Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tevis Cup 100-Mile Endurance Ride time - Full Article

Saturday Jul 14 2018
By: Julie Miller, Design and Content Manager

Last month for the Endurance Capital of the World, runners near and far conquered Western States 100. This month, it’s Tevis Cup’s turn to take to the Western States trail.

Around 200 horses and riders will take on the 100-mile race from Truckee to Auburn. Last year, the weather was cool with a bit a of rain and 56 percent of entrants finished the race. That’s about typical, generally 50 percent will finish the race.
It begins at Robie Equestrian park at 7,000 feet elevation south of Truckee goes through rugged miles of ascending and descending before reaching Old Town Auburn.

“Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Tevis Cup Ride differs substantially from other organized endurance riding events,” said the Tevis Cup website. “Adequate physical training and preparation for both horse and rider are of the utmost importance. The mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared...”

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

US Equestrian Names U.S. Endurance Squad for FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced four athlete-and-horse combinations for the U.S. Endurance Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, which takes place Sept. 11-23 in Mill Spring, N.C. Following the 2016-2018 selection period, the US Equestrian Board of Directors approved the following combinations for the U.S. Endurance Squad to be named to the FEI Nominated Entry List.

The following combinations have been named to the U.S. Endurance Squad for the WEG (in alphabetical order):

Danielle Crouse (Lexington, Ohio) and AM Mysterious Mopsa, Wendy MacCoubrey’s 11-year-old Arabian mare

Gwen Hall (Woodland Park, Colo.) and SizeDoesntMatter, her 12-year-old Arabian gelding

Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and Fireman Gold, Wendy MacCoubrey and Valerie Kanavy’s eight-year-old Arabian gelding

Rae Shumate-Tysor (Cumming, Ga.) and DM Michaelangelo, her nine-year-old Arabian gelding

Erin Champion (Clinton, Tenn.) and Kongtiki, her own 15-year-old Arabian stallion, will serve as the traveling reserve combination.

Additionally, the following three combinations have been named to the reserve list for the U.S. Endurance Squad for the WEG (in alphabetical order):

Cameron Holzer (Houston, Texas) and Kong, her nine-year-old Shagya Sporthorse gelding

Erin Lemmons-Innes (Hico, Texas) and Tuscarora John, her 12-year-old Arabian gelding

Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and Hoover the Mover, her 14-year-old Arabian gelding

For more information about the WEG U.S. Endurance selection process, view the U.S. Endurance team selection procedures.

For more information about FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, visit

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 July's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

Tevis, Tevis and MORE Tevis with Lora, Kellie and Natalie – Endurance Day for 07-10-18
Jul 10, 2018

On today’s endurance episode its all about Tevis, and we’re joined by Lara Wereb who is riding her gaited horse Spin Out Merlin this year, Tevis first timer Kellie Moore Fryman, and Natalie Sundstrom wraps up the show with some Tevis Gremlin stories.

Listen in:

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast Episode 6 - Rider Option Pulls

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July 7 2018

Hello & welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!

This episode is the first topic specific episode of the Endurance Horse Podcast. In this episode riders are sharing stories on the topic of what we call here in the US, a Rider Option pull. A Rider Option pull is when your horse has successfully gone through the vetting process, though you feel that for some reason, you should not go on. In other countries this is called a ‘Withdrawl’.

At the end of the podcast I will share about two times when I decided to Rider Option, once on Faith in 2016 and once on Mandate for Gold in 2011.

Sometimes the stories we share on the podcast are fun and uplifting, so it did give me a bit of a pause to decide to tackle a not so uplifting aspect of Endurance riding, stories about the days when things did not go as planned.

We share the Rider Option stories in Episode 6 in hopes that we will give courage to someone who in the future who maybe faced with that feeling that something just isn’t right with their horse in hopes that the stories you hear here today will help you make that choice if there is ever a day when you are faced with that nagging feeling in your gut, even though all seems to be okay on the outside. I also hope that this episode will lend peace of mind to some of you who had decided to withdraw, or not start a ride- that you made the right decision.

In any case, at some point or another- if you ride long enough- there is a chance there will be a day when you just are not sure. Yes, to finish is to win, though somedays it is best to stop, play it safe and follow your gut instinct.

Thank you to the riders who were willing to share your stories that were difficult to share.

Without further ado, I bring to you episode 6 of the Endurance Horse podcast.

To send in your story to Endurance Horse Podcast please send an email to:

Owen “Jake” Jacobs 1947-2018

Owen “Jake” Jacobs died suddenly at his home in Wild River Ranches (in Evanston) on Friday, June 29. He was born May 20, 1947, in Baker City, Oregon, the son of Clarence LeRoy Jacobs and Mildred Helen Burnett Jacobs.

Jake’s early years were spent on the family ranch in Oregon. He enlisted in the Navy in 1967, and he was honorably discharged in 1970. During his naval career, he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and at Miramar Naval Station in southern California. While at Miramar, he was an air traffic controller.

After leaving the Navy, he went on to college and graduated from Oregon State University. After graduation he went into the cattle business. In the early ’80s, he moved to Evanston and went to work in the oil and gas industry with Amoco. Later, he and Eileen opened the Book Nook in the Blyth & Fargo building until 1996 when he left to work in the oil and gas industry as an independent contractor.

While living in Evanston, Jake was very active in the community and Catholic church. He was a volunteer at YAHA and received the volunteer of the year award. He was also one of the people instrumental in organizing the re-enactment of the Great Endurance Horse Race from Evanston to Denver in the early 1990s. Jake eventually moved to Denver, where he went to work for Encana until his retirement in June of 2013...

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 5.0

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July 4 2018

Welcome to Episode 5 of Endurance Horse Podcast

Hosted by Christina Hyke
Sponsored by Christina Hyke Photography, LLC

Welcome to Episode 5! Today is July 4th 2018. In the United States it is a time for family and friends to get together, cook out and celebrate. There will be parades, festivals and fireworks. Today we are heading to a race to cheer on two of our older sons in the Whippet City Mile run that is right before the start of the 4th of July Parade, then out to the lake to enjoy a barbecue with my brother and family. Though, since many of you maybe traveling this weekend, I thought it a good day to get episode 5 galloping out onto the airwaves. So, here you go and I hope you enjoy the audios, I hope you find inspiration, laughter, joy, encouragement, empathy and most of all a feeling of all being a part of the same journey and the most I wish for you is that you enjoy the ride.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible for this episode to be pulled together, and especially to two wonderful midwestern women, Laurie and Beth. Both ladies ride in the Midwest region of the US, both are from WI and I have had the privilege of chatting with both of them on the trails. When I needed two more files to complete this episode it was Beth that was first to answer the call, and then she suggested Laurie, whom I have met on the trail- and she is truly a ray of sunshine. I am so glad that I waited and got the audios from these two midwestern treasures.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in. To all of you who send files in, I know how busy everyone is- thank you for helping me create this podcast and share the world of endurance riding and bringing together riders from across the globe.

When I started this podcast I had the idea that it would be a positive in the endurance world, focusing us on what brings us together- the love of a good horse and a beautiful trail, the challenges we face, the goals we set and maybe above all- that we see that, as riders, and really, as people, we all have a lot more in common than not. And just maybe, this podcast would even bring some of us closer together online & in real life.

On June 8th, my mother’s birthday, I saw a share worthy post and shared it. The post was from Potato Richardson, and that he had a horse available for Tevis- I shared the post on the Endurance Horse Podcast.

