Monday, 17 September 2018

SE: AERC Nat'l Championships are a Go!

September 17 2018

The AERC National Championships at Bilmore (Asheville, North Carolina) are a GO! The rain has been light, the trails are clear!

Based assessing the ride site, any Monday arrivals would be best if postponed to Tuesday morning, then we are a ‘go’. Site will be overall laid out by late today. Park between flags — they will be set 30 feet apart, so generally spacious enough for all your horse and camping needs. We will have a team to help park starting Tuesday afternoon. At most one ‘saved’ space for a present rig.

We always have tractors available, but all should be ok if y'all are reasonably careful.

We have no fuel shortages locally.

I understand a number of riders — especially those driving or being driven (ie everyone) are concerned about aftermath of Florence and its impact on interstates and fuel supplies.

I-26 east to I-95 and west as far as you care to go is fine. I-95 from Florida to I-26 is wide open.
I-81 is clear north and south.
I-40 is clear from Raleigh west
I-85, I-75 all clear towards our part of the world from north to Richmond etc.
Routes from New York City; Richmond, Virginia; Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; Chatanooga, TN — all are clear and open.

We know the eastern part of NC is a mess on I-95 RIGHT NOW. But by Tuesday, even parts of that are likely to be OK.

Fuel should be fine by Tuesday, I would imagine, but you might want to verify on your preferred routes.

Over the weekend, we saw cherry-picker trucks and other utility trucks sheltering in this area from all over the Carolina (look for Sumter, SC on a map — we had their trucks). They are out doing their jobs. They will attend to the main arteries first. Since the Interstates (except I-95) look good, this will be the US highways and state highways.

On trails, teams are out today to clear and check — we had almost no wind, and relatively little rain. One of the joys of Biltmore is they take this seriously. By Thursday, the 50 and 25 mile trails will be fine, by Saturday the 100 mile trails will be fine. We have pre-riders starting out tomorrow.

The trails are designed so one distance does not use any sensitive (ie ruinable) trails for another distance. Good footing is re-used. Look at the trail maps to get a good look at that — a serious design consideration as we were putting this together that caught us a couple of years ago in May, so we re-designed.

And the weather forecast is 80s daily high, 60s daily low — drying conditions! And we are loamy soil, not clay. Loam drys a lot faster.

As said earlier — don’t come early, but come, we have the welcome mat out, and it is looking pretty nice!

More information at:

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

NW: Titanium Run Cancelled

The Titanium Run scheduled for Sept. 15 and 16 in Fort John, British Columbia, has been cancelled. Weather issues! Please watch for this ride next season!

W: New Date for Kristina Chesterman Memorial ride

NEW RIDE DATE for the 2018 Kristina Chesterman Memorial Ride: November 3rd!!!

Sierra Pacific Industries was forced to close all their trails recently due to the extreme fire danger in our area this year. However, the trails will be open for recreational use later this season, so we have moved our ride date to November 3rd!!!

Come ride with us in beautiful fall weather and rack up some end of season points!!! Hope to see you out there... please spread the word about this fantastic ride! All the money raised from this ride goes to an incredible cause... see link below for more information!

This ride is being held in memory of the 21-year-old Chico State Nursing Student, and fellow equestrian, who tragically lost her life to a drunk driver in 2013. All proceeds from Saturday’s ride will go to help suppport a medical clinic in Nigeria, in Kristina’s honor.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

NW: Autumn Sun Pioneer

Autumn Sun Pioneer, Sept. 28-30 has 3 days of LD and endurance! We have a Cavalry division too -- this is what endurance is really about. Entries are open, let us know if you're coming!

The ride website has been updated to include the rules for our Cavalry division!

Friday, 24 August 2018

W: Virginia City 100

REMINDER: The entry fee for Virginia City goes up after postmark 9/1. Be sure to save and submit now!!
Entry can be found at:

Thursday, 16 August 2018

NE: Iron Mountain Jubilee

just a reminder that the early discount for the Iron Mountain Jubilee ends soon! Your entry must be postmarked by 8/15 to use the discount. We will take entries after that and at the ride but it will cost a little more for the convenience. Please go ahead and send your entry in asap though to help us figure numbers!

Come on out and ride or volunteer at this beautiful location! It will be a great tune up for those looking towards the AERC NC! We are looking forward to a great ride! Hope you'll be there!!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

W: Eastern High Sierra Classic Cancelled

Due to poor air quality, the Eastern High Sierra Classic ride in Bridgeport, CA, has been cancelled. Watch for this longtime ride again in 2019!