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Oak Leaf Run

Oak Leaf Run Endurance & Competitive Ride 2024

October 12-13, 2024

Silver Creek Park - Hamilton, Michigan​

Ride Information

Ride Manager: Barb Kurti 616-460-8041
Ride Secretary: Cassie Green 231-740-5156

Entries paid by check: Make check out to Barb Kurti and mail to Cassie Green 1560 Princeton, Muskegon, MI 49441

SATURDAY * October 12th                                  

75 Miles*   (Elevator)    $150 Sr.  Min. 10 paid entires combined with 25 LD eve.  by Oct 1st.                        

50 Miles*                         $100 Sr.                

30 Miles LD.*$80 Sr.

25 Miles LD.*(evening)      $80 Sr.  Min. 10 paid entires combined with 25 LD eve.  by Oct 1st.                              

50 Miles Comp.              $100 Sr.                                            

30 Miles Comp.               $80 Sr.                                               

14/10 Mile AERC Intro/UMECRA Novice $50   Sr.              

14/10 Mile AERC Intro $50   Sr. (Night time)    Ride is back on!!

SUNDAY * October 13th

30 Miles LD.*                      $80 Sr.

30 Miles Comp.                  $80 Sr.

14/10 Mile AERC Intro/UMECRA Novice $50   Sr.

*Non-AERC members add $15.00 to Endurance and LD Rides. Does not apply to 14/10 mile Intro.

Juniors ride for FREE (16 or under)

Late fee of $20 applied between October 2nd-9th, 2024 OR not paid in full.
A $20 cancellation fee applies if you cancel before midnight October 8th, 2024. No refunds after midnight October 8th, 2024. 100% refund only if your horse doesn’t vet through at the ride.

Entry Fees: Ride entry includes veterinarian evaluation, awards as won, completion award, snacks for you and your horse during the competition.

Entries paid by check: Make check out to Barb Kurti and mail to Cassie Green 1560 Princeton, Muskegon, MI 49441


2:00 pm registration opens at pavilion

3:00 pm until dark – Vet-in sites # 47 & 48

3:00 pm until dark – Cultivate Health Chiropractic – Chiropractic adjustments for horses and riders. 

7:00 pm – Riders meeting: A brief ride meeting will be held at the pavilion.


7:30 am –  50 mile End & Comp start

8:30 am – 30 LD start

8:00 – 9:00 am Intro/Novice vet in

900 – 9:15 am – 30 competitive start

9:00 am – Intro/Novice brief meeting at pavilion 

11:30 15 mile Intro & Novice start (Group 1)

1:30 10 mile Intro start (Group 2)

5:00 pm – 25 LD night ride start 

6:00 pm – Potluck and Awards:  Main dish (CHILI) and table service will be furnished by the ride

management. Please bring a dish to pass and serving spoon.

8:00 pm – 14 mile Intro start 

Sunday – Minimum 10 registered entries or ALL events will be canceled.

8:00 am – 30 LD start

8:15 am – 30 competitive start

8:00 – 9:00 am 14 mile Intro/Novice vet in

10:00 am – 14 mile Intro & Novice start

The course will be held on the Allegan County Equine Trail System and snowmobile trails. These are marked with white dots and arrows. The trail is mostly wooded with flat and gently rolling terrain, technical, single and two tracks consisting of sand and dirt. Some routes may have gravel roads, pavement and busy road crossings.

All participants will have the option to navigate the course by using Ride with GPS. Information will be emailed to participants.

 We are planning on having support with water and an assortment of hay/grain for horses and drinks/snacks for riders at various points

along the trail.

Endurance will be a gate-into-hold 

Competitive will be UMECRA window concept.
All Juniors MUST wear a helmet. All veterinary decisions are final.


Camping: Reservations can be made with the park up to FIVE DAYS PRIOR online by going to 

(Do NOT choose horse site) or call (269) 686-9088. After that is a
“first come” basis, make payment using yellow envelopes/fee tubes near entrances. Camping fees are
$17/night + reservation & service fees apply when making an online reservation. Trail fee- $5 per horse per
day or $25 yearly pass. 75 rustic wooded camping sites with posts for high lines, fire pit and picnic table. No
hook-ups. Hand water pumps are available as are vault toilets. Campsites must be clean and raked before
departure. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Pens allowed around picket posts. Equines must be kept
away from trees. Failure to obey park rules may be subjected to a fee and/or evicted. 

Until further notice, there will be no mentoring day of ride.

1. Riders are expected to control their mounts at all times and obey trail etiquette/park rules. 

2. Any rider/crew member who acts in a disrespectful or unsportsmanlike manner as judged by Ride Management; failure in #1
and/or #2 may result in rider disqualification.

Location: Silver Creek Park is located just east of M-40 at the corner of 134th Avenue and 38th Street. There are two
entrances to the park, one the 134th Avenue and on one 38th Street and both are indicated with signs. If you have a large
rig, it is advised you use the 38th Street entrance.

Get directions from the Silver Creek Park & Campground website. the street address is 3900
134th Ave, Hamilton, MI 49419

From US-131, exit 68 (142nd Avenue). Proceed west to 38th Street. Go south to the park.

