What are the first steps towards a journey of 25, 50 or even 100 miles on horseback? You’ll find out at the Central Coast Get Ready for Distance Riding Clinic, May 11-12, 2019, taking place at the historic Huasna Ranch in Arroyo Grande, CA. A dream-team of legends in the sport are willing to help train the next generations of distant riders.
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Get Ready for Distance Riding Clinic
Join us for a weekend of The Central Coast Distance Riding Clinic at the historic Huasna Ranch in Arroyo Grande, CA. We’ll take endurance riding concepts and turn them into practice. We want you to enjoy the learning process and ensure you will feel comfortable with the skills needed to successfully get through your first distance ride.
Instructors: A Dream Team of Endurance Riding Legends
The instructors have a combined total of 40,525 miles of American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) competition, including Decade* Horses and Double Decade Horses
John Parke and Remington: John started in 1996 and has 14,925 miles. AERC’s First Double Decade* Team with over 10000 miles, having completed a 50 mile ride for twenty years in a row. Remington The 30-year-old, 13.3-hand Icelandic pony, elected to AERC’s Hall of Fame for 2013, has 11,510 miles and is 11th on the all-time AERC mileage list. Parke and Remington were also AERC’s Pard’ners Award winners in 2006.
Jane Wilson started endurance pre-1985. She has a total of 6,035 miles.
Kathleen Phelps started riding endurance in 2008 and has 1,625 miles.
Debby Lyon started endurance riding in 1987 and has 13,855 miles. She has ridden several Arabians and is starting a new horse. Debby is the manager of Montana De Oro Endurance Ride a fund raising event for SLOPost. She is a Decade* horse owner with multiple Tevis Cup Finishes.
Becky Lange started distance riding and endurance in 2009 and has 6,720 miles. Her partner is a Decade* horse, Mocha Jack, a famous Kentucky Mountain horse.
*The Decade award recognizes an achievement that represents the foundation on which AERC was formed by acknowledging a rider who over a long period of time has kept an equine sound and actively competing. The Decade Team recognizes those equine and rider teams who completed at least one endurance ride (50 miles or more) each year for 10 years.
Get Ready for Distance Riding Clinic Details
Clinic Cost is $55 per horse/rider pair. Dinner will be provided Saturday night, please bring your own food for lunches and breakfast. Just the Saturday dinner tickets are $30.00 for anyone not riding.
Proceeds from this ride will be given to the San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space, and Trails Foundation (SLOPOST) Please consider an extra donation with your entry for trails.
Clinic Schedule – May 11-12, 2019
Saturday, May 11 arrive by 9 and set up camp by 10:00 AM. Start with a two-hour lecture. After lunch we’ll have a group practice ride, route finding training and mock pre-ride vet check. Saturday night closes with dinner, a ride meeting and lecture.
Sunday, May 12 enjoy a fun, practice mini-endurance ride on marked trails, post ride mock-vet check, award ceremony, and then pack up and head home.
FEE: $55.00 for riders with their horses – limit 50. $30.00 for just the Saturday dinner for non-riders or interested people who can’t make the whole weekend.
Contact Kathleen Phelps for information and to pre-register by May 8, 2019:
Checks made out to and mailed to:
P.O. Box 86
Arroyo Grande, CA 93421
Cover Photo: Jane Wilson crossing a creek on the historic Huasna Ranch, Arroyo Grande, CA
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