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Our Organization

The Old Dominion Equestrian Endurance Organization, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

All charitable donations to our organization are greatly appreciated and help us achieve our goals of education and promotion of the sport of equestrian endurance riding.

Mission Statement

To support, host, and sponsor endurance riding in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and

to support the sport of endurance riding nationwide.

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    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 took over the management and hosting of three annual Virginia endurance rides: The No Frills ride 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 Conference), and also by ECTRA (Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association - ectra.org), The Ride and Tie Association (rideandtie.org), and SERA (Southeast Endurance Riders Association - seraonline.org). AERC rules and regulations are primary in all our rides.  All other sanctioning associations' rules are secondary to both AERC and ODEEO rules.

    Old Dominion Equestrian Endurance Organization rides and events are privately held and are open only to registered participants and their guests, ride/event management, volunteers, and staff. Please contact us using our Contact page if you are not a participant but would like permission to spectate at any of our events.

Our organization serves three primary goals:

  • Competition and 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 clinics for the express purpose of educating and training both novice and experienced riders in all aspects of 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.

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Monthly Meetings

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. Emails come from ODEEOEndurance@groups.io, which you must join to receive the emails.  A listing of the meetings is to be found on our Calendar of Events page. If you are not on our email list, but wish to attend our meetings, please email us using our Contact Page.

Officers

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Bob Heltibridle

Dawn Hilliard

Susan Trader

Lisa Troutman

Board of Directors
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Evelyn Baig

Teri Carroll

Diane Connolly

David Franklin

Bob Heltibridle

Dawn Hilliard

Sonja Knecht-Hoshi

Lenora Keener

Duane Martin

Lani Newcomb

Jen Stevenson

Susan Trader

Lisa Troutman

Bob Walsh

Jack Weber

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