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: