Feb 06 2014
The 2016 KRISTINA CHESTERMAN MEMORIAL RIDE: Live, Love, Laugh & Ride
will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd
AERC-sanctioned distances: 30/50 & 25/50!
This ride is being held in memory of the 21-year-old Chico State Nursing Student, and fellow equestrian, who tragically lost her life to a drunk driver in 2013. All proceeds from Saturday’s ride will go to help build a medical clinic in Nigeria, in Kristina’s honor. (Saturday’s ride entry fee is a tax deductible donation!) Sunday’s ride is a pay-it-forward day to benefit an endurance rider in need.
Join us on October 22nd & 23rd, in Magalia, California, at the spectacular Meadowbrook Ranch. We are promising a great ride, in beautiful country, with good food, friends, and awards… and it’s all for an amazing cause & to remember a beautiful life!!!
Located at 15424 Skyway Rd, Magalia, CA 95954
RIDE CAMP: Meadowbrook Ranch, owned by the Vandegrift family, is not only beautiful, but historic (& named the “Hilton of Ride Camps” by last year’s riders)! The Red Barn, where base camp will be, was built back in the 1870s, and photos of Cougar Rock grace its walls (a member of the Vandegrift family completed Tevis back in the 1990s). Trailer parking will be picturesque, with some shady spots, but a bit spread out; first come first serve for the best spots. There is a 70 RIG LIMIT. Ride camp has plenty of natural water – you can even swim with your horse if you like! Camping fee is $30 for the weekend; trailer-pool & split the camping cost. You will pay the camping fee when you pick up your rider packet at the Red Barn. Dogs are welcome, please make sure they are well-mannered & behaved at all times, and of course, no dogs on the trail course.
TRAIL: Magalia is located just above Paradise, in the mountains above Chico. We have stunning views, tree lined trails, natural water sources — plenty of “Kodak moments” waiting for you (and Lisa Chadwick will be the photographer on trail to capture some of those moments — check out her website at www.bootsnbloomers.com; Lisa will be donating a portion of all her profits to our cause, so buy those photos!). A large portion of the ride will be held on the historic railroad grade, where the Southern Pacific Railroad used to run through the mountains! A few miles of dirt/gravel road with shared traffic is also on the trail course (BUT we have traffic patrol in place, signs warning motorists & spotters at road crossings). We do have some gorgeous single track trail and a beautiful watering hole (with a rope swing for you swimmers out there!) that is worth doing the 50 miler on Saturday to see, but the majority of the ride will be held on old two-track logging roads and the railroad grade. Water will be provided not only by natural sources, but also by the local Fire Deparment (we love those men in uniform!). The footing is good in sections, but there are also a lot of rocky & gravel sections too, so hoof protection is HIGHLY recommended. In October, it could be hot or it could be cool, so come prepared for either. A large majority of the trail is shaded. *Sunday’s trail will be different from Saturday’s*
AWARDS: TO FINISH IS TO WIN, so everyone completing the 30 & 50 mile distances will receive a cool KC T-shirt. There will also be Top Ten awards for the 50 mile riders & 1st through 5th place awards for the 30 milers. We will have a Best Condition award, chosen by the vets, for both distances. There will also be first junior awards in both distances. Awards will be handed out at the post-ride Chili feed. No awards will be mailed. (Please note that Sunday’s ride is a no-frills ride.)
We have a 70 RIG Limit, so please trailer-pool and get those entries in early!
For more information, email ride manager JayaMae at firstname.lastname@example.org
You do NOT have to be an AERC member to participate in this ride — every equestrian is welcome, but please do take a moment to find out more about AERC and consider joining here: www.aerc.org. There is a $15 non-member fee. *All AERC rules will apply.*