Biltmore Equestrian Center logo and  New Holland logo

present the

Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride

5 and 6 May 2023

Remembering Anne Ayala, Oct 16, 1940 - Dec 27, 2012:  AERC has passed the motion to name the AERC Junior scholarship for Anne Ayala.  In the future it will be called the Anne Ayala Young Rider Scholarship.  Please send contributions for for this very worthy cause in Anne's name to AERC (PO Box 6027, Auburn, CA  95604)!

2023 Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride:

====>>>>  Friday May 5, 2023: 25, 50 mile rides
====>>>>  Saturday May 6, 2023: 30, 55, 75 and 100 mile rides. 

early fogIn 2022, the Biltmore Equestrian Center, located on the grounds of George Vanderbilt’s historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, will host the twenty-seventh annual Biltmore Challenge Endurance Rides on: 

Friday May 5, 2023: 25, 50 mile rides
Saturday May 6, 2023: 30, 55, 75 and 100 mile rides 

All riders will be entered in the AERC Open category.

Team Competitions !  The Biltmore Challenge plans to also host team competitions, open to all riders on both days with no additional entry fees.  At least two full teams within the same distance are required to have team competition awards.  Form your own team of four riders, with time for the top three finishers on each team counting towards awards.  This is a good opportunity to practice team riding....   Check out how strategy and opportunities change in this environment! 

General Conditions: Built in 1895, the Estate trails promise a challenging ride along the French Broad River and over rolling hills and low mountains.  We recommend that all horses have hoof protection, and in the 50, 75 and 100 mile distances, think about padding.  Breast collars/cruppers may be helpful.  Each loop will circle back to a central vetting area adjacent to the main camping area. 

Please beware that the trails go through farming areas, with farm animals: goats, sheep, cattle and PIGS.

Weather is somewhat unpredictable in very early May, but it is usually humid with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Controlled Entry to Biltmore Estate.  As part of the need for security on the Estate, and to provide a more official mode of access for attendees to the Estate grounds, names are provided for a list used by the front gate guards for initial entry (the "Gate List").  Subsequent re-entry will be via wristbands available at the ride site.  Entry for one named crew member is covered as part of the ride entry fees.   For 75 and 100-mile riders, two (2) named crew members are covered in the ride entry fees. On the Estate, including at the ride site, colored wristbands will be required to be worn as visible proof of permission.

Note:  children 16 and under are free, but must still have their names on the "Gate List" and wear the wristbands.


Tentative: Mountain Farrier Service, Jeff Pauley owner, will be the ride farrier.   They will be on the grounds during the rides until 6-7 pm Saturday.  To make an appointment in advance, please call Jeff at 828 712 2343. 

Human Body Therapy:
Tentative: Nancy MacDonald plans to be the human massage therapist on the grounds. Nancy is a certified neuromuscular therapist, licensed massage and bodywork therapist, nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork therapist.  To make an appointment with Nancy, call her at 828 225 5022 or email her at

Horse Body Therapy:
Tentative: tbd

Ride Information Summary is here.

Note:  Most photographs for the web site have been generously contributed by Genie Stewart-Spears and Becky Pearman


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