One of the riders in the Endurance Horse Podcast group saw the opportunity and landed the ride on the horse. I know several of you are going to Tevis and it would be amazing if some of you got together around an actual campfire or met each other at the ride meetings.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

AERC Award Nominations are due July 16!

Current AERC members are invited to nominate worthy recipients for the following year-end awards.

Awards descriptions:

HALL OF FAME, PERSON AND EQUINE. The Hall of Fame award, presented at the AERC convention national awards banquet, honors lifetime achievements by recognizing outstanding performances or outstanding contributions to the sport or to AERC.

PARD'NERS AWARD. Rider and horse perform together as a mutually bonded team. Rider and horse engender a spirit of friendship, enthusiasm and championship that makes those around them glad to have attended the ride. However competitive they may be, good sportsmanship remains their first priority. Horse and rider take care of each other. Together horse and rider personify the prevailing and abiding goal of AERC: "To finish is to win." This award was established in honor of the late Mae Schlegel. The recipient receives a keepsake plaque and the names of the "pard'ners" are engraved onto a perpetual trophy.

ANN PARR TRAILS PRESERVATION AWARD. This award, named after trails volunteer Ann Parr, was first given in 2012, and honors the member who has worked tirelessly for equine trails. Ann supported the Trails and Land Management Committee with her time, effort and knowledge. She worked with state count and city political offices from her home in Draper, Utah, to promote trail easement preservation and urban trails development. Ann led a campaign to enable the city of Draper to purchase an area previously slated for residential development for use as a public outdoor recreation area. Her trail advocacy and committee work are an inspiration for those who care for and work to preserve and expand equestrian trails across the country. Sharon Ballard proposed this award on the death of her beloved friend in 2011.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD. This award is established to honor an AERC member who has devoted an extraordinary amount of volunteer effort, time and service on behalf of the AERC for many years.

To nominate, use this form:

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Melissa Margetts remembered 1957-2018 - Full Article

July 1 2018
By Sophie Stuber, Planet Contributor

The Telluride community lost one of its most beloved characters Monday, June 25, when Melissa “Lissa” Margetts passed away. She was 60. Margetts was born Sept. 3, 1957, in Vallejo, California, and moved to Telluride as a child. Her father, Dr. Gardiner Pier, was the only town doctor and, by default, the town veterinarian. Her parents founded the Telluride Mountain Center. From childhood, Margetts shared a strong connection with animals and her community.

Margetts’ “friend in crime” for over 20 years, Susannah Smith, described Margetts’ intimate connection with wildlife in a recent interview with the Daily Planet.

“She was an animal whisperer. She could work with almost any animal,” Smith said.

Margetts connected with animals on a deep level. “She was half wild and not to be contained, just like the animals she worked with,” Smith added.

Her son, Jake Burns, said his mother was “a quintessentially Telluride figure.”

After working for several large corporations in Minnesota, Margetts decided to return to her mountain community, where she founded the Rocky Mountain Ark Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on Wilson Mesa. The Ark was an internationally known institution that sheltered and rehabilitated injured animals on a 14-acre preserve. For animals that were not able to return to the wild, the Ark became a permanent home. At its peak, the Rocky Mountain Ark housed 165 animals.

“She was a walking encyclopedia on wildlife. She had so many certifications that we couldn’t find anyone to replace her when I was trying to help her sell it, or hand it over,” Smith said...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Interview with Tevis Cup Ride Director Chuck Stalley

Tevis Cup Ride Director Chuck Stalley is interviewed by Matt Scribner for episode #9 of Tales from the Tevis Trail.

Watch the video here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tevis "Keep Your Dreams Alive" Contest Winner Announced

The Keep Your Dreams Alive Contest winner is, drum roll please,.... Terrie LaPorte of Delta, British Columbia!

Her story tugs at the heartstrings of any horse lover. After the sudden and tragic loss of her first Tevis prospect, Terrie acquired Magnum El Shah and worried it was a mistake. He was a very challenging horse. She explained that it took two years for horse and rider to form the strong bond they have today.

Now at 67 years young, she and her horse Magnum have completed nine endurance rides and earned seven top ten finishes in 2018 alone She is thrilled to have won and sees this as "a sign to continue doing my best, being a good teammate to Magnum and smiling all the way as I do my thing, living the dream."

Congratulations to this Canadian and the best of luck on July 28!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for Distance Nationals!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships at the Spook Run Site in Henryville, Ind., running October 26-28. We welcome back our returning partners, the Appaloosa Horse Club and the Paso Fino Horse Association, and our 2018 additions, the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry, the American Morgan Horse Association and the Akhal-Teke Association of America! We are very excited to have all of these great organizations on with us and hope to see all breeds there!

Don't forget we also have several AHA/AERC/SERA/OAATS recognized Open Rides running each day that do not require breed membership(s) and have no qualification requirements. To check out the qualification requirements for the National Rides click here!

The LD Challenge is a new event this year, which is open to any horse/rider combination that plans to ride all three days (25 miles a day) in the Open LD Rides.

The rider must pay the $20 entry fee for the LD Challenge indicated on the Entry Form before the start of the first day's ride. This is in addition to the entry fee for each individual open ride. Because we encourage the very best care of our horses, all the LD riders must reach a 56 for pulse down criteria and will have a CRI in the final Vet Check for each day.

On the third day, the entries in the LD Challenge will have a final Vet Check score. The placings and CRI heart rates for each of the three days and the Vet Check at the end of the third day will be converted into a points score. This score will determine the awards for the 1st-5th winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance National web page under Exhibitor Information.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Tevis!

June 24 2018

Want to help with Tevis in a unique and special way? We are still looking for volunteers. Volunteering is an interesting way to get a true "behind the scenes" look at the event and assist horses and riders at checkpoints which are not open to the general public and crews. You can sign up using the link below:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Marion Inez (Robie) Arnold Passes Away

Marion Inez (Robie) Arnold

Marion Inez (Robie) Arnold, age 72, of Newcastle, California passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday, June 15, 2018. Marion was a noted horsewoman and pioneer in the sport of endurance riding.

Services will be held at Chapel of the Hills in Auburn on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will immediately follow at the New Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will take place just before the services at Chapel of the Hills.

Marion was born on August 8, 1945 to John and Elizabeth (Kangas) Robie in Sacramento.

Marion is survived by her loving son, Wendell C. Arnold of Newark, Calif, her beloved grandchildren Emma, Lilla, and Samuel Arnold, her devoted sisters Wendy Robie of Chicago, and Marcie Chester of Lithia, Fla, her loving nephew Xo Larimer of Berkeley, Calif, cousin Suann Stone of Tahoe, Calif, and many lifelong friends.

Inspired by her grandfather, Wendell T. Robie, Marion learned to ride before she could walk. Arabian horses, trail riding and endurance racing became her life's passions. In 1958, at the age of 12, Marion finished the (now) historic 100-Miles-One-Day Western States Trail Ride (colloquially called the Tevis Cup) that was founded by her grandfather. She would go on to finish the ride 10 more times, winning in 1969. Her eleventh and final completion was in 1994 with her son. Shortly after her final Western States Trail Ride, she transitioned to NATRC where she rode and worked tirelessly. She will especially be remembered for a NATRC event that she co-chaired out of Robie Park in Truckee. She was one of the founding members of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and was elected to their Hall of Fame in 1982. She was also a founding member, and former president, of the Wendell and Inez Robie Foundation.

