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RoosHuman 02-01-2012 08:27 PM

Best trail events in TN/VA/KY/NC area?
Anybody know of any good trail events happening in this area??
Either competitive trail or just plain trail rides?


Allison Finch 02-01-2012 08:36 PM

Our farm is having a competitive trail ride this spring. It sounds like a lot of fun. The farm is in Hillsborough, NC.

For more info;

Daly Sport Horses Lochill Farm - Hillsborough , NC

Joe4d 02-01-2012 10:03 PM

what kinda ride,? The Old dominion (VA) Endurance AERC ride was the second most popular ride on everyones bucket list. I plan on going in April, Biltmore 50 mile AERC ride in may in NC,
FOr party rides, Amelia springs in VA and Meherrin River in NC are about the best two spring rides.

phantomhorse13 02-02-2012 08:13 AM

For me, the standout is the Beast of the East, the Old Dominion, which takes place in Orkney Springs, VA in mid-June. This AERC ride offers 25, 55, and 100 mile distances.

Other AERC rides in VA include No Frills, which is in Star Tannery, VA in the end of April. It offers 30 and 55 mile distances. Virginia Highlands Challenge, which is at the end of August (though hasn't hit the official calendar for this year yet), happens over 2 days in Ivanhoe, VA. It offers 30 and 50 distances both days. In October is Fort Valley, which takes place over 2 days in Fort Valley, VA. It offers 30 and 50 miles distances both days.

I have not had the pleasure of riding AERC events in TN, KY, or NC yet, but I know they definitely have them. Check out the AERC calendar for the current rides (but know rides are still being added, so the list may not be complete right now).

prairiewindlady 02-04-2012 10:12 AM

Yes Allison, what kind of ride? I am only a stone's throw away in Gibsonville! :)

gunslinger 02-04-2012 10:30 AM

The Strolling Jim Trail Ride in Wartrace TN, or the Strolling Jim race.

34th annual Strolling Jim (TM) 40 Mile Run: "Only wimps walk here"

mildot 02-04-2012 11:38 AM

Don't overlook hunter paces put on by the local fox hunt club.

You can find fox hunts by state here:

Allison Finch 02-04-2012 12:37 PM


Originally Posted by prairiewindlady (Post 1341277)
Yes Allison, what kind of ride? I am only a stone's throw away in Gibsonville! :)

This is NOT an endurance ride. It is a competitive TRAIL ride. One that has judged obstacles as you ride along. Much less demanding and stressful on the horse.

It is sponsored by ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Assoc). It will be on April 15th (Tax Day!! (no, it will not be very taxing..LOL)).

This site explains competitve trail rides;


If you look under the "our rides" tab, you will find the "obstacles". Each obstacle has a video explaining how they are ridden and judged.

I've never done one and it is the first time the farm has sponsored one. It sure looks like fun, though.

prairiewindlady 02-04-2012 02:47 PM

Thanks for the info Allison! I will see if I can make it. I don't own a trailer yet, but might be able to bribe a friend;)

Allison Finch 02-04-2012 04:34 PM

Sadly, I am working elsewhere that day, so won't be able to say howdy (uless something changes).

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