Sunday, March 17, 2019

Amazing Grace: From “walking skeleton” to trail’s highest award - Full Story

March 14, 2019

Care, patience and time have transformed a neglected and emaciated two-year-old filly into a national award winner.

Despite the worst start in life, By the Grace of God, a chestnut mare owned and ridden by Victoria Whitehead of Tuskegee, Alabama, was named the 2018 winner of the North American Trail Ride Conference’s President’s Cup, at the organization’s national convention in Reno, Nevada, last week.

Grace’s remarkable turnaround started in 2012, when Whitehead found her as “a walking skeleton” in a pasture with no feed. She was covered in rain rot.

“She was so emaciated that when I went to catch her, she didn’t even bother walking away,” said Whitehead. She named the two-year-old “By the Grace of God” because of her faith in God...

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Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Tevis Educational Ride - NEW DATE: JULY 12 - 14

The Foresthill District of the USFS reported that as of the first week in March, there was still 16 - 20 FEET of snow at Robinson's Flat, the Day 1 staging area of the Tevis Educational Ride. Unfortunately, Robinson's Flat is unlikely to open in time for us to transport riders and their horses to the start of Day 1 on the originally planned June 22nd date. The EDUCATIONAL RIDE date has been delayed to July 12 - 14th to give riders the best experience and the opportunity to ride as many miles of the Tevis trail as possible. Our hope is that riders already entered will still join us in July instead of June. We are disappointed too! A full refund will be given to entered riders who must cancel. For riders who haven't entered yet, there are still openings. Please enter soon!! 
If you have questions or comments please contact us: Email: Phone: 530-823-7282
Thank you.

Please note this announcement is regarding the EDUCATIONAL two-day ride event only. The 100-miles in One-Day Traditional Ride will be held on August 17, 2019.

For more information see

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A horse named Takoda - Full Article

By O. CHIP ROBINSON | Staff Reporter |
Posted Mar 12, 2019

Why would anyone hop on a horse and ride 100 miles in less than 24 hours across all imaginable terrains, in every weather condition possible when there is absolutely zero financial incentive for doing so?

For Anacoco resident Kerry Lowery it’s because she likes a challenge and she gets to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country that most people never will.

She also said it was because of the bond it establishes between her and Takoda.

“Being with your horse is one thing, but being on your horse when you’re 80 miles in to a 100 mile ride is something completely different. It’s like being on a team, you’re together and it’s teamwork, we are partners. There’s no other feeling like it.” Lowery said...

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US Equestrian Announces New Appointees to International Disciplines Council and Endurance Sport Committee

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 13, 2019, 10:02 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) has announced the approval of the appointment of Jan Stevens (Ashland, Mont.) to the International Disciplines Council (IDC), and Cheryl Newman (Candler, N.C.), Natalie Muzzio (Clifton, Va.), Lisanne Dorion (Williston, Fla.), Meg Sleeper (Frenchtown, N.J.), and Carolyn Hock (Riverside, Calif.) to the Endurance Sport Committee (ESC). These appointments will remain in place until, or if, a new endurance affiliate is approved by the US Equestrian Board of Directors, at which point the appointments would revert to the affiliate.

Positive changes are on the horizon for U.S. endurance as the ESC works closely with U.S. Endurance Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe Mark Dial and USEF Director of Endurance Kristen Brett. Areas of focus for the ESC include clearly defining pathways for athletes within the sport, growing the sport of endurance within the U.S., and building a strong base at the national level for endurance athletes to expand into international levels of competition.

As a part of these efforts, USEF recently announced that it will host its inaugural Endurance National Championships at the 2019 North American Endurance Championship, held from November 14-16, 2019, at the Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, S.C. Hosted by Central Florida Horse Shows, top U.S. endurance combinations will vie for USEF National Champion and Reserve National Champion honors at the CEI1*/CEIYJ1* and CEI2*/CEIYJ2* levels.

For more information on the ESC, please contact Kristen Brett at

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

Monday, March 11, 2019's Between The Ears Photo Contest!

March 11 2019

You send us your photos, you vote on them!

Email us your favorite Between the Ears photos to Include a few short details - your name, horse's name, and where the photo was taken. We'll upload them to a page on , and post updates on Facebook, where everybody will be able to choose their favorite and vote via email.

"First place" will be determined by the sheer number of votes. "Best Condition" and "Middle of the Pack" prizes will be chosen at digital random.

First Place will receive a small painted portrait of your choice (horse or other pet), courtesy Steph Teeter ( ).

Other prizes will include: a copy of Merri Melde’s book 'Soul Deep in Horses’, an original edition of Leonard Liesen’s book ‘Endurance: a French Perspective', plus  $50 gift certificates from Riding Warehouse…. and more!

Once we open the voting, you can vote for your favorite photo by emailing . Only one vote per email address per day.

After the contest we'll post your photos in an album on our EnduranceNet Facebook page to ogle in perpetuity

#BetweenTheEars #PhotoContest

**Photos can be taken anywhere around the world, but USA addresses only are eligible for prizes, unless you want to pay postage and insurance**

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Newest AERC Hall of Famers

March 10 2019

At last night's American Endurance Ride Conference Banquet and Awards newly-minted Hall of Famers were honored, among many other stellar year-end award winners.

