June 17-20 2021
Welcome to the Wild West Pioneer, a 4 day 200 mile adventure through scenic trails in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains. Come take on the only 4 day in Northern California.
Entries open tonight 4/3 at 7pm
The link to enter is below on step number 1. Please read the conditions carefully. Your deposit will not be refunded.
If you have questions please read the faq page: Ride FAQ, then contact us.
This year will be different to work around all the challenges Covid presents. This may be frustrating for some riders but we have found a format that will make the ride possible for us and will take into account the limited parking available. While there might be some sticker shock, if you don’t want to ride every day and you coordinate splitting with your friends, the entry price per day is comparable. Bonus, the campground will not be as crammed like sardines! And each spot gets a logo fleece cooler for an award no matter the placing or completion. There will be additional awards for BC. We are still working on the trail plan but we’re aiming for more checks in camp and some trail will be repeated.
To enter WW 2021 you must first purchase your spot with a $50 deposit online on my website. This will be available April 3, 2021 and restrict the number of entries. When full, the waitlist will be posted there. This deposit is to hold your spot and is not refundable. If covid prevents the ride from happening you will receive a gift certificate to the store for $50. If you need to cancel and don’t wish to sell your spot the ride will retain your deposit.
Then you have 2 weeks to send in your entry form with a check for $550 to retain your spot. The check will be cashed on June 4th. If you don’t send in your entry form or contact us, we will consider that your cancellation and will retain your deposit. The spot includes one parking spot and one entry for each of the four days, either distance or a fun ride. It includes one award valued at 4x the normal amount spent on four days of completion awards, a Wild West Pioneer fleece cooler in your horse’s size and some goodies. Plus win big at our lottery award table at meetings. Additional awards may be purchased. The spot includes all the fees we used to list including the entry and camping. You may ride every day or only one day. You can decide or change what day or distance at the ride. The spot is yours to do with as you please.
You may split the spot with a friend or sell / give away a day at any point including during the ride. If you’re looking for someone to split with please e-mail us as we will keep a list and share e-mail addresses with you. If you want to purchase days from someone please fill out our waiting list form. You may cancel (no refund on deposit but your check is torn up) or sell it to someone else before June 4th. If you sell it there is no new deposit required so you can potentially get all your money back. On the 4th the checks will be cashed. You can still sell your spot to someone else but we will no longer accept cancellations so you won’t get any money back from the ride. We will have a waiting list and are happy to offer your spot to the list and post it available on social media. But we held it for you so if it can’t be filled from the waiting list, you’re responsible for selling it if you want your money back. Please don’t sell your spot for more than you paid. If we find someone doing so they will not be invited back.
If you split a spot with a friend you must leave before your friend arrives. Each entry = one parking spot per day. For example, if two people are sharing an entry, person A would finish their ride at 3pm and leave at 5pm so person B could arrive at 5:15. What time and how you change over the spot is up to the person buying the spot. If four locals wanted to split the spot four ways, they could each haul in the morning of and leave after their ride. There will be an overflow lot to wait in but there is no cell service so make plans before the ride. E-mail us if you are looking for someone to share your spot with. One spot = one entry on each day. You may not use the four entries on the same day or with a friend over two days.
We are hoping that the event size restrictions will be lifted enough that you will be able to bring crew and rig share. If this happens as planned you may purchase additional entries to add to your spot. Then your family member or friend can come with you in your rig and ride one or multiple days with you. Please send in a form and release for them with yours. Additional entries are $150 (Juniors $100) and an award cooler may be purchased separately for the discounted rate of $50 if wanted. We hopefully will have enough goody bags to go around. If we are worried about our event going over a restriction size this option will then become no longer available.
The campground officially opens Wed at 10am but you are welcome to come before and pay the forest service to camp. If you have a large rig, you need to let us know so we save a large rig spot for you. There is always a driver available for those that need help backing in or getting out.
Trails are a mixture of single track, road and ohv single track. We try to give you a mix each day. Some form of hoof protection is required and for sensitive horses with shoes we recommend pads. The trail will different than the 2019 version. We are trying to reduce the amount of out vet checks and volunteers needed. Each day won’t be the same but there will be repeated loops this year to use more of our easier trail. We are aiming for a better four-day ride that is doable for a fit endurance horse. We had a great group of ladies complete all four days on one horse last time and we want to make it so more people can accomplish that this year.
Here’s the steps:
1) Purchase your spot after April 3rd at 7pm with $50 deposit at Wild West Spot
2) Decide if you want to split the spot with someone else in a separate rig
3) Send in this entry form within 2 weeks for each person (preferably at the same time) and with check(s) adding up to $550. ($150 per day)
4) If an additional person is coming in your rig purchase an entry per day for them for $150 - entries very limited
5) Now if you are splitting your spot make a plan. The second person can’t arrive till the first person has left.
Did you want to come but there’s no spots left to purchase? Please join the waiting list at: https://forms.gle/bDEExyyKuc756wVU6
Do you need to purchase the spot on payments instead of one big check? No problem. Write several checks dated before June 4th as we will deposit them near the date you write. There are a few work for a discount ride entries available. This is only available to locals and require a multiple day time commitment to clearing trail, checking ribbons and pulling ribbons. A basic knowledge of the trails and ability to use a gps app is necessary.
We’re looking forward to seeing our endurance family this ride season and sharing our beautiful trails with you. We know this new method of selling spots is more work for our riders and we appreciate your help in making this a sustainable event for everyone.
Elicia and Robert Kamberg
If you have question please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or text Elicia at 530-830-9019. As I’m working on clearing trail May and June, I don’t have reception during the day and it’s hard to receive calls.
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 17 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Monday, June 22. Early arrivals are fine and will pay the Forest Service a camping fee.
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 ($100.00/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.
Please contact by text or email if possible. I'm out working on the trail most days with no service and it's hard to return calls.
All AERC Rules Will Apply.
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.
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 status. On 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.