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Early Bird Ride

April 13-14, 2024 – Forest City, IL

SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/12N
SUN: 50E/25LD/25C/12N

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Ridecamp Location

Contact Ride Manager
Lucy Stafford

Ride Information

Ride DatesApril 13 & 14, 2024
Ride NameEarly Bird Ride
Registration Type
  • Pre-registrations appreciated
  • On site registration accepted with no additional fee
Last Date to Submit Entry Online04/08/2024
Ride Distances Offered by Day
Day Distances
Saturday 50End\25LD\25C\12Novice
Sunday 50End\25LD\25C\12Novice
Ride Manager 1 EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Ride Manager 1 Phone(217) 971-5673
Ride Manager 2 NameRobin Schadt
Ride Manager 1 NameLucy Stafford
Ride Manager 2 EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Ride Manager 2 Phone(708) 280-8241
Which organizations are sanctioning this ride?
  • AERC, Umecra, Oaats
Ride Camp LocationSand Ridge State Forest - Mokernut Meado
Forest city, IL 61532
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What are the ride camp map coordinates?94R7+GW Topeka, Illinois
Ride Camp Description
  • Camp is in an open field
  • Camp is on public land
Camp site information
  • Ample room for all sized rigs
Horse Containment
  • Tie to trailer - optional
  • Pens allowed
Camping - additional information

FREE CAMPING! Camping is primitive and will be at Mockemut Meadow, which has fire pads, tables and tethering posts.

Fees Required
  • Camping is free
Onsite Amenities
  • Non-potable water on site
Meals Information
  • Award dinner provided - fee included
Dogs & Generators
  • Dogs allowed - leashed only
  • Generators allowed within specified hours only
Trail characteristics
  • Loops
  • Mild Sand
  • Deep Sand
  • Flat ride
Trail Description

What better way to start your ride season than at this old-fashioned primitives ride, so please come prepared. The trail is sandy and should be available to ride this time of year regardless of weather. You're sure to have a good time riding through this beautiful forest!

For those who think central Illinois is one big corm field. Sand Ridge State Forest will come as a very pleasant surprise. The forest is an island in a sea of agriculture. Just minutes southwest of Peoria, this 7,200 acre forest, the largest of Illinois' State Forests, boasts sweeping expanses of native oak-hickory, extensive plantations of pine, sprawling open fields, grasslands, and completely unique sand prairies. For a refreshing, invigorating taste of unspoiled nature and an opportunity to experience a truly unique environment. Sand Ridge State Forest is ideal.

The area is the result of a prehistoric dry period when more than desert-like conditions existed. Today it remains one of the few places in Illinois that supports an intriguing variety of plants and animals more associated with southwest than midwest Those include badger, silvery bladderpod, pocket gopher and prickly pear cactus to name a few.

  • Announced at ride meeting -No earlier than dawn
Vet Checks
  • All checks in camp
Number of Holds (50-60)
  • 2 Holds
Tentative Schedule
Description Time
Announced at ride meeting -No earlier than dawn
Mail Registration To:Robin Schadt
7342 W 115th Street
Worth, Il 60482
Make checks payable to:TBA
Email Registration form to:Email hidden; Javascript is required.
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BOGO discount!
Rider's second day of competition entry is 1/2 off advertised fee
Horse's second day of compettion entry is 1/2 off advertised fee

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