The intent of the PNER Awards Program is to recognize and celebrate endurance achievements requiring significant effort by both rider and horse while encouraging the humane treatment of equine participants and supporting their longevity in the sport. Additionally, we strive to foster a culture of inclusion and community for PNER members. With these goals in mind, awards provided through PNER and award sponsors have a rich history, diversity and uniqueness.
The organization offers a variety of awards – some of which are based upon the number of miles ridden or rides completed. Winning one of these awards may not require extensive speed, but often requires durability. Other awards are based upon points – the number of miles ridden may be fewer, but points are accumulated through winning, top-10 placings and best condition finishes – often requiring a significantly faster pace. Regardless of the type of award offered, riders are strongly encouraged to carefully prepare their horse for the challenge they’re striving to achieve.
Awards are also designed to recognize a variety of riders – whether young or old, experienced or novice, awards are available to different types of members with different types of goals – so get inspired, take time to understand what’s available, and RIDE!
The following requirements apply to all PNER awards:
For award eligibility purposes, rider age is determined as of January 1 of each year and covers the full PNER ride season. Age classifications for award recognition purposes are defined below and in some cases, a rider may qualify for multiple categories (e.g., a Senior Rider could also qualify for Golden Years or a Senior Rider could qualify as a Young Rider).
Recognized PNER rides and distance categories. Ride sanctioning organizations recognized by PNER include the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), Equestrian Canada administered through Endurance Riders Association of British Columbia (ERABC), and Equine Distance Riding Association (EDRA). Rides must be held in the geographical footprint of the PNER region unless otherwise noted in the award description. Additionally, PNER defines an endurance ride as a sanctioned event 50-miles or longer. A limited distance ride is a sanctioned event that is a minimum of 20 miles, but less than 50 miles.
Some awards require an enrollment or nomination submittal. Several awards require the PNER member to submit an enrollment or nomination form and/or other materials to be considered eligible for the award. Typically, these submittals are required to perform historical research relative to eligibility and/or may be needed for qualitative evaluation. When required, due dates for nominations, are provided in the award descriptions and nomination forms will be made available to members online at pner.net/page3306/Nomination%20Forms.