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2 day Endurance Clinic and Fun Rides

 June 2nd and 3rd,  2018

Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, Ca. (near San Jose)

Hosted by West Region rider Nick Warhol and Friends

Nick Warhol nwarhol@comcast.net   510-537-2503

All proceeds from the clinic after expenses will be donated to the AERC!


Welcome to the first ever Harvey Bear 2-day Endurance Clinic for beginners!  Bring a horse or just yourself.  You can take part in the learning and camping experience, or enter one of the two fun rides on Sunday.   The whole weekend will be designed to emulate a real, live, endurance ride.  This includes arriving the day before, checking in, vetting in, a pot luck dinner, the ride meeting, and the next day there are 2 Introductory rides of different distances, complete with a vet check, the finish, awards, and a real live Best Condition judging.  This is not a race; it is a learning experience, so we will draw 3 horses at random from each ride to be judged for Best Condition.   When you leave this clinic you will be prepared to enter your first Endurance Ride, as soon as your horse is in shape!

We will be camping in the field near the main entrance of Harvey Bear Park in San Martin, Ca, just south of San Jose.  ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE FUN RIDES!    Junior riders are welcome, (under age 16) but must be accompanied on the trail by an adult.  


On Saturday morning we have a truck and trailering session- a demonstration of different truck, trailer, and camper types.  What’s the right truck and why?   How to hitch up.   What to bring- see how experienced riders do it.  Horse camping- see different types of horse containment.  We have a special session on learning how to back up trailers taught by non-spouses!  (Featuring ex-professional truck driver Gretchen Montgomery.  She backs up better than me and most men I know!)  On Saturday afternoon there will be about 6 hours of lectures on everything endurance related, including special guest speakers.  (3-time World endurance champion Becky Hart, and the one and only Grand Duchess of Endurance Julie Suhr)   Sessions:  what is endurance?  How to start.  Preparing your horse.  Preparing the rider.  Saddles and tack.  How it all works. (Ride times, vet checks, etc)  Getting to your first ride.  What to carry.  How fast to ride.  Setting goals.  Hear different perspectives from beginning, experienced, and some of the best riders in the world.


The two fun rides will be held on Sunday June 3rd.   (You don’t have to camp over on Saturday night, but it is highly recommended to complete the experience!)  The 15-mile ride will start at 8am, and the 7 mile will start at 9am.   Both rides will be two loops with a real endurance vet check in the middle.   There are NO time limits (like there are in a real endurance ride); you can walk the whole 7 mile ride if you like.  (We will encourage a mix of about 50/50 trotting/walking on the 15 mile ride).  This insures pretty much any horse can do it.   There will NOT be a mass start- the riders will go out in smaller groups accompanied by experienced endurance riders on their experienced horses.   This will give the riders a safer and more realistic feel for their first real endurance ride.   You can expect to ride at a realistic pace that is appropriate for finishing your first endurance ride, although the 7-mile ride may have a little more walking.   You will NOT be racing at this ride. 


Pre-ride vetting for the horses entered will be Saturday afternoon at 5pm, just like a real ride.    We will have an AERC head vet (To be announced) overseeing the welfare of the horses.   We will have a pot luck dinner Saturday at 6:30 pm, and the ride meeting at 7, just like a real ride.  We have completion awards for everyone on the rides, with several other nice prizes for various things.  We will also have a Best condition evaluation on Sunday afternoon after the ride, and before the awards.  It will be just like a real endurance ride BC judging, but we will be drawing 3 finishing horses at random from each ride for the competition.   This is because we are not awarding any finishing placings or top ten awards like in a real endurance ride.


When you sign up you select a rider weight division, just like a real ride.   The divisions are based on your (the rider) weight and all the tack (saddle, pad, bridle, halter, breast collar, bags, water, etc)  that you will carry on the horse.  You don’t have to be 100% accurate, just select the division that you fit into the best.


