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To join the organization and receive AERC registration numbers for both yourself and your equine, you can phone the office or sign up online: AERC membership registration.
You probably have lots of questions, and this website has plenty of education material to get you on your way to your first AERC ride. Your best resource is the AERC office, which is open weekdays from 8:00-4:00 (Pacific Time) via e-mail or a toll-free phone call to 866-271-2372.
Once you join, the office staff will send you a membership card, educational materials, rule book, a list of your region’s AERC mentors, and an Endurance Rider’s Handbook. The Rider Handbook and Rule Book are both available online.
Then it’s time to do a little homework! The Rider Handbook has chapters on conditioning, feeding, and trailering your horse, plus “rider survival” and pacing information for you.
Our AERC member exclusive webinars offer another fantastic learning opportunity. With topics ranging from best condition presentation to starting your first ride to electrolytes, you will learn a lot from the top notch clinicians and riders presenting.
Originally designed as an instructional video for endurance ride control judges, the AERC Vet Video will walk you through everything that happens at each AERC vet check during a ride.
Check out the Education section on this website for lots more information, everything from Preparing for Your First Ride to Moving Up to 100s! Also, the Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc., in Virginia, has many educational articles.
Many regional and local distance clubs can be found at the Local Clubs page. These local and regional groups are a great way to help you meet nearby riders as you learn more about endurance riding.
AERC Ride Calendar: To find a ride, you can check the Calendar pages in Endurance News or check the Online Ride Calendar. Many ride flyers and entry forms are available through the online ride calendar. Check this region map to learn about AERC’s nine regions.
A great way to familiarize yourself with the sport is to volunteer at an endurance ride. You will learn a lot about how an AERC ride works, what the control judges are looking for, and you’ll have many people available to answer any questions you may have. Simply find a ride near you, and phone the ride manager to volunteer. Your help will be much appreciated.
To find AERC members in your area to ride with or answer questions: Once you are an AERC member, you can look up members by city, state, and zip code from the members directory at your members page. To login to your members page, click on the “Login” link at the top right of the home page. Use your email on file with AERC as your username and chose a password. Once you have logged in, go to “Member Home” and click on “Directories”.