Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Antelope Island Endurance Ride

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
April 13 2021

Situated back in its regular April perch on the AERC calendar, the Antelope Island 2-day endurance ride on Antelope Island was a good start to the Utah endurance season. If you survived the windy drive on Thursday (the wind closed I-84 in eastern Idaho for a time, causing long detours for some Montana drivers, and it also ripped the rolled-up awning off a horse trailer and sailed it and deposited it on the Interstate median), and the windy Thursday and Saturday nights, the rest was mostly smooth sailing!

Weather ran the usual gamut from cold to cool to warm, wind (from every direction), no wind, (but this year sans precipitation); it was good riding weather for many horses' first out of the year. At least one of the loops on each distance each day had a good climb, but at an altitude of 5300 feet by the (receding) lake, the whole ride is a good workout. (Over the years, the lake has been shrinking, due to an ever-growing population sucking the rivers and creeks about dry before water reaches the lake, hence salt water ten times the salt content of an ocean.)

This year's ride had a number of first-time island riders, and some first-time endurance riders. Riders sat astride spectrum of breeds from Arabians to American Saddlebreds to Mustangs to Quarter horses to Thoroughbreds and a feisty little Hackney pony who kept his companion tall, leggy Saddlebreds on their toes!

64 riders started on Saturday, 40 in the 30-miler and 24 in the 50.

The familiar face in the Winner's Circle (i.e. the awards table) was Christoph Schork aboard GE VA Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzie's 23rd win in 33 starts!) in 5:17, and he also got Best Condition (Ozzie's 20th BC!) 22 finished the 50.

Winner of the 30-miler was Lynn Oslick riding Kenlyn Psyche in 3:58. Best Condition went to first-time rider and first-time endurance horse, 9th place Randy Lander aboard his Thoroughbred Royal. 34 finished.

24 started and finished Day 2's 50-miler, with Jennifer Kaplan winning aboard Rogelio in 4:22. Second place Suzie Hayes got Best Condition with last year's Big Horn 100 winner, Sanstormm. Suzie hit the 25,000 mile mark!

Ride Manager Jeff Stuart finished Day 2's 50 on 17-year-old JV Remington (aka Gus), achieving their Decade Team.

Winner of Day 2's 25-miler was Cindi West on Solvstads Ann Mai in 3:00. Fourth place Lynn Lee got Best Condition on Al-Marah Fastnfine. 18 finished out of 20 starters.

Tennessee Lane and her golden Thor were the only starters and finishers of the 2-day 100, finishing in a total ride time of 12:07.

This year we all said farewell to a long-time Northwest/Mountain region endurance rider and long time invaluable helper and fixture at the Antelope ride. Tonya (Call Me Annie) Stroud-Oakes and Gary are moving to Ohio, and Antelope Island will never be the same.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Gloria Mack, 74

WCCSRadio.com - Full Article

April 8 2021

Gloria Jean (Pearce) Mack, 74, of Rossiter, PA died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney, PA.

The daughter of Charles “Chuck” Harvey and Doris “Jean” (Hopkins) Pearce, she was born on December 16, 1946 in Commodore, PA.

Gloria was a 1966 graduate of Harmony High School.

She attended the Canoe Ridge Church of God.

Gloria married Gary Dalton Mack on July 2, 1966 and they shared over fifty-four years of marriage together.

Prior to embarking on her retirement seven years ago, Gloria had been employed the previous twenty-one years as the receptionist for the Wise Veterinary Clinic in Punxsutawney, PA. Earlier in her working career, she was the receptionist for Doctors Fatula and Orris, a Pediatricians office, in Punxsutawney, PA.

Gloria thoroughly loved being in the outdoors, especially in the woods. She enjoyed keeping herself busy with her family going camping; fishing; hunting and swimming.

She possessed a special affection for animals. Her pets – dog, Kasey, horse, Sarge and three cats – were treated as family members. Through her love of horses, Gloria had competed in endurance horse racing competitions and was a past member of the AERC...

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Eagle Canyon is Opener for 2021 Northwest Endurance Season in Idaho

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
April 5 2021

54 horse and rider teams turned out near Eagle, Idaho, for the first Endurance ride of the season in the Northwest region. With the Covid pandemic (maybe) in the rear view mirror, endurance riders were looking forward to the beginning of a more normal season this year.

Eagle Canyon, managed by Layne Lewis in the Eagle foothills, is no pansy ride however: those deceptively gentle rolling green hills are a valid challenge to horses and riders. The weather cooperated this year - no excessive heat and no hurricane to blow riders off their mounts.

Eagle is normally in late April, but Layne switched with Regina Rose's Tough Sucker, which is normally the first of April, so that Regina could put on an early season 100 miler in the desert. Eagle was a good solid prep for the ambitious 100-milers!

28 started the 25-miler, with 26 finishing. Carrie Loughry and Copper River won in a ride time of 3:57, with Maria Kilgo and Echo Barbanno winning Best Condition.

26 started the 50-miler, with 19 finishing. Dick Root aboard OFW Alivia tied with Roxi Welling aboard SLF Lil Bit Loco tied for first in 6:36. Roxi and Loco got Best Condition.

A jolly Easter Egg Hunt commenced the next morning, Easter Sunday, with one or two grown up big kids getting in on the festivities. It was reported that one or two gophers joined in the fun, making off with a few of the eggs down their badger holes.

For more from the ride, see:

Monday, March 22, 2021

ASK REGINA! - Regina Rose Brings Home 2020 AERC Volunteer Service Award

March 22 2020
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

The secret’s out: At this year’s AERC Virtual Unconventional Convention, the rest of the Endurance world discovered what we in the Northwest Region have known for a very long time: Regina Rose sets a very high standard as an all-around Ride Manager/assistant RM, and Endurance volunteer, and as crew person extraordinaire (particularly at the Big Horn 100). She was awarded AERC’s Volunteer Service Award in a surprise Zoom meeting that was recorded and presented during the Virtual Convention.

From the moment that began 14,830 AERC trail miles ago (at the 1971 Wyoming 50) Regina Rose found her sport in Endurance riding. And since 1982 when she and her friend Tom Goton first managed the Jackalope Endurance ride in Wyoming, she found her métier.

The Big Horn country of Wyoming is in Regina’s blood and plays a big part in her Endurance history. She helped her riding club mark trail for the Big Horn ride from 1971 to 1992. She earned 12 finishes on the Big Horn 100, and she can still tell you every single sagebrush she passed and every turn she ever took on every trail (and not just on the Big Horn 100).

When Regina moved back to Idaho in 1992, she started helping Steph Teeter with her Owyhee Endurance rides, and she took those over last year when Steph retired from Endurance. She’s helped with other rides around the Northwest and in the Mountain region the last two decades.

The Coronavirus was no match for Regina last year when all the early-season rides were cancelled; she put her mind to the task and came up with a Covid plan for the multi-day City of Rocks Pioneer in June, which was one of the first rides held during the pandemic with safety protocols in effect. That plan was subsequently adopted by many Ride Managers in the NW region, and paved the way for Endurance to continue in Idaho and other parts of the country during Covid.

Known for her dedication to the sport, her cheerfulness in even the most dismal situations, her profound knowledge, her unparalleled generosity, and her matchless work ethic, she’s encouraged many people not only to try Endurance riding, but she’s infected some of them with the Ride Managing bug. She’s also crew extraordinaire for the Big Horn if you can get her.

