The trail class tests the maneuverability of an American Quarter Horse through an obstacle course. Mandatory obstacles include one in which the rider will open, pass through and close a gate. Scoring is based on the horse’s willingness, ease and grace in negotiating the course. The other two mandatory obstacles are riding over at least four logs or poles and one backing obstacle.

Tips from AQHA Professional Horsemen

May 14, 2020 | Showing , Training
How to build a trail bridge and train your horse to safely cross it.
March 12, 2020 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Use these tips from AQHA Professional Horsemen Cynthia Cantleberry and Brent Maxwell to prepare for this obstacle in trail classes.


May 04, 2022 | Showing , Training
Get expert tips from AQHA Professional Horseman David Busick to correctly maneuver a walkover.
January 27, 2022 | News and Publications , Trail
Check your trail knowledge in this quiz.
June 03, 2021 | News and Publications , Trail
A good walk-through before a trail class can go a long way. AQHA Professional Horsemen Jim and Deanna Searles share strategies for showing in trail.


April 23, 2020 | News and Publications , Western
The beautiful sorrel mare Chips Private Stars knew she was a princess of trail.
April 21, 2020 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
The bay roan gelding made one family's dreams come true.
April 09, 2020 | News and Publications , Western
This bay gelding excelled at trail for two decades.
March 19, 2020 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
Credits For Heaven earned close to 4,000 points in his show career.
March 13, 2020 | News and Publications , World shows
The American Quarter Horse Some Hot Potential helps dreams come true in the AQHA show ring for his amateur and open riders.