Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The world’s toughest pony? Film tells inspiring story of history-making duo

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January 24, 2023

Just days after its premiere, more than half a million people have watched a documentary about a young girl and her pony who became the smallest horse ever to finish the world-famous Tevis Cup.

Based on the book Race Against Time by Claire Eckard, the documentary Two Enduring Spirits; The Inspiring Journey of Kyla Law and Her Pony Flash is part of the 2023 Equus Film and Art Festival.

Two Enduring Spirits tells the story of how Kyla Law and Piece of Perfection (aka Flash), her “wild” 11.2hh part Hackney pony, overcame insurmountable personal odds and together entered the history books of the world-famous Tevis Cup endurance ride. The Tevis Cup is one of the most challenging rides on the planet, covering 100 miles of brutal terrain in the Sierra Nevada mountains that must be crossed in no more than 24 hours...

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

US Equestrian Announces Team for 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 18, 2023, 3:15 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the athlete/horse combinations that will represent the United States at the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship, scheduled to take place February 25, 2023, at Butheeb, United Arab Emirates.

The following combinations will represent the U.S. Endurance Team and are listed in alphabetical order:

Marissa Bartmann (La Plata, N.M.) and RGS Rollo Ze Monarch, a 2010 Arabian gelding owned by Jessica DiCamillo

Karen Binns-DiCamillo (Las Cruces, N.M.) and RGS Ragnar Ze Monarch, her own 2009 Arabian gelding

Jessica DiCamillo (Las Cruces, N.M.) and I Remember September, her own 2009 Half-Arabian gelding

Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and Treasured Moments, a 2010 Arabian mare owned by Jeremy and Heather Reynolds

Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and JG General, her own 2012 Arabian gelding

The following combinations have been named as alternates to the U.S. Team for the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship and are listed in ranked order:

Karen Binns-DiCamillo and Just Believe, a 2008 Arabian Mare owned by Jessica DiCamillo

Jessica DiCamillo and Just Believe, her own 2008 Arabian mare

Heather Davis (The Plains, Va.) and Shyrocco Rimbaud, her own 2006 Anglo Arabian gelding

Holly Corcoran (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and Lorienn, her own 2012 Arabian mare

Competition Information

The FEI Endurance World Championship will consist of a 160-kilometer ride at the Butheeb International Endurance Village in El Khatim, Abu Dhabi. The ride will start at 5:45 a.m. local time on February 25, 2023. Learn more about the competition here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

First Season Success for NW Junior Lavway and Hackney Pony 'Tol'

by Shelah Wetter
January 18 2023

Aaby Lavway and her Hackney pony Truly A Surprise (AKA Tol) win PNER 'Champion Junior Best Condition Horse' as well as several other awards in their first season in endurance.

Aaby's story starts In my lesson program as a shy, small, blond haired blue eyed little girl. Little did I know what awaited her. She spent several years riding lesson horses. Then she moved on to leasing a couple of big strong and stubborn been there done that geldings who taught her a whole lot about how to handle horses with big personalities and opinions. They happened to be the perfect predecessors for the small but mighty Tol.

Tol is a Hackney pony bred by the same farm as the infamous Flash. Surely they grew up together. Tol came to me a year and a half ago as a very, very green broke 13-year-old who, like Flash, grew up in a huge pasture with minimal handling. I have a long history with the Hackney pony breed and also I have a habit of buying ponies I can't ride... Well, because they are cute and absolutely irresistible. I knew I would have to find Tol a kid at some point, or maybe get him pulling a cart well & sell him, as all of our horses must have a job.

Aaby's parents weren't quite ready to purchase a horse in the fall/winter of 2021 but she very much wanted to be a part of our endurance team... And I happened to have a half wild pony I couldnt ride... So I told her if she could ride him she could come along... And the game was on!

When Aaby and Tol met, he was absolutely terrified of her. She had to start from the beginning with him, as if he'd never been ridden at all. It took many months, but Aaby persisted and at just about 7 months since they started working together, they did their first endurance ride together. Still just a touch wild, I held his halter every time she had to mount or dismount. EDRA 30 mile endurance ride was a success and they earned the coveted award JR Best Condition. At the second ride they did their first 50, Tol didn't look tired at all. And 2 weeks later again they did a 50. Tol finished strong and bright eyed. Not a puff or a sore part on him. They again earned Jr Best Condition.

They have been working hard to be ready for the next ride season, watch out 2023, here they come!!

Monday, January 16, 2023

Apply for the 2023 Anne Ayala Scholarship - Deadline February 1


AERC members from senior year through age 21 are invited to apply for the Anne Ayala Scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum of 500 AERC miles and an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0. Other requirements and application instructions:

2023 Scholarship Application

Applications must be received by the AERC office by February 1, 2023.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

US Equestrian Congratulates 2022 Endurance Award Winners

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by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 11, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the top endurance athletes from the 2022 competition season. Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) will receive the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award as the top U.S senior endurance rider. Avery Betz-Conway (Kingsland, Ga.) will receive the Brunges Junior/Young Rider Trophy as the top U.S. junior or young rider.

