SEE YOU AT CONVENTION! Hope you will be at the 2015 AERC convention in Reno, Nevada on March 6 & 7. The Grand Sierra is the place for endurance, endurance and more endurance! The AERC office will be reopening on Thursday, March 12. Happy trails! For convention information, go to: http://www.aerc.org/2015Convention.pdf
AERC BOARD: March 3, 2015 Draft Agenda for the first convention board meeting.
AERC STRATEGIC PLAN: For your review: AERC Strategic Plan
GREAT VENDORS you will find at the AERC Convention (Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada) on March 6 & 7 -- some old, some new! Welcome AERC Book Barn (books by endurance authors), American Trail Gear, Ann Kratochvil, Arabian Horse Association, Arabian Saddle Company (Bev Gray),AthleticEquine.com, Auburn Labs, Blue Pegasos Horseshoes, Boz Saddlery, EasyCare Inc., Equestri-Safe, Equithotics, Fleece Works, Hawthorne Products, Hooves N Whiskers Tack, Hough Endurance Tack, Jans Jems, LMF Foods, Pandora Saddles/Janet Hatch, Porta-Grazer, Purina Animal Nutrition, Reactor Panel Saddle Company, Renegade Hoof Boots, Sage Brushes Studio (Michaele Tristram), Specialized Saddles, Trailwise Saddles, Triple Crown Nutrition, UndeRider (underwear for riders!), Vettec Hoof Products, Western States Trail Foundation, Wild Carats Jewelry, XP Rides. Invite your friends -- the trade show is free! Friday 3/6 8-6, Saturday 3/7 8-5 at the Grand Sierra in Reno, 2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89502. Link: http://www.aerc.org/2015Convention.pdf
AWARD JACKETS: The 2014 regional award jackets are now at the embroiderer and will be sent out soon. Because of availability, the limited distance jackets will now be black with gray accents. The endurance jackets are blue/gray.
AERC BOARD UPDATE The board of directors has weighed in on the Al Reef tragedy. Please click for the February 2015 Press Release.
CONVENTION SEMINAR SWITCH: The last seminar of the day on Friday, March 6, will now be "Got Questions? Open Forum" with Dr. Susan Garlinghouse. Bring your questions, both simple and tricky, for Dr. Garlinghouse. Newbies, intermediate and advance riders -- there will be something for everyone!
2015 ENDURANCE 101 CLINICS for new/potential new endurance riders! Check out the AERC Clinic Page if you are interested in finding out more about endurance riding (or would like to put on a clinic in your area)!
RENEW FOR TWO! Members can renew for 2015 & 2016 for $145 (first member) and $95 additional adult family members. Here is the 2015 & 2016 AERC Membership Form for you to fill out and mail in with a check or fax in with a CC#.
COME SEE AERC At the March 14 & 15 Western New York Equifest at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
ONLINE PROBLEMS? If you experience problems while joining or renewing online, please give the office a call to renew over the phone, 866-271-2372. The AERC website is experiencing intermittent issues due to a server switchover. We apologize for the inconvenience. (Plus the office staff is always happy to speak with our terrific members!)
DENVER-AREA ENDURANCE CLINIC: Interested in an Endurance 101 clinic near Denver? Contact Rusty Toth, MT Region Director, at email@example.com!
RENEW for 2015! You are welcome to renew online or by phone (866-271-2372). There are changes to the rule book, so 2015 membership cards will be mailed with rule books by late October. Ask about our 2-year membership, available only to those who call the office to renew.
AERC SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRTS! Limited quantities! $18 includes U.S. shipping. Kiwi Green (S, M, L, XL), Blue (S, M, L, XL) and Pink (M, L). Also a few long-sleeve ($25 each) -- call for colors. Close-out on coaches jackets, just $15 each, Youth Medium-XXL. Order by phone from the AERC office: 866-271-2372.
AERC'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS LIVE!: The first four educational videos are up online -- horse camping (2 parts), what to pack in a crew bag, and getting through a control check exam -- and ready for you to view and share! Thanks to Dr. Susan Garlinghouse and Ken and Julie Herrera for their efforts in making this project a reality. Click for: AERC's YouTube Channel.
RIDE PLANNER! New mapping ability -- you can now find rides close to you with the new Ride Planner. All rides with GPS coordinates listed in the database are included. A great mapping tool for endurance riders! Special thanks to Mike Maul and Stace Moss!
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.)
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!
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.
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.rint 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.
Ride managers: send your ride flyers to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting to the ride calendar page.