Sunday, 7 April 2019

W: American River Classic

Ok...We have done everything to save this ride on April 20, 2019 for YOU. Now it is up to YOU to save the ride. State parks is tryng to shut us down and all equestrian events out of our parks. The more entries the better so we can show them (the parks) how strong this horse community is and how strong we feel about using and protecting our trails. If we don't get your entry we will be FORCED to cancle the ride and maybe forever. So to show the parks how important it is for equestrians to use the park system YOU need to get your entries IN.

More information at:

Monday, 1 April 2019

NE: Old Dominion No Frills: We are on!

OLD DOMINION NO FRILLS : April 19th and 20th WE ARE ON!!!!

Early bird discount deadline: 4/8/19

Get your entries in... Despite severe trail damage and downed trees everywhere......We are ready......

THANKS to the hard work of a FEW people, the massive damage to base camp, and trails is mostly cleared (We will finish the last section of trail this week) We will recognize all that helped at the ride....We owe them a HUGE THANKS!! The last 1 1/2 miles took 9 1/2 hours to clear.

More information at:

Saturday, 30 March 2019

W: Torre Creek Pioneer

Torrey Creek Endurance ride is a 3 day 155 mile pioneer ride being held on Memorial Day weekend, May 24th - 26th 2019 in Eureka, Nevada. Ride camp will be at the fairgrounds. Some gravel roads lead to the Diamond mountain range with a mix of single track, cow and mustang, ranch and ATV trails. Mostly good footing (even on the ranch and ATV roads) with very few technical sections. 375,000 acres is available to us for this new venue. May is a great month there for prolific wildflowers and ample grass on the trail. One grove of aspen are loaded with pictures in the trees by the Peruvian sheep herders dating back to the mid-1900's. Juniper and pinyon pines lead to long climbs that can be deceptive in elevation gain but promise breathtaking views of Eureka from the top. Base camp is at 6,500 feet elevation with the course reaching climbs of almost 10,000 feet.

More information at:

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

W: Cuyama I and II Venue and Date Changes

Once again the weather is creating a problem for us. Due to the tremendous amount of moisture in the country west of Cottonwood we have made a final decision that hopefully will impact the fewest people and allow us to have a great ride at Cuyama at the time of a great wildflower bloom. We will do exactly what we did in 2018. We will hold Cuyama I on the original date of March 22-24 at Laurel Mtn. We will hold Cuyama II on the date of the Lost Padres Ride, which is April 5-7. Cuyama I will take place regardless of the weather forecast, as the desert terrain only gets better with increased moisture. The desert is starting to bloom and there should be plentiful flowers throughout the ride.

Cuyama II should be a great wildflower year and the weather by the first part of April should be perfect. I know some of you will be disappointed with our decision but we have no control over the weather.

For more information see

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

NW: Endurance 101 Clinic in Roy, Washington

The Rusty Bar Ranch in Roy, Washington, will host an Endurance 101 Clinic on March 1-3, 2019. Are you curious about what endurance riding is all about or nervous about taking that first step? Have you been to an event but still want to learn more?

Guest speakers are Celena Pentrack Dr Mike Witt, DVM; Ann Szolas; and Alex Lewis. Topics include equine foot anatomy, nutrition/conditioning, learning to pulse, proper trot outs, saddle fit, massage techniques you can take home, and "SHEENA" the total riding simulator.

Cost is $100 per person/horse for all weekend, $20 per night for stalls, $75 for the Mock Ride (Sunday only), or $35 audit per day.

For more information and to pre-register, see

Friday, 22 February 2019

Ride the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

John Wayne Pioneer Wagons & Riders invites you to join us in our efforts to the ongoing dedication of preserving and promoting the “Palouse to Cascades Trail” (formerly the John Wayne/Iron Horse Trail).

We invite horse back riders, wagons, carts, bikers, hikers, and walkers to come along and join us on the “Ride of a Lifetime” every spring for our annual “Cross State Ride”!

Do you think you are tough enough?

If you have participated on the Cross State Ride for a few days, as a white scarf recipient, as a teamster or a wagon passenger, a horse (or mule) back rider, bicyclist, a walker, if it’s your 1st Cross State Ride or your 37th, whether in the past, present, or in the future the club salutes you! YOU are the reason we have been able to continue to preserve our opportunity for public access to this very unique, absolutely phenomenal trail spanning across the State of Washington!

