Yesterday I went on my first ACTHA ride. I had a ton of fun. The weather proved to be a "bit" of a challenge. The horses were fresh, hot, and spooky and the trails in the woods were wet and leaf covered.
ACTHA, or the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, is a casual trail ride competition over 6 - 8 miles with judged obstacles along the way. Each obstacle has its own judge and the obstacle is timed but the entire ride is not. When you come to the obstacle and judge you perform the obstacle one at a time. You can compete in ACTHA in one of several divisions