Despite all this (and much more), Regina was taken completely by surprise by her award. Northwest Regional Directors Naomi Preston and Jessica Cobbley, and the AERC office’s Kyra DeMartini told Regina they’d be recording a convention video about the Covid protocols. Instead, a number of Regina’s friends popped on the call when Naomi told her the real reason for the Zoom meeting.

“They were sneaky!” Regina said. She was delighted by her award, particularly because it represents so many volunteers at rides who don’t even ride horses. “Rides have to have volunteers - we can’t have rides without them.

“The best part of putting on rides and volunteering at them is seeing all the Juniors come out and ride. It’s fun seeing new riders try Endurance, and join local riding clubs and get recognition. It’s also rewarding seeing some of these newer riders take on the challenge of managing rides.”

Mountain region rider and volunteer Lauren Coziah said it best in her nomination letter:

Why should Regina receive this award? Simply put, the woman works her fingers to the bone to make sure every ride she attends (which includes every ride in Idaho, the Big Horn, and several in surrounding states) is a roaring success. She’s always smiling and always more than willing to help anyone who’s willing to listen. If you need a question answered, ask Regina. Need advice about an issue or problem you’re having? Ask Regina. Need someone to tell you to buck up and get back on? Go to Regina. Have an injury during a ride that you need to figure out how to manage? Ask Regina. Need someone to run your ride registration booth? Ask Regina. Need a pulse done on your horse? Ask Regina. New to the sport and unsure what happens next? Ask Regina. Want to ride the Big Horn 100 for the first time and need amazing crew? Ask Regina. Need placings and awards figured? Ask Regina. Need a shoe nailed back on? Ask Regina. Need a truck to haul water? Ask Regina. Need a laugh? Go to Regina. Need someone to encourage you? Ask Regina.

Seriously. Ask Regina. Even the wildest request she’ll fill and she’ll do it with a smile because she loves horses, she loves serving people and she loves this sport.

Now that the secret’s out, Regina’s Endurance dance book will be filled. But we all still get first dibs on her!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang Adds A New Family (Horse) Member

SoapHub.com - Full Article

MARCH 15, 2021

The Bold and the Beautiful star Katherine Kelly Lang plays Brooke Logan Forrester, Ridge’s wife and matriarch of the Logan clan. Off-screen, Lang has a big family — one that recently gained a new addition.

“A new member of the family,” Lang shared on Instagram along with a photo of her latest family member — a horse! “Meet Al-Marah Tiffany, a beautiful Arabian horse. Looking forward to many adventures with her on the trail. She is a sweetheart! 😃 I stopped riding my horses 7 years ago when I got into Triathlon racing… but now going to give it a go with the endurance riding again. #enduranceriding #ilovehorses...”

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Robert "Archie" Bouttier, Drinkers of the Wind Arabians Founder: 1943-2021

March 15 2021
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

Robert "Archie" Bouttier, founder of Drinkers of the Wind Arabians, passed away suddenly February 28, 2021. He will forever be remembered for his passionate devotion to breeding Arabian horses on his farm in Bellevue, Idaho.

Here's a look back at an article on "Archie" and his Arabians, from 2011.

Drinkers of the Wind Arabians: The Quest for the Perfect Horse: https://merritravels.endurance.net/2011/07/drinkers-of-wind-arabians-quest-for.html

Robert Bouttier (Archie) riding DWA French Kiss in 2004. DWA French Kiss was the Colorado Arabian Race Horse of the Year in 2003.

Making History on Horseback: A Pacific Crest Trail Triumph

GearJunkie.com - Full Article

March 4, 2021 | By Mary Murphy

Gillian Larson’s short film ‘The Thru Rider’ is finally here. Watch one woman and her horse ride victorious over the entire Pacific Crest Trail.

The premise of “The Thru Rider” is simple: one woman, one horse, and 2,600 miles of trail. Created in partnership with Firestone Walker and directed by Dylan Lucas Gordon, the short film recounts Larson’s solo mission to ride the Pacific Crest Trail. She completed the entire PCT, from Mexico to Canada, on horseback...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

2021 March's Horses in the Morning

Horsesinthemorning.com - Listen

Trailer Safety, Dolly Still Riding at 84 and The Equilab App: Endurance for March 9, 2021 Mar 9, 2021

Endurance Episode: Dolly DeCair joins us, she is still doing endurance rides at age 84 and just won the AERC Pard’ners Award. Dwayne Russell gives us the important things we need to do to keep our horse trailers running safely. Plus, Karen tells us about The Equilab App. Listen in...


Monday, March 08, 2021

2020 AERC Award Recipients

Sunday March 7 2021

From the AERC convention, 2020 recipients:

Hall of Fame Person: Connie Burns-Caudill
Hall of Fame Equine: Thunders Lightning Bar, owned by Pat Chappell
Pard’ners Award: Dolly DeCair and Wazirs Karahty
Volunteer Service Award: Regina Rose
Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award: Deirdre Monroe

All well deserved! A big thanks to Nick Kohut and Michael Campbell for hosting the online national celebration Sunday evening!

Friday, March 05, 2021

$5,000 reward offered for horse lost in Wickenburg

Fox10Poenix.com - Full Article

By Stephanie Olmo
March 4 2021

Big reward offered for horse lost in Wickenburg

A woman who is visiting Arizona from Washington state is asking for help, after her horse, an Arabian Mare named Ameera, went missing following an accident in the Wickenburg area.

WICKENBURG, Ariz. - A woman who is visiting the Valley is pleading for help in finding her lost endurance horse, after it ran off following an accident. Now, a local man has stepped up by offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help bring this horse home.

Lori Van Zuyen, who is visiting from Washington state, says she's never had this happen to her before, and is hoping to get her horse, Ameera, back.

Van Zuyen was just a few miles into her endurance ride on Feb. 27 at Boyd Ranch in Wickenburg when her horse got spooked and bolted.

"I saw her run over the hill, and I got up," said Van Zuyen. "I got up right off the ground and pulled my phone out of my pocket and called Boyd management..."

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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast Ep 104: An Unlikely Endurance Horse – Competing her Tennessee Walker in the Tevis Cup

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March 3, 2021

In today’s episode, Ute talks with Susan Garlinghouse, DVM and Endurance Rider. Susan is on the AERC (American Endurance Riders Conference) board and lives in Tevis Country. She has competed in Endurance competitions all her life. After riding Arabians and Arabian crosses, she fell in love with a big, portly Tennessee Walking Horse called John Henry. John Henry was a trail turned Endurance horse and he was the most comfortable horse she ever rode. When her owner offered him to her for sale, she did not waste a minute and brought him home. Since then, she has trained him and ridden him in many Endurance competitions including the Tevis Cup. Both of them won three of his five Tevis Buckles together. Susan tells us all about training your non-Arabian endurance horse, why gaited horses are different and why she wants to stick with them for the rest of her riding career. So if you are interested in Endurance riding, this is going to be your episode!


Wednesday, March 03, 2021

US Equestrian Expands Eligibility for $1,000 Higher Education Equestrian Scholarships for High School Seniors


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 3, 2021, 10:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce that it has expanded the eligibility requirements for the Higher Education Equestrian Scholarship, which provides five $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors committed to continuing their involvement in equestrian sport while in college.

US Equestrian is now accepting applications for the scholarship. Applicants must be active US Equestrian competing or fan members preparing to enter any college or university full-time in fall 2021. The scholarship is open to all 29 recognized breeds and disciplines.