After graduating from Placer High School, class of 1963, as a National Merit Scholar, Marion attended Wellesley College and California State University Hayward, graduating with a major in mathematics, teaching math shortly thereafter. Marion enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and cared for newborns at the base hospital at Travis Air Force Base.
Marion's family is very proud of her military service. But it was in promoting and celebrating endurance riding and conserving the historic emigrant trails of the High Sierra mountains where she made her mark. Marion will be sorely missed by all who love the mountains and who know we love them best from atop a horse.

Published in Auburn Journal on June 21, 2018

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

2018 June's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

Endurance for Clueless Equestrian, Accardo’s Mongol Derby Prep – Endurance Day for 06-12-18

Karen Chaton is joined by Patti Stedman to tell us just about everything we need to know to get through our first Endurance ride. Heather ‘Flash’ Accardo talks about her preparations for the Mongul Derby and common Endurance acronyms are deciphered, plus we make up a few new ones.

Listen in:

Tevis Cup Late Fee is July 1

June 12 2018

Enter Before It's Too Late!

The late fee for entering the July 28, 2018 Tevis Cup is quickly approaching. Be sure your ride entry arrives at the Tevis office on or before July 1, 2018 to enter without a late fee.

You can fill out your application here:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sousa's LV Integrity +/ is Newest Endurance Breyer Model

June 12 2018
by Merri

Joyce and Dennis Sousa's LV Integrity +\, (LV Cartell x Rivaska) joined the ranks of a few elite endurance horses to become a Breyer horse model.

The now-25-year-old gelding has accomplished some amazing feats over his 20 year endurance career, which continues in 2018!

With 10,555 AERC mies, "Ritz" became a "Perfect Ten Equine" in 2016 - 10 years of competition, 10,000 miles, 10 first place finishes and 10 best condition awards. Additionally, the gelding became an AERC Hall of Fame Equine in 2015.

The LV Integrity +/ Breyer model will be in Kentucky for the BreyerFest the second week of July. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

You Can Ride Historic Immigrant Trails: at City of Rocks Pioneer Endurance Ride

May 24 2018

Oh, those hardy pioneers, all quarter million of them. Between 1841 and 1869, they headed West, seeking new opportunities, Manifest Destiny, gold, adventure, and more.

The California Trail - some 2-3000 miles long - was one route some of them trod, on horseback, on foot, and with their covered wagons from Missouri River towns to Northern California.

The Boise-Kelton Stage route started in Kelton, Utah, north of the Great Salt Lake, (the closest stop in southern Idaho) and ran up to Boise. It followed Ben Holladay’s 1864 mail route and became the preferred road between Kelton and Boise for stagecoaches and freight wagons.

Today, the California Trail and Boise-Kelton stage routes run right smack through City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. The latter runs through Emigrant Canyon

and crosses the California Trail near the landmark Twin Sisters peaks.

You can still see the remains of a stage stop on the Boise-Kelton trail - and you'll ride right past it on Days 1 and 2 on the 50-mile trails. All distances, all days of the City of Rocks endurance ride, will trod over at least a small portion of the California Trail, and will pass by Register Rock, where immigrants' signatures can still be seen today scrawled in wagon axle grease.

So saddle up, come ride a bit of history at the 3-day City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride on June 7, 8, and 9: distances of 25 or 50 miles, plus trail rides.

More information at:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 4

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Endurance Horse Podcast Episode 4 is on the air!

Sponsored by Christina Hyke Photography, LLC

In Episode 4 we are going to hear from fascinating riders from across the globe. We are going to hear Daryl Owen’s National Championships ride report from New Zealand. Also from New Zealand, Jenny Chandler’s first time sending in an audio file, another wonderful Marvel rider from down under, Kat & her musical ways (thanks to Kat, I had several songs stuck in my head for days). We will also hear from the land of Billy the Kid, thanks to our wonderful south west rider, Keisha Wood, be sure to check out Keisha’s blog for more updates, stories and photographs on her journeys.

We will also hear from Tennessee Lane, be sure to check out her SoCo Endurance page & links listed here. Also, I had reached out to several ride managers to send in an audio telling us about their ride, and I heard back from a rider to tell us all about the great Shore to Shore Ride in Michigan. This is the first of what I hope to be more, if you would like to feature your favorite endurance ride on the podcast, please email me and I will send you the interview guide for the ride management.

All of this and so much more, including an update from one of our precious young riders, and also an intro/first time file from Karly, down under. We would also like to welcome Amanda from Virgina with her three horses, Candy (POA), 1/2 Arabian son of Candy & Oliver who was recently pulled from a feedlot. Oliver is an Egyptian Arabian. We will hear from FEI Endurance rider Melissa Coolich of Coolich Endurance. She has an amazing story of overcoming a health crisis to be able to compete. Thank you to Melissa for her inspiring story of healing and sharing your passion for endurance. I’d also like to welcome Lindy Griffith of Florida, and her Rocky MTN Maxwell and Chief (Arab/Rocky MTN). These sound like wonderful horses to ride.


Tevis: Signature Rider Spots Going Fast!

Are you a Signature Rider at Heart?

It is neck and neck for the Signature and International rider sign-ups with five of each. We have heard rumors of more of both getting ready to enter!

So all of you Tevis lovers, please feel free to help us with the costs of maintaining this famous ride by becoming a Signature Rider. You will not be disappointed!

Our goal is to have 20 Signature Riders this year, so please open your heart and pocketbook for the world famous Tevis Cup.

We have also had in the past our International riders sign up to become Signature riders and take lots of goodies back to their home country. We are all inclusive in this program!!! Waiting hear from you next lucky 15 that are signing up!

Entry form and more information here:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


May 16 2018

There's still time to sign up! This is a great NW ride to fill the void that the cancelled Klickitat Trek left.

Uncle Sam (and Steph, Regina, Merri, Connie, Almo, the Idaho State Park Service) wants you to come to the City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride June 7-8-9 in Almo, Idaho. Show your patriotism and show you're a proud American endurance rider! Or just have fun, but come!

This is your chance to experience 3 days of Trail Rides, LDs, or 50-mile rides in City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park in (we are planning for) perfect early summer weather. Ride over old emigrant trails (California Trail, Boise-Kelton Stage route), and see pioneers' names scrawled in wagon axle grease on Register Rock. If you're not too tired after riding 50 miles a day, or if your partner doesn't ride, you can hike, bike, or climb in the parks.

Basecamp is a spacious private field just below City of Rocks, and trails run through one or both parks each day. It's a good challenging ride: basecamp is at over 5000', and trails climb up to around 7000 feet each day.

Non-amenities will be: no meals this year: Two Trees Catering cook Wynne is off gallivanting around Europe, so bring your own food or plan to eat in Almo.

Amenities include great awards, a good time, a probable bluegrass jam or two (bring your instruments!), a possible Lemonaid stand by local kids on the trail to Castle Rocks State Park, the best pizza in Idaho or possibly the USA at Rock City in Almo (which also has a fine, large selection of gourmet beer), or the Almo Steakhouse, and, of course, Durfee Hot Springs. If you show up late to register one night and we are gone and you don't see our swimsuits hanging out to dry, that's where we probably are!

If you plan to come to the ride, help us by preregistering. Any questions, and for more information, see:

Still on the fence? Watch some of these videos to whet your appetite:

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Devan Horn Guest on Hiking Podcast

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Episode #86 – Devan Horn (Shawty)

For a hiking show, Devan Horn wouldn’t normally belong. Yet this extraordinary woman, a long-distance runner and rider, chose to hike the Colorado Trail while her party of five other women did it on horseback. She was able to draw distinctions and comparisons between the two modes of transport and provides great insights.

