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Introduction to Extreme Mountain Trail - Two-Day Coaching Session with Mark...

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**WAIT LIST HAS BEEN ACTIVATED**

We are excited to announce that this coaching session has sold out of participant rider and inhand handlers has been sold out. If you are interested in a future Introduction to Extreme Mountain Trail Coaching Session, please sign up for the wait list and we will be in contact with you. We also encourage you to sign up to audit the session. Use the code 'AUDIT' to reveal the auditing tickets — or follow this link.

Introduction to Extreme Mountain Trail
Two-Day Coaching Session with Mark Bolender

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join Mark Bolender for this two-day coaching session designed to introduce riders and horses to the Extreme Mountain Trail essentials. Upon completion of this session 'graduates' will be able to reserve course riding times at HHB Equestrian Trail Park of Southern Nevada for group lessions, private lessons, as well as open riding times. Watch for more information about the course reservation system.

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Participants on Horseback or In-Hand
Early Bird Registration - $295.00 (SOLD OUT)
General Registration - $375.00 (SOLD OUT)

Auditors — $60.00 (13 TICKETS REMAIN)
Use the code 'AUDIT' to reveal the audit ticketing option — or follow this link.

No Refunds — See Small Print Below

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Dry Camping Available

Lodging, boarding, and hookups are not currently available at the Happy Hoof Beats Equestrian Center. A nearby location has been secured for dry camping, including water for horses, within one mile of Happy Hoof Beats. More detailed information will be shared with participants as it become available.

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Barbara H. Callihan, owner of Happy Hoof Beats Equestrian Center, is excited to announce the grand opening of HHB Equestrian Trail Park of Souther Nevada, the Southwest's only IMTCA sanctioned Extreme Mountain Trail course and event center. Designed and built by Mark H. Bolender, three-time Mountain Trail World Champion, state-of-the-art park will feature more than 20 obstacles for riders and horses of all skill levels in english, western, and in-hand disciplines — all breeds are welcome including miniature horses, ponies, and mules.

What Are Mountain Trail & Extreme Mountain Trail?

Led by Mark H. Bolender, under the direction of it's governing organization IMTCA, Mountain Trail and Extreme Mountain Trail is one the fastest growing trail disciplines worldwide. This exciting new discipline has flourished and expanded over the years in the USA, Canada and Europe. Challenges and events are now held in all of these locations. Mark H. Bolender and the board of IMTCA are working diligently to bring Extreme Mountain Trail to the olympics.

Mountain Trail and Extreme Mountain Trail are designed to develop the perfect Mountain Trail horse. Perfection is epitomized by a horse that is bold, confident and moves forward in a natural gait that is safe and also covers ground as if it were on a long day’s trail ride. The horse and rider should be able to willingly assess and enthusiastically navigate new obstacles with finesse and in a safe manner. The sport of Mountain Trail is especially exhilarating because it challenges horse and rider to navigate trail obstacles with technical accuracy, subtlety, and speed.

Mountain Trail and Extreme Mountain Trail are judged events designed to show the confidence, boldness and athletic ability of all breeds and all disciplines of horses and mules while being challenged by trail obstacles. In IMTCA competition, contestants are required to navigate a course with at least 6 approved obstacles and no more than 16 as set forth in the obstacle handbook.

Mountain Trail requires navigating obstacles at a walking pace. Extreme Mountain Trail requires navigating more obstacles at a faster pace. Extreme Mountain Trail is not a race, but the combination of loping, cantering, trotting, jogging, walking and/or gaiting makes this sport move along at a faster pace than Mountain Trail.

The IMTCA Judging System is recognized as one of the leading formats for fair and equitable judging of an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of “degree of difficulty."

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Alternate Payment Methods

If you do not have a credit card or ATM card, or you would prefer to pay by cash or check, contact Barbara H. Callihan at 702-327-2272 or email at events@happyhoofeats.com. Payments must be received five days before each scheduled session to reserve your spot.

Cancellations and Credits

Registrants who cannot attend sessions for which they are registered into are required to give 15 days notice of their inability to attend, in order for their fees to be credited towards a future session—refunds will not be issued for any reason. Registrants who do not give 15 days notice that they cannot attend will not receive a refund, nor will they receive credit for future group instructions. Credits may be transferred to other Participants or Auditors, in writing. Special considerations are made for family and horse emergencies.

Requirements, Restrictions, and Recommendations

  • Please arrive early to allow 45 minutes to hour for warm up riding and/or lunging

  • All riders are strongly recommended to wear an ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet; all riders 17 years of age or younger are required to wear an ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet

  • Participants on horseback or in-hand handlers must be at least 6 years of age, or receive pre approval from Happy Hoof Beats

  • Both English and Western tack are appropriate

  • Usage of splint boots or other protective boots are encouraged to prevent injuries to horse’s legs

  • All riders are recommended to wear riding boots with heels—no tennis shoes or open toes shoes will be allowed

  • No stallions may be ridden by riders under the age of 18

  • The minimum age for horses in-hand is six months

  • The minimum age for horses under saddle is two years

  • Participants and handlers are not allowed to access the trail park without supervision by Mark Bolendar or Barbara H. Callihan

  • Participants on horseback, auditors, and guests are encouraged to take photos and/or video of any kind, including smartphone video, during coaching sessions

  • Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the premises, including in the dry camping facilities

Liability Release

All riders are required to sign and turn in a notarized liability release. The liability release can be downloaded from Happy Hoof Beats website. Completed releases can be emailed to events@happyhoofbeats.com as a scanned PDF, or turned in immediately upon arrival for the session.

Photography and Video Release

All participants on horseback are required to sign a release allowing Happy Hoof Beats to use any photographs and video taken during coaching sessions for business purposes, including the selling and/or renting of videos online. The Photography and Video Release can be downloaded from Happy Hoof Beats website. Completed releases can be emailed to events@happyhoofbeats.com or turned in immediately upon arrival for the session.

Weather and Cancellations

Happy Hoof Beat reserves the right to cancel and reschedule this session in case of inclement weather, including rain, thunderstorms, and/or high winds. When possible registrants will be given a 24 hours notice of cancellation—although it's not likely, cancellation might occur on the day of the session.



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