Previously, applicants were required to be enrolled in an equine-related degree or to participate on an intercollegiate equestrian team. Now, applicants can provide other forms of evidence that they will continue their involvement in equestrian-related experiences while in college. This can be through enrollment in an equestrian-related degree or classes, participation in an intercollegiate equestrian team or club, an equestrian-related internship, job, volunteer work, or other proven commitment to continued involvement in equestrian sport.

Funds awarded by the Higher Education Equestrian Scholarship will be issued directly to the recipients’ educational institutions to be applied to tuition costs.

To Apply, and for more information, see:

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Last Chance to Sign Up for AERC Convention

March 2 2021

Thinking about attending the Virtual AERC Convention? Last chance to sign up is noon (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, March 3, to be part of it!

Link to sign up: https://aerc.org/static/2021Convention.aspx

Convention brochure: https://aerc.org/static/2021conventioninfo.pdf

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Owyhee Tough Sucker to Offer Early-Season 100

February 28 2021
by Merri Melde

Idaho's Owyhee Tough Sucker, normally scheduled as the first endurance ride of the Northwest season, has moved this year to the last weekend in April, and will offer a 100-mile ride in addition to a 25, 50 and 75-miler.

Ride manager Regina Rose said, "Several people were asking me if I'd put on a 100, but the first of April is pretty early in the season. So I talked with Layne Lewis (ride manager of the Eagle Canyon ride in Eagle, Idaho), and we decided to switch dates." Lewis' Eagle Canyon 25 and 50-mile ride will be held on April 3rd, and the Owyhee Tough Sucker will be held April 24th.

In the Owyhee desert, near 3500 feet, the ride will offer up a moderate, do-able early-season 100-mile trail, over 2-track roads and cow trails, with minimum sand and minimum rocks to negotiate. Parts of the trail will follow the historic Oregon Trail near the Snake River.

"The trails are not hard, but not easy," Rose said. "The 100 will have several gentle climbs and descents of 1000 feet throughout the ride. It's an early-season opportunity for folks to start preparing for the National Championships in Montana in June, and Tevis in July."

For more information and to register, see

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Christina Hyke Selected as 2021 Wisconsin Horse Council "Horseperson of the Year"

Wisconsin Horse Council District 4

Congratulations to Christina Hyke on being selected as the 2021 Wisconsin Horse Council "Horseperson of the Year"!

Christina was nominated by a District 4 resident and selected by the WHC Board of Directors for her leadership and contributions to Wisconsin's equine industry.

Christina is an equine photographer located in Jefferson, WI. https://www.christinahyke.com/ . Through development of programs such as Endurance Horse Podcast ( https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/ ) and her "Warhorse Challenges" https://www.warhorseendurance.com/ she has created platforms where horse enthusiasts from all over the world can enjoy and share stories of their horses together, inspire and support each other, and give back to charitable organizations - both local and nationally! She encourages and supports youth, honors and helps preserve equine history, and continues to positively impact lives all over the world!

Congratulations on a well deserved honor!!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

List of Early Tevis Cup Entries Released


Posted Sunday, February 21, 2021 6:02pm

All entrants are listed in the order entries were received by the Tevis office whether by post mail or email. This ranking will be posted on the Tevis website and will only change when there are entrant withdrawals.

We will not know the number of starters allowed until we are much closer to the actual ride date.

Our current rider list for 2021:

The number of Tevis starters in 2021 will depend on several factors that are beyond the control of ride management:

• The number of participants may be limited by the usable area at the Robinson Flat vet check due to hazardous tree logging by the US Forest Service.

• Additionally, ride management does not yet know if restrictions may be placed on us by land owners, the US Forest Service, or the Auburn State Recreation Area due to Covid-19 concerns.

Because of these factors, Tevis wants to be clear about how the entry list was ranked and how it will be updated. Thank you for your understanding during these unusual times.

Tevis Cup Ride Director Message - February 2021

February 24 2020

As a member of the Board of Governors and the Director of the Ride, I hold Tevis traditions and the effort to sustain and preserve them close to my heart. Then Covid 19 happened, and we are all struggling with what that means. What is normal anymore, and we’ve seen how fragile traditions are as we reconstructed our holiday season across the nation and the world.

Usually the Ride Director’s message goes over what to expect at Tevis: the Ride Week, traditions, the check in at Robie, the awards banquet on Sunday, etc. I think we should keep it simple. ENTER EARLY!! Our numbers may be limited by government regulations, local agencies, and property owners. We will maintain and post the rider list as entries are logged in at the office (http://teviscup.org/2021-Rider-List). Our whole organization is committed to starting as many riders on the morning of July 24, 2021, as permits and circumstances allow.

For people who would like to volunteer for one of the critical 800 volunteer positions, please go to teviscup.org to complete a volunteer registration form. Let us know if you are a rider and can take pulses, keep the mashes going for horses in a hurry, or are interested in keeping water flowing to cool out hot horses. We are always looking for experienced horse transport drivers who have a well-maintained rig to help with getting pulled horses to assigned destinations (as determined by veterinarians and ride management). Please send us your information by completing the form on line (http://teviscup.org/how-to-help/volunteering-for-tevis) Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you, and you are on the team. Become part of the magic of Tevis—it’s just that easy.

If you have a special request, please email or call the office. Jean Hixon will route your request to the correct person. Don't be shy about asking for help or directions, we have had many varied requests and can usually assist with meeting them. Also, hotels in Auburn fill up early for Tevis weekend. So if you need a reservation, please book lodging early.

On behalf of the 29 members of the Western States Board of Governors, the ride committee and the community of Auburn, we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Tevis Cup Ride!

Chuck Stalley
Ride Director

Monday, February 22, 2021

Talkin' Trot Podcast: Talkin AERC 2021 "Unconventional" Convention with the AERC Offic‪e‬

Talkin' Trot Podcast - Listen

Join us for a chat with the ladies of AERC about the Unconventional Convention coming up March 6 and 7! They give us the details on the speakers, the raffle, the vendors and more! The app we will get to use sounds awesome!!! This will be a great opportunity for anyone in any discipline in any country to attend the AERC National Convention!

Look for the details at aerc.org/convention and listen now at:

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Keeping open land open in Scotts Valley

SantaCruzSentinal.com - Full Article

Land trust helps owner to fulfill wish to keep property near Scotts Valley undeveloped

By Jessica A. York | jyork@santacruzsentinel.com | Santa Cruz Sentinel
PUBLISHED: February 12, 2021

SCOTTS VALLEY — With an unquenchable love of horse riding and country living cultivated since childhood, Julie Weston Suhr did not have to be asked twice when her husband proposed buying up a vast swath of undeveloped land in the Santa Cruz Mountains some 50 years ago.

“I grew up in Santa Clara Valley in an orchard out in the country with no neighbors and I saw what happened to it, covered with concrete and it was disturbing,” Suhr said during a recent interview with the Sentinel. “And I had a very wonderful husband and he said, you’d like to live in the country with your horses, wouldn’t you? And I said yes, so we came over here and found this piece of property for sale and that was 1971 and then we built the home in ’73 and I’ve had horses here ever since.”

Suhr and her husband, Robert Suhr Sr., transported their life from Saratoga to unincorporated Scotts Valley off Weston Road, making their home in a place echoing Julie Suhr’s maiden name as a pure coincidence, she said. Robert Suhr died in 2010, after 64 years of marriage to Julie Suhr.