She also took part in two Mongol Derbys, with a third coming this year. Click on the link to see more details and wild video of this amazing race.

When our conversation turned back to long-distance running she even mulled over the idea of an attempt at an FKT of the Appalachian Trail. I wouldn’t put that remarkable feat out of her range.

You can connect with Devan through her Facebook page, at texantemujin.

Listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Recognizing Missouri Fox Trotting Horses Competing in AERC Competition

May 7 2018

From its beginnings in the American West, the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has spread roots both nationally and internationally. The AERC sanctions more than 700 rides each year throughout North America. In 1978 the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) recognized endurance riding as an international sport, and since that date the U.S. and Canada have regularly swept the team and individual medals. In 1993 Endurance became the fifth discipline under the United States Equestrian Team, now known as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

In addition to promoting the sport of endurance riding, the AERC encourages the use, protection, and development of equestrian trails, especially those with historic significance. Many special events of four to six consecutive days take place over historic trails, such as the Pony Express Trail, the Outlaw Trail, the Chief Joseph Trail, and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The founding ride of endurance riding, the Western States Trail Ride or “Tevis Cup,” covers 100 miles of the famous Western States and Immigrant Trails over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These rides promote awareness of the importance of trail preservation for future generations and foster an appreciation of our American heritage.

The number of Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in AERC competition continues to grow. To support the efforts of the AERC and recognize the registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in AERC events, the MFTHBA has developed a recognition program.

To be eligible for yearend Missouri Fox Trotting Horse awards, horses must be registered with the MFTHBA; and the horse’s owner(s) must be members in good standing of the MFTHBA and AERC during the competition year the miles are earned. Awards are based on mileage of the horse. Horses may accumulate mileage in multiple categories. AERC endurance and Limited Distance (LD) miles count toward the award. The MFTHBA will recognize a Top 5 in the following categories:

* High Mileage, Limited Distance, by a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Top 5 recognized

* High Mileage, Endurance Distance, by a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Top 5 recognized

Ties will be broken using completion percentage for the year. Prize will be custom jacket with MFTHBA and AERC logo. Award will go to the owner of the horse.

The AERC’s competition year began December 1 and will run through November. Winners are recognized the December following the close of the competition year.

To learn more about AERC and their upcoming events, visit

2018 May's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

May 8, 2018

On this month’s Endurance episode Karen Chaton talks about the Relive App, the Stalley family who organizes the Cache Creek Ridge Ride talks about what it takes to put on a great ride, and Diane Stevens has some great conditioning tips for Endurance horses.

Listen in:

Friday, May 04, 2018


May 4 2018

Uncle Sam (and Steph, Regina, Merri, Connie, Almo, the Idaho State Park Service) wants you to come to the City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride June 7-8-9 in Almo, Idaho. Show your patriotism and show you're a proud American endurance rider! Or just have fun, but come!

This is your chance to experience 3 days of Trail Rides, LDs, or 50-mile rides in City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park in (we are planning for) perfect early summer weather. Ride over old emigrant trails (California Trail, Boise-Kelton Stage route), and see pioneers' names scrawled in wagon axle grease on Register Rock. If you're not too tired after riding 50 miles a day, or if your partner doesn't ride, you can hike, bike, or climb in the parks.

Basecamp is a spacious private field just below City of Rocks, and trails run through one or both parks each day. It's a good challenging ride: basecamp is at over 5000', and trails climb up to around 7000 feet each day.

Non-amenities will be: no meals this year: Two Trees Catering cook Wynne is off gallivanting around Europe, so bring your own food or plan to eat in Almo.

Amenities include great awards, a good time, a probable bluegrass jam or two (bring your instruments!), a possible Lemonaid stand by local kids on the trail to Castle Rocks State Park, the best pizza in Idaho or possibly the USA at Rock City in Almo (which also has a fine, large selection of gourmet beer), or the Almo Steakhouse, and, of course, Durfee Hot Springs. If you show up late to register one night and we are gone and you don't see our swimsuits hanging out to dry, that's where we probably are!

If you plan to come to the ride, help us by preregistering. Any questions, and for more information, see:

To whet your appetite, here's one of our favorite and popular video previews:

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

2018 AERC Award Nominations Now Open

AERC Hall of Fame, Pard'ners Award, Volunteer Service Award, Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award nominations are now open!

If you wish to make nominations for the 2018 awards, go to:

PLEASE be as detailed and specific as you can to let the committee know about your nominee's qualifications for the award. The members of the Hall of Fame Committee may not know the person/equine or their accomplishments. Be sure to encourage your fellow AERC members to nominate too.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Pacific South: Descanso Endurance Ride Cancelled

Dear Riders: 

It is necessary for me to cancel the Descanso Endurance Ride and the Descanso Ride and Tie which has been scheduled for the 
weekend of May 19/20, 2018.

The Cuyamaca State Park has set the cost for the permit for using the public trails at more than $3,400. There has not been sufficient interest in the ride to generate enough entries to cover the costs for the permit fees, basecamp, vets, etc. These rides never make money, and it is always necessary to add money to pay for the extras, but David and I are unwilling to cover the several thousand dollars that would be required to go forward when there appears to be so little interest in the ride this year.

I have only received 63 entries for Saturday and 31 entries for Sunday and only 4 ride and tie teams have entered. While it may seem that this is a premature decision because it is still 3 weeks away, but I am at the point where awards need to be ordered and deposits placed, veterinarians need to be released and riders who use these rides for conditioning, need to plan for a replacement ride. 

I want to thank the loyal riders and new riders who did enter the ride. I appreciate their support. I especially want to thank 
Challenge Ranch who had 19 entries and two ride and tie teams. I know that Challenge Ranch’s kids have been working very hard to get their horses ready for this event, and I know that they will be very disappointed that it is necessary for me to cancel the ride. 

I have identified a possible site for a new ride in Campo and hope to possibly get this scheduled before the end of this year. 

Terry Woolley Howe

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Keep Your (Tevis) Dreams Alive Essay Contest

April 19, 2018 5:04pm

In 2017 an anonymous donor stepped up with an idea to sponsor an entry for someone who had a dream to ride Tevis but the years got away from them. The contest is reborn in 2018!

The essay contest is limited to people that have never ridden the Tevis Cup ride before, who are qualified to enter the Ride as of May 13 and they must be at least 60 years of age on the day of the ride.

The essay requirements are: To enter the contest, in 500 words or less tell us about yourself, your horse and your journey together as a team. Please share the experiences that you feel have prepared you for this challenge. Let us know the impact this entry will have on reaching your dream of participating in the legendary Tevis Cup. Entries are to be mailed to the WSTF Office indicated below and must be postmarked by May 18th. A winner will be selected during the first week of June.

Last year's winner Lorna Christopherson of Salem, Oregon completed the ride in 49th place.

The Western States Trail Foundation
Attn: Dreams Essay
150 A Gum Lane, #103
Auburn, CA, 95603 U.S.A.

For more information, see:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 3


April 25 2018

I’m so glad you could join us!

In Episode 3 we are going to hear some updates, meet some riders we have not heard from before including a Buckskin Mustang that found his way to Germany. We have two ride managers in episode 3 as well as a few walks down memory lane. We will also hear an update from one adorable, very young rider that I hope will continue to send in files throughout the season! And, I have a quick intro, special outro for you.

Spring has finally sprung in Wisconsin, so I’m so happy to feel free to start conditioning. We seem to have a bumper crop of frogs & mosquitos already! May the frogs win!

