Monday 27 June 2011

NW: Bandit Springs Update

June 27

Bandit Springs will be held 30 miles north east of Prineville, Oregon, on July 9 2011.

The pre-registration (with a $10 discount) cut-off for Bandit is coming up this Friday, July 1. We leave early on the 2nd. Entry forms can be found on I need the entry not just an email saying you're coming because I enter everything in the computer ahead of time. Can't wait to see my endurance peeps!

Jannelle Wilde
Bandit Springs Endurance Ride

Australia: Kazan Challenge 2011

Kazan Stables of Malaysia is proudly sponsoring the Kazan Challenge on July 29, 30, and 31 in Wagin, Western Australia.

It is an International and National event. Distances are an FEI*** 160 km World Endurance Championship Qualifier, an FEI** 120 km, FEI* 80 km, and 80 km Young Horse Challenge; plus a National WAERA 20 km Intro ride, 40 km Training ride, 80 km ride and 160 km elevated ride.

For more information contact Anita Lunt at

Tuesday 14 June 2011

CT: Jo Tate Memorial Ride I & II Update

The rescheduled Jo Tate Memorial I & II, 35, 50, 100 and intro rides, JUNE 25 & 26 is less than 2 weeks away. For anyone who has never been to this part of the country, southwest Missouri, (Washburn, Flag Springs Conservation Area) to ride let me tell you a little bit about this trail. First I will say that you won't find too many other trails that are as pretty as this one with a great variety of riding speeds and scenery. You will have fast going logging roads, hills with the typical Ozark rocks, sections of trails, lots of grass, ponds and creek crossings, with as many as 10 sources of water on 2 of the loops.

Hoof protection is highly recommended even though the logging roads have soft shoulders.

Ride times in the past have been from the fastest of just under 6 hours to using the full 12 hours.

Can't get much better than that except for the weather and I've put my order in for normal to cool for that weekend. Typical high temps for that time of year is 85 with a low of 65. Humidity can vary. Keep your fingers crossed. If you have fans that you'd like to set up for vetting area you may.

This is a primitive campsite with porta-pots and hauled in water. Since it is hauled in water and common tanks for all, please be prepared to have your own personal water buckets. Decisions will be made at ride meeting as to how we want to handle in camp watering. At this time all has been quiet on the EHV-1 virus according to the latest USDA update. Be sure to check this out for yourselves.

Current health certificates required for all out of state horses as well as current Coggins!!

Ride flyer and entry available by going to AERC's ride calendar page.

Since ride entries have been down for many recent rides it is very important to please RSVP to me as you have done in the past. I need to know how many are coming and the distance you plan on riding AND ON WHAT DAY!! I have offered the Sunday ride for many years now and it has always just paid for itself so it's important that I know who's coming to ride on Sunday, the second day, by June 19 so that I can make a decision and let you know. If there are not enough riders for Sunday I will do just a Saturday ride with all distances and the intro offered also.

Please RSVP to or I do not have a facebook page so don't use that as your response to me. Or phone 417 850-9589 I do perfer the rsvp to be email but any questions please feel free to call.

Thank you to all for your patience with me during our personal tragedy of stolen cattle and tornado destruction all on the same day. Compared to what many others have gone through and the endurance family's own recent personal loss, mine is just a bump in the road. Thanks for the detour, hope to see lots of new faces!!! Please pass the word to any others tht I have missed.

Jodi Hess-Schlup AERC #932
Jo Tate Memorial and Jo Tate Fall Paradise ride manager

Saturday 11 June 2011

CT: Llano Estacado - Online Entries Open

June 7 2011

Entries are open for the Llano Estacado Challenge online, and we would love to have you join us. The ride is June 18-19 at Lake Meredith Recreation Area (Plum Creek) North of Amarillo, Texas. The new solar water well is in and working. The well has been a three year project of the club, working with the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, and has finally been achieved.

Remember too that the road into the camp is now an all weather road and there is no danger of getting stuck in the mud. In fact, we're on the dry side around here and would enjoy a little water.