As with her horses, the nearly 300 acres of undeveloped land which the Suhrs and, often, their neighbors, have roamed for hours on end in the past half century have left their indelible mark on Suhr. So much so that she devised a way to protect the property’s sanctity, long after she is no longer around to watch over it. Working with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and a private financial gift from neighbor Ed Fenster, cofounder of Sunrun Solar, Suhr said her land will never be developed beyond an existing picnic table that overlooks a stunning view of the area. Through a conservation easement developed in the past three years, Suhr has entrusted her property’s development rights to the land trust in perpetuity, with an agreement that nothing will be built on nor taken from the land...

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Friday, February 12, 2021

AERC Middle Distance High Point Winner

February 8 2021

The Arabian Horse Association recognizes the AERC high point earning Arabian and Half-Arabians/Anglo-Arabian of the AERC National 100 Mile year-end standing and the Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian High Point Middle Distance applicants that meet AHA membership and registration criteria.

The AERC Middle Distance High Point is an AHA nomination-based annual award given to the Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian with the highest AERC points accumulated in the year through 50-99 mile Endurance rides.

Keeping Faith+ is the winner of the Arabian AERC 50-99 Mile High Point award earning a total of 450 points with owner and rider Mindy Wolfe.

Keeping Faith+ won competing in 6 Endurance Rides during the season and since 2013, the pair has completed a total of 2,330 Endurance miles together. Mindy states "The past couple years have been challenging for a lot of people and myself personally, but my girl Keeping Faith+ has been my rock through it all! She was given to me as an unbroke 5 year old and her quiet sweet nature melted into my heart! She was going to be my project horse while I bred my 1/2 Arab mare and when my mare could not carry, ended up being my embryo transfer recipient mare and was a wonderful mother! After weaning she went right back to work training for Endurance and she has surpassed my expectations! We are looking forward to many more miles down the trail together!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Arabian AERC 100 Mile High Point Winner

February 8 2021

The Arabian Horse Association recognizes the AERC high point earning Arabian and Half-Arabians/Anglo-Arabian of the AERC National 100 Mile year-end standing and the Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian High Point Middle Distance applicants that meet AHA membership and registration criteria.

Poete (Bandjo De Falgas X Poetikka), a 2007 gelding is the winner of the Arabian AERC 100 Mile High Point!

Poete earned a total of 940 points for completing three 100 mile rides with owner and rider Holly Corcoran. Holly states “He’s a big horse, with a BIG personality and on the ground he can be the sweetest, most endearing horse. In competition he loves to go and loves being out front.

Early in the ride that is not always the best ride plan, so that is when we are most often “negotiating.” While I have ridden other horses where I know it is my love and desire that fills their sails, with him, our competitive spirit is mutual … and he makes it just so much FUN (most of the time)! I am honored to be owned by this awesome horse and while he is truly a talented athlete, we both are blessed by amazing supportive crew who take great care of us and keep us fresh in the game. For all of his wins, we have had such amazing support from friends who ride with me to condition and who travel to rides to help crew. It is with sincere gratitude that the Sayvetz family/Asgard Arabians entrusted this amazing horse to me.” In addition Holly says both “Poete and his ¾ sister Poetrie are fully qualified and nominated for the World Endurance Championships to be held in San Rossore, Italy in May 2021. Both have the maximum scores for USA selection so I am fervently hoping that we will have the opportunity to represent the USA together in May.”

Lillie Slifka Hall 1930 - 2020


Lillie Adele Slifka Hall
April 14,1930 - December 7, 2020

Lillie Slifka Hall (April 14, 1930 to December 7, 2020) was born in Torrington, Wyoming, the 3rd daughter of Roy and Elsie York. She was named Lillie Adele York but her family called her "Pete". She and her two older sisters, Lavonne and Lois spent their early years on a ranch near Lance Creek in Eastern Wyoming, 26 miles from town. The winters were tough, and the Depression conditions persuaded the family to move to Idaho. They bought a ranch 12 miles West of Cambridge, Idaho on Mill Creek at the end of a wagon road. This wagon road is now highway 71. Lillie started first grade at the Pine Grove School on Seid Creek. She and her sisters rode horses, walked, or rode the horse drawn "school bus" 4 miles to the one room school for 2 years.

In 1939 the family relocated to a ranch in Cow Valley, near Brogan in Eastern Oregon. It was 4 miles horseback to this school too. Lillie loved horses, so this mode of transportation was never a problem for her.

In 1943, during the war years, ranch help was hard to find, so Lillie, at age 13 helped work their farm with draft horses. She always prefered working outdoors. She mowed hay with a sickle bar, raked with a dump rake dodging rattlesnakes, and helped stack loose hay. She also worked on neighboring ranches where she stayed during summer harvest , working their horses. Her passion for horses started very young in her life, and embraced her to the end of her 90 years.

In 1944 the family relocated to Cascade, Idaho. Their farm was in the valley, and was eventually buried under the waters of Cascade Reservoir when the dam was built. At this time the family moved to town where the girls got to attend a "town school" for the first time. Lillie attended Cascade High School and formed some of her dearest memories there. She met Elden Slifka at school where she was a cheer leader and he was a football player. In 1948 they were married at the Methodist Church in Cascade. Elden called her "Dusty" all of his life. Lillie adored her in laws, Joe and Margaret Slifka.

When she was 18 Lillie cooked for a remote logging crew near Burgdorf, Idaho.

1n 1949 Lillie and Elden moved 28 miles from Hungry Horse, Montana where Elden worked construction on the new dam. They then moved to Boise where Elden attended Boise Junior College.

They later moved to Ketchikan, Alaska where Elden worked on a logging operation. When they moved back to Boise their first child, Mark Steven Slifka was born January, 1955. In April, 1956 Trudy Lois Slifka was born. The young family moved to Moscow, Idaho where Elden attended the University of Idaho and earned a degree as an Electrical Engineer. Lillie kept plenty busy caring for her babies.

The family moved to Bountiful, Utah where Elden worked for Utah Engineering Labs, but their roots in their beloved Idaho were calling. After 4 years in Utah, the family including horses and dogs moved to an acreage between Boise and Meridian where Lillie pursued her passion for horses and they began raising Arabian horses. It was not long before the horse operation needed room to expand, and the family moved to the end of South Cole road near Boise. They built a beautiful horse facility known as Desert Edge Arabians where they raised, trained, and marketed horses for several years. They were involved with the Des Arab Horse Club from it's first meeting. Elden was the charter president. Their stallion, Las Trad was Lillies pride and joy. He won numerous championships at horse shows from 3 states competing in halter, western, english, and driving. He was ridden in parades as well as back country mountain trails, and was the Boise State Bronco Mascot at the football games. He sired 167 colts and lived to be 33...


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Selection Memo Available for 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 8, 2021, 11:59 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has published a selection memo for the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship with helpful information for potential applicants.

In December 2020, the FEI Board considered a series of key decisions on allocation, cancellation, and reopening of bids for FEI Championships. The FEI Board agreed to allocate the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championship to Isola della Scala in Verona, Italy.

Following this decision, the USEF Endurance Sport Committee produced a selection memo for the championship, which can be found here.

This preliminary information is provided to assist athletes with their competition planning and is subject to change. Please remember that this information is based upon the recommendations of the USEF Endurance Sport Committee and is subject to approval by the USEF Board of Directors or an Ad Hoc Selection Group approved by the USEF Board of Directors when the selection procedures are compiled. Therefore, the information outlined in the selection memo is subject to change.

