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27 th Running of Biltmore Challenge

September 18-20, 2020

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)!

NEW DATES: September 18 -- September 19, 2020:  27th BILTMORE CHALLENGE: all rides sanctioned with AERC; SERA; SEDRA

!!!To benefit Hope for Horses!!!


==> Friday:  25-mile LD, 50 miles, 65 miles; planned FEI SR-YJ 1*

==> Saturday:  30-mile LD, 50 miles, 65 miles, 75 miles, 100 miles; planned FEI SR-YJ 1*, 2*, 3*; 100-mile ride is AHA Region 15 Championship Ride (201515050)


early fogIn 2020, the Biltmore Equestrian Center, located on the grounds of George Vanderbilt’s historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, will host the twenty-seventh annual Biltmore Challenge Endurance Rides on:  September 18-19/20, 2020.  

We are offering two days of competition:
==>   Friday, 18 September: 25-mile LD, 50 miles, 65 miles (NEW!)
==>   Saturday-Sunday, 19-20 September: 30-mile LD, 50 miles, 65 miles (NEW!), 75 miles, 100 miles

All riders will be entered in the AERC Open category. 

In the 65 mile and up distances, qualified riders may have the option to enter the FEI (open FEI and Junior / Young Rider FEI) rides (paper entry direct to ride management with separate USEF paper release and on-line entry through USEF or the rider's National Federation required) with additional qualifications and rules. 

Team Competitions !  The Biltmore Challenge plans to also host team competitions, 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! 

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 65, 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 late April, 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.   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 $55 each. 
Note:  children 16 and under are free, but must still have their names on the "Gate List" and wear the wristbands.


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. 

Human Body Therapy:
Nancy MacDonald will be the human massage therapist on the grounds, along with her colleague Emily Weir. 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. Or call Emily at 828 707 6212, or email her at seeingstars88@outlook.com.

Horse Body Therapy:
Michelle Blankenship will be the equine body worker on the grounds. To make an appointment with Michelle, call her at 828 455 7899 or email her at mlblank90@gmail.com.

Ride Information Summary is here

The FEI draft Definite Schedule is here.

The USEF Federation page 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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