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2018 AERC National Championship

for the benefit of


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)!

Sept 20-22, 2018: All rides recognized / sanctioned by AERC, SERA, SEDRA:



==> Thursday, Sept 20: AERC Championship 50 mile ride -- qualifications required

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

==> Saturday, Sept 22: AERC Championship 100 mile ride -- qualifications required

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In 2018, the Biltmore Equestrian Center, located on the grounds of George Vanderbilt’s historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, will host the AERC National Championship. The Championship will be organized according to the recent Championship format, from September 20 through 22, 2018:

==> Thursday, 20 Sept: 50-mile Championship
==> Friday, 21 Sept: 25-mile LD
==> Saturday, 22 Sept: 100-mile Championship

The Championship ride will be a benefit for Hope for Horses, the local equine rescue resource, a not-for-profit, 501C3 entity (donations are tax-deductible at least in 2017).

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 mid-September, but it is usually moderately humid with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.

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: while being on the gate list gets into the grounds, it does not include the House. However, the grounds have many opportunities beyond the outstanding equestrian facilities. For example, during the ride period, the Estate has a Chihuly exhibit which will be well worth taking in! The photo below was from a Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden early 2017.

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Mountain Farrier Service, Jeff Pauley owner, will be the ride farrier.   They will be on the grounds during the rides Friday and until 6-7 pm  Saturday.  To make an appointment in advance, please call Jeff at 828 712 2343.   Jeff's associates include John Arndt.

Human Body Therapy:
Nancy MacDonald will be the human massage therapist on the grounds. Nancy is a certified neuromuscular therapist, licensed massage and bodywork therapist, nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork therapist.  To make an appointment with Nancy, call her at 828 225 5022 or email her at

Horse Body Therapy:
Michelle Blankenship will be the equine body worker on the grounds. She is an ESMT. To make an appointment with Michelle, call her at 828 255 7899 or email her at

AERC Championship Ride Information Summary is here

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




Qualifications for the National Championship Rides:

All entries must meet AERC qualification criteria:

    1. All entrants must be current full members of AERC
    2. All riders must ride in the declared weight division
    3. Riders will be eligible to participate in this event by qualifying under the AERC-NC criteria defined as follows:
      2. 50-mile ride: 300 lifetime AERC miles (horse) AND 300 lifetime AERC 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 AERC miles (horse) AND 500 AERC lifetime miles (rider) with at least one 100 mile, one day ride together. The mileage requirements must be met with AERC endurance competitions of 50 miles or more – no limited distance miles count towards qualification criteria.

        Alternative qualifications for 100 mile ride:

                      a.  Horse/rider as a  team have completed 1,000 AERC endurance miles together (rides of 50 miles or more only).

                      b.  Horse and rider being ranked as a team in the overall top 10 of their AERC region in the year preceding the National Championship Ride they are entering


Only eligible members under the AERC NC qualifications will be able to ride at this RIDE with the exception of riders who are designated to sponsor qualified junior entrants. This sponsoring rider will receive career lifetime mileage only for the unqualified horse and sponsoring rider so will not affect the overall placement standings for the RIDE.  The RM may choose to allow several unqualified riders to enter as eligible sponsors for riders whose sponsors may be pulled during the ride. These unqualified riders will be reported in the results as lifetime mileage only.


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




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