Please contact Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at smorrissey@usef.org if you have any questions.

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2021 February's Horses in the Morning

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Tevis Winner and Dressage Trainer Erin McChesney: Endurance for Feb 9, 2021

Feb 9, 2021

Endurance Episode: Multiple Tevis and Haggin Cup winner Erin McChesney joins us. Karen shares her recipe for thrush control and we catch up on how her new horse Apollo is doing. Listen in...


Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian AERC 100 Mile High Point Winner

February 8 2021

The Arabian Horse Association recognizes the AERC high point earning Arabian and Half-Arabians/Anglo-Arabian of the AERC National 100 Mile year-end standing and the Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian High Point Middle Distance applicants that meet AHA membership and registration criteria.

Our 2020 Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian AERC 100 Mile High Point winner is Shyrocco Rimbaud owned by Heather Davis!

Shyrocco Rimbaud “Rim” (Rimmon X Poetic Pride) is a 2006 gelding, earned a total of 885 points for completing three 100 mile rides with owner and rider Heather Davis. “Rim is the ultimate athlete - brains, brawn, speed, agility but most importantly heart. Every ride on him is pure joy” Heather states.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Talkin' Trot Podcast: Talkin AERC National Championships with Bill & Jan Steven‪s‬

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January 27 2021

Episode 17: Talkin about AERC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS with Bill and Jan Stevens!

In preparation for the 2021 Championships at Fort Howes in Montana we talk to Bill and Jan about it all: How to qualify, ranch history, ride camp, trail conditions, young rider championships, area attractions and more. If you're going to attend this an episode you'll want to listen to!


Friday, January 29, 2021

2021 Tevis Cup: New Juniors Ride Free!

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Posted Monday, January 11, 2021

This year we are offering free entries* to any junior who has not previously finished Tevis**.

Their entry must be accompanied by a paid entry from a sponsor (who must be at least 21 years old on ride day).

Both sponsor and junior must have their qualifying miles.

** Does not include the cost of a buckle or stabling.
* Includes Juniors who previously entered the ride but did not complete.

The Scripps Foundation Cup

The Josephine Stedem Scripps Foundation Trophy recognizes Junior finishers of the Western States Trail Ride. Roxanne Greene, who donated the Cup, and her daughter Rebecca Greene, the youngest rider ever to win ten Tevis buckles, presented the cup for the first time in 1994. The trophy honors all junior riders and their horses who complete the Ride.

The award was founded to encourage good horsemanshipand to recognize cooperation between the junior rider, horse, family and friends. The base of the Scripps Cup bears the names of both horse and rider. Each junior rider, upon completion of the 100 Mile Ride, receives a photograph of the Cup and an inscribed brass plate for the rider's saddle. The Cup is on permanent display along with the Lloyd Tevis Cup and the James Ben Ali Haggin Cup in the foyer display case at the Auburn City Hall.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

US Equestrian Now Accepting Applications for 2021 U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe Position


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 26, 2021, 12:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has opened application submissions for the position of U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe for the following 2021 Championship events. The U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe will serve as Chef d’Equipe and USEF’s representative (per FEI General Regulations) for the 2021 FEI Senior World Endurance Championships in San Rossore (Pisa), Italy from May 19-24, 2021, the 2021 FEI Junior & Young Rider World Endurance Championship in Ermelo, Netherlands from September 6-13, 2021, as well as (subject to funding and entries) the 2021 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships in Campinas, Brazil from July 26-30, 2021. Applications are due by February 15, 2021.

The U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe position requires a minimum of five (5) years of involvement in the FEI Endurance discipline, as well as an intricate knowledge of the 2021 FEI Endurance Rules, and a good understanding of the FEI EADCMRs. The position also includes several other eligibility requirements necessary for consideration. Applicants will be asked, where possible, to declare all Conflicts of Interest with possible athlete applicants.

Responsibilities of the role will include attendance at Chef d’Equipe meetings during any championship where they are managing a team, liaison with the Technical Delegate, Ground Jury, and Organizing Committee, as well as define and discuss competition strategy for U.S. athletes to perform to the best of their abilities to be competitive on an international stage.

The selected applicant will be required to pass a background check and must remain current with the USEF Safe Sport training requirements. The full application is available here.

For more information, please contact Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at smorrissey@usef.org.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Endurance Riding Convention Goes Virtual for 2021

January 20 2021

Obstacles aren’t insurmountable, especially for distance riders! Instead of their usual in-person convention this March, the American Endurance Ride Conference decided to go virtual with their 2021 Unconventional Convention. Participants can watch live on the 6th and 7th, and content will remain available to watch throughout the month.

Open to interested equestrians in the U.S., Canada and around the world, the convention features eight seminars that will appeal to everyone from new riders to experienced endurance enthusiasts.

Vendors will have virtual booths and many are offering convention-only specials. The convention also includes raffles, including one for a Treeless Saddle, valued at more than $3,000, donated by Saddle Up LLC. Awards and virtual get-togethers for various regions are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the national awards ceremony presentation on Saturday to close out the convention.

“Although our in-person conventions are always terrific, going virtual this year will allow many more people to experience an AERC convention,” said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. “The opportunity to see so many eminent speakers for such a low cost is one that should appeal to trail riders and distance riders alike.”

The seminar schedule can be accessed in real time, which allows attendees to present questions and comments to the speakers. Can’t make one or more of the seminars live? The seminars can be watched at any time through March 2021.

The first day includes “How Your Body Works With Your Horse” with Stephanie Seheult, DPT, followed by Langdon Fielding, DVM, discussing “Thumps and Other Electrolyte problems.” Melissa Ribley, DVM, a longtime ride vet and rider, will cover “Riding for Your Climate Conditions,” followed by “Find and Make a Good Endurance Horse” with Nick Warhol.

Day two begins with Dr. Seheult presenting an exercise routine geared for riders. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, a Colorado State University veterinary school professor, will speak on “Wound Care on the Trail,” followed by “The State of Equine Drug Testing” with Heather Knych, DVM, PhD, equine pharmacologist at UC Davis’s K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Pharmacology Lab. Dr. Fielding will close out the seminars with “What to Watch for—Before Your Ride” to help riders arrive at their ride with the healthiest horse possible.

Through February 18, the cost to attend all convention activities is $60 ($50 for current AERC members). Additional household members are an extra $10. After February 18, the cost increases to $65 for the first attendee.

For full details, schedule and speaker bios, and a link to convention registration, see AERC.org/2021conventioninfo.pdf

Saddle raffle tickets are $5 and all sales benefit the nonprofit association that celebrates distance riding, with emphasis on equine welfare, research and trail building and maintenance. Additional raffles include gift certificates and products in the national raffles and ride entries and local goods specifically for AERC’s nine regions.

Virtual vendor booths are priced low to encourage businesses, small and large, to reach distance riders, with options for live videos and chats, contests and special sales. For vendor information, see AERC.org/2021vendorbrochure.pdf

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Introducing the 2021 International Equestrian Virtual Clinic


A FREE 3-day online event on how to be better riders, trainers & coaches (no matter your discipline!) JANUARY 26-28, 2021

The ultimate event for show jumpers, endurance riders, trail riders, dressage riders, cowboys/cowgirls, liberty and natural horsemanship enthusiasts, eventers and more!

