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Our events (which will from now on always be the 3rd a& 4th weekend of August,) are sanctioned by the AERC.
The Spanish Peaks Pioneer
The Spanish Peaks Pioneer is August 19-23, 2023. Ride camp opens Tuesday. Location: SoCo Endurance Spanish Peaks Ride Camp. Five days of riding, (Saturday – Wednesday) with fun/intro rides, LDs & 50s all days. The first day offers a 55-mile option for any horse-rider teams going for a “pioneer,” riding days 1-2-3 on the same horse. We are very excited to be hosting the SoCo Limited Distance Championship, Ride & Tie, and Equathon during this event as well!
We will kick off this event on FRIDAY at NOON with our traditional Whole Hog Hootenanny, with live music. Get registered and vet in and enjoy the feast and festivities till the ride meeting at 6pm. For those coming for the whole event (Spanish Peaks Pioneer + Wahatoya Cup,) Thursday is our day of rest, and then vet-in for the Wahatoya Cup will be Friday the 25th (see below for more WC details.)
Start times LDs-7:30am, 50s-7:00am, Fun rides start after 8am and are totally flexible.
SoCo Limited Distance Championship
The SoCo Limited Distance Championship is August 19-23, 2023. This 5-day LD challenge will be held just like any other pioneer endurance ride except that you ride the LD each day. The horse and rider team, (1 horse, 1 rider,) must complete all 5 days of LDs. Click here to learn more about this awesome challenge!
(Pending) Spanish Peaks Ride&Tie “Equathon”
The SP Ride & Tie + Equathon will be held August 19-20, 2023. Check back soon for more information on our new Ride & Tie events that will be held during the Spanish Peaks Pioneer and on the same trails. There will be distances from 10, up to 50 miles. Click here to find out more about the R&T or Equathon events.
SP100 – The Wahatoya Cup
The Wahatoya Cup is on August, 26th 2023. Location: SoCo Endurance Spanish Peaks Ride Camp. This is a single day ride (immediately following the 5-day Pioneer) on the last Saturday of August, with the trails nicely broken in from the week of SPP traffic. We encourage our “WahCup” riders to arrive early and join us for the Whole Hog Hootenanny, if not for the entire Spanish Peaks Pioneer.
This year, we will offer ALL distances during the Wahatoya Cup: 25, 50, 75, and 100miles. The 75 has an elevator option, and the 25/50 starts in the EVENING, allowing riders to experience what it’s like to finish in the dark, on trails that will already be lit for the 100 milers. Vet-in begins Friday at 11AM and the ride meeting will be at 4pm. The 75/100mile awards ceremony will be on Sunday morning, where you will see “The Wahatoya Cup” (fastest time) and “Kevin Myers Memorial Cup” (Best Condition) trophy winners, as well as the buckle presentations for all completing riders of this epic trail.
Start time is 5 AM for the 75/100, 3pm for the 50, and 4pm for the 25.
All start times and courses are subject to change due to weather or safety concerns.
Meet the SoCO Team!
What is SoCo Endurance’s COVID Plan?
It’s short and sweet.
If you are sick, then stay home.
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 that statement, then stay home.
You have the right to wear a mask and socially distance at all times. Vaccinated and unvaccinated are equally welcome here. Please respect each other’s space, and socialize at a level that you feel safe.
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, we have made some changes that will minimize gatherings and contact, you’ll see, just pick up your rider packet when you arrive and READ WHAT’S INSIDE.
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.