Wednesday, 12 July 2017

MT: Ft Meade Remount

August 19-20 near Sturgis, South Dakota

Ride the Ft Meade Recreation Area - Bear Butte State Park - The famous Centennial Trail

* The trails are a mixture of open grasslands, single and two track trails through forested areas and minimal road riding.
* There are some climbs and rocky areas so hoof protection is highly recommended.
* Water is abundant along the trails from natural water at creeks, as well as tanks that will be provided by ride management where needed.

RIDE CAMP: Camp area is primitive with large flat grassy areas, some gravel campsites and some wooded areas. Pit toilets and spigot water is available. Bring your own safe horse containment system as there are no high lines or corral. Dogs are welcome but since we are on public land they must be on leash.

WEED FREE HAY is required. If needing to purchase notify me in advance and I will have some available for purchase.

DIRECTIONS: Located at Alkali Creek Trail head. Take Exit 34 off I-90 this exit is 2 miles east of Sturgis and 24 Miles west of Rapid City. Go north off the exit, watch for ride signs here. Turn left @ the T, small white church to your right. Go across the cattle guard and go about 1/2 mile. Signs will be posted after Exit 34. Please let me know if you have a big rig so we can accommodate parking for you. Camp is right off I-90 with gas stations and grocery stores with 15 minutes. Cell service is available at camp.

Contact Info: Michele Seaman - mseaman96@gmail.com, 605-381-8511. Updates will be posted on Facebook @ Ft Meade Remount endurance ride and www.blackhillstrailrides.com

THIS RIDE IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED RIDERS! COME JOIN THE FUN!

See the ride flyer here:
http://www.endurance.net/myride/2017RideFlyer.pdf

Get an entry form here:
http://www.endurance.net/myride/2017FtMeadeRemountentryform.pdf

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MT: 15th Annual Strawberry Fields is ON!

May 31 2017
posted by The Duck:

I need some help squashing the rumors that Strawberry Fields is going to be cancelled. This rumor has continued throughout the winter and spring. Neither Howard Kent nor the Nicholson Family has ever entertained the thought of cancelling the ride. These stories and rumors are a complete fabrication in the minds of others but it seems to feed upon itself and it simply won’t go away. The real danger of Strawberry being cancelled would come from the rumors and the lack of entries. At this point we have less than 25% of the entries we had last year at this time.

This evening, May 30th I spoke with a rancher friend who runs cattle on the north side of the mountains. Her comment is “we have had a good year and it looks like we will have plenty of water this year, but it's nothing out of the ordinary” The snowpack in the Untahs is always of interest to the farmers and ranchers in Utah and Wyoming as these mountain watersheds provide the water for irrigation throughout the western valleys. We have gone through years of severe drought and the general ranching population is ecstatic about the snowfall which has ranged between 80 and 120 percent. It had dropped to 80 % earlier in the year, but recent snowfalls brought that back up to 100 plus %. The lower country on the north side of the Unitahs, which is the shaded side has been clear of snow for several weeks. Roads are open and everyone is tickled to death about the moisture. All of this boils down to the fact that the ride has continued through previous years of normal and above normal snowpack. These rumors must be put to rest. There are miles of lower trails through beautiful country that are open right now.

Howard will be marking these trails this coming weekend. Please do what you can, through chat groups and personal communication to turn this rumor mill in the opposite direction or the end result may be the ultimate cancellation of the ride, but it will come, not this year but in some future year and will be the direct result of these rumors and panic attacks on the part of riders.

For more information on the ride, see:
http://xprides.com/rides/strawberry-fields/


Thursday, 25 May 2017

NE: Old Dominion

OD ride is less than 3 weeks away.

Early bird discount DEADLINE: 1WEEK away, Tuesday, May 30th.

