We will have more details about special activities over the coming weeks.
Message* from ride manager Beth Kauffmann :
(*well, she asked me to post something, but I'm sure this is exactly what she would have said)
The NV Derby ride is alive and well, and will be held on 1st/2nd of April. Entry forms can be found here!.
The ride will be at Washoe Valley and although the camp is the same as the old Washoe Valley ride, the trail is not the same.
Because the ride is early in the season, the NV Derby ride does not include the SOBs (I know - you're all disappointed), nor does it include the exciting romp at the end alongside waves crashing on the Washoe Lake* beach.
(*Washoe Lake has water in it! Although you won't see this from the beach, since you won't be there. But you will see it at the bottom of Ophir Grade, where you can also find hundred-year-old oxen shoe).
Beth promises the weather will be perfect riding temperature - 55°-60° with no wind (she's tight with the weather gods).
Although the trail has some erosion, your trail worker-bees are slaving away to put on a fabulous ride.
Don't forget, Saturday's 50 is also the first leg of the NASTR Triple Crown (NV Derby 50 / NASTR 75 / Virginia City 100). This is your chance to earn yourself an embroidered jacket and be the envy of your friends.
Both Red Rock Rumble ride and the NEDA/NASTR Joint “Fun-Raiser” were a great success in raising money to go towards assisting Kenny Creech’s rehabilitation from his long term illness and his transition back home. To date, $7,745 has been raised.
Cortney Bloomer is working on putting together a database of trails used to advocate for public lands and access. She plans to make this available to club members. Please send her any trail “tracks” you have GPSed in .KMZ format of any trails.
This year's NASTR ride managers are:
Many thanks to Carolyn Meier for stepping in as ride manager at the last moment to ensure that the NASTR ride (and Triple Crown) would not be cancelled. The NASTR ride will again be held at Scout Camp, out by Fort Churchill.
Please support them and come out and volunteer.
NASTR is so proud of our long time member Gina Hall and her fabulous Fire Mt. Destiny, (sired by AERC Hall of fame stallion, Sierra Fadwah) for their outstanding partnership through many years of endurance riding. This will be their 15th year of competition with over 7000 miles, 2100 miles of those completed in one day 100 mile rides. They both represent the epitome of the AERC Pard'ners Award. Thank you to Beth Kauffmann, Kim Mileo and Pam Anderson for presenting the award and surprising Gina at the AERC National Awards Banquet. Congratulations Gina and Destiny, Pard'ners for life!
Photo: Gina and Destiny during the 2007 Virginia City 100 (photo Rene Baylor)
(Pard'ners Award: "Rider and horse perform together as a mutually bonded team. Rider and horse engender a spirit of friendship, enthusiasm and championship that makes those around them glad to have attended the ride. However competitive they may be, good sportsmanship remains their first priority. Horse and rider take care of each other. Together horse and rider personify the prevailing and abiding goal of AERC: "To finish is to win." This award was established in honor of the late Mae Schlegel and her horse Pard. The recipient receives a keepsake plaque and the names of the "pard'ners" are engraved onto a perpetual trophy." )