Columbus, OH — Have you wondered if you would enjoy the sport of endurance riding? The friendly folks of the Southeast Endurance Riders Association are hosting a free clinic on Saturday (Aug. 10) at East Fork Stables in Jamestown Tenn., from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (EDT). Anyone who wants to learn about endurance either to compete or volunteer at a ride is invited to attend.
Experienced endurance riders will lead discussions on crewing, vet checks, getting ready for your first ride, tack and equipment, nutrition, and more. After the discussions there will be a short trail ride to show how trails are marked for competition. Any and all breeds of horses are welcome. Bring a sack lunch and join the fun.
August is guest appreciation month at East Fork Stables with a 25 percent discount on campsites, stalls, and cabins. Come camp for the weekend. Reservations can be made by calling 931.879.1176; visit their website for more information.
Since 1996, the Standardbred Equine Program has worked with owners of off-the-track Standardbreds to educate the general public about the many disciplines Standardbreds excel at once they are retired from racing. Since 2011, the USTA has partnered with the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) to promote the use of Standardbreds in endurance riding. A High Mileage Standardbred Award has been given out annually since 2011 to recognize the efforts of Standardbred owners and their horses in endurance.
To connect with other Standardbred trail and endurance riders, join the Facebook Group Team Standardbred Distance Riders. For more information about the SEP at the USTA, visit LifeAfterRacing.ustrotting.com.