Cheryl Van Deusen

Van Deusen has maintained an exceptional level of success in endurance competition for many years, and 2022 was her sixth consecutive year finishing at the top of the U.S. senior rankings.

In the 2022 season, Van Deusen completed numerous CEI3* rides on several different horses, including the Greenway Gallivant with her own 2007 Arabian mare, Nazeefs Flashy Rose, and January’s Ride in the Low Country and Spring Ride in the Low Country in April with Tru Beau Sardi, her 2013 Arabian gelding. She finished in first place with her 2012 Arabian gelding, JG General, in three CEI3* competitions: Ride in the Low Country, Celebration 2022, and Spring Ride in the Low Country.

Avery Betz-Conway

Avery Betz-Conway started the 2022 season off with a completion in the Greenway Gallivant CEIYJ1* riding RR Soldier, Stephen Rojek’s 2012 Arabian gelding. The pair went on to win the Ride in the Low Country CEIYJ2* and complete the Spring Ride in the Low Country CEIYJ2*.

With Djets Mojo, a 2014 Arabian gelding owned by Christina Betz, Betz-Conway won the Ride in the Low Country 80 km ride and won the CEIYJ1* at JD’s Carolina.

The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award is generously sponsored by Gold Medal Farm and Larry and Valerie Kanavy in memory of Maggy Price. Price was the 1992 FEI Endurance World Championship silver medalist and was instrumental in developing international endurance in the U.S. The Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy is awarded in memory of Kathy Brunjes, a successful endurance athlete and active supporter of the junior/young rider program.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

2023 January's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast

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Endurance: Race Against Time, Rider Fitness and Ride Times for Jan 10, 2023

Jan 10, 2023

Author Claire Eckard joins us to talk about her new book “Race Against Time: A Girl, a Pony & the Toughest 100-Mile Race in the World”. It is the amazing story of Kyla Law and Her Hackney Pony Flash, the smallest horse to ever finish the Tevis Cup. Sarah Cuthbertson from Ride Like an Athlete helps us with what conditioning is needed for distance riders and Karen shares how she calculates ride times and speed. Listen in...


Saturday, January 07, 2023

Thomas Lee Sherwood, U.S. Veteran, 1939-2022


February 9, 1939 - December 12, 2022

Thomas Lee Sherwood 83, of Carson City, Nevada passed away peacefully at home on December 12, 2022. He was born to now deceased parents, Elbert Owen Sherwood and Ruth Evelyn Jones February 9, 1939 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

He served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1968. Tom worked for the Local 16 Union of Asbestos / Insulators workers of Northern California and Western Nevada for 35 years. He was an avid horseman and ultra-runner, participating in endurance riding competition for 50 years, Ultramarathons, Ride & Tie, back country horse packing, Pony Express Re-ride and Nevada Day Parades. He holds the coveted 1000 mile 10 day buckles for the renowned Western States Tevis Cup and the Virginia City 100 mile endurance rides, as well as the Western States Ultra 100 Mile Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Ca. He was a conservationist, explorer and trail blazer. He spent many hours building, restoring and maintaining trails in the Sierra and local area. He was a member of the Nevada All-State Trail Riders, American Endurance Riding Conference, National Endurance Driving Association and National Pony Express Nevada Division.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Sala (Firth) of Carson City, his brother Sam and sister-in-law Judy Sherwood and his sister Susie Lindstrom.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held later this spring, the place and date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Western States Trail Foundation 150 Gum Lane, Suite 103, Auburn, CA 95603 or Nevada All-State Trail Riders, Inc. P.O. Box 4014, Carson City, NV 89701.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

A final mile: Local Wyoming endurance rider covers thousands of miles during career

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Abby Vander Graaff | Laramie Boomerang
Jan 5, 2023

When visitors come to ride horses with Bonnie Swiatek at her home in Rogers Canyon, the first thing she does is point at the steep hill shooting up outside her dining room window.

“I’ll ask anybody who says they can ride well, ‘can you ride up that?’ That’s one of my tests,” she said.

While they may seem formidable to some, steep inclines and high altitude are two of the elements that drew Swiatek into the sport of endurance riding 22 years ago...

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Arabian Horse Association's 2022 Distance Horse of the Year


VA Blizzard of Oz (Blitzen of Pico X Cavu Elana), an 8 year old gelding owned and ridden by Christoph Schork.

Ozzy began his Endurance career in 2017, and has since garnered an impressive 55 ride completions, 41 Best Condition awards, and a mileage total of 3,235. What's more, Ozzy has started and completed ten, 100 mile rides.

In 2022 Ozzy had quite the year on trail, earning the coveted Haggin Cup and the Best Condition award during the legendary Tevis Cup ride. Additionally, Ozzy earned a first place finish and Best Condition award at the Twenty Mule Team ride and AHA 100 Mile National Championship ride, along with winning six 50 mile Endurance rides and earning two 2nd place finishes.

