June 2008
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How Good is Your Trail Horse?

By Don Linker

Phyllis Gamble, Montevallo, riding the course of the Extreme Trail Competition.  
Phyllis Gamble, Montevallo, knows how good her Tennessee Walking Horse is since they won the first Extreme Trail Horse Competition on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at KC Horse Camp in Double Springs. The event produced by Extreme Trail Horse Productions drew contestants from Montevallo, Ragland and local areas with bragging rights going to the winner. Extreme trail competitions are open to all ages and any breed of equine, including mules and donkeys according to Jeremy Glenn, president of Extreme Trail Horse Productions. Ten obstacles including a rope toss, a goat in a cage and a tree drag had to be negotiated by the horse and rider with the course being timed and each horse being judged on condition, willingness and other points.

A contestant meeting was held afterwards with Glenn discussing upcoming events and ways to make the contest more enjoyable for everyone. The date for the next event is July 31, 2008 at Martin Arena in Mount Hope with the action beginning at 3 p.m. Participants should be there early to get entered, for the contestant’s meeting and walk through, which will be at 2:30 p.m. A training demo with Glenn will be held during intermission along with a short seminar on equine nutrition and health presented by Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

This event is sponsored by Franklin County Cooperative. Karen Linker, manager, has also donated the year-end champion buckle to be given at the last event.

Two additional events are planned for later with place and date to be announced. The last event will include the final championship round and presentation of prizes.

Trail riding covers a large portion of equine activities and Extreme Trail Horse Productions hopes to add to the enjoyment trail riders receive from their equine friends and maybe bragging rights along the way. How trail worthy is your horse? Try extreme trail competition and see if your horse has what it takes. You and your horse will have fun and it will only make your horse better, not to mention all the new friends you will meet. This is a fun event the whole family can compete in and spend an enjoyable Saturday together.

Your local Quality Co-op supports trail riding with everything you need for horse and rider from a full-line of equine feeds, health products and tack for your horse to boots and jeans for you. You will also find information on gardening, fencing, pastures and other topics from a helpful employee who appreciates your business.

For information on Extreme Trail Horse Productions, contact Jeremy Glenn at 205-272-0033 or Don Linker at 256-331-7223 or 256-221-7194. See you on the trail or in the arena.

Don Linker is an outside salesman for AFC.