CONVENTION INFORMATION is up online – check out the Convention tab for just about everything you need to know about the upcoming AERC convention March 7 & 8, 2014, in Atlanta! You'll also find vendor info there. Please check it out if you might be interested or pass along to a vendor you think could benefit by being part of AERC's convention!
December EN Goof: (It happens!) The committee listings in the December EN are out of date – please use the online committee listings or from your November EN. (And sorry!)
REGIONAL DIRECTOR ballots have been mailed to the 3 regions with elections: Northeast (running are Robert Gielen, Skip Kemerer and Nick Kohut, DVM); Northwest (Paul Latiolais, John Parkey and Steph Teeter), and West (Dianna Chapek, Antonio Corbelletta, Andrew Gerhard and Forrest Tancer). Please read over the candidates' statements and contact the candidates if you have any questions. Ballots are due to the independent counting agency by the end of November.
"MY FAVORITE TRAIL" CONTEST! Get the word out about AERC's contest, with the top three entrants winning great gift certificates from Riding Warehouse. (The first place winner also gets a free one-year AERC membership.) Click for contest information. Get the word out to other riders--this is part of the Membership Committee's marketing push to build 2014 AERC membership!
AERC MEMBER JACKET: Newly available AERC member jackets - you choose the embroidery! Include your name and your equine(s)' name(s) plus any accomplishment you wish to show the world! See the order form for more information and to order your jacket! (Note: they are the same style as the Decade Team jacket.)
IN MEMORY OF JAMES BARNETT – Southeast Region rider with more than 10,000 miles, a tireless trail worker, and famous for competing in overalls, Jim will be much missed by his AERC family and son and daughter-in-law Duane and Nina Barnett. Memorial contributions may be made to AERC's Junior Scholarship Fund -- by mail to the AERC office or phone the office to donate with a credit card.
HIGH SCHOOL endurance riders who are USEF members are eligible for USEF's High School Equestrian Athlete Program. Click the link to find out more.
ANNE AYALA JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP: Juniors and young riders through age 21 are invited to apply for the 2014 junior scholarship. Applications are due by 1/8/14. Information/application is available here.
MEMORIAL DONATIONS in honor of longtime endurance rider Jim Larimer, who passed away recently, may be sent to the Wendell and Inez Robie Foundation, P.O. Box 714, Foresthill, CA 95631. Jim had 8 Tevis Cup completions and was instrumental in developing the California Loop section of the Western States Trail.
NEW & UPDATED ITEMS IN THE AERC CAFE PRESS STORE! Now with the new logo--check it out at the AERC store!
RIDE ALONG ON THE VERMONT 100: On this Vermont 100 YouTube video you can experience a 100-mile ride (in 7 minutes), from the beautiful sunrise start to the finish in the very dark night. This is a unique ride as it's run simultaneously with a 100-mile run. Enjoy!
MECHANIZED TRAIL MASTER MACHINE CLASS ($50/limited to 5 students) will be held directly before or after the 2014 AERC National Convention in Atlanta. Dates: March 4 & 5 or 10 & 11. Must be an AERC member and a certified Trail Master. Contact Mike Riter at 678 410-8021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AERC'S SUPER-FABULOUS T-SHIRTS are now available. Adult S-XL, printed front and back (long-sleeve Hanes/100% cotton). Call or email for colors! $25 includes U.S. shipping! Also available: AERC coaches jacket in red or blue ($33). Add an AERC rider card wallet for another dollar each! Use this order form or call the AERC office to order: 866-271-2372.
YOUNG RIDERS: Interested in riding a 1* or 2* FEI event? AERC International's new program, sponsored by USEF, allows a $50 ride entry fee subsidy for the first event and $20 for subsequent events (as long as funds are available). If you're a young rider and are interested, fill out the 2013 Young Rider Incentive Program form or see the form for contact information if you have any questions. (U.S. riders only.)
REGIONAL MENTORS LIST! Look on the Education tab under Mentor Program. If you're interested in being a mentor, please contact one of your regional directors after reading the Mentor Handbook (also under the Education/Mentor Program tab).
DECADE TEAMS! AERC has award jackets for you and blanket embroidery for your equine available for purchase. Get your gear ordered right away: Decade Team Jacket or Decade Team Blanket Embroidery.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: The most current, updated version of the membership directory is available to members via their log-in page. But if you'd like a copy of the 2013 directory mailed to you, we are happy to do so for any AERC member. Send a note to the Publications Desk with your name and AERC number, and please confirm your mailing address.
100-MILE AWARD PROGRAM: Honor your 100-mile horse who has reached the Bronze (3-100s), Silver (7-100s), Gold (10-100s) or Platinum (15+ 100s) levels. Print out the 100 Mile Award Order Form and send it in to the AERC office.
EXPERIENCE AN ENDURANCE RIDE (IN 20 MINUTES!) Want to know what an endurance ride is like? Check out the Old Glory 25/50 ride (WMV format) from a Texas ride. This excellent video gives a great introduction to the sport.
CHECK OUT AERC'S FACEBOOK PAGE: Send in your photos (those with photographers' reprint OK), note upcoming events, and connect with other endurance riders and endurance newcomers.
PHOTOS FOR AERC HOME PAGE: Have a great photo you'd like to see on the AERC home page? Send it toEndurance News in JPG format. Must identify photographer (and have permission to use!); horizontal photos only.