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The USTA has partnered with the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) to promote the use of Standardbreds in endurance riding. The amount of training miles put into a Standardbred in preparation for racing gives them a solid base for endurance.

For more information on the AERC, visit their website.

Riders that are new to the world of endurance can learn more as a Green Bean.

Join other Standardbred endurance riders in the ‘Team Standardbred Distance Riders' Facebook group.

Riders must be a member of AERC in order to track horse and rider mileage.

New for 2018/2019Standardbred Distance Championships

Any registered Standardbred is eligible to compete in the Standardbred Distance Championships. There will be two events, a West Coast Championship held over the 2018 Labor Day weekend and an East Coast Championship held over the first weekend in May 2019. Stay tuned for more information in Spring 2018.

The USTA has presented the High Mileage Standardbred Award since 2011. The award is given to the Standardbred that has the most miles ridden during the current ride season (December 1 through November 30). Horse must be registered with the USTA or Standardbred Canada. All completed rides are considered, including the limited distance 24-35 mile rides, and standard endurance rides (50+ miles).

Riders must be a member of AERC in order to track horse and rider mileage.

High Mileage Standardbred Award Winners

2017 Stephanie Teeter/Merri Melde & Shotgun Rider

2016 Jen Moore & Sidney Rain

2015 Aarene Storms & Naked Willow

2014 Heather Wimer & Pureform Bunny

2013 Heather Wimer & Pureform Bunny

2012 Nancy Salazar & Steady's Bad Boy

2011 Patricia Clark & East Meets West

Endurance News
Shotgun Rider named 2017 Endurance Award winner
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Sidney Rain is 2016 Endurance Award winner
Thursday, March 16, 2017
2015 Endurance Award winner announced
Monday, March 07, 2016
Pureform Bunny is repeat AERC Award winner
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Pureform Bunny 2013 High Mileage Standardbred winner
Friday, February 14, 2014
2012 Standardbred Endurance Champion crowned
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Pacer featured in New Endurance Riding Book
Thursday, November 29, 2012
2011 Standardbred Endurance Award winner announced
Friday, March 09, 2012
USTA to present Standardbred Endurance Award
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

After the Finish Line: Standardbreds go the distance as endurance horses (Hoof Beats: May 2011)

From Rescue to Endurance Horse
by Cherry Grubb