Making Your Obstacle Course Run Smooth and Efficient country tough trail versatility equine competition horsemanship and training obstacle course Feb 01, 2024

There are ways to design your course for your competition to run smoothly and time efficiently.  Understanding the two major types of obstacles will help you begin designing a course that people will rave about and look forward to returning to in the future.  There are typically two...

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Put the Judge Back on the Pedestal country tough trail versatility equine competition Feb 01, 2024

My husband and I own and operate Von Holten Ranch, a trail riding facility in Mora, MO.  We have  hosted over 70 events a year.  When people view our life looking from the outside in, they think this is a cake walk and think there is not any stress related to owning a trail riding...

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Simple Ways to Have a Better Relationship with Your Equine equine health horsemanship and training Feb 01, 2024

Life is always about the little details.  If someone remembers your birthday and sends a card, that means more than wishing you happy birthday on Facebook.  If someone makes you a cup of coffee and remembers that you like 2 tablespoons of almond creamer and one stevia, your day is...

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Shooting Fire at Equifest of Kansas horsemanship and training mounted archery online course traveling with equine Feb 01, 2024

Equifest of Kansas is a three-day expo put on yearly by the Kansas Horse Council.  It is a big deal for the equine industry in Kansas and Missouri.  Equifest is vital to our trail riding facility.  We only close three times per year; Christmas, deer hunting season, and Equifest of...

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In Hand Opportunities in CT2V country tough trail versatility equine competition horsemanship and training obstacle course traveling with equine Jan 31, 2024

CT2V, Country Tough Trail Versatility, has two In Hand Divisions:  Foundations I and Foundations II.  Champion and Reserve Champion buckles will be awarded during the Country Tough Trail Versatility National Championship held in Mora, MO.

CT2V is a versatility association that combines...

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Why LeRoy Van Dyke was Selected to Perform at the 2019 CT2V National Championship country tough trail versatility Jan 31, 2024

Before we start talking about why Leroy Van Dyke was selected to perform at the 2019 Country Tough Trail Versatility National Championship, let me introduce Leroy to any that may not know him. 

 

Crazy cool facts about Leroy Van Dyke:

  • Entertainer of the Decade for the 1960’s
  • ...
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Don't Jump, Dang it! country tough trail versatility horsemanship and training trail riding Jan 31, 2024

You see a ditch crossing in your path coming up and you know exactly what your mule is about to do; JUMP IT!  Now, if your mule is anything like my old barrel horse, it can’t just jump it enough to clear the ditch.  Nope, your mule has to clear something as wide as a lake and as...

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How to Host an Equine Event country tough trail versatility equine competition horsemanship and training obstacle course Jan 21, 2024

Hosting an event will be easy and will make us a bunch of money!  Those are words of a person that has never hosted an equine event.  Hosting equine events and competitions will put you, judges, and volunteers to the verge of exhaustion and deep into a mental fog.

When my husband and I...

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Von Holten Ranch to Host Country Tough Homesteading Expo July 19-20, 2024 homesteading mounted archery Jan 07, 2024

2024 has one big change in-store for Von Holten Ranch; the addition of a homesteading expo in July and homesteading courses throughout the year.  What is homesteading?  Homesteading is basically the producing, preparing, procuring, and preserving of foods.  Examples:  canning,...

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