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The USTA has partnered with the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) to promote the use of Standardbreds in endurance riding. The amount of training miles put into a Standardbred in preparation for racing gives them a solid base for endurance.

For more information on the AERC, visit their website.

Riders that are new to the world of endurance can learn more as a Green Bean.

Join other Standardbred endurance riders in the ‘Team Standardbred Distance Riders' Facebook group.

Riders must be a member of AERC in order to track horse and rider mileage.

New for 2018/2019 – Standardbred Distance Championships

Any registered Standardbred is eligible to compete in the Standardbred Distance Championships. There will be two events, a West Coast Championship held over the 2018 Labor Day weekend and an East Coast Championship held over the first weekend in May 2019.

West Coast Championship
Crazy Daze of Summer Ride
Spokane, WA
September 2, 2018

East Coast Championship

Requirements: The following requirements are for the Standardbred Distance Championships (50-mile ride):

  1. All entrants must be current, full members of AERC.
  2. Horse must be a registered Standardbred.
  3. Pre-registration is due one week in advance of the ride.
  4. The horse/rider team must have completed 200 lifetime miles together, which must be verifiable by the time pre-registrations close, with at least two 50-mile rides completed with AERC; miles from EDRA and ERABC will be counted for the West Coast Championship.

To view your horse’s AERC ride history, click here.

Awards: The Standardbred Distance Champions (1st, 2nd and 3rd place across the finish) will be crowned from those competing in the 50-mile ride.
Completion awards will be given to any Standardbred (registered or not, but must be declared Standardbred with AERC and on the ride form) competing that weekend.

Entry: Register with Crazy Daze directly and be sure to list that your horse is a Standardbred on the form. No extra sign-up or fees required.

High Mileage Standardbred Award Winners

The USTA has presented the High Mileage Standardbred Award since 2011. The award is given to the Standardbred that has the most miles ridden during the current ride season (December 1 through November 30). Horse must be registered with the USTA or Standardbred Canada. All completed rides are considered, including the limited distance 24-35 mile rides, and standard endurance rides (50+ miles).

Riders must be a member of AERC in order to track horse and rider mileage.

2017 Stephanie Teeter/Merri Melde & Shotgun Rider

2016 Jen Moore & Sidney Rain

2015 Aarene Storms & Naked Willow

2014 Heather Wimer & Pureform Bunny

2013 Heather Wimer & Pureform Bunny

2012 Nancy Salazar & Steady's Bad Boy

2011 Patricia Clark & East Meets West

Endurance News

Visit USTrottingNews.com for Endurance News from the U.S. Trotting Association.

After the Finish Line: Standardbreds go the distance as endurance horses (Hoof Beats: May 2011)

From Rescue to Endurance Horse
by Cherry Grubb