Redwood Empire Endurance Riders

Redwood Ride: August 18, 2018

The Redwood Empire Endurance Riders invite you to join them at this year’s Redwood Ride in Orick, CA, 45 minutes north of Eureka on scenic Highway 101.

RIDER LIMIT: This ride is limited to 60 riders, combined for all distances.  Entry requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Historically, the ride has filled to its limit.  Please plan accordingly and submit your ride application early.

TRAIL:  There will be both 50-mile and a Limited Distance (30-mile) AERC ride. We will use the same trail as the well-received 2016 ride – which included never-before used trail and minimal repeat trail.  Redwood Ride is special because it is held in the spectacular Redwood National Park and its awesome old-growth redwood forest. You will ride through enormous Redwood stands and peaceful alder groves.  You may even spot a few late-blooming Rhododendrons above you, or some Tiger Lilies, Violets, or Monkey Flowers on the floor below.  The trail is made up of soft single-track, old logging roads, and maintained service roads. The weather is usually foggy and cool in the mornings with sunny afternoons.  Conditions within the forest for the horse and rider teams are not hot; however, they can be quite humid.  This ride is a moderate-to-difficult rated ride.  The technicality of the footing, undulating topography, and high humidity requires a fit horse and rider team. The trails are home to an abundance of wildlife.  The most frequent sightings are elk, bears, grouse, bees, banana slugs, frogs, and osprey.  The ride will climb from sea level in camp to around 1,000 feet. The vet checks will be away from camp.  You can find a detailed map of the trails here and on our Links & Info page.

DIRECTIONS: From either direction, follow Highway 101 through the center of the town of Orick.  Coming from the south, just before the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn right at the Orick School and follow the road to the Rodeo Grounds. Coming from the north, just as you drive over the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn left at the Orick School and follow the road to the Orick Rodeo Grounds.

RIDE RULES: Redwood Rides comply with all AERC and REER ride rules. Dogs are allowed in camp if on a leash at all times. No dogs in the vet in, vet check, or dinner area.  Open fires are not permitted. Those who bring extra horses (horses not participating in the ride) will be charged a fee of $5 per horse per day.  Ride management is responsible for a per-horse fee paid to Orick Rodeo Grounds.  This is not a good trail to race; please ride carefully and responsibly in the park.  Good sportsmanship, horsemanship, and respect for volunteers (this includes ride management) is paramount for REER. The focus is always family, friends, fun, and fairness to the horse.

RIDE CAMP: Opens at noon on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday at the Orick Rodeo Grounds. There is typically plenty of room on flat grass for trailers and corrals. Additional camping days are usually available; contact Orick Chamber of Commerce at 707-488-2885.  There are a small number of corrals available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you use a corral, pay at check-in.  Other groups will use the rodeo grounds parking area, and part of the area is reserved for veterinary activities.  Just as you come into camp on the left (all along the road between the T-posts and the arena) is reserved for Redwood Trails Horse Rides and the vets.  Drive to the far end of the parking area to find a camp site.

FOOD: There will be an optional potluck Friday night before the ride meeting.  Please join and bring a casserole, salad, dessert plate, or similar addition to share.  A Saturday night dinner is included for each rider.  Extra dinner tickets are available at check-in (note on the entry form).  All volunteers eat free!

VETS:  Dr. Dan Chapman, Dr. Michael Witt, and Dr. Melinda Newton

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  Friday Afternoon:  Pick up your vet card from registration and see the vet to vet-in your horse for Saturday.  Friday evening potluck will be followed by the ride meeting.  Bring your maps to study the trail and ask questions.  After the ride meeting there will be opportunity to ask questions, especially if you’re new to endurance.  There will also be a volunteer meeting for all of those willing to lend a hand on ride day.  Saturday night will have a catered dinner followed by an awards banquet.

ENTRY FORM NOTES: Click  here or at the bottom of the page to download adult and junior rider entry forms. Limited Distance and 50-mile riders must show proof of current AERC membership or pay a $15 non-member fee. Checks are cashed after the ride. 

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:  Full refund prior to 14 days before the ride.  $30 fee withheld for cancellation within 14 days of the ride date.  Cancellations (including no-shows) after the Tuesday before the ride receive no refund.  Full refund less $30 for entrants whose horse did not pass the pre-ride veterinarian examination by the attending ride veterinarian/s.  Cancellation notice must be received by Ride Secretary Donna Biteman either in-person, by email (DMajicc@yahoo.com) or by phone (707-498-3221).  This policy is non-negotiable.

CONTACT INFO:  Questions/concerns?  Would you like to bring a volunteer or help on ride day?  Please contact:

Ride Manager, Natalie Herman: eponashoes@hotmail.com or 707-616-6261

or, Ride Secretary, Donna Biteman:  DMajicc@yahoo.com or 707-498-3221

MAIL SIGNED ENTRY FORMS with FEES TO:
(Make checks payable to: “REER/Redwood Ride”)
Redwood Empire Endurance Riders
P.O. Box 292
Bayside, CA 95524
Adult Entry Form
Junior Entry Form
REER Membership Form ($20 to be a 2018 member, and you’ll get $5 discount per day on all 2018 rides)