  1. Featherweight  up to 160 pounds

  2. Lightweight        161 to 185 pounds

  3. Middleweight    186 to 210 pounds

  4. Heavyweight     211 pounds and over


Camp is in a fenced grass field next to the main park entrance.   We will have a water trough for the horses in camp, but you need to bring your own people water.  Porta-potties will be brought in for the event.  Participants are responsible for all their other provisions.    We need to leave the camp clean, so be prepared to haul off anything that came in with you, hay and manure included.   Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.   People without horses are welcome to camp overnight as well.  The ride camp is in town, so there are plenty of stores, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc within a few miles drive.


Directions:   From U.S. Highway 101 in San Martin, take the San Martin Avenue exit.  (A RIGHT off of 101 if you are coming from the South, a LEFT back over the freeway if you are coming from the North). Proceed east on San Martin Avenue for 2 miles.   The main entrance to the park is about one-quarter mile east of Foothill Avenue.  Don’t take the main park entrance, continue east for a couple hundred yards where you will turn LEFT off of San Martin Ave into ride camp.  There will be signs and ribbon directing you to the camp. 





Agenda- Sunday, June 3rd

Fun Rides

  • 7 mile Fun Ride       (starts at 9am)

  • 15 mile fun ride      (starts at 8am)

  • Both with a real vet check!


Best Condition Judging       (1pm)

  • Real AERC BC evaluation

  • (3 horses picked at random from each ride)

Awards Ceremony         (2pm)

  • Finisher awards for everyone

  • Lots of other prizes

Wrap UP

  • Pick your first ride!



Agenda- Saturday June 2nd

Trucks, Trailers, and Camping       (9am to noon)

  • Hitching and Backing up your trailer

  • Camping with horses

  • Truck, trailer, camper, types


Lectures    (noon to 5 pm)

  • What is endurance riding? 

  • How it all works. 

  • Getting started

  • Saddle fit and Tack

  • Prepare your horse

  • Special Guest Talks

  • And more!


Fun Ride Vet in       (5pm)

Pot Luck Dinner    (6:30 pm)

Ride Meeting        (7pm)

More Lectures      (stories, Q&A, for as long as is reasonable)


Some Basic Ride Rules 

* All riders must wear a helmet while competing.

* A Junior is a rider under the age of 16 as of December 1st of the year of competition.  All Junior riders must be accompanied by a Senior rider sponsor, 18 years of age or older at all times and must finish within one minute of that sponsor.  The sponsor must agree to remain with the Junior throughout the ride.  If the sponsor is eliminated during the ride, the Junior may continue with another willing sponsor upon notification to ride officials.   All Juniors are required to wear helmets.

* Abusive behavior or harassment of ride personnel, veterinarians, riders, crews, or volunteers will not be tolerated, and may be grounds for disqualification or cause for future entry refusal.  

* Abuse of the horse and use of stimulants and/or pain killers and/or the use of injections of any kind are prohibited.   

* Riders / horse owners are responsible for the horse’s welfare and are financially responsible if emergency veterinary treatment is necessary.  

* Ride Veterinarians' opinions will be final on all matters concerning the horse.




2 day Endurance Clinic and Fun Rides June 2nd and 3rd,  2018

Participant Name __________________________________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________

 Junior rider?    (under 16 years)    Yes______

                Junior riders Adult Sponsor_______________________________________________

Are you bringing a horse?      YES_____        NO_______

Are you riding the fun ride?   YES_____        NO_______

Circle weight division:  FWT (< 160)     LWT (161-185)      MWT (186-210)       HWT (211+)       

Address _____________________________________________________________________

City/State/ZIP ________________________________________________________________

Phone _______________________________ Email __________________________________

Emergency Contact ____________________________________________________________


Horse Name _________________________________ Age _____ Sex____ Breed___________

Owner’s name if different than rider ______________________________________________


General 2-day Entry: Sessions, lectures, dinner, ride meeting, watch the ride         $40   $_________