2 Day format: Friday June 9th 25 &50 milers + ride and tie
Saturday, 100 mile, intro, + ride and tie.

New top ten & completion prizes. Picture is sneak peak of Top 10 prizes

Camp opening and closing: Camp will open at ​9AM on Wednesday, June ​7th​, and will close at noon on Monday, June 1​2th​. If you need to arrive earlier or stay later, please contact ride management ahead of time.

Directions to Base camp:

Coming from the North on I-81 South, take Exit 273 (Mt. Jackson), take a right at the top of the ramp onto Mt. Jackson Rd. Go to the T, take a left onto Rte 614 for 1.1 miles, then a right (west) onto Rt 263 (Orkney Grade). Stay on 263 for about 11 miles, taking it slow on the winding, downhill grade as you enter Orkney Springs. As the grade levels out, take your first left onto Happy Valley Road (there’s board fence on your left as you approach the turn, and a cluster of white buildings directly beyond the turn). Go ½ mile; turn right at right hand bend in road, go to the end of the base camp field and turn left into the driveway to camp.
Coming from the South on I-81 North, take Exit 269 (to avoid traffic in Mount Jackson), turn right off exit ramp and then left onto Rte 11 North, continue about 2 miles, then turn left onto Rte 263, following this road about 11 miles until you reach Orkney Springs. Follow the above directions from that point.

Base camp address and phone number: The base camp is located at
1794 Happy Valley Road, Orkney Springs, VA 22845.

Phone is 540 856-3528. There is no cell service in Orkney Springs, but there is at the Community Store in Basye.

MEALS:
THURSDAY DINNER:
Thursday evening will once again feature a pot luck dinner, with the OD supplying meats and condiments, and others bringing a dish to share.

The 25 mile entry fee includes Friday dinner and Saturday’s continental breakfast.
100 mile entry fees include Friday dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, and the Sunday awards brunch.

FRIDAY DINNER:
Ride entry includes Friday night's dinner for ALL riders. Extra meal tickets must be purchased for crew and friends

SATURDAY DINNER
Saturday's dinner IS NOT included in the ride entry. We need a head count (pre-purchased tickets) to know how many grilled chickens to order. In the past we grilled hamburgers as people came up so a head count was not important.

SUNDAY BRUNCH:
Included in 100 miler ride entry. Everyone else must purchase meal tickets for the brunch.

For more information see:
http://www.olddominionrides.org/

Monday, 22 May 2017

NW: Oregon Outback Hallelujah Trail Pioneer Un-Cancelled!

Due to overwhelming demand, Oregon Outback Hallelujah Trail ride is back on, Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Come enjoy some sun and good trails!

More information at
https://aerc.org/rpts/CalSetup.aspx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

NW: Oregon Outback Hallelujah Trail Pioneer Cancelled

The Hallelujah Trail ride on May 27, 28, 29 is CANCELLED. The trails have far too much winter damage for Tribby's to get them ready. Linda has been trying but she says running out of time. They will still have the Oregon Outback Pioneer rides in July.

For more information see the AERC calendar at:
https://aerc.org/rpts/CalSetup.aspx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

MT: Fort Howes Entries Online

Entries for the June 10-11, 2017 Fort Howes Endurance Rides are available at www.forthowes.net.  

Come enjoy the splendor of the Custer National Forest and the Circle Bar Ranch as we celebrate our 21st year of hosting endurance rides.  Our well-marked trails radiate out of our large basecamp (ample parking for even the biggest rigs).

Friday night offers the riders and their crews a grilled steak dinner with all the trimmings (choice beef, of course).

We’re offering on Saturday 75, 50 and 25 mile rides with Sunday having 100, 55, and 35 mile rides.  

Our Control Judges this year include Mike Foss, Mike Vanzwol, Tom Currier, Ray Randall, Sarah Schreiber, Don Hamilton, Deanna Spiker, and Prawit Butudom.  There will be plenty of volunteers to make your weekend ride run smoothly.

Hope to see ya’ll here!

