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Our events are currently sanctioned by AERC, and will also be recorded by WDRA.
The SoCo Spring Series @
Busch Cattle Co.
The location of the SoCo Spring Series has changed to Busch Cattle Co. (this location is NOT the SoCo Spanish Peaks ride camp.) Busch ride camp is 17 miles EAST of Walsenburg, CO. These THREE(3) rides (March 27-28, April 17-18, and May 22-23) will each be the same; 2 days of Fun, LD and 50 mile, minimal frills rides. The trails are 2-track and cow trails across eastern Colorado prairie and canyonlands, all on a single, private property. These rides are meant to help regional riders “thaw out” after a long winter, get back in shape for the season, get some miles on their records, and have fun. We hope you enjoy this very minimalistic and casual format, and appreciate our gracious hosts. Fees per day: Fun Ride-$60, LD & 50-$100, all participants must be AERC or WDRA members. Profit will go to the Busch family. Start times LDs-9am, 50s-8:30am, Fun riders-9:15am & totally flexible pending approval with management. Click here to pre-register for these rides.
The Spanish Peaks Pioneer
The Spanish Peaks Pioneer June 26-30 Location: SoCo Endurance Ride Camp. Five days of riding, (Saturday – Wednesday) with fun rides, LDs & 50s all days. The middle day also offers a 55-mile ride for any horse-rider teams going for a “pioneer,” giving two options for 155-mile pioneer completions (days 1-3, or days 3-5,) on top of the even more challenging 4 and 5 day pioneer options. We will host our traditional Whole Hog Hootenanny, with live music, on Wednesday evening. For those coming for the whole event (Spanish Peaks Pioneer + Wahatoya Cup,) Thursday is your day of rest. There will be overall, multi-day achievements recognized for all distances ridden cumulatively. Start times LDs-7:30am, 50s-7:00am, Fun rider start times vary and are flexible. Click here to pre-register for this ride.
SP100 – The Wahatoya Cup
Wahatoya Cup July 2-3 Location: SoCo Endurance Ride Camp. Two final days of riding, Friday & Saturday. There will be fun rides, LDs & 50s both days. The “Wahatoya Cup” (100 mile, 75 mile, and 75 elevator,) is also on Saturday, with the trails nicely broken in from a week of traffic. The “Kevin Myers Memorial Cup” (Best Condition) veterinary presentation (the top 10, 100-mile horses) will be Sunday morning, followed by the awards presentation for the 75-100 mile, and multi-day events (rolling over from Spanish Peaks Pioneer.) Start times LDs-7:30am, 50s-7:00am, 75s-5:00am, 100s-5:00am, Fun Rider start times vary and are flexible. Click here to pre-register for this ride.
All Start times are subject to change due to weather for safety reasons.
Meet our veterinarians!
What is SoCo Endurance’s 2021 COVID Plan?
It’s short and sweet.
If you have a fever, stay home.
If you develop a fever, go home (or to a hospital.)
If you are genuinely worried about getting sick, then you should absolutely stay home.
Your health is 100% your own responsibility, as are the risks you take (socializing, traveling, exposing yourself to different environments, and riding.) If you disagree with this statement, then stay home.
Please respect each other’s space, and socialize at a level that you feel safe. You have the right to wear a mask and socially distance at all times. Wear a mask when presenting your horse to the vet.
We encourage all to pre-register, this will greatly minimize contact and help management with a head count. Our registration process can be virtually contactless if you do pre-register. Daily ride cards (Duck Cards) can be submitted in person or digitally (take a picture of your ride card and text it to us) and payment can be performed via PayPal, for those who prefer a zero-contact experience. To reduce risk, there will be no: in-person registration, vet cards, meals, ride meetings. These “normals” have all been replaced with equally good alternatives.
New to endurance riding?
A great way to get in to this sport is to enter one of our fun rides, they are set up just like an endurance ride but they are only 9-15 miles and just one loop, but you will learn about vet checks, vet cards, rules, how to “vet your horse in” to the ride, and how to “vet out” for completion etc. We are very patient with this group of riders and happy to answer questions. On top of that, you will be surrounded by more experienced endurance riders doing the 25-50-75-100 mile rides, so you can observe and volunteer and learn everything you need to know in order to start bumping up in the mileage categories or get competitive. These rides are gorgeous so you and your horse will have a blast, all you need is basic, independent trail-riding skills.