Sunday, 17 February 2019

W: Endurance 101 Clinic in Reno

Endurance 101 Clinic in Reno, Nevada, on March 3
11 AM-3 PM at the Spanish Springs library

An indoor/unmounted clinic to introduce you to endurance riding
Topics include feeding, condition, getting ready, what to expect, and much more

Monday, 4 February 2019

PS: Twenty Mule Team Entry Discount Deadline February 13

The Twenty Mule Team 35, 65, and 100 mile ride (and 15 mile Introductory ride) will be held February 23 in Ridgecrest, California.

Get your entries in now to beat the discount deadline of February 13.

Accommodations: The base camp is located at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, CA. 520 S. Richmond Rd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. The elevation is approximately 2,500 feet. Motels, restaurants, and grocery stores are available two miles from the fairgrounds. Although the weather is generally nice, you should be ready for cold or wet weather. It is cold at night, near freezing, but can be warm during the day. It can also be windy. Saturday evening or Sunday morning awards breakfast can be purchased for $20.00 per meal . One meal ticket is included with your entry and can be used for either the Saturday dinner or Sunday breakfast. Wonderful Casa Carona is catering again and the food is fabulous. Plenty of water is available at base camp for horses and humans. Bring a hose. You may pay a $10.00 fee paid to ride management to have your camp cleaned up or you should bring tools to clean your camp and stall. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. The fairgrounds does not allow glass containers of alcohol.

Saturday trails: The trail consists of two loops for the 100; one loop for the 65, 35, and 15 mile rides, all beginning and ending at base camp. There are a few long gradual grades, and some rocks and sand. Pads are recommended for rocks which are primarily between Vet Checks 1 and 2 for the 65 and 100-mile rides. The trail will be well marked with plenty of ribbons, chalk and glowbars after dark. The introductory ride will be one 15-mile loop.

Saturday starting time:
The ride will start at 6:00 for the 100 mile ride, at 6:30 am for the 65, at 7:30 am for the 35 mile ride and at 12:00 pm for the 15 mile fun ride.

There will be first place awards for the 35, 65 and 100 mile rides and completion awards for all who complete the ride. A Team Award will be awarded for teams of four who are competing in the same distance. Enter your team when you register for the ride. All rides will have an AERC Best Condition Award. The 35 mile awards will be given out at the Saturday evening dinner and the 65 and 100 mile awards will be given out at the Sunday morning awards breakfast. Awards will not be mailed out and must be picked up at the ride. Fun riders will receive their awards upon completion.

Pre-Ride Vet Check: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 22. A pre-ride meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday evening. For riders arriving in the morning, please make arrangements with the ride management.

For more information and an entry form see:

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

PS: Venue Change for Eastern Mojave


The EM Ride is usually held entirely in the Mojave National Preserve and is governed by the National Park Service. They are unwilling to give us a multi-year permit, therefore we are forced to deal with them every year. The process must start with contacting their office and telling the person in charge of permits that we want to do a ride and she then tells us exactly the same thing every year for the past 15 years. We then proceed by changing the date on the application and other required submitals. You would think this would be an easy process but every years is the same old story of them waiting till the very last minute to give us a permit. This year we made the first contact in November and received no response as of January 29th. Time has run out and we can no longer wait for a response. Its official, we will hold the ride in the Coso Junction. We have obtained permission from the BLM, The Coso Store and the AERC. We will change some trails around and add some trails we haven’t used recently. The Coso terrain, scenery and vegetation is closest to what we have in the Eastern Mojave.

February 7-10, 2019 – 4 days & 200 miles + 4 days of 25’s each day!

10 to 15 mile Intro/Duck Rides each day

More information to come shortly.

Region: Pacific South, California.

Name: Eastern Mojave at Coso Junction I, II, III, IV There will be an intro ride plus a 50 and 25 each day

Date: February 7th thru 10th, 2019

Directions: Ridecamp will be at the Coso Junction Store, approximately 35 miles north of Ridgecrest on Hwy 395, behind the Chevron gas station. Click here to get directions via google. Coming from either direction on Hwy 395, midway between Pearsonville and Olancha, there is a California Rest Area on the east side of the highway.

Trail Description: This ride will be on jeep roads and single track trails with a moderate amount of elevation gain. Footing will be sandy with a few occasional rocky sections. The terrain, vegetation and views are equal or better than the Cima Rd area. The elevation is lower and we hope for good weather.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times.

