Western States Board of Governors
"The Tevis Cup: A Horsemen''s Journey Since 1955"
The Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF) welcomes you to an endurance riding event of distinction, recognized as one of the world''s best tests of true horsemanship.
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Become a 2016 Signature Rider!
We wish to thank those riders who have signed up this year as signature riders. We would like to encourage others to do so also. We know you do it for love of the trail and to help support the ongoing preservation of it. We have a wonderful signature rider package this year due to many generous donations with a retail value of over a thousand dollars. We are also privileged to have Pat Stoddard Aragon do a head portrait of each signature rider’s horse.
A little about Pat: She has spent a lifetime of painting, drawing and living ‘anything western’. Pat’s equine portraits hang in homes all across the U.S.A. and as far away as England. Horses are her favorite subject. She works in the pastel medium most often because it lends itself so well to the animal’s softness and expression, but she is very adept at portraying her animal subjects in oils, pencil or colored pencil or watercolor. She has professionally handled commissions for animal portraits for over 30 years. She will be doing a 12”x16” image in pastel or pencil for our signature riders. we are very excited about this as she has a history of working with a legendary Tevis rider! Thank you Pat.
When you are injured and minutes are critical, CALSTAR (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue) your local non-profit, community service, air ambulance is there to provide rapid air transport and life saving medical care. Medical research has shown that critical patients, who receive trauma treatment within the "golden hour" of an accident, have greater chances of survival, increased recovery and shorter hospital stays. CALSTAR delivers critical patients by helicopter to the closest appropriate trauma hospital, with in flight patient care provided by two certified Critical Care Nurses. All CALSTAR pilots have a minimum of 3,000 flying hours and have the experience to fly and land in remote areas.
The Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society is recognizing the first to finish Crabbet bred Arabian horse in the 2016 Tevis. Applications are available here, and horses must be per-entered and pre-qualified with ECAHS to be eligible. Please inquire with Buzz Moore at email@example.com for more information
NEW TEVIS STORE SPONSORS
GRANITE CHIEF LAND PURCHASE COMPLETED
With escrow closed, 10,000-acre purchase area near Granite Chief Wilderness opens to public, preserving Tevis and Western States events on historic Western States Trail
AUBURN, Calif. – A year-long fundraising and negotiating effort to help the American River Conservancy purchase a strategically vital 10,000-acre parcel for public use has been completed, the Western States Trail Foundation and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation announced on Tuesday. Escrow for the $11 million purchase of old-growth forest and mountain meadows near Granite Chief Wilderness and the Western States Trail closed late last week.
“Both of our boards are extremely pleased that this acquisition has been finalized,” Western States Trail Foundation president Tony Benedetti and Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation president John Trent said in a joint statement. “Opening the entire 100 miles of the Western States Trail to hikers, runners and equestrians has been one of the overriding goals of this effort. Now that this 10,000-acre area has been acquired by the ARC and is no longer a private holding, the public is the clear winner. Both the Tevis Cup 100-Mile Ride and the Western States 100-Mile Run will now have perpetual guaranteed access to the last privately-held section of the Western States Trail, ensuring no disruption for the future of either event. In addition, the acquisition now enables the United States Forest Service to complete its National Trail designation for the Western States Trail.”
The ARC, of Coloma, Calif., having partnered with Northern Sierra Partnership of Palo Alto, Calif., and the Nature Conservancy earlier this year, was able to reach its fundraising goal of $11 million in late July. Through fundraising and matching efforts of their own, the Western States Trail Foundation ($250,000) and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation ($100,000) contributed to the ARC’s total.
“We are so appreciative for the generosity the Ride and Run communities have shown over the past year,” Benedetti and Trent said jointly. “Our stakeholders have recognized the importance of this project. They’ve stepped up to the plate with donations, and with their overwhelming support in making sure we were able to cross the finish line for this project. It’s been quite an effort over the past year to organize, to raise money, and to make sure that the interests of our stakeholders were well-represented throughout the entire process.”
The 10,000 acres, located immediately west of Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley, Calif., had been previously owned by a timber investment firm. It includes 1,200 acres of mountain meadow and is considered a vital part of the State and Federal water delivery system to 23 million Californians. The area includes four “blue-ribbon” trout streams and three popular trails, including the hiking/running and equestrian trail used by the Tevis Cup and Western States 100 events, as well as the Picayune Valley Trail.
Help Preserve the Historic Western States Trail
A primary mission of the Western States Trail Foundation is to preserve the historic route taken by Paiute and Washoe Indians, Gold Rush explorers, Comstock hopefuls, and Express Riders of the Wells Fargo and Adams Express Companies. Today this route provides us with rewards of exploration, challenge, accomplishment, wilderness, nature and a bolstering of spirit for horsemen, hikers and runners alike.
In 1996 the Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation determined the need to establish a permanent endowment fund to insure future funding of maintenance and improvements to the Western States Trail. Please take a moment to read our 2014 endowment brochure and please give what you can to help preserve the Western States Trail.
The Western States Trail Endowment Fund
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization