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The Southeast Endurance Riders Association (SERA) is a non-profit organization designed to promote endurance riding, encourage better care of endurance horses through rider education and assist ride managers in producing quality competitions. The area served by SERA consists of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. SERA uses the rules for endurance riding as set forth by the American Endurance Ride Conference(AERC). SERA supports the Principles for Equestrian Trail Organizations.

Congratulations 2023 SERA Awards Winners

Click here to view the 2023 SERA Award Winners

THANK YOU to our SERA Awards Sponsors

SERA would like to thank the following for their generous sponsorships of our awards:
Current Sponsors
RiteBalance, Sudi Lenhart and Nolan Whitesell, and Mane Street Pet and Horse - sponsor of the First 100 Award
Christo Dinkelmann - Grand Champion Junior
Dan Hallman - Freshman Horse of the Year
Jana Smith - in Memory of Steffanie Waddington - sponsor of the LD Mileage Champion
Foster Olson and Lela Nielsen - sponsor of the Freshman Rider of the Year
Patsy Gowen - sponsor of the 65+ Award
Ginee Ritter - Garrie Bates-Ritter Long Ears Award
Eric Rueter - Team Challenge Awards
Click here to view all SERA Awards
If you have questions about a particular award please contact


Send a big thank you to April Johnson. She has just completed version one of SERA phone app. mSERA is now available for download at This first version includes most of the SERA Leaderboard. Download the app and try it on your phone over the weekend!


We have some very exciting news to share! SERA and The Ride and Tie Association have decided to double the fun and have entered into a partnership. RaT events use the same trails, the same veterinary staff and follow the same veterinary criteria as SERA sanctioned endurance rides and RaT is a natural partner with endurance events. Starting with co-sanctioned events occurring on or after December 1, 2019, SERA will offer two new awards for Ride and Tie events: Rookie Team of the Year, and a top Ride and Tie Horse of the Year award. These awards will be presented at the annual SERA convention, starting with the convention held in 2021 for the 2019-2020 ride season. These awards are only eligible to RaT members who are also SERA members participating at RaT/SERA co-sanctioned rides. Here is to a beautiful relationship!


In February of 2018, President Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. This act mandates that any sports organizations that conduct interstate sporting events that includes minors must comply with the Safe Sport Act. SERA and AERC rides are thus covered by this law. The act calls for mandatory reporting, training, and prevention.
The Safe Sport Act established the U.S. Center for Safe Sport,, as an independent entity to investigate reports of abuse and protect athletes from abuse. The Center offers an on-line training course for all adults for $20.
At the 2019 midyear meeting, the AERC Board of Directors approved a motion to require:
Each AERC ride in the U.S., beginning in the 2020 ride season, must have a designated SafeSport ride management representative who has passed the SafeSport online training prior to the ride. The SafeSport representative must be in camp during the ride and available if necessary, not riding the ride. The AERC office must have proof of SafeSport training before the ride occurs. (Reimbursement is available for one management team representative per ride.)

Please visit the AERC Safe Sport Page for more information about becoming Safe Sport Certified.