THANK YOU to each and every person who has contributed to showing how important it is to keep access to the entirety of this State Park Trail intact for future generations to come!

The John Wayne Wagons and Riders Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Palouse to Cascades formely The John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington State.

The Palouse to Cascades trail (formerly the John Wayne trail) follows the route of the former Milwaukee Railroad, running east-west across the state. The trail is over 200 miles long and provides a unique opportunity for recreation.

Our Association is made up primarily of horseback riders and teamsters, but we welcome walkers and cyclists. We sponsor a two week trip across Washington each spring.

For more information see:

Sunday, 17 February 2019

W: Endurance 101 Clinic in Reno

Endurance 101 Clinic in Reno, Nevada, on March 3
11 AM-3 PM at the Spanish Springs library

An indoor/unmounted clinic to introduce you to endurance riding
Topics include feeding, condition, getting ready, what to expect, and much more

Monday, 4 February 2019

PS: Twenty Mule Team Entry Discount Deadline February 13

The Twenty Mule Team 35, 65, and 100 mile ride (and 15 mile Introductory ride) will be held February 23 in Ridgecrest, California.

Get your entries in now to beat the discount deadline of February 13.

Accommodations: The base camp is located at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, CA. 520 S. Richmond Rd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. The elevation is approximately 2,500 feet. Motels, restaurants, and grocery stores are available two miles from the fairgrounds. Although the weather is generally nice, you should be ready for cold or wet weather. It is cold at night, near freezing, but can be warm during the day. It can also be windy. Saturday evening or Sunday morning awards breakfast can be purchased for $20.00 per meal . One meal ticket is included with your entry and can be used for either the Saturday dinner or Sunday breakfast. Wonderful Casa Carona is catering again and the food is fabulous. Plenty of water is available at base camp for horses and humans. Bring a hose. You may pay a $10.00 fee paid to ride management to have your camp cleaned up or you should bring tools to clean your camp and stall. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. The fairgrounds does not allow glass containers of alcohol.

Saturday trails: The trail consists of two loops for the 100; one loop for the 65, 35, and 15 mile rides, all beginning and ending at base camp. There are a few long gradual grades, and some rocks and sand. Pads are recommended for rocks which are primarily between Vet Checks 1 and 2 for the 65 and 100-mile rides. The trail will be well marked with plenty of ribbons, chalk and glowbars after dark. The introductory ride will be one 15-mile loop.

Saturday starting time:
The ride will start at 6:00 for the 100 mile ride, at 6:30 am for the 65, at 7:30 am for the 35 mile ride and at 12:00 pm for the 15 mile fun ride.

There will be first place awards for the 35, 65 and 100 mile rides and completion awards for all who complete the ride. A Team Award will be awarded for teams of four who are competing in the same distance. Enter your team when you register for the ride. All rides will have an AERC Best Condition Award. The 35 mile awards will be given out at the Saturday evening dinner and the 65 and 100 mile awards will be given out at the Sunday morning awards breakfast. Awards will not be mailed out and must be picked up at the ride. Fun riders will receive their awards upon completion.

Pre-Ride Vet Check: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 22. A pre-ride meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday evening. For riders arriving in the morning, please make arrangements with the ride management.

For more information and an entry form see:

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

PS: Venue Change for Eastern Mojave


The EM Ride is usually held entirely in the Mojave National Preserve and is governed by the National Park Service. They are unwilling to give us a multi-year permit, therefore we are forced to deal with them every year. The process must start with contacting their office and telling the person in charge of permits that we want to do a ride and she then tells us exactly the same thing every year for the past 15 years. We then proceed by changing the date on the application and other required submitals. You would think this would be an easy process but every years is the same old story of them waiting till the very last minute to give us a permit. This year we made the first contact in November and received no response as of January 29th. Time has run out and we can no longer wait for a response. Its official, we will hold the ride in the Coso Junction. We have obtained permission from the BLM, The Coso Store and the AERC. We will change some trails around and add some trails we haven’t used recently. The Coso terrain, scenery and vegetation is closest to what we have in the Eastern Mojave.

February 7-10, 2019 – 4 days & 200 miles + 4 days of 25’s each day!

