Competitive trail classes can be great fun to watch. It’s certainly handy to have a nice horse to hack, who will stand to open gates, cross creeks, and negotiate rocky terrain or fallen branches. But how about doing it all bridleless? Mark Bolender rides “Checkers,” an all-around Quarter Horse who has done Cowboy mounted shooting, jumping, trail, working cow, team shorting, team penning, roping all without a bridle. What a neat horse!