New for 2018
Starting with the 2018 ride season the XP Rides will be adding an Intro Ride to all of our events. These rides are also known as Fun Rides or Duck Rides. We have offered Duck Rides for many years but we are going to formalize the events to a limited degree and will be more diligent in keeping track of the rider mileage in ALL divisions. This means that your ALL of your mileage will count for the year end awards regardless of what division you rode in. Just to be clear, we will include AERC Endurance Miles, plus AERC Limited Distance Miles, AS WELL AS XP INTRO/FUN/DUCK MILES. We are doing this as we now have many riders and horses who have reached an age at which it is no longer fun or even possible to “go the distance”. These old campaigners, have been reluctant to drop to the “lower” levels of competition for various reasons. We miss them and want to offer them an opportunity to continue in the sport they have supported for so long. Starting with the Coso Junction Ride in December we will track mileage from all divisions including the Intro/Fun/Duck rides. This cumulated mileage will then be the basis for the year end XP awards.
The 2018 Bar H Ranch Ride will be an XP Ride but will not be AERC sanctioned. Mileage will count toward the XP end of year awards. There will be an AERC Clinic in conjunction with the event. Join us for a laid back, fun weekend.
We are expanding our 5 day events (Mt Carmel ~ Grand Canyon ~ Virgin Outlaw) to 6 days. They will start on a Sunday and run for three days. Then there will be a rest day on Wednesday. Another three day Pioneer Ride will start on Thursday and run though Saturday. We have received numerous requests and suggestions for this so we will give it a try and see how it goes.
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 Virgin Outlaw are now posted
Our next ride:
November 10-11-12, 2017
2017 AERC Ride Season 50 & 25 or 30 each day
Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.
Ride Location: This ride will be held on the beautiful Rancho San Fernando Rey in the upper Santa Ynez River Valley north of Santa Barbara. This is an original Spanish land grant rancho of 37,000 acres looking much like it did 200 years ago. The terrain is classic central California rolling hills and valleys covered with oaks and grass. Unlike John’s ride twelve years ago, this time the basecamp and every inch of the trail will be located on the Ranch.
Trail Description: There will be a different trail each day. The trail should be considered moderately difficult since there will be some climbing, however John has pledged to make the ride easier by eliminating some of the multiple steep climbs. There will be plenty of water on the trail at spring fed stock tanks. The trail will mostly use dirt ranch roads and cow trails. Since it may still be very dry in mid November, hoof protection is advisable.
Rules: The rules of the American Endurance Ride Conference will apply. The ride is open to every breed of horse or mule. AERC rules require horses entering the 50 mile ride to be 5 years or older and horses in the 25 mile ride to be at least 4 years old. Since John rides perhaps the strangest horse in endurance, he encourages everyone with a reasonably fit trail horse whether it is an Arab, a quarterhorse, a gaited horse, a mule, or whatever, to give at least one of the shorter distances a try. In addition to the AERC rules there are some things about the XP Rides that differ from other Socal rides. Please take the time to read our thoughts on medications, riding vs racing, and general behavior of riders and crew members. Our family and friends organize these events to have fun. They are not intended to be high class international competitions.
Special Considerations: Because this is a private ranch, the Rancho San Fernando Rey’s own release form must be signed by every single person coming onto the property, whether as a rider, a crew, a volunteer or anything else. You will not be allowed to enter the Ranch without a signed RSFR release for every person in your vehicle. To protect the ranch roads and the pasture where the basecamp is located, the ride will be cancelled in case of substantial rain during or immediately before the ride. Because this is a working cattle operation, loose dogs will not be tolerated. Best to leave your dog at home . Click here to download the RSFR Release form.
Early Arrivals: If you need to arrive before THURSDAY, John suggests you contact Rancho Oso, a private equestrian campground just a few minutes down the road from the ranch entrance. Ranch Oso has excellent facilities. Camp for Sesenta Anos will open on THURSDAY.
Entry Fees: $120 each day for the 50 mile and 25 mile rides which includes the increased camping fees for this years event. $65 each day for the introductory fun ride. Add $15 each day if not an AERC member. Lunch is included, but dinner is $15 extra. These fees apply to this ride ONLY. Do not extrapolate these fees to other XP events. Some XP events are even free.
From the south: drive through Santa Barbara on Highway 101, turn onto Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass, turn right onto Paradise Road a mile or so after crossing the bridge, turn left after a mile or so into the Ranch at our sign. If you are concerned about going up San Marcos Pass with a really big rig, then stay on 101 until Buellton, turn right onto Highway 246, and turn right onto Highway 154 to join those coming from the north.
From the north: drive through Santa Maria on Highway 101, turn onto Highway 154, turn left onto Paradise Road after passing Lake Cachuma, turn into the Ranch at our sign.
Address for Health Certificates: Rancho San Fernando Rey, 166 Paradise Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105. If you are already IN California, you don’t need a health certificate.
Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail email@example.com
Ride Photos by Lynn Glazer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Cuyama and Lost Padres are the only XP Rides that require prepayment. Most riders pay at the end of the ride on all the other rides.
Photos for Lost Padres and Cuyama available at:
Photos for Mt Carmel, Strawberry and Grand Canyon available at:
XP Rides for 2018 Ride Season
Coso Junction ~ December 2 & 3
Death Valley Encounter ~ December 28-31
Laurel Mountain ~ January 27 & 28
Eastern Mojave ~ February 8-11
Bar H ~ AERC Clinic PLUS Bar H Ranch Ride.
Cuyama Oaks ~ March 23-25
Lost Padres ~ April 7 & 8 DO NOT SEND RELEASES TO THE RANCH.
Mt Carmel ~ April 22-23-24 Rest Day 26-27-28
Strawberry Fields ~ June 15-17
Grand Canyon ~ August 26-27-28 Rest Day 30-31-Sept 1
Virgin Outlaw ~ September 23-24-25 Rest Day 27-28-29
Sesenta Años ~ November 9-10-11
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.
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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!
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.