The Poway Valley (PoVa) Therapeutic Riding Center is hosting its first ever Benefit Trail Challenge this August. The event is a timed series of obstacle courses open to riders of all levels and disciplines. The course will test horsemanship, cadence, and overall performance and will be modified for each class. Riders and horses are welcome to enter multiple classes. In addition to the equestrian activities, the event will include a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a used tack sale, and a variety of vendors for equestrian products.

PoVa Therapeutic Riding Center is a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic riding to children and adults with special needs. Horseback riding provides physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits and allows participants to practice physical and verbal communication skills with their equine companion. The Benefit Trail Challenge will be Aug. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Online registration and more information are available at