Phyllis Bartholomew honored as the recipient of the Edward Johnson Award for superior horsemanship.

Valle de Rosa, owned and ridden by Phyllis Bartholomew was the recipient of the Wendell Robie award for XP Horse of the Year.

 

Laurie Birch and Scudd Run

Marci Cunningham and Fire Mt Zoom

Carlita Roberts and Enuff Said

our three 2016 Gold Medal Horses

After far too long I finally figured out the results for all of 2016. Thats not an easy task for an old man with few computer skills. I apologize in advance for any errors. Check out your results for all XP Rides in 2017 and send an email to Duck@xprides.com for corrections.

http://xprides.com/2016-horse-and-rider-teams/

http://xprides.com/2016-rider-mileage/

2017 Results through Mt Carmel now posted

Photos for Lost Padres and Cuyama available at:

http://www.photo.lynnesite.com

Photos for Mt Carmel available at:

https://stevesphoto.smugmug.com
Our next ride:

Strawberry Fields

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June 16-17-18, 2017 

2017 AERC Ride Season 50 & 25 or 30 each day

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.
Rumors of the ride being cancelled due to winter snows do not come from the management.  Howard has assured us he has trails in the lower country that will be passable even if we can’t get to the highest passes. Any announcements regarding ride status will come directly from ride management and will be posted on this web page as well as the XP Facebook page.

The STRAWBERRY ENDURANCE RIDE has become known as one of the most beautiful rides in the Mountain Region. Located in the Uintah Mountains, 55 miles SE of Salt Lake City and just 20 miles east of Heber, just north of Strawberry Reservoir, this is a ride to enjoy in a friendly, relaxed environment. The terrain is challenging, but not difficult, with trails winding through aspens and meadows filled with wildflowers and spectacular mountain scenery.

2017 is our 15th year for Strawberry and once again, it will be a 3-DAY Pioneer Ride.

Dave and Ann Nicholson are helping Howard continue this great ride. 

We look forward to seeing eveyone again this summer. We hope everyone will spread the word about the beautiful scenery… the area is blessed with some of the most pristine, gorgeous riding terrain imaginable. At this time of year, with the spring run‑off, numerous creeks are flowing, the bugs aren’t out yet, but the wild flowers and Aspen are blooming everywhere. It is a perfect time of year to enjoy a memorable Uinta Mountain riding experience.

We are looking forward to taking our riders back up to the Red Cliffs and on the spectacular high mountain trails again, although there is some concern about the heavy winter snows, which may keep us in the lower green meadows.  Come early, stay late and savor the pure mountain atmosphere. Sightings of deer, elk, moose and beaver are not uncommon, and look for bald eagles and hawks soaring above. The scenic value of this ride is what makes it truly unique and special, and if taken at a moderate pace, this is a ride to cherish and remember forever. 

DIRECTIONS: Base camp is about 55 miles south east of Salt Lake City, Utah, with easy access. From Heber City, take Hwy 40 eastbound for approximately 25 miles. You will go over Daniel’s Pass and the Daniels Summit Lodge. Base camp was moved to Co-op Creek last year and will be there again in 2016. 7.6 miles east of Daniels Summit Lodge you will see the  sign for the Co-Op Creek Road. The turn off is between milepost 41 and 42 (at GPS  40.243132° -111.156970°)Turn left and continue on the good gravel road for approximately 2 miles then turn left on Forest Road 451 (GPS 40.282160° -111.166816°) to Base Camp (GPS 40.282160° -111.166816°).

If you are coming from the east, the turn off is about about 5 miles west of Fruitland on Hwy 40. Turn right at CO‑Op Creek.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Our trails are mostly single track through woodland and open meadows, and some gravel roads. There are plenty of creeks and ponds, and an abundance of green grass for horses to snack on. Although it is high altitude, and there is significant elevation change, the trails are not difficult and the footing is generally very good. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to be introduced to the sport of Endurance Riding in a friendly, relaxed, environment and there will be people around who would be pleased to show you the ropes and get you started.

We plan for the 55 and 50 milers to start at 7am and the 25 milers at 7.30am, but weather and trail conditions could dictate a last minute change in plans. Daytime temperatures usually range from 70 to 80 degrees, and you can expect the occasional thunder shower so come prepared. The nights can get chilly so warm jackets and horse blankets are advised. Dinners will be catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. You will need to reserve meals 24 hours in advance. Complimentary sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be provided for riders each day at the control check point.

For more information contact Ride Manager:

Cell and internet service is poor at the ride site. Emails and text work best but don’t be frustrated by no response as we may have to travel some distance from camp to make contact.

 

Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail duck@xprides.com

Ride Photos by Steve Bradley 

 

ENTER THIS RIDE

 

Entry Fees: 

Ride fees and other ride information will be sent to those who have entered online usually within two weeks of the event. If you have not received a response with the information you are looking for you should call or email us.

We will now accept Paypal payments if you use the friends and family option so we don’t have to absorb the fee. You can use your credit card and pay the fees on your end our use your checking account and its a free service for all of us. Send Paypal payments to klawockvet@xprides.com.

 

Entry fees are a composite of ride entry fees along with other charges that must be passed on to the riders. These hidden charges include fees to the various government entities such as the BLM, USFS and NPS as well as camping fees to state, country and private entities. They also include drug testing taxes levied upon the riders from the State of California and/or the AERC. In addition there are AERC rider fees which vary depending upon membership status. XP Rides and the XP Riders host a number of events, all of which have different financial conditions.  Not only do fees vary from ride to ride, they also vary within most rides. Our policy of not publishing fees comes from accusations of government officials going to the ride site, extrapolating information and applying it as they wish.  

XP Rides for 2017 Ride Season

Coso Junction ~ December 3 & 4

Death Valley Encounter ~ December 28-31

Laurel Mountain ~ January 28 & 29

Eastern Mojave ~ February 9-12

Bar H ~ Conflict with AERC convention

Cuyama Oaks ~ March 24-26

Lost Padres ~ April 8 & 9 DO NOT SEND RELEASES TO THE RANCH.

Mt Carmel ~ April 26-30

Strawberry Fields ~ June 16-18

Grand Canyon ~ August 30-September 3

Virgin Outlaw ~ September 27-October 1

Sesenta Años ~ November 10-12

You can learn more about each of our rides by going to XP Rides and Dates on the menu bar and scrolling down to the one you are interested in. 

 

 

XP SPONSOR

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EasyCare, Inc. is proud to provide year-end awards to XP riders. EasyCare, Inc. has a full line of hoof boots and natural hoof care products that protect the hoof, allow horses to cover rough terrain, act as a spare tire in case of a lost shoe, and aid in the treatment of laminitis and other hoof problems. EasyCare’s hoof boot brands include the Easyboot, Boa Horse Boot, Old Mac’s and EasySoaker.  While the main focus at EasyCare is horse boot design, we proudly make other top quality products for trail riders and recreational horse owners such as Stowaway Saddle Packs, EZ Ride Stirrups, Comfort Pads, hoof boot accessories and natural hoof care products.

 

 

 

THE UNSOCIALIZED DUCK

Please don’t be offended if the Duck doesn’t add you as a friend or associate on Facebook,  LinkedIn,  or  any other type of social media.  He just simply does not participate in those things!

 

HAPPY TRAILS

Over the years our family has made a lot of great friends along the trail. We always look forward to the new ride year to renew those friendships and to make new ones. We hope you will be able to join us on the endurance trails this year. Come ride with us, you will be glad you did.