Fort Howes Endurance Rides, Inc

What a better way to celebrate 24 years of AERC Endurance Rides at the Circle Bar Ranch and the adjoining Custer-Gallatin National Forest than to host the AERC National Championship!

Homesteaded in 1883 by Captain Calvin Howes (a former sea Captain from Massachusetts), the Circle Bar Ranch is the home of the Fort Howes Endurance Rides – See Ranch History Link. As noted, starting in 1997, the Fort Howes rides have grown from a one-day ride offering a 25 mile Limited Distance ride and a 50 mile Endurance Ride to hosting the 2020 AERC National Championship.

We’ll start the ball rolling with the AERC 50 Mile Championship on the 5th. On the 6th we’ll have an open ride day with two Limited Distance rides – one starting at 7:00am and the next starting at 3:00pm. In addition to the two LD rides we’ll have a 50 and a 75. Finishing out the weekend on the 7th we’ll have the AERC 100 mile Championship.

The Trails

Trails consist of Open Meadows, Cow Trails, and unimproved Jeep Trails. Riders can expect to have at least one 1000′ elevation change in each loop they ride out on. Water is available out on trail every 3-5 miles. Although most Vet Checks will be in basecamp, we will have out checks for the 75 and 100 and we’ll make arrangements to haul your crewing supplies out, if necessary.

Basecamp is a huge open field of more than 15 acres with lots of room and plenty of horse water available.

Meet the Team

This page is currently being edited.

Jan Stevens

Ride Manager

Bio forthcoming

Bill Stevens

Owners Jan and Bill Stevens

Bio forthcoming


Head Vet


Ranch Information

The story of Fort Howes and the Circle Bar Ranch

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