|TERA Year End Award Program
All award recipients must be TERA members in good standing for the year for which
the awards are being given.
Awards are figured based on TERA sponsored rides
only, Limited Distance and Endurance.
Overall High Mileage Rider is based on the mileage completed by one rider riding any number of
Overall High Mileage Horse is based on the mileage completed by one equine with any number of
The following awards are based on the mileage completed by one rider riding one equine:
Limited Distance High Mileage High Mileage Featherweight
High Mileage Lightweight High Mileage Middleweight
High Mileage Heavyweight
High Mileage Junior - Endurance High Mileage Junior - Limited Distance
Husband/Wife Award is given to the couple with the most combined miles, on any number of horses.
Family Award is given for the highest mileage accumulated by two or more members of the same
family comprising at least one parent and one child riding as a junior.
Master Rider The Master Rider award it to be given to the rider over 60 years of age with the highest
mileage. There are two awards - Endurance and Limited Distance.
Most Best Conditions Endurance is given to the T.E.R.A. Endurance rider who accumulates the
most Best Condition Awards for the current ride year.
High Vet Score Endurance is given to the T.E.R.A. Endurance rider who accumulates the most
number of High Vet Score awards for the current ride year.
Most Best Condition's Limited Distance is given to the T.E.R.A. Endurance rider who accumulates
the most Best Condition Awards for the current ride year.
High Vet Score Limited Distance is given to the T.E.R.A. Endurance rider who accumulates the
most number of High Vet Score awards for the current ride year.
The following awards do not have to be given every year. These recipients are chosen by
the Board of Directors and Officers based on the following criteria:
Rookie Rider of the Year
New to the sport, may be endurance and/or limited distance; number of completions; positive attitude;
seeking knowledge of the sport; overall contribution to the sport; and improvement/progression.
Volunteer of the Year
Support at TERA rides; contribution to TERA, riders, and equines; number of rides attended; positive
feedback from riders, managers and other volunteers; support/promotion of the sport. Rider or non-
Ride Manager of the Year
Safe, well-marked trail; superior organization—camp, registration, P/R and vet checks, availability of
professional emergency personnel and equipment, general flow of things, etc; level of commitment—
extra events, unique prizes, more than one ride, attendance at ride manager clinics; adequate vet
staff—number of vets per riders, introduction & preparation of new vets; overall—sizable ride, new
riders, and positive feedback.
Horse and Rider of the Year
TERA member & equine, but not limited to TERA events only, spectacular achievement, may be any
distance; embodies spirit of AERC “To Finish Is To Win!” in relationship of mount and rider—concern
of horse foremost; competitive but fair & honest.
The following awards are based on nominations from the membership and decided upon by the Board
of Directors. Specific nomination guidelines are in place for these awards.
Hall of Fame Person
Long term contribution to sport; best exemplifies “To Finish Is To Win!”. Person must also have been
an officer, director, ride manager, regular volunteer, regular vet, etc. – someone who has given to the
sport and TERA; does not have to be a rider.
Guidelines for TERA Hall of Fame: Person
1. The nominator must be a current TERA member.
2. The nominator must make the nomination in writing.
3. The nominator should (but does not have to) include in the nomination
relevant matters about the nominee such as (but not limited to):
a. length of time involved with TERA
b. the kinds of TERA activities involved in
(competitor, management, volunteer work, etc.)
c. characteristics typical of the nominee
4. The deadline for a nomination is November 30th.
Hall of Fame Equine
Cumulative lifetime achievement. Perhaps has overcome adversity and continued on. The horse
people remember and talk about.
Guidelines for TERA Hall of Fame: Horse
1. Owner(s) must be or must have been TERA member(s)
2. Equine must have major accomplishments in TERA
3. Both objective and subjective criteria will be considered. The objective criteria
are of primary importance, but the candidate should also present a good
showing in the subjective criteria.
Objective Equine Criteria (Principal criteria)
Objective data must be compiled from AERC and TERA records
1. Length of career
2. Completion mileage and % of completions in each of the following:
a. Limited distance
b. 50 miles
c. 100 miles
d. Multi-day rides
3. Central Region miles
4. Outside of Central Region miles
5. Placements in rides
6. Best Condition awards
Subjective Equine Criteria (Less important criteria)
Subjective data, in the form of written statements, must be compiled from owner(s) and other TERA
members, and should focus on the following:
1. Well-known among competitors and is an icon of sorts at TERA competitions
2. Particularly dear to owner(s)
3. Has overcome adversity caused by injury, genetics, or inept handlers
The nominator must be an owner or a TERA member. The nominator must provide supporting data,
using the criteria listed above as an outline, and should gather the necessary objective and subjective
information from AERC and TERA records and members.
The deadline for a nomination is November 30th.
April Mortl Sportsmanship Award
This award is presented to the TERA member who has shown exceptionally positive sportsmanship
either on the trail or off the trail.
Alex Wallis Junior Award
This award is presented to a Junior rider that has shown exceptional growth in his or her riding skills,
care of their horse, and positive sportsmanship.