July 18, Auburn~ As the snows of 2011 failed to melt along many portions of the Western States Trial, the Board of Governors have voted to change the date of the 2011 Tevis Ride to October 8, 2011. Many portions of the trail continue to hold record snow pack with no chance to melt due to an unusually cool spring. As of the July 15, 16, 17 Educational ride weekend, Robinson Flat at 6,800 ft elevation still had no access. The Middle Fork of the American River is running at nearly double the normal volume for mid-June. At Oxbow Lake on the Middle Fork of
the American River, the gates are open wide, the surplus volume of floodwater running over the spillway and termed, uncontrolled. The water that must be crossed on the horse trail at Poverty Bar 88 miles into the trail, is deep and treacherous, according to sources.
“We faced unusual heavy snows this year,” reports WSTF President Kathie Perry. “In the interest of rider and horse safety, the Tevis ride date is now changed to October 8. The new date will give riders the needed time to get their horses ready for the challenge of the trail, as well as give them the experience of the traditional trail with its magnificence and history.”
Perry said that the July 15 -17 Educational Ride went well with 52 riders starting the trail portion of the ride. Endurance veterinarians and other speakers shared knowledge on saddle fit, trail knowledge and horsemanship. “The trail this year went from base camp at Forest Hill to White Oak Flat and back, about 33 miles on day one and 20 miles on day two,” said Perry. “We went down into one of the canyons to show riders what the Tevis is about.”
The 2011 October Tevis WST ride has over 200 riders signed up for the October event.
For more information about the Tevis Ride on October 8, 2011 visit www.TevisCup.org or call the office at 530.823.7282.