The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the Foothill Communities have long held a draw for people from all over the world. This is where the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) has been run since 1955. This race consists of 100 miles ridden within a 24-hour period. Riders bring their horses here in the summer to enter them in what is considered to be the most strenuous of all endurance rides. Although many of the riders are from local areas such as Cool, Georgetown, Coloma, Auburn, Colfax and Meadow Vista, riders come to enter this event from as far away as Japan!
The race is typically held on the July weekend that is closest to the full moon, although sometimes it is held in August. Riders start the race in the early morning near Truckee, and finish near the Auburn Fairgrounds. On average, a little over 50% of the riders will actually be able to complete the race. In 1955, the race had 5 entrants. Much later a limit of 250 entrants was established.
Although Arabs and geldings largely dominate the event, the record number of race completions by 1 horse is 13 times; and a quarter horse mare set this record.
Auburn has been proclaimed the “Endurance Capital of The World”. Some equestrians living in areas of Auburn and the neighboring town of Cool can literally ride right out their pasture gate and access parts of the spectacular trail ridden in the Tevis Cup Race.