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Obstacles aren’t insurmountable, especially for distance riders! Instead of their usual in-person convention this March, the American Endurance Ride Conference decided to go virtual with their 2021 Unconventional Convention. Participants can watch live on both days, March 6-7, and content will remain available to watch throughout the month.

Open to interested equestrians in the U.S., Canada and around the world, the convention features eight seminars that will appeal to everyone from new riders to experienced endurance enthusiasts. Vendors will have virtual booths, and many are offering convention-only specials. The convention also includes raffles, including one for a Treeless Saddle, valued at more than $3,000, donated by Saddle Up LLC. Awards and virtual get-togethers for various regions are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the national awards ceremony presentation on Saturday to close out the convention.

“Although our in-person conventions are always terrific, going virtual this year will allow many more people to experience an AERC convention,” said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. “The opportunity to see so many eminent speakers for such a low cost is one that should appeal to trail riders and distance riders alike.”

The seminar schedule can be accessed in real time, which allows attendees to present questions and comments to the speakers. Can’t make one or more of the seminars live? The seminars can be watched at any time through March 2021.

Through Feb. 18, the cost to attend all convention activities is $60 ($50 for current AERC members). Additional household members are an extra $10. After Feb. 18, the cost increases to $65 for the first attendee.

For full details, schedule and speaker bios, and a link to convention registration, see http://AERC.org/2021conventioninfo.pdf

We would like to congratulate incoming California Reining Horse Association President, Tom Foran — not just for his office, but also to Tom and his wife, Daphne, on the birth of their son, Wyatt! Tom, a longtime CRHA member and supporter, and Daphne run Foran Performance Horses in Santa Clarita. He says he’s excited to serve as CRHA President again, and he’s looking forward to 2021.

“The past year has been very challenging, and I think Mike Berg did a fabulous job as president,” said Tom. “In fact, the entire board met the many difficulties of 2020 and positioned the club to have a very productive and fun-filled 2021.”

For more info on CRHA, see ad on page 39. The Foran Performance Horse ad is on page 27.

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