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 for corrections.

2017 Eastern Mojave Results now posted

Photos for Eastern Mojave now available at:
Our next ride:


Cuyama Oaks XP

March 24-25-26, 2017 

2017 AERC Ride Season 50/50/50 & 25/30/35 LD

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather. LD rides may not be in the order shown on AERC website. 



This is the 16th year of our popular ride in New Cuyama, located in the grasslands and oak covered foothills between Bakersfield and Santa Maria. When the wildflowers and spring grasses are blooming its one of the most beautiful places on earth. This year should be absolutely spectacular. The creeks are running and the early spring flowers look promising for a spectacular display at ride time The Cuyama Ride has always been very popular and we are therefore required to limit entries. After sending us an entry we will respond a few weeks before the ride with further instructions on payment and commitment instructions.

Jon and Mari Jones, ranchers on Cottonwood Road, allowed us to camp on their property in 2014.  There are trails connecting his property to the trails south of the North Fork, so we’re able to use all the scenic loops near the mountains that we have in the past. Once again, Jon has checked with neighbors to the west for access to lands we haven’t been able to use in the past.

TRAIL: Most of the ride takes place on private lands that trace back to the old Spanish Land Grants. The trail is more difficult than most XP Rides and ranges from a crude single track to dirt roads. There will be wire gates to open and close as we pass through private cattle country. The trail has some rocky portions that some feel necessitate the use of hoof protection. The elevation ranges from 1600 to 5600 feet if we chose to ride to the top of the Sierra Madre Range. The area is home to mountain lion, bear, coyotes, and an occasional Frozen Duck. The trails wind through the same rolling pastures that have supported cattle since the days of the California Vaqueros.

AWARDS: Participation awards will be given to all participants. Horse and rider teams that complete all three days receive special vest or sweatshirt awards.

Ride Photographer: Lynne Glazer will be shooting this ride!

Destination information for health certificates: Health certificates are required for horses coming into California from other states. They are not required for horses coming from within the state. The requirements for health papers vary depending on conditions both in California and other states. Your local veterinarian will be able to counsel you on current requirements. The destination address is Jones Ranch 2401 Cottonwood Canyon Rd. New Cuyama, Ca. 93254

Meals: Contact if you would like to eat with our family and volunteers. The meals are prepared by volunteers in a camp environment and you will eat at your own risk.  There is always a charge for the evening meals to cover the cost of food but the lunches are always free.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times. 

Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail

Ride Photos by Lynne Glazer 




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


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. 





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.





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!



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.