AERC Pard'ners Award went to Nick Warhol and Forever Dawn GA.

AERC Hall of Fame Horse is Count Shiloh owned by Mary Howell.

AERC Hall of Fame Person is Dr Jim Baldwin.

Congratulations to everybody!

Friday, March 08, 2019

US Equestrian Announces Inaugural Endurance National Championships at the 2019 North American Endurance Championship

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 7, 2019, 9:06 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce that it will host its inaugural Endurance National Championships at the 2019 North American Endurance Championship, held from November 14-16, 2019, at the Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, S.C. Hosted by Central Florida Horse Shows, top U.S. endurance combinations will vie for USEF National Champion and Reserve National Champion honors at the CEI1*/CEIYJ1* and CEI2*/CEIYJ2* levels.

The 2019 North American Endurance Championship CEI1*/CEIYJ1* and CEI2*/CEIYJ2* is an unofficial FEI team competition, with a similar competition format to that of FEI Nations Cups™, open to teams from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The FEI will recognize the overall order of finish. All entries must be qualified to compete in a CEI1*, CEIYJ1*, CEI2*, or CEIYJ2* according to the FEI Rules for Endurance, effective January 1, 2019.

Additionally, USEF national and reserve national champion titles will be awarded to the two highest-placed competitors in each senior and young rider competition.

Find full details about the championship here.

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

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

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Dr Kathleen Crandell To Be Guest Speaker at Antelope Island Endurance Ride, Utah

Camille Champagne photo

March 7 2019

"Some exciting news about the upcoming 2019 Antelope Island endurance ride," said ride manager Jeff Stuart. "Dr. Kathleen Crandell from Kentucky Equine Research has graciously agreed to come and speak about Endurance horse nutrition. We are so excited to have her come and share a career worth of knowledge with us. She will be riding the 25 mile ride on Saturday 13 April and speaking later that evening. You don't want to miss it."

Antelope Island will be held April 13 and 14.

For more information and to pre-register, see

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

2019 Tevis Cup Ride Date Change


The Western States Trail Foundation Executive Committee, the Tevis Ride Director, along with other key Ride personnel have had discussions over the past week to evaluate the current snow and weather impacts to the 2019 Tevis Cup Ride. Based on the snowfall water content, and comparing current conditions and forecasts to past historical records, the decision was made to postpone the 2019 ride date from July 20 to August 17, 2019. We expect changing to this later date will allow us to use our traditional trail and make the necessary improvements and annual seasonal cleanup efforts before the ride. We appreciate the support and understanding of our riders, volunteers, sponsors, and the Tevis community as we move forward with this new date.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Ralph Smith - 1928-2019

Ralph Smith and Gigi - 1970 Virginia City 100

Kathleen Smith Plambeck: "Gigi was Dad's first horse. Hard to believe he had never ridden before we moved to Washoe Valley!"

Ralph Smith was the longest active member of NASTR from 1969 to 2016. He and his wife Lorraine joined the club in 1969. They and their daughters Becky and Kathleen rode many of the Club rides including the Virginia City 100 multiple times.

After riding for many years, Ralph continued to support the Club by volunteering on the Triple Crown rides. Very few years did he miss helping at the Virginia City 100. Ralph also kept the record for the Derby Ditch 50 Mile ride, compiling and updating all the riders and the years they finished the ride until the ride was moved from Fernley, Nevada in 2004.

Ralph completed the Virginia City 100 twelve times. His horse Beansprout, a 1/2 Arabian gelding, was a 1000 mile Virginia City horse, completing it 10 times. He and Ralph completed the ride in 10 consecutive years without a pull from 1978 through 1987. Ralph and Beansprout were also the very first NASTR Triple Crown Winners with the fastest time in 1985. At that time the Triple Crown consisted of the Derby Ditch 50, NASTR 50 and Virginia City 100.

A Memorial Service for Ralph was held on February 16, 2019 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Drive in Reno. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Honor Flight Network.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Janet Tipton's Mustang Lady Jasmine (aka Ladybug) Elected to Mountain Region Endurance Riders Hall of Fame

by Janet Tipton

Our MRER Hall of Fame horse was born and raised on the deserts of Nevada in the Antelope HMA near Ely. She was gathered as a 2 year old in December of 1998 and adopted in 1999. And so her story begins.

She began her endurance career in April, 2004 at the Color Country ride in Hurricane, UT. For the next couple of years she completed more rides adding miles each year. She wasn’t fast but she was steady she and her partner were loving their time together exploring new places. They also competed in Extreme Cowboy races and even managed to garner the Extreme Horseman’s Challenge Open Champion title in 2011, as well as traveling the state showing in parades and events with the Aces Wild – An all Mustang Drill team.

