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 for corrections.

2017 Results through Grand Canyon are now posted

Our next ride:

Virgin Outlaw XP


September 27 to Oct 1 , 2017 

2017 AERC Ride Season 50 & 25 or 30 each day

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.

Virgin Outlaw Water and Camp Information 

Both the Grand Canyon and Virgin Outlaw camps are dry camps where we have to haul the water. Its a long haul on a dirt road. The bottom line is that we have to haul a lot of water and its very expensive.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE FILL UP YOUR WATER BEFORE GETTING TO THE RIDE.   Last year we had a lot of people fill up their rigs after getting to the ride site.  Please don’t do that this year and we won’t have to stress over running out of water.  There will be plenty of water to take care of the metabolic needs of the horses but there is no need to waste water by washing your horses unless you do that with water you bring from an outside source.

We have new restrictions placed upon us for the Virgin Outlaw Camp.  The Forest Service is now enforcing the 150 foot rule for camping. This is a requirement that has been overlooked in the past but will now be strictly enforced. Bob Rogers is parked on the west side of Toms Best Spring Road in a white and gold Dodge truck with Texas plates. There will be a sign on the front and he will assist you in parking.  The FS and ride management prefers that you camp within 150 feet of both of the side roads taking off of Toms Best Rd. The requirement is for motor vehicles AND trailers. You may put up your corrals behind your rigs, its only the motor vehicles that are a concern. We will have the most space available if people will pull in perpendicular to the road or at a slight angle. There was serious doubt about the ride being cancelled because of complaints from a few disgruntled FS personnel. Their complaints have been mediated by this agreement and the ride will continue but we must be vigilant in enforcing the rules.  We will have a measuring rope to make sure everyone is in compliance.  

Description: This ride will stay in the same camp for all five days in 2017.  We are going to make use of the start of the Grandview Trail as well as the spectacular trails through Red Canyon and Mt Dutton. This will be the only XP ride in the area as we have cancelled the Bryce Ride after many years due to the decreasing number of entries.  Perhaps in the future we will offer it again if we have sufficient interest.

Directions: Camp is approx. 7.4 miles east of Highway 89 on Highway 12. Turn left from Hwy 12 onto Tom’s Best Spring Road and go approximately a mile and a quarter to camp. The turn off is at the top of Red Canyon. Here is a map with the GPS coordinates of camp:

Meals: Lunches are provided. Dinners will be available for an extra fee.

Awards: Individual daily awards are available for the first to finish and the horse in the best condition. Daily participation awards will be given to all riders.  Riders who complete all five days will receive jackets or plaques.

Cell service is good with both ATT and Verizon. 

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.  If there aren’t enough hay orders you can either find hay in town before you arrive or you can drive to Crocketts and get it. We are open to someone taking a pickup to Escalante, buying the hay from Crockett and bringing back to sell for a profit. 

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:  Tom’s Best Spring Road (FS 117) and FS 646, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764.   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

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


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 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. 





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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.