April Daze on April 7 marks the start of the Equine Distance Riding Association (EDRA) ride season. The event, which features rides from about 12 miles up to 75, is located at Riverside State Park just outside of Spokane, Washington.
The ride’s location at Riverside Park along the Spokane River means easy to moderate terrain that is welcoming for the new rider, and easy on horses just coming out of winter that may not be fully legged up. The footing is good with dirt trails and some rocky sections.
The ride is managed by a woman no stranger to the endurance community. Gail Williams manages a number of rides in the Northwest and held April Daze for the first time in 2015. The ride was held again in 2016 before having a conflict with Army scheduling in 2017 that caused its cancellation.
We sat down briefly with Gail to learn more about what this ride has to offer, what makes it special and what riders can expect.
What makes this ride special?
Because of the moderate terrain and well defined trails, April Daze is a great early season ride. The ride camp is wonderfully flat and has lots of room and easy access for big rigs.
Why should a new rider try April Daze as their first ride or an experienced rider add it to their list?
We have a great crew of vets and helpers, who are willing to take time to show both new and experienced riders the great trails, point out places to experience scenic views, and have a good experience.
The trails will be very well marked, using both ribbons and signs and riders will be able to call ride camp if necessary. We will have abundant water along the trails, probably every 5 – 7 miles.
What surprises might riders encounter given the location?
Because the park is in an urban area, riders may encounter people on bikes or hiking or walking along the trails. People walking may have dogs with them although they are supposed to be leashed.
There will be at least two loops, one mostly north of ride camp, and the other(s) more south of camp. The loops should be available for gps download a week or two before the ride. All vet checks are in camp with loops going out from a central point, from 10 – 25 miles.
What distances are offered and how much is it?
|Ride Distance||Cost*||Start Time|
|Trail Ride||$30||9 am and after|
|25 miles||$90||8 am|
|50 miles||$100||6 am|
|75 miles||$115 (5 entries required by 3/25)||5:30 am|
|Ride and Tie 12 miles||$25||8:30 am|
|Ride and Tie 25 miles||$75||8:30 am|
|Test Your Mettle Relay 50 mi||$160||6:30 am|
*Juniors take $25 off, PNER members take $5 off.
Want to jump in and join Gail and the crew at April Daze? You can download the ride flyer APRIL DAZE 2018 Flyer or contact Gail Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-952-1256.
Pre-registration not required but strongly encouraged and appreciated.