Ride & Tie World Championship

Originally the Levi’s Ride & Tie, this is the annual signature race of the Ride and Tie Association.

Drawing the largest crowd of competitors from across the nation and sometimes even from around the globe, this event is open to all who wish to tackle the sport’s pinnacle event.

Historically scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, with the intention of making attendance easy for families with school aged children, you might schedule your summer vacation event around this race. As plans for the next Championship are announced, specifics will be posted here. Depending on location, the camp is usually open for a full week before the race.

The World Championship race is not tied to one specific location: the race may be held in a different location each year, or may rest at one location for several years before moving to a new, fresh location.

The World Championship course will be designed to challenge. The mileage is altered from year to year in light of course ruggedness, elevation gain/loss, altitude and other factors that may affect course difficulty. The trail boss is tasked each year to design a course that can be won in 4 hours. Each successful team completing the full course, regardless of time, is awarded a pair of custom designed commemorative belt buckles. A short course is generally offered, concurrent to the World Championship, for those not prepared for the full challenge.

Free entry for international teams: write to international@rideandtie.org to nominate your team for the free entry. One team per country will receive free entry to the Ride & Tie World Championship. Multiple entries per country are welcome: the complimentary entry will be awarded to the first team to nominate.

A limited number of horses are usually available for lease. The Ride and Tie Association bears no responsibility and has no involvement in the leasing of horses. If you can establish your competence as a rider and a person who will treat the horse humanely; if you are willing to enter just for the fun and withdraw at the slightest indication the health of the horse will benefit from your doing so, then ask about lease arrangements.

Sample race pages from past years provide you with an idea what kind of information will be available here in the future for the coming year’s race:

Check back later, this page will be replaced once specific information is available for the next Ride & Tie World Championship.


Cost: see flyer

Race Director:  Carrie Baris, carriebaris@hotmail.com

Location:  The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Need a horses or partner? Contact Carrie

Flyer and Registration Form Ride and Tie Championship_Registration Form_updated 11Sep2023

Ride and Tie Championship_Events Flyer_Updated_11Sep2023

Prizes/Awards: All long course finishers in the Ride & Tie will receive belt buckles. Short course finishers in the Ride & Tie will receive long sleeve shirt. Equathon and five mile rides will also receive prizes. Turtle awards will be presented for each race, as well as Junior awards, best condition (long and short course championships), and other awards. 

Race Distances:

FridayLong Course Championship Ride & Tie (32 miles), Short Course Ride & Tie (16 miles), Fun Run Ride & Tie (5 miles)

SaturdayShort Course Championship Ride & Tie (20 miles), Fun Run Ride & Tie (5 miles)

SundayEquathon Championship (12 mile ride, 8 mile run – Iron person or two person team), Fun Run Ride & Tie (5 miles)

Race Week Agenda:

2-5pm – Check in and vetting for Ride & Tie Championship Long Course/ Short Course/ Fun Run participants
6pm – Potluck (bring something yummy to share!) and Ride Meeting for Friday’s Events

7am – Start of Ride & Tie Long Course Championship/Short Course
9:30am – Start of Fun Run
2-5pm – Check in and vetting for Ride & Tie Short Championship/ Fun Run
5pm – Ride Meeting for Saturday’s Events and Awards for Friday 
6pm – Hope for Horses Biltmore Dinner – tickets sold separately 

7:15am – Start of Ride & Tie Short Course 
9:30 – Start of Fun Run
2-5pm – Check in and vetting for Equathon Championship/ Fun Run
5pm – Ride meeting for Sunday’s Events and Awards for Saturday 

7am – Start of Equathon 
9:30am – Start of Fun Run 
12pm – Awards for Sunday

Ride and Tie Base Camp: 

Ride & Tie participants will have our own base camp within the Biltmore fields. Follow signs after arriving at camp to our spot. All ride meetings, registration, and awards will be held in this area.

Potluck on Thursday night for those who want to participate, Friday is Hope For Horses ($25 per person).

Directions to the Race Site: The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. There will be a gate you will have to come through to access the ride. Your name, as well as names of your crew members, will be on a list provided to the staff at the gate. 

Riding The Trail: The course will include dirt/gravel service roads. As well as technical woodlands single track trails. There will be bridges to cross, as well as small streams and creeks. Hoof protection is recommended. Helmets are required.

Volunteers Wanted: To help with setting up vet check area, taking horse pulses, writing down participant numbers as they come into and go out of vet checks, scribing for vets, holding horses for riders, filling water troughs, directing traffic, etc.

Questions: Contact Carrie Baris, cbaris@rideandtie.org or 828-318-4505


Sep 22 - 24 2023


Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC


Carrie Baris