Math exam, driving exam – we’ve all been there. Unknown questions are best faced with well-rehearsed fundamentals. Judging the Mountain Trail challenge show at Happy Trails Horse Park, it was cool to see riders navigate their horses through unfamiliar obstacles with familiar cues. Though not permitted to practice the obstacles on competition day, some had clearly practiced their lateral skills, pace control and collection – tools to get them through the tricky problems and their horses’ natural hesitation. Fun to see some show horses trying new challenges!