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Mainer competes to be Favorite Trail Horse
Molly Stark and her quarterhorse, Morris, are headed to Massachusetts to audition for “America’s Favorite Trail Horse,” a competition sponsored by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association.
Says Stark, with a chuckle: “We don’t really have a chance in hell, but Morris is fun and I think he's beautiful. So why not be America's Favorite Horse?”
for more info on ACTHA and its competition
Stark founded the Rocky Coast Rider drill team, “Just a Herd-o-Moms”
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GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN, MOLLY!
By Molly Stark
The summer of 2010 proved to be one of the most grueling endeavors as yet with my two horses, or so I thought. I convinced our group to start a Drill Team (an impossible feat without the enthusiastic involvement with my friend Patty seen here on Morris).
I spent the winter recuperating from surgery and had time to design and choreograph a quirky drill program. If you have seen us perform - you might agree – we’re not your average drill team. Humor us, we're all older.
We started out practicing once every two weeks and quickly learned that just wasn’t going to work. So once a week all of us trucked our horses to Patty’s. We bickered, squabbled, laughed, rode, and somehow pulled it together to have the time of our lives!
We met new friends along the way by also getting involved in ACTHA. Its motto – six miles, six obstacles.
Morris is a versatile, if spoiled, Quarter Horse who has the biggest heart I’ve ever known – He’s had his share of medical problems but that doesn't slow him down. Patty is an accomplished USET dressage rider and spent many hours practicing complicated moves with him. He took it all in stride with a couple of frustrated temper tantrums, but also with his
best effort to get it right.
That’s Morris, trying his best to do what you ask.
He’s my choice to take to the ACTHA audition for a chance to be “America’s Favorite Trail Horse.” I should have known that when I started that first day of the New Year riding the beach that soon I would be off on a new grand adventure.
April 15th, my friends and I are off on a road trip to parts unknown. The ACTHA audition is being filmed for 13 one-hour episodes to discover by fan votes, American's Favorite Trail Horse. We have a chance (small that it is) for me to meet one of my all-time favorite horse whisperers, Monty Roberts.
‘Course I have to go to Texas to do that and last time I checked it wasn’t on my bucket list.
But it might as well be.
How far can you go if you don’t take that first step?
Morris and I will find out together what we can do. I know he will try and no, I’m not asking for perfection, I’m looking to have fun. So for now… tarry ho and away! The adventure is just beginning!
View Reader Comments:
Good luck Molly and Morris!!! Have the time of your life.
Have a great time Molly ~ you are right if you never take that first step how will you know?! Good for you!
GO MOLLY! GO Mr. MORRIS! Do us proud..remember to bring lots of carrots and smiles.
Best of luck to you and Morris.Have fun and enjoy the trip. Those two things in themselves make it a winning experience.
oh Bless your hearts Guys! and thanks...it will be FUN!!! and sshhh....my friend Sonia's goin...sshhh haaaheee....Monty Roberts here I comne!
Do us proud Molly & Morris....Rocky Coast Riders are rooting for ya!
Meghan & Tucky
Best of luck Molly & Morris! My votes for you two! I'm debating going!
Your big heart, combined with his....I think it doesn't get much better than that!
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Travels with Molly, Part III
Travels with Molly, Part II
Travels with Molly, Part I
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