and your horse’s your points).
What do I need to ride CMO?
Your horse, and your tack.
An orienteering compass (about $10-15)
A sense of humor (required)
An ink pen and a small pocket notebook.
Large ziplock bag (to hold your map).
Juniors are required to wear a riding helmet.
You are all equipped, come learn to ride CMO!
Do I have to ride alone?
Nope! You can ride with your buddies as individuals (in a group), or you can declare a team and ride as a team. If you are a great solo rider you can indeed ride alone if you want to.
So what is in it for me?
A WHOLE LOT OF FUN.
POINTS which accumulate for recognition with the sanctioning organziation NACMO.
PRIZES for reaching
Best of all….bragging rights ☺.
The following are where you will currently find chapters of CMO's offering rides. If you don't see your region, get in contact with someone from NACMO, get a group of horse enthusiasts together, have a clinic, and start your own chapter.
|Number of Members|
|Minnesota / Wisconsin||81||92||86|
|New Jersey/ New Your||31||39||21|
This sport has so much potential for growth. As horse activities go it is dirt cheap. Where can you participate in an all day competition for $10-15? It kind of takes the bite out of those high gas prices. Let me give you an example of my two day expense for an LD (let's pretend I am not an AERC member).
Entry fees for non-member: $160
Fuel to a close ride: $120 So about $280 to ride Saturday & Sunday at the LD distance of 25 miles. If I join I can lower that by $30 (but it will cost about $80 to join). In fairness, you do get the magazine when you join.
Entry fee for a non-member: $30 covers both days.
Fuel to a close ride $120 for a total of $150 for a two day competition including your fuel. That saves me $130 almost enough for my NEXT FULL WEEKEND RIDE. In tough economic times that is a big savings. Enough in fact that I'm headed to Illinois next weekend ☺.
Other likeable things about CMO? Say you only like to do one or two distance rides a year? CMO will totally get that horse into shape as you are basically doing some form of intervals at walk, trot, canter for two hours on a short course, and about four or more on a long course. You also get plenty of opportunity to teach your horse something other than going forward, forward, always forward. The thing that I've found I'm liking best about it, is it is also intellectually challenging. You have to be alert, aware, and thinking. If you are doing it as a group you need to work together, It is not just a horse race, it is figuring out the quickest path to a location, finding the station and recording the code, using your horse well, and trying to get it all done in a decent amount of time. On the other hand...you can take all day if you want to in most locations, so it is truly family friendly, and fun for all ages.
Check it out. Start a chapter where you live!