For those of you who think the Texas Panhandle is flat -- you're wrong!! and we would love to show you how beautiful and technical it really is. Hope to see you at the ride,

Kathryn Paul
Hey Dude
and Tsunami

Thursday 9 June 2011

MT: Dorsey Creek now 2 days

In lieu of the Strawberry Fields Ride being canceled, the Dorsey Creek ride in Otto, Wyoming has received special sanctioning from AERC to make the Dorsey Creek a two day ride. We will run on June 18 (our regular date) AND June 19 ( NEW DATE)!! Please let everyone know because we won't have time to get it in the Endurance News before we have the ride. Hope to see everyone there!


CT: Camp RU CRAZY?! Update

Everything is marked, trimmed and ready at the Cherokee Wildlife Management Area in Zeb, OK! for the June 11 ride. The weather is forecasted to be in the 80's and there is a 30% chance of rain. I'll be reachable all day Thursday and will be in camp Friday morning.

Give me a call or text with any questions. If you haven't already contacted me, please RSVP. There is no pre-entry required and we'd love to have you. We are having hamburgers Friday night so bring something to share if you wish.

I've got the huge industrial fan for the vet check and a canopy. There is a lot of shade in camp as well as on trail. Every day I've marked trail, there has been a wonderful breeze blowing. Ahhhh...!

Remember, this is a benefit ride for the Shriner's Transportation Fund. The Shriners use this fund to transport ill children to Shriner's Hospitals at no charge to the family.

Remember we had to change camps. This ride will be in Zeb, OK, and NOT at Lake Oologah. We look forward to seeing you in camp!

Susan Young, Crazy Ride Manager
Camp RU Crazy 50, June 11, 2011, Cherokee Wildlife Management Area, Zeb, OK
Camp Cherokee Challenge, July 16, 2011, location TBA
Camp Carl, July 30, 2011, Lake Carl Blackwell, Stillwater, OK
Camp Prague, August 13, 2011, Prague, OK

W: Cooley Ranch Changed to July 16-17

We know there have been crazy things happening with the ride calendar,
with the movement of the Tevis Cup race, cancellations of rides due to
the EHV-1 virus, etc. While we know that this may have provided
tricky for some of you, we are hoping you will be excited about the
news from our end.

The dates have not been changed on the AERC ride calendar yet, but
have been approved by sanctioning director Forrest Tancer, and by the
AERC office, for July 16-17, at Cooley Ranch, California. Dates have been changed on our website,
You can find an entry there as well. Hurry and send your entry in for
an early-bird price.

This is a fantastic two-day and a great training ride for Tevis!
Incredible trails, abundant water. Wine tasting, IRON CHEF
competitions at the Friday night potluck, great caterers, fantastic
awards and vendors - this ride has all of the frills! 90 rider limit
- act fast! Check out the website and follow us on Facebook too at

MT: Strawberry Fields Forever Pioneer 25/50 Cancelled

June 7 2011

Sorry to announce that Strawberry Fields Forever Pioneer 25/50 endurance ride on June 17-19, 2011 in Utah. has been cancelled due to deep snow in the area.

2010-11 had record snowfall in the Western Rockies. The rivers are at the highest in almost 30 years. There are still snow fields, tundra style meadows and high, fast currents in the Strawberry River. Horse and rider safety might be compromised and it's just not worth the chance of an injury. Not to mention that as of this email, the ridecamp road is still snow drifted closed. Wow, that's a lot of snow!!! Ride On !!!

2012 will soon be scheduled so put it on your calendar for next year. We look forward to seeing you then. Look for the up coming dates for next year in the AERC ride calendar.


Howard Kent, Ride Manager

Sunday 5 June 2011

NW: Bandit Springs

June 5 2011

I’m sure sorry to hear about Tevis being postponed. It will be cool to see the area at a different time of year, though. If your horse is ready and will be peaking for the Tevis, perhaps you should consider coming to Bandit Springs and ride the 100 the week before the regular scheduled Tevis.

