Fort Howes Endurance Rides, Inc
June 11-12, 2016
20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
As a family, we started our endurance ride managing adventure in 1997 and here we are in 2016 celebrating our 20th Anniversary of hosting the Fort Howes Endurance ride June 11-12! We've decided to go back to our original format this year instead of the Team format that we've been doing for the past few years. The major change riders will see are in the prizes as we'll go back to recognizing Top Ten and Weight Division, in addition to Completion and Best Condition.
Homesteaded in 1883 by Captain Calvin Howes (a former sea Captain from Massachusetts), the Circle Bar Ranch is the home of the Fort Howes Endurance Rides - See Ranch History Link. As noted, starting in 1997, the Fort Howes rides have grown from a one-day ride offering a 25 mile Limited Distance ride and a 50 mile Endurance Ride to currently offering a two-day ride with 25 and 35 mile Limited Distance rides, a 50 and 55 mile Endurance Ride and a 75 and 100 mile Endurance Rides. We also include FEI divisions for both Seniors and Young Riders in the 50/55/75 and 100 mile distances. In addition, this year we're serving as a Team Trial for the US Endurance Team - riders will be demonstrating in the 100 mile ride for the Chef d'Equipe, Mark Dial, and the team of USA selectors and veterinary staff. We are also hosting the Arabian Horse Association Region 6 Championship for the 75-mile ride on Saturday, along with AHA Local Rides in the 50, 55, and 100 for those who are competing in the AHA Distance Programs.
Trails consist of Open Meadows, Cow Trails, and unimproved Jeep Trails. Riders can expect to have at least one 1000' elevation change in each loop they ride out on. Water is available out on trail every 3-5 miles. Currently all Vet Checks will all be in basecamp, however, depending on the trails we may have one check out on the 75 and/or 100 mile rides (we'll make arrangements to haul your crewing supplies out if necessary).
Basecamp is a huge open field with lots of room and plenty of horse water available.
We will again be offering our Rancher's dinner on Friday night including steak and all the trimmings. Saturday night will include a BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs.
We're pleased to announce a major sponsor this year:
Please visit their website Hammer Nutrition for further information on what they offer for Human Endurance Supplements.
Temperatures in the early part of June range in the 40's overnight and up into the 80's during the days. Though one should always plan for anything - this is Montana after all and we subscribe to the saying "Don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change".
Please be sure you read the "Important Travel Information" page as it has information for people entering the state of Montana with horses.
We’re looking forward to once again opening our little piece of Heaven to our endurance community with the offer of "come early, stay late", but don’t be surprised if you get "put to work" while you’re here!
Bill, Jan, Heather, John, Jennifer and Megan
NOTE - All Corral Panel Pens have been spoken for - Sorry!
Bill and Jan Stevens - 5 Fort Road - Ashland, MT 59003 - (406) 784-2469 - firstname.lastname@example.org