Thursday, 19 July 2018

NE: Ride & Tie, Clinic, hosted by Old Dominion

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events hosted by the Old Dominion Equestrian Endurance Organization! July 28-29 Ride & Tie/training ride & camping weekend at Orkney Springs and theSept. 29 clinic in Winchester. Details about this and our two raffles at
http://olddominionrides.org/

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

NW: Bandit Springs

Here are the details regarding Bandit. 

Trails Rides – There will be trail rides on all days.  The cost of all trail rides is $30.  Friday, there will be a trail ride that will start at 6:30 on the 10-mile loop.  Riders may participate in the Trail Challenge or just ride the trail.  ALL trail riders must check out with the timer.  AND ALL RIDERS MUST SEE THE VET.  I know you think that “it’s just a trail ride” but them’s the rules.  Trail rides on Saturday and Sunday will start at 10:30. Riders again will have the option of participating in the organized event of the day or just riding the trail.  If you chose to simply ride the trail, you may choose the 10 or the 15-mile loop.  You MUST, however, check out with the timer and tell him/her what loop you are going on.  We need to keep track of you!  

LDs – There will be LDS on all days.  The cost is $85 (unless you pre-register) for any LD.  Friday night’s LD will begin at 6:00.  The 15-mile loop is first and the 10-mile loop is 2nd.  The 10-mile loop will have glow sticks.  Be sure to go fast enough on the first loop that you can slow down the 2nd loop.  Saturday’s LDs (30 mile) will begin at 6:30 am.  Sunday’s LD (25 miles) will also begin at 6:30.

50s – There are 50 mile rides on Saturday and Sunday and they will begin at 6:00am.  Cost is $100.  Saturday’s 50-mile ride will be the Region 4 AHA Championship.  Only $15 to cross enter. 

80s – There will be an 80 mile ride on Saturday beginning at 5am. Cost is $115.

Ride & Tie – 10 or 25/30.  $45 for short course.  $75 for long course.  Start time 6:15 am

Certified weed free hay is required.  If you would like to reserve a bale, please let Elayne know: elayne@whiteweasal.net  The cost is $13/bale.

You may get the discount by pre-PAYING.  info@mustangstotherescue.org – PayPal or mail the check to Liz Batterson 24965 Alpine Ln.  Alfalfa OR 97701 BEFORE JULY 6. 

There will be a potluck dinner on Saturday AND Sunday at 6:30pm.  We have a pancake feed for breakfast planned for Sat and Sun.  It will be by donation. 

There will be a limited amount of weed free hay available and it is required by USFS.

Dogs on leashes.  (Particularly Friday-Sunday.  I’ll be a little more lenient before then.)

American Trail Gear will be on site.  Yea!!!

Bandit is part of the Oregon Trifecta Prize…any distance, any horse.  Ride Bandit, Santiam, and OR 100 and be entered to win an embroidered blanket and an entry to one of these same rides next year!

Registration here.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

W: Harvey Bear Endurance Clinic Next Weekend

May 27 2018

Just one more week until the Harvey Bear Endurance Clinic in San Martin California, just south of San Jose. There is still room, so get those entries in, and you can also register on site on Saturday morning.

Remember the talks start about noon on Saturday. Don't miss endurance legends Becky Hart and Julie Suhr Suhr's talks! The first 15 entries get a copy of Julie's book, and I bet you can get her to sign it for you!

Our latest update is i'm happy to announce our head vet will be Dr Susan McCartney from Nevada. Susan is a very highly respected vet from the West region and has been working endurance rides for many, many years.

For full details see https://nwarhol.wixsite.com/clinic

The Picture is the legendary Wonder Appaloosa of Endurance, Warpaint, owned and ridden by my wife Judy. This shot is at the Death Valley encounter, where Judy and Wartpaint held the record for the most days by a single horse and rider combo. (they probably still do!)