From Chicago I-94 E to I-196 N/ US-31 N (Holland/Grand Rapids) continue 49 miles, Take exit 49 for M-40 toward Allegan, turn right a t M-40 S, continue 6.5 miles, turn left at 134th Avenue and continue 3.4 miles. Park will be on the right.
From Ohio/Indiana from I-80 toll road exit 144 to I-69 N, continue north to exit 38 for I-94 W. Continue west to exit 74B
for US-131 N toward Grand Rapids. Continue north to exit 68 for Dorr/Moline. Turn left onto 142nd Ave. Go 12.6 miles
and turn left at 38th St. Go south 4.5 mile to Park entrance on your right.


Volunteers needed:
Vet scribes

Water truck, fill water tubs along the route

Silver Creek P & R with stethoscope & watch, observe & record  (multiple times)

M40 crossing guard for Saturday

Ely Lake aid station

Trail take down ribbons and markings

Trail take down ribbons and markings

2022 Volunteers:
Burt Heinz – trail boss, donated wood for community fire, dam escort
Cassie Green – secretary, P & R
Teresa Shaffer –  Silver Creek timer
Carl Dosmann – P & R, water & hauler for riders gear for out check
Diana Anderson – Intro/Novice mentor, Volunteer meals
Kristine Matthews – Dam escort
Gail Hilbrand-Out check horse ambulance driver with truck & trailer to retrieve horses not able to continue the competition
Tim Hughes – Ely Lake aid station, unmark trails
Lindsey Carter – Dam escort
Karen Graham – Silver Creek P & R
Teresa Mulherin – Unmark trails

Intro & Novice riders do not have to pay the $15 AERC non-member fee

15 Mile Intro Ride with 10 mile option: We cannot guarantee there will be support day of the ride for new riders.  Newbie information and mentors can be found on these websites:, and  For further information, please contact ride management. Vet in your horse either Friday between 4:00pm – 6:30pm, or Saturday or Sunday morning between 8:00am – 9:00am for morning events. Anytime on Saturday for evening events. You will follow trail markings just like a regular endurance ride to learn about the sport and vet your horse out following completion of the course for learning purposes only.


The purpose of the introductory ride is to educate and acquaint riders and/or equines to the sport of Endurance.

  1. Any gender or breed of equine is welcome. The equine must be at least 48 months old.
  2. This is not a race and has no minimum or maximum time for completion. Riders are strongly encouraged to pace 5-7mph. Ideal time is 2-3 hours.
  3. There are no point or mileage accumulations, no placement awards, and no best condition judging, nor are results reported to AERC. However if your horse successfully completes the ride, you will receive a completion award and have had the opportunity to experience the sport of endurance.
  4. No AERC membership fee is required for the 14 mile introductory ride.
  5. Juniors must wear an ASTM helmet whenever mounted and be accompanied at all times by their adult sponsor.


The objective of this division is to promote the entry of new riders and new horses into the sport of competitive Riding.

  1. Any gender or breed of equine is welcome. The equine must be at least 48 months old.
  2. Novice rides must use the “window system” as follows: A novice rider may come in from 5 minutes before or up to

5 minutes after the exact scheduled time without losing points. One point per minute is lost for coming in before or after these limits, up to 55 minutes (a total of 55 points) without being disqualified.

  1. Horse/rider team will use the same rules as competitive rides and including UMECRA general rules.

There are no point or mileage accumulations, no placement awards nor are results reported to UMECRA. However if your horse successfully completes the ride, you will receive a completion award and have had the opportunity to experience the sport of competitive riding.


Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor or contributor for the 2024 event.


Tribute Equine Nutrition – Premium Horse Feeds & Supplements – Tribute Equine Nutrition

Hyperi Saddles – donating one saddle Shop for Hyperi Saddles

Crazy Leg Tights– Endurance Riding Tights that are Cool Colorful & Comfortable. (

The Distance Depot – Endurance & Trail Riding Tack | Beta Biothane Tack & Trail Riding Gear (

Hay Chix – Hay Chix – The Best Hay Nets for Horses and Livestock

Hammer Nutrition

Cultivate Health Chiropractic – Cultivate Health Chiropractic (@woodwireiron) • Instagram photos and videos

Dogwood Stained Glass (3) Facebook

The T Shed Facebook                     

Deb Moe – website

Arizona Distance Riders – Ride with GPS

Joyce De Vries – chili for potluck


Ginee Ritter-donated 100’s: Winner-blanket & plaque, BC-plaque, HVS-rump rug, Top 10-fly masks. 50’s: Winner-blanket & plaque, BC-rump rug, HVS-fly mask. 30’s-Winner-blanket, BC-rump rug, HVS-fly mask

Birds & Bones Photography with Britt Skye will be taking pictures on Saturday

Hammer Nutrition

Zeeland Farm Services – sponsor juniors

Sara Hall – donated Vets Choice Award

Reactor Panel – donated water bottles and sponsored Top 10 key charms

V.J. Desantis – 100 mile turtle award

Deb Moe – website

Arizona Endurance Riders – Ride with GPS

Joyce De Vries – chili for potluck