BECKY FEIDLER, current president of Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides, Inc., and Tani Bates, vice president, are both accomplished endurance riders. Bates, a Brush Prairie resident, has more than 8,000 miles of competition under her belt. Photo courtesy of Tani Bates.

Horse enthusiasts in the Clark County area who enjoy trail riding, riding in new areas, camping with their horse and talking horse all weekend will find just what they are looking for at the annual convention put on by the Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides, Inc.

The convention will be held this year Fri.-Sat., Jan. 24-25, at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland.

Started back in the early 1970s, the convention will offer Endurance 101 classes for the beginner or newly-interested endurance rider; a nutrition class for the performance horse; a class to learn how to use your Garmin GPS for tracking your riding on the trails; a Yoga for Riders class; a class with videos for learning how to spot lameness in horses; biomechanics of the horses hoof; and classes on tracking the lost horse. There will also be a panel of experienced endurance riders who can answer questions.

During the convention, there will be a trade show with various vendors offering tack, nutrition for both equine and human, laser therapy for both, clothing and more. There will also be a huge used tack sale.

Endurance riding is a unique equine event in which horse and rider teams compete over distances of 50 to 100 miles in one day. Limited-distance events are 20- to 35-mile rides completed in one day. Accomplishments in endurance and limited-distance events are recognized at the annual convention.

Shopping will be available at the free trade show, open to the public Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Jan. 25, 8 a.m.-6 p.m..

There will be opportunities to visit and swap horse stories with other equine lovers. Both Friday and Saturday evenings will feature the year-end awards celebrating the accomplishments of Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides members. The weekend will culminate on Saturday, Jan. 25, with a banquet and dance.

For additional information on this event, including cost, speaker schedules and more, visit www.pner.net, or contact Tani Bates at vicepresident@pner.net or Becky Feidler at president@pner.net.

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