AERC ADEQUAN® NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS are coming up September 20 and 22 in Almo, Idaho. Find out more -- go to Competitions, then National Championship to check out qualifications and sign up for the ride.
CONGRATULATIONS to new Hall of Fame inductees Michael Maul and to Karen Chaton's horse Granite Chief+. Michael Maul and his horse Rroco-My-Sol were also named as Pard'ner Award winners, and Roger Taylor won the first-ever Ann Parr Trails Award. Thanks to all who atended the 2013 AERC convention. Awards not presented at convention will be mailed out within the next couple of weeks.
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! Now available is the new, updated list of available mentors for new endurance riders! 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). Thanks to Lisa Schneider for spearheading this much-needed program.
AERC STORE is now open, through Cafe Press. Visit the site at www.cafepress.com/AERCstore. Have suggestions for items? Mail to: the Publications Desk. Thanks!
DECADE TEAMS! AERC now 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.
FIRST 50 AT DESCANSO 2012: Ride along with AERC member Dave Wisniewski on his first 50 at Descanso in his YouTube Video. It's inspiring! (WMV format).
RIDE ALONG AT THE FORT HOWES 100: This 14-minute YouTube video, created by Fred Harshbarger, captures the beauty of the trail and the perseverance of riders and horses at the 2011 Fort Howes ride in Montana. Well worth watching! Click here (WMV format).
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 2012 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 and endurance ride is like? Check out the Old Glory 25/50 ride (WMV format). This excellent video follows the May 30, 2010, ride held in Dripping Springs, TX, and gives a great introduction to the sport. More than 160 riders participated in the ride, managed by Scott Godwin, assisted by Howard Polden and Kelly Carper-Polden.
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.
NEW TO FACEBOOK? Here's a Facebook How-To Guide to help you get started. AERC's Facebook group is over 1,000 members strong -- hope you will join in too!
PHOTOS FOR AERC HOME PAGE: Have a great photo you'd like to see on the AERC home page? Send it to Endurance News in JPG format. Must identify photographer (and have permission to use!); horizontal photos only.
AERC CERTIFIED CONTROL JUDGES: Congratulations to the AERC control judges who have passed the AERC voluntary certified control judge program! Click here for the latest list of AERC-certified control judges. For more information contact the AERC office.
CANCELLED: The OREGON OUTBACK PIONEER HALLELUJAH TRAIL May 25-27 in the Northwest Region.
JUST ADDED TO THE RIDE CALENDAR: PIONEER CABIN 30/55 on August 10 & 11 in the Mountain Region. The August 10 55-mile ride is also the AHA Region 6 Championship ride.
CANCELLED: The OREGON OUTBACK PIONEER July 2-4 and OREGON OUTBACK II July 5-7 in the Northwest Region.
The TOP OF THE ROCK (Midwest Region, 5/31 & 6/1) will not be including a 75-mile ride. All other distance are on!
CANCELLED: The TRINITY RIVER CHALLENGE July 12-14 in the West Region has been cancelled due to volunteer and trail shortages. Watch for this ride in 2014!
Yes, it's on! The MOSQUITO RUN 25/50 on July 13 and 25 on July 14 is on the calendar. The Midwest ride is managed by Peggy Pasillas and held in Rogers, MN.
Ride managers: send your ride flyers to email@example.com for posting to the ride calendar page.