See you there!
Nick Warhol

Saturday, 26 May 2018

W: Wild West Pioneer Early Bird Deadline is June 1

June 15, 16, 17, 2018

The entries are flowing in quick. Corrals are all reserved. We might get full this year. Send your entry in now to avoid the late fee after June 1st. We're working hard on getting the campground cleaned up. The Forest Service removed 80 trees this winter. So expect better clearance driving around the circle and a little more sun.

More info at: http://www.wildwestendurance.com/wild-west-ride/

NE: Old Dominion Early Bird Deadline is May 29

The Old Dominion June Ride in Orkney Springs, Virginia, is ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! 

June 8th and 9th....The Early Bird Deadline is Tuesday, May 29th.. 

• 25 mile being offered on BOTH Friday and Saturday (by rider request). We MUST Have 15 entries for Saturday's 25 by 5/29 for Saturdays 25 to be a GO!
• Intro Ride on Saturday June 9th
• 1st Leg of the North East Triple Crown 100 Mile Challenge; 2nd Leg of the OD Triple Crown

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

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Australia: Shahzada 2018

SHAHZADA 2018.....keep your eyes focused on the real prize of the year in August - come and join us at Shahzada.

The 38th Shahzada will be held from Monday, 27thAugust to Friday, 31st August 2018.

If you are keen to do the Mini Marathon, remember riders need to have completed 2 x 40km intermediate rides - plenty of chances to do this in time - Wingello on next week and check the ride calendar for others. Great photo thanks to Animal Focus of Allison Knihinicki and Velona Amadi at Shahzada 2017....Allison is booked in for Shahzada this year!!!!

For more information, see
https://www.shahzada400.com/

Friday, 18 May 2018

NE: Old Dominion

The OD is only 3 weeks away!

Two Day Ride again this year.

Friday, June 8th:  50 and 25 mile, and Ride & Tie 
Saturday, June 9th: 100 Mile. and Intro Ride (15.5 miles) 

*******NEW THIS YEAR by rider request**** 
25 Mile on Saturday also (ONLY IF we have 15 entries by 5-29) 

100 mile Ride & Tie (plus other Ride & Tie distances 

Early Bird Deadline is Tuesday, May 29th (Save money, get your entries in NOW, join OD and save even more)

For more info, see:
http://www.olddominionrides.org/

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

MT: Fort Howes Entry Forms Online Now

Celebrating 22 years of endurance rides, the Fort Howes website (www.forthowes.net) has been updated with the current 2018 online entry form.

Homesteaded in 1883 by Captain Calvin Howes (a former sea Captain from Massachusetts), the Circle Bar Ranch is the home of the Fort Howes Endurance Rides - See Ranch History Link. As noted, starting in 1997, the Fort Howes rides have grown from a one-day ride offering a 25 mile Limited Distance ride and a 50 mile Endurance Ride to currently offering a two-day ride with 25 and 35 mile Limited Distance rides, a 50 and 55 mile Endurance Ride and a 75 and 100 mile Endurance Rides. We also include FEI divisions for both Seniors and Young Riders in the 50/55/75 and 100 mile distances.

Trails consist of Open Meadows, Cow Trails, and unimproved Jeep Trails. Riders can expect to have at least one 1000' elevation change in each loop they ride out on. Water is available out on trail every 3-5 miles. Currently all Vet Checks will all be in basecamp, however, depending on the trails we may have one check out on the 75 and/or 100 mile rides (we'll make arrangements to haul your crewing supplies out, if necessary).

Basecamp is a huge open field with lots of room and plenty of horse water available.

We will again be offering our Rancher's dinner on Friday night including steak and all the trimmings. Saturday night will include a BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs.

Temperatures in the early part of June range in the 40's overnight and up into the 80's during the days. Though one should always plan for anything - this is Montana after all and we subscribe to the saying "Don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change".

We’re looking forward to once again opening our little piece of Heaven to our endurance community with the offer of "come early, stay late", but don’t be surprised if you get "put to work" while you’re here!
See ya’ll soon!

