The AERC fun and festivities at the annual convention, held this year in Grapevine, Texas, concluded with the Saturday night banquet and awards ceremony, and the announcement of the National awards.
Jackie Bumgardner of Ridgecrest, California, was posthumously named to the AERC Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Horse is GE Brazil's Envy, owned by Ann Kratochvil of Ridgecrest, California.
Pard'ners Award winners are Don Bowen, from Dorris, California, and his gelding Wild West ("Willy").
Other highlights of the evening were Joyce Sousa receiving the Perfect Ten award for her gelding LV Integrity +/ (10,000 miles in 10 years, 10 wins, 10 Best Condition awards), the Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award going to Greg Jones, M.D., and the Volunteer Service Award going to Susan Garlinghouse DVM.
There were 51 new Decade Teams (at least one 50 mile ride for a horse and rider team for at least 10 years) in 2016.