Land of the Sun Endurance Ride

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Land of the Sun Endurance Ride at Boyd Ranch

2022 RIDE TBA

THE EVENT HAS PASSED.

2021 – This year we will be hosting a one day ride with a 30/50 (limited to 100 riders) and a 12 mile intro ride. We are doing things a little different this year and all entries and payments must be received by US mail on or before Wednesday February 24, 2021. We will not be using the Boyd Ranch website to accept payments or entries.  You will need to mail your entry to Lancette Koerner  2313 N Sinagua Circle Mesa, AZ 85203.  No ride entries will be accepted after 2/24/21 or on site.  Please make checks payable to Boyd Ranch and mail your payment with your entry form.

Trails: The trails will be 12-19 mile loops and a mixture of two track dirt roads, single track trails, sandy washes, some limited areas are hard packed and rocky.  There are elevation changes as Wickenburg is in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by beautiful mountains. Hoof protection is recommended for the trails. The 30 and 50 mile distances will have one vet check with a one hour hold. All vet checks and holds will be at base camp (Boyd Ranch). However, secondary to ambient conditions additional checkpoints or trail changes will be determined by the head control judge and ride management.  All trails will be marked with ribbons but we do encourage riders to use Ride With GPS!  Additionally, all trails this year will be north of the ranch and we have a new 12 mile trail, named Crockett Saguaro!  It has the most beautiful crested saguaro and is named after Crockett Dumas and is sure to be a favorite trail.

Campsite/Ranch Entry Fee: Everyone must pay either overnight camp fee ($25 per vehicle/rig per stay) or a day use fee ($10 per vehicle).  This includes use of bathrooms, showers and water for your horses. Manure will be picked up daily so please pile it an area so it can be picked up easily by the ranch caretaker.  There will be someone available to assist you in finding a parking spot when you arrive.  Please park wisely to accommodate other riders/rigs.  All vehicles will need to pay the fee including your crew.

Bunk Houses: We have 4 bunk houses that have 4-6 bunk spots. Each bunk spot is $25 for the stay. These are available on a first come first serve basis.  We will have woman’s bunk house and mens bunk houses. You will need to bring a mattress pad and sleeping bag – the bunk houses are not heated.  The showers and toilets are steps away from the bunks houses.  RSVP on your registration form – they will fill up fast. If you want to rent the entire bunk house please call Maureen Serrano at 623-521-2355 to see if one is available. The cost for this is $150 per bunk house.

Corrals/Horse set up:  Corrals are available on a first come first serve basis. They are nice panel corrals with water. You can park your rig close to these pens.  Please RSVP for these on your registration form as they will fill up fast. Cost is $25 per corral. Otherwise, please secure your horse to your trailer or in your own portable pen.  A horse wash area is also available for you to use.  Hoses are available but please bring your own feeders and buckets for water.

Location: The Boyd Ranch is located 12 miles north of downtown Wickenburg. From Wickenburg head north on Highway 93 (towards Las Vegas); immediately after mile marker 195,  turn right on Scenic Loop Drive; the ranch is approximately 8 miles down Scenic Loop Drive and the ranch will be on your right. This dirt road can be slow moving so please allow 30-40 minutes of travel time once you get to Scenic Loop Drive. For more detailed directions visit www.boydranch.org

Limited Distance: The 30 mile limited distance ride will consist of 2 loops each returning back to the Boyd Ranch. There are 7 hours and 15 minutes allowed for completion of the Limited Distance ride. Per AERC rules, placements are given based on the order in which the horse meets a heart rate of 60 beats per minute. This means there is no finish line. Riders return to camp for a vet check and their finishing time is recorded once the horse meets a heart rate of 60 beats per minute.Then the horse must pass all the set criteria.

50 Mile Ride: The 50 mile ride will consist of 3 loops all of which return back to the Boyd Ranch. Riders will ride Sand Hill Loop (~19 miles) and return to BR for a trot by and continue onto the second loop Crockett Saguaro (~12 miles) where there will be a 1 hour hold at base camp after the loop is finished.  After the 1 hour hold riders will ride the 3rd loop Red Ledge (~17 miles). There are 12 hours allowed for completion of the 50 mile ride, including vet checks per AERC rules.  However, there will be a generous cut-off time for completing the first 2 loops/60 minute hold so that we do not have riders coming in after dark. The ride pace for the last loop should be ~ 5 miles per hour in order to complete the last loop within the 12 hour time allowed. This will be discussed in detail at the ride meeting. Additionally, the setting of judging parameters, including but not limited to pulse rate and respiration, shall be determined by the control judge per AERC rules.