Bandit Springs is held 30 miles north east of Prineville OR in the incredibly lovely Ochoco National Forest. The ride isn’t point to point and there is some repetition (mostly in the dark so that you and your horse might find it familiar). But that’s a pretty normal thing on many 100s. What we DO have is elk, antelope, wild horses, incredible wild flowers, an abundance of water and grass and an incredible vet and volunteer crew. Mark July 9th on your calendar and join us!

I’m still updating info on the Bandit website but there’s a lot of info available right now.

Pre-registration is appreciated (so we can get stuff into the computer early) but absolutely not required.

The best email to reach me at is

Oh, and if you have a friend interested in learning more about endurance, Friday we offer at no cost, Endurance 101. Three great mini-seminars in the morning for everyone and then the afternoon focuses on info for the newbie.

Hope to see you at Bandit Springs….

Your Bandito crew –

Jannelle, Adam, Paula, Holly, Sylvia, etc, etc, etc,…

Saturday 4 June 2011

W: Gold Country Endurance Ride Update

July 2, 2011
Dru Barner Equestrian Park, California

AERC sanctioned event: 30 mile and 50 mile ride

Gold Country Endurance Riders would like to offer an opportunity for local and visiting equestrians to help raise the $20,000 match needed for a $738,000 grant to purchase 151 acres on Salmon Falls Road. This parcel will be designated for a trailhead and staging area. GCER will match the funds that are donated at the Gold Country Endurance Ride. We will have someone from the American River Conservancy at registration from 12:00 - 5:00 on Friday to answer any questions. This is a great opportunity to give Endurance a try! 30 milers have 7.5 hours and 50 milers have 12 hours to complete, there will be Veterinarian supervision and the away vet checks are arguably the best in all of Endurance. Crew is not allowed but riders and their horses are treated like royalty with tasty snacks and lots of GREAT volunteers. Please visit our website at


The American River Conservancy (ARC) has been awarded a $738,000 competitive grant to purchase 151 acres on Salmon Falls Road that will serve as an equestrian trailhead for the South Fork American River trail. ARC believes this acquisition will allow equestrians to travel the entire trail from Highway 49 (Magnolia Ranch) all the way to Salmon Falls Road. Following the purchase of this land, ARC would work with the Bureau of Land Management and the equestrian community to build a trailhead large enough to accommodate pick-up trucks and horse trailers. In order to receive these grant funds and close escrow by our contractual date in late July, 2011 ARC must raise $20,000 as a local match to these grant funds. The purchase price is $758,000 and is equal to the fair market value as established by an independent appraiser. WE NEED HELP FROM THE COMMUNITY to complete the final equestrian link on this South Fork American River trail. Please donate whatever you can to help ARC complete this last equestrian link in the trail. 100% of your donation will be used toward the purchase price of the subject 151 acres of land. For more information, please contact Julie Andert or Noël Robinson at (530) 621-1224 or Elena DeLacy at (530) 295-2190.

Donations can be made on-line at ARC’s secure website at

W: WSTF Educational Ride Date Change

July 15 - 17, 2011


Entry forms available

The Western States Trail Foundation has successfully developed a unique educational experience that has been proven to enable riders with knowledge and aptitude which has lead participants to a elevated Tevis Cup completion rate. Our 4th annual Tevis Educational Ride is quickly approaching. We are excited for the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge from the breathtaking Tevis Cup trail. We will have informative speakers discussing relevant, cutting edge, endurance topics. Plan for a complete experience including entertainment, great food and wonderful company.

Participants are sure to enjoy a hands-on learning experience from the moment of check-in Friday afternoon until the finish of the ride on Sunday. Due to the deep snow pack the Sierras have received this year, the WSTF may have to alter some staging areas and routes along the Tevis Cup trail, where necessary. The Tevis Educational Ride will do so similarly. We will make every effort to provide the most current information about the event and look forward to another great Tevis Educational Ride. See you Friday, June 10th!