Learn how to be the best equestrian in your town with secrets from 16 top riders, coaches, trainers, best-selling authors, podcasters and global leaders in the equine industry.

Among the many speakers, Jessica Isbrecht will discuss Endurance Riding 101: Getting a Non-Arabian to 50 miles.

For more information and for access to the online summit, see:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 January's Horses in the Morning

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Junior Riders Distance Derby, My First Year in Endurance: Endurance Day for Jan 12, 2021

Jan 12, 2021

Endurance Episode: Natalie Mayer Law shares her Junior Rider Derby that encourages riders to put in miles under saddle and Kara stops by to recount her first season as an endurance rider, complete with shemozzles! Karen’s endurance riding tip is about headlamps. Listen in...


Saturday, January 09, 2021

Cheryl Van Deusen and Katie Bumgarner Win USEF Endurance Awards for 2020


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 7, 2021, 12:50 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian congratulates the top endurance athletes from the 2020 competition season. Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) has won the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the top U.S. senior endurance rider. Katie Bumgarner (Raleigh, N.C.) will receive the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy as the top U.S. junior or young rider in the sport.

Van Deusen had a successful season with her own EBS Regal Majjaan, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding. Together they completed CEI3* rides at Greenway Gallivant in Florida and Broxton Bridge in South Carolina early in the 2020 competition season. With her 16-year-old Arabian gelding, Hoover the Mover, Van Deusen earned second-place finishes in the CEI3* at Indian Springs in New Mexico and the CEI2* at the Broxton Bridge November ride. She completed her final CEI3* of the year at Broxton Bridge where she finished in second place with Holly Corcoran’s 8-year-old Arabian mare, Lorienn.

This year marks Van Deusen’s fourth consecutive season as the top U.S. senior endurance athlete. She is currently ranked 4th in the FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking.

Bumgarner had three top finishes in CEI rides with three different horses during the 2020 season. She rode Golden Lightning, Janice Worthington’s 20-year-old Arabian gelding, to a second-place finish at the CEIYJ1* at Broxton Bridge in January. In November, she added two wins to her record at Broxton Bridge, placing first in the CEIYJ1* with Khomets Boss Hoss, a 14-year-old half-Arabian gelding, and in the CEIYJ2* with Nazeefs Flashy Rose, a 13-year-old Arabian mare. Both horses are owned by Cheryl Van Deusen.

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.

Stay up to date with U.S. endurance by following USA Endurance on Facebook and US Equestrian on Instagram and Twitter. Use #USAEndurance.

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

New ‘stepping stone’ endurance riding level introduced in US

HorseTalk.co.nz - Full Article

December 31, 2020

A new endurance level has been introduced in the US to encourage more participants into the discipline and lower the barriers to competition.

US Equestrian has launched USEF Endurance Competition Lite as a stepping stone for athletes and competition organisers in the transition to national licensed competitions. The USEF’s Board of Directors approved the program earlier this month, and the competition made its debut last week at the Greenway Gallivant in Dunnellon, Florida.

US Equestrian says the introduction of the USEF Endurance Lite competition model will lower financial and other barriers to entry for athletes and endurance competition organisers interested in participating in or hosting USEF sanctioned events, while maintaining a safe and level playing field...

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Monday, December 28, 2020

US Equestrian Launches New Endurance Lite Competition Format


by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 23, 2020, 1:50 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian is pleased to announce the launch of USEF Endurance Competition Lite. The USEF Endurance Lite program was created as a stepping stone for athletes and competition organizers in the transition to USEF national licensed competitions and will welcome more participants into the sport of endurance at a national level. The program made its debut at the Greenway Gallivant in Dunnellon, Florida, December 19-21, 2020.

The introduction of the USEF Endurance Lite competition model will lower financial and other barriers to entry for athletes and endurance competition organizers interested in participating in or hosting USEF sanctioned events, while maintaining a safe and level playing field for all. The USEF Endurance Sport Committee created the USEF Endurance Lite Rules based on the approved Endurance chapter of the USEF Rulebook. The USEF Board of Directors approved the program earlier this month.

“How exciting to see Endurance Lite from USEF now available for equestrians wanting to make this unique sport a part of their equestrian experience,” said Lisanne Dorion, FEI athlete and Co-chair of the USEF Endurance Sport Committee. “Endurance not only takes you and your horse through some of the most amazing natural settings, but also, the skills one learns in endurance can translate into other disciplines and benefit everything else you do with your equine partner! I am thrilled to welcome newcomers to come out and see what Endurance Lite is all about.”

The current USEF Endurance Lite Rules are in effect until November 30th, 2022. Prior to this date, the USEF Endurance Sport Committee will review this program. While this program is being piloted at competitions during 2021, competition organizers can provide feedback on the program to Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at smorrissey@usef.org.

Any competition organizers interested in holding a USEF Endurance Competition Lite should refer to the Competition Licensing section of USEF.org and contact Hannah Gabbard, Competition Licensing Coordinator, at hgabbard@usef.org with any questions. USEF Endurance Competition Lite license applications should be submitted 30 days prior to the desired competition dates. However, this requirement will be waived for Endurance Lite competitions being held prior to January 25th, 2021.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

2020 December's Horses In The Morning

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Dec 8, 2020

Endurance Episode: Earle Baxter is a 2002 AERC Hall of Fame rider and has logged 43,980 miles and Earle and his horse “I Am Amazing” (Champ) became Century Club members. Plus, we hear some gift ideas from Distance Depot, national mileage leader for 2020, Kerry Lowrey, joins us and the Endurance Tip is calculating how far ahead or behind your competition is during an endurance ride. Listen in...


Friday, December 11, 2020

Dot Wiggins Passes Away

Dot Wiggins passed away on November 28, 2020.  

Dot started riding horses before she was born; she believes she may have been conceived on Bear Tooth Pass, Montana, as her Mother and Father rode from Red Lodge to Cook City. Dot's first endurance ride was in Vale, Oregon, in 1976. She joined AERC in 1980 when she was in her 50’s.  She came to endurance after a lifetime of punching cows and breeding Quarter horses.  She quickly excelled, riding her beautiful palomino Quarter Horse Stallion, Scotch and Soda. She completed six 100-mile rides on Scotch, including the Race of Champions.  Scotch retired with almost  3,500 career endurance miles and was never pulled. Known as a great gentleman of the trail, Scotch pulled many tired horses and young competitors across the finish line. Many will remember Dot’s other endurance mounts:  Duffy, Tess, Zinger, and Kris.  Dot always put her horse first and was a role model and mentor for many endurance riders. Of the 188 rides she started, she finished 182. She completed 8,090 miles of endurance and rode her last 50-miler in 2009 at the age of 79 1/2.  In her later years she dropped back to Limited Distance Rides and completed exactly 2000 LD miles from 1996 to 2013.  

Dot was a fierce advocate for trails. Over the years she worked with the Forest Service and BLM as well as private land owners to preserve equestrian trails.  In 2016, AERC recognized Dot by presenting her wth the Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award. Dot was one of the founding directors of the Friends of the Weiser River Rail trail.  The 85-mile Weiser River Trail is one of the few rails to trails in the nation owned and managed by a nonprofit organization. From 1982 through 2000, Dot managed the Hells Canyon Endurance Ride. As a Forest Service employee, she worked at the Sturgill Peak Fire Lookout. As she performed her job, she scoped out and plotted the beautiful and challenging trails that became the Hells Canyon Ride. Dot was always eager to help search for good trails, clear trails, mark and un-mark ride trails.  She will be missed.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

A Bright Spot - the 2020 Virtual Tevis Cup


We have so much to be thankful for.virtual buckle

Of course, looking back on the events of 2020, many folks may not feel this way, and rightfully so. The year has been fraught with emotional triggers. Pandemic, politics, economics, environment, personal health and well-being. But there really is a bright spot to each stressor. We just have to look for it.

