Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Claire Godwin's 27-year-old PL Mercury Named 2018 Distance Horse of the Year

Tevis Cup photo
November 2018

PL Mercury ("Merc"), owned and ridden by Claire Godwin, has been named AHA Distance Horse of the Year.  At 27 years of age this year, he completed 6 of 7 endurance rides, including 3 100-milers: Old Dominion in Virginia in June (6th place, ride time of 16:44.33), the Tevis Cup in California in July (13th place, ride time of 17:18), and the AERC National Championship at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in September (15th place, ride time of 17:44.39).

The gelding by AM Autumn Mead X Playland Lady, by Al-Marah Milton started his endurance career in 2006 with Godwin as a 15-year-old.

His overall record now boasts 5950 AERC miles with 104 completions in 112 starts, 18 out of 20 100-mile finishes.

Godwin was featured on October's Horses In The Morning radio show, speaking about Merc's Hat Trick and how she keeps the gelding happy and healthy and going strong.

2018 November's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning


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CA Fire Rescues, Wild African Ride, AERC Century Club on Endurance Day for Nov. 13, 2018

Nov 13, 2018

Hanna Bartnick shares stories from her South African Wild Coast Ride, Haily Daeumler gives us a report from the front lines of the CA wild fires and Century club rider Gary Brown stops by. Listen in...

http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/ca-fire-rescues-wild-african-ride-aerc-century-club-on-endurance-day-for-nov-13-2019/

Sunday, November 18, 2018

AERC Juniors & Young Riders: Apply for the 2019 Anne Ayala Junior Scholarship

November 18 2018

It's SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION time! If you are or know of a young AERC member (from senior year in high school through age 21), please check out the qualifications and apply by January 7, 2019.
aerc.org/static/2019scholarship.pdf
AERC members have generously supported the Anne Ayala Scholarship program with donations. This scholarship, given in memory of longtime ride manager Anne Ayala, is a wonderful opportunity for young riders who want to further their education.

For more information, see:
http://aerc.org/static/2019scholarship.pdf

Friday, November 02, 2018

Corrected: Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31 for Early Discount

November 2 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming. For the early discount, entries must be received by December 31, 2018.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31

November 1 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Tevis Ride Dates Approved Through 2040

Teviscup.org

November 2 2018

The Board of Governors approved the Ride Dates through 2040 at their most recent meeting:

Ride Dates Through 2040