Bill, Jan, Heather, John, Tyler, Cody, Jennifer, Chet, Megan and Zach

5 Fort Road
Ashland, Montana 59003
406-784-2469 - landline
307-752-7952 - cell
jan@forthowes.net

Monday, 7 May 2018

W: Van Duzen Doozie 75/100 Elevator

May 12 in the Six Rivers National Forest, California!

Trails will consist of forest service roads, jeep roads, 4WD trails, and the river bar. Vet checks will be a gate into a hold. Both the 100 mile and 75 mile rides have a vet check out of camp. Elevation ranges from 2500’ to 4500’.

The 100 mile Van Duzen Doozie is your tool to get ready for Tevis. 4 out of the 5 riders that Did The Doozie last year also finished Tevis last year. That's an awesome 80%!!! There's still time to Do The Doozie this year and increase your chances of getting your Tevis buckle. Entry forms here: 

https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2018VanDuzenDoozie.pdf

Friday, 4 May 2018

W: NASTR Ride (30/50/75)

Entries are now available for the NASTR Ride (30/50/75) in the West Region.

Doing the 75 mile distance is a great way to leg your horse up for "the Big 100 that shall remain nameless".

It is the intention to hold the ride once again at Scout Camp, south of Silver Springs, NV this year - weather and river levels permitting. If this changes, we will let you know.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: All trails will be laid out in a loop configuration, with several out vet checks.

Riders will enjoy scenic canyon climbs, desert washes, natural springs, stock tanks, dry lake terrain over jeep roads, and winding single track trail along the Carson River under the mighty cottonwood trees. The majority of the footing is sandy however there are some areas of rock. The trail is mostly flat with several gradual climbs. Crews will have access to all away-vet checks. Hay and water will be provided by ride management at away-vet checks. The 75 mile ride is the 2nd qualifier for the NASTR Triple Crown.

http://www.nastr.org/docs/2018-NASTR-ride-entry.pdf

Friday, 6 April 2018

PS: Fire Up

RIDGECREST CALIFORNIA - APRIL 21st
AERC 25,50,75,100 and FEI 1*2*3*

A quick update on the April 21st FIRE UP 1*2*3* in Ridgecrest, California. All AERC, FEI and Fun Riders are welcome at this event. The vets will allow AERC riders to pulse in with saddles on if they choose. AERC distances are 25,50,75,100 + Fun Ride.

The Becky Grand Hart Desert Ride Series places great emphasis on horse welfare and excellent horsemanship, so special Best Condition Prizes will be awarded to whoever (AERC or FEI) wins BC in the 25, 50, 75, and 100. Note that the Fire Up 100 mile ride is also a qualifier for the "Best of the Best".

Thank you to Gretchen Montgomery, Brian Reeves, Nick Warhol, Gloria and Ron Schultz and many other Ridgecrest friends and Valley Riders members for making this event possible. 

A TRULY INTERNATIONAL EVENT

We are pleased to announce that there are riders and officials attending FIRE UP from the following countries: New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Romania, Guatemala, Japan, South Africa, maybe Australia, and of course the USA. At this time we have riders coming from California, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and possibly Nevada and Oregon. 

CASSEROLE COMPETITION POTLUCK FRIDAY 5PM 

Please bring your favorite casserole and some drink to share, to the Friday Potluck starting at 5PM. There will be no sit down dinner on Saturday. We are planning on running a grill Saturday from 12-7 PM with food for purchase. Also plans are underway for an AWARDS BREAKFAST EARLY SUNDAY . Sponsored by NelsonMoeproperties.com More details to come.

FLAGS
We will have flags from all countries attending. But if we missed someone, a crew member or friend, please bring ask them to bring their county flag so we can hang it up with the others.

TRAIL

The FIRE UP trail is a COC achievable trail. USEF Observers will be present assessing potential WEG Endurance Championship hopefuls. The first phase is the same as the January Fire Mountain "Pink Loop". The rest of the trail is new and mostly road with a couple inches of sand. This course is designed to be safe for horses and riders attempting to achieve a 14km average speed. All vet checks/holds are back in camp. 