The Distance Horse of the Year award aims to recognize significant accomplishments of registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian in distance sports.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Southern Utah teen who rode pony in 100-mile endurance race to be featured in book, documentary film

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LEEDS — The saga of a Leeds teenager who rode her pony 100 miles in a 24-hour endurance race in California last summer is being retold in a soon-to-be-published book.

Kyla Law and her pony Flash, Leeds, Utah, Nov. 16, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

As previously reported in St. George News, then-13-year-old Kyla Law and her mother Natalie Law both successfully completed the Tevis Cup horseback ride in July of 2021, starting at Lake Tahoe and ending in Auburn, California.

Kyla’s little black Hackney pony named Flash became the shortest horse ever to complete the Tevis Cup since the annual race’s inception in 1955. In contrast, Kyla’s mom rode an American Saddlebred named Brave, who stands a full 21 inches taller than Flash...

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

2023 AERC Convention Seminar Speakers


The tentative schedule for speakers at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, for the February 24-25 AERC Convention is as follows:

Friday February 24

Claire Eckard
Meet the author of “Race Against Time,” the story of junior rider Kyla Law and her pony Flash and Kyla’s mom Natalie at the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup). Kyla and Natalie will also be there to share their stories.

Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM, AAT
Dr. Marcella will expand on his excellent December Endurance News article on post-exercise leg care in endurance horses. Information from this seminar will be put to use every time you enter an AERC ride.

Rachel Mottet, MS, PhD
Body condition scores will be the focus of this talk by equine nutritionist Dr. Mottet of Legacy Equine Nutrition. You’ll learn why endurance horses should be at a BCS of 4-6 versus being too skinny with no reserve in a tank, or too obese and risk musculoskeletal issues.

Melissa Ribley, DVM
Hall of Fame member, equine veterinarian and high-mileage rider Melissa Ribley will be presenting two seminars at the convention. This one will be focused on safe transport of your equine — learn all you can to help keep your equine safe and healthy whether your haul is a couple hours or several days

Saturday February 25

Jeanette (Jay) Mero, DVM
The chair of AERC’s Veterinary Committee will have a veterinary-focused seminar sure to enlighten you on a current topic of concern to endurance riders across the country. Dr. Mero is a frequent convention speaker who keeps abreast of all topics that are currently in the forefront of the sport.

Meg Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM
Clinical Professor and Cardiology Service Chief at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sleeper knows equine hearts. She’ll be sharing the latest information that you can use to help your horse achieve at the highest level possible, whether that’s completing a 50 or riding to top ten.

Melissa Ribley, DVM
Dr. Ribley’s Saturday seminar will cover moving up to 100s. No need to be wary — with a solid training plan, there may very well be a 100 in your future. (Hard no? You’ll still learn plenty if you’re making the leap from 25s to 50s, or 50s to 75s.)

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM
Always a convention favorite, Dr. Garlinghouse’s seminar topic is TBA, but sure to be shared with plenty of research to back up her information shared with a mix of no-nonsense lecture and good humor.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

2022 December's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Endurance: From AERC’s Highest Mileage to Therapy Horse, GPS Tips for Equestrians for Dec 13, 2022

Dec 13, 2022 We’ll be chatting with current AERC mileage leader Kerry Lowrey, Cecilia Smith joins us to talk about AERC’s highest mileage horse Tulip who is excelling at his new career as a therapy horse at age 35. And to wrap up the show Max Merlich stops by for a preview of the 2022 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride.


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Location Announced for the 2023 Distance Horse National Championship Ride


The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and Distance Nationals Commission is excited to announce the location for the 2023 Distance Horse National Championship Ride as the Huntersville Hundred Site, located in Menahga, MN from September 29-October 1, 2023.

With fantastic trails worthy of a National Championship Ride, the Distance Nationals Commission is excited to be hosting the 2023 ride at the Huntersville Hundred Site. A tentative ride schedule will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Distance Horse National Championship Ride, please reach out to Paige Lockard at paige.lockard@arabianhorses.org or 720-648-9220.

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

2023 AERC Convention is in Jacksonville, Florida on February 24-5


We’re thrilled to be back in Florida for the 2023 AERC "The Joy of Riding" convention! The host hotel is a perfect venue for an action-packed two days of all things endurance. Hope you will join in the fun on February 24 & 25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

There will be in-person shopping with the always-fabulous trade show, and seminars to appeal to both your scientific and sentimental sides. The 2023 convention will feature both new and favorite returning speakers. Friday afternoon we’ll honor the regional award winners, followed by a dance party on Friday night with a live band. The convention will culminate in the national awards banquet on Saturday night.

Online registration is now open. Sign up by February 10 to receive the lowest seminar prices and to reserve your banquet tickets.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Well-Known Ontario Endurance Trainer Under Fire

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Solstice Pecile of Wishing Stone Farm inexplicably posted horrendous videos of her dragging a horse and later laughing at its injuries.

By: Horse Sport staff | November 25, 2022

Solstice Pecile of her family’s Wishing Stone Farm in Bailieboro, Ontario shared disturbing videos of her “training” a client’s horse recently by dragging it behind a moving vehicle. The videos ‒ one depicting a horse skidding on the pavement and another showing her laughing at the horse, bleeding from its hooves, calling it a “retard” ‒ have caused justified outrage on social media and have led to Northumberland OPP investigating a “possible cruelty to animal incident”. No other details were released by police at this time...

