WNRDC Adventure Trail

WNRDC Adventure Trail September 8th, 2019 – Entries open August 4th

The goal of Adventure Trail is for all kinds of riders to ride out and have FUN on a non-competitive team trail ride. We try to design it for all ages, disciplines and riding levels. Ages on our ride have ranged from 7 to 80.

It is a great event for family, friends, barns and a chill out event for competitors. If you don’t have a team we will try to find you one.

Teams ride out between 9-noon. If entering the day of please arrive to register by 11 AM.

All proceeds benefit Essex County Trail Association trail work in West Newbury.


  • Trail and weather conditions allowing, we give you a guided route, with optional activities and obstacles.
  • You will ride through the trails and fields of the Pipestave/Mill Pond, Riverbend and Dunn Farm riding areas (Visit our Trail Riding Section).
  • Adventure Trail is NOT timed for completion, nor scored. Travel at your own pace!
  • The event will be held rain or shine with the course adjusted as needed for safety.
  • In addition to teams riding out between 9-noon we have added a special ride out at 1:15 PM Guided Trail Ride for any singles or groups who’d prefer to follow a leader. You participate in the jump field prior to the rider so be there by noon to have fun and loosen up. If you are participating in this special option and entering the day of please be there to register by 11 AM.


  • Our trail obstacles will have varying degrees of difficulty and some will have an easy option.
  • Each rider can decide what to attempt, or to skip some or all completely.
  • It’s your day of fun! The trail route and challenges change from year to year.

​Jumps: (All are optional)

  • There will be a mix of cross country and stadium jumps available.
  • There are an assortment of heights from 12″ to 2’7″.
  • Riders may pick and choose their height option at each jump, or go around.
  • Mix and match heights throughout the course, or choose the same level at every fence. It’s up to you!



  • Casual attire is just perfect but helmets with a chinstrap and hard soled shoes/boots are required for safety.
  • We’d love to see you in costume but it’s not necessary. We do ask for no swords, shields or outrageous wings!

​Team Size:

  • Teams are 2 – 5 riders. If you do not have a team, we will try to match you up with others.
  • Teams will travel a course of 3+ miles through trails and fields that will include natural and man-made challenges similar to what you might encounter on any trail ride (and some fun ones you might not!).
  • All challenges are optional, so riders of all levels can participate.
  • Team size exceptions have been made for instructors accompanying students but we need to know ahead of time and retain the right to say no.

Check-In & Start:

  • Teams check-in with the Secretary.
  • Post entries must have their signed entry form, Coggins and payment (cash or check only).
  • Once mounted and ready, teams approach the Starter just before their departure time.

​Route Etiquette:

  • If you are having trouble with a jump or obstacle, we ask that you be courteous to other participants and move on if your mount is not cooperating.
  • You can always skip an obstacle for any reason, or to allow other teams to negotiate the obstacle or jump.


  • At the end of your ride, check back in and receive your ribbons for completing the Adventure Trail.
  • There will be snacks and water available.



  • $30 per person
  • You may enter online with PayPal or mail your entry form with check and Coggins.
  • Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday before event.
  • Please give your team name, your team members, and preferred ride time.

Post Entry (after Wednesday or day of ride): $35 per person

  • Please note that pre-registered entrants will be given priority as we allocate start times.
  • If you are entering the day of the event you must be there by 10:30am last post entries taken at 11:00 AM with last ride out at 12:00.
  • Last ride out at 12:00. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS!


Posting of Ride Times:

  • Assigned ride times will be posted by the end of the day on the Friday before the ride here on the WNRDC website.

​Spacing of Rides:

  • Ride times will be spaced in 3-5 minute intervals.
  • We will try to accommodate you to 15 minutes before or after your requested times, and will contact you if there is a substantial change of your ride time.

​Post Entry Ride Times:

  • Post entries on the day of the ride will be given the next available ride time.
  • If you are entering the day of the event you must be there by 10:30am
  • Last post entries taken at 11:00 AM with last ride out at 12:00. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.

​Late Arrivals:

  • If you arrive after your ride time, you may not be able to ride and will forfeit your entry fees, if there is no available later time. In the case of a member of a team being late, the rest of the team can chose to ride or forfeit, if there is no available later time.

Have you volunteered at WNRDC events?

  • Don’t forget you can use your volunteer cards for Adventure Trail.
  • If you have volunteered for any event in the last 13 months, entry is only $20.00 after the volunteer $10 discount..
  • Volunteer discounts can be passed on to anyone.

For more information, contact: Allison Aamodt [email protected]

Enter on-line or print and send, or bring with you if you are a post entry. Don’t forget your Coggins!

ENTRY FORMS click here

KUDOS FROM THE PAST: “The 4 in our group thoroughly enjoyed the Adventure Trail Ride on Sunday! What a great event, and excellent for horses to have fun and to accommodate a lot of different situations and requests from their riders. Please pass on to the group who put it together that we all loved it, the trails were great, the volunteers helpful and everyone else I have talked with who also went on the ride loved it A LOT as well!” Lisa White, Boxford, MA

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