AUBURN, California – May 12, 2015 – Now those interested in the sport of endurance riding can learn more about the sport through an inspiring collection of thoughtful articles and genuine first-person accounts written by riders immersed in the Endurance world. The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has issued a new 16-page booklet titled Discover Endurance Riding, which is available free upon request, starting today. Curated by the editor of Endurance News and illustrated with beautiful photography, the articles are evocative of each individual author’s experiences – some are heartwarming, some will make you laugh, tear up or catch your breath with excitement, and they all have one thing in common – they’ll make you want to try your hand at endurance riding.
The articles in Discover Endurance Riding share a genuine tone, and span a variety of topics including how to get started in the sport, what to expect at your first ride and why endurance is an equestrian sport for everyone. There are uplifting pieces like ‘Friends and Ride Partners’ penned by 14-year old Ainsley Suskey, who along with her 76-year old mentor, Maxine Bernsdorf, set out together to beat the Midwest Region limited distance mileage record in 2014. Their epic journey truly demonstrates that endurance riding spans generations and knows no age limits in humans or in horses. Another piece chronicles one AERC member’s humbling experience in repeated attempts to complete the daunting Western States Trail Ride, or Tevis Cup, 100-mile ride in Northern California. And yet another tells the story of a woman who happened into endurance riding accidentally and then fell in love with a sport that ultimately changed her life.
“The idea for creating this booklet was to make people read it and think, this sounds like something I want to do,” said Troy Smith, Endurance News editor. The endurance riding community is a welcoming one and they live by the mantra ‘endurance is for everyone’ – this booklet serves to reinforce that notion and to invite all who are interested to learn more now.
Request a Copy of the Introduction to Endurance Booklet
To request a copy of the free Discover Endurance Riding booklet email the AERC national office at [email protected], or phone 866-271-2372.
About the AERC
In addition to promoting the sport of endurance riding, the AERC encourages the use, protection, and development of equestrian trails, especially those with historic significance. Many special events of four to six consecutive days take place over historic trails, such as the Pony Express Trail, the Outlaw Trail, the Chief Joseph Trail, and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The founding ride of endurance riding, the Western States Trail Ride or Tevis Cup, covers 100 miles of the famous Western States and Immigrant Trails over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These rides promote awareness of the importance of trail preservation for future generations and foster an appreciation of our American heritage.
The American Endurance Ride Conference, established in 1972, is headquartered in Auburn, California, “The Endurance Capital of the World.” For more information please visit us at www.aerc.org.