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Major equestrian event, endurance riding national championships, set for La Pine in August

American Endurance Riding Conference

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Central Oregon is set to host the 2024 American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) National Championships. This amazing equestrian event will feature 50-, 75- and 100-mile rides scheduled from August 15-17 at Outback Station, just outside of La Pine. 

Endurance riding enthusiasts from across the United States will gather in Central Oregon for what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the summer. The National Championship rotates annually to different locations, allowing riders to experience diverse trails and landscapes while showcasing the best of the endurance riding experience. This is the first time this event has been held in Oregon.

“We are proud to bring this ride to Central Oregon, offering riders the opportunity to explore our region’s breathtaking trails and world-class amenities,” said Darlene Merlich, Ride Manager. “With our dedicated team of top-notch volunteers and veterinarians, we aim to deliver a truly unforgettable experience.”

The event will attract some of the nation’s top endurance riders, along with enthusiasts from the Pacific Northwest eager to test their skills in completing a prestigious National Championship ride. Endurance riders are known for their commitment to equine welfare, ensuring their horses are in optimal condition for the challenges ahead.

Ride camp will be bustling with activity, welcoming riders, crews, volunteers, veterinarians, vendors, and spectators who have converged on Central Oregon to celebrate the spirit of endurance riding.

“We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, whose contributions enable us to provide a first-class experience for all participants,” added Merlich. “Their generosity allows us to prioritize the well-being of our riders, equines, volunteers, and veterinarians, ensuring a successful and safe event.”

Endurance riding is a thrilling equestrian sport that combines athleticism, strategy, and a deep bond between rider and horse. Participants embark on long-distance rides, typically ranging from 25 to 100 miles, across diverse terrain, from rugged mountains to scenic valleys. 

Veterinarians play a crucial role in ensuring the welfare and well-being of equines in endurance riding events. Throughout the ride, veterinarians monitor the horses at designated checkpoints, checking vital signs and overall health to ensure they remain in good condition to continue. 

Beyond the competitive aspect, endurance riding fosters a sense of camaraderie among participants, who share a passion for equines, outdoor adventure, and the pursuit of excellence. It’s not just a sport but a lifestyle embraced by individuals who appreciate the beauty of the natural world and the unique partnership between human and horse.

For more information about the 2024 AERC National Championship and the Mary and Anna Memorial Ride, visit

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