- Trail: Mountain Home – Tollgate Road – IMO
- Miles: 17.19
- Ave speed: 2.9
- Max speed: 13.1
- Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty
- Horses: Jack – Shooter – Zeke
- Dogs: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – (stayed in camp – too hot)
Notes: An IMO ride along a section of the Oregon Trail. A challenging course in beautiful country. Only three teams found their markers – of which we were one of them. We may not be fast – but we are determined. Technically speaking – we took 2nd. as we helped the rider who came in 2nd find markers. That’s what it’s all about though – helping each other and having fun doing it. The team that took first helped us find 1 of our markers that was incorrectly tagged. Who knows if we would have found it on our own or not. We took it pretty slow. Jack started out a little gimpy from new shoes and Shooter is an older horse. We opted to not take any shortcuts down the steep draws and stay on more level terrain. Jack did awesome. I swear, even tender footing that horse just loves being out there.
- Trail: Hammett Idaho IMO
- Miles: 13
- Riders: Self – Jones
- Horses: Jack – Honor
- Dogs: Hank, Shade and Dealer (stayed in camp during ride)
Notes: IMO ride (Idaho Mounted Orienteering) north of Mountain Home. Finished the ride between thunder storms and found all our markers. Jack did well without getting too chargy on the trail. The dogs stayed in camp during the race since you don’t know the water situation.
What is IMO?
Mounted Orienteering is a competitive, timed sport. The object of the sport is to use a map, compass and clues to find five hidden markers while riding a trusty steed. Competitors may ride individually or as a team of two or more. The person or team who finds all five markers in the least amount of time places first. Extra points are given to the first six competitors or teams finding all five markers in the least amount of time. At most rides there is a non-competitive short course. This course covers less distance than the regular course and landmarks and markers are easier to identify and locate. Everyone gets two points for each marker they find.