Limited Distance: The 30 mile limited distance ride will consist of 2 loops each returning back to the Boyd Ranch. Riders will ride Sand Hill Loop (~19 miles) first and then return to Boyd Ranch for a vet check and 1 hour mandatory hold.  Then they will ride the second loop Crockett Saguaro (~12 miles) and return to Boyd Ranch.  There are 7 hours and 15 minutes allowed for completion of the Limited Distance ride. Per AERC rules, finish time is based on the time in which the horse meets a heart rate of 60 beats per minute or less. Then the horse must pass all the vet criteria.

12 Mile Intro Ride: The 12 mile ride must be completed in 5 hours time. Junior Riders must wear a helmet and must be accompanied by a competent adult (18 years or older). All introductory rides must have a pre-ride and post-ride exam.

Junior Riders: All junior riders in both full and limited distance rides must be accompanied by a competent adult (18 years or older) sponsor throughout the competition. A Junior rider is a rider who is under the age of 16 as of 12/01/20. All Juniors must wear approved safety helmets. Those juniors who qualify to ride without a sponsor must have appropriate paperwork from AERC. Junior riders will ride for free this year.

Rules and Regulations: This ride will be conducted in accordance with AERC Rules and  Regulations:www.aerc.org

Ride Photographers: We are very fortunate to have local Equine Photographers Susan and John Kordish with AZ Cowgirl Photography to photograph our ride again this year. Susan and her husband John team up to photograph endurance rides around the state. The ride photos can be viewed and purchased at: www.azcowgirlphotography.com

Meals: Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions at this time we will not be serving dinner or an awards dinner meal.  We will have snacks and sandwiches available for riders and crew (turkey/ham sandwiches, granola bars, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, and drinks).  We will have tables set up under the Pavilion so if you’d like to bring your dinner over during the ride meeting feel free.  We will keep the tables socially distanced and minimize the seating around them.  Thank you for understanding. Please wear your mask when you are anywhere close to other people. Food is sponsored by Cheri Noel  and Maureen Serrano with Saddle Up Realty and Property Management.

Awards: A completion award will be given to each participant who completes the ride. Awards will be given for:  Best Condition, First Place and the Top 10 finishers in both the 30 and 50 mile ride.  We will have a Turtle and JR award as well. Please make sure to pick up your award before you leave the ride we will not be mailing any awards. Awards this year are made possible by generous donations from our sponsors. Standlee Feeds is once again sponsoring our First Place Awards for the 50 and 30 mile ride – new this year a Headstall Buckle!  Boyd Ranch will be sponsoring Best Condition Awards, and Ellie Nolan is our Top 10 Finisher Sponsor.  We have a unique award for the top 10 finishers..a hand made leather key chain made by saddle maker Karen Lamontagne owner of Riata Saddles!  We still need sponsors for Jr Rider & Turtle Rider. We rely on donations and volunteers so we can raise as much money as possible to support the wonderful venue that the Boyd Ranch offers. Please contact Maureen Serrano if you have something you’d like to donate for the ride 623-521-2355 or maureenserrano@aol.com

Dogs: Dogs are allowed at the ranch but must be on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your dog. DOGS are not allowed on the trail!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to 5:00 pm Monday February 22nd, 2021, will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after 5:00 pm Monday February 22nd, 2021, will be charged an administration fee of $35.00.  A no show-no call, will not receive a refund.  Once the applicant starts the ride, the entry fee is non-refundable.  Ride Manager must be notified of cancellation by the start of the ride or no refund will be issued.  Please allow 7-10 business days after the ride for a refund to be issued.

ALL RIDE PROFITS WILL BE DONATED TO THE BOYD RANCH – THIS RIDE IS A FUNDRAISER THAT BENEFITS THE BOYD RANCH AND IS PUT ON BY MANY VOLUNTEERS!

PDF Rider Packet

How to sign up

This year we will be hosting a one day ride with a 30/50 (limited to 100 riders) and a 12 mile intro ride. Entries and payment to be postmarked no later than Monday February 22, 2021. There will be a $35.00 late fee assessed for entries postmarked or received via email after this date.

Entry/Payment Options

1. Print, complete, and mail entry form (Rider Packet) with signed release, official entry, and payment information form and check made payable to Boyd Ranch and mail to the address listed in the packet.

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