2019 AERC National Championship Signature Sponsors

Greetings everyone!  It is with great pleasure that we extend a warm welcome to the endurance riders and horses who will be joining us as part of this exciting event.

The AERC National Championship Ride is your ride – it is put on for and by AERC members.  It is an opportunity for AERC riders all over the country to compete in a head to head competition to determine our National Champions.  The 2019 AERC National Championship Ride will be a weekend extravaganza where vendors and sponsors will come and showcase their products.

We have a variety of trails for you to ride, great vendors full of endurance “necessities”, and a talented chef onsite to provide you with meals. You will find that our base camp has plenty of camping space,  electricity, running water, real flush toilets and showers, but most importantly a staff, both hired and volunteers, all working together, committed to making the AERC National Championship Ride an exciting and successful experience for all.

Good trails, good food, and good friends – we will have it all!  So come and join us for a weekend of fun.

Robert and Melissa


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Ride Entry

For the first time in more than a decade, the AERC National Championships return to the West Coast in the Pacific South region at Ridgecrest, California.


Click here to access the form.

The views include mountainous landscapes

Qualifications for the National Championship Rides:

All entries must meet AERC qualification criteria:

A) All entrants must be current full members of AERC

B) All riders must ride in the declared weight division

C) Riders will be eligible to participate in this event by qualifying under the AERC-NC criteria defined as follows:

50-mile ride: 300 lifetime miles (horse) AND 300 lifetime miles (rider), with at least 100 miles together. The mileage requirements must be met with endurance competitions of 50 miles or more only -- no limited distance miles count towards qualification criteria.

100-mile ride: 500 lifetime miles (horse) AND 500 lifetime miles (rider), with at least one 100 mile, one-day ride together or completion of a Pioneer ride. The mileage requirements must be met with endurance competitions of 50 miles or more only -- no limited distance miles count towards qualification criteria.

Alternate qualification (either distance): If the horse and rider team has completed together 1,000 AERC endurance miles (rides 50 miles or more only) they are qualified to enter.

Additional Alternate qualification, approved by the AERC board 4/15: All horse and rider teams who completed the previous year in the Top 10 overall standings in their region will be qualified to ride in either the 50 or 100 mile distance.

D) It is the RM’s responsibility to validate the eligibility of each entry via the AERC records website.  In the case of entries that are submitted that are in conflict with the AERC records website, the RM and the AERC will work together to validate these entries.



To view your Ride History, click here or phone the AERC office, 866-271-2372.

20 Mule Team 100-mile rider Lindsay Graham and Monk in 2009. They would go on to win the National Championship 100-mile ride later that year.

View the full Ride Schedule Here

Next Steps...

Let's get you signed up! Ride entries are now available.


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