Wednesday, 20 March 2019

W: Cuyama I and II Venue and Date Changes

Once again the weather is creating a problem for us. Due to the tremendous amount of moisture in the country west of Cottonwood we have made a final decision that hopefully will impact the fewest people and allow us to have a great ride at Cuyama at the time of a great wildflower bloom. We will do exactly what we did in 2018. We will hold Cuyama I on the original date of March 22-24 at Laurel Mtn. We will hold Cuyama II on the date of the Lost Padres Ride, which is April 5-7. Cuyama I will take place regardless of the weather forecast, as the desert terrain only gets better with increased moisture. The desert is starting to bloom and there should be plentiful flowers throughout the ride.

Cuyama II should be a great wildflower year and the weather by the first part of April should be perfect. I know some of you will be disappointed with our decision but we have no control over the weather.

For more information see

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

NW: Endurance 101 Clinic in Roy, Washington

The Rusty Bar Ranch in Roy, Washington, will host an Endurance 101 Clinic on March 1-3, 2019. Are you curious about what endurance riding is all about or nervous about taking that first step? Have you been to an event but still want to learn more?

Guest speakers are Celena Pentrack Dr Mike Witt, DVM; Ann Szolas; and Alex Lewis. Topics include equine foot anatomy, nutrition/conditioning, learning to pulse, proper trot outs, saddle fit, massage techniques you can take home, and "SHEENA" the total riding simulator.

Cost is $100 per person/horse for all weekend, $20 per night for stalls, $75 for the Mock Ride (Sunday only), or $35 audit per day.

For more information and to pre-register, see

Friday, 22 February 2019

Ride the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

John Wayne Pioneer Wagons & Riders invites you to join us in our efforts to the ongoing dedication of preserving and promoting the “Palouse to Cascades Trail” (formerly the John Wayne/Iron Horse Trail).

We invite horse back riders, wagons, carts, bikers, hikers, and walkers to come along and join us on the “Ride of a Lifetime” every spring for our annual “Cross State Ride”!

Do you think you are tough enough?

If you have participated on the Cross State Ride for a few days, as a white scarf recipient, as a teamster or a wagon passenger, a horse (or mule) back rider, bicyclist, a walker, if it’s your 1st Cross State Ride or your 37th, whether in the past, present, or in the future the club salutes you! YOU are the reason we have been able to continue to preserve our opportunity for public access to this very unique, absolutely phenomenal trail spanning across the State of Washington!

THANK YOU to each and every person who has contributed to showing how important it is to keep access to the entirety of this State Park Trail intact for future generations to come!

The John Wayne Wagons and Riders Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Palouse to Cascades formely The John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington State.

The Palouse to Cascades trail (formerly the John Wayne trail) follows the route of the former Milwaukee Railroad, running east-west across the state. The trail is over 200 miles long and provides a unique opportunity for recreation.

Our Association is made up primarily of horseback riders and teamsters, but we welcome walkers and cyclists. We sponsor a two week trip across Washington each spring.

For more information see:

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!