Friday, 14 December 2018

MT: BEST OF THE BEST 100 - Discount Entries Due by December 31

December 14 2018

Best of the Best 100 - August 17, 2019

Are you ready for the ultimate endurance challenge? This inaugural 100-mile ride in Wyoming hearkens back to the Race of Champions challenges of the 1990's.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply.

YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019. You still have 6 months of the new ride season to complete your qualifications!

Discounted entry is $500 for the 100 miler BEFORE Dec 31st 2018, and will be $ 595 from Jan 1st 2019.

A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019. Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018.

For more information, see:

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

NW: 2019 Autumn Sun Pioneer Dates Announced

December 11 2018

Sanctioning is done and the Autumn Sun Pioneer is officially on the calendar!
Join us October 11, 12 and 13, 2019!

We're proud to be the final leg in the Idaho IronHorse Challenge!

Enjoy the winter and we'll see you all on the trails soon.

More details here.

2019 AERC Nat'l Championship Dates Announced

December 11 2018

2019 AERC National Championships dates announced: October 31 (50) and November 2 (100), 2019, in Ridgecrest, California (home of the Twenty Mule Team Ride) in the Pacific Southwest Region.

The ride managers are Brian Reeves and Melissa and Robert Ribley; Mike Peralez will be head control judge.

Thanks to Andrew Gerhard, the NC website is already up and fantastic - check it out at

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

49th Big Horn 100 Set For July 13, 2019

October 17 2018

Come Ride the Legend!

The Big Horn 100 has been scheduled on the AERC ride calendar for Saturday, July 13, 2019. A 50 mile ride will be held on Friday July 12.

New ride manager Cindy Collins and assistant ride manager Regina Rose have already been working on getting sponsors for this 1-loop 100-miler - one of the few Big Loop rides in the country.

Collins stated, "The 2019 Big Horn 50/100, July 12 & 13th, is going to be an event to remember!

"Check out our sponsors (so far), please support them and thank them for donating to one of the most iconic 100 mile rides in the AERC:
Specialized Saddles 

Riding Warehouse

Distance Depot 
Ride Boldly 

EasyCare, Inc. 

The Production Room

Sabrina White’s Rump Rugs 

Crazy Legs Riding Tights . 

More details to come soon!"

For more information, contact Cindy Collins at:

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

2019 Best of the Best

Best of the Best 100 - August 17, 2019
Best of the Best 25/50 - August 15, 2019

Entry Package

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

Qualifications: Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed.

Accommodations: Riverton, Wyoming
Base camp is at Rick & Cindy Simcox’s home. Camping is primitive with porta potties and horse water. Bring people water. Close to town location with many restaurants, lodging options, fuel, 3 feed stores and Super WalMart just minutes from camp. Camp will open on Monday, August 12, 2019 at noon for early arrivals and close on Monday August 19, 2019 at noon. With prior arrangements, a neighbor who operates a broading facility has agreed to provide turnout or stalls (if you wish to go sightseeing). She will also feed for you as well. For riders wanting to come early or stay late to do more touring you can be assured your animals are secure and well cared for.

Camping: There is a large open fenced field for dry camping where horses may have paddocks or be high-tied. Generators need to be off by 10 pm out of courtesy to others. Horse water will be available. Please come prepared to pick up manure and hay. This is a commercial hayfield and the farmer will need to make another cutting after the ride. Manure will go into a dump trailer WITHOUT garbage bags so bring a mucktub or other container.
2. Any abuse of management, volunteers, equines, neighbors, or competitors and/or their crews will result in immediate disqualification without refund.
3. Well behaved and restrained dogs are welcome. Not everyone loves these pets and your cooperation is appreciated to make everyone’s weekend a positive experience. You will need to clean up after your pets- it is a sanitation issue as well as courtesy. Loose dogs will not be tolerated- this is a working farm area and Wyoming law allows for shooting any animal harassing livestock. Please keep peace for all and come prepared to keep your dogs contained/restrained.
4. Come prepared to clean up your campsite.
5. Completion criteria will by 64 bpm within 30 minutes. There will be a safety check for the 100 mile horses one (1) hour after arrival at the finish. It will have no effect on your completion and is strictly for equine safety.
6. Ties are not permitted.
7. Trail will be flagged with ribbon, lime and glowbars- deviation from the marked trail will result in disqualification.
8. There will be hay on the longer loops at water stops. DO NOT allow your horse to use this for a potty. Crews and riders are responsible for cleaning up their areas before departure.
9. Health certificates will be required for out of state horses along with current coggins.
10. Junior entry is half-price all distances. Junior must be sponsored by an adult competitor and may not be accompanied by an unentered individual. Juniors may change sponsors during the event with signed release. Additional releases will be at the vetchecks.
11. No Smoking on trail.