CREWING ON TRAIL

Crewing will be allowed on trail in designated areas. More to come on that later. Please note that for safety reasons crew vehicles will NOT be allowed to re enter the base camp after the ride starts. Parking outside the perimeter fence will be provided. Plan to re-provision crew vehicles parked outside of base camp by foot using carts. Please plan to load and carry some of your own cooling water for your horse in your crew vehicle so we don't risk depleting the troughs on course. 

CREWING IN CAMP

AERC riders and horses will be allowed to go back to their trailers at the vet check / holds. FEI horses will NOT be allowed to return to trailers and must remain in the designated crewing area inside the arena or immediately adjacent. Watch for crewing area signs.

VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS

Volunteers and Sponsors make this ride go. Contact carolynhock@gmail.com if you can help volunteer. Also contact Carolyn if you would like to help sponsor the Becky Grand Hart Desert Ride Series. Many thanks go to our current sponsors: Riding Warehouse, Anne York and StarFireDesignStudio.com. Catfish Moe and NelsonMoeProperties.com

For an entry/flyer, see
https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2018FireUpRide.pdf

Saturday, 31 March 2018

W: Tevis Fun Ride

The Tevis Family Fun ride is May 18-20, with 2 marked distances on the Tevis Trail.

You'll have shuttle service, food, and trail briefings Friday and Saturday evenings from experienced Tevis riders. Cost is $60 per rig.

For more information and registration forms, see
http://teviscup.org/2018-fun-ride

Friday, 23 March 2018

W: Nevada Derby 25/50

Come join us for our annual Spring event on April 7! The first leg of the NASTR Triple Crown - the Nevada Derby ride! We also have an introductory ride for only $20 for anyone who is interested in learning more about the sport or with a young / green / inexperienced horse.

Held annually the first weekend in April, 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. The trail will be of moderate difficulty. Pads and /or boots 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 50 mile ride will consist of three loops, each returning to camp for control vet checks. The 25 mile ride 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 15-Mile Fun Introductory 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. The 50 mile ride must be completed in order to be in contention for the NASTR Triple Crown, which includes the Nevada Derby 50, NASTR 75, and the Virginia City 100

For more information, see
http://www.nastr.org/

Saturday, 17 March 2018

PS: New Cuyama Ride Venue Changed Due To Weather

Dear Cuyama Riders

Once again we face a dilemma over the Cuyama ride with conditions completely out of our control. We are camped at Cuyama and have part of the trail marked. The problem is the potential weather predicted for Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Simply put, If the storm system develops and drops the predicted 2-4 inches on Tuesday night through Friday, we will have no choice but to cancel the ride. The chance of significant moisture occurring during the time rigs are pulling in will be a disaster. Of course this leads us to an agonizing decision. There is always a chance the predicted storm will fail to materialize with the present predicted intensity but delaying the decision to cancel right up till the night before could be a disaster for us all and a risk I am unwilling to take as it will severely inconvenience many of our riders. Therefore in consideration of everyone concerned, we need to make a decision now. Cuyama is an important ride with the XP year end awards and festivities planned, so cancelling it is not an option. Moving it is.

After an agonizing day of gaining approval from the BLM, AERC, land owners, veterinarians and members of our family, as well as the XP Board members we have made the following decision:

We are having an XP Ride on the weekend of March 23rd, 24th and 25th in Inyokern, California, the planned date of the 2018 Cuyama XP. The ride camp will be at the site of the Laurel Mt ride and we will be using the trails we have used previously but broken into different directions with some variations that we had planned for future rides. The BLM in Ridgecrest has agreed to permit the ride on short notice. The campsite has a stable foundation that will support vehicles with an infinite amount of rain. The desert trails will soak up the water and the footing will be excellent, even with torrential rains the night before, which are not predicted. The forecast is for showers mid week and a pleasant sunny weekend. The grass is growing and there is a distinct possibility of desert wildflowers. There are restaurants and motels in nearby Ridgecrest and Inyokern. Post entries are welcome and there is no limit on entries. The entry fees will be the same as most XP rides, which is $110/day, $65/day for juniors and Duck Riders. Annie will provide lunches but you will have make a 7 mile ride into Inyokern for dinners. Information for the ride can be found on the XP website under the Laurel Mountain Ride.

