Prepare yourself and your equine for your first ride. AERC provides a variety of educational materials for new members, both online and by mail.

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From your very first AERC ride, you’ll be part of the AERC family. Whether you ride 25 miles or 100, AERC will celebrate every mile with you.

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AERC is here to help you meet your goals, whether it’s attempting your first 50, earning a national award, or making the Decade Team.

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AERC Ride Calendar

Find all AERC rides or search by region (or state/province)!

Link to AERC Ride Calendar

Latest News

Register now for the 2024 AERC ride season

The upcoming ride season begins December 1 and runs through November 30, 2024. Sign up right away so you don’t miss an issue of Endurance News, beginning with the December issue. New members, join by phoning the office: 866-271-2372, or with online registration: First time members: Join Here!


Renewing members: Renew by 12/1/23 to be eligible for a $500 custom tack package drawing, donated by Taylored Tack! Renew online: 2024 AERC Membership Renewal

2024 Green Bean Endurance Registration is Open!

If you have fewer than 1,000 AERC miles (combined endurance and/or limited distance), you are welcome to join in the fun Green Bean Endurance group! $15 per season and you’ll be eligible for fun contests and prizes and camaraderie with other newish-to-endurance riders.

2024 Green Bean Registration

2024 Convention in Albuquerque 

Mark your calendars for February 23 & 24 and join in the fun in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Two days of speakers will focus on “Safe and Sound on the Trail” and, of course, we’ll have the usual fun and festivities plus lots of vendors and even a tack swap (buy! sell!). Host hotel is the Embassy Suites by Hilton. Registration and hotel reservations will be up by December 1. See more on the Convention page:

2024 AERC Convention – Albuquerque

Endurance Riding and AERC Values

The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1972 as a national governing body for long distance riding. Over the years it has developed a set of rules and guidelines designed to provide a standardized format and strict veterinary controls. At the same time it has sought to avoid the rigidity and complexity so characteristic of many other equine disciplines.


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. 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.


AERC Sponsors

The contributions of AERC's sponsors greatly assist our nonprofit organization. Four levels - Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver -- are available for sponsors, with benefits ranging from award sponsorship to advertising discounts.
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