Monday 4 March 2013

SW: Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding


Just a reminder that we are coming up on the Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding endurance ride April 27 in the Caja del Rio (Santa Fe, NM). There will be a 50/30 and 8-mi fun ride. This is being put on by Listening Horse Theraputic Riding as a fundraiser. Do come out. The trails are already great for pre-riding! See the following for more info. This will be a moderate ride in terms of elevation gain, all on two track or established trails.

Saturday 2 March 2013

MT: Strawberry Endurance Ride

Friday 55/25 • Saturday 50/25 • Sunday 50/25
June 21, 22, 23, 2013

A RIDE & TIE will be held on Sunday, June 23
Two People, One Horse, One Fun Race for more info

The STRAWBERRY ENDURANCE RIDE has become known as the most scenically beautiful ride in the Mountain Region. It is located in the Uintah Mountains, 55 miles SE of Salt Lake City and just 20 miles east of Heber, just north of Strawberry Reservoir. This is a well-catered ride to enjoy in a friendly, relaxed environment. The terrain is challenging, but not difficult, with trails winding through aspens and meadows filled with wildflowers and spectacular mountain scenery.

2013 is our 11th year for Strawberry and once again, it will be a 3-DAY Pioneer Ride. We look forward to seeing eveyone again this summer. We hope everyone will spread the word about the beautiful scenery… the area is blessed with some of the most pristine, gorgeous riding terrain imaginable. At this time of year, with the spring run‑off, numerous creeks are flowing, the bugs aren't out yet, but the wild flowers and Aspen are blooming everywhere. It is a perfect time of year to enjoy a memorable Uinta Mountain riding experience.

We are looking forward to taking our riders back up to the Red Cliffs and on the spectacular high mountain trails again. Come early, stay late and savor the pure mountain atmosphere. Sightings of deer, elk, moose and beaver are not uncommon, and look for bald eagles and hawks soaring above. The scenic value of this ride is what makes it truly unique and special, and if taken at a moderate pace, this is a ride to cherish and remember forever.

LOCATION: Base camp is about 55 miles south east of Salt Lake City, Utah, with easy access. From Heber City, take Hwy 40 east, 20 miles. Go over Daniel's Pass, and once you cross the Strawberry River, which is marked, you will see a wide graded road with a turnout on your left. Keep straight on this road, north, all the way into camp.

If you are coming from the east, we are about 50 miles west of Fruitland on Hwy 40. After CO‑Op Creek and just before the Strawberry River, turn right on the graded road.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Our trails are mostly single track through woodland and open meadows, and some gravel roads. There are plenty of creeks and ponds, and an abundance of green grass for horses to snack on. Although it is high altitude, and there is significant elevation change, the trails are not difficult and the footing is mainly very good. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to be introduced to the sport of Endurance Riding in a friendly, relaxed, environment and there will be people around who would be pleased to show you the ropes and get you started.

The 55 and 50 milers start at 7am and the 25 milers at 7.30am. Daytime temperatures usually range from 70 to 80 degrees, and you can expect the occasional thunder shower so come prepared. The nights can get chilly so warm jackets and horse blankets are advised. Dinner will be freshly prepared and served each night free with the price of entry, and meals for crew can be purchased for $10. Complimentary sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be provided for riders each day.

For more information see: