Country Tough Trail Versatility (CT2V) Kickoff Event is in the History Books
by Brandy Von Holten
Country Tough Trail Versatility (CT2V), which is a national association, had their first ever kickoff event July 14-15, 2018 in Mora, Missouri! Talk about a breath of fresh air! Finally, an association that is designed with safety and growth of the rider and equine placed as their top priority. Every competitor present rebooked for the events in August, September, October, or all three.
What is CT2V? CT2V is a versatility that has three elements of competition: ranch horsemanship pattern, obstacles without any points for time, and actual trail. The ranch horsemanship pattern ended up being the most difficult for the competitors, because many of the competitors had never competed in a pattern class before. In the rulebook that can be found at www.vonholtenranch.com under Country Tough Trail Versatility, the patterns are already assigned to each division. Competitors are catching on quickly and I have no doubt that come August, this will be one of the best classes to watch. The obstacle competition proved to be dead-on with the scope of the association. All obstacles were practical, straight forward, and a return to the cowboy. By not awarding points for speed, competitors were able to focus on the task at hand. The trail competition was everything and more than expected. Horses and mules enjoyed the trail in small groups. Every obstacle was natural uninterrupted terrain or maneuvers such as backing around a designated tree. The trail portion of the competition was a time filled with chatter and conversations of people getting to know one another that typically would not have happened at a competition.
In addition to the three competitions, the fun was unleashed with a little quirk! Cowboy Roulette!! Competitors entered an event that they were not aware of what would be required until signups were over. The winner took half! For the kickoff event, the theme for Cowboy Roulette was fishing. Competitors had to move a stuffed fish to a garbage can and then pick up a fishing pole with a magnet. A second fake fish had to be transferred from one bucket to another. The fastest time won!
CT2V is wanting to go above and beyond! The competitors were able to sign up for Equine Soccer. Half of the money went to a charity chosen by the winning team. The Show Me Christian Youth Home was selected for July. That charity was so happy to receive monetary assistance, that they even sent a thank you note.
Before this kickoff weekend, I believed in CT2V, but after the kickoff event, I now know without a doubt that CT2V was needed in the equine industry. It was needed by the equine and needed by the rider. On the entry form it says, “Realistic. Safe. Achievable. Fun. Affordable. Family Oriented.” CT2V was 110% every one of those descriptors.
Here are the first ever CT2V Versatility Champions and Reserve Champions:
Green Horn (equine with less than 10 competitions, no professional riders)
Champion: Erika Tanney from Spring Hill, KS
Reserve Champion: Sharon Philipps from Troy, MO
Wrangler (novice rider)
Champion: Kim Dieker from Lawrence, KS
Reserve Champion: Kathy O’Dell from Calhoun, MO
Bronc Buster (chooses to ride above Wrangler in CT2V)
Champion: Audra Lenhart from Ozark, MO
Reserve Champion: Andrea Caponetto from Olathe, KS
Trail Boss (advanced or professional rider)
Champion: Lisa Bitner from Villa Ridge, MO
Reserve Champion: Chelsea Stebbins from Douglas, KS
CT2V also offers a Youth Division and a Buckaroo Division (Lead Line). Although we did not end up with a versatility champion in the Youth Division, Caitlynn Reuter from Blairstown, MO won two first place ribbons.
The next CT2V competition is August 11-12, 2018 at Von Holten Ranch. Check us out on facebook at Von Holten Ranch.
Here are a few statements from the competitors that were present.
“When I left, I felt like competing in this will teach me how to train my horse to be versatile and do tasks that I need him to do in real life and since he has to be confident in trail, patterns, and real-life ranch obstacles, he won’t be just a one trick pony!”-Audra Lenhart
“This event was both challenging and rewarding for my horse and me. It is something I will definitely compete in again and encourage others to do so, too.”-Kathy O’Dell
“A fun and friendly atmosphere while working with your horse to see how versatile they truly can be with a willing mind.”-Chelsea Stebbins
Photo credits: Megan Acklin from Mora, MO.