2016 United States ARDF Championships
144 MHz Classic Distance Competition
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Location: Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center
Ranch entrance: 31.017726, -97.811264
Club House: 31.016221, -97.816256
General directions from Killeen: Take State Highway 195 (also known as
Fort Hood Road) south from Killeen. Turn right (west) on FM 2670.
Turn right (north) on N. Maxdale Road. In about 2.5 miles (4 km), turn
left at the Equestrian Center entrance. NOTE: You can approach the
Ranch on Maxdale Road, but the portion of Maxdale Road that is dirt and
crosses the Fort Hood military reservation was closed yesterday for
maneuvers. We recommend the above route instead.
Maxdale Road is a caliche/gravel road between Clear Creek Road (State
Highway 201) at its northern end and Million Dollar Road (it is a
paved surface from Million Dollar Road onward to the south.) You will
not need four-wheel drive to traverse the road, but you might wish to
drive slower to avoid the occasional pothole or bump. Maxdale Road
is a public road with a 40 MPH speed limit on the gravel/caliche section.
If you are approaching the ranch from the southeast on FM 2670
from Ding Dong, the signage will indicate that Maxdale Road continues
straight and North Maxdale Road is a right turn. You want to turn right
on North Maxdale Road.
Directions from Maxdale Road: Competitors should park
where the Texas ARDF sign indicates, about 1000 feet (300 meters) down
a paved driveway from an entrance gate at Maxdale Road.
8:30 AM Competitors arrive and park at the Club House
at the end of the paved driveway. Signs will direct you from the entrance.
Competitors should bring 144 MHz receivers with them.
9:00 AM Equipment impound.
10:00 AM First start. There will be a 180 minute time
limit for this competition.
List of Transmitters to
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch available at finish area.
2:00 PM All competitors have finished.
6:00 PM Group Dinner and Awards Banquet. Dinner will
be Texas barbecue from Rudy's
(brisket, turkey, and sausage). We will also have fresh vegetable trays.
Awards for the Foxoring, Sprint, and 144 MHz competition will
be presented after dinner.
Safety Bearing: East to Maxdale Road, then north to
the Equestrian Center entrace gate.
The maps will be printed on 11 x 17 inches (28 x 43.2 cm) paper at
1:10000 scale, portrait orientation. The map can be trimmed/folded
to an area of 11 x 12 inches (28 x 30.5 cm) when placing on a map board.
Contour intervals on the Parrie Haynes maps are five (5) meters.
Exclusion areas around the start and finish will be marked on the maps.
Most established trails on the Parrie Haynes Ranch are double-track
(created by two horseback riders side-by-side.) Most are also blazed
with either painted rocks or colored streamer tape tied to tree branches
about 6 feet (2 meters) above ground. A few of the trails on the map are
relatively new and may be easiest to follow by using the streamers.
Some trails become small streams in the rain and can have very deep mud
in low spots.
Anywhere you are walking on trails used by horses, take care to avoid
holes and ruts caused by horses walking through mud that has dried.
Most fences on the map include barbed wire. Both blocks of Parrie
Haynes Ranch have perimeter fences in good repair.
At the very southern end of the map is a private residence (the "Hoover
House") that will be marked as out-of-bounds.
The map for Parrie Haynes Ranch was created in 2015-2016 by
Course Setters Notes
Control Transmitter Frequency: 144.525 MHz
Homing Beacon Transmitter Frequency: 145.565 MHz
There is a fence line oriented roughly
north-south in the center of the map that connects all the way from
the northern boundary of the ranch to the southern boundary. It is
in good repair and will be difficult to cross except at the gates and
openings marked on the map. Plan your routes with this in mind.
There is no drinkable water at the Equestrian Center (there is water
available, but it is not treated and should not be considered safe to
drink.) We will provide water, but you might want to bring plenty of