Our History

Open Trail started as a small project 3 years ago where I could record and save the trails I ride in the local area... then a few friends had seen what I had and said "We need that!" - So I decided to build a build the brand...

Why Open Trail

"Open Trail" was developed because no other trail site had a way to create interactive trail maps of our favorite riding trails, and most importantly, a way to share them with other riders!

Open Trail's Goal

The history of horseback riding is integral to our history, Open Trail's goal is to provide the largest repository of horse trails in the U.S. - and arm organizations that maintain and advocate for horse trails with essential data to fight for our National Treasures... The Open Trail.

The Open Trail Team

J.R. Hull Founder/Owner: J.R. has been riding horses for most of his life and has a passion for riding trail with is horse Satara. He founded The Open Trail Project to provide a means to record horse trail maps across North America and and help preserve our national heritage, the "Open Trail". He often quotes Buffalo Bill "I could never resist the call of the Open Trail." when talking to people about his passion for the "Open Trail".

Troy Lynn Norris Top-Trail Program Manager: Lifelong horse lover, long time trail rider. In 2002 TL began competitive trail and distance riding. Over time she developed an appreciation of the many miles her horse takes her over the trails while conditioning, in competition, and even for simple enjoyment. Top Trail is the beginning of her vision to see trail horses get the recognition they deserve for their skill and work on trail.