Friday 25 April 2014

W: Ride & Tie and Equathon to Benefit WSTF

Saturday May 24, 2014
Cool, California

All proceeds to benefit Western States Trail Foundation to help rebuild the swinging bridge.

Come to Cool, California on May 24th for a 21, 12, and 9-mile Ride & Tie course, and a 12-Ride/9-run, or a 9-ride/9-run Equathon.

For more information and ride entry form see:

MW: Sisu On The Border

With great reluctance we have decided that we have to relocate Sisu on the Border  to Sand Dunes State Forest, Orrock, MN.  This venue change is necessary to prevent financial unacceptable financial losses caused by the probable decreased attendance due to the recent EHV-1 epidemic. 

If you have questions, you can email privately if you desire: 

The revised flyer is here:

CT: Pokie Oakie Pioneer

Come to the one and only Central Region Pioneer Ride May 9-11, 2014!

The ride is at Lake Carl Blackwell (OK), which is a wonderful campground with some electrical hookups. Showers and real bathrooms are just down the road at another campground. It is seven miles from OSU vet school and less than that to Walmart, Braums, and other places to restock. The trails are easy, flat, and barefoot friendly. There are no awful dirt roads to camp!
Deb Dickson is the new ride manager and she is really wanting this to be a successful ride so she is offering some SWEET incentives !

The ride fee is $100 for the 50 and $65 for the 25, but she is offering a discount of $15 for the second and/or third day! This makes it quite reasonable to bring that young horse you are starting and ride the entire time! This makes it only $150 to ride three days of limited distance, enjoy a great potluck every night, and have plenty of time to socialize with your friends! The weather is going to be great the first of May!

PS Ride Managers! Deb is offering a $10 discount to all current 2014/2013 ride managers in appreciation for your selfless work! And JUNIORS ride free! How much better can this get???

If you preenter you are entered in a raffle for a free entry!

So please, put this on your calendar and come! I know some horses in the pasture here that will be going to do a 25!!!

(at the moment the online entry is incorrect) email Deb for more info:

(printed with permission of the ride manager!)

Louise Burton
Firedance Farms Arabians

Thursday 24 April 2014

W: 30th Annual NASTR Endurance Ride

30th Annual NASTR Endurance Ride
2nd Ride of the NASTR TRIPLE CROWN
30 / 50 / 75 miles Sunday - May 25, 2014
AERC Sanctioned / AHA Region #7 Local Rides

LOCATION /DIRECTIONS: Dayton Valley Rodeo Grounds in Dayton, NV, located approximately 11 miles east of Carson City
on Highway 50 East. Turn RIGHT onto Dayton Valley Rd at the stop light in Dayton. Heading West on Hwy 50 from Silver
Springs turn LEFT onto Dayton Valley Rd. Immediately after crossing the Carson River bridge turn RIGHT onto Ricci Road
(you will see the sign to Rodeo Grounds). Follow ½ mile, turn LEFT into the Rodeo Grounds. Ride Camp is open from Friday
thru Monday. Horse water will be available.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The rides will run in a figure eight loop, with an out vet check. Crews will have limited access, crew
bags can be sent out to the check. Hay, water and lunch will be provided by ride management. The trail is of moderate
difficulty in the Pine Nut Mountain Range. There are several rocky creek crossings in Eldorado Canyon which will be ridden
at the start and finish of all the rides. The trail has a variety of sandy and rocky terrain in a wooded juniper and pine nut
forest, with scenic views and rock formations. Elevation ranges from 4,500 to 6,500.

75 MILE AERC / AHA #130712564 LOCAL RIDE: The 75 mile ride will consist of the 50 mile figure eight trail, plus a 25 mile
loop trail from the out vet check. The 75 mile ride must be completed in order to be in contention for the NASTR Triple
Crown, which includes the Nevada Derby I 50, NASTR 75, and the Virginia City 100.
50 MILE AERC / AHA #140712563 LOCAL RIDE: The 50 mile ride will run in a figure eight loop, with 2 out vet checks.
30 MILE AERC LIMITED DISTANCE RIDE: The 30 mile trail is one loop with the out vet check half way. This limited distance
(LD) ride is being held to promote trail use and trail awareness among local horseback riders. Every successful finisher will
receive a completion award. All proceeds will go towards trail preservation.

PRE-VET CHECK: Saturday, May 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Control Judges; Karen Hassan, DVM, Susan McCartney,
DVM, Marcia Smith, DVM. All horses must be pre-vetted and numbered before starting the ride. A pre-ride meeting will be
held approximately at 7:00 p.m.

STARTING TIMES: 75 mile ride - 5:00 a.m. (18 hours elapsed time given for completion), 50 mile ride - 6:00 a.m. (12 hours
elapsed time given for completion), 30 mile ride -9:00 a.m. (7:15 hours elapsed time given for completion)

AWARDS: Completion awards will be given to all successful finishers on all three rides. There will also be awards for the
Overall Winner, 1st in each weight division, 1st Junior, Best Condition and Top Ten for both the 75 and 50 mile rides. A Best Condition Award will be given on the 30 mile ride. Please pick up your awards if you are not staying for the awards
presentation, as they will not be mailed.

MEALS: Ride day lunch will be served at the out vet check for all riders. Crews can purchase lunch for $5.00. There will be a Pot-luck dinner on Sunday evening. NASTR will provide meats and a 30th anniversary cake, please bring your favorite side
dish to share. The Ride results and awards presentation for the 30 and 50 mile ride will be announced at Sunday Dinner. 75
milers will be served as they finish and may pick up their award at that time.

ENTRY FEES: 75 mile ride - $95.00 pre-entry, $110.00 after 5/19/14 postmark
50 mile ride - $90.00 pre-entry, $105.00 after 5/19/14 postmark
30 mile ride - $85.00 pre-entry, $100.00 after 5/19/14 postmark
Juniors ride free with a sponsor. All non-AERC members must pay an additional $15.00. Cancellations by 5/22/14 will
receive a full refund. After 5/22/14 all but $20.00 will be refunded. No Shows will not receive a refund. A $25.00 fee will be charged for any returned checks. Checks will not be cashed until after the ride.

Kim Mileo - Ride Manager

Connie Creech - Ride Secretary

For more information see:

Tuesday 8 April 2014

NW: Eagle Extreme

The Eagle Extreme 25/50 will take place June 14th near Eagle, Idaho. There will also be a 15-mile Intro ride.

For more information see or contact ride manager Carrie Johnson at

Wednesday 2 April 2014

SW: Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding 25/50

Come spend April 26-27 with us, competing in an AERC sanctioned endurance ride in the southern Caja del Rio, which is just west of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Haul in on Friday, ride Saturday-Sunday, and haul home on Monday!

Our base camp will, once again, be at the lovely Santa Fe Equestrian Center. There's plenty of space in camp for large rigs and your equines will be stabled in covered pipe corrals. An arena has been set aside for warm up and turnouts!

There will be plenty of horse water, with fun, well-marked trails (and good footing) on ride day. Riders will be treated to scenic vistas of the Rio Grande valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We hope to have a good ride for the green horse and for riders new to endurance.

This ride is being held by Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Profits will be used to support their Santa Fe program. We encourage riders to raise donations for Listening Horse.

For more information see: