Contact information:

Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Email: jackereynolds@yahoo.com


December 16, 2014

Team/ Green Bean


We are tweaking the rules, and accepting statements of interest in joining the team competition. The manager of this ride will be Jillane Baros of Green Bean Endurance fame, with Deb Moe and myself serving as ride secretaries.  I've been sitting on this team idea for some time.   Jillane's group of new riders just gave me a "moment" where I thought...wouldn't it be fun, to put together teams from across the country of riders with less than a 1000 miles, and let them compete for a year against each other?   I contacted Jillane who has  organizational skills that are scary!  Dang she's good!  We talked about it, and thought we'd lay it out there and see who might want to play on a very different format, while promoting new people to participate within the AERC ride framework, while competing against other riders of their own "level."  If you meet the requirements WE WANT YOU!

Our hope is to:
  •  form a minimum of 5 intermediate teams (open to more)
  • form a minimum of 5 novice teams (open to more)
  • If we have more intermediate teams, that is fine, if we have more green bean teams it is fine.
  • Year one maximum teams would be 20 to pilot this program in a manageable way with "only" 100 riders.  (Saying to myself...we are gonna track rides and points for potentially 100 rider!) (Eyes cast heavenward for help from above).  
If you are interested in signing on to teams with Green Bean Endurance the tentative rules are posted below.   Teams will be put in divisions as you can see by their collective mileage, rather than individual mileage.

If you are a horse related business and willing to make donation of a prize for the competition please contact Jillane at Green Bean Endurance, or myself here.  We are accumulating some nice little prizes!  We are hoping for donations of useful horse & rider related items. 

Click here to let us know you have a team or want on a team.

Now---on to the unofficial rules as written at the moment which may be relative to change prior to the start date.
NOTE: These rules are not official and are still being adjusted.  They are for informational purposes only as we fine-tune them.  At the latest, final rules will be provided once official sign-ups begin in January.

Teams and Participants
  • Teams must be registered (submitted and paid for) by January 31 of the current competition year.



  • The number of teams is limited to 20.
  • Teams registration costs $100 and 100% of this money is used to cover costs of awards.  Teams may split the cost of registration between their riders.  (ie 5 riders/$20 each)
  • Teams consist of five riders.
  • Each rider may only belong to one team.
  • Each rider must have fewer than 1,000 AERC miles (LD and endurance miles included) in order to participate.
  • Riders may include milage from competing on any horse(s) according to AERC rules
  • Riders are eligible for both individual and team recognitions.  For some awards, only the top 4 participants’ scores will be counted (see placing and recognitions).  In this case, the fifth rider counts as the team’s “alternate”.
  • Team must be declared upon registration.

Divisions

  • Individuals and teams will be separated into divisions based on total number of miles (including both LD and endurance miles) completed before the current season according to AERC records.  A rider’s individual division may be the same or different from their team division.
  • Individual Divisions - used to determine individual awards
    • Riders who have completed 99 competition miles or less before the current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “On-the-vine” (Novice)
    • Riders who have completed 100-499 competition miles before the current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “Picked” (Intermediate)
    • Riders who have completed 500 or more competition miles before the current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “Cooked” (Advanced)
  • Team Divisions - Based on the total number of miles completed by team members before the current ride season according to AERC records
    • Teams whose combined total competition miles is 499 miles or less before the current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “On-the-vine” (Novice)
    • Teams whose combined total competition miles is 2499 miles or less before the  current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “Picked” (Intermediate)
    • Teams whose combined total competition miles is 2500 miles or more before the current ride season according to their record will be categorized as “Cooked” (Advanced)

Points, Miles and Records
  • Riders are responsible for submitting their miles to the Secretary through the submission form.  Riders may only submit miles for rides they completed.  This serves as a notification to the Secretary to update the rider’s competition miles and points.  Riders must submit their ride completion within a month of completing the ride (or, alternatively, when their ride miles appear on their AERC rider record) in order to maintain updated points values.  If riders do not submit their miles for ride completions, they risk getting not being included by the Secretary.
  • Points and miles are verified and recorded according to official AERC records.
  • Points and miles are credited to riders based on official AERC rides where the rider earned a “completion”.
  • Rides completed during the current AERC season (Dec. 1 of previous calendar year to Nov. 30 of current calendar year) will apply to the current year’s competition.
  • Points and miles are credited according to the number of miles a ride is sanctioned.
  • Point multipliers will apply as follows:
    • Limited Distance Rides of 25-49 miles = Multiplier of 1
    • Endurance Rides of 50-74 miles = Multiplier of 1.25
    • Endurance Rides of 75-99 miles = Multiplier of 1.5
    • Endurance rides of 100 miles = Multiplier of 1.75
  • Points and rankings are updated and posted by the designated Green Bean Endurance Team Secretary

Placing and Recognitions

  • High Point
    • Awarded to the team in each division with the most points.  The team with the overall highest points out of all the divisions will be recognized as the overall high-point champion.
    • Team placing will be determined by the number of points earned by the top four points-earners on each team.  The points earned by the lowest points-earner on a team will not be counted.
    • Tie-breakers - in the case of a tie, the following will be applied:
      • First tie-breaker: Overall points including those earned by the 5th rider
      • Second tie-breaker: Overall team completion rate for all rides
      • Third tie-breaker: Overall number of rides completed for any distance
  • Team Overall High-Milage
    • Awarded to the team in each division with the overall highest mileage completed.  The team with the overall highest miles out of all the divisions will be recognized as the overall high-mileage champion.
    • Tie-breakers:
      • First tie-breaker: Overall team completion rate
      • Second tie-breaker: Overall number of rides completed for any distance
  • High-Point Rider
    • Awarded to the individual rider in each division with the most points.  The rider with the overall highest points will be recognized as the overall high-point champion.
    • Tie-breakers:
      • First tie-breaker: Overall completion rate
      • Second tie-breaker: Overall number of rides completed for any distance
  • High-Mileage Riders
    • Awarded to the individual rider in each division with the most miles.  The rider with the overall highest mileage will be recognized as the overall high-mileage rider.
    • Tie-breakers:
      • First tie-breaker: Overall completion rate
      • Second tie-breaker: Overall number of rides completed for any distance
  • Luck-of-the-draw
    • After all recognitions have been awarded, all riders that completed at least one ride during the season will be entered into a drawing for the “Luck-of-the-Draw” prize
  • Mentor of the Year
    • Each team may nominate ONE mentor for the mentor-of-the-year award by completing the form toward the end of the year.  The mentor-of-the-year award will be decided based on the information provided with this form (more info to come).  Mentor nominees do not have to be participants in the Green Bean Team competition (though teams are allowed to nominate mentors who are participating).

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      So why bother with teams?    Cause it's gonna be all kinds of fun!   There are five people on a given team that can plan, plot, and ride their way to the top of the heap!  There is the glory of saying "I survived Green Bean Team Endurance."   It's new!  It's exciting!  Saddle up let's ride!!!
TO SIGN UP FOR TEAMS 
Contact Jillane Baros   greenbeanendurance@gmail.com Deadline for entry is January 31st 2015.  We would like to know your intent to participate as soon as possible.

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