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    12-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Endurance rides for 2012 info gathering :)

Ok ladies and gents

For those who particapate in endurance/ ctr / ctd/ or limited distance thought maybe we could make a spot to gather all the rides for the coming year.
Yes I know to check certain websites just thought making it in one section in here would help everyone find all the events. :)

Doesn't matter where the ride is just make sure you post the link or designate time and place (country and state/province)
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    12-01-2011, 12:18 PM

Endurance Riding Online - North America NorthEast Region Ride Calendar<br>for the 2012 ride season
    12-01-2011, 12:40 PM
Green Broke
I see you found the AERC calender. One thing I am seeing in AERC, it seems the organizers expect everyone to already know all about it. Like we are just supposed to know where the heck Scioto Trails State Forest is. Organizers don't even list what state they are in. The ride I went to in Patrick SC, getting info was like pulling teeth. Local slang terms for locations, directions without cardinal directions, You have to get really direct to find out anything.
    12-01-2011, 12:53 PM
HAHA I know lol ... I am figuring if we post all the links some people will know where things are and help people in the right direction :)

All the other sites I looked at it didn't have the calenders up-to date yet :(
    12-02-2011, 10:17 AM
I started this ride in the 90's , laid out the trails and managed the ride for 6 years. So I'm a little bias. But it is one of the most beautiful places to ride a horse. The folks who have been running it for the past 10 years, Have done a great job and got the management of the ride down to a science.

I realize it's a long way from the OP who asked about rides. But every year we riders show up from that far away. I've seen license plate on trucks from Georgia, NC, NJ as I walk thru the camp.

Anyway, Their website has lots of photos of the area. Anybody needing a horsey fix during the winter can probably find it by scrolling thru the pictures.

Strawberry Fields Endurance Ride, June 17, 18, 19, 2011

The very first year I put this ride, The winner of the ride took 7.5 hours to complete the 50. Many folks were hard pressed to beat the 12 hour max time. The vet judge cdame to me and asked, " How many miles is this trail?" I replied that I had been very careful to make sure it was exactly 50 miles long. I continued that I had read the rules and that a Sanctioned ride needed to be 50 miles right?
The vet replied " This country is too rough, the trails have too much elevation change, you are riding at 10,000 foot elevation, You need to make this ride 40 miles long and tell folks it is 50" It turns out the original trails I had laid out had over 16,000 foot of verticle elevation change in the 50 miles. In subsequent years we modified the trails so there is not so much climbing and the riders can complete the ride in more normal time for an endurance race..

To me I just figured endurance riders could handle it. This was where I rode all the time and the trails were just what I considered a good days ride.
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    12-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Thanks painted horse looks like a great ride. I might just have to start traveling more :)
    12-02-2011, 10:58 AM
Green Broke
We talked about this before, Lying is never a good policy. If the ride is rough tell people it is rough, or tell people it is only 40 miles and rough. Lots of people have GPS's and if your 50 mile ride turns out to be only 40 then your credibility in everything else you do is shot. I would also find another Vet. Guess I don't have much tolerance for dishonesty. Looks like you did the right thing changed the course but kept the distance.
One of the things that attracted me to endurance is that everyone can't do it. It is to be expected some will fail. Everyone will fail occasionally. That's part of the challenge.
I think if I could find a partner I would take some farther trips. I would love to travel the US more. In my carrer I have been to 46 countries but only 15 states. Time to see more of the U.S.
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    12-02-2011, 11:40 AM
BAck in the 90's most folks didn't have personal GPS devices. So most folks were at the mercy of what you told them. In todays world, You are correct that almost everybody would know the actual distance.

I don't know enough about endurance rules to know whether its even acceptable to have 50 milers that are shorter because of the terrain. It's an absolutely stunning area. And for local horses used to the elevation, Not a big deal. But when you have many folks coming from lower elevation parts of the country, It was a very challenging ride when you couple the high elevation thin air with the excessive amount of climbing and descents. Most of the endurance rides I have rode, the winners were finishing the 50 in 4.5 to 5 hours. So to push those same proficient riders out to 7.5 - 8.5 hours proved just how challenging the ride was.

Over the years, participants have just come to know and understand, they won't finish this ride as fast as a flat terrain ride. It was just all part of learning to put on a new ride.

And the VET was a VERY VERY highly respected endurance vet.
    12-07-2011, 11:51 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
Someday, when I win the lottery, I will get to travel across the country riding all the great rides offered in other places. This one would def be on that list!

My ride season for next year, if all goes according to plan, will be:

Rabbit Run 50 w/Dreams (march - nj)
No Frills 55 w/Dreams (april - va)
Foxcatcher 50 w/George (april - md)
Old Dominion 100 w/Dreams (june - va)
Vermont 100 w/Dreams (july - vt)
Ride Between the Rivers 50 w/George (aug - wv)
Virginia Highlands 50 w/Dreams (aug - va)
Canter Over the Mountain 50 w/Dreams (sept - wv)
Fort Valley 50/50 w/Dreams both days (oct - va)
Mustang Memorial 50 w/George (nov - nj)

Big goal for the 2012 season is to finally get my Old Dominion Triple Crown with Dreams--we have done 2 of the 3 rides three diff seasons now.. really want to get all 3 in a season!! I would love to do it with the maximum mileage (255 miles), too.
    12-08-2011, 07:57 AM
Green Broke
I did get info on the Md foxcatcher ride. They seem to be very well organized: Here is the info:
I did not see your name in the 2011 rider list so I assume you have never ridden with us. However, your questions are all good ones and I will try to address them for you. Most are probably answered on our website even though it has not been updated for 2012. www.fairhillinternational.com and then click on “Foxcatcher”.
Base Camp is in a primitive field in the corner of Big Elk Chapel Road and Gallaher Road in Elkton, Maryland. There are no electrical hookups and no water hook ups. Water is provided in a huge tanker truck located in Base Camp. There is a Competitor Tent where the Secretary is located and where the Rider Briefing and Dinner are held. Next to the tent is the Hold Area. All vettings are held in this area. All Trails leave Base Camp and return to Base Camp for vetting. We do have a Treatment Vet on duty. I know there is sufficient water on trail but I cannot tell you the distance between water spots. As in all rides, there always seems to be at least one person who misses a trail marking but 150 riders/horses find their way back to camp and some are first timers, so if you focus and watch for markers you should not have a problem. The schedule is posted on our website prior to your arrival.
Thanks for asking and Happy Holidays!

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