Trail Rider Challenge 2010 
 Trail Rider Challenge 2009 
 Trail Rider Challenge 2008 
 Trail Rider Challenge 2007 
 Trail Rider Challenge 2006 
Trail Rider Challenge 2011

 Official Rules and Details 
 2010 TRC Flyer 
 Host a TRC for 2011 - Call 402-889-6042 
 6/18/11 TRC at Skyline 
 6/26/11 Trail Obstacle Clinic, Seward, NE 
 7/23/11 TRC Fun Day, Seward, NE 
 8/6/11 TRC Fun Day at Kelli's, Blair, NE 
 8/27/11 at Skline Ranches Arena, Elkhorn, NE 
 9/11/11 TRC - Extended Version and Scavenger Hunt, Log Barn Stables, Plattsmouth, NE 
Haunted Trail Rider Challenge
November 6, 2011

Kesselring's
Seward, NE

22 riders

1. Jacki Wilkins
2. Julie Rouse
3/4. Hallie Paulson, Tina Fisher
5/6. Dana Kesselring, Jessica Vallery
7. Dana Kesselring - Maverick
8/9/10. James Powers, Gemma Seevers, Kara Mehaffey

Trail Rider Challenge and Scavenger Hunt
September 11, 2011

Log Barn Stables
Plattsmouth, NE

All ages in one class.

Extreme Division
1. Dana Kesselring - Gypsy
2. Tina Fisher
3. Julie Rouse
4. Jen Kallstrom
5. Hallie Paulson - Youth / Ashley Ham - Sr. Youth
6. Aspen Rouse - Youth
7. Sierra McMain - Youth
8. Lorri Knorr
9. Paul Knorr
10. Kara Mehaffey
11. Devin Garvey
12. Dana Kesselring - Maverick
13. Alannah Powers - Youth
14. Kathie King

TRAIL CHALLENGE
1. Julie Rouse
2. Paul Knorr
3. Aspen Rouse
4. Tina Fisher
5. Lorri Knorr, Kara Mehaffey
6. Hallie Paulson
7. Kathie King, Jen Kallstrom
8. Devin Garvey
9. Shirley Hines
10. Violet Esser

High Point
Jr. Youth
1. Aspen Rouse
2. Hallie Paulson
3. Sierra McMain

Sr. Youth
1. Ashley Ham
2. Alannah Powers

Adult
1. Tie: Julie Rouse and Tina Fisher
2. Jen Kallstrom
3. Tie: Lorri Knorr and Paul Knorr
4. Kara Mehaffey
5. Devin Garvey

Trail Rider Challenge No. 3
Extended Version!
August 27, 2011

Skyline Ranch Arena
Elkhorn, NE

Youth 12 & under
1. Aspen Rouse
2. Hallie Paulson

Youth 13 & over
1. Alannah Powers

Novice
1. Shirley Hines
2. Pat Kirk
3. Dan Toland
4. Kara Mehaffy
5. Phyllis Bartholomeu
6. Gina Kollars
7. James Power
8. Vickie Thoreson
9. Michelle Tetreault-Mertes
10. Cindy Makinster

Trail Rider
1. Mark Lyon
2. Tina Fisher
3. Miranda Lyon
4. Louise McCall
5. Tera Lovell
6. Polly Volz

Trail Rider Challenge No. 1
June 18, 2011

Skyline Ranch Arena
Elkhorn, NE

Youth 12 & under
1. Aspen Rouse
2. Hallie Paulson
3. Max Hansen
4. Reese Hansen

Youth 13 & over
1. Cass Thielen
2. Alannah Powers
3. Kate Bonham

Novice
1. Cass Thielen
2. Jodi Hansen
3. Racheal Boone
4. Pam Thielen
5. Alannah Powers
6. Dan Toland
7. Brad Toland

Trail Rider
1. Tina Fisher
2. Tami Tracy
3. Julie Rouse - BJ
4. Julie Rouse - TC
5. Jodi Hansen
6. Rachael Boone
7. Tami Tracy
8. Pam Thielen

Western Dressage
Basic Test 1
1. Cass Thielen - 74.8
2. Julie Rouse - TC - 73.3
3. Pam Thielen - 71.4
4. Jodi Hansen - 68.1
5. Kelli Paulson - 67.6
6/7. Tina Fisher - 65.2 / Dana Kesselring - 65.2

Basic Test 2
1. Kelli Paulson - 76
2. Pam Thielen - 73.5
3. Cass Thielen - 71.7
4. Jodi Hansen - 69.1
5. Dana Kesselring - 66.5

Primary Level Test 3
1. Pam Thielen - 72.7
2/3. Cass Thielen / Kelli Paulson - 70
4. Julie Rouse - 66.9
5. Tina Fisher - 62.3
6. Dana Kesselring - 56.5

High Point Sr. Youth: Cass Thielen
High Point Trail Rider Division: Tina Fisher

Why ride in a Trail Rider Challenge (TRC)?
    TRCís are open to any horse and any rider. Although registration papers are not required and all horses are welcome, the event is approved for points through most breed associations including the APHA PAC program.
    It is not a fancy event but requires safe and functional tack and clothing. By the end of the season you will have a happier, more confident, willing horse.
    The atmosphere is non-threatening and supportive. We are all there to have fun, learn, meet other horse people and improve our horse.

TRC Participant Interviews
Interview 1: Kara, a rider who has been competing in TRCs since 2006. She was the 2008 high-point rider.
    What has TRC done for you?
When I went to my first Trail Rider Challenge in 2006, Bart (my horse) was scared of everything, bucked often and was dangerous.  I saw something I wanted to be a part of and decided to stick with it.  Bart and I attended several clinics and riding classes.  As we learned to communicate and do the trail obstacles his confidence increased. As he learned to try and became willing the bucking and bad behavior went away.  He became mentally engaged and now looks forward to going riding. My confidence and skill level grew also. 
Why should others give TRC a try?
I have seen the changes that it produces in other horses, not only my own. I have brought friends along with me.  I see a positive change in their horses also.
Horses get bored doing the same thing over and over. It is a great opportunity to give arena horses something refreshing to do.  It gives trail horses a challenge. The TRC changes every time. The horse doesnít get bored. He seems to enjoy it. It develops the horses ability to think, encourages the horse to try and to be willing.

Interview 2: Vic, comments from a rider after her first TRC.
     What an incredible day.  The things I thought -"no way", we did.
It's the best money I've spent - the cheapest training venue I've seen, the most bang for the buck, the most rider-friendly despite my fears. At lunch I felt like I was truly sitting in their living room, and that they were there to help me with my horsemanship goals.
    By the way, the woman that won today is a new friend of mine.  She came into this competition/trail obstacle course last year - in her words, "hangin onto the horn with both hands"' riding a rank, disrespectful, dangerous horse. She walked away today with the check.
This is riding in real life.
What a rush.

A recent email from a clinic participant:
Hey Kelli, I had a total blast May 9th at your place riding and going through the course. It was my first time there and in one afternoon my confidence in my horse and myself grew by leaps and bounds.(*we will get that water crossing next time! :)
Thanks for helping me and my horse become even better partners and for providing such a wonderful environment to do that in. Much thanks. Michelle