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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

2015 WSTF Golf Tournament - Postponed


The Coolest Ride & Tie, Equathon and Run will be held October 3, 2015 at the Olmstead Staging Area in Cool, California. Details and the entry can be found





With escrow closed, 10,000-acre purchase area near Granite Chief Wilderness opens to public, preserving Tevis and Western States events on historic Western States Trail

AUBURN, Calif. – A year-long fundraising and negotiating effort to help the American River Conservancy purchase a strategically vital 10,000-acre parcel for public use has been completed, the Western States Trail Foundation and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation announced on Tuesday. Escrow for the $11 million purchase of old-growth forest and mountain meadows near Granite Chief Wilderness and the Western States Trail closed late last week.

“Both of our boards are extremely pleased that this acquisition has been finalized,” Western States Trail Foundation president Tony Benedetti and Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation president John Trent said in a joint statement. “Opening the entire 100 miles of the Western States Trail to hikers, runners and equestrians has been one of the overriding goals of this effort. Now that this 10,000-acre area has been acquired by the ARC and is no longer a private holding, the public is the clear winner. Both the Tevis Cup 100-Mile Ride and the Western States 100-Mile Run will now have perpetual guaranteed access to the last privately-held section of the Western States Trail, ensuring no disruption for the future of either event. In addition, the acquisition now enables the United States Forest Service to complete its National Trail designation for the Western States Trail.”

The ARC, of Coloma, Calif., having partnered with Northern Sierra Partnership of Palo Alto, Calif., and the Nature Conservancy earlier this year, was able to reach its fundraising goal of $11 million in late July. Through fundraising and matching efforts of their own, the Western States Trail Foundation ($250,000) and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Foundation ($100,000) contributed to the ARC’s total.

“We are so appreciative for the generosity the Ride and Run communities have shown over the past year,” Benedetti and Trent said jointly. “Our stakeholders have recognized the importance of this project. They’ve stepped up to the plate with donations, and with their overwhelming support in making sure we were able to cross the finish line for this project. It’s been quite an effort over the past year to organize, to raise money, and to make sure that the interests of our stakeholders were well-represented throughout the entire process.”

The 10,000 acres, located immediately west of Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley, Calif., had been previously owned by a timber investment firm. It includes 1,200 acres of mountain meadow and is considered a vital part of the State and Federal water delivery system to 23 million Californians. The area includes four “blue-ribbon” trout streams and three popular trails, including the hiking/running and equestrian trail used by the Tevis Cup and Western States 100 events, as well as the Picayune Valley Trail.

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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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Photos of the 60th Annual Tevis Cup 100-Miles One-Day Western States Trail Ride held August 1, 2015

Official Photographers

Lynne Glazer Imagery




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 Dominique Cognee http://www.cogneephotography.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dominique.cognee?fref=photo

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Kimberly Naugle


Carol Mingst



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Potato Richardson Wins the 60th Tevis Cup


The oldest rider to ever win rode a horse with a history


Auburn, Calif. – August 6, 2015. At 10:05 PM on Saturday, August 1, 2015 Potato Richardson crossed the finish line of the Western States 100-Mile One-Day Trail Ride (a.k.a. The Tevis Cup) in first place on his Arabian mare SMR Filouette.

Richardson (72) is the oldest rider to win the storied 100-mile race, acknowledged as the “hardest endurance ride in the world”. This was Richardson’s third Tevis Cup win. He previously won in 1998 (on Filouette’s dam) and 2002.

Filouette has her own story. The granddaughter of a famous winning Tevis horse, Bezatal, Filouette pulled off her own win on the 50th anniversary of Bezatal’s.

The stallion Bezatal was owned by Kathi Johnson Theile. In 1965, Kathi’s father Ed Johnson proclaimed that her horse wasn't tough enough to do a ride like Tevis and dared her to train him for it. In the end, it was he who ended up riding Bezatal and their win was record-setting.

Tevis covers 100 miles of rugged, historic trail in the California Sierra, traversing steep canyons and wide river crossings. Each year some 200 horse and rider teams attempt the course, and typically only half will finish. This year was no exception; 198 rider/horse teams started and 90 finished, reflecting a 45% completion rate.

Sponsored by the Western States Trail Foundation, the 2015 ride welcomed competitors from California, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Nebraska, New York and New Jersey as well as Chile, Guatemala, Israel, France, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, and Canada.

“We had a very competitive field for the 60th anniversary Tevis Cup this year,” notes Western States Trail Foundation president Tony Benedetti. “But as typically happens, the trail had the last word. Those riders who finished in 2015 should be very proud of their and their horses’ accomplishment.”

In addition to the Tevis Cup, which is awarded for finishing first, the WSTF awards the Haggin Cup to the horse among the top ten finishers who is judged “most fit to continue” on the morning after the race. This year’s winner was Auli Farwa, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding owned by Kevin Myers and ridden by Jenni Smith. Smith and Far finished in 5th place at 10:59 PM.


About the Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF)
The mission statement of the WSTF includes maintaining, building and keeping the Western States Trail open in perpetuity for use by riders, runners and hikers. In concert with a number of governmental agencies, WSTF volunteers work year-round to keep the 100-mile historic trans-Sierra route clear of fallen trees and debris, maintained to safety standards, and protected from soil erosion.

The Western States 100-Miles-One-Day Trail Ride represents the Foundation's commitment to the ideals of a pioneering experience along historically significant trails. This ride represents the origin of modern day endurance riding as well as ultra running. Since the Tevis Cup’s inception in 1955, thousands of horsemen and their athletic steeds have attempted the feat. The event counts among its alumni many experts of American and international horsemanship.

For more information about the Tevis Cup visit www.teviscup.org


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.


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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.

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.