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Walmart Purchase Ends in Suspension for Valerie Kanavy

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The former world endurance champ fell afoul of a rule she helped introduce after accidentally buying a massage cream containing capsaicin.
By: Horse Sport staff | November 23, 2022

Valerie Kanavy, a leading figure in the movement to improve welfare in FEI endurance, has been suspended for 12 months after a horse she trains, Fine Cut Gold, tested positive for the banned substance capsaicin.

Under the “strict liability” process, Kanavy is accountable, because in FEI endurance a horse’s registered trainer is now automatically joined with the rider in proceedings related to banned substances – a rule change Kanavy herself supported.

She was suspended by the FEI Tribunal for 12 months, and fined 3,500 Swiss francs. The mare’s rider, Alex Shampoe, was also suspended for 12 months but fined a reduced amount of 1,500 Swiss francs, due to her age (20) and low level of blame. The pair have already completed the 12-month suspension period, as it was credited against time served when provisional suspensions were imposed last year.

The US’s two-time endurance world champion pointed out the irony of her situation, having been a member of the special committee set up by the FEI to re-write the endurance rules in 2018...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Les Carr's Endurance horse Tulip is thriving as a therapy horse

Karen Chaton visits 35-year-old Tulip, AERC's highest mileage horse (22,280 mi), happily working as a therapy horse

November 20 2022
by Karen Chaton

Yesterday I mentioned getting to see an old friend while I was at the Cal-Neva Gratitude Ride & Drive. That old friend is Tulip.

For those that may not know who Tulip is - he is a 35 year old Morab gelding that also happens to be the highest mileage endurance horse in the sport of endurance. Well over 22,000+ miles over an incredibly long career. Tulip's owner, Les Carr, passed away in 2015 and Tulip ended up in the capable hands of his wife Jill and daughter Cecilia.

I was excited to learn that Tulip was alive and well and has a new job! He's been working as a therapy horse at the ROP Sierra Sage Equestrian Center. It turns out that Tulip has never liked being retired, which is understandable. Endurance horses love going places and seeing things. They thrive on it. When they are suddenly getting left home, especially when other horses are coming and going they absolutely know what they are missing and in Tulips case each time he was retired he got depressed.

Tulip's second career (therapy horse is at least his 3rd career, btw) was as an outrider on wagon train rides. The type where they travel in large groups over various passes in the Sierra's - like highway 50, 49 and 88. I remember when my junior excitedly told me that she got to ride Tulip and asked me if I knew who he was.

Of course I knew Tulip. I had ridden a lot of miles alongside him with Chief, and one time Les even invited me to ride Tulip on a 50. We had a great time. Tulip has a well known reputation for bucking people off. Tulip did try to buck with me many times but he wasn't serious and by the middle of the ride he stopped.

There was many a time that we saw Les getting back on after getting bucked off at a ride start. Once during a ride I was trotting along in a group to look over and see Tulip trotting alongside me with no Les. 

Cecilia told me that within 30 days of going to the therapy center that Tulip had gained 100 pounds, got his sparkle back and is loving his new job. It is clear that Tulip is being extremely well cared for, has good weight, his feet look fabulous and Tulip does indeed have a sparkle in his eye. I'd like to think that he remembered me as he came over and was very friendly. I brought a baggie of Strategy with me to feed him, and he enjoyed every bit not losing any so being 35 isn't affecting his ability to eat.

When we first rode up on Jovi and Apollo I could see a grey horse running around, quite frisky. I didn't know yet from a distance that it was Tulip (it was). It was nice to see an old friend looking happy and healthy.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Sebastopol rider finishes 14th in world’s longest horse race

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Sebastopol native Lena Haug endured a dog attack, got kicked in the face and lost her gear, yet lived to tell the tale of the Mongol Derby

November 18, 2022, 2:06PM

Lena Haug was close to finishing the longest and most punishing horse race in the world — 640 miles across the Mongolian steppe on half-wild horses, roughly tracing the route of 12th-century emperor Genghis Khan. Fellow competitors already had fallen out, one with a broken back, another a broken neck.

It was the final night of the race for the 31-year-old equestrian, who grew up in Sebastopol and attended Summerfield Waldorf School. She was just 4 miles from the finish line. But riders must stop for the night at 7 p.m. Haug stopped 10 minutes late, which meant another 20-minute penalty when she took off for the finish line the next morning. What weighed heavily on her mind that night was not the triumph of finishing the race, but her desperate desire to change her shirt...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Love of her Lifetime

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Amateur Felisa Read finds her perfect match with an unlikely partner

November 14, 2022
By Christina Keim

In the dark, damp, early morning hours of June 11, 2022, 34 endurance competitors were busily making final preparations for the American Endurance Ride Conference 100 Mile National Championship at Old Dominion in Virginia. A cold rain had started the night before, and continued now, just before dawn, where it soaked through gloves, ran into boots, and saturated the rocky trails that competitors were slated to tackle beginning at 5:30 AM. Perhaps most of the assembled riders did not consider these to be the ideal conditions for this long, grueling ride, respectfully nicknamed “the beast of the east” by those who have attempted it. But at least one rider smiled as raindrops fell from her hood.

