To qualify to enter the Western States Trail Ride, Riders (not the equine) must, at the time of application, meet one of the qualifications below. The 300 miles are cumulative lifetime. Equine must be a minimum of 72 months (6 years) old at time of ride.
- I have previously completed the Western States Trail Ride.
- I have completed a total of 300 miles of rides sanctioned by WSTF, AERC, NATRC, and/or a foreign/international equivalent. All the rides except those sanctioned as Education Rides by WSTF were 50 miles or more in length. (Note: You may count toward the required 300 miles, 75 miles for each day that you have completed on a WSTF Education Ride up to a maximum of 150 miles.)
Rules governing the WSTF differ in some respects from those of other AERC sanctioned rides. The WSTF Rules will be applied and adhered to before, during and after the Ride.
Receipt of a completed entry by the WSTF does not guarantee acceptance to the ride.
When the limit of 210 participants has been reached, further entries will be placed on a waiting list. Ten additional entries in the Ride List are discretionary and are generally accorded to foreign riders.
Applications by junior riders who are over 12 and under 18 on ride day will only be considered if accompanied by the entry of an adult rider (21 years or older) as sponsor.
The number of stalls is limited. Reserved stalls are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is based 1) on the order of receipt, 2) by stall preference. Requests to be near another rider/horse(s) will be based on the LATEST receipt date. Stall availability is designed to provide a service to the active participant and his/her mount. Hint – if you would like to be near a fellow rider/horse, mail your Ride Applications in together and as early as possible. If no preference is checked, ride management will make your stall assignment. All Stallions will be assigned a box stall in a horse barn. Payment for stall reservation is required at time of ride application.
See the maps page for stall locations at the Fairgrounds.
A well prepared, calm, and positive crew can be of tremendous benefit to riders of the Western States Trail. Please see our Crew Information article for more on this important topic.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Tevis Cup Ride. About 800 people participate each year on Ride Day – more than four per rider! If you'd like to help out, find out how here.