At WSTF, I think we all had a bit of a desperate feeling of dread when we made the decision in April to cancel the 65th annual Tevis Cup ride slated for August 1, 2020.

While the ride itself does not bring in a lot of money, as it’s a huge financial outlay to put it on, it does illicit revenue via donations and associated activities. None of those were going to happen and like so many other organizations effected by Covid-19 we asked, “How will we pay our bills?”

Then our by bright spot made its appearance. One of our BOG members suggested that we host a virtual Tevis. Instead of 100 miles in one day, we would do 100 miles in 100 days. Your trails, your equine, your speed.

The event was slated to start on August 1 (the date the actual ride was to occur on) and end on November 9th . We set up a riding, and a non-riding division. Just like the Tevis Cup you had to complete the 100 miles on one horse. The non-riding division allowed walking, running, hiking, cycling, swimming, etc. Pretty much any type of physical activity, but for 100 miles.

We watched tentatively as the registration started. There was even a side bet among the BOGs for tacos as to whether we would reach 1500 entries.

Tevis fans insured that the taco lover in the group would not go wanting. As of this writing, we have 1637 total participants. 1388 in the riding division and 285 in the non-riding division. Participants are from 12 different countries, with an age range from four years old to the mid 80s.

We had to change the event midway through and extend the completion deadline beyond 100 days. This was due to the poor air quality from the multiple wildland fires that plagued the western states in August and September. Tevis fans continued to endure. You hunkered down, took care of your ponies and once the air cleared and their lungs recovered, you hit the trail again.

As a remembrance of the virtual ride, each participant completing the trail will receive a long sleeve T-shirt designed specifically for the event, and a virtual Tevis buckle sticker, also created just for the event. International participants will receive a bandanna with a similar design to the T-shirt and the sticker.

The event has its own Facebook page where folks have shared their ride stories along the hundred mile journey. As they record their miles and log into the race organization site, they can read about the various landmarks and points of interest as they virtually complete the Tevis Trail.

If you do the math with our $65 registration fee and 1600+ participants, you’ll come up with a number fatter than a Thanksgiving turkey. Out of that number we still have to buy shirts and stickers, pay postage and the race organizing site, etc., but we still had a nice piece of the pie. And the whip cream on that pie? More than $15,000 in just good old-fashioned cash donations for WSTF. The Virtual Tevis Cup ride has been a hit, and has really helped WSTF with some large expenses and trail improvement projects. We are looking at the possibility of making it an annual event and welcome the input and suggestions of all.

As I round this out, your BOG elves are busy stuffing T-shirts and bandannas into envelopes so that the first group of completion awards can be mailed next week, and continue throughout the end of the event on 12-31-2020.

Thank you Tevis fans. You are our bright spot.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Christina Hyke's Endurance Horse Podcast Wins Winnie Award

The Endurance Horse Podcast, created by Christina Hyke, has won a Winnie Award in the Equus Film & Arts Festival as best podcast. "We entered with the wonderful episode on the Big Horn 100," Christina wrote, "so thank you [ride manager] Cindy Collins for your wonderful description of your ride. It is your stories that make the podcast what it is. Such an honor to share the story of your event and thank you to everyone for your support!"

Christina is an equine and pet photographer who also happens to love the trails and distance riding. It was the love of covering miles through beautiful territory on good horses that inspired her to create a podcast about it to share stories with other riders from around the world.

With 41 episodes, the Endurance Horse Podcast is almost at 27,000 downloads. 2021 will be the third year podcasting.


Monday, November 30, 2020

An Unconventional AERC Convention

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March 6 and 7, 2021 – Virtual Convention – participate from wherever you are!

With our 2021 San Antonio convention off the table, AERC had to find the best way to get together and enjoy all the perks of convention (except for the very best part of all, seeing each other in person!). We're excited to be planning an "Unconventional" Convention that ALL can attend (virtually).

There will be seminars! There will be vendors and vendor specials! There will be a raffle (including a special raffle for a brand-new Treeless Saddle)! There will be seminar speakers and awards programs!

We will have lots of details to come . . . but for now, mark those calendars for March 6 and 7, and watch Endurance News and AERC.org for updates.

Interested in becoming a virtual vendor and/or convention sponsor? Please contact the AERC office, 866-271-2372, or membership@aerc.org, to be added to our exhibitor mailing list.

Coming in 2022: AERC's 50th Anniversary Celebration Convention!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Bob Morris 1927-2020

Robert John Morris (Bob Morris)
December 30, 1927 - November 21, 2020

Bob Morris and his wife Arlene were two of the founders of the Southwest Idaho Trail & Distance Riding club in 1979. Bob was an excellent horseman, trainer and rider, known as a mentor to many endurance riders, and remembered for putting on some tough endurance rides.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Closer Look at AERC Endurance Ride Pull Codes

Monday August 8 2011
by Merri Melde

Veterinarian Melissa Ribley kindly provided an article in Endurance News a couple of years ago elucidating pull codes for horses and riders on endurance rides:

M – Metabolic
L – Lameness
OT – Overtime
SF – Surface Factors

Then there’s the RO – Rider Option, when there is nothing wrong with the horse and it has been cleared by a vet, but the rider wishes to pull; RO-L, when the horse has been cleared by the vet, but the rider feels there may be some lameness issue, and RO-M, when the horse has been cleared by the vet but the rider feels there may be some metabolic issue.

After my recollection of some old records where a tough-as-nails, highly competitive endurance rider I used to know had an inordinate number of Rider Option pulls (granted, this was before the RO-L and RO-M were implemented), where I knew there was no way this rider would ever willingly quit a ride when the horse was fine, it comes to my mind that there needs to be a little more detailed clarification of the RO codes.

I propose the following additions to the pull codes, and none of these should be ridiculed by other riders (well, except for RO-IC):

RO-ITDC – It’s Too Damn Cold. Well, for some sunny southern California fair weather types, sometimes it is just too damn cold to be out there riding 50 or (you gotta be kidding me) 100 miles when the mercury hovers around 35* and it’s spitting rain or sleet and the wind is howling 35 mph (known as a “35-35 day” or comparatively, even harsher, a “30-30 day” for the tough hides in Wyoming used to this sort of weather nonsense), when one could just as easily circle the next ride on the calendar in 2 weeks’ time a hundred miles and 2000’ of elevation further south, while one is sitting by a fire sipping hot toddies, instead of becoming a miserable popsicle on a horse for up to 24 hours. BEWARE, however, of abusing this code, when Dave Rabe is in the ride. If he is wearing a long-sleeved shirt under his tank top, you may be right, it’s darn cold, but are you man (or woman) enough to pull yourself and your horse with RO-ITDC even wearing your 5 layers of clothing, when he’s riding beside you in shorts?