“Lenny loves the rain,” says his owner/rider Felisa Read with a laugh. “That’s his Morgan half. It was really cool and wet, so for us it was a good advantage. I was happy—I think I said before the ride I’ll be happy if it rains all day.”

17 hours, 8 minutes, 35 seconds, and 100 sodden, slippery miles later, Read and her 22-year-old Morab partner would cross the finish line, pulse down and jog for the vets one last time before officially earning their new title of “Decade Team” from the AERC. This coveted award is presented to horse and rider teams that have completed at least one 50-mile endurance ride in each of ten years; a true testament not just to perseverance but to outstanding horsemanship...

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Wednesday, November 09, 2022

2022 November's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Endurance: Completing Your First 50, Decade Teams, Horse Trailer Winterization for Nov 8, 2022

Guests Joni Burden and Samantha Shoemaker join Karen Chaton for a fun filled chat about the perseverance required to ride endurance; whether finishing your first 50 or racking up the miles with three Decade Team horses. Plus, part two of our discussion on winterizing your horse trailer.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Endurance Horse Podcast with Cameron Holzer

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Cameron Holzer- TEVIS 2022

Episode 57 of Endurance Horse Podcast is being published 23rd of July 2022.

Today on Endurance Horse Podcast I have the pleasure of chatting with lifelong endurance rider, Cameron Holzer. Cameron has been involved with horses and endurance from a very young age. Cameron has 14,000 lifetime AERC miles and has represented the USA at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. This year Cameron and her homebred mare, CH Fancy Finesse, made it into the top 5 finish at Tevis 2022 placing 5th. Such an amazing accomplishment to have bred, raised, trained and competed on a horse that was once just a dream, and idea come to life.

Without further ado, I welcome you to episode 57 of Endurance Horse Podcast.

Monday, October 17, 2022

First-responders rescue injured horse riders on mountain

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October 16 2022
By ALEX BRIDGES For The Winchester Star

Emergency responders rescued three horseback riders who fell off a cliff in Shenandoah County on Friday morning.

The Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Center received a call at 10:21 a.m. for a report of three horseback riders who went over a rockface off of a main trail, Jeremy See, assistant fire chief with the Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department, said by phone Friday afternoon. See said he didn’t have information as to why the horses and riders went off the trail.

The riders were participating with others in an endurance ride on a trail in the Fort Valley area, See said.

Initial reports indicated that one patient was in an altered state of consciousness and two people needed to be evaluated, See said. A crew from the Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the trailhead seven minutes after receiving the report, See said...

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

2022 October's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Endurance: 2022 Haggin Cup Winner Christoph Schork, Winterize Your Horse Trailer for Oct 11, 2022

Oct 11, 2022

We cover winterizing your horse trailer, learn about ICE (In Case of Emergency) tags and 2022 Haggin Cup winner Christoph Schork joins us.


Monday, October 10, 2022

2022 Autumn Sun Pioneer/Distance Horse National Championships

by Merri Melde
October 10 2022

The 2022 Autumn Sun Pioneer/Distance Horse National Championships, hosted by the Arabian Horse Association, took place September 30-October 2 outside of Gooding, Idaho. Partnered breed Championships, besides Arabians, included the Appaloosa, Paso Fino, Shagya-Arabian, Morgan, Akhal-Teke, and American Saddlebred.

Some of the top tier of riders came to contest the Championships, from as far away as California, Texas, and Canada.

This is by no means all, but here are just a *few* highlights from the weekend.

4 Tevis Cup winners graced the ride entries this year! left to right Sanoma Blakeley, mom Gabriela Blakeley, Jeremy and Heather Reynolds

A crack team of vets headed the ride: Cassee Terry, head vet Jessica Heinrick, and Mel Swartz

Without these guys, there would be no ride. L-R the generous owners of the land we Ridecamp on, ride manager Jessica Huber, her mom Merri and dad Wally

Caldwell, Idaho's Belesemo Arabians sponsored the pinnies worn by Championship competitors. Several Belesemo-bred horses participated over the weekend, including Riazara Magic, owned by Merri Bodenhofer and ridden by Kristy Butler to 8th place in Friday's open 50 and 5th in the Championship Purebred Arabian division; Belesema Ruby Jewel, owned and ridden by Junior Joselyn Terry, 26th in Friday's open 50, and 6th in the Half Arabian Championship; and Belesema Anna, owned and ridden by Chris Samson to an 8th place finish in Sunday's LD.

Allan Horn from California and Shez Mostly Zipped +/ (Ruby)
1st in the Half Arabian/Anglo Arabian 50 mile Championship

Allan purchased “Ruby”, a Western Pleasure horse in a previous life, in 2015 as a backup Endurance horse. Over 8 now seasons they’ve earned 2960 AERC Endurance miles, and with their finish in the Autumn Sun Pioneer/Distance National Championship 50, Ruby earned her Legion of Excellence title.

