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Wild Rose Estrella Mountain Park

Horse Obstacle Contests

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JANUARY 30 – 31, 2021

WE HAVE REACHED 50 RIDERS SO THE RIDE IS CLOSED.  HOWEVER, WE DO HAVE SOME SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE.  CALL CAROLE AT 602-686-2435 FOR INFORMATION.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

 Everyone needs to participate in creating the safest and best environment as per your understanding of best practices – masking when in the vicinity of other individuals, maintaining a 6-foot perimeter from other individuals when in a group setting, washing your hands and all other common-sense protocols.

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 Gary and Carole Wilder are volunteers partnering with Bethany’s Gait in creating opportunities for our fellow equine enthusiasts.  Our goal is to create an enjoyable environment where we challenge ourselves and our horses to advance our skills while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of other riders.  The upside of this is that 100% of  proceeds go directly to benefit a fantastic 501(c)(3) charity – Bethany’s Gait – to support their programs.

Bethany’s Gait is dedicated to “Rescuing Horses, Restoring Lives”.  The programs offered by Bethany’s Gait were created specifically for active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel, first responders and their families.  One of the things that makes the program unique is that Bethany’s Gait is also a horse rescue.  They have found that bringing the rescue horses together with the people offers a dynamic situation where horses and humans heal through a bond that is developed based on unconditional love, unwavering trust and a keen understanding of what the other has been through.  Bethany’s Gait is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ranch in Prescott, AZ. 

 —– WE RIDE TO GIVE BACK —–

100% OF PROCEEDS BENEFITTING BETHANY’S GAIT, PRESCOTT, AZ

TWO DAYS OF WONDERFUL RIDING IN THE BEAUTIFUL ESTRELLA MOUNTAINS  

 Welcome to Estrella Mountain Regional Park.  These 19,840 acres of desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954.  Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the park includes seasonal wetlands or riparian areas during the winter and monsoon rains.  The majority of the park remains pristine desert, very similar in appearance to the landscape seen by the first settlers and explorers.  The Sierra Estrella Range, or Star Mountains, was once within the Mexican border, and remained so until the Gadsen Purchase in 1853.

6-MILE OBSTACLE TRAIL CONTESTS – SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 

We utilize the Park and surrounding area to provide challenging real life “trail situations” (like water and hills) for our obstacles.  Bring your pony and experience “trail obstacles in a natural setting”.  Three levels of difficulty.  You select your level of difficulty at time of registration.

This ride is rated easy to light moderate.  Estrella Mountain Park is fairly rocky  – shoes and boots are recommended.

RIBBONS FOR FIRST THROUGH SIXTH PLACE – THREE LEVELS OF COMPETITION

PICK YOUR LEVEL AND RIDE THAT LEVEL ALL DAY!!!

LOTS OF PRIZES AND GIVE AWAYS FROM OUR SPONSORS!!

FUN TIMES!!!

THESE TWO EVENTS ARE RIDE #1 AND RIDE #2 OF OUR 2021 BUCKLE SERIES.  

POINTS EARNED FROM BOTH TRAIL COMPETITIONS COUNT TOWARD BUCKLE SERIES.

BUCKLE SERIES RIDER MUST RIDE SAME LEVEL ON SAME HORSE DURING COMPLETE BUCKLE SERIES.  

FEES:

NO MEMBERSHIP FEES!!!

Online Registration Fees Payable until January 26:    Adult – $55.00 per day; Student – $25.00 per day; Companion – $25.00 per day.

Ride registration closes on January 26 or upon attaining 50 competitors – whichever comes first.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION – CASH ONLY – pay at check in.

Late Registration Fees after January 26:   Adult- $65.00 per day; Student-$35.00 per day; Companion- $35.00  per day.

IF LATE ENTRY, CALL CAROLE AT 602-686-2435 TO SECURE EVENT SPOT AND PAY ON SITE at registration table day of event.  

PARK FEES PAYABLE ON ENTRANCE TO PARK:

Vehicle Entry Fee per day – $7.00 per vehicle, or you may use your Maricopa County Annual Park Pass

Camping Fee – $15.00 per night (includes the $7.00 per day vehicle fee).

ADDITIONAL FEES – CASH ONLY PLEASE – PAYABLE AT REGISTRATION TABLE DAY OF EVENT: 

Facility Use Fee:  $10.00 per competitor per day of competition

THERE ARE NO PENS AVAILABLE AT THIS FACILITY.  You can bring your own portable stalls, high ties, electric, etc.  

Competition limited to 50 competitors per day.    

ONLY ONE HORSE PER COMPETITOR ALLOWED ON SITE.

SHOES AND BOOTS RECOMMENDED.

DOGS:  All dogs must be on a leash at all times.  If left unattened, they must be kept in your trailer and not disturb other people.  Please pick up after your dog.  NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL.  This is coyote country – do not tie your dog to your trailer and leave it.

No arrivals before noon on Thursday, please.

AGENDA:

Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31  – Obstacle Trail Contests:

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.    Check in, sign up for ride out time

7:45 a.m.             Judges’ Meeting

8:30 a.m.             Riders’ Meeting

10:00 a.m.           First Riders out on course

Lunch                 On your own 

Awards                Half hour after last rider is back

Questions call Gary @ 928-595-0428 or Carole @602-686-2435

Email:  glwild@hotmail.com

DIRECTIONS FROM THE VALLEY AREA:  

Take I-10 to Estrella Parkway (Exit 126).  Turn south onto Estrella Parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue – just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park – be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.  Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.

GREAT NEW SHORT CUT TO AVOID GOING TO CENTRAL PHOENIX, I-17 AND I-10:

Coming from south of Phoenix:  Use the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway West.  Get off at I-10 at the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway and go west.  You will exit the Loop 202 at I-10 and approximately 59th Avenue.   Go west on I-10 to Exit 126.  Turn right (south) onto Estrella Parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue – just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park – be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.   Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.

Coming from north of Phoenix:  On I-17 take the 303 Loop west and south to I-10.  Turn east on I-10 toward Phoenix.  Go about one to two miles, turn right (south) on Estrella parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue – just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park – be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.  Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.

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