Ride Photographer: Lynne Glazer will be shooting this ride

more information at:

PS: Twenty Mule Team

Want a preview of what the National Championship course will look like (we reserve the right to make changes)?? Come to the 20 Mule Team Ride in Ridgecrest, CA Saturday, February 23rd. Only two more weeks to receive the early entry discount - don't wait!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

W: Tevis Educational Ride is Nearly Half Full

Entries will be limited to 40 participants and then we will start a waiting list. Get your entry in soon if you want to attend!

The Event:

The educational ride is aimed at riders wishing to participate in the Tevis Cup Ride in the future; to give riders a true look into the beauty of the trail and its challenges; to educate future Tevis riders as to best practices and horse care to help them successfully complete the Ride.

Mentors: Experienced Tevis finishers will guide you over the Tevis trail and answer you questions in camp and on trail. Our goal is two or three riders/mentor. We will make every effort to accommodate fitness and experience levels. You will be paired with your mentor on Friday afternoon.

Friday: Speakers and Seminars—speakers and seminars will begin on Friday afternoon at approximately 2 pm. The schedule of speakers will be announced at a later date.

Saturday: Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk Base Camp, 28 miles. Highlights include the canyons, Swinging Bridge and the climb into Devil’s Thumb. There is a vet check at Last Chance and Deadwood.

Sunday: Chicken Hawk Base Camp to the Lower Driver’s Flat parking lot, 24 miles. Riders will see in the daylight what many only ride after dark. A rest stop is planned at Francisco’s with water and snacks for riders and horses. A full Vet Check takes place at the Lower Drivers Flat parking lot - end of ride.

Riders will be shuttled to the start Saturday and shuttled back to base camp on Sunday. Vet Checks will simulate Tevis Vet Checks.

Fitness Requirement (Horse): Between January 1, 2018 and June 17, 2019 your horse must complete 50 miles of AERC Limited Distance or Endurance miles or a similar sanctioning organization. Horse and rider fitness is a must!

For more information and an entry form, see:

Thursday, 17 January 2019

W: Nevada Silver Rush Series

Catch Silver Fever this year in Nevada!

All you have to do to get the Motherload is compete Rides of March 50 mile in March, High Desert 30th Anniversary 50 mile in May, and Red Rock Rumble 50 mile in October.

Same horse, same rider seek their fortune by completing all three 50 mile rides.

Everyone who completes the series will be awarded a special recognition award.

Join us in celebrating all Nevada has to offer.

For more information see the AERC calendar at:

NW: Hit a Homerun with the “Northwest Diamond Run”!

Four ride managers in the Northwest have joined together to give you the NW Diamond Run, a grand slam competition! The rules are simple and the challenge and awards are great!

We, the ride managers of Creek to Capitol Peak (Nicole Miller and Jala Neufeld), Midnight Rider (Bobbi Walker), Crazy Daze I and II (Shelley Kerr) and Prater Mountain (Tara Walker) have joined together to offer a fun and challenging competition for endurance riders at all levels. Ride times are not a part of the challenge so the possibility a “turtle” hitting it out of the park is very doable. The rider who completes the most NW Diamond Run miles with the best CRIs wins!

We want to reward our loyal riders by creating this prestigious award. Additionally, we want to recognize horse fitness and rider responsibility in a competition that upholds the endurance motto “to finish is to win”.

Run to first base at the two-day Creek to Capitol Peak, June 21-22, in the beautiful Capitol Forest outside Olympia, WA. Round second base with the Midnight Rider, a unique night riding experience on August 17 outside Chehalis, WA on the Willapa Hills Trail. Load up the bases with Crazy Daze I and II at the beautiful Riverside State Equestrian Park near Spokane, WA August 31st and September 1st. Then slide into home plate at Prater Mountain, near Priest River, Idaho. Hit it out of the park and bring in your home run for the chance to be a winning team!

We want to make it worth your while, so in addition to providing beautiful northwest scenery, well-marked trails, educational clinics and awesome ride management and volunteers, the top 3 finishers will receive phenomenal awards. Just to give you a taste of what you could win: the first place finisher receives a free ride at each NW Diamond Run ride for 2020 plus more! (Over $400 in awards for first place).

Knock it out of the park in 2019 and join the challenging adventure the NW Diamond Run is offering! Details for each of the four rides can be found at under the Calendar tab. The Northwest Diamond Run is coming soon to Facebook and will have a webpage as well.