Land of the Sun Endurance Ride

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Land of the Sun Endurance Ride at Boyd Ranch

 Saturday February 29th and Sunday March 1st, 2020

AERC Sanctioned Ride!

Entry: This year we will have two days of riding for a total of 100 miles! The ride is limited to 100 riders each day. En-tries and payment to be postmarked no later than Monday February 24th, 2020. There will be a $35.00 late fee assessed for entries postmarked or received via email after this date.

Trails: The trails will be 12-15 mile loops and a mixture of two track dirt roads, single track trails, sandy washes, some limited areas are hard packed and rocky. There could be water in the Hassayampa River with several water crossings for all the rides. There will be 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 and this will be discussed in the pre-ride meeting on Friday and Saturday evening.

Campsite/Ranch Entry Fee: Camping 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. The Boyd Ranch use fee is $25 per vehicle per stay (1-3 nights). If you are only coming for the day and will not be spending the night it is $10 per vehicle. 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 now have 4 bunk houses that house 4-6 people per bunk house and are available on a first come first serve basis. 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. Cost is $25 per stay (1-3 nights). *If you want to rent the entire bunk house please call Maureen Serrano at 623-521-2355 to reserve.

Corrals/Horse set up: Corrals are now 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 stay (1-3 nights). 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.

50 Mile Ride: The 50 mile ride will consist of 3 or 4 loops each of which will return back to the Boyd Ranch where all the control judges will be. There are 12 hours allowed for completion of the 50 mile ride, including vet checks per AERC rules. 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. 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.

12 Mile Intro Ride(Saturday only)/Burro Cross Ride: The 12 mile ride must be completed in 5 hours time. Riders under 16 years of age must wear a helmet and must be accompanied by a competent adult. This trail is beautiful! Vet checks for these riders are optional. No meals are included in the ride fee so please sign up for your meals if you want to eat.

Junior Riders: All junior riders must wear a helmet at all times while on their equine and ride with an adult sponsor. Those juniors who qualify to ride without a sponsor must have appropriate paperwork from AERC. Junior riders will receive a $20 discount (does not apply to fun ride).

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: Friday night dinner will be provided for riders who signed up for Saturday’s ride. Extra dinner tickets for Friday night will be $15.00 each. Saturday night dinner will be provided for riders who signed up for Sunday’s ride. Extra dinner tickets for Saturday night will be $15.00 each. Please sign up for meals on your ride fee form.

Awards: A completion award will be given to each participant who completes the ride. Awards will be given to best condition, first place and the top 5 finishers in both the 30 and 50 mile ride for Saturday’s ride and best condition and top 5 finishers in both the 30 and 50 mile ride for Sunday. Additionally, for those of your riding both days for a combined 100 miles a completion award will be given. We will be giving a first place, best condition award for the 100 mile combined ride. Please make sure to pick up your award before you leave the ride as we will not be mailing any awards out after the ride. Awards this year are made possible by generous donations from our sponsors.

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 24th, 2020, will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after 5:00 pm Monday February 24th, 2020, 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 have two days of riding for a total of 100 miles! The ride is limited to 100 riders each day. Entries and payment to be postmarked no later than Monday February 24th, 2020. There will be a $35.00 late fee assessed for entries postmarked or received via email after this date.

Entry/Payment Options

1. Complete your registration and payment online!  Please review the Rider Packet prior to registering!

Register Online!

2. Print, complete, and mail entry form (Rider Packet) with signed release, official entry, and payment information form and check made payable to Boyd Ranch to Jodie Dukerich 16219 N 12th Street Phoenix, AZ 85022.