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Bensonís Feed & Tack - Jim Benson
2750 US-50, Carson City, NV 89701
Providing Hay for the rides
Echo Valley Ranch, Inc.- Greg & Tammy Kimler
205 Nevada St. Auburn, CA 95603
Providing raffle prizes and awards
Select The Best - Rich Merriner
PO Box 1968, Carson City, NV 89702
Providing raffle prizes and awards
Bio Pure Products - Victoria & Mark Cushman
PO Box 2230, Minden, NV 89423
NASTR awards the Triple Crown every year to riders who complete the three qualifying rides of increasing distance and difficulty. We invite you to test yourself and your horse through Northern Nevada's valleys, deserts, foothills, and mountains.
Join us in the fun and challenge at the three qualifying rides:
You may nominate yourself and your horse (for a progressively greater fee) at any time up to the start of Virginia City 100 - please see ride entries for the specific Triple Crown Rides for details.
Awards are as follows:
In addition, NASTR also awards:
(2014 marked the 30th anniversary of this award!)
NASTR 50 Trifecta
New for 2019:
Not quite ready for the Virginia City 100, but still want the challenge of the NASTR rides? Riders who complete the NV Derby 50, the NASTR 50, and the Red Rock Rumble 50 in the same year will be awarded the NASTR Trifecta.
As with the Triple Crown above, you may nominate yourself and your horse (for a progressively greater fee) at any time up to the start of the Red Rock Rumble. As with the Triple Crown, same or different horse and rider will be recognized, please see ride entries for the series rides for specific details.
Awards will be given for:
NASTR 30 Hat Trick
New for 2019:
And if you're not quite ready to step up to 50s, we offer a 30-mile series for riders who complete the NV Derby 30, the NASTR 30, and the Red Rock Rumble 30 in the same year.
Same rules and procedures as for the Triple Crown and NASTR 50 Trifecta above apply -
please see ride entries for the series rides for specific details.
NV Derby 25/50
Ride location moved for 2019 - click for details.
Held annually the first weekend in April, the Nevada Derby is the Nevada All-State Trail Riders spring training ride, continuing our own tradition of the Derby Ditch and Square Nail rides for the past 43 years. Due to various limiting conditions, most recently, the Nevada Derby Ride was relocated from Winnemucca Ranch to the Washoe Lake State Park.
The Trail: The trail will be of moderate difficulty. Pads and /or boots are recommended! The desert terrain varies from rocky to sandy with steep uphill and downhill, some trails, some cross country and jeep roads. Elevation varies from 4600' to 7500í. The 50 mile ride will offer Triple Crown riders an opportunity to see some of the Virginia City 100 mile ride course. The 50 mile ride will consist of three loops, each returning to camp for control vet checks. The 25 mile ride will consist of two loops, which offer the horse and rider a moderate challenge, while enjoying the beautiful views from the mountain tops and the beaches of Washoe Lake. The Introductory 10-Mile Fun Ride is an opportunity to experience the trail, and vet checks without the higher stress, cost, or awards associated with a longer distance rides. Riders are responsible for their own safety while crossing paved roads!!! The 50 mile ride must be completed in order to be in contention for the NASTR Triple Crown, which includes the Nevada Derby 50, NASTR 75, and the Virginia City 100.
Base Camp: Washoe Lake State Equestrian Park is located between Reno and Carson City Nevada at 4855 Eastlake Blvd, New Washoe City. Due to the State Park fee schedule your overnight camping fees ARE NOT included in the entry fee. Your day use fee is covered by Ride Management. You will need to pay your camping fee upon arrival to the park, at the fee booth. A $10.00 per vehicle per night is required. NV Residents with annual parking permits are covered for day use only. Camp space is limited, please park as comfortably close as possible. Please donít drive over the sagebrush. Restrooms, portable toilets and showers will be available. Horse water will be available. Please bring water for human consumption. The elevation is over 5000í come prepared for any type of weather. Portable corrals should be placed outside the post barriers to better utilize vehicle parking space, please watch out for the drip system also. It is recommended that you leave your dog home, but if you do bring them, they MUST be on a leash at ALL TIMES (see Ride Rules) Ride camp opens on Thursday.
Directions to Base Camp: Traveling South from Reno on I580 (US 395 S) take exit 44 and turn left onto Eastlake Blvd, approx. 3 miles is the
entrance to the park on the left and it will be marked with ribbon. From Carson City, take I580/US395N to Exit 44 and turn right on Eastlake Blvd. and
proceed to the park entrance on the left. Turn right after you have paid at the booth and proceed to the equestrian area.
NASTR Ride 30/50/75
The 2019 NASTR ride will be held (weather and river levels permitting) at Scout Camp, south of Silver Springs. Please check back closer to the event to get confirmation of this.
The Trail: All trails will be laid out in a loop configuration, with several out vet checks. Riders will enjoy scenic canyon climbs, desert washes, natural springs, stock tanks, dry lake terrain over jeep roads, and winding single track trail along the Carson River under the mighty cottonwood trees. The majority of the footing is sandy however there are some areas of rock. The trail is mostly flat with several gradual climbs. Crews will have access to all away-vet checks. Hay and water will be provided by ride management at away-vet checks.
Base Camp is at the Scout Camp in the Carson River Ranch area of Fort Churchill State Historic Park, Silver Springs, NV. Camp is located approximately 11 miles south of Silver Springs (where you may find fuel, groceries, feed, and auto supplies) via US-95 ALT. Ride Camp is open from Friday thru Sunday.
Scout Camp is located adjacent to the Carson River. It is a large, dispersed camping area that includes
picnic tables, fire rings with grill tops, two vault toilets, and multiple horse corrals.
Scout Camp is a carry-in, carry-out trash area. Horse manure needs to be picked up and carried out,
or disposed of in the designated manure dump.
Directions to Base Camp: Follow US-95 ALT south from Silver Springs for 9.5 miles to Simpson Rd (Pony Express Route) (Just south of Buckland Station on the banks of the Carson River). Turn left (east) and follow the Pony Express Route a little over half a mile and turn left through the cattle guard into the Scout Camp
Triple Crown: The 75 Mile Ride is the 2nd qualifier for the NASTR Triple Crown. Together with your NV Derby 50 mile completion, the 75 mile ride must be completed in order to be in contention for the NASTR Triple Crown, which includes the Nevada Derby I 50, NASTR 75, and the Virginia City 100.
History: The Carson River Ranches were acquired for public recreation in 1990, providing the first-ever
opportunity to connect state park units. In 1994, the State of Nevada purchased the 3,229 acres
of ranch land along the Carson River corridor between the Fort Churchill State Historic Park
and the Lahontan State Recreational Area. Included in that purchase was the Bucklands Pony
Express Station, which was restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
NASTR Trails Project: In 1998 -1999, NASTR members provided volunteer trail building labor for the project at several work parties. The project included clearing and signage for seven trail heads, a rest room and horse corrals, camp areas and approximately 30 miles of trail connecting the two State Park units, as well as BLM lands. The trails accommodate non-motorized users, equestrians, hikers, 4-h campers, hunters, mountain bikers and educational activities and canoeing on the Carson River.
2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the NASTR ride.
Virginia City 100
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of this ride!
The Trail: Consists of three loops (51, 25, 24 miles), each returning to base camp in Virginia City. There will be an outlying vet check on the first and last loop, with (2) one hour hold vet checks at base camp. Crews will have easy access to meet riders along the trail. The trail covers hard pack and rocky terrain on historical wagon (now jeep) roads with some sandy single track footing and several mountain climbs. There is also pavement through town and across highways. Riders are responsible for their own safety while crossing paved roads. We do advise the use of pads and/or boots. Elevations range between 5000 and 7800 feet. Each loop will be marked with a different color of ribbon, along with chalk and glow sticks (after dark). Water & hay will be provided on the trail and at the two outlying vet checks. The ride will start in front of the Delta Saloon at 5:00 a.m., Saturday. Allow yourself time to get from camp to the Delta by 5:00 a.m. (approximately 20 minutes). There will be a controlled start out of town. Virginia City 100 is the final ride of the Triple Crown Challenge.
Base Camp: will be at the Ice House on Toll Road in Gold Hill. Parking will be on grindings (asphalt), and will be very crowded. There will be limited room for portable corrals. If you have the ability, it would be helpful if you could car pool. The camp site will be open from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. Horse water will be available. COME PREPARED, the elevation of Virginia City is over 6000 feet and can get cold at night. The comforts of motels and cafes can be found, as well as shopping and sightseeing within walking distance of base camp.
Directions to Base Camp:
Calcutta: Following the pre-ride meeting, we will have a fun filled Calcutta. Payoffs will be given to buyers of the top three in each division, and announced at the awards banquet. BRING LOTS OF DOUGH; EACH AND EVERY RIDER WILL BE AUCTIONED! Your favorite horse and rider team may pay off for you!
500/1,000 Mile Horses: Horses completing the ride five times will receive a 500 mile halter. Also, horses
completing the ride ten times will receive a 1,000 mile blanket.
Red Rock Rumble 30/50
The Trail: There will be a 50 mile and 30 mile ride. As last year, the lunch stop for the 30s and 50s will be back in camp, with light refreshments offered.
The 50 mile ride consists of three loops of 20, 17, and 13 miles respectively, with vet checks in camp.
The 30 mile ride consists two loops of 17 and 13 miles, with a vet check back in camp.
The trail is almost entirely sandy jeep roads and sandy single track, there are hardly any rocks. You will pass through a meadow (or maybe 2) that can be wet depending on the weather and there is usually a bit of trail grass along the way as well. There are no significant water crossings but if we have a wet fall there can be very small (i.e. less than 12 inch wide and 3 inch deep) creeks.
Base Camp: The camp is bare bones. There is horse water available, but for the most part you need to plan on bringing what you need. There will be no camp fires allowed. Parking is very limited so if you can trailer-pool then please do so and plan on parking conservatively.
Directions to Base Camp: Ride camp is located off Red Rock Road, just a little north of Reno. Take the Red Rock Exit
off US Hwy 395 and head east 15 miles. There will be ribbons and signs telling you where to turn right onto
a dirt road. Follow the dirt road about a mile to camp. This is a single lane road and will be entrance only on
Friday/Saturday am and exit only on Saturday pm/Sunday.
Permanently Retired - after 20 years, hard-working ride organizers Gina Hall and Connie Creech decided to retire the Washoe Valley endurance ride permanently. We thank them for the many years of excellent events.
Whilst we're sorry to see the ride go - it was definitely a favorite - the permit for the trails and ride camp has been handed over to NASTR for the NV Derby Ride held annually the first weekend in April, and Washoe Lake State Park will be that ride's permanent new home.