Trail: 100 mile ride is one loop with vet checks out of camp. All vet checks are at two locations. We will transport crew bags for riders without crew. Trail consists of some sand, some rocks, some gravel and climbing- natural diverse desert terrain. Elevation at camp is about 5000 feet. There are no major climbs but be prepared to climb. Hoof protection is required; pads are recommended. Glow bars to be used after dark. Water stops on trail and water will be available at all checks. 25/50 mile vet check is out of camp in one location. Please remember to be water conscious- we are in the desert and almost every drop must be hauled! Ride time is 24 hours for the 100, 12 hours for the 50 mile ride and 6 hours for the 25.

Meals: Welcome BBQ, Friday night meal and Sunday Brunch on August 18, 2019 and will be catered. We are working with several companies to offer food and drinks all day at Beartrap Meadow for crews, riders, and staff. More information to follow.

Check In: Check in for the 100 mile ride will start at 11 am Friday morning with vetting to start mid-afternoon.

Entry Information:
100 mile entry includes all veterinary examinations, right to ride the marked trail, 2 sets of meal tickets to the pre ride dinner and post ride awards brunch (4 tickets total), a welcome goodie bag at check in, completion awards, and drug fees.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

Directions: From Casper and points North/East:
Follow US 26 West from Shoshoni. Cross the Causeway for Boysen Lake. Once the road widens to 4 lanes (plus a turn lane), go about 2 miles to Wyoming Livestock Supply and you will see Wyoming Elevator (grain bins) both on the right side. Turn right on Hutchinson Road. GO ½ mile to the stop sign and turn right on 2 Valley Rd. Follow it up the hill and around to the big sign and parking directions.
From Lander and points South/West:
Follow Wyoming 789 or US 26 into and through Riverton. Follow US 26/WY 789 (they merge in downtown). Shortly after WalMart is a flashing yellow caution light. Continue 5 miles to a left on 2 Valley Road. There is a dinosaur billboard directly across from the entrance to 2 Valley Road. Take 2 Valley approximately one mile to large sign and parking directions.

Volunteers are the life blood of these events. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know so we can have a shirt and goodie bag for you, too!

25/50 Specific Information

Qualifications: This is an open AERC sanctioned 25/50 mile event. There are no qualifications to participate outside AERC requirements.

Trail: This is a 50 mile loop with holds at a central location out of camp. The 25 will start and finish at camp. The trail consists of varied desert terrain and will be different from the 100 mile ride. Expect rocks, soft footing, single and two track, with some climbs.

Meals: 25/50 mile ride includes one ticket to Welcome BBQ on August 14, 2019.

Check In: Check in for the 25/50 mile ride will start Wednesday afternoon with vetting to follow.

Entry Information:
25/50 mile entry includes all veterinary examinations, right to the ride marked trail, a goodie bag, completion awards, drug fees and one ticket for the Welcome BBQ.
A minimum of 20 paid entries needed by May 31, 2019 to ensure this event. Entries after this date can not be guaranteed meals, goodie bags, or completions.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 12, 2019

12 PM Camp Opens

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Noon 25/50 Mile Check in
3 PM 25/50 Mile Vetting begins
7 PM 25/50 Mile Pre-Ride Briefing after Welcome BBQ

Thursday, August 15, 2019

7 AM 50 Mile Trail Opens
8 AM 25 Mile Trail Opens
2 PM 25 Mile Trail Closes
7 PM 50 Mile Trail Closes and 25/50 mile awards

Friday, August 16, 2019

11 AM 100 Mile Check in
3 PM 100 Mile Vetting Begins
6 PM Pre-Ride Dinner
7 PM 100 Mile Pre-Ride Briefing

Saturday, August 17, 2019

6 AM 100 Mile Trail Opens

Sunday, August 18, 2019

6 AM 100 Mile Trail Closes
8 AM 100 Mile B of B Best Condition Judging
9 AM Brunch
10 AM 100 Mile Awards

Monday, August 19, 2019
Noon Camp Closes

More information and an entry form can be found at:

NE: Fort Valley 2-day Rides

Fort Valley 2-day Rides - October 19th & 20th, 2018 


16 mile Intro Ride on Saturday ~ 
30/50 mile rides Friday and Saturday ~ 
16/30/50 mile Ride & Tie Friday and Saturday 

Time to mark your calendar for another great OD favorite - 
2 day Fort Valley Rides. They are being held once again in the gorgeous Massanutten Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. We can guarantee stunning vistas, mouthwatering food (Pete is once again the cook), and spectacular fall foliage. 

Come ride or volunteer! Ride both days, ride one-volunteer one, OR 
If you cannot ride consider volunteering for the weekend. 
Contact Claire Godwin if you plan to volunteer!

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: