On a beautiful morning, seven miles north of the town of Fort Bragg on the coast of Mendocino, the fog cleared way to make for a spectacular 43rd annual World Championship Ride & Tie Race.
As the excitement from the race came to an end, not more than a few hours after the results were posted and prizes given out, Susan Smyth made the announcement of where the 44th annual World Championships Ride & Tie race would be held.
The next championship will be on July 12 in the beautiful gold country of El Dorado County, 7.5 miles east of Georgetown, in California’s Mother Lode at the Dru Barner Equestrian Camp. The event will be hosted by the Gold Country Endurance Riders.
Smyth said, “Georgetown has everything to offer for the World Championships. We hope to get 50 teams participating and bring this sport back to the glory days, and this is just the right spot.”
Dru Barner Equestrian Camp has the ideal campground, with water troughs, several pull-through spaces, fire rings and some corrals. There are grills and picnic tables at the group kitchen area. It is located in a grove of mixed pine, cedar and oak trees at an elevation of 3,200 feet.
“I’ve got the post race blues. I want next year’s championship to be here already,” Heather Huggins said after the 43rd annual race.
Two people, a horse and one tough race. For more information, visit rideandtie.org.