Camping fee- $15 per rig (horse or not) Saturday night  (mandatory from park)     $15  $__________

Fun Ride Entry Fee    Circle one   7 mile    15 mile                                                                   $20  $__________

                                                                                                                                              SUB TOTAL        $__________    

Discounted AERC Membership*     (Optional)                                                                          $50  $__________

                                                                                                                                              AMOUNT DUE   $__________    


* Special Clinic super deal!  Join the AERC at the clinic and save $13.75 on

       a one year, first time adult entry.  (Regular price $63.75.    AERC

       membership is not required for event)    


Entry forms and acknowledgement of risks need to be received by June 1st.  Please try and enter in advance.  Checks will not be cashed until after the ride.   Cancelation Policy- you can cancel if you need to, and your check will be torn into little bitty pieces!   Please send completed entries to:

Nick Warhol

3664 Old Quarry road

Hayward, Ca  94541




2 Day Endurance Clinic and Fun Ride Acknowledgement of Risks



I, ______________________________________________, in consideration of the acceptance of this entry hereby acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the 2 day Endurance Clinic and Fun ride in Harvey Bear Park, a facility of Santa Clara County Parks.  I acknowledge that participating in these events involves the risk of injury to my person and property, involves being in remote areas for extended periods of time, far from communications, transportation, medical facilities; that these areas have many natural and man-made hazards which ride management cannot anticipate, identify, modify, or eliminate, that accidents can happen to anyone at any time.  I acknowledge all risk of personal injury (including death), and property damage arising from my attendance and participation in this event.  


I agreeing to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless ride management, staff, and volunteers, and the State of CA and the County of Santa Clara against any and all claims arising from my attendance and participation in this event.  



Signature_________________________________________________________ (All minors, under the age of 18, and their parent(s) must sign the “Junior Rider Acknowledgement of Risk” form.)














2 Day Endurance Clinic and Fun Ride Junior Rider Acknowledgement of Risks



Parent/Legal guardian of minor under 18 must complete the section below:


I, __________________________________________________, am the parent or legal guardian of the minor, 

____________________________________________________, who will be participating in the 2 day Endurance clinic and fun ride.  This minor is __________ years old.  I am aware that participation in this event involves risk of injury or death to the minor and/or his/her horse.   I agree that all juniors under the age of 16 must wear an ASTM approved helmet, and be sponsored by an adult 21 years of age or older and be accompanied by that adult throughout the ride due to the hazardous nature of the trail and the event.  I understand that there will be no exceptions to these rules. 

Parent/Guardian signature gives permission for any and all emergency medical treatment deemed necessary for the above named junior.


Parent/Legal guardian: ___________________________________________ Date ________________

Printed name of parent: _____________________________ Phone: ___________________________ 

Sponsor’s name: ______________________________________ Phone: ________________________

Parent/Legal guardian and/or crew member at ride who is not riding: 

Name of contact: _____________________________________________________________ 

Cell Phone: ____________________________________________________________________ 


(we ask that they keep their phones on and with them)

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May 18 and 19th, 2019

Introduction to Endurance Clinic!

Our Second Annual!

Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, Ca.  (Near San Jose)

Come attend our all new two day clinic for people who are interested in learning about Endurance riding, as well as for beginners who have some Endurance experience but would like to learn more.   Bring a horse or just yourself.  6 hours of lecture, Truck and Trailer sessions, Pot luck ride dinner, ride meeting, camp overnight, and on Sunday- two fun rides- 7 and 15 miles, with vet checks, awards, and experienced Endurance riders as trial guides.  When you leave on Sunday you will know all you need to know to enter your first ride, or be better prepared to continue your Endurance career!

Nick and Sorsha   American River 50    2017

Now Also For Green Beans!

Click above box to read the flier and event information

Click above box to download entry in PDF format

Click above box to contact Nick via email

Judy and Warpaint  Tevis 1993

Watch for page updates soon!

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