To Finish Is To Win

American Endurance
Ride Conference

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Young Rider and Junior Members of AERC

Juniors and Young Riders are very welcome in endurance riding. Many rides offer special awards for young riders, and national and regional endurance and limited distance awards recognize junior riders each ride season.

Some definitions:
Junior riders
are those who are 15 or younger as of the first day of the new ride year (December 1). Rules specific to junior riders are found in the link below.
Unsponsored juniors: Some junior riders are eligible to compete in the Senior Division, provided they are 14 or older and have completed 500 or more miles in the AERC rider program. A letter from a parent or guardian must request unsponsored junior status from the AERC office. Please contact the AERC office for more details.
Young Riders are riders ages 16-21 and unsponsored juniors. These riders are eligible to compete for the Kathy Brunjes Young Rider award and also to be part of the Young Rider Team Challenge (see below).

More Junior Information

Junior Awards -- Junior FAQ -- Junior Rules

Safety considerations come first for junior riders

Ensuring success as a junior sponsor

Updated 9/7/21