Wednesday, 5 March 2014

W: Nevada Derby I & II

Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 25/50 Miles (Triple Crown Qualifier)
Sunday, April 6, 2014 • 15/25/50 Miles

The Nevada Derby is the Nevada All-State Trail Riders spring training ride, continuing our own tradition of the Derby Ditch and Square Nail rides for the past 43 years. Due to various limiting conditions, the Nevada Derby Rides are relocating to the Washoe Lake State Park.

CAMP: Washoe Lake State Equestrian Park is located between Reno and Carson City Nevada at 4855 Eastlake Blvd, New Washoe
City. Due to the State Park fee schedule your overnight camping fees ARE NOT included in the entry fee. Your day use fee is covered by Ride Management. You will need to pay your camping fee upon arrival to the park, at the fee booth. A $10.00 per vehicle per night is required. NV Residents with annual parking permits are covered for day use only. Camp space is limited, please park as comfortably close as possible. Please don’t drive over the sagebrush. Restrooms, portable toilets and showers will be available. Horse water will be available. Please bring water for human consumption. The elevation is over 5000’ come prepared for any type of weather. Portable corrals should be placed outside the post barriers to better utilize vehicle parking space, please watch out for the drip system also. It is recommended that you leave your dog home, but if you do bring them, they MUST be on a leash at ALL TIMES (see Ride Rules) Ride camp opens on Thursday, April 3rd.

DIRECTIONS: Traveling South from Reno on I580 (US 395 S) take exit 44 and turn left onto Eastlake Blvd, approx. 3 miles is the entrance to the park on the left and it will be marked with ribbon. From Carson City, take I580/US395N to Exit 44 and turn right on Eastlake Blvd. and proceed to the park entrance on the left. Turn right after you have paid at the booth and proceed to the equestrian area.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The trail will be of moderate difficulty. Pads and /or Easyboots are recommended! The desert terrain
varies from rocky to sandy with steep uphill and downhill, some trails, some cross country and jeep roads. Elevation varies from 4600 to 7500’. The Saturday 50 mile ride will offer Triple Crown riders an opportunity to see some of the Virginia City 100 mile ride course. The 50 mile rides (Saturday and Sunday) will consist of three loops, each returning to camp for control vet checks. The 25 mile rides will consist of two loops, which offer the novice horse and rider a moderate challenge, while enjoying the beautiful views from the mountain tops and the beaches of Washoe Lake. The Sunday 15-Mile Fun Ride is an opportunity to experience the trail, vet checks, and lunch without the higher stress, cost, or awards associated with a longer distance rides. Riders are responsible for their own safety while crossing paved roads!!!

PRE-RIDE VET CHECK / RIDE MEETING: Our ride control judges will be Dr. Susan McCartney and Dr. Karen Hassan.
Vetting will begin after 4:00 pm on Friday, or upon the arrival of the veterinarians, whichever occurs later. The ride meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. Any time changes will be posted and/or announced.

STARTING TIMES: Both days the 50 mile rides will begin at 7:00 a.m. The 25 mile rides will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Sunday 15
mile fun ride will begin at 9:00 a.m.

SANCTIONING / RULES: The rides are sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference and the Arabian Horse
Association. All A.E.R.C. and A.H.A. rules will apply. See additional ride rules. Both 50 mile rides are recognized AHA Local Rides (Saturday 50 mile ride #140712565 and Sunday 50 mile ride #140712666).

ENTRY FEE: 25 & 50 Mile Rides are $90.00. Juniors ride free with a sponsor. Postmark your paid entry on or before Friday 3/28/14 to avoid a $25.00 late fee (the late fee will apply to junior entries as well). The 15 mile fun ride is $25.00. Full refund if chains are required over the mountain passes the day before the ride. A partial refund will be given ($30.00 withheld) for cancellations on or after Wednesday, 4/2/1214. No show = No refund.

TRIPLE CROWN: The Nevada Derby I (Saturday) is the first test in our NASTR Triple Crown - three rides, of increasing distance and difficulty, through Northern Nevada valleys, deserts, foothills, and mountains. We invite you to test yourself and your horse, and join us in the fun and challenge, as well as the special awards. Triple Crown Nomination fee is $15.00 if paid at the time of Nevada Derby (day 1), $20 if paid at the time of NASTR 75, or $25 if paid at the time of Virginia City 100.

MEALS/BANQUET: Delicious Dutch Oven dinners will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday nights for $10.00.
Lunches are provided for the riders and volunteers and will be available for crews to purchase at $8.00. Please purchase tickets included on the entry form, so that we can get a head count.

AWARDS: Completion awards to all 25’s and 50’s will be presented as soon as possible after each ride is finished: 25’s 2:00 p.m., 50’s 6:00 p.m. Additional awards to 1st place Overall, 1st place in each weight division,, 1st place Junior, Top Ten, and Best Condition on the 50 mile rides each day, and Best Condition on the 25 mile ride each day. Please pick up your awards if you are not staying for the awards presentation, as they will not be mailed.

For more information, see:

Monday, 3 March 2014

NE: Old Dominion No Frills

The Old Dominion No Frills ride will be TWO DAYS this year! Friday, April 25th, and Saturday, April 26th.
Time to get your horses ready for this really incredible opening season ride. Gorgeous scenery, challenging trails, beautiful mountains, lots of social fun at ridecamp, and a guaranteed cornucopia of weather sure to make your ride a memorable one to tell about for years to come.

Entry forms are already online at:
We'll see you at John Crandell and Ann Mebane’s farm in Star Tannery, VA in April!