Due to current world events and the necessity to stay at home, Top Trail will allow tracks recorded off trail if necessary in the event your regular trail areas are closed or otherwise unavailable — resulting in a slight change to General Rules 1 & 2 below. This will continue until further notice.
1 Uploaded tracks (.GPX files) must be actual trails ridden (you may now include outdoor arena riding in your tracks), recorded, and must be uploaded to your Top Trail account within 72 hours of the ride. This rule is for all challenges and competitions on this website unless noted otherwise so all participants have a good idea where they stand in the rankings as close to real time as possible. Please take care to record and upload only your trail ride — nothing else. Please read this article for additional information regarding trail recording & uploading etiquette.
2 Uploaded trails must be at least one mile in length and ridden outside an arena (you may now include outdoor arena riding in your tracks).
3 Equine must be ridden or pulling a cart, not ponied.
4 Only one track per equine/rider. Duplicate trails are not allowed and will be rejected during the upload process.NOTE: if your track has an error, email the .GPX file and we will attempt to repair it for you then you will be able to upload the corrected trail to your account manually.
So, if you have a field, pasture, or an OUTDOOR arena at home and you wish to ride and record tracks there, please keep tracking and uploading those rides as well as any actual trail ride you’re able to track!
Please note: Indoor arena tracks do not work… your GPS will go crazy — so don’t do it. But, tracking an outdoor arena ride will be permitted.
If you are concerned about privacy, we encourage you to at least designate tracks originating from your home “not publicly accessible” and possibly even “private” during the upload process. Only Top Trail admins will be able to see tracks marked “private” but your mileage will continue to accumulate and count toward challenges.
We are also concerned about the safety of our members out riding. Along with all the other precautions we are taking to be safe please consider riding only if you feel confident that your equine is relaxed, trail safe, and that the trail or route you choose is relatively easy to handle.
Safety riding gear is also recommended especially now: riding helmet, vest, or air vest. Maybe you don’t normally wear these items when riding, but now is a good time to reconsider!
It’s also a good idea to notify a friend of your riding plans, where and when you’ll be out on the trail and also when you’ve safely concluded your ride.
If you have any questions, please contact via email.