The pair finished in 5th place in the open 50-mile ride and 1st (Champions!) in the Half Arabian/Anglo Arabian Championship.

Pony tails flying, Diane Stevens from California and Darq Shazam finished 1st in Friday’s open 50 and 1st in the Purebred Arabian Championship 50

This homebred mare - out of Diane’s first Endurance horse KJ Jazzelation - is by Tar Pistol Pete +/ . It was her 8th completion out of 8 starts and her first win.

A splash of color on Saturday.
Dewayne Brown frm Oregon and RF Gulastras Shadow
5th in the open CTR, 3rd in the Half Arabian CTR Championship, and Champion in the Appaloosa division!

Christoph Schork from Utah and GE VA Blizzard of Oz (Ozzie)

Ozzy and Christoph do it again! Winners of Sunday’s open 100 and Purebred Arabian Championship 100.

Ozzy has over 3000 Endurance miles over 6 seasons; Christoph passed 43,000 miles this weekend. It was Ozzy’s 39th win and Christoph’s Somewhere-way-over-400 wins.

Ozzy also won the Best Condition award, his 40th overall! (And don’t forget the Haggin Cup at Tevis this year!)

Joyce Sousa and Jennifer Niehaus

This mother-daughter team often rides together. And you can’t mention this team without mentioning husband/father Dennis Sousa. When he’s not helping his family, he’s helping everybody else at the vet checks and in Ridecamp.

Joyce and Shahs Gold Nugget, and Jennifer and Bak Jabari (“Juda”) tied for 8th in the open 100, and tied for 3rd in the Purebred Arabian division.

Joyce has over 35,000 miles and 95 100-mile completions (!). Nugget has over 2700 miles and 5 100-mile completions.

Jennifer has over 16,000 miles and Bak Jabari has over 2600 miles and 4 100-mile completions.

Dennis himself has over 21,000 miles and no telling how many rides he has crewed for his family!

And, this kitten was the Biggest Winner of the weekend!
The Kitten Who Went To Heaven (On Earth)

You'll find plenty more stories and photos from the weekend at:

Friday, October 07, 2022

Endurance Horse Podcast with Heather Reynolds, Tevis 2022

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Episode 56 of the Endurance Horse Podcast is being published the 19th of July 2022 by Christina Hyke

Hard to believe we are in our 5th year of Endurance Horse Podcast -established in 2018.

Endurance Horse Podcast first aired in March of 2018, we have averaged 12 episodes per year and have stayed free and commercial free for our listeners and are approaching 50,000 downloads. It seems fitting that in our 5th year, we bring you 5 stories from Tevis Cup 2022.

In this episode I get to chat with top, international endurance rider, Heather Reynolds of Reynolds Racing. Heather placed 4th this year at Tevis 2022. Heather is an International competitor and part of the dynamic duo that is Reynolds Racing. Both she and her husband, Jeremy are well known in the sport and have represented the USA at the highest levels of endurance. Heather has over 25,000 AERC miles, multiple Tevis Cup wins, eight Tevis completions, as well has having won the Haggin cup in past years. Her list of accomplishments is long, though my favorite part of our conversation was hearing her talk about her horse, A Sudden Gift.

You are invited to listen in while Heather and I chat about how she got into horses, endurance and her 2022 Top 5 Tevis Cup placing.

Without further ado, I welcome you to episode 56 of Endurance Horse Podcast: https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/heather-reynolds-tevis-2022/

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Mosquito Fire Assessment Re: The Western States Trail


On September 6, 2022, the Mosquito fire started at Oxbow Dam. The fire quickly spread uphill towards Michigan Bluff and Foresthill. As of today the fire is 95% contained and has burned over 76,000 acres. 78 structures were destroyed, many in the Michigan Bluff area.

Regarding the Western States Trail the easternmost extent affected by the fire is near Swinging Bridge (mile ~46 on the course) and the westernmost extent affected is the Patent Road Fire Break (5.7 miles west of Foresthill, or mile ~68 on course). While this is a total of about 22 miles of trail, the trail through Volcano Canyon and Foresthill was not inside the burn perimeter, and therefore only about 16 miles of the trail were directly impacted by the fire.

With respect to post-fire restoration we will be working with three land agencies/owners: US Forest Service (USFS) from Swinging Bridge to Bath Rd, a private land owner from Foresthill to just before Cal-1, and Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) for the westernmost 3 miles to the Patent Road Fire Break...

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Wednesday, October 05, 2022

2022 September's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Sep 13, 2022

We learn all about the resurrected Moab Canyons (Utah) rides from ride manager Mickey Smith. We also meet trainer and riding coach at Harmony Ranch Heidi Helly and Karen’s Training Tip is on what to pack in crew bags. Listen in...


