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Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year, New Teams! Now what?!

There's a lot of buzz right now going on over in our Facebook group, discussing where everyone is from and what kind of horses everyone rides.  Teams are forming and questions are starting to crop up. 

Checking off the to-do list is pretty easy for a few items like joining AERC and Green Beans, and with the help of our teams coordinator, finding a team is pretty straightforward.  Fill out a survey and we'll get you matched up.  Actually figuring out where to go next can be a bit overwhelming!

Patti Stedman wrote an excellent blog article "Top Ten Questions Endurance Green Beans Ask" that might help you with some of your questions.

There's also a variety of books that have been written on the subject, many of which you can find listed on the MnDra.com website.  MnDRA is the local endurance riding club, short for Minnesota Distance Riders Association. 

Attending an Endurance 101 clinic or taking the Endurance Essential online course will set you up with excellent information before heading out to your first endurance event.

Finding a mentor can be challenging - here's a great place to start looking for one.

AERC Regional Mentors
UMECRA Mentors 
SEDRA Mentors

Other state & local clubs listing:
https://aerc.org/static/Local_Clubs.aspx

I hope this helps with a few of those initial questions.  And just for fun, here's a video I took of my first novice ride.  It's not fancy but might give you a flavor for what a novice\intro ride  might be like. 

~ Deb



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