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TETRA First ACTHA Trail Competition Ride

  • 26 Apr 2014
  • 27 Apr 2014
  • Mineola Nature Preserve


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TETRA First ACTHA Trail Competition Ride
April 26 -27, 2014

TETRA is having their first ACTHA Competition on April 26 & 27, 2014 at the Mineola Nature Preserve. The Competitive Trail Challenge (CTC) will be on April 26 and the ACTHA Obstacle Challenge (AOC) will be on Sunday April 27.

TETRA Region 5 will be sponsoring this event. All volunteers will come from Region 5 and the regions director, Joe Petronella, will be the ride host. The proceeds from this ride will go to the Equestrian Facilities at the Mineola Nature Preserve for improvements.

What is an ACTHA COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE (CTC)? It is 6 miles, 6 obstacles, 6 judges…and unlimited fun! Obstacles are mostly natural, and each has its own judge, alleviating partiality. Go to the ACTHA websites for a complete list of obstacles.

Rides take about 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours. The rides start with a briefing before trail riders head out, followed by lunch and awards. If you wish to participate as a rider at this event, you must register and pay online at the ACTHA website at https://www.actha.us/. This is the link to our ride https://www.actha.us/ride/6614/view.

Prizes for the 1st - 6th place in Open, Pleasure & Junior division will be ALL CASH!

Prizes for the Scout division will be awarded to the 1st & 2nd place riders ALL CASH! The more riders attending this ride the bigger the payout.

The Mineola Nature Preserve is minutes away from stores and restaurants yet secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city. More than 2900 acres of beauty and awe inspiring views await the equestrian at the Preserve. About one-half the acreage is river bottom land (

Sabine River) with trails available during the non-rainy season. Creeks with natural crossing and bridges, steep hills, sandy soil, flat level trails, ponds, meadows, and a variety of wildlife are normally viewed on an average ride. There are more than 20 miles of trails routinely available. THE DERBYhas a large parking area, a pavilion with showers and restrooms, a handicapped ramp for mounting, and a 2 horse rack that was donated by TETRA. There are 14 RV hook-ups available (electricity, water, and sewer) and 24 horse pens. Shoes are not required.

The Best Western Hotel in

Mineolais located 5 minutes from the trailhead 903-569-5331.

We are hosting an ACTHA OBSTACLE CHALLENGE (AOC), Sunday April 27, the following day. Sign up for both!

Please contact Joe at 903-316-0250 or email at avalonfarm@peoplescom.net to reserve a RV site and pen or if you need any other information about this two day event.


Rider Check in: 8am - 9am

Breakfast: 7am - 9am

Rider's Briefing: 9am

Ride Out: 10am

Lunch: Following ride

Awards: Following lunch

MineolaNature Preserve. 

4429 SE Loop 564

Mineola, TX 75773


From I-20, turn North on U.S. 69, about 14 miles, cross the Sabine River and then continue approximately 1.5 miles, turn right (east) on Loop 564. Note directions below for the equestrian trailhead.


U.S.69 from Greenville/Alba and also from U.S. Hwy 37: Continue through Mineola, proceed south until sign for Loop564 is observed. Go underneath the overpass to Loop 564, turn left(east) on Loop564. Note directions below for the equestrian trailhead.

Via U.S. Hwy 80, traveling west from Hawkins: Go under the overpass for

Loop564, immediately turn right (north), and follows signs to Loop 564. Continue right (south) on Loop564 until reaching County Road (CR) 2724. Equestrians continue about 1/8 mile to next turn to left.


U.S. Hwy 80, traveling east from Grand Saline: Continue through Mineolato the intersection of U.S. Hwy 69. Turn right (south) on U.S. 69. Proceed south until sign for Loop564 is observed. Go underneath the overpass to Loop 564, turn left(east) on Loop564.. Note directions below for the equestrian trailhead.

For the Equestrian Trail Head: About one fourth mile, turn right on first road to the right (before

County Road2724). The signs at the top of the hill note horse trailer parking.

Go to Mineola.com for more directions and a printable trail map

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