IMTCA Canada was formed 5 years ago as an extension of which was formed in 2008. We are passionate about Mountain Trail and what it has to offer to the most seasoned competitor/rider, all the way to a weanling and brand-new riders. Mountain Trail perfection is epitomized by a horse that is bold, confident, displays a bright expression, focus, 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. It is a judged event designed to show the confidence, boldness and athletic ability of all breeds and all disciplines of equines while being challenged by trail obstacles.
IMTCA has participants from around the globe and representing a broad range of disciplines and breeds. From Trail riders to dressage riders to show jumpers and everything in-between. Horses, Minis, Mules and Donkeys, all can participate. From the casual recreational rider to the highest level of world competitors. This has resulted in some Rulebook differences between other disciplines and specific breeds. We have made a great effort to create a balance to encourage participation from all. To ensure fairness for all, the IMTCA Rulebook is unique as it incorporates aspects of many other disciplines and associations yet has its own requirements while competing in IMTCA sanctioned events IMTCA Competitions are Judged using the IMTCA Rulebook regardless if it is a sanctioned or schooling challenge.
Each obstacle is judged on how the partnership between horse and handler/rider works together. The partnership should demonstrate the ability to pick its way through the obstacle course when obstacles warrant it. The horse should willingly respond to the rider’s cues on more difficult obstacles. It is important the horse exhibits good manners, calmness and patience, while responding to the rider. Horses should be relaxed and not display resistance, be attentive, and not spook, shy or spin. The horse should not stumble, tick or clip an obstacle and demonstrate quality of movement. Credit will be given to partnerships negotiating the obstacle with both style and appropriate rate of progress, providing correctness is not sacrificed. Merits are secondary to safety. It is recognized that each breed may have a different head set, speed of forward motion or gait. However, all competitors must move in a safe manner with a willing attitude.