About the Grizzly Mtn Ride

About the Ride…

The Grizzly Mountain Endurance Ride began in 1999, managed by Linda Tribby and Sara Miller, with tons of help from their husbands, Dennis and Roger.  They managed the ride together for several years, before Linda and Dennis Tribby took the ride on solely and continued to manage it until the end of 2016. Max and Darlene Merlich agreed to take over the ride after giving “their” ride, Mt Adams, back to one of its original managers, Stephanie Irving, due mostly to logistical and geographical reason. They are excited to bring their style of ride management to the Grizzly Mtn Ride.

Held between Madras, OR and Prineville, OR, the ride is largely held on public land. You can expect to see numerous Juniper trees, sagebrush, and plentiful range grass.

One can expect moderate elevation changes at the Grizzly Ride, with intermittent rock.  Hoof boots or shoes are highly recommended. This is not a “barefoot” friendly ride. There are more places that are excellent footing, with some places mixed in that would not be kind to bare hooves.

One of the first rides of each endurance season, Grizzly Mtn tends to attract more than a few riders and their “springy” horses. The weather has been up and down over the years, but it tends to be “warmish” and sometimes breezy. There have been years that strayed either direction of that! Some will recall the year that Roger Miller towed several rigs into the ridecamp. The weather didn’t deter the riders then and it doesn’t now.

About Max and Darlene…

Max and Darlene bring nearly a decade of ride managing experience to the Grizzly Mtn Ride table. Darlene managed some rides in NW Washington State in the 90’s, and agreed to take on the Mt Adams ride after that. With over 20,000 miles of endurance between them on everything from LD’s, to 100 milers, multi days on mules, Arabians, and, well, you name it, Max and Darlene have seen a bunch of miles on the trails. They look forward to bringing what they learned about managing tough rides to the Grizzly Mtn Ride, finding good trails, marking them well, placing water in just the right spots, bringing in top notch veterinarians, and providing a great ride camp experience.

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Max Merlich on TER Ramone, finishing 3rd overall and eventually winning the coveted Best Condition award at the Grizzly Mtn Ride, 2014.

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Darlene Merlich on SAR Tiki Rock on, at the 2011 Grizzly Mtn Ride, where Rock finished his first 50 miler.

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Darlene and Max on Rio (Xtreme Surprise) and Miles (TCF Miles High) at the 2017 Sand Canyon Ride (EDRA) in eastern Washington, 2017. ~Photo by David Honan