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

2022 Oak Leaf Run Endurance & Competitive Ride coming up in Michigan

Oak Leaf Run

Ride the "Dam" Trail

October 8-9, 2022
25•30•50•75•100 AERC•UMECRA
Silver Creek Park - Hamilton, Michigan​

The course will be held on the Allegan County Equine Trail System. The trail is mostly wooded with a relatively flat terrain, technical, single and two tracks consisting of sand and dirt. Saturday dam crossing routes will also have soft gravel roads, sections of pavement and busy road crossings. We are hoping to use Ride with GPS for this ride, along with trail markings. LED marking will be used for the last 25 miles of 100 trails. The out check will be at Pine Point Park parking lot (1792 44th Street, Allegan. GPS: 42.548527,-85.978355). Saturday 30 mile ride will have 1 away vet check. 50, 75 and 100 mile rides will have 2 away vet checks at same location. We are planning on having support with water and an assortment of hay/grain for horses and drinks/snacks for riders at various points along the trail.

For more information and to register online, see:

2022 August's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Endurance: Tevis Winner Gabriela Blakely, Jennifer Kaplan and Vet Checks for August 9, 2022

Aug 9, 2022 2022 Tevis Cup entrants Ross Carrie and Elaine Lemieux stop by for a pre-race chat, plus we look at this years pre-race stats. Karen Chaton talks about the AllTrails app.


Thursday, September 08, 2022

South Bend horse rider took on world's longest race, in Mongolia

SouthBendTribune.com - Full Story

Joseph Dits - South Bend Tribune
September 7 2022

Heidi Falzon learned to ride horses when she was 4, and, she recalls, “It was the only thing I wanted to do.”

By the time she was 7 or 8, she says of her time at boarding stables near South Bend, “I’d be riding by myself, and I’d pretend I was on a semi-wild horse that only I got to ride.”

The now 29-year-old equestrian’s fantasy turned into reality, to a degree, in July.

Falzon rode 620 miles across vast stretches of grassland in Mongolia, wedged between China and Russia, in a nine-day race known as the Mongol Derby. Started in 2009, it calls itself the world’s longest horse race as it recreates a horse messenger system once developed by Genghis Khan...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

California: Out-of-Control Mosquito Fire Burns into Michigan Bluff


September 7 2022

The Mosquito fire in northern California started on September 6th and as of the afternoon of September 7 the Mosquito fire is 4.223 acres and 0% contained. Cause is under investigation.

Evacuation orders are in effect for Michigan Bluff, Gorman Ranch, and Chicken Hawk in Placer County, and Volcanoville in El Dorado County.

Weather conditions today with near record high temperatures, very low relative humidity, and critically low fuel moistures which will provide extreme burning conditions which are expected to
allow the fire to actively burn, with the potential for spotting.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Entries for 2022 Distance National Championship in Idaho are Open


Ride with the best in Gooding, Idaho! Entries for the 2022 Distance National Championship ride are open!

Early Bird Discount entries ($20 per horse) must be received in the office by September 16th. Entries can still be received in the office from September 17th-23rd but are not eligible for Early Bird Discount. After September 23rd please hand carry all entries to the Ride.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

2022 July's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast

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Endurance: Tevis Cup Entry Stats, App for Trail Riders for July 12, 2022

Jul 12, 2022

2022 Tevis Cup entrants Ross Carrie and Elaine Lemieux stop by for a pre-race chat, plus we look at this years pre-race stats. Karen Chaton talks about the AllTrails app.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Halliday, N.D. woman places third in world-class endurance event

KFYRTV.com - Full Article & Video

By Jody Kerzman
Published: Aug. 19, 2022

HALLIDAY, N.D. – You could say Dante LaPierre is an endurance junkie.

She’s been competing in 100-mile endurance horse races since she was a kid. When she’s not racing, she’s training for races on her ranch near Halliday.

Her hard work is paying off.

Dante LaPierre has spent the past year dreaming about and training for a victory lap...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Riders in Sisters, Oregon, test endurance

NuggetNews.com - Full ArticleJunior rider Joslynn Terry (front) and her sponsor, Kristen Grace, rode through Sisters forests during an endurance event last weekend. PHOTO BY BILL BARTLETT

By Bill Bartlett
8/16/2022 12:07 PM

Saturday saw 61 equestrians from four states gather at Sisters Cow Camp for a day of endurance riding competition. There was a 50-mile course run by 18, a 30-mile limited-distance route that had 36 riders, and seven riders who came out for a 12-mile introductory course.

Known as the Historic Santiam Cascade Endurance Ride, the Sisters-based group has been around for 58 years, with over 300 members on social media. The ride was AERC sanctioned (American Endurance Ride Conference).

The event took place in spectacular weather, cooler than forecast, with bright, sunny skies and temps just touching 80 by the time most riders finished. Joshua Handler won the 30-mile distance in 4 hours and 31 minutes with a 45-minute hold. Darlene Merlich was first-place finisher in the 50-mile course with a time of 7 hours and 35 minutes and a one-hour hold...

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

2022 June's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Jun 14, 2022

Revisit: Karen Chaton chuckles over a list of things only Endurance Riders know, get to know Trilby Pederson, a women who has ridden the equivalent to 1/4 of the way to the moon and Nick Warhol tells the harrowing tale of how his horses were poisoned by common groundsel. Listen in...


