Biltmore Equestrian Center logo and  New Holland logo

present the

Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride

3 and 4 May 2024

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)!

2024 Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride:

====>>>>  Friday May 3, 2024: 25, 50 mile rides
====>>>>  Saturday May 4 2024 30, 55, 75 and 100 mile rides. 
The 100-mile ride is also the AHA Region 12 100-Mile Championship for 2024 (#241216229)! Additonal, separate entry required. Can be done at ride site.

In 2024, the Biltmore Equestrian Center, located on the grounds of George Vanderbilt’s historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, will host the twenty-ninth annual Biltmore Challenge Endurance Rides on: 

Friday May 3, 2024: 25, 50 mile rides
Saturday May 4, 2024: 30, 55, 75 and 100 mile rides 

All riders will be entered in the AERC Open category.   The 100-mile ride is also the AHA Region 12 100-Mile Championship for 2024: additonal, separate entry required. AHA entry can be done at ride site.

Team Competitions !  We hope to get a sponsor for team compeitions this year at the Biltmore Challenge. These are open to all riders on both days with no additional entry fees.  At least two full teams within the same distance are required to have team competition awards.  Form your own team of four riders, with time for the top three finishers on each team counting towards awards.  This is a good opportunity to practice team riding....   Check out how strategy and opportunities change in this environment! 

Ride with GPS:  SERA sponsorship of RideWithGPS maps for this ride is returning.  Get the app on your mobile, download ride maps to your phone, and have trail directions for you as you ride along.

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 50, 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. 

Please beware that the trails go through farming areas, with farm animals: goats, sheep, cattle and PIGS.

Weather is somewhat unpredictable in very early May, but it is usually 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.   For 75 and 100-mile riders, two (2) named crew members are covered in 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. Each 25, 30, 50 and 55 mile ride-day of entry fees covers one crew length of stay. So riding two days gets two crew.

Note:  children 16 and under are free, but must still have their names on the "Gate List" and wear the wristbands.

Farrier: 

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

Human Body Therapy:
Nancy MacDonald plans to 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 nanmacd@gmail.com.

Horse Body Therapy:
Lauren Lukert plans to be the equine body worker. She will be on the grounds starting Wednesday. Note: she will be riding Friday (change!), so plan accordingly. To make an appointment with Lauren, call her at 828 779 3276 or email her at equinetherapeuticbodyworks@gmail.com.

Ride Information Summary is here.

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

 

==>>> Federal (US Government) law requires us to create safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. With that in mind we are particularly aware of our vulnerable population of young people. Please work with us on this. The USA Center for SafeSport has resources and training (see https://safesport.org/resources) that all adults should take in an ideal world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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