Redwood Ride: August
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The Redwood Empire Endurance
Riders invite you to join them at this years Redwood Ride
in Orick, CA, 45 minutes north of Eureka on scenic Highway 101.
RIDER LIMIT: This ride is limited to 70 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
TRAIL: There will be both a 50-mile endurance ride and a 35-mile
Limited Distance AERC ride. We will use the same trail as the
well-received 2019 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 park is home to an abundance
of wildlife. The most frequent sightings are elk, bears, grouse,
bees, banana slugs, frogs, and osprey.
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 usually 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.
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 friends, fun, and fairness to the horse.
The ride will climb from sea level in camp to around 1,200 feet,
with a total elevation gain during the ride due to many
changes in elevation of approximately 7,000 ft. The vet
checks will be away from camp. Find a link to the ride map below.
DIRECTIONS: From either direction,
follow Highway 101 to 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 Drydens Road to the Orick Rodeo
Grounds and Horse Camp. Coming from the north, just as you drive
over the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn left at the Orick School
and follow Drydens Road to the Orick Rodeo Grounds and Horse
Camp. (Web site: https://orick.net/orick-horse-camp)
RIDE RULES: Redwood Rides comply
with all AERC and REER ride rules. Dogs are allowed in camp if
on a six foot leash at all times. No dogs in the vet in, vet
check, or dinner areas. Open fires are not permitted. Those who
bring extra horses (horses not participating in the ride) must
pay a fee of $5 per horse per day. Ride management is responsible
for a per-horse fee paid to Orick Rodeo Grounds. All riders and
volunteers must complete and sign a COVID-19 Release form, in
addition to the general release on the rider entry form.
RIDE CAMP: Opens at noon on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday
at the Orick Rodeo Grounds. Additional camping days are usually
available; contact the Orick Horse Camp at 707-601-4129 for reservations.
Friday and Saturday nights camping fees are included in
the ride entry fee. Pay the Orick Chamber of Commerce (Orick
Horse Camp) directly for additional nights. There are a small
number of corrals available to rent on a first-come, first-served
basis. We charge a fee for use of a corral, Friday and Saturday
FOOD: There will be NO potluck
Friday night before the ride meeting. A catered dinner Saturday
night is included for each rider. Extra dinner tickets are available
at check-in (note on the entry form). All registered volunteers
eat free! Wrist bands identify riders and volunteers.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday Afternoon: Present your horse to the
veterinarian for a pre-ride exam at your scheduled appointment
time. (Get your time when you check-in for the ride.) Due to
COVID-19 restrictions, we have changed procedures to eliminate
Start times: Saturday, August 14 (Ride Day): 6:00 am 50
mile ride. 8:00 am 35 mile ride. In order to maintain
social distance, rides on both distances will begin with a controlled
ENTRY FORM NOTES: Download adult and junior rider entry forms
from the REER web site (www.redwoodendurance.com:
Forms & Entries). Limited Distance and 50-miler 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 veterinary examination
by the attending ride veterinarian/s. Cancellation notice must
be received by Ride Secretary, Donna Biteman, either in-person,
by email at email@example.com
or by phone at (707) 498-3221. This policy is non-negotiable.
Head Veterinarian: Dr. Dan Chapman
CONTACT INFO: Questions/concerns?
Would you like to bring a volunteer or help on ride day? Please
Ride Manager, Jim Biteman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Secretary, Donna Biteman: email@example.com
MAIL SIGNED ENTRY FORMS with
(Make checks payable to: REER/Redwood Ride)
Redwood Empire Endurance Riders
P.O. Box 292
Bayside, CA 95524