10 to 15 mile Intro/Duck Rides each day

More information to come shortly.

Region: Pacific South, California.

Name: Eastern Mojave at Coso Junction I, II, III, IV There will be an intro ride plus a 50 and 25 each day

Date: February 7th thru 10th, 2019

Directions: Ridecamp will be at the Coso Junction Store, approximately 35 miles north of Ridgecrest on Hwy 395, behind the Chevron gas station. Click here to get directions via google. Coming from either direction on Hwy 395, midway between Pearsonville and Olancha, there is a California Rest Area on the east side of the highway.

Trail Description: This ride will be on jeep roads and single track trails with a moderate amount of elevation gain. Footing will be sandy with a few occasional rocky sections. The terrain, vegetation and views are equal or better than the Cima Rd area. The elevation is lower and we hope for good weather.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times.

Ride Photographer: Lynne Glazer will be shooting this ride

more information at:

PS: Twenty Mule Team

Want a preview of what the National Championship course will look like (we reserve the right to make changes)?? Come to the 20 Mule Team Ride in Ridgecrest, CA Saturday, February 23rd. Only two more weeks to receive the early entry discount - don't wait!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

W: Tevis Educational Ride is Nearly Half Full

Entries will be limited to 40 participants and then we will start a waiting list. Get your entry in soon if you want to attend!

The Event:

The educational ride is aimed at riders wishing to participate in the Tevis Cup Ride in the future; to give riders a true look into the beauty of the trail and its challenges; to educate future Tevis riders as to best practices and horse care to help them successfully complete the Ride.

Mentors: Experienced Tevis finishers will guide you over the Tevis trail and answer you questions in camp and on trail. Our goal is two or three riders/mentor. We will make every effort to accommodate fitness and experience levels. You will be paired with your mentor on Friday afternoon.

Friday: Speakers and Seminars—speakers and seminars will begin on Friday afternoon at approximately 2 pm. The schedule of speakers will be announced at a later date.

Saturday: Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk Base Camp, 28 miles. Highlights include the canyons, Swinging Bridge and the climb into Devil’s Thumb. There is a vet check at Last Chance and Deadwood.

Sunday: Chicken Hawk Base Camp to the Lower Driver’s Flat parking lot, 24 miles. Riders will see in the daylight what many only ride after dark. A rest stop is planned at Francisco’s with water and snacks for riders and horses. A full Vet Check takes place at the Lower Drivers Flat parking lot - end of ride.

Riders will be shuttled to the start Saturday and shuttled back to base camp on Sunday. Vet Checks will simulate Tevis Vet Checks.

Fitness Requirement (Horse): Between January 1, 2018 and June 17, 2019 your horse must complete 50 miles of AERC Limited Distance or Endurance miles or a similar sanctioning organization. Horse and rider fitness is a must!

For more information and an entry form, see:

Thursday, 17 January 2019

W: Nevada Silver Rush Series

Catch Silver Fever this year in Nevada!

All you have to do to get the Motherload is compete Rides of March 50 mile in March, High Desert 30th Anniversary 50 mile in May, and Red Rock Rumble 50 mile in October.

Same horse, same rider seek their fortune by completing all three 50 mile rides.

Everyone who completes the series will be awarded a special recognition award.

Join us in celebrating all Nevada has to offer.

For more information see the AERC calendar at:

NW: Hit a Homerun with the “Northwest Diamond Run”!

Four ride managers in the Northwest have joined together to give you the NW Diamond Run, a grand slam competition! The rules are simple and the challenge and awards are great!

We, the ride managers of Creek to Capitol Peak (Nicole Miller and Jala Neufeld), Midnight Rider (Bobbi Walker), Crazy Daze I and II (Shelley Kerr) and Prater Mountain (Tara Walker) have joined together to offer a fun and challenging competition for endurance riders at all levels. Ride times are not a part of the challenge so the possibility a “turtle” hitting it out of the park is very doable. The rider who completes the most NW Diamond Run miles with the best CRIs wins!

We want to reward our loyal riders by creating this prestigious award. Additionally, we want to recognize horse fitness and rider responsibility in a competition that upholds the endurance motto “to finish is to win”.

