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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.

The Sera Convention – January 12th & 13th , 2024
Amicalola Falls Lodge
418 Amicalola Falls Rd.
Dawsonville, GA 30534

*** We are going to have a silent auction this year. If you have horsey related things that you have laying around and would like to donate something to the silent auction, please contact Shannon Thomason at***


Friday, Jan 12th, 2024

  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - How Exercise Impacts GI Health in Horses - Prof. Canaan Whitfield-Cargile (UGA)
  • 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Break (check out the Silent Auction)
  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Gut, Shock, Go – Findings from Two Endurance Rides in the Southeast - Natalia Rodriguez (UGA)
  • 6:00 pm – Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • 7:00 pm - Fireside Chat with our SE Endurance Legends

Saturday, January 13th, 2024

  • 9:00 am to 11:30 am – SERA Members Meeting & AERC Directors Update
  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Lunch Sponsored by ….
  • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - – Successfully Moving Up Through the Distances – Holly Corcoran
  • 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Break (check out the Silent Auction)
  • 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – 100 Mile Panel
  • 6:00 pm – SERA Banquet, Awards & Silent Auction Winners
  • Followed by music from Pete Minarich

Remember to make your Convention reservation at Amicalola State Park Lodge by going to

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For any award which requires nomination, Nomination Forms are due by December 15th. eMAIL Erin Leal ( if you have any questions or concerns.


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.