RO-IGP – I’m Gonna Puke. Now, this does not necessarily separate the girls from the women and the boys from the men. If you feel like you are going to puke, sure, you can probably do it from your horse, but, let’s face it, it is really no fun to do it from the back of a horse moving 7 – 20 mph, and if you really are going to puke, you are probably not doing your horse any favors because you are probably not sitting him correctly (bending over to try to miss both of you), and if you are bending over trying to do this at 20 mph you may likely fall off. (And then you might be able to opt for the RO-BB pull code, see below). There are those who will tough it out, make it to a vet check, and puke there, but it is perfectly acceptable to pull with a RO-IGP, because after all, most of us are in this sport to have fun, and not to compare most mileage accomplished while feeling worst of anybody. I have not yet seen regional awards handed out for this exploit. A few tips on preventative for this pull code: do not eat a bowl of beans the night before a 100. Do not feel obligated to eat several slices of cake or handfuls of cookies at every single refreshment point on a 100 mile trail where volunteers hand out goodies.

RO-HGC – Horse Gone Crazy. This is not only an acceptable pull, but one that may save your life and those of others on the trail. And yes, this can happen to any normally calm horse on any given ride.

RO-BTDT – Been There Done That. This one is a little iffy – I mean, if you start a ride that you have done before, and in the middle of it you decide you’re bored with the trail, you really shouldn’t have entered again, should you?

RO-BB – Broken Bones (yours or the horse, before or during the ride). ‘Nuff said.

RO-HBL – Hopelessly Beyond Lost. If it’s a pitch black night under a thick forest canopy, and there are approximately 40 glowbars covering the entire 100 mile trail, and you and fellow riders have been wandering astray and disoriented for hours, and you have collapsed in an exhausted heap and are content to just stay there and die on the trail, this is a perfectly acceptable pull. (If you are found before you die).

RO-DOD – Disappeared or Dead. This code is only for those who are never found after an RO-HBL ride, and hopefully will never be used.

RO-IC – I’m Cheating. Either you cut trail and know you will be the recipient of a lodged protest; you switched similar-looking horses in the middle of the ride and you know someone is onto you; you carelessly blew others off a trail to get ahead, at much danger to them; or you administered your horse illegal drugs and you see there is a state pee tester at the first vet check who you know by your luck will stick that cup under your horse next time. You better take this pull code. Now.

RO-IJCTIA(AIDHT) – I Just Can’t Take It Anymore (And I Don’t Have To). This could refer to: the lame annoying riders around you (because you, of course, are decidedly not); aches and pains too numerous for massive doses of ibuprofen to take care of; realizing on your first endurance ride that this sport and everybody in it is, truly, insane; you’ve been unceremoniously dumped once, or twice, or more (on the same day); or little combinations of the above RO pull codes. Or, you’ve just had enough today, period. This is perfectly acceptable; we all hit the wall sooner or later.

I believe these additional pull codes will help make clear for nosy people the real reasons riders choose “RO” - Rider Option. Let’s help keep our sport open and honest, so we all have plenty to talk and tease others about. Ride managers can help by typing up little cheat RO note cards for riders to carry with their rider cards and maps for quick and easy reference coming into vet checks.

**This article was originally published in Endurance News, April 2006
**and again on Merri Travels on Endurance.net, August 8, 2011
It deserves another reprint!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Clovis, NM woman gives horse new home

SantaFeNewMexican.com - Full Article

By Sandra Jaramillo For The New Mexican
Nov 18, 2020

“New Mexico has proven to be rich in blessings, both in allowing me to build my dream of my own horse property and adopting my first young horse to bring up in the ranks,” Suzanne Diesel said.

Diesel was led to The Horse Shelter when she decided to adopt. What she didn’t anticipate was meeting Roni, a 4-year-old grade Arabian mare now affectionately known as Zuni, and the amazing staff that came with her during the adoption process.

The Horse Shelter staffers, Michele and Cori, “welcomed me to the shelter multiple times to meet and build my relationship with Zuni prior to adopting her, including three rides to ensure we bonded,” Diesel said...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Apply for AERC's 2021 Anne Ayala Scholarship

November 18 2020

If you are an AERC Junior or Young Rider, check out the Anne Ayala Scholarship which is open to those in their senior year of high school through age 21 (must be younger than 22 as of 1/1/2020).

More details and application here:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Talkin' Trot Podcast: Episode 14

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Talkin' Trot: Endurance Riding News and Views

Episode 14: Benefits of Flax: An interview with Outlaw Feed LLC


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Blast From the Past: A different kind of endurance race

Howard Reid, of Barre, astride the winning horse, Halcyon.
Vermont Historical Society

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By Paul Heller For Weekend Magazine
Aug 22, 2020

From the Boston Marathon to the Indianapolis 500, endurance and strength have always been celebrated. Even in the bygone age of horse power, a stress test to find the best horse and rider was first staged by the Morgan Horse Club of New England in a feat of stamina and survival for Vermont horsemen and their mounts.

The “Endurance Ride of 1913” followed a route that started in Northfield and made its way through Waterbury, Stowe, Hardwick, St. Johnsbury, Wells River and concluded in White River Junction – a distance of 154 miles. The route took two days – Sept. 16-17 – and was the focus of every equestrian in New England.

The Vermont Horse and Bridle Trail Bulletin called this event “the first test in America of weight carrying over long distances.” This occasion also marks the beginning of the endurance ride as a sport, and it was a Norwich University cadet from Barre who won this first-ever public competition.

Developed by the U.S. Cavalry as a way to grade military mounts, the “Endurance Ride” became a way for breeders to establish favorable bloodlines and for equestrians to establish bragging rights...

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2020 November's Horses in the Morning

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Living on the Road With Horses, Friesian Rocks the LD Rides: Endurance Day for Nov 10, 2020

Nov 10, 2020

Michelle and her daughter Scout share how they are living full time on the road with their horses. Magali McGreevy is kicking butt with her Friesian Harlaam and she stops by to tell us all about it. Rump rugs, quarter sheets, or exercise rugs; whatever you call them we answer the questions you never thought to ask. Listen in...


Monday, November 09, 2020

Renew or join AERC now for 2021!


AERC's next ride season begins December 1. Be sure to renew for the 2021 ride season! Special bonus: all 2020 members who renew by 12/1/20 will be eligible for a drawing for $500 in custom tack, donated by Taylored Tack.

See https://aerc.org/static/Join_AERC.aspx to see more and sign up.

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Trailblazer: Auburn's Barger completes first known Western States 200

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Nick Pecoraro
Nov 03, 2020

After nearly 60 hours from early Friday morning to Sunday evening, Auburn’s Dan Barger finally reached his 200-mile finish line.

After a failed attempt at doubling up on the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run on July 31, Barger regrouped and re-attacked the course last weekend with a new game plan, new optimism and new success. Beginning the trek at 5 a.m. Friday from Placer High School’s LeFebvre Stadium, the 55-year-old Auburn resident journeyed up to Squaw Valley and returned to the Placer track just before 5 p.m. Sunday for the first 200-mile completion of the Western States trail.

“I’m still processing it, really,” an emotionally and physically spent Barger said Monday afternoon. “It’s hard to put into words. I’m not really sharp right now.”

Barger was greeted at the finish line by a warm embrace from his mother.

“When I got to the track, there was no one there but close-knit friends and family,” he said. “I just ran around smiling big. I ran around that last quarter mile just happy to be done.”

Barger’s first attempt, which included a bear encounter and searing summer heat, saw him reach 125 miles in about 37 hours before getting bitten by “the sleep monster” and calling it quits. In retrospect, Barger said he probably had a little fuel left in the tank...

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