Friday 28 February 2020

W: Tevis Educational Ride - 2020

The ride entry is available here

July 3-5, 2020
Friday: Vet-in, Speakers and Seminars; Night Ride to Michigan Bluff for an Ice Cream Social
Saturday: Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk - 28 miles, including the Canyons
Sunday: Chicken Hawk to Driver’s Flat - 20 miles, including the section of Tevis trail ridden at night

As Last Year:

Basecamp at Chicken Hawk

No qualifying miles for Tevis will be awarded

New for This Year:

New shuttle driver arrangements - several options to choose from with a tiered entry fee (see below)

A night ride to enjoy the magic you would experience during Tevis

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. The Tevis Educational Ride offers an opportunity to prepare for those challenges in a non-competitive environment.

Last year:
35 riders entered the Educational Ride
13 of those riders went to Tevis
11 were first-time Tevis riders
10 riders finished, for a 77% completion rate

Mentors: The Tevis trail is amazingly beautiful from mile 1 to 100! But it is also relentlessly challenging. Pre-riding the trail greatly increases your enjoyment and chances of finishing. After completing the Educational Ride you will have seen the toughest 50+ miles. You will ride with an experienced Tevis finisher who will share ways to successfully navigate the canyons Day 1. On Day 2 they will share ways of confidently riding the narrow cliffy trail below Foresthill. We will make every effort to accommodate fitness and experience levels. You will be paired with your mentor on Friday afternoon.

We purposely keep the entries low (40) so the mentor to entrant ratio is 1 mentor per 2-3 riders.

Fitness Requirement (Horse): Between January 1, 2019 and June 22, 2020
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!

More information here:

Friday 14 February 2020

PS: Introduction to Endurance clinic in Ridgecrest, California March 21 and 22

Our dates are the weekend of March 21/22, 2020. This one will be held at the Valley Riders Equestrian Center in Ridgecrest, Ca. Ridgecrest is in the desert, about 45 minutes from the town of Mojave, which is about 50 miles from Bakersfield. Ridgecrest is about 2 to 2.5 hours from Los Angeles Proper. We are trying to help our southern California friends this time! Ridgecrest is also the home of the world famous 20 mule team 35/65/100 mile endurance ride held every February. You can check out the ride website for more information and download an entry.

We are after people who are interested in endurance and want a chance to learn about it, including a real ride that is safe for any rider and horse. here's the basic description of the event:

"Come attend our all new 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 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!"

Our ride manager this year is Gretchen Montgomery, and I'm the clinic host. Come join us in the beautiful desert in the spring to learn about and participate in the greatest horse sport there is!

Update on the intro to endurance clinic in ridgecrest, ca on the weekend of March 21st. we have just secured a special guest speaker, the legendary Becky Hart. Becky is, in my humble opinion, the greatest endurance rider ever. Come hear her speak! We are all looking forward to seeing everyone there.