Duck Mountain Derby

Welcome to the 3rd Duck mountain derby, endurance ride. This years ride will take place July 17 -18, 2021. The ride is held at the Duck Mountain Provincial Park, near Kamsack SK. Open to all breeds!

Come out and learn about endurance from experienced endurance riders that are always willing to help new riders learn about our diverse sport and get started or share your knowledge with these new riders. Come on out, introduce yourself and your horses and have some fun with the Sask Long Riders! We also have had riders from B.C. and Alberta and Manitoba. You do not need to be a member of either the Sask Long Riders, Saskatchewan Horse Federation or the AERC to compete in any of these distances but day fees will be administered per ride.

Distances offered this year will be 13, 30, 50 miles. All will be sanctioned by SLR, Sask Horse Federation and AERC, AERC rules will be followed. All three distances will be held both days. The 13, 30 and 50 mile distances will be offered both days

Horses must be a minimum of 48 months (4 years) to compete in the intro or limited distance and at least 60 months (5 years) to compete in the 50. Proof of age may be required. Negative Coggins test will be required prior to unloading horses. Helmets will be mandatory for anyone under the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 16 MUST ride with a sponsor.

Camp will be open for early arrivals beginning on Thursday July 15th.The campsite is at at the Duck Mountain Ski Hill, there is some grass but be prepared to bring enough feed/hay for your horses for the whole weekend, there are no electrical sites or corrals. There will be water provided for the horses, washrooms will be available on site as well.

Vetting in will begin on Thursday late afternoon. We do require that you have your horse vetted in at least 1 hour before the start of your ride. There will be a ride meeting at 7pm the evening before each ride day, which we do highly recommend all riders attend, as this will be where the trail and any changes to it are explained, the order of loops are explained, the vet will give a talk about what he’s looking for, and any other important housekeeping rules that need addressing. As well, after the first day, the awards for that day will also follow the ride meeting, with the exception of the 75 & 100 whose awards will be presented the following day.

The terrain is a cross country ski trails, that will be mowed with trees on either side of the trail, minimal gravel and water crossings depending on the year, lots of little hills. They trail is closed to the park during the ride, however riders may encounter wildlife such as deer, moose and bears. There will be one water tank half way through the course. All vet checks will be held in ride camp.

Unfortunately, we do have to follow all provincial rules with regards to COVID, so there will be no potluck supper. Please come prepared with enough food to feed yourself and your crew. We will be asking everyone’s cooperation in following the COVID rules, such as masking and social distancing. Masking will be required in camp and the vet check, but not on trail.

At this time we are still in the process of securing our vets. We have a strong group of volunteers and invite anyone to attend if they’d like to help out or experience an endurance ride. Watch the Sask Long Riders’ Facebook for more information contact Stacey Friedel at 306.737.8773 for more ride information.

We will also be having a silent auction throughout the weekend, so if you would like to donate new or slightly used horse related items please bring them along, this can include, anything from horse blankets, to buckets, brushes, to tack or feed. All proceeds will be going to the club, and will be on display in the ski lodge for everyone to take a look at.