The 19th Annual Diabetes Ride

Welcome to the Diabetes Ride!
The Diabetes Ride is a pledged equestrian trail ride that began in 1995 and has been running annually since that time. We hope you’ll plan to join us every year! The Diabetes Ride benefits Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (IDYP), a local nonprofit that since 1978 has been providing diabetes camps and programs for children and teens with Type 1 diabetes.

Anyone may participate in this trail ride. We encourage all of our participants to collect pledges for their ride and turn them in on the day of the ride. If you collect more than $175 in pledges, you ride for FREE! We often have riders that collect more than $500 in pledges—sometimes as much as several thousand dollars! That money is put to great use and is much appreciated by the staff at IDYP! Read more about IDYP and the Hodia Camp programs at

Ride Rules:

How to Play & Win
Registration this year is $35 and is mandatory for all adult riders. Registration for kids 12 and under is just $15. The registration fee includes a raffle ticket & BBQ dinner with a no-host Beer/Wine Garden, and an official Diabetes Ride t-shirt.

Register, Raise Pledges and Win Online

  • Register online and pay the ride fee OR use our software to raise pledges online to reach more people. When you register online, you'll have the opportunity to send emails to your family, friends and co-workers to help raise pledges. The person who raises the most money recevies a Grand Prize!

Day of the Ride

  • Plan on packing your own CHAIRS for seating to eat and enjoy the awards ceremony.
  • Bring a bucket for dipping your own horse water.
  • Hopefully you've registered online. If not, late Registration begins at 10:00 am. Take your registration form and waiver with you and check in at the registration table. After you have registered you will receive your safety orientation and ride instructions at the trail head.
  • For safety reasons and to relieve congestions, horses MAY NOT be at the registration area! Please leave your equine friends safely tethered to the trailer while you do your paperwork!
  • The first group of riders will leave at 10:00 am. Groups of riders will be allowed out of camp on staggered departure times. THIS IS NOT A SPEED OR TIMED EVENT! If you intend to ride you must begin by 12:00 pm and be finished by 3:30 pm to be eligible for prizes.

During the Ride

The courses are clearly marked. The checkpoints and water/rest stations are conveniently located. Please observe all posted rules and instructions as outlined in this brochure and included in your registration packet. Racing or unsafe riding will not be tolerated on the course - careless riding will result in you being asked to leave the ride. Again, this is not a timed event!


Event Date - Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Ride Schedule:

10AM—12PM Registration Opens
10AM First Group of Riders On Trail
3:30PM Must complete ride and clear all checkpoints to be eligible for Ride Prizes.
12:30- 3:30PM Buffet Style BBQ dinner
3:30PM Awards, Raffle & Silent Auction

 Questions? Contact Julie

Facts about The Diabetes Ride
Some Facts about Diabetes:
Right now 10% of Americans, or 30 million people, have diabetes, including 88,000 in Idaho. More astonishing, however, is that about a third of these people don’t know it. What’s more, the Idaho Statesman reports that the CDC estimates that in the US today more than 2 million young people show signs of “pre-diabetes.” When left uncontrolled, diabetes leads to devastating complications — heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, amputations. But when individuals learn how to self-manage their diabetes and control their blood sugars, they cut their risk for complications in half.

The Diabetes Ride: A volunteer effort:
The Idaho Arabian Breeders Association and Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders joined efforts eighteen years ago to organize The Diabetes Ride.

This unique event is a trail ride in the Eagle foothills attracting 200 – 350 riders every year. Riders can choose between a few trails that are on private property. Riders pay a $35 entrance fee that includes the trail ride and a great BBQ hosted by H&M Meats after the ride. Many riders choose to raise pledges rather than pay the entry fee to compete for prizes. All riders receive an official Diabetes Ride t-shirt.

The Beneficiary:
Proceeds from the event benefit Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that sponsors camps and programs for local children and teens with type 1 diabetes.

Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs' camps are called Camp Hodia. Hodia comes from a combination of the words
"idaHO DIAbetes" and is actually 5 separate camps. The camps include Hodia Kids Camp, Hodia Shooting Stars, Hodia Teen Camp and Hodia Ski Camp and Hodia Wilderness Camp. The caring staff at Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs is dedicated to improving the lives of children and teens with diabetes. These programs foster self-reliance and demonstrate that people need not be limited by diabetes. Teaching by example, their staff provides mentoring and support to these kids, teens and families regardless of ability to pay in a safe, healthy, and respectful environment. No child has been turned away from Hodia due to their family's inability to pay.




2014 Sponsors:

Grand Prize Sponsor



Logistics Sponsor




Participating Sponsors

Bogus Basin Circle H Construction Complex Care Hospital Gem Meat Packing H & M Meats
H & M Meats Just Horses KIZN 92.3 Minuteman Printing PrintPro
REACT Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders The Beer Guys    

Our Donors

Addie Hall
Amy Shadle and family
Barb McGann
Beth Bivens
Boise Philarmonic
Bowl of Heaven
Buck's Bags
Cactus Pete’s
Ceci Jones
Cottonwood Dental
Craig Tarbet and family
D & B Supply Caldwell and Overland stores
Diane Dann
Donna Cinti
El Gallo Giro
Explore! TCM Tours
Fiesta Guadalajara
Flynn's Saddle Shop
Francie West
Ginger Thomas
Hal and Barb Allerton
Hap Tallman's
Idaho Banking Company
Jake's Gluten Free
Jami Bahadar
Judie Daniels
Just Horses
Karie Boesiger
Life Flight
Linda Walberg


Major Hitch & Tire
Makenzi Coder
Marilyn Hornbaker
Mary Garner
Matt Brown
Meats Royale
Meridian ATA and Safe, Sound and Ready
Mimi Marie
Nancy Bateman
Neill Smallwood
Nicole Levesque
Paul and Laurie Wells
Proof Eyewear
RC Bean
RC Woodstuff
Riverside Hotel
Ryan Recla
Sarah Metcalf
Signs 2U
TapouT XT
Taylor Neher
The Ol' Sweet Candy Company
Three Oaks Academy
Toni Barry and family
Twain Josephson
Vale Wine Co.
Velma Morrison
Villa Decor & Design
Wilson Harris & Co.
Ye old Sweet
Yvonne Brandt