It’s time to test your Mettle!


The Grizzly Mtn Ride has decided to add a Mettle Relay to the Saturday line-up!

Learn more about EDRA’s first ever Mettle Relay on their website:

Curious about this Mettle Relay thing people are talking about? Then you’d better scoot on over to the Grizzly Mtn Ride and test your Mettle!

From Sue Summers, EDRA Founder and Co-Organizer of the Grizzly Mtn Mettle Relay:

OK distance riders, we’ve decided to start the season off with an EDRA Mettle Relay at Grizzly. This is a great opportunity to get out and ride and see friends even though the weather gods kept you from having horses ready early. We’re working out the final details and should have it posted tonight so you can get registered. Teams will be 2 horses/2 riders and total distance will be 50 – 60 miles. So each horse/rider will ride 25 -30 miles.

Keep an eye on the EDRA website for more information about the Grizzly Mtn Mettle Relay!


Announcements! Also, get your entry into Anna Sampson!

crunch time

April 15 is fast approaching! Please get your entries sent into Anna Sampson as soon as you can!  Email her so she can get your entries started!

If possible, print, fill out and send your entry to Anna asap.

Ride Entry Form – EDRA-PNER

Even if you don’t send a check with it, she needs your information!

We will have these forms available at the ride as well.

We are asking that riders register ahead of time, if at all possible.  Please send your completed entry form to Anna Sampson before April 10, 2017.

Anna Sampson, 40958 S Sawtell Rd, Molalla, OR 97038

Why is it important for us to have these entries? Because we want to feed our riders, that’s why! It’s easier to buy the right amount of food, completion awards, have enough porta potties and water tanks if we have an idea of how many people and horses we’re dealing with.

important announcement

Because it’s something I’ve thought about for awhile, and had fairly strong feelings about, due to a tragic horse wreck I witnessed at the Klickitat Trek ride several years ago, I’m going to just come out and be decisive. If you’re using hot wire/tape to enclose your horses at ride, please be aware that the Grizzly Mtn Ride policy is to have only one horse per enclosure. I realize that this won’t necessarily prevent wrecks, but it is a small preventative step. We have pretty conscientious riders here in the NW, but sometimes, things just happen. They even happen to the best of us under the best of circumstances. So, one horse per enclosure please.

I’m also going to release our information sheet with a ride map and ribbon colors on it as soon as it’s finalized. What I can tell you is that we have 5 loops, ranging from 12-38 miles each. There will be one out check for the 75’s and 50’s around 18 miles, first thing in the day. The 75’s will start at 6:15 am.


Charleen Farrell has agreed to be our Water Queen so your tanks will be plentiful and plenty full.  Be sure to say hi and thank you to Sharke when you see her and Buggy out making sure our water needs are fully met!

Woody Celena

Woody and Celena of Landmark Catering and the Sandwich Factory in Prineville will be bringing dinner for us on Friday! We’ll be providing burgers/brats/veggie burgers, potato salad and a green salad, with all the sides, fixin’s, sauerkraut, chips, etc and beverages to all riders and volunteers. Crews and non riders can buy a dinner for a $8.00. We would love to have a headcount, so if you’d like your crew/friends to have dinner, please make a note on your entry so we have some idea of what we need to have on hand.

We are brewing up another announcement, but it’s not done perking yet. I’ll do a separate blog post when we’ve got everything figured out. Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Darlene & the Grizzly Gang

Trail Work has begun in earnest!

March 25 marked the first real day we were able to get out on the Grizzly trails and do some major clean up. Normally this isn’t a difficult ride to clean trail on, but this year, a juniper clearing contract put a bunch of trees on a major trail. PNER members to the rescue! When we put out the word that the trail was a mess, Leonard, Elayne, Holly and Les, as well as Kristen and her punkins, Blake (niece) and Rocky, came out to help. What would have taken Max and Darlene several hours to get done, took this crew just over an hour. We were so happy for the help!

3-18-17 Grizzly Trail Work Crew

The Grizzly Mtn Trail Gang! PNER Members, Elayne Barclay, Leonard Bottleman, Max Merlich, Holly and Les Rouska and Darlene Anderson, flanked by Blake and Rocky, AND Adakai!

Chainsaw Captain at work

Chainsaw Captain, Max, at work!

Chainsaw Gang

Chainsaw dudes converging!

Downed juniper trees

Lots of downed juniper trees to clean out of the trails!

Leonard and Elayne

Many thanks to Leonard and Elayne for their help!

Later after the day’s work had settled down, the Gang all gathered at Max and Darlene’s to do some ribbon tying since we have no ribbons tied for this ride. Being practical, we tie ribbons onto clothes pins and then pin them to the trees, etc, for ease of marking. This is really handy when it comes to taking the ribbons back down! Then we can use them again next year, and the year after that.

Impromptu ribbon tying party

We had an impromptu ribbon tying party!

Kristen Elayne tying ribbon

Kristen and Elayne helping get ribbons tied up.

Leonard Elayne Kristen

Ribbon help

Rocky and her mama, Kristen tying ribbons for the Willow Creek Loop!

Rocky trail ribbon princess

Rocky tied a bunch of ribbon for the Jasper Loop!

Many thanks to our friends in Central Oregon for stepping up and showing up to help us clean this trail! We appreciate it very much!

More information coming shortly!

Loop configurations, hopefully a map, and ribbon colors!

See ya’all there!


Entry Forms are available and lots of trail scouting has been going on!

We’ve been out pre-riding portions of our trails making sure they join together and have a good flow. I’ve attached a little video or two documenting our work. We had some nice riding on our ponies! You’ll love the new Grizzly trails!

Another video clip of where the Jasper/Willow Creek loop intersects with the Warner Loop.

We have a link to the entry form and liability release forms on the Home page, but I’m sharing them again here:

Ride Entry Form – EDRA-PNER ⇐ Please print, sign and send Anna Sampson, address below. 


We will have these forms available at the ride as well.

We are asking that riders register ahead of time, if at all possible.  Please send your completed entry form to Anna Sampson before April 10, 2017.

Anna Sampson, 40958 S Sawtell Rd, Molalla, OR 97038