There are so many sports within the equestrian world, it seems! There was a recent reference to the IMTCA and an arena set up for horse riding on Facebook. It had me inquiring about the acronym. This apparently stands for the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association.
There are so many equine associations, it’s a joy to learn about a new one! In my mind, where there’s an association for a particular horse sport, vocation or study, it means there’s a body of supporters of this. And so rules and regulations, standards and also contacts are accumulated. This is to help inform others.
A search online wielded the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association website. It states:
“Mountain Trail Challenge is an international equestrian “extreme sport” which is fun and exciting to watch and participate in. This discipline is open to horses and riders of all skill levels. You will see riders in English and Western saddles smiling and having a great time as they participate at each challenge.”
The association was set up under the laws of the State of Washington in the United States. However, the IMTCA has gained exposure in Australia and other countries as well. The mission statement involves promoting and encouraging the development of this sport, as well as public interest in it. It is also dedicated to professionalism and excellence in trail riding. This is on top of establishing – and maintaining – standards of performance and judging that are suitable, professional and fun-filled for families.
The International Mountain Trail Challenge Association
Recognised as a sport, skills within this type of trail riding focus on excellent horsemanship as well as trail riding. There are challenges that are held to test horses and their riders. A challenge – or show – focuses on testing horse and rider and their ability to navigate natural as well as man-made obstacles. This is to be done in a safe manner. Technical skills that demonstrate excellent horsemanship will also be required. Three different levels of shows are on offer to riders at various challenges.
Love trail riding but want to take your horsemanship skills to the next level? Why not see if there is an IMTCA setup in your local area? If there isn’t, perhaps you’re in the position to establish one!