On 5 May 2012, the Biltmore Equestrian Center will host the eighteenth annual Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride in Asheville, North Carolina. This ride has come about as the embodiment of a vision of Anne Ayala supported by the Biltmore Equestrian Center: host a premiere endurance ride on fun and challenging trails in the eastern United States, and show full southern hospitality. From its inception in 1995, the ride has had both 50-mile and 100-mile distances, adding a 75-mile distance in 2009.
The Biltmore Estate.
The ride is actually based on the private Biltmore Estate: grounds of the largest private house in the country, a house built by George Vanderbilt and opened in 1895. Many of the trails follow the old carriage tracks used by George Vanderbilt's guests.
Several miles of trail follow the beautiful French Broad River as it approaches Asheville, with excursions over the rolling hills and low mountains surrounding it. From various points over the course of the trail, views of the Biltmore House, of the distant Craggy Mountains, of the Winery, and other attractions can be had.
Ruth Anne Everett riding the trails at the Biltmore Estate.
For 2012, open American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) divisions are offered in all distances. Qualified riders can opt for Federation Equestrian International (FEI) Open and FEI Young Riders. Also, the 50-mile and 75-mile will be Arabian Horse Association (AHA) local rides and the 100-mile will be the AHA Region 12 Championship ride.
View from the Biltmore Estate veranda.
EasyCare is proud to be a 2012 sponsor of the event. If you're there, look for the prototype EasyShoe on several of the competing FEI horses.
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