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25 th Running of Biltmore Challenge

May 4-5, 2018


Hosting 2018 AERC National Championship

and associated AERC Open Rides

for the benefit of Hope for Horses

September 20-22, 2018

Remembering Anne Ayala, Oct 16, 1940 - Dec 27, 2012:  AERC has passed the motion to name the AERC Junior scholarship for Anne Ayala.  In the future it will be called the Anne Ayala Young Rider Scholarship.  Please send contributions for for this very worthy cause in Anne's name to AERC (PO Box 6027, Auburn, CA  95604)!

==>>> click on the dates / name of the ride you are interested in for more information

May 4-5, 2018:  25th BILTMORE CHALLENGE: all rides sanctioned with AERC; SERA; SEDRA


==> Friday:  25-mile LD, 50 miles; FEI SR-YJ 1*

==> Saturday:  30-mile LD, 55 miles, 75 miles, 100 miles; FEI/FEI SR-YJ 1*, 2*, 3*

Saturday's 75-mile ride will have the 2018 Young Rider Endurance Team Challenge! And the 100-mile ride will have a special team challenge, too.

For the 25th running, we will celebrate riders with more than 20 times riding, and the horse / rider completer who has the most miles together at the Challenge.

Sept 20-22, 2018: AERC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and associated AERC Open Rides: All rides recognized / sanctioned by AERC, SERA, SEDRA:



==> Thursday, Sept 20: AERC National Championship 50 mile ride -- qualifications required; PLUS an open 50 mile ride

==> Friday, Sept 21: AERC Limited Distance (25 mile) -- open ride

==> Saturday, Sept 22: AERC National Championship 100 mile ride -- qualifications required; PLUS an open 100 mile ride

The Championship ride will be a benefit for Hope for Horses, the local equine rescue resource.

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General Conditions:  Built in 1895, the Estate trails promise a challenging ride along the French Broad River and over rolling hills and low mountains.  We recommend that all horses have hoof protection, and in the 75 and 100 mile distances, think about padding.  Breast collars/cruppers may be helpful.  Each loop will circle back to a central vetting area adjacent to the main camping area. 

Weather is somewhat unpredictable in early May, but it is usually humid with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s. Around the September Championship, weather is generally dry, with similar temperatures to the May ride.

Controlled Entry to Biltmore Estate.  As part of the need for security on the Estate, and to provide a more official mode of access for attendees to the Estate grounds, names are provided for a list used by the front gate guards for initial entry (the "Gate List").  Subsequent re-entry will be via wristbands available at the ride site.  Entry for one named crew member is covered as part of the ride entry fees.   On the Estate, including at the ride site, colored wristbands will be required to be worn as visible proof of permission.
Additional entry permits may be purchased for each additional named crew members for $30 each. 
Note:  children 16 and under are free, but must still have their names on the "Gate List" and wear the wristbands.

Note:  Most photographs for the web site have been generously contributed by Genie Stewart-Spears and Becky Pearman







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