Run to first base at the two-day Creek to Capitol Peak, June 21-22, in the beautiful Capitol Forest outside Olympia, WA. Round second base with the Midnight Rider, a unique night riding experience on August 17 outside Chehalis, WA on the Willapa Hills Trail. Load up the bases with Crazy Daze I and II at the beautiful Riverside State Equestrian Park near Spokane, WA August 31st and September 1st. Then slide into home plate at Prater Mountain, near Priest River, Idaho. Hit it out of the park and bring in your home run for the chance to be a winning team!

We want to make it worth your while, so in addition to providing beautiful northwest scenery, well-marked trails, educational clinics and awesome ride management and volunteers, the top 3 finishers will receive phenomenal awards. Just to give you a taste of what you could win: the first place finisher receives a free ride at each NW Diamond Run ride for 2020 plus more! (Over $400 in awards for first place).

Knock it out of the park in 2019 and join the challenging adventure the NW Diamond Run is offering! Details for each of the four rides can be found at under the Calendar tab. The Northwest Diamond Run is coming soon to Facebook and will have a webpage as well.

SE: Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer Date Change

The ride management team the Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer Ride has changed the dates to May 16,17 and 18. They regret any difficulties this might cause, but it something that could not be avoided.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

W: Sign up for the Tevis Educational Ride

Tevis Educational Ride: June 21-23 2019


-Base Camp is located at Chicken Hawk (Pieper Junction) the site of the mile 64 Tevis Vet Check. It is a beautiful shaded camping area about 7 miles (15 to 20 minute drive) past the Foresthill.

-No qualifying miles for Tevis will be awarded.

-The entry fee for the Tevis Educational Ride is $325 and covers two days of mentored riding, shuttle service, and all talks and demonstrations beginning Friday afternoon, and the Saturday barbecue. If you do not ride both days, $150 of your entry will be converted to a tax deductible donation to the WSTF.

-A different qualified horse can be ridden on Day 2. Please notify the ride office at check-in.

-Taylored Tack will award a $100 gift certificate to all riders who complete both days of the Tevis Ed Ride and go on to complete the Tevis Cup ride for the first time this year.

-Raffle: A Tevis entry once again is the grand prize! Stay tuned for details…

RULES: The event will follow the rules for the Tevis ride ( Juniors, riders under 18, can ride with a sponsor over 18 years of age. A mentor can serve as their sponsor if arrangements are made in advance of the event.

FITNESS REQUIREMENT (Horse): Between January 1, 2018 and June 17, 2019 your horse must complete 50 miles of AERC Limited Distance or Endurance miles or a similar sanctioning organization. Horse and rider fitness is a must!

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received before June 10th (and horses pulled at vet-in) receive a full refund minus a $30 administrative fee. No refunds for withdrawals after June 10, 2019 or for no shows.

Base Camp is located at the beautiful, forested Chicken Hawk Camping and Staging area (aka Pieper Junction) located 7 miles beyond the Foresthill Vet Check. Camp is a 15 - 20 minute drive from Foresthill and located 1/2 mi off Michigan Bluff Rd. The turn off to camp will be well marked. Horse water and restrooms will be provided. Camp sites are level and shaded but limited in number. We are working with the USFS to increase capacity. Please share your rig/campsite with another rider if at all possible. The Tevis Cup OFFICIAL Education Ride Facebook Page promises to be a good resource to find a campsite partner. Please note: You are not required to have a campsite partner when you enter.

Camp Check-In and Pre Ride VET-In If arranged in advance, base camp will open for early arrivals beginning Thursday. Note: Horse water won't be available until Friday. Riders may stay over until Monday if arranged in advance. The ride office opens at noon on Friday. Preride Vet in begins around 3 pm.

FOOD: Guerrilla Catering will have food for purchase from noon on Friday until 7 pm. Saturday evening enjoy a yummy tri-tip barbecue that is included in your entry. Extra dinners can be purchased in advance for $15-.

Mentors: Experienced Tevis finishers will guide you over the Tevis trail and answer you questions in camp and on trail. Our goal is two or three riders/ mentor. We will make every effort to accommodate fitness and experience levels. You will be paired with your mentor on Friday afternoon.

Speakers and Seminars: Speakers and seminars will begin on Friday afternoon at approximately 2 pm. The schedule of speakers will be announced at a later date.


