Horse trials trek into Carlock

By Anna Yee

July 22, 2012 Updated Jul 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM CDT

CARLOCK, Ill. -- One of the Olympic events you might tune into is Equestrian.

Back here at home, nearly 130 horse riders put their skills to the test this weekend.

It was all for the Hunter Oaks Horse Trials in Carlock.

Riders from across the Midwest can use this competition to qualify for nationals this fall.

The lucky ones can then go on to strutting their stuff in bigger arenas, like former trainer Allison Springer, who is currently in London as an alternate in this year's Olympic Games.

"This sport is a lifelong sport," said Sandy Mercier, event organizer and owner of Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center.

"We've had riders as young as 10 competing in the older levels and riders as old as 70. We do have the top-level instructors come back from time to time. It's not only inspiring to the kids, but it helps them set their goals."

All of the Trials' results will be posted online at

This is the 12th year for the event.