July 12 - 14, 2019
The new ride entry is available here
- Friday: Vet-in, Speakers and Seminars
- Saturday: Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk (trail conditions permitting)
- Sunday: Chicken Hawk to Driver’s Flat
Participant List as of July 9th:
New for this year:
- Basecamp at Chicken Hawk
- No qualifying miles for Tevis will be awarded
The educational ride is aimed at riders wishing to participate in the Tevis Cup Ride in the future; to give riders a true look into the beauty of the trail and its challenges; to educate future Tevis riders as to best practices and horse care to help them successfully complete the Ride.
Mentors: Experienced Tevis finishers will guide you over the Tevis trail and answer you questions in camp and on trail. Our goal is two or three riders/mentor. We will make every effort to accommodate fitness and experience levels. You will be paired with your mentor on Friday afternoon.
Pre-Ride - July 12, Friday – Chicken Hawk Camp
Noon - Camp office opens for check in
- Food service begins
2 pm - Erin Mc Chesney talk on horsemanship on trail and in vet checks
3 pm - Or when Veterinarian arrives - PreVet begins
3:pm - Kathleen Crandell - Clean feed and feed formulation - Kentucky Equine
4:15 - 5:30pm - Becky Hart’s Talk - Mental Toughness for Endurance Riding
6pm - Mentor Introductions followed by a mentor rider mixer, then assignments to mentors
7 pm – Pre-ride meeting, followed by Barbara White talk on trail description
DAY 1 Ride – July 13, Saturday - 28 mile day
Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk - Highlights include the canyons, Swinging Bridge and the climb into Devil’s Thumb. There is a vet check at Last Chance and Deadwood.
6:30 am - First shuttle leaves for Robinson Flat
4 - 5 pm - Last riders arrive in Camp
4:30 - 5:30 pm - Ann Hall talk on Tevis Crewing
6 - 7pm - Barbecue
7pm – Pre-ride meeting followed by Q&A Session: 20+ Tevis Finishes Veterans speaker panel plus past Ed Ride/Tevis combo finishers
8:30 pm - Time to rest
DAY 2 Ride - July 14, Sunday - 24 mile day
Chicken Hawk to Lower Driver's Flat - Riders will see in the daylight what many only ride after dark. A rest stop is planned at Francisco’s with water and snacks for riders and horses. A full Vet Check takes place at the Lower Drivers Flat parking lot - end of ride.
6:30 - 7:30 am - ‘Lumberjack’ Breakfast
8 am - First Riders depart Chicken Hawk
9 am - Last Riders leave Chicken Hawk
3:30 pm - Last riders arrive at Lower Drivers Flat
4:30 pm - Post ride Q&A begins
Riders will be shuttled to the start Saturday and shuttled back to base camp on Sunday. Vet Checks will simulate Tevis Vet Checks.
Fitness Requirement (Horse): Between January 1, 2018 and July 10, 2019 your horse must complete 50 miles of AERC Limited Distance or Endurance miles or a similar sanctioning organization. Horse and rider fitness is a must!
Base Camp will be located at Chicken Hawk (Pieper Junction) the site of the mile 64 Tevis Vet Check. It is a beautiful shaded camping area about 7 miles (15 to 20 minute drive) past the Foresthill.and located 1/2 mi off Michigan Bluff Rd. The turn off to camp will be well marked. Horse water and restrooms will be provided. Camp sites are level and shaded but limited in number. We are working with the USFS to increase capacity. Please share your rig/campsite with another rider if at all possible.
The Tevis Cup Official Education Ride Facebook Page promises to be a good resource to find a campsite partner. Please note: You are not required to have a campsite partner when you enter.
The entry fee is $325 and covers two days of mentored riding, shuttle service, and all talks and demonstrations beginning Friday afternoon, and the Saturday barbecue.
If you do not ride both days, $150 of your entry will be converted to a tax deductible donation to the WSTF.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received before July 2nd (and horses pulled at vet-in) receive a full refund minus a $30 administrative fee. No refunds for withdrawals after July 02, 2019 or for no shows.
- Taylored Tack will award a $100 gift certificate to all riders who complete both days of the Tevis Ed Ride and go on to complete the Tevis Cup ride for the first time this year.
- Raffle: A Tevis entry once again is the grand prize! Stay tuned for details…
Guerrilla Catering will have food for purchase from noon on Friday until 7 pm. Saturday evening enjoy a yummy tri-tip barbecue that is included in your entry. Extra dinners can be purchased in advance for $15.
Camp Check-In and Pre Ride vet-in:
- A different qualified horse can be ridden on Day 2. Please notify the ride office at check-in.
- If arranged in advance, base camp will open for early arrivals beginning Thursday. Note: Horse water won’t be available until Friday. Riders may stay over until Monday if arranged in advance. The ride office opens at noon on Friday. Preride Vet in begins around 3 pm.
The event will follow the rules for the Tevis ride (teviscup.org). Juniors (riders under 18) can ride with a sponsor over 18 years of age. A mentor can serve as their sponsor if arrangements are made in advance of the event.