Bill and Jan Stevens


Forthowes.net
5 Fort Road
Ashland, Montana 59003
406-784-2469 - landline
bill@forthowes.net
jan@forthowes.net

Monday, 8 May 2017

NW: Limestone Challenge

June 10 in Selma, OR

The trail will be different this year, no stairway to heaven.  Finally made a 25 miler and it will be easier for you. The 50 mile ride is still a challenge. There is lots of water on the trail this year. The rocks are not too bad this year even with all the rain. Camp is still in the nice hay field, plenty of grass and space for us all. 

Poker ride for all distances (high hand wins their ride fee back, 25 and 50 mile distances). First hand free with ride entry, extra hands $ 5.00 each. 


Friday night potluck bring your favorite dish to share!


Chili and corn bread feed on Saturday night before awards. ( vegetarian chili also) 


There will be a photographer 


Looking forward to all your smiling faces and beautiful horses


Glen Siver 

glsiver@yahoo.com
541-592-2411(landline)
541-592-9536(cell)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

PS: Descanso

The rain has brought some beautiful flowers to the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Sign up today for the Descanso Endurance Ride on May 20-21, 2017.

Easy online registration and payment via PayPal.

www.sandiegoenduranceriders.com

Friday, 24 March 2017

SW: Lead Follow or Get Out Of My Way @ Bumble Bee Ranch

Saturday, April 15, 2017 AERC/AHA Sanctioned Ride 25/50 And a 12 Mile Fun Ride The ride will be limited to 150 riders/entries no exceptions.

We are less than a month away from the re-scheduled Bumble Bee ride April 15th 2017 Bumble Bee ranch AZ. Make sure to get your entries in before April 10th to avoid the $25.00 late fee. Entry and Flyer at

Bumble Bee Ranch was one of the original stage coach stops from the 1800’s. The ranch is a western working/recreational ranch located at the bottom of the Bradshaw Mountains, boasting over 74,000 acres of Sonoran Desert. The ranch provides outdoor recreational activities for any family or organized groups. The ranch will bring you back in time when cowboys, cattle, horses and stage coaches were our only means of survival and transportation in the old west. For more information visit their website www.BumbleBeeRanch.com.

Contact:
Ride Manager: Jodie Dukerich – 602-579-0130 email – jmdukerich@cox.net Trail Master: Stephanie Palmer-DuRoss – 602-770-5534 email – luv4riding@aol.com

For more information see:
https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2017LeadFollowBumbleBee.pdf

CT: Ozark Trail

September 23 2017 - Steelville, Missouri

The Ozark Trails 75/100 is a point to point 75/100 mile endurance ride, with the 75 being an elevator, that follows the historic Ozark Trail from Steelville, MO to Black, MO, through the Ozark mountains.

If you've never ridden on The Ozark Trail it is honestly what I think of when I daydream about endurance riding. Mostly single track and forest service two track, it is a technical trail that will challenge you in the vein of Tevis or Bighorn or Old Dominion...

Come join us for a challenge right here in the middle of the country! learn more form our website http://ozarktrailsendurance.com/

W: Nevada Derby I & II

The NV Derby ride is alive and well, and will be held on 1st/2nd of April. Entries to be found on the NASTR.org website.

The ride will be at Washoe Valley and although the camp is the same as the old Washoe Valley ride, the trail is *not* the same.

Because the ride is early in the season, the NV Derby ride does not include the SOBs (I know - you're all disappointed), nor does it include the exciting romp at the end alongside waves crashing on the Washoe Lake beach.

Ride manager Beth Kauffmann promises the weather will be perfect riding temperature - 55°-60° with no wind (she's tight with the weather gods).

Although the trail has some erosion, your trail worker-bees are slaving away to put on a fabulous ride.

Don't forget, Saturday's 50 is also the first leg of the NASTR Triple Crown (NV Derby 50/NASTR 75/Virginia City 100). This is your chance to earn yourself an embroidered jacket and be the envy of your friends.

A reminder that today (Friday) is the last day to receive the "early entry" rate of $90 for the endurance rides - entries must be post-marked 3/24.