In 2009 she received 3rd place National LD Champion. And then in 2011 she placed 2nd Place National LD Champion. However, disaster struck that year and she experienced a devastating injury that cut her season short . Multiple veterinarians said that her career was over and that she would be lucky to be pasture sound . However, with diligent rehab and a little luck thrown in she returned to the trail and showed everyone she wasn’t finished yet. Not by a long shot.

In 2013 the team received the MRER Partners Award and in 2015, at the ripe old age of 19 she had her best year ever. She completed 34 LD rides and 1 Endurance ride garnering her the title of National LD champion. She also surpassed the 5,000 LD mile mark making her the first horse in the history of AERC to do so. This amazing little horse (13.2 hands) has carried a heavy weight rider through it all. She has completed rides in 11 states.

To date her record stands at: 231 ride starts with 229 completions (1 over time and 1 rider option), She has never been pulled from a ride. She has 6045 LD miles, 410 endurance miles and 28 Best Conditions, 12 first place finishes and 91 top ten finishes.
The little horse with the big heart.


2018 AERC National Championships

January 23 2019

Article in Arabian Horse World

The 50- and 100-Mile Championships celebrate and honor the top endurance riders in their respective weight divisions, by Genie Stewart-Spears

Read the article here.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Julie Suhr to Speak at Harvey Bear Introduction to Endurance Clinic

March 3 2019

The second annual Harvey Bear Introduction to Endurance Clinic that will be held May 18th and 19th, 2019, Harvey Bear park in San Martin, California (just south of San Jose) has an elite lineup of speakers.

The 'grand dame of endurance,' and AERC Hall of Famer Julie Suhr will join Head Veterinarian Susan McCartney, and 3-time World Endurance world Champion and Hall of Famer, Becky Hart as speakers during the clinic. Long time and highly respected AERC head veterinarian Melissa Ribley will be the head vet for the weekend.

The clinic is for for people who are interested in learning about Endurance riding, as well as for beginners who have some Endurance experience but would like to learn more. Bring a horse or just yourself. 6 hours of lecture, Truck and Trailer sessions, Pot luck ride dinner, ride meeting, camp overnight, and on Sunday- two fun rides- 7 and 15 miles, with real vet checks, awards, and experienced Endurance riders as trial guides.

When you leave on Sunday you will know all you need to know to enter your first ride, or be better prepared to continue your Endurance career! It is literally an endurance ride for first timers that any horse that can walk 7 miles can do.

Helmets are required by all participants, and the ride pace is controlled.

Don't miss the Trailer backing clinic on saturday morning taught by Gretchen Montgomery. Learn how to back up your trailer by someone other than a spouse or significant other. It was a hit last year!

For more information or to register, see

Friday, March 01, 2019

Podcast: 2x ANCER Champion & 4x Appaloosa National Mileage Champion Kerry Lowrey - Listen to the podcast

Listen to the podcast interview with two-time ANCER Champion and four-time Appaloosa National Mileage Champion, Kerry Lowrey

Thursday, February 28, 2019

World-renowned horse trainer to hold Leesburg, Georgia clinic - Full Article

Michael Gascon recognized as No. 1 horse trainer, clinician in the world
By Tammy Fletcher

Feb 26, 2019

LEESBURG — The winter weather breaks and there is a hint of cool spring in the air. There is that smell that only horse lovers really know: fresh shavings in the barn and the fragrance of sweet hay that exudes from the beautiful creatures, creatures that are in many ways like people. They have distinct personalities, unique behaviors and habits.

Sometimes the horses behave mysteriously or mischievously or just badly.

Enter Michael Gascon, The Horse Guru. He has been called “a true Mississippi original” from Poplarville, Miss. On March 9-10 Gascon, The Horse Guru, will be in Leesburg.

Gascon is a fifth-generation horse whisperer. He has been riding “since before I can even remember.” He’s studied at The School of Equestrian Arts in Spain and traveled extensively to England, Germany, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, Mongolia and Australia, learning, competing and training horses. He says he wants to learn about other countries and their cultures as related to their horsemanship.

Gascon was one of 14 U.S. riders in a group of 44 worldwide riders to compete in the 2018 Mongol Derby...

Read more here:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

40th Anniversary of the 20 Mule Team in Ridgecrest, California

February 25 2019

The 40th anniversary of the 20 Mule Team ride took place in near-perfect weather in Ridgecrest, California, on February 23, 2019 with distances of 35, 65, and 100 miles. The trails were the same that will be covered in the AERC National Championship rides on October 31-November 3.

Chris Martin's Monk, ridden by Ann Hall, was third cross the finish line but ended up the winner, in a ride time of 13:09, when the first 2 finishers were pulled. Second place went to Melissa Montgomery aboard West Winds Dragon in 13:52. Justin Loewen and Par Devant finished third in 15:35. Fifth place Susie Kramer and A Ali Aseel took Best Condition. It was the gelding's first 100 mile ride. 36 started the 100, with 22 finishing.

Dominique Freeman and Rising Heat won the 65 miler - and got Best Condition - in a ride time of 7:15. Sheri Weast and AA Arikhem finished second in 7:17, and Allan Horn and Shez Mostly Zipped finished third in 7:45. 24 started the 65, with 23 finishