Wild West Ride

June 13, 14, 15, 16   2019


This ride promises to be one of the best endurance rides in the west!  It offers scenic trail in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains. New this year we are offering 4 days of LD's and 50's. There will be special awards for every 4 day rider and for 4 day BC. The ride starts on a Thursday and goes through Sunday. 

NEW THIS YEAR: YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP THROUGH MAIL OR E-MAIL BY JUNE 10th. No entries will be accepted after June 10th. You may make changes to your entry at the ride, add a day or change a distance/horse/rider ect. As basecamp does not have cell service or internet it's too difficult for me to add new riders two days before or at the ride. Our parking is limited and we want to make sure everyone fits. Therefore, send me a entry, e-mail or text on or before June 10th or when the ride is full to be allowed come. This will reduce my stress level. Thank you. 

You will ride over both single track trails and dirt logging roads with plenty of horse water on the trail and in camp.  The special use permitted area of the ride is within the Tahoe National Forest. The trail is of moderate difficulty and is well marked.  There are some areas of rocks, pads are recommended, hoof protection is required.

Base camp is located in the beautifully wooded horse camp, Skillman Campground.   Directions to Skillman Campground: From the intersection of I-80 and Highway 20 go west on Highway 20 towards Nevada City 13 miles.  Skillman Campground is on the left.  Look for ride signs.  From Nevada City, go east on Highway 20 towards Reno 13.5 miles.  Skillman Campground is on the right.  Look for ride signs.  Camp opens Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Monday, June 17.  Early arrivals are fine and will pay the Forest Service a camping fee of $25.00/night.

Parking space is very limited so please bring as small a rig as possible and car/trailer pool when possible.  No extra vehicles allowed.

Portable corrals are allowed only on a very limited basis as space allows. Be prepared to clean up your horses manure/left over hay. Wheelbarrows and rakes are available for your use. Kaitlyn and her team are available to clean your camp for a fee.  No rigs not entered in the ride will be allowed in Skillman Campground or the adjacent day use area. Extra cars are $20 per night. Staying a night between days of riding is $30 a night.

  • Wed will be a potluck in camp before the ride meeting. 
  • Thursdays and Friday are still being planned out. 
  • Saturday will be an out vet check at the Lone Grave trail head where lunch will be provided. You will be on your own for dinner. 
  • The Sunday evening dinner will be a delicious catered awards banquet, included in your entry, with special awards going to those horse/rider teams who complete all 4 days. 

Base camp will have horse water, people water and porta potties. There is no power, phone service, or other improvements. There are a few corrals for rent in Skillman ($85.00/weekend, payment must accompany entry to reserve corral, please e-mail to inquire of availability). The nearest phones, stores and fuel are in Nevada City which is approximately 13 miles from camp. Please come prepared to clean up your hay/manure.

The camp is located in the mountains at 3,500 feet and so nights can be cool.  Weather in the Sierra Mountains can be unpredictable so come prepared for rain and and a slight chance of snow.

ENTRY FORM: Your total fee per day is the entry fee plus ride fee listed on the entry form. Please disregard that they are listed separately, it's just for bookkeeping. If you and a friend come together in one rig you will each save $10 per day, the rig discount is $10 off per rider in that rig per day. The camping fee has been rolled into your entry fee this year. But if you are riding Day 1 and Day 3 and want to camp Day 2 you will need to pay the $30 camping fee for that day in between that your not riding. Or you can volunteer and help out at the vet checks and finish line the day your not riding and the fee is waived. The Late fee is per person and for the whole weekend, only pay it once not every day. No rigs allowed that are not entered and extra cars are an additional $20 per night. 


Click on the link in menu bar on left that says RIDE ENTRY FORM. You can mail it in with a check.

Or you can e-mail it to me at wildwestendurance@gmail.com and send your payment in through Friends and Family Paypal to ekamberg@hotmail.com , if you send it as a purchase I will charge you the fee. You will not be entered in the ride until you pay for your entry. If you prefer a word doc I can e-mail it to you or you can just type your info in the e-mail and sign the release at camp. 

Ride Manager: Elicia Kamberg (707) 498-7306 call or text (no service at ride after 6/11)                      E-mail: WildWestEndurance@gmail.com

Head Vet: Melissa Ribley and Melinda Newton

Trail for 50's: This is just a guess as there was a lot of snow this winter and we can't get out there yet to check the trails. 

  • Thurs: Vet checks in camp. Planning a new loop in the morning with trails used other days in afternoon. 
  • Fri: Probably vet checks in camp. Same loops as last years morning, the roads south east of camp with a some single track and dirt bike trail connections. Afternoon will be different than last year, more similar to previous years. 
  • Sat: As in previous years this will be the out day to the Lone Grave vet check area. The trail will be a little different in the morning with more single track. The middle loop will be adjusted. Normal trail back to camp. Part of the trail this day is parallel and next to hwy 20. 
  • Sun: One short out vet check. Same trail as last year. The pretty single track in the morning. And trail out to Bear Valley in the afternoon. 

Trail for LD's will go to similar or the same place every day. 

All days will be a do-able ride where almost all or everyone will have time to complete the ride. If your looking for a trail that's fast, easy and can be galloped, this is not the ride for you. If you don't like to trot and want to canter the whole way, this is not the ride for you. You will get your money's worth with a fun trail, beautiful views and a mix of footing with road, single track and dirt bike trail. Your in the forest for the whole ride with lots of tree cover. There are no long steep hills that must be walked, but most of the ride has a gradual incline and a few short steep hills. This ride is suitable for a new horse or a new rider. In my opinion this ride is suitable for a green horse with trail experience that is comfortable with cars. There are no steep drop offs and the bits of technical are easy to get off and walk if you need to. 

Entries will be limited to 90 riders.

Cancellations received by 6/3/18 will receive a refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refund for cancellations after 6/4/18 unless accompanied by a letter from your vet. Riders pulled and entered to ride future days will receive a refund minus the administrative fee for days not ridden on that horse. Checks will be cashed as they arrive. There is a $30 late fee for entries post marked after May 31, 2019. If you decide to come in the last few days please text us to check parking availability and let us know you’re coming. Riders who do not contact us by the evening of June 10th will be turned away. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason. 

All AERC Rules Will Apply.

Additional Rules:

1)      Portable corrals are allowed only on a limited basis as space allows.

2)      Each vehicle in Skillman or the adjacent day use area must have a camping pass – no extra vehicles allowed.

3)      All dogs must be on a leash at all times.

4)      All hay/manure must be cleaned up.

We look forward to seeing you for a fun weekend at the Wild West Ride.

Robert and Elicia Kamberg

The US. Department of Agriculture Forest Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family statusOn designated public lands, the use of weed free and weed-seed-free feed and hay is required.  Feed stock only weed-free feed for several days before travel on National Forest System lands.  Inspect, brush, and clean animals, especially hooves and legs, before entering public land. Inspect and clean tack and equipment.  Tie or hold stock in ways that minimize soil disturbance and avoid loss of desirable vegetation.