Tuesday, January 18, 2005

USA: Fun In The Sun Endurance Festival

Fun In The Sun Endurance Festival (FITS) is slated for February 28 thru March 5 near Dunnellon, Florida. The ride will take place on the Goethe State Forest with the basecamp on private property next to the Goethe State Forest Headquarters at The Apex.

FITS offers a wide array of rides for the endurance rider. Each day will have either a 50 or 55 mile endurance ride and a 25 or 35 mile limited distance ride. In addition, there are two 3-day Pioneer rides being offered. To top that off, we are hosting three 2-day 100 FEI CEI*** rides (the 2-day 100 rides are not AERC sanctioned). Additional sanctioning for each day will come from SERA and SEDRA.

Riders coming to the Goethe State Forest to ride the Fun In The Sun Rides will be grateful to have such well-marked, scenic trails with nice footing. Basecamp is a large open field with primitive camping. It will open for the riders on February 24th.

Festivities will kick off with a Welcoming Party hosted by Gulf Coast 4 Star Trailer Sales at the Black Prong Equestrian Center. Riders will enjoy a driving demonstration first at 3:30 pm and will end with a Bar-B-Q being served around 4:30 pm.

The Kanavy Saddle Co is sponsoring the ride by offering a saddle to be raffled off to each day?s participants. That?s right, six saddles! Another sponsor is Southern States Feed who will be giving a horse nutrition talk on Thursday March 3rd along with a pizza party. Other sponsors include Equipads, Mobile Milling, Highermark, Animal Tacker, Tropical Rider, and Leather Therapy.

The ride?s web site is up and running at www.fitsenduranceride.com . Riders will find entry forms, schedules, trail descriptions, local information, and links to the sponsors.

Entries are due by February 14 at the request of management so we can get a head count. Entries can be mailed, emailed, or phoned in. Riders can pay when they get there. For more information contact:

Jan Stevens;
H.C. 71 Box 1203;
Ashland, MT 59003;
phone (406) 784-2469 or
email at circlebarranch@rangeweb.net .

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