Monday, August 08, 2022

Wyoming rider wins worldwide horse race

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Abigail Landwehr
Aug 7, 2022

By the end of day one of the Mongol Derby, Jackson competitor Deidre Griffith finished last behind 46 riders. Eight days later, she, alongside her partner, were the first to cross the line.

The Mongol Derby is an annual horse race that has, since 2000, aimed to recreate Genghis Khan’s horse messenger system of 1224. It tests endurance of competitors who ride through the Mongolian Steppe. The path stretches over 1,000 km, or around 621 miles, and often lasts over the course of eight to 10 days, making it the longest horse race in the world.

July 23 marked the race’s return after a two year break courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was the most incredible feeling of accomplishment,” Griffith said when asked about reaching the end. “Two and a half years I’ve spent preparing for this and it all paid off. I would have been happy to finish at all, but to win was beyond belief...”

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Thursday, August 04, 2022

Meet Moss Rock Endurance: Amanda Johnson

“This just fell into my lap at the right time.”

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
August 4 2022

It was a most unlikely career pivot.

“I had been doing accounting for 16 years,” Amanda Johnson, of Moss Rock Endurance, said. “But I was always too loud to be an accountant. I was always too in-your-face. I love numbers. I’m such a nerd, but none of us are exciting.”

And then her husband asked if she wanted to move from Black Forest, Colorado, to Penrose. “All of a sudden I had an opportunity to start a business.”

Lisa Douglass, Amanda’s neighbor in Black Forest, had owned Moss Rock Endurance, creating custom tack products for distance and trail riders. “I had bought tack from her for the last 6 years, which is how long I’ve been riding. She’s all I knew. She’s the best tack I’ve ever known, and she retired last year.

“Suddenly I had an opportunity to buy myself a job. And because I haven’t been in horses my whole life like some of these other riders, I knew that if I wanted to get into this, I couldn’t go be a vet. I couldn’t go be a farrier. I couldn’t do anything specialized that requires that knowledge.

“But saddles and tack - something that I believe whole-heartedly in is saddle fit. It’s one of the most important things as a rider to me. And this Beta Biothane (TM) tack, I think, is just bang for your buck. I just love it. It’s all I know because of Lisa. And before she retired, she taught me everything she knew.

“I had never sewn a thing my life. My mom finished laughing when I said ‘I’m going to sew tack!’ And she was like, ‘Yea, good luck.’ And I’m unstoppable now.”

That “in-your-face” quality Amanda describes is really pure enthusiasm and passion for her products and for people and their horses.

“I. Love. It. Horse people are great, because we’re all crazy about the same thing. And you always want to try to make it better. We changed a couple things. We added a lot of things to the lineup. Before, there were no horse head collars. There were no little knickknacks - padded nosebands and things. We added sponge leashes. And I like bling. It makes me extremely happy, so I try to add bling to a lot of things. I try to see what everyone needs and try to fill in those blanks.”

Amanda would not be Moss Rock Endurance without her mom, Sue, who helps with the sewing and creating, and accompanies her daughter and her business to Endurance rides. “Thank God for my mother! I couldn’t do this without my mom! She helps me in every way possible. My mom is my rock. She helps me with everything.

“When I cry over sponge leashes, she picks up the hardware and she makes them for me. She’ll cut pieces for me so that I can sew. She will set me up an assembly line so that I can crank it out and we can get orders in. She’s fantastic.”

Saddle fit is also something Amanda loves, though originally, she had no plans to actually carry and sell saddles.

“After I bought the business from Lisa, Marlene calls me.” Marlene was the original creator of Moss Rock in 2003. “Marlene says, ‘I am so excited you’re going to be doing saddles!’ I said, ‘I’m not doing saddles! I don’t like treeless saddles!’ And Marlene said, ‘Great! I’m sending one! It’ll be to you in 3 days!’ I said, ‘Marlene, no,’ and she hangs up!”

Amanda received the Ghost treeless saddle she didn’t ask for, and she was sold. “I love the Ghost and Cavallin treeless saddles. They changed my world. I now have 34 on order. They’re handmade in Italy in a small shop.

“I stand behind them 100%. There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all in any world, but man, has it solved some really tough-to-fit saddle problems for me.”

Moss Rock is primarily a business dedicated to designing and making custom Beta Biothane (TM) tack for all sizes and shapes, and it now includes the Ghost treeless saddles. Amanda’s long term plan is to expand the business to not only meet the growing needs of Endurance, Competitive Trail and those who simply enjoy riding trail, but to also encompass those in the sports of Dressage, Hunter Jumper, Grand Prix and Eventing.

Watching Amanda interact with customers-turned-friends with her genuine, unstoppable enthusiasm, despite the hard work it’s obvious she has found her true calling in life.

“This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I thought I knew what busy was. I was really good at staying busy. This is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m exhausted all the time.

“But I love it! I love horse people. This just fell into my lap at the right time.”

Endurance.net is happy to have Moss Rock Endurance as a long-time advertiser!