Over the years, our good friend and fellow rider, Crockett Dumas has supplied all of our rides on public lands with his excellent high quality certified weed free hay.  This may finally be coming to an end as he can no longer afford to bring limited amounts of hay for a few people.  He will need to have an order of at least 80 to 100 bales to make the trip for Grand Canyon and Virgin Outlaw.  You can send him an order via the internet and hope that he will have enough requests to make it worth his while.  We can arrange to store hay between Grand Canyon and Virgin Outlaw at our place in Mt Carmel.  Some good hearted soul who would agree to purchase any left over hay for their home place might be an answer to the dilemma.  The only other option is going to be for riders to find their own source of hay in the future.  

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.



2017 Results through Strawberry Fields now posted

Photos for Lost Padres and Cuyama available at:


Photos for Mt Carmel and Strawberry available at:

Our next ride:

Grand Canyon XP


August 30 to September 3 , 2017 

2017 AERC Ride Season 50 & 25 or 30 each day

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.



Over the years we have done our best to protect the meadow at the Dry Park campsite. However there are always a few people who don’t get the message and end up creating a mess that we have to clean up. Two years ago we had people driving around the mud puddles even though they were advised that there was a strong bottom to the road. I had to admit to the Forest Service that I couldn’t control those who have no regard for rules and fail to use common sense. Because of this I was forced last year to move our camp out of Dry Park to an area that can stand more abuse.


We are fortunate to have an alternative campsite, called the Snowmobile Play Area that offers many advantages over Dry Park. The new campsite is located just three miles from the pavement and four miles from the North Rim Store Store and the Kaibab Lodge. In addition it’s close enough to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that you can comfortable drive there for dinner and site seeing even after riding all day. The area has recently accommodated over five hundred people and will tolerate all types of vehicles including two wheel drives and motorhomes. No matter how much foul weather we receive there will be no problem in getting in and out of camp. We will still be able to access all the beautiful trails that we have used in the past without having to deal with the worries of weather and mud in Dry Park. 


All five days of the Grand Canyon XP are out of the new basecamp which is located in the Snowmobile Play Area, on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We ride through beautiful aspen and conifer forests and across wide open meadows through the North Kaibab Plateau on the Arizona Trail and the Rainbow Rim trails. Both of these trails offer spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. The trails course along the rim of the canyon but are far enough back from the cliffs that one does not have to a worry about a fear of heights.  The beautiful foliage, set against a backdrop of heavy green forests and the colors of the Grand Canyon offers a riding experience of a lifetime. The Kaibab Plateau is quite flat on top and the horses will have few, if any, climbs of significance. Although many of the trails are what you would expect in an alpine forest, there are some sections that can be somewhat rocky. We expect cool, mild days but be prepared for chilly nights.  As with all XP rides, free lunches are provide to everyone including the crews. Annie will prepare meals for a nominal charge if requested in advance.



The new directions to camp are now the same for everyone regardless of which way you are coming from. Take Hwy 89A to Jacob Lake, Arizona. Go south on Hwy 67 approximately 27 miles to Forest Road 22. This turn off is about 1 mile past the Kaibab Lodge and North Rim Store. Slow down as you see the pond on your right and turn right on FR22. Go about 2 miles to the top of the hill where there is a main cross road. You will turn left at this intersection and go 1 mile on FR 270, another major well-maintained Forest Service road. You will see a large sign on the right directing you to the Snowmobile Play area.

Those who fail to get this message will find a sign at the entrance to Dry Park that will direct them to continue on FR22 to the intersection of FR270 and then to the new campsite. Please pass this on to anyone you can think of that might need it.

The coordinates for the campsite are:

Intersection of FR22 and Hwy 67: 36° 24.069’N x 112° 7.767’W

Intersection of FR22 and FR270: 36° 24.659’N x 112° 8.976’W

XP Campsite in Snowmobile Play Area: 36° 23.880’N x 112° 9.164’W

Cell and internet service is poor to non existent at the ride site. Some Verizon coverage can be found with a booster. There is great Verizon service at the Kaibab Lodge on the North Rim.  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.

Hay and Water:  Certified Weed Free hay is required on all public lands. Crockett may be coerced into bringing  weed free certified hay available if you call and order it.  Horse water is available in camp starting the day before the ride starts.  If water is needed sooner (for earlier arrivals), there is a place to get it a few miles from camp.  

Other Misc:  It is okay to come early, however please let us know so that you can get instructions on where (and where not) to park.  A newsletter will be sent out to registered riders prior to the ride.  This is when you will be able to put in your request for meals. 

Health Certificates:  If you need an address for a health certificate use:  Snowmobile Play Area at Forest Road 270, North Kaibab National Forest, Fredonia, AZ.  Be advised that many inspection stations are now checking paperwork.

Awards: Individual daily awards are available for the first to finish and the horse in the best condition. An overall best conditioned horse and first to finish awards will be presented. Daily participation awards will be given to all riders. Riders who complete all five days will receive jackets, crew bags or plaques. Embroidered awards may not be available for up to a year following the event.  We sincerely hope delays of this nature never have to occur in the future but its been our only option up to this point. 


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

Ride Photos by Steve Bradley 




Entry Fees: 

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.  We have not increased any of our ride fees for many years and have no plans for any increases in the foreseeable future.

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. 





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.





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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.