Email your audio stories to Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length.

Your host is Christina Hyke wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman, ride far, ride well, ride often.

Listen, read more at:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Canada: 2017 Endurance Year-End Award Recipients Announced - Full Article

Ottawa, ON, April 23, 2018 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Endurance Year-End Awards. These awards recognize individuals and equines that have put countless hours and tireless effort towards the pursuit of personal excellence in endurance, and the sport’s growth in Canada.

The 2017 recipients are as follows:

Hall of Fame Award
Arthur B. King, DVM – Fort Erie, ON

Ron Janzen Memorial Award
Wendy MacCoubrey – Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC

Best Condition Scores High Point Award
Horse / Owner
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON

Junior Riders – Canadian Rides

Jessica Zwaan - St. Denis, SK
Saylor Mayer – Kamloops, BC
Ruby Dinn – Pritchard, BC
Anya Levermann – 100 Mile House, BC
Ella Grimeau – Regina, SK

Junior Riders – Overall Rides

Anya Levermann – 100 Mile House, BC
Jessica Zwaan – St. Denis, SK
Saylor Mayer – Kamloops, BC
Ruby Dinn – Pritchard, BC
Ella Grimeau – Regina, SK
Stephanie Mcleod – Oka, QC
Solstice Pecile – Bailieboro, ON

Senior Riders – Canadian Rides

Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
Leanna Marchant – Foothills, AB
Terrie Laporte – Delta, BC
Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Ariel Macleod – Montney, BC
Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Christy Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB
Tara Macleod - Montney, BC
Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
Solstice Pecile - Bailieboro, ON

Senior Riders – Overall Rides

Robert Gielen - Flesherton, ON
Wendy MacCoubrey - Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC
Lexi Vollman – Regina, SK
Jaylene Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB
Leanna Marchant – Foothills, AB
Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Terrie Laporte - Delta, BC
Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Ariel Macleod - Montney, BC
Christy Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB

Top Ten Horses – Canadian Rides
Horse / Owner

HJ Magnum El Shah / Terrie LaPorte – Delta, BC
B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Nightwind’s Indigo Bey / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
NightWind’s Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
JV Brooklyn Bay / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
The X-factor RF / Wendy Carnegie – Dugald, MB
Driftwoods Lancelot / Ariel MacLeod – Montney, BC
Xtremely Irresistable / Solstice Pecile – Bailieboro, ON

Top Ten Horses – Overall Rides
Horse / Owner

More Bang For Your Buck / Robert Gielen – Flesherton, ON
Black Bart’s Lolita / Wendy MacCoubrey - Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC
B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
HJ Magnum El Shah / Terrie LaPorte – Delta, BC
Nightwind’s Indigo Bey / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
NightWind’s Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
The X-factor RF / Wendy Carnegie – Dugald, MB
ZF Nadia / Patricia Dowling – St. Denis, SK

Horse / Owner
Koszaar / Terre O’Brennan – Delta, BC
Sakic / Christy Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
FC Galaxy / Robert Gielen – Flesherton, ON
Teese / Yvette Vinton – Morriston, FL

For more information on the 2017 award recipients, please click here.

About the Endurance Awards
The EC Endurance Committee provides a variety of awards programs for the endurance community in order to recognize outstanding athletes, owners, horses, volunteers and more. To learn more about available endurance award programs and view lists of past winners, visit

USA Riders in Test Event for 2018 WEG Next Weekend

The following endurance riders will represent the U.S. at the Test Event for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ held on April 27-28 in Mill Spring, NC. The CEI2* allows U.S. endurance athletes and those from around the world the opportunity to become better acquainted with the venue and various facilities on the grounds.

The Test Event is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 27 with the First Veterinary Inspection at 14:00 / 2:00pm, ET and continue with the start of the competition on Saturday, April 28 at 6:00am, ET.

Melody Blittersdorf & Synthetic (Melody Blittersdorf)

Erin Champion & Landroval (Natalie Muzzio)

Holly R Corcoran & Authentika (Holly Corcoran)

Gwen Hall & TA Kwik Dance (Alex Shampoe)

Erin Innes & Highh Treason (Jessica Lemmons)

Ellen Rapp Olson & Noslos Tuff Enuff (Ellen Olson)

Heather Reynolds & Treasured Moments (Heather Reynolds)

Jeremy Reynolds & RTR Rimfires Etta (Dublin Hart)

Kelsey Russell & Fireman Gold (Wendy MacCoubrey & Valerie Kanavy)

Meg Sleeper & Syrocco Madrigal (Meg Sleeper)

Cheryl Van Deusen & Nazeefs Flashy Rose (Cheryl Van Deusen)

Stay up to date on news and information about USEF’s endurance programs and teams by following USA Endurance on Facebook and use #USAEndurance. Note: This is not an AERC-sanctioned event but the Test Event in advance of the WEG.

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Darley Awards: Smedings Win New Breeder Award

April 20 2018

The annual Arabian Racing Cup's US Darley Awards and International Darley Awards, sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, were held on April 7 in Hollywood.

Lettie and Hendrik Smeding were winners of the Special New Breeder Award. Their work in continuing the bloodlines of the Rushcreek line of Arabians is documented here:

Congratulations to the Smedings!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tennessee Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life - Full Article

April 19th, 2018
by Mark Kennedy

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Krueger made her dad, Courtney, a deal.

If he would learn to ride horses — her passion — then she would train as a runner and they could compete together in a little-known sport for horses and humans called "ride and tie."

Courtney, a Presbyterian minister, recalls that he had no real interest in horses, but he found his daughter's proposal irresistible.

That was six years ago, and although Sarah is now off at college at Western Carolina University, pastor Krueger, of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on North Moore Road in Brainerd, is still smitten with ride-and-tie races — to the point that he has become a perennial threat to win the national points championship.

"I love it," Courtney Krueger says. "I once did a 50-mile race. No way I could have done a 50-mile foot race..."

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 April's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen in

Apr 10, 2018

On today’s endurance episode Haily Daeumler tells us about her adventure at the Nevada Derby Ride, Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America author John Egenes shares stories and Vicky Beelik gets everyone laughing with excerpts from her book The Do’s and Oops of Horses. Karen’s endurance riding tip covers camping.

Listen to the show at

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

California: Introduction to Endurance Clinic!

2 day Endurance Clinic & Run Rides
June 2 & 3, 2018

Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, Ca. (Near San Jose)
Hosted by West Region rider Nick Warhol and Friends

Come attend our all new two day clinic for people who are interested in learning about Endurance riding. Designed for people with no prior endurance experience. Bring a horse or just yourself. 6 hours of lecture, Truck and Trailer sessions, Pot luck ride dinner, ride meeting, camp overnight, and on Sunday- two fun rides- 7 and 15 miles, with vet checks, awards, and experienced Endurance riders as trial guides. When you leave on Sunday you will know all you need to know to enter your first ride!

All proceeds from the clinic after expenses will be donated to the AERC!

For more information, see

Welcome to the first ever Harvey Bear 2-day Endurance Clinic for beginners! Bring a horse or just yourself. You can take part in the learning and camping experience, or enter one of the two fun rides on Sunday. The whole weekend will be designed to emulate a real, live, endurance ride. This includes arriving the day before, checking in, vetting in, a pot luck dinner, the ride meeting, and the next day there are 2 Introductory rides of different distances, complete with a vet check, the finish, awards, and a real live Best Condition judging. This is not a race; it is a learning experience, so we will draw 3 horses at random from each ride to be judged for Best Condition. When you leave this clinic you will be prepared to enter your first Endurance Ride, as soon as your horse is in shape!

