AERC's Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteering at AERC Rides

Volunteers are welcome (and very much needed!) at AERC rides. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and meet other endurance riders. Find a local ride on the AERC Calendar page, then contact the ride manager. The ride manager will fill you in on available volunteer opportunities. (Thanks!)

Registration and Renewal

You can use the Online Renewal Form , our paper form, or call the office to renew over the phone.

You can use the Online Equine Registration form — or call the office at 866-271-2372 to get a number for your equine right away.

No, AERC’s equine registration is a one-time-only, lifetime registration. Once entered in the mileage program, a horse registration does not need to be renewed.

New Rider Questions

It’s easy to join AERC, with lots of options. Use our Online Join Form or you can download a paper form. You are also welcome to call the AERC office toll-free at 866-271-2372 (8-4 Pacific Time). You can also join at any ride — see the ride manager for a membership form. This allows you to avoid paying a day member fee. (Check with the office for current new member special offers.)

Yes. However, you will be required to pay the day member fee of $20 per ride, which covers administrative costs.

Information About You, Your Horse, or Other Members and Your Members Page

Use the Member Login button at the top right of the AERC home page to get to the member page, then click on My Profile to edit. Or give the office a quick call at 866-271-2372. . Please note: To change your region or weight division, you must contact the office.

This isn’t as unusual a question as you might think. Use the Member Information lookup page to see if your membership is current, or give the office a call at 866-271-2372.

Go to “Member Home” and login. Then click on “My Horse Info” to see a list of all equines registered to you with AERC.

To log into your member page, click on Member Login from the home page. If you don’t remember your login information, click on “Forgot Password” and you will be emailed a link.

While you are not required to, we definitely recommend doing this to keep things consistent.

Go to “Member Home” and login. Then click on “My Horse Records”. Select the horse from the left that you wish to find the record for.

You may always contact the AERC office to request a copy of your official rider or horse history. Those can be sent your way via email or mail.

Until February 1, all members from the previous season are included in the online directory. After February 1, only current AERC members are listed. The directory is available through “Member Home” (login), and then click on “Directories” and search for the member.

It means that a ride result has been posted without a rider or hose number, or if a rider’s weight division is unknown. Contact the office if you see an asterisk beside your ride result data.

First, compare your official record with those “No ID” records to see if they are already included. The “No ID” listings mean that the entries in question didn’t have an AERC number when the results went to the office. If they are not included, either phone the office or copy the record in an email to the AERC office and request that they be combined with your official record.

Go to “Member Home” and login. Click on “My Horse Records” and select the equine that you wish to pull up a record for. The office staff would also be happy to help you with that information, so feel free to call us at 866-271-2372 or email

Rule 17.3 says, “Thirty days after the mailing of the AERC Endurance News, the ride results printed therein become official and are not subject to change, unless intentional fraud is proven”.

Usually this means the horse is not registered to you as the owner. If the horse is registered with its prior owner in AERC, you can fill out the “Equine Transfer Form” or phone the office at 866-271-2372. If your horse has not been registered by AERC in the past (under any owner), you will need to fill out the “Equine Registration Form“.

The ride manager sends ride results to the AERC office. Once the office enters the results, they will appear online. This can take up to one month, but is often accomplished much sooner.

Points and Point Standings

The Regional Point Standings have two types of points: those for top ten which are overall (all the riders in the region) and for weight division points. Placing in your weight division can occur from being in the top 10 in your weight division or by riding a lot of miles on the same horse. Because overall placings and weight division placings are shown in the same table, there can sometimes be a situation where a rider has enough overall points to be in the top ten for the region but doesn’t have enough weight division points to appear in the weight division placing. The table then has an entry where this rider appears as “Seniors Not Placing in a Weight Division” but is in the top ten riders for the whole region.

The number of placings in a weight division is determined by the number of members in the weight division in a region. The formula for determining the number of placings is: 5% of the number of members in the region in the weight division, or 10, whichever is smaller.

AERC members declare their weight division at the start of the ride season. According to rule, “For a rider to stay within a weight division he/she must meet the minimum requirement but need not stay under the maximum parameter.” A rule of thumb is that a 4% leeway is acceptable. Do be aware that any rider has the right to challenge the weight of a competitor and request a weighing (rule

There must be at least 11 starters in the ride and of those starters, at least 11 must be senior riders. Juniors don’t count for the purposes of determining points for senior riders. Contact the office for questions about a specific ride.

No. When you renewed for the season, your weight division was entered in the office database and becomes your default weight division for ride entries. Contact the AERC office if you have any questions.

If you request a weight division change prior to June 1, your points will be split between the two divisions starting from the time you requested the change. You cannot change your weight division on or after June 1. If you are concerned about awards and point standings and you gained weight (or have a heavier saddle), you should wait until the next season to change. If you lost weight (or have a new, lighter saddle), you may want to consider carrying weights or adding them to your tack to meet the minimum weight for the remainder of the season.

A “completion only” is awarded in all elevator rides (see rule 1.2 for a description of elevator rides). AERC rule 1.2.3 states, “A rider who elevates is eligible for completion only.”

Horses don’t receive points but the horse would get lifetime miles if its AERC number was given on the ride entry.

Horse and rider teams accumulate points, so for each horse you ride, you accumulate points with that horse. The only award where miles are counted with two horses is the Regional Mileage Championship.For the Bill Stuckey Award (for riders 65 or older) and the Kathy Brunjes Young Riders Award (for senior riders ages 14-21), any number of horses may be ridden.

No, only riders earn points. Your horse does get placings based on miles in the national and regional best condition awards. This is also the case in the War Mare award and is independent of the rider as long as the rider is a current AERC member.

The first number is your weight division points and the second is your overall points. For overall points after the first 10 senior riders, the points are one point per mile plus any bonus points for a 75- or 100-mile distance. If you were 11th in a 50-mile ride, the overall points would be 50. For a complete explanation and a chart listing points for placings, see the AERC rule book.

There is a vet score with five attributes, a time score, and a weight score — which are combined into a final score. The actual forms and description of how they are combined are described on the Ride Managers Forms page in the BC Reporting and Instructions.

Vet Checks

There is no restriction. Your horse can be treated immediately after the horse has passed the post-ride veterinary examination. Once a competing equine has passed the post-ride examination, it may not be removed from completion for veterinary reasons.

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