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

2024-25 Regional Director nominations are open

Consider running for a seat on the AERC Board of Directors? Now through September 30, you may nominate yourself or another AERC member to represent your region ($5 nomination fee). Elections will take place this fall. To find out more or to nominate with a phone call to the office, call 866-271-2372, or use the easy registration form (link below).

2024-25 Regional Director Nomination Form

AERC 2023 National Championships

See you soon on the Armadillo Trails in the Davy Crockett National Forest for the AERC 2023 National Championships! October 19 for the 50 mile ride and October 21 for the 100 mile ride. Plus there will be 30, 50, and 100 mile open rides. All welcome! Pre-register before October 4, 2023.

Click here for more information!

Saddle Prize Trail Fund Drive 

Here’s your chance to donate to AERC’s Trails Fund — all monies go directly to trail building, maintenance and repair projects — AND get a chance to win a fantastic Freeform Pathfinder PJ saddle ($3900 value) donated by AERC sponsor Saddle Up LLC!  Each $25 donated means another raffle ticket for you! Thank you for your donations (and good luck!). LAST DAY TO ENTER: 9/30/23

Find out more, see a photo of the saddle at the

Trail Fund Drive donation page

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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