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 equines.

Endurance mileage only


Overall High Mileage Horse is based on the mileage completed by one equine with any number of riders.  Endurance mileage only


The following awards are based on the mileage completed by one rider riding one equine: Juniors riding as seniors will be added into whatever weight division they riding in as an adult.


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. Yes, both endurance + LD


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.


Subjective Awards


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-rider.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 camp; 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 and 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

Nomination Procedures: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 nominationrelevant 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 nominee4. 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


General Guidelines1. Owner(s) must be or must have been TERA member(s)2. Equine must have major accomplishments in TERA3. 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 records1. Length of career2. Completion mileage and % of completions in each of the following:a. Limited distanceb. 50 milesc. 100 milesd. Multi-day rides3. Central Region miles4. Outside of Central Region miles5. Placements in rides6. Best Condition awardsSubjective Equine Criteria  (Less important criteria)Subjective data, in the form of written statements, must be compiled from owner(s) and other TERAmembers, and should focus on the following:  1. Well-known among competitors and is an icon of sorts at TERA competitions2. Particularly dear to owner(s)3. Has overcome adversity caused by injury, genetics, or inept handlersNomination Procedures: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 subjectiveinformation 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 AwardThis 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.


‚ÄčAlex 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.

TERA Year End Award Program


All award recipients must be TERA members in good standing for the year for whichthe awards are being given.Awards are figured based on TERA sponsored ridesonly, Limited Distance and Endurance.