This video is getting attention around the Internet of a horse performing in Extreme Trail without a bridle at the Oregon Trail Center in Eugene, Ore. The horse seen in the video is Sir Rugged Chex’s, aka Checkers, and is shown here with rider Mark Bolender, winning the class by turning in the fastest time.
The Oregon Trail Center duplicates the terrain of the mountains inside its arena using 200 tons of rock, dirt, hand-picked sage brush and trees and even a 20-foot waterfall for their Mountain Trail Show. Many different divisions from youth to advanced are offered on two different trail courses.
Mark Bolender, of Silver Creek Wash., is a leading trainer in Extreme Trail competition.