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 jotatemem@yahoo.com or schlupranch@mo-net.com 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

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