Gold Country Endurance Riders

Preserving Equestrian Trails Since 1980

Gold Country Ride

The Gold Country Endurance Ride has been held annually for over 35 years at Dru Barner Park located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Northern California. We host a Limited Distance and 50 mile endurance ride. The ride is of moderate difficulty and true to mileage. As such, it is often used as a conditioning ride by those planning on competing in the Tevis Cup.

Our ride is one of the more affordable rides with a lower entry fee than most and all profits benefiting local trails, parks and other related charities through The Gold Country Endurance Riders which is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition, ride photos from Gore Baylor Photography will be included with your entry fee (New in 2019!).

We have many great sponsors every year and provide some of the best participation and completion awards! We also have a Junior’s Only perpetual trophy introduced in 2018 thanks to a generous donation from The Horseshoe Barn! In addition, your vet cards are emailed to you after the ride.

Some features of Dru Barner Park:

  • Plenty of shade from the many pine trees
  • Corrals on a “first-come, first-served” basis
  • Bathrooms with and without plumbing
  • Running water for horses (please bring your own water for human consumption)
  • Fire pits
  • Regularly maintained paved and gravel roads
  • Parking for large and small rigs
  • Overflow parking near vet check area
  • Safety is a priority on our ride. Sweep Riders of The Sierra (SOS) sweep ride each distance for this reason.
  • Click here for a Map of The Campground
  • Click Here For General Ride Information

2019 Gold Country Endurance Ride

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Ride Entry Fees, Discounts and Extras:

  • 25/50 Mile Entry: $130
  • Non-AERC Member Fee: $15

These discounts may be combined:

  • Ride Manager / Secretary: -$45
  • Juniors: -$45 (Under age 16 @ Start of Ride Season [Dec 1 – Nov 30])
  • GCER Members: -$10
  • Early Entry (On or Before 7/12/2019): -$15
  • Extra Dinner Tickets: $15 each
  • Reserved Reserved Camp Sites, $75 – $150 (Please scroll down this page for details)
  • Reserved Overflow Camp Site for Large Rigs, FREE (Please scroll down this page for details)
  • 7/5/2019- Last day to cancel your entry and receive a full refund. After this date $15 will be withheld from any cancelled entries.
  • 7/6/2019- Date checks from mailed-in Entries will be cashed
  • 7/12/2019- Last day to submit an entry to receive the $15 Early Entry Discount
  • 7/18/2019 – Last date to update your Online Entry
  • 7/19/2019 – Vet in and Ride Check-in
  • 7/20/2019 – Ride!

Online Entry

We offer Online Ride Entry as well as the convenient option of electronic checkout for payment of Ride Entry Fees! After submitting your entry, you will be emailed an invoice to pay electronically.

  • No more wondering if your check has been received in the mail or when it will clear. With electronic payment, the process is immediate and our website will be updated with paid entries within 24 hours of payment. Check out our Paid Rider’s List.
  • No late or lost checks/entry forms.
  • Refunds for cancellations are done within 1 day back to the original payment method. No waiting for a check in the mail!
  • You will be able to pay by credit/debit card or direct bank draft (ACH) as well as submit your entry online. Pay with a credit card and get those rewards points!
  • Your AERC membership is verified before you arrive so there is no need to remember to bring your card to the ride.
  • Simple, safe and convenient.
  • Liability waivers will be signed upon check-in to the ride.
  • Ready to enter?
Enter Online

Paper Entry

For those that wish to complete entry forms the traditional way, we will of course accept mailed-in entries. Please use the entry form below* and click the button next to it to download important ride information:


2019 Paper Ride Entry

*All paper entries will also be listed on our Paid Riders List. Since our P.O. Box is only checked weekly, please allow up to 7 days for your entry to reflect on our website.

Note: Liability waivers will be signed upon check-in for all entrants.

Paid Riders List

Click the below button to see if your entry has been processed. This list is updated as entries are received, however please allow up to 3 days for your entry to show.

List of Paid Riders

Reserved Camping Spots

We are once again offering 3 prepaid reserved camping spots with corrals in camp as well as 10 free reserved camping spots in the overflow parking for larger rigs. The spots are available on a first-reserved, first-served basis.

The prepaid reservable sites are in desirable locations with corrals that will also include a gift basket. The site will be marked and roped off for you until you arrive. A waitlist will also be available.

Current Availability: *Waitlist Only*

Prepaid camping sites available:

Use the below map of Dru Barner Park to reference the locations of each of these sites:

Dru Barner Map


  • Can accommodate a Large Rig
  • Double, covered corral
  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Can accommodate a large rig
  • Click picture for full size view

Site #28 (Large Rig)


  • Can accommodate a Large Rig
  • Single, covered corral
  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Next to Vet Check
  • Pull-Through parking suitable for large rig
  • Click picture for full size view

Site #5 (Pull-Through, Large Rig)


  • Can accommodate a Medium Rig
  • Single, covered corral
  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Close to ride meeting, Check-in and Dinner Area
  • Can accommodate a medium rig
  • Click picture for full size view

Site #15 (Medium Rig)

Sites are fully refundable should you cancel your entry subject to the refund terms and conditions of your ride entry. No refunds will be made for no-shows.

To reserve: Please email the ride secretary via the button below with your first, second and third choices. You may also email her directly at

Spots will be reserved based on when the request is received. After receipt of your emailed request, you will be sent an invoice to secure your spot. You will have 24 hours from receipt of the invoice to pay before the spot will be offered to the next person.

Prepaid Camping Site WAITLIST Request

Free Overflow Camping Reservations for Large Rigs

Current Availability: *Waitlist Only*

We have 10 reservable spots available for FREE to those with large rigs who wish to park in the overflow parking. Overflow parking is near the vet check and easily accessible from the main entry road. There are no specific spot assignments in this camping area, however a maximum of 10 reserved rigs will be allowed here and you are guaranteed a spot within this area if you reserve ahead of time. The area will be marked off for those with reservations only.

Larger rigs can also be accommodated within some spaces in the main campgrounds on a first come / first served basis so this is just an option for those who may desire to park here.

To reserve: Request your reserved spot in the overflow parking by emailing the Ride Secretary via the button below or directly at An email confirmation will be sent to confirm your reservation.

Overflow Camping WAITLIST Request