We will be camping in the field near the main entrance of Harvey Bear Park in San Martin, Ca, just south of San Jose. ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE FUN RIDES! Junior riders are welcome, (under age 16) but must be accompanied on the trail by an adult.

On Saturday morning we have a truck and trailering session- a demonstration of different truck, trailer, and camper types. What’s the right truck and why? How to hitch up. What to bring- see how experienced riders do it. Horse camping- see different types of horse containment. We have a special session on learning how to back up trailers taught by non-spouses! (Featuring ex-professional truck driver Gretchen Montgomery. She backs up better than me and most people I know!) On Saturday afternoon there will be about 6 hours of lectures on everything endurance related, including special guest speakers. (3-time World endurance champion Becky Hart, and the one and only Grand Duchess of Endurance Julie Suhr) Sessions: what is endurance? How to start. Preparing your horse. Preparing the rider. Saddles and tack. How it all works. (Ride times, vet checks, etc) Getting to your first ride. What to carry. How fast to ride. Setting goals. Hear different perspectives from beginning, experienced, and some of the best riders in the world.

The two fun rides will be held on Sunday June 3rd. (You don’t have to camp over on Saturday night, but it is highly recommended to complete the experience!) The 15-mile ride will start at 8am, and the 7 mile will start at 9am. Both rides will be two loops with a real endurance vet check in the middle. There are NO time limits (like there are in a real endurance ride); you can walk the whole 7 mile ride if you like. (We will encourage a mix of about 50/50 trotting/walking on the 15 mile ride). This insures pretty much any horse can do it. There will NOT be a mass start- the riders will go out in smaller groups accompanied by experienced endurance riders on their experienced horses. This will give the riders a safer and more realistic feel for their first real endurance ride. You can expect to ride at a realistic pace that is appropriate for finishing your first endurance ride, although the 7-mile ride may have a little more walking. You will NOT be racing at this ride.

Pre-ride vetting for the horses entered will be Saturday afternoon at 5pm, just like a real ride. We will have an AERC head vet (To be announced) overseeing the welfare of the horses. We will have a pot luck dinner Saturday at 6:30 pm, and the ride meeting at 7, just like a real ride. We have completion awards for everyone on the rides, with several other nice prizes for various things. We will also have a Best condition evaluation on Sunday afternoon after the ride, and before the awards. It will be just like a real endurance ride BC judging, but we will be drawing 3 finishing horses at random from each ride for the competition. This is because we are not awarding any finishing placings or top ten awards like in a real endurance ride.

When you sign up you select a rider weight division, just like a real ride. The divisions are based on your (the rider) weight and all the tack (saddle, pad, bridle, halter, breast collar, bags, water, etc) that you will carry on the horse. You don’t have to be 100% accurate, just select the division that you fit into the best.

Featherweight up to 160 pounds
Lightweight 161 to 185 pounds
Middleweight 186 to 210 pounds
Heavyweight 211 pounds and over

Camping is now available Friday night. Camping is $15 per night, Friday and Saturday, horse or no horse. this is a requirement from the park.

Camp is in a fenced grass field next to the main park entrance. We will have a water trough for the horses in camp, but you need to bring your own people water. Porta-potties will be brought in for the event. Participants are responsible for all their other provisions. We need to leave the camp clean, so be prepared to haul off anything that came in with you, hay and manure included. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. People without horses are welcome to camp overnight as well. The ride camp is in town, so there are plenty of stores, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc within a few miles drive.

Directions: From U.S. Highway 101 in San Martin, take the San Martin Avenue exit. (A RIGHT off of 101 if you are coming from the South, a LEFT back over the freeway if you are coming from the North). Proceed east on San Martin Avenue for 2 miles. The main entrance to the park is about one-quarter mile east of Foothill Avenue. Don’t take the main park entrance, continue east for a couple hundred yards where you will turn LEFT off of San Martin Ave into ride camp. There will be signs and ribbon directing you to the camp.

Please make checks payable to Nick Warhol

For the weekend schedule and more info, see:

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Important Updates for the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships

The AHA National Distance Commission has made an important schedule change for the Distance Horse National Championships held this year at the Spook Run Site in Henryville, Ind., from October 26-28. We have decided, due to discussion at the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) Convention, to hold the 50 Mile Championships on Friday, October 26 and the 100 Mile Championships on Saturday, October 27 and the AHA CTR Championship will run on Sunday, October 28.

This decision was made due some timing issues we realized would be a factor in riders being able to ride in both Championships. The format of the CTR Championship has also been changed back to a one-day format to allow riders planning to attend the ability to participate in all three Championships rides. All forms can be found on the Distance Nationals web page. The banner at the top of the web page will direct you to the Event Facebook page.

We have also added the LD Challenge to the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships. This event will be open to any horse/rider combination that plans to ride all three days (25 miles a day) in the Open LD Rides. The rider must pay the $20 entry fee for the LD Challenge indicated on the Entry Form before the start of the first day's ride. This is in addition to the entry fee for each individual open ride.

Because we encourage the very best care of our horses, all the LD riders must reach a 56 for pulse down criteria and will have a CRI in the final Vet Check for each day. On the third day, the entries in the LD Challenge will have a final Vet Check score. The placings and CRI heart rates for each of the three days and the Vet Check at the end of the third day will be converted into a points score. This score will determine the awards for the 1st-5th winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance Nationals web page under Exhibitor Information.

The Distance Horse National Championships offer several Open Rides throughout the three days of the event. There are three Open LD Rides, three Open 50 Mile Rides and one Open 100 Mile Ride. All Rides are already sanctioned by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA); however, we have additionally sanctioned the rides with AERC, the Southeast Endurance Ride Association (SERA) and the Ohio Arabian All Breed Trail Riding Society (OAATS). The Open CTR Ride is recognized by the Arabian Horse Association.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Come Ride the 2018 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER)

The 2018 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Henryville, IN on October 27, 2018 at the “Spook Run” ride. The ride is located in the Clark State Forest and is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.

ANCER has been held in locations across the country from Maine to California. The Arabian Horse Association and Appaloosa Horse Club are partnering for the third year to hold a multi-breed National Endurance Championship ride. Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships.

Ride forms and sponsorship opportunities will be posted closer to the ride date. See below for additional information and qualifying requirements.

See this page for additional information, qualifying requirements:

2018 Young Rider Team Challenge is On!

AERC's Young Rider Team Challenge is to encourage participation and competition among AERC Young Riders (age 16-21 and unsponsored Juniors). The AERC Young Rider Team program is an official AERC program. This page includes links to sign up a team, to provide information/class excusal so team members attending school may incorporate the program into their extra-curricular activities and request excused absences to attend events.

For more information, see:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 2


April 4 2018

In Episode 2 we hear some new introductions from riders we haven't heard from in Episode 1, we get ride reports, a humorous Tevis memory from our Canadian friend. We are also introduced to two very young riders that will make you smile with their adorable attitudes, their descriptions of their horses, their goals and accomplishments.

Thank you all for listening, and thank you especially to the ones who emailed in your stories. Thank you to those who braved the technology & the discomfort of hearing your own voice- believe me when I say I know how difficult it is because (ironically) I rarely even leave a voice message for the very same reasons! Thank you for pushing past the discomfort so we could all share in your awesome stories!

Remember that it is the updates that make the podcast keep rolling along so please send in ride reports, stories from times gone by, updates on how your goals or conditioning is going- and even the set backs. Even if you no longer compete, though still have a good ride story, please don't hesitate to record it and send it in!

