We are very excited to announce that Alberta has been selected as host by CaLDRA and Endurance Canada for the 2008 Competitive Trail, Endurance and Ride & Tie Canadian National Championships.
Come to enjoy home-grown Alberta hospitality in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains July 30 – Aug 4, 2008!
This multi-day equine event will be held at the beautiful Red Deer River Ranches, near Sundre, Alberta. The ranch boasts 1,000 acres of private land that is directly connected to over 50,000 acres of grazing lease. The majority of the land is open forest/range-land. There are numerous creeks to cross and ride along. Trails consist of open terrain, heavily wooded areas, logging routes and wildlife paths in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. This area is also known for its population of wild horses. Truly a ‘wild west’ location!
In addition to the National competitions, gorgeous scenery, ample camping space, catering, and souvenirs, many other family friendly activities will be made available. Amenities such as grocery, gas, restaurants, tourist attractions, hospital, etc. are located nearby in the town of Sundre. The community is warmly opening their arms to our Nationals visitors and welcome you!
While there will be Provincial Team competitions (you will need to nominate you and your horse to your regional riding club), there is opportunity to ride as an individual in a variety of categories:
Competitive Trail – Novice (25 mile), Intermediate (35 mile) and Open (80 miles over 2 days).
Endurance – 25, 50 and 100 mile distances.
Ride N’ Tie – 10 and 20 mile distances.
Special Feature Competition – a relay race still in the works, though will resemble the Pony Express.
There will be Opening and Closing Ceremonies including a Dinner and Awards Banquet – guaranteed to be very memorable. We promise a week of celebration with home-grown entertainment.