When

Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 7:00 AM MST
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Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 4:00 PM MST

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Estrella Mountain Park 
14805 W. Vineyard Avenue
Goodyear, AZ 85338
 

 
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Michael & Sue Frercikson 
Bethany's Gait 
208-669-0359 208-669-0358 
hihopesranch@gmail.com 
 
 
 
                                                                                                   
 

Estrella Mountain Park

Wild Rose Horse Obstacle Contests

FEBRUARY 18-19, 2023

 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

 Everyone needs to participate in creating the safest and best environment as per your understanding of best practices - masking when in the vicinity of other individuals, maintaining a 6-foot perimeter from other individuals when in a group setting, washing your hands and all other common-sense protocols.   

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 Mike and Susan Fredrickson (supported by Carole Wilder) are volunteers partnering with Bethany’s Gait in creating opportunities for our fellow equine enthusiasts.  Our goal is to create an enjoyable environment where we challenge ourselves and our horses to advance our skills while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of other riders.  The upside of this is that 100% of  proceeds go directly to benefit a fantastic 501(c)(3) charity – Bethany’s Gait - to support their programs.

Bethany's Gait is dedicated to "Rescuing Horses, Restoring Lives".  The programs offered by Bethany's Gait were created specifically for active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel, first responders and their families.  One of the things that makes the program unique is that Bethany's Gait is also a horse rescue.  They have found that bringing the rescue horses together with the people offers a dynamic situation where horses and humans heal through a bond that is developed based on unconditional love, unwavering trust and a keen understanding of what the other has been through.  Bethany's Gait is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ranch in Prescott, AZ. 

 ----- WE RIDE TO GIVE BACK -----

100% OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT BETHANY'S GAIT, PRESCOTT, AZ

TWO DAYS OF WONDERFUL RIDING IN THE BEAUTIFUL ESTRELLA MOUNTAINS  

 Welcome to Estrella Mountain Regional Park.  These 19,840 acres of desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954.  Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the park includes seasonal wetlands or riparian areas during the winter and monsoon rains.  The majority of the park remains pristine desert, very similar in appearance to the landscape seen by the first settlers and explorers.  The Sierra Estrella Range, or Star Mountains, was once within the Mexican border, and remained so until the Gadsen Purchase in 1853.  

6-MILE OBSTACLE TRAIL CONTESTS – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 

We utilize the Park and surrounding area to provide challenging real life “trail situations” (like water and hills) for our obstacles.  Bring your pony and experience “trail obstacles in a natural setting”.  Three levels of difficulty.  You select your level of difficulty at time of registration.

This ride is rated easy to light moderate.  Estrella Mountain Park is fairly rocky  – shoes and boots are recommended.

Please join us at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday for a potluck.  Best chicken dish wins $20 - decided by participants.

BLIND TEAM JACKPOT - JOIN THE FUN - SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

EVERY ONE CAN ENTER - NOVICE, PLEASURE, ADVANCED, YOUTH

Here is how this will work.  $10.00 entry fee.  We will randomly group up to 3-4-5 riders to make a "team".  During the competition, you will NOT KNOW know who your team members are.  After the ride awards, we will announce team members and team scores and award the jackpot.  Sign up at registration table on day of ride.  All teams will have the same number of riders.  We will add the score of all team members together to create a team score - hight team score wins the jackpot!!!

 

RIBBONS FOR FIRST THROUGH SIXTH PLACE - THREE LEVELS OF COMPETITION

PICK YOUR LEVEL AND RIDE THAT LEVEL ALL DAY!!!

PRIZES AND GIVE AWAYS!!

FUN TIMES!!!

 

FEES:

NO MEMBERSHIP FEES!!!

Online Registration Fees Payable until February 14:    Adult - $55.00 per day; Youth - $25.00 per day; Companion - $25.00 per day.

Ride registration closes on February 14 or upon attaining 50 competitors - whichever comes first.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION - CASH ONLY - pay at check in.

Late Registration Fees after February 14:   Adult - $65.00 per day; Youth - $35.00 per day; Companion- $35.00  per day.

IF LATE ENTRY, CALL MIKE AT 208-669-0359 OR CAROLE AT 602-686-2435 TO SECURE EVENT SPOT AND PAY ON SITE at registration table day of event.  


PARK FEES PAYABLE ON ENTRANCE TO PARK:

Vehicle Entry Fee per day - $7.00 per vehicle, or you may use your Maricopa County Annual Park Pass

Camping Fee - $15.00 per night (includes the $7.00 per day vehicle fee).

 

ADDITIONAL FEES - CASH ONLY PLEASE - PAYABLE AT REGISTRATION TABLE DAY OF EVENT: 

Facility Use Fee:  $15.00 per competitor per day of competition

THERE ARE NO PENS AVAILABLE AT THIS FACILITY.  You can bring your own portable stalls, high ties,  etc.  

Competition limited to 50 competitors per day.    

ONLY ONE HORSE PER COMPETITOR ALLOWED ON SITE FOR ENTIRE WEEKEND.  

SHOES AND BOOTS RECOMMENDED.

DOGS:  All dogs must be on a leash at all times.  If left unattened, they must be kept in your trailer and not disturb other people.  Please pick up after your dog.  NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL.  This is coyote country - do not tie your dog to your trailer and leave it.

PLEASE:  No arrivals before noon on Friday.


 

AGENDA:

Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19  – Obstacle Trail Contests:

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.    Check in, sign up for ride out time

7:45 a.m.             Judges’ Meeting

8:30 a.m.             Riders' Meeting

10:00 a.m.           First Riders out on course

Lunch                 On your own 

Awards                Half hour after last rider is back

6:00 p.m.       Potluck on Saturday night.  Best chicken dish wins $20.00.

 

Questions call Mike at 208-669-0359 or Carole @602-686-2435

Email:  hihopesranch@gmail.com

 

DIRECTIONS FROM THE VALLEY AREA:  

Take I-10 to Estrella Parkway (Exit 126).  Turn south onto Estrella Parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue - just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park - be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.  Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.  

 

GREAT NEW SHORT CUT TO AVOID GOING TO CENTRAL PHOENIX, I-17 AND I-10:

Coming from south of Phoenix:  Use the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway West.  Get off at I-10 at the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway and go west.  You will exit the Loop 202 at I-10 and approximately 59th Avenue.   Go west on I-10 to Exit 126.  Turn left (south) onto Estrella Parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue - just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park - be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.   Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.

Coming from north of Phoenix:  On I-17 take the 303 Loop west and south to I-10.  Turn east on I-10 toward Phoenix.  Go about one to two miles, turn right (south) on Estrella parkway.  Go 5 miles to W. Vineyard Avenue - just across the bridge.  Turn left on to W. Vineyard Avenue and go approximately one-half mile to entrance of park - be sure it is not the entrance to the golf course which comes before the entrance to the park.  Turn right in to park and follow road around to large parking area.