The Board of Govenors for the Western States Trail Foundation would like share our appreciation for the members and volunteers that have contributed so much of themselves to the trail and the ride. In recognition of them, we are highlighting two of the awards that have been instituted.

   The 2015 Drucilla Barner Award is dedicated to Mike Pickett  

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Friends of Tevis is dedicated to one or more individuals who have volunteered their time and shown dedication to the WSTF in support of the trail and the Tevis ride over a period of time.


The Tevis Educational Ride is the weekend July 3-5. Swing by the mill site in Foresthill if your in town.  

Dominique Cognee will be photographing the educational ride, Friday, Sat and Sunday.
If you are interested in the photos he will be taking during the event, he can be reached at
All of his photographs will be posted on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dominique.cognee
  
Official photographer at the Tevis ride since 1999.

 

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Western artist Chuck Centers has created a unique painting honoring the Tevis Cup endurance ride. The painting is of a horse’s head, but hidden within are several things unique to the Tevis Cup ride. How many can you find? 

Chuck has generously donated the rights to this unique piece of art to the Western States Trail Foundation. We will give a canvas print that has been hand embellished by the artist to the Signature riders for 2015.

http://www.chuckcentersart.com

Chuck Centers spends his days riding horses and painting whether he is at home in Sacramento or his second home in Taos, New Mexico. It's a serene existence, afforded by a successful and varied career path to retirement. Read more

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Ride Director's Message May 2015


The 60th anniversary of the running of the Tevis Cup ride is fast approaching. To help make this a year to remember, the ride committee is examining every aspect of past rides to ensure that this is a remarkable, commemorative year for all the right reasons.
Special 60th anniversary buckles have been designed and...

 


Please Note: There are no more spaces available at the North Lot for camping. The Fairgrounds have plenty of stalls remaining.


 

The WSTF Golf Tournament will be September 29th at Winchester Country Club.  TEVIS GOLF TOURNAMENT 2015 Information Flyer FINAL2 Sm 
More info here.


Help preserve the historic Western States Trail

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A primary mission of the Western States Trail Foundation is to preserve the historic route taken by Paiute and Washoe Indians, Gold Rush explorers, Comstock hopefuls, and Express Riders of the Wells Fargo and Adams Express Companies. Today this route provides us with rewards of exploration, challenge, accomplishment, wilderness, nature and a bolstering of spirit for horsemen, hikers and runners alike.

In 1996 the Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation determined the need to establish a permanent endowment fund to insure future funding of maintenance and improvements to the Western States Trail. Please take a moment to read our 2014 endowment brochure and please give what you can to help preserve the Western States Trail.

 

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Western States Trail Endowment FundA non-profit charitable org. 501(c)(3)


Welcome

from the

Western States Board of Governors

"The Tevis Cup: A Horsemen''s Journey Since 1955"

The Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF) welcomes you to an endurance riding event of distinction, recognized as one of the world''s best tests of true horsemanship.

The Tevis Cup Ride is the founding modern-day equestrian event of...read more


 

Western artist Chuck Centers has created a unique painting honoring the Tevis Cup endurance ride. The painting is of a horse’s head, but hidden within are several things unique to the Tevis Cup ride. How many can you find? 

Chuck has generously donated the rights to this unique piece of art to the Western States Trail Foundation. We will give a canvas print that has been hand embellished by the artist to the Signature riders for 2015.

http://www.chuckcentersart.com/

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Chuck Centers spends his days riding horses and painting whether he is at home in Sacramento or his second home in Taos, New Mexico. It's a serene existence, afforded by a successful and varied career path to retirement. Like his work as a painter, Chuck's first job involved using his hands but in a very different way. He was a professional fighter. With 16 pro fights to his claim, he moved on to his next career where he was clubbed "the fighting barber." In 1963, he opened Sacramento's first men's styling salon near the capitol where he soon earned a new title: hair stylist to the state's best known politicians and lobbyists. Next on the career ladder was real estate broker, the job he retired from in 2002 to devote his full attention to painting and his love of horses. He now competes in endurance racing events. He is a self-taught painter with the philosophy that you learn by doing. You can find his work on display at the Thomas Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. His inspiration comes from more than a keen observance of life in the West. An Endurance (horse) Rider who is the 2003 National Champion Endurance Rider for the 50-mile ride, he spends many hours training with one of his Arabian horses in and around the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He competed and finished the grueling 100 miles Tevis Cup race 3 times. It's on those rides that he frequently takes out his smart phone and snaps a photo that will eventually become an oil painting. Chuck has shown his work in Lake Tahoe, Auburn, Sacramento and the Napa Valley area. He currently enjoys a popular and successful exhibit in his gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

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NEWS RELEASE
USDA Forest Service
Tahoe National Forest

Contact: Victor Lyon
(530) 367-2224

Western States Trail Open Deadwood to the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River

FORESTHILL…..The Forest Service has opened a portion of the Western States Trail that was damaged in the American Fire from Deadwood Ridge Road to the west bridge abutment of the Swinging Bridge. The trail crosses the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River (NFMFAR) over the Swinging Bridge. The American Fire started August 11, 2013 and burned all of the upper NFMFAR drainage. The bridge burned and is unsafe for use. Another smaller bridge on the WST also burned in the fire and is unsafe for use. This smaller bridge is below Last Chance, and is located between the NFMFAR and the Last Chance Townsite. The WST from the west bridge abutment of the Swinging Bridge eastward to Last Chance Townsite will remain closed for the time being.

District Ranger Victor Lyon states "opening the trail from Deadwood to the west side of the bridge allows use of part of the Western States Trail. Once the small bridge below Last Chance is reconstructed we will look at opening up that part of the trail. The Forest Service has requested funding to reconstruct the Swinging Bridge, but to date it has not been funded." The Western States Endurance Run and Ride organizations have volunteered to reconstruct, and donate the materials for, the smaller bridge. Last fall WST volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of effort on Burn Area Emergency Repairs to the trail alongside a few Forest Service specialists. "I am incredibly impressed by the massive well-orchestrated effort that the WST volunteers have provided; they have our sincere appreciation." Ranger Lyon continues "The WST is a multiple use trail; all users should anticipate two way traffic on the open section between Deadwood and the west end of the Swinging Bridge. All users are urged to be cautious of, and considerate to, other trail users". Post fire conditions are dynamic. Trail users should be cautious of rocks and limbs on the trail. Trail maintenance is ongoing; please listen and watch for work activities.

The American Fire area, including the Western States Trail and Loop 6 (11E44) of the Sugar Pine OHV system, have been closed to the public since the start of the fire. The American Fire area opens on March 13, 2014. Loop 6 is closed under Forest Order 17-14-01 along with the rest of the OHV Trails in Foresthill.

Additional information concerning this closure is available by contacting the district office by telephone at (530) 367-2224 Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30.