Wednesday, 22 May 2013

NW: Klickitat Trek - Ride&Tie

May 22 2013

Get your running shoes ready:  We will have a long and short course Ride&Tie on Sunday at Klickitat June 1 & 2 (15 and 25 miles), so for all of you who told me this weekend at Mt Adams that one day you want to try this crazy sport, here’s the perfect opportunity.  Ride the endurance ride on Saturday and then on Sunday stretch out your legs, give your horse a break (actually lots of little breaks J) and practice team work.   Finisher awards are really nice moisture-wicking running shirts.  

Need a partner and/or have questions?  Please let me know. 

Not sure what this is about? how it works? if you and/or your horse are ready for this?  We’ll be doing a little R&T clinic on Saturday at around 5-6pm.  Contact me for more info.
Many, many thanks to Marilyn for letting us do this!!!!
Kirsten Seyferth
Washougal, WA

MT: ZTEC - Zone Team Endurance Challenge - Ft Howes


We are looking forward to opening up the Ashland District of the Custer National Forest to all of our Endurance Friends for the Zone Team Endurance Challenge (ZTEC) on the Fort Howes trails June 8-9, 2013. Our website is up and running with online entry applications being accepted. Come ride the historic trails of the sixth generation
run cattle ranch at the Circle Bar Ranch, homesteaded in 1883. Visit our site for more information at

Thursday, 16 May 2013

W: Descanso Endurance Ride

June 8, 2013

Region I AHA Championship

AERC Sanctioned 25/50 miles

15 Mile Fun Ride

(limited to 150 riders)

Fred Beasom, D.V.M., Head Veterinarian

Terry Woolley Howe, Ride Manager

P.O. Box 399, Descanso, CA 91916

(619) 445-5443


Jennifer Bishop, Asst. Ride Manager

(760) 518-7065


The Descanso Ride is a moderate (plus) to difficult ride. The scenery is beautiful with the ride starting at the staging area in Descanso, and climbing up to the pine trees and meadows of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The course is on trails and fire roads, with good footing. There are a few stream crossings. The trail can be rocky in some areas so if it is appropriate, you may wish to consider putting pads on your horse. The trail is safe, but there are some areas that require horsemanship. There is a lot of climbing so you will need to bring a fit horse, or plan to take the full time allowed. You will be sharing the park area with other equestrians, hikers, bicyclists, deer and wild turkeys. There is plenty of room on the trails, but you need to be aware of how your horse reacts to “aliens.” Sometimes having your horse “turn on a dime” is not a good thing—unless, of course, you have on brown pants, and then it’s O.K. We will be having a 15- mile fun ride. There will also be a 15-mile and 23-mile ride and tie event being held at the same time. NATRC will also have rides going on in conjunction with our ride. The course is open to the public at all times and so it is possible to pre-ride the entire course. Maps will be provided ahead of time to all registered riders.

There is crew access to all vet checks, but since hay, bran and carrots will be provided for the horses, rider refreshments at the vet checks and lunches for all riders, support crews are really not necessary.

The basecamp is in an open field next to McClintock’s Saddle Works. Descanso Hay and Feed is also nearby. There is a small store with expensive gas (including diesel), and a café within a mile. The only water source will be a water trough that we will keep filled with a hose. If it is more convenient for you, you may want to bring your own horse water. There are no trees at basecamp, so you may want to bring your own clouds also. Please leave rain at home. All dogs must be kept on leashes.

The entry fee includes a barbequed chicken dinner on Friday night, participation in the ride, food throughout race day, drug test fee, completion award, and dinner at the awards banquet. Additional Friday & Saturday dinner tickets for family and crew may be ordered for $15. I would like to explain about the entry fee. Normally this high fee is only attached to the Warner Springs Ride to cover the cost of the dinner in the lodge that we are charged. The reason for the high fee with this ride, is that in addition to the cost for using the field as the basecamp, we have to bring in a large tent for shade, tables and chairs, and also, the State Park assesses fees. So consider part of your ride fee as a contribution to the park trails.

You may arrive on Thursday. Check in will be on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The Friday dinner will be served between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The head ride veterinarian will set the criteria for pulse and respiration throughout the ride. The ride meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. The 50-mile course will start at 6:00 a.m. The 25-mile course will start at 7:30 a.m., and the fun riders can leave just after the 25’s. The ride and tie will start at 8:00 a.m.

Why Come ?

Scenic trail through the pines
Competent, friendly veterinarians
Great completion awards
Refreshments for riders at vet checks
Juniors pay half price
Lunch provided for all riders & crews
Hay for horses at vet checks
Café, gas, market & feed store nearby

For entry forms and more information see:

Friday, 10 May 2013

W: Trinity River Challenge Cancelled


It is with much regret, that I have to make this post. Due to the lack of volunteer help, both in trail preparation and ride weekend jobs, we are going to have to cancel the July 12-14 Trinity River Challenge in the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

We have just over a month left, trails are still a mess and some unaccessable due to snow, and things are not going to get done with just two of us. Local volunteers will be busy on ride weekend as well. That said, camp has been reserved and pre-paid, so we will host a trail ride weekend for those of you who'd still like to ride this beautiful area. Less stress, goid foid, fun times.. just no AERC points for it. Stay tuned to the page for more details, as we figure out what to offer, pricing, etc... Sorry all, we tried! :(