The Cuyama ride will go on but will be conducted on the same date as the Lost Padres ride, which is April 6th, 7th and 8th. Lost Padres was only a two day ride but we will have the full three days at Cuyama. Entry fees will remain the same, as will all other conditions. If you are unable to attend Cuyama on the new date and have sent a check we will destroy the check or carry it over to the new date. The annual XP awards will be given out on the new date. We will notify riders who were planning on attending Lost Padres that the venue has been changed. Since Cuyama is so important to our family and our riders we will say in advance that we will have a rain date for the new date as well.

I’m sure this will disappoint many, including myself and members of my family but the decision should allow everyone to at least be able to ride on the weekends they planned.

Should you have any questions you may call or email Annie or myself, Dave. klawockvet at gmail dot com

Sunday, 4 March 2018

W: Van Duzen Doozie 75/100 Elevator

The ride is on May 12 near Mad River, Northern California. Send your entries in now, pay at the ride.

Entry forms and ride info at https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2018VanDuzenDoozie.pdf 

Volunteers always welcome. This is a great warm up for Tevis and the VC100.

Do the Doozie!!

PS: Fire Up

FIRE UP 100 ENDURANCE RIDE - APRIL 21 RIDGECREST, CA.

AERC Fun ride, 25,50,75, 100 miles plus 1*2*3*

Come join the fun and ride, volunteer, or just hang out with friends and horses at the Valley Riders Basecamp. Find AERC entries at https://aerc.org/static/rideFlyers/2018FireUpRide.pdf 

Part of the Becky Grand Hart Desert Ride Series. 

USEF Online entries now open.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

MT: Bighorn 100

Thinking Bighorn 100 this year, near Shell, Wyoming? Or that you're not quite ready for 100 miles of it? A 50-mile ride has been added Friday, July 13, the day before the 100 on July 14.

Big Horn 100 - Vet check/check-in is at 4:00pm on Friday.  Dinner is at 6pm with ride meeting immediately following at the ride site.  

Breakfast 7am Sunday, at Pitchts (Ride site) Bring your own chair, Awards Ceremony after! 

Come Ride the Legend!

For more information and entry forms see:
http://bighorn100.net/

Saturday, 24 February 2018

W: Rides of March

50 and 30 mile ride March 17 near Reno, Nevada

We hope everyone is getting as much wonderful riding as we are. The trails are in good shape. Planning is well under way and we are very excited to see everyone again next month. There is still plenty of space in the ride as entries are just starting to roll in. So get your entry in the mail quick.

We are also seeking great volunteers. Whether you are new to the sport or and old hand please come join us in camp. Volunteering is the best way to learn about the sport and meet new people.

description:
The camp is bare bones. There is horse water available, but for the most part you need to plan on bringing what you need. There will be no camp fires allowed. Parking is very limited so if you can trailer-pool then please do so and plan on parking conservatively. As always we will provide the same wonderful lunch to all riders and volunteers

here will be a 50 mile and 30 mile ride. All holds will be in camp so there is no need for a crew. As there are no vehicles allowed in the ride area, crews will not be able to meet riders out on the trail unless they want to walk. The 50 mile ride consists of a 20 mile loop and two 15 mile loops. The 30 mile ride consists of two 15 mile loops. The trail is almost entirely sandy jeep roads and sandy single track, there are hardly any rocks
directions:
Ride camp is located off Red Rock Road, just a little north of Reno. Take the Red Rock Exit off US Hwy 395 and head east 15 miles. There will be ribbons and signs telling you where to turn right onto a dirt road. Follow the dirt road about a mile to camp

More info at:
https://aerc.org/rpts/Calendar.aspx?csID=361509#flag