National championship endurance rides slated

National  championship  endurance rides slatedBy KELLY COSNER, News Review Correspondent

Each year the American Endurance Ride Conference selects a different region to host its premier event, the AERC National Championship Ride — and this year the conference selected the local 20 Mule Team 100-mile route.

This championship is considered the destination ride for America’s most dedicated endurance riders. And what better route to choose than one that recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary?

The 20 Mule Team ride route is one of four rides founded by Jackie Bumgardner who also managed and participated in the rides for more than 30 years. The route spans both day and night starting on the valley floor, heading west to the base of the Eastern Sierra and climbing back over the foothills crossing roads, highways and rugged terrain.

Hundreds of top riders and their world-class mounts from around the country and as far away as Canada will be in attendance for this multi-day event including the two championship rides of 50 and 100 miles.

The 50-mile championship will be held Thursday, Oct., 31, at 7 a.m. and the 100-mile championship will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 a.m. Both rides will be based out of the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Equine and Livestock Arena.

The public is welcome to come out for the races and is advised to arrive early and park along the equine entrance of the fairgrounds. Another location for viewing the competitors is across Highway 395 at the trailhead parking area on Old Brown Road.

Story First Published: 2019-10-25