Terryl Reed
Educational Ride Chairperson

Volunteers are also needed. If you would like to help contact Terryl Reed (530) 346-8583 or would like more information on the Education Ride.

MT: Fort Howes Update

June 4 2011

Trails are marked, basecamp is mowed, paperwork is being filed, ALL is a go for the 11th and 12th of June for the 14th Annual Fort Howes Endurance Rides near Ashland, Montana! Saturday we are offering a 35 , 50 and 75 mile ride. Sunday riders will enjoy either a 55 or a 100 mile ride. Those interested in FEI rides can cross-enter in 50, 55, 75 and/or the 100. The ride is also sanctioned with AHA - the 50 miler on Saturday will serve as the Region 6 Championship with the Sunday 55 and 100 serving as "local rides".

We are WAIVING the late fee...come one, come all! Please use our on-line entry form if possible as this helps a great deal with the paperwork aspect of things.

Concerning the huge amounts of rain that we've received in the last month - yes we did, however, the footing is FANTASTIC!!!! Tons of water out on trail which means we won't have to haul out as much as we usually do. Tons of grass for ponies to graze while traveling down the trails. Like we mentioned, the basecamp has been totally mowed - but there is plenty left for hand grazing all around.

Roads closed??? Well, yes there is a section of HWY 212 between Lame Deer, MT and Ashland, MT that is closed, however, there is a route available (all paved) that goes from Lame Deer to Birney to Ashland that adds about 20-30 minutes more to the usual travel time for those coming from the west.

EHV-1??? Currently Montana has not identified any positive cases of the virus. Our plan is to keep it that way. As always, Montana does require Health Certificates (which includes an Entry Permit Number requested by the Veterinarian who is doing the Health Certificate - (406) 444-2976) within 30 days of entry into the state. We will be checking all equines for Heath Certificates prior to allowing them to park. We are also planning on having everyone check their horses temperatures twice a day while they are here - so please bring your thermometers. The AERC Veterinary Committee is suggesting that if your horse has a temp of 102 or higher that you should stay home - we would appreciate that as well. As many of you know we have a huge basecamp - we plan to spread everyone out more than normal so that horses aren't right next to each other. We also intend on 'fencing off' our water tanks in basecamp and allow only dipping - utilizing our buckets to fill your buckets. Our Control Judges will also be implementing safety precautions when handling your horses at the holds by utilizing gloves and/or hand sanitizer between horses - they also may ask the handler of the horse to show the mucus membranes to the judge.

Please check our website for updates and more detailed directions. www (dot) forthowes (dot) net

Thanks and hope to see you here!

Bill and Jan Stevens

Thursday 2 June 2011

CT: Camp RU CRAZY?! Change of Location

Bottom Line: Camp RU Crazy?! will be held June 11 at Cherokee WMA, Zeb, Oklahoma (NOT at Lake Oologah!!!!!). Directions are the same for the Camp Cherokee Challenge on July 16.

Well, I'm not surprised with all the rain. Link and I went to work on trails at Lake Oologah (Oklahoma -- Central Region) Friday and while we were working, the Lake level rose. The water rose to completely cover the wooden bridge, the earthen bridge and the inlet. The Lake was to the edge of trail in spots and covered the trail in other places. It's just a matter of time before we'd have to swim the trail.

I don't know if the level will go down but I'm not counting on it. Lake Oologah is a flood control lake meaning the Corps will take the water from other places to control flooding there and will flood the Lake in the process. The lakes in northeastern Oklahoma are all over their banks and planning around something like this is a nightmare. I've had to make last-minute location changes since 2008 and I'm not doing so this year.

We look forward to seeing you at Cherokee Wildlife Management Area! Remember, the proceeds from our 4 summer rides will go to the Shriner's Transportation Fund which is used to transport children to Shriner's Hospitals. Link, Dad and I are working hard to make a fun and easy trail. Come enjoy it with us!

Susan Young and Link Mock, Ride Managers