Hillbilly Highways Pioneer

Howdy and welcome to the 5th HILLBILLY HIGHWAYS ENDURANCE RIDE. This years ride will be offered as a PIONEER event that will be held September 10, 11,12th 2021. The ride is held in the NISBET FORREST 20k west of Prince Albert Sask. Open to all breeds…we have a distance for everyone at any age!

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 trusty steed(s) and have some fun with the Sask Long Riders! We also have had riders from B.C. and Alberta. 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 10, 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. All will be sanctioned by SLR, Sask Horse Federation and AERC. The 10-50 mile distances will be offered all three days. The 75 and 100 will be offered on the second day, September 11 (dependent on a minimum entry of 6 riders). To enter the pioneer division means that a rider must ride the same horse for all 3 days for a total of 155 miles. For non-pioneer entries, riders may choose to ride any combination of miles, days, and horses. AERC rules will be followed.

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 50/75/100. Proof of age may be required. 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 arrivals beginning on Tuesday September 09.The campsite is at our enclosed pasture, there is no electrical sites, only one corral. There will be water provided for the horses. At this time of year there will be no grass so please ensure sufficient feed is provided for your trusty steed(s).

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 combination of sand trails, minimal gravel, water crossings depending on the year, hills and trees. Lots of pines, popular and birch. Riders may encounter quaders, dirt bikers, cattle and wildlife. There will be a few gates to open/close also. All vet checks will be held in ride camp. Please refer to photos in MEDIA folder on the HILLBILLY HIGHWAYS ENDURANCE RIDE FaceBook Page to view the diverse environment that house our trails.

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 page and the HILLBILLY HIGWAYS ENDURANCE RIDE or contact Barb Hutton Brown at 306-981-4762 for more ride or volunteering details.