Email your audio stories to Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length.

And don't forget to share this podcast with your friends and encourage them to share their endurance stories with us too. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

Christina Hyke - wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman. Ride far, ride well, ride often. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

September's Crazy Daze of Summer to Host first Standardbred Distance Championship

March 28 2018

Any registered Standardbred is eligible to compete in the Standardbred Distance Championships. There will be two events, a West Coast Championship held over the 2018 Labor Day weekend and an East Coast Championship held over the first weekend in May 2019.

Crazy Daze of Summer I & II, a 2-day endurance ride at Riverside State Park Equestrian Area at Nine Mile Falls, Washington, will include the first Standardbred Distance Championship on September 2, 2018.

Competing registered Standardbreds will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and completions.

For more information, visit, and Crazy Daze of Summer on Facebook.

Marci Cunningham's Fire Mt Zoom+/ Reaches 5000-Mile Milestone

March 28 2018
by Merri

Marci Cunningham's Fire Mt Zoom+/ reached his 5000-mile endurance plateau in the Laurel Mountain ride in California on Saturday, March 24.

Foaled in 2001, the chestnut Arabian gelding is by the late Jackie Bumgardner's Hall of Fame horse Sierra Fadwah+/ out of Rushcreek La Hand, by Cougar Rock (son of the great endurance stallion Bezetal).

Marci was not looking for another endurance horse when her friends Marsha and Steve Workman contacted her about Fire Mt Zoom. "After I did the 2011 cross-country XP Pony Express ride (2000 miles from St. Joseph, MO to Virginia City, NV), I got a call from Marsha. She saw the results of the ride and said congratulations.

"Marsha and Steve had two Fadwah horses, two full brothers that were going to be their next endurance horses, but Steve started having back problems and he couldn't ride anymore. They thought about who they would want to have their horses, and they thought of me.

"I love Fadwah horses," Marci said. "I was really interested." One of Marci's previous endurance horses, FM Moonshyne+/ , was a daughter of Sierra Fadwah who accumulated 3000 endurance miles.

"And I was so grateful they thought of me, because they know that I keep my horses forever, and I don't over-ride them."

Marci didn't need another horse, and at 10 years of age, Zoom had never done endurance before. "But he had been trained and had been ridden on the trails a lot, and the more Marsha talked, the more I thought this was a once in a lifetime offer.

"Marsha sent me pictures, but I really bought Zoom off his pedigree. I know those horses; they're working horses. And after I rode him the first time, I made the decision to buy him. It was a no brainer."

Marci bought Zoom in the fall of 2011, and took him on his first endurance rides in February of 2012. They dove right in - the gelding efficiently completed three of the four 50-mile days of the Eastern Mojave Scenic Pioneer in California - and never looked back, finishing twelve 50-mile rides and 610 miles that first season.

Zoom loves the endurance trails and, as befits the son of durable Arabian horses, excels at it. "He's one of the toughest horses I've ever ridden," Marci said. "He's never had a pull. He has fabulous recoveries. He has a wonderful work ethic. And he loves it. At the end of a 5-day ride, he feels as strong or stronger than he did on the first day."

On endurance rides, Zoom is very independent and is comfortable being ridden alone or in a group, and he's a good eater. He also has "a fairly short back, and huge bone and huge feet," which have likely contributed to his soundness over the miles. And by Marci's reckoning, she's a low-key endurance rider, and she's been that way since she started competing in endurance in 1983. Her attitude has also likely contributed to Zoom's success.

Fire Mt Zoom was named Arabian Horse Association's Distance Horse of the Year in 2016, and he has now completed all 97 of his starts, including numerous multi-day rides, and the Tevis Cup in 2015. The pair look forward to many more miles together going down the endurance trails.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thomas VanGelder Passes Away

Thomas VanGelder
July 01, 1925 - March 19, 2018

Thomas Van Gelder died peacefully on Monday morning, March 19, 2018 at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa while under their care and Unity Point Hospice. A memorial ‘chat’ will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Elk’s Lodge at 4 PM, in Greybull, Wyoming. He will be inurned in Rock Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, April 28th next to his beloved wife, Arlene, following a service at Jurren Funeral Home. As Tom wished, memorials should be made to benefit the children at St. Jude’s Hospital.

Thomas Van Gelder was born on July 1, 1925 in rural Lyon County, Iowa near Rock Rapids to John & Johanna (Van Houten-Koelman) Van Gelder.

He attended one room schools and graduated from the 8th grade. When he was 13 he first saw Arlene Bessie Baustian in Rock Rapids and said that was who he was going to marry. They were wed on October 9, 1944.

Thomas was inducted into the US Army in October 1945 and served until March 1947. He served with the Occupation Forces in Germany from March 1946 until January 1947. He was decorated with the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He told of the starving people of Europe, the misery of the displaced persons camps, and his run-ins with the ornery Russians. One of those incidents with the Russians nearly led to an American withdrawal from West Berlin. These provocations eventually led to the Berlin Airlift in 1948. In 2015 he went on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight to Washington DC.

He and Arlene settled into farming upon his return. If something could go wrong, sooner or later it would. More often, it was sooner rather than later. He tried his hand at trucking and then selling insurance. In 1954 he moved his family to Grundy Center, Iowa, and followed his star into farm equipment sales. First, with Farmhand for a short while and then with Fox River Tractor Company until 1970. These were very good years for Tom and his family. Tom was active with the United Methodist Church, served on the Grundy Center Recreation Commission, and was Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #38.

In 1970, he uprooted Arlene and two youngest children, Cindi and David, and moved to Greybull, Wyoming, where he lived until 2014. He and Arlene bought the Greybull Elevator Co. In 1990, son David and wife Jeanne took over the business. Tom’s signature accomplishment while owner of the elevator was to bring Anheuser Busch into the Big Horn Basin as a malting barley contractor. While living in Greybull, Tom was a member of Rotary International, Elks Lodge BPOE 1431, and Legion Post #32.

Tom’s lifelong love of horses flourished in Wyoming. He and Arlene joined the Canyon Cavaliers shortly after moving to Greybull. This was a group of horse enthusiasts. The club was pursuing sponsorship of an endurance ride. This effort grew into the Big Horn 100. This is a one person, one horse, 24 hour ride; Tom completed six of these rides himself. Tom was dedicated to this ride until the day he left Wyoming in 2014. He worked tirelessly in promoting, and organizing this event, and others added later, with the considerable help of many friends, and of course, his wife Arlene who kept the paperwork and the money straight for many years. All together he had a total of 2400 miles of completed rides. In 2015 he was inducted into the Mountain Region Endurance Riders’ Hall of Fame.

Tom had an unquenchable thirst for adventure. You could not be close to him without being pulled along. There were camping trips with the Boy Scouts, fishing in northern Manitoba, hunting elk in the Wyoming Big Horns and many smaller ones. He was an excellent raconteur and loved telling and retelling his stories to all who would listen.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene in 1994; his great-grandson, Ian Felton, his son-in-law, Randall Ohrt; his brothers, Melvin Van Gelder and Jake Koelman; his sisters, Gertrude Van Dyke and Joann Elbers.