This is one of the best value rides around - very few endurance rides can be found for less than $100 nowadays. Yet you'll still have stellar vets, attentive ride management, fun volunteers, and excellently marked trail!

Come and join us on 1st-2nd April.

PS: Don't wait! Sign up for Descanso Endurance Ride!!

Come join us on May 20-21, 2017 in the beautiful Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Located 40 miles east of San Diego off of I-8 highway.

It takes a lot of planning and financial commitments to organize a ride. Sign up now to help Terry Woolley-Howe plan. The Cuyamaca Rancho State Park will provide some incredible views this year as you enjoy the ride.

For a flyer/entry for the ride, see
https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2017Descanso.pdf

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

W: Van Duzen Doozie 75 & 100 Needs Your Pre-Entries!

May 6th 2017 there is a 75 and 100 mile in and around the Van Duzen River in Trinity County in far Northern California.

Even though it is in rough country the course is moderate and doable. The ride manager is a very very experienced 100 mile rider. She asked if she built it would you come almost a year ago and there was a resounding yes.

She has done a lot of work getting together the course and the permits and vets etc... However if entries don't start coming in soon she will have to cancel. Don't let this opportunity slip away to have more 100 mile options out there!

You do not even have to pay until you get to the ride, no checks to send, bring cash to check in. Just send in your entry!

Ride entry and info is here:
https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2017VanDuzenDoozie.pdf

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

NW: Limestone Challenge and Pacific Crest Endurance Ride

Hello to everyone! 

There will be two endurance rides in Southern Oregon this year. Aspen is not being put on.  The two rides will be Limestone Challenge; held at Lake Selmac, out of Selmac.  Take redwood highway turn onto Lakeshore Drive to Lake Selmac.  Go past the resort, turn onto McMullen Creek Road.  There will be ribbons and signs from there on.  Limestone is being held June 10, Manager is Glen Siver, ride is AERC sanctioned.  There will be a 10 mile fun ride along with the endurance ride.  Come everyone and enjoy yourself.  

The second ride being held is the Pacific Crest Endurance ride.  It will be at Lily Glen Equestrian Horse Park.  Next to Howard Prairie.  Notice there is a 70 mile being offered this year.  There is a minimum number of riders ( 5) in order to hold the 70 mile ride.   Pacific Crest is being held July 22.  Joy Trevey Lowell will be the manager. 

Want to Volunteer?

Pacific Crest has a big request of ALL horse back riders.  We are going to be replacing poles that are broken in the corrals,  replacing the chains that have disappeared.  Along with that we are doing some mowing and then the largest job, clearing the trails so that any and all horse back riders can ride the trails. 

If you know anyone that likes to ride trails or hike trails, we are setting up dates for working on corrals and clearing the trails.  Right now of course there is snow and more on the way.  Most likely the big work days will be after Limestone and around the early part of July. But then again there will try to set up some time around the end of May.  

The trails are important, if we the trail users do not use and keep them open then they will revert back to BLM and Forest Service.  Then we will not have trails and stand the chance of being closed out. Please do not let this happen.  Work dates will be posted soon. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Utah: AERC Endurance 101 Clinic & Beyond the Basics

January 28 2017

Janet Tipton and Flying T Acres will be hosting an AERC Endurance 101 Clinic & Beyond the Basics on May 20 and 21 in Erda, Utah.

Day 1 will be an indoor/unmounted clinic to introduce you to the sport of AERC Endurance riding. It will be reviewed how competitions work, how to prepare the horse and rider, and how not to just have success, but also fun! Day 2 will be a mounted 10-15 mile mock ride with vet check.

Clinic will include a camping spot, the ride on Sunday, and lunch and dinner Saturday.

Cost is $75 per attendee. Registration postmark deadline is May 12 2017 and will be a first come/paid first serve basis, with limited spots available.

For more information and a registration form, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/489446861190998/954508024684877/