Wednesday, 11 May 2011

W: Gold Country 30/50

Gold Country Endurance Riders invites you to attend the Gold Country 30/50 Endurance Ride on Saturday, July 2, 2011. Rider limit 140

Please join us for the 30th Anniversary of The Gold Country Endurance Ride held at Dru Barner Equestrian Park in beautiful El Dorado County, California. Dru Barner Equestrian Park was built by volunteers in a beautiful heavily wooded forest. Roads have been cut into the forest so there is plenty of room to park rigs. There is horse water but riders need to bring their own water. The park is located 6 miles east of Georgetown, CA off of Wentworth Springs Rd. in the El Dorado National Forest. Watch for the turn-off to Dru Barner and follow the ribbons 1.5 miles to camp. The parks elevation is 3200ft. so we expect a dry warm/hot day.

The trail is a mix of single track and fire roads with the bulk of the single track trails on the morning loop. The first Vet check is at Darling Ridge and crew is not allowed. We like to think that we have the best away Vet checks of any ride and our wonderful volunteers will have everything that you and your horse may need. The hour hold is at Dru Barner Park and the final vet check is at the Georgetown Airport with easy access for crews.

Gold Country is a moderate ride and weather can be a factor if it is hot. We require hoof protection as portions of the trail can be rocky and/or technical. There are some very good climbs and flats that are perfect for cantering or extended trotting. Overall the terrain has very good footing with beautiful Sierra views, wooded forests and running creeks. We will have plenty of water on the trail. The 50 mile ride starts at 6:00am the 30 mile starts at 6:30am. Both rides have a controlled start.

We are planning an extraordinary Saturday meal that will include fresh grilled salmon and bar-b-que chicken. We will have salads donated by local restaurants and fresh strawberry crepes for dessert. We will also have a selection of local wines and this is included in your entry fee. Extra tickets can be purchased and we would really appreciate advance notice!

The pre-ride vet check begins at 3:00 on Friday afternoon and the ride meeting is at 8:00pm. All horses must be examined and numbered before starting the ride. Ride criteria and any last minute changes will be announced during the meeting.

Gold Country has participation awards and you will pick up your award when you pick up your ride packet. We have awards for Fastest Time, Best Condition, Weight Divisions, first Junior and Tail End for the 50 mile ride. We also have a Horse of Excellence award for the 30 milers.

We have kept our fees the same and hope to have a fund raiser in place for the American River Conservancy to help raise the $20,000 match needed for the $738,000 grant to build an Equestrian trail around a Mountain bike trail and a staging area at Salmon Falls Rd. on Folsom Lake. Entries must be postmarked by June 24, 2011 to avoid a $10 late fee and nonmembers of AERC will be charged an additional $15. We are offering a ride manager discount of $15 for those managing rides in 2011. There is an $8 fee for camping in the park and you will need to make payment upon arrival.

Ride managers are Doyle and Pam Bailie (pamb@directcon.net) and the ride Secretary is Randy Hackbarth (trlryder@pacbell.net), she is unavailable until 5/28/2011. Please visit our website at www.gcer.org. We look forward to seeing you!!!!!

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