Tom is survived by a sister, Jennie Hanson of Rock Rapids, Iowa; his children Thomas (Karlyn) Van Gelder of East Dubuque, Illinois; Douglas (Ruth) Van Gelder of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Cynthia Ohrt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; David (Jeanne) Van Gelder of Greybull, Wyoming and his Swedish ‘son’ Nils (Monica Anster) Pettersson of Stockholm. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Annika (Jamie) Bankston, Fred & Jacob of Mounds View, Minnesota; Joshua (Abigail) of Portland, Oregon; Nathan and Jonas of Chicago, Illinois; Jom (Stephanie), Olive & Veda of Lincoln, Nebraska; Seth (Abby) of Waterloo, Iowa; Beau (Kelley) & Cael of West Des Moines, Iowa; Charlotte (Eric) Butikofer, Aaron & Andrew; Suzanne (Dale) Felton & McKenna all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Angela (Chris) Snyder & Carter of Davenport, Iowa; Heather (Chadd Steffes) of Sidney, Montana; and Caleb (Camila Meza) of Brooklyn, New York.

“When I die lead my pony from her stall. Take down my saddle that’s hangin’ on the wall. Tie my bones to her back, turn our faces to the West, and we’ll ride the mountains that we love the best.”

Adios, Pop.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Atwood Family Funeral Directors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 March's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen in

Mar 13, 2018

Endurance day features Karen Chaton’s tips on staying warm in and out of the saddle, Keith Kibler gives us the scoop on gaited endurance and AERC Pard’ners award winner Stephanie DuRoss stops by.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

AHA Membership Fees to Increase Starting April 1

Renew your membership before fees increase on April 1! As decided by delegate and board vote, membership fees will be increasing on April 1, 2018. 

The updated fees can be found in the chart below. The new fee charges are effective April 1. 

Base TypeBase Fee Competition w/ Club AffiliationCompetition w/o Club Affiliation
Adult Three Year$135$105$225

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Colorado: Miller Middle School student wins regional trail riding award - Full Article

Molly Stanifer rode 200 miles on her horse during season

By Forrest Stone Herald Staff Writer
Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:18 PM

Thirteen-year-old Miller Middle School student Molly Stanifer, daughter of Devon Daney and Mike Stanifer of Durango, with her horse Dixie, was recognized Feb. 11 as the winner of the North American Trail Ride Conference Region 3 junior team award for the 2017 season.

Molly started trail riding at 4 years old and entered her first competition two seasons ago. At first, it was a way to continue riding and have fun instead of be competitive, she said. She completed two rides that season, in 2016.

“My favorite ride was the first one at Chicken Creek in Mancos,” Molly said. “The scenery was really pretty. I just wanted to have fun...”

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Concludes

March 11 2018

With the Saturday night banquet and National Awards ceremony, the annual AERC Convention came to a close in Reno, Nevada, with new Hall of Fame inductees.

Recently retired SW Region Director, Roger Taylor, was named Hall of Fame person, and SW rider Stephanie DuRoss and Hadji Halef Omar were awarded the Pard’ners Award. No Hall of Fame horse was named for 2017. Monica Chapman was named the Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award recipient, and Carol Thompson was honored with the Volunteer Service Award.

More photos and info to come at:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Underway

A celebration of 45 years of endurance riding is underway at the annual AERC convention in Reno, Nevada.

Friday's events opened with the Hot Topic of AERC and International riding, with passionate discussions on both sides of the debate. Throughout the day, a number of veterinarians tackled topics affecting endurance horse performance.

Dr Trish Dowling presented "When Good Drugs Do Bad Things," Dr Melissa Esser lectured on "GI Ultrasound Study Report," Dr Stephanie Valberg spoke on "Tying Up: Causes and Treatments," and Dr Joe Pagan presented "Current Topics in Equine Nutrition."

The tack swap and trade show kept visitors busy between talks, and the lively Regional Awards ceremony was held in the evening, followed by a concert and dance for those who could stay up late.

See photos and stay tuned for updates on Saturday's lectures and events at:

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Tack Swap

The Basics

• The Tack Swap is open the same hours as the Trade Show.
• AERC retains 10% of the sale price of each item.
• Cash or Check ONLY. Sorry, no credit cards accepted.
• Unsold items must be claimed no later than the closing of the Trade Show on the final day.
• AERC provides this event as a service and is not responsible for the condition of items sold or if
items are misplaced.


• A tag must be completed and attached to each item.
• The Seller is responsible for removing and maintaining the bottom half of the tag. This is your
claim ticket for payment or return of item if not sold.
• Each tag must be WRITTEN LEGIBLY and contain:
- Seller’s full name (first and last)
- Phone number, with area code, where the seller can be reached while at the convention
- Description of the item
- Sale price (reminder: AERC retains 10% of the sale price)
- Conditions of the sale such as “cash only.”


• When you find an item you want, bring it up to one of the volunteers who will collect the money
for the seller.
• If you wish to negotiate a price, contact the seller at the phone number on the tag to discuss.
• If paying by check you will need to wrote 2 checks for each item purchased:
- Make out one check to the Seller for 90% of the selling price
- Make out a 2nd check to AERC for 10% of the selling price.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

AHF Scholarship Deadline April 1

The Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship Application form is available for youth members of AHA to apply for scholarship funding.

Deadline for submission of applications is April 1.

Established criteria for judging is applied. Once a youth has received notification of scholarship being awarded, they should then proceed to the Scholarship Payment Requirement Form on the AHF site.

For more information and forms see:

Saturday, March 03, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Trade Show

As part of the AERC Convention in Reno, Nevada on March 9 and 10, prepare to be dazzled by the array of good and vendors presenting their goods and services.

At least 35 booths will outfit you, your horse, and your trailer with the latest and most stylish art, riding gear, tack, boot-ware, feed, supplements, bug protection, ride and event information, breed information, and mentorship. You'll find items you definitely need, and things you don't need but must have.

Come enjoy the Trade Show and support the AERC vendors!

As of February 15, scheduled vendors are:

AERC Green Bean Endurance, 
AERC 2018 National Championship Rides, Al Khamsa – breed association, 
American Trail Gear, 
Arabian Horse Association, 
Arabian Saddle Company, 
Auburn Laboratories, Inc., 
Badlands Equine, 
Bar ALE Inc., 
Boz Saddlery/Bozzage Training, 
EasyCare Inc., 
Farmers Warehouse Co./LMF Feeds, 
5-Star Performance TheraPlate, 
Hawthorne Products, 
H02 Haarlem – equestrian rain gear; 
Hought Endurance Tack, 
Ann Kratochvil – art and practical accessories; Nevada All-State Trail Riders (NASTR), 
The ReactorPanel Saddle Company, 
Renegade Hoof Boots, 
Revitavet Therapy Systems, 
Ride & Tie Association, 
Riding Warehouse, 
Scoot Boot Pty Ltd, 
Shadowtree – tack sales, 
Spalding Fly Predators, 
Specialized Saddles, 
Starfire Design Studio – ceramics, clothing; Stonewall Saddle Company, 
Michaele Leah Tristram - artist; 
Vettec, Inc., 
WSTF – The Tevis Store.

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AHA Distance Nationals Payout Schedule Revamped for 2018

Breeders Sweepstakes

The Breeders Sweepstakes Commission has taken a look at the AHA Distance Nationals Payout Schedule and has revamped it for the 2018 Ride year. 

There is now $1,500 available for the National 50 Mile Championship; $1,500 available for the 100 Mile Championship and $1,500 available for the CTR National Championship. They have also now separated Arabians & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians for Payout, meaning there is $1,500 available in each Championship for Arabians and $1,500 available in each Championship for Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians. 

These are great changes to the AHA Distance National Events as Distance is what Arabian/Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians do best!

More information on the Distance Nationals is at: