To support, host, and sponsor endurance riding in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and to support the sport of endurance riding nationwide.
Our organization started with the informal gathering of several like-minded individuals, all endurance riders and friends for several decades, as well as participators in other
distance sports such as ride and tie, competitive trail riding, and distance driving (horse/pony carriages). It was our personal goal to help foster and encourage others who were
interested in our sport by engaging in personal interaction to promote the many positive aspects of Endurance riding, by using the social media and print avenue
to offer advice and the locations of Endurance resources, and through volunteering at events, clinics, seminars, trail clearing, rides and other
venues to show our continued and enthusiastic support. Our assets were our good will, and an ongoing excellent partnership with, and membership in,
various distance and endurance related organizations on local, state, and national levels.
In January 2018 the ODEEO offered to take over the
hosting of three Virginia rides: The No Frills in April, the Old Dominion ride in June, and the Fort Valley ride in October. Information regarding each of these rides
can be found on the AERC website (aerc.org), the ODEEO Calendar of Events, and on the Ride Entry page at least one month prior to the ride date. These rides
are sanctioned by the AERC (American Endurance Ride Council), and also by ECTRA (Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association - ectra.org), the Ride and Tie organization (rideandtie.org),
and SERA (seraonline.org). AERC rules and regulations
are primary in our all our rides.
All other sanctioning association rules are secondary to both AERC and ODEEO rules.
Our organization serves three primary goals:
Competition & Training -
To organize, host, and conduct AERC sanctioned rides within the Commonwealth of Virginia. To support and aid other distance sports by providing
a venue for their membership to gain points and recognition, as well as education and training, with a combined use of our resources during and between our
calendar of sanctioned endurance rides.
Education -To design and host seminars and clincs for the express purpose of educating and training
both novice and experienced riders in all aspects of the endurance/distance sports.
To offer a wide range of opportunities within the organization to benefit riders, volunteers, and outside individuals in learning about the endurance/distance sports.
Trails Advocacy - To help support local, state, and federal government through the use of volunteerism in the preservation of equestrian trails for historic, environmental
and horseback recreational/competition use.
The ODEEO meetings are held monthly with some exceptions.
Emails are sent to all ODEEO and affiliated club members regarding time and place of the meeting.
If you are not on our email list, but wish to attend our meetings, please
e-mail us using our Contact page.
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 12, 2018
June - no meeting due to ride
July 14, 2018 post-OD ride meeting
August no meeting
September 29, 2018 meeting at Karen Wades after the clinic
November 10, 2018 to be held only if needed
December 1, 2018 Annual Meeting and Party