Wild West Ride

June 17-20 2021


We hope to have a ride for 2021 and have it on the AERC calendar. But the Forest Service response was very tentative. So for now we'll see. The entry form is not available yet. We'll roll it out when we get more of an idea of if it can happen. Please follow us on facebook for updates on the ride. We will announce it there first with the entry form before updating everything else. If we do get to go on we expect there will be more limitations on entries than before. So positive is you won't be crammed in like sardines, but there will be less spots available and the entry fee will probably have to adjust to compensate for that. Fingers crossed we have a ride season! https://www.facebook.com/wildwestendurance


Previous years information below. Please do not use the entry below, entries are not open till we think we have a good chance at a ride. 

Unfortunately the Wild West Ride is CANCELLED for 2020. We will be hosting a virtual distance ride to help cover our hard costs like awards purchased and fees. If things improve we will look into having a ride later in the year. Otherwise looking forward to seeing you June 17-20 2021


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. We have 4 days of LD's and 50's. You can enter one day, several or all the days. 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. Come enjoy our frills like unique completion awards, great prizes, a lottery drawn table of prizes, dinner after every ride night and snacks for out vet checks. We work hard to have a well marked trail with no branches hitting you in the face. 

YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP THROUGH MAIL OR GOOGLE DOC BY JUNE 14th. No entries will be accepted after June 14th. You may make changes to your entry at the ride, add a day if there's room 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 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 14th 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 17 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Monday, June 22.  Early arrivals are fine and will pay the Forest Service a camping fee.

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 $25 per night. Staying a night between days of riding is $30 a night.

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 ($90.00/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. The camping fee has been rolled into your entry fee. 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. 

You may haul into the ride the morning of any day and vet in before the ride. But please note that on your entry form so I don't think your a no show. 

NEW: Volunteer discount. Help out and you can receive a discount or even a free entry. There's lots of work to do before, during and after the ride. Please e-mail for more information or fill out this google doc: https://forms.gle/ZVZ5AVaMGVABXbVB8

NEW: Adopt a trail. Save money on your entry by adopting a trail. Sign up to adopt a loop of the ride and get a days free entry. Loops are 25-30 miles. You will be responsible for riding the trail 3 times. In May to nip brush grown, in June before the ride to check ribbons and after the ride to pull the ribbons. We are willing to show you the trail, provided detailed maps, directions and will pre mark corners to help you navigate. Adoption can be split between two friends so you each get half off and can ride it together. This is at minimum 3 days worth of work riding the trail. Nipping the brush back can be a slow tedious day. We will do all the saw work but please only adopt the trail if you are willing to put in the time to do a good job.


Ride Entry Form and mail it in with a check

Or you can fill out a google doc at: 

 Online Entry Form

Venmo, ekamberg      https://venmo.com/code?user_id=2557465816203264808
Paypal but it must be sent friends and family with no fee. Make sure you uncheck the box that says paying for goods or service.   paypal.me/wildwestendurance

Ride Manager: Elicia Kamberg & Robert Kamberg (707) 498-7306 (no service at ride after 6/14)  WildWestEndurance@gmail.com

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.


Head Vet: Melissa Ribley Treatment Vet: Jennifer Powers Control Judges: Melinda Newton, Natalie Sundstrom

Secretary: Beth Vergnani Trail Masters: Vicki Testa, Cyd Ross, Jo Proctor

Dinner provided for riders Thurs-Sun.

TRAIL: this is our plan but it may change

  • Wed: Check in starts at 2, Vet in starts at 3. Potluck dinner at 6, Ride meeting at 7. 
  • Thurs: 7 / 8 start. Revised Blue loop in the AM, check in camp, Purple loop in afternoon. LD's do short version of both loops. Mix of road and single track.
  • Fri: 7 / 9 start. Revised Red loop in the AM, no longer going down Burlington Rd, more single track. Out check at Lone Grave. 50's do loop out of Lone Grave and have second out check. All head back in on Red. More single track than road
  • Sat: 7 / 8 start. Orange loop in AM ending in a new out vet check LD's will go a short route to out check. New orange loop on the view trail, second out vet check. Orange in to camp. Mix of road and single track, more hill to climb. 
  • Sun: 7 / 9 start. The new trail from last year is moving to Sat and not all being used. Sun is going back to the previous trail. Extended Purple loop in AM for 50's, check in camp. Then all on Pink to Bear Valley staying up on the Pioneer Trail. Out check. All home from Bear Valley. More single track than road

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 little to none (matter of perspective) long steep hills that must be walked, but most of the ride has a gradual incline and a few medium length 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. The bits of technical are easy to get off and walk if you need to. 

Entries will be limited.

Cancellations received by 6/1/20 will receive a refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refund for cancellations after 6/1/18 unless accompanied by a letter from your vet. Riders pulled and entered to ride future days will receive a refund minus the camping fee for days not ridden on that horse. Refunds will only be given through Venmo or Paypal. Checks will be cashed as they arrive. There is a $30 late fee for entries post marked after 6/1/20. 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 14th 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.