Mollie Quiroz and Chndakasexpress at the 2022 Wild West Pioneer Ride, site of the 2023 AERC Young Rider Championship. Photo © Diana Hiiesalu of Gore/Baylor Photography.

The Young Rider National Championships celebrates and recognizes endurance riders ages 16-21, and 14-15 years olds who have met all requirements for riding unsponsored.

The 2023 AERC Young Rider Championship is set for October 28 at the Camp Far West ride in Nevada City, California. The 75-mile course is a mix of technical trail and forest roads with plenty of shade. It’s a moderately difficult course due to elevation changes.

Link to Young Rider Championship Ride Information/Entry Form


Check out past Young Rider National Championship results – view under Compete / Ride Results:

AERC Young Rider Championship @ Yellowhammer – 5/21/2022

AERC Young Rider Championship @ Fort Howes – 6/15/2021


Young Riders who meet the following qualifications are invited to enter the Young Rider Championship:

1. AERC Member in good standing
2. Open to riders aged 14-21
3. Equine must have 300 Lifetime Endurance Miles (no LD mileage will count)
4. Rider must have 300 Lifetime Endurance Miles (no LD mileage will count)
5. Rider and Equine must have completed one of the following together:
a. One 100 Mile Ride as a Team
b. One 75 Mile Ride as a Team
c. Two 50 Mile Rides as a Team with a letter of recommendation from your AERC Regional Director OR AERC International Regional Representative
6. All riders must have completed 100 AERC Endurance miles unsponsored.

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