Riders will be shuttled to the start Day 1 and shuttled back to base camp on Day 2. Vet Checks will simulate Tevis Vet Checks

Day 1: Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk Base Camp, 28 miles. Highlights include THE canyons, Swinging Bridge and the climb into Devil's Thumb. There is a vet check at Last Chance and Deadwood.

Day 2: Chicken Hawk Base Camp to the Lower Driver's Flat parking lot, 24 miles. Riders will see in the daylight what many only ride after dark. A rest stop is planned at Francisco's with water and snacks for riders and horses. A full Vet Check takes place at the Lower Drivers Flat parking lot - end of ride.

Ride entry is available here:

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

NW: Northwest Diamond Run Challenge

Creek to Capitol Peak is excited to partner up with 3 other AERC rides this year, Midnight Rider, Crazy Daze, and Prater Mountain, for a Northwest Diamond Run Challenge. There are great prizes planned for the top 3 rider-horse teams, so stay tuned for rules! Get out and ride!

More information at:

NW: Endurance 101 Clinic

March 1-3 2019
Rusty Bar Ranch
29515 - 56th Ave So, Roy, Washington 98580

Hosted by Nicole Miller and Jala Neufeld

An event geared to help answer questions for those new to endurance riding! Saturday there are planned seminars regarding hoof care, conditioning, nutrition, trot outs, equine body work, and saddle fitting led by experts in these fields. Sunday involves a “mock” ride complete with a vet check to get an idea of what a real ride is like.

For more information see:

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Oregon: Trail and Distance Riding workshop

Come share the trails for our 4th or 5th year of this fun spring opener on March 16-17, west of Homedale, Idaho.

Outdoors, dress warm, we ride, we talk, we learn and we eat :) Bring everything you need. Camp or not camp, ride or not ride, your choice.

In addition to distance and trail riding subjects, Jessica Heinrick DVM will talk to us about equine dental care, you can even schedule getting a horse done.

We'll discuss a bit on self defense on the trail, maybe have a demo, I'm working on that. Send me your requests.

You'll learn what to expect at an endurance or competitive ride, trail markings and much more.

Price TBD but it'll be between 50 and $80. Goody bags and fun stuff. Lots of riding and potluck too. More info to come!

California: Introduction to Endurance Clinic

Reminder- the second Harvey Bear introduction to endurance clinic. May 18th and 19th, 2019, Harvey Bear park in San Martin, Ca. (just south of San Jose) This year Sponsored by the Quicksilver Endurance Riders.

Come attend our second two day clinic for people who are interested in learning about Endurance riding, as well as for beginners who have some Endurance experience but would like to learn more. Bring a horse or just yourself. 6 hours of lecture, Truck and Trailer sessions, Pot luck ride dinner, ride meeting, camp overnight, and on Sunday- two fun rides- 7 and 15 miles, with real vet checks, awards, and experienced Endurance riders as trial guides. When you leave on Sunday you will know all you need to know to enter your first ride, or be better prepared to continue your Endurance career! It is literally an endurance ride for first timers that any horse that can walk 7 miles can do. Helmets are required by all participants, and the ride pace is controlled.

Don't miss the Trailer backing clinic on saturday morning taught by Gretchen Montgomery. Learn how to back up your trailer by someone other than a spouse or significant other. It was a hit last year!

Confirmed speakers for this year so far: Head Vet Susan McCartney, 3 time World Endurance world Champion Becky Hart.

For more information and an entry please visit

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

SE: 2019 Alabama Yellowhammer Entries Available

Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer Ride entries are now available online at -> SERA Online Ride Entry.

The "paper" form is available at

The Yellowhammer ride will accept Credit Card payments through the online entry.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

PS: 2019 Fire Mountain

The 40th Anniversary of the Fire Mt ride is scheduled for January 12, 2019. This is a desert trail, located on the eastern side of the lower Sierras near Hwy 395 and Hwy 14 jct. Come and join us for a big celebration this year. Great grub, catered bbq dinner. 

You can ride 30, 50 or 65 miles. We are also having an intro/trail ride. The trails are mostly single track and jeep roads, winding up and into the rocky hills. All holds are back in base camp. This is not a rocky course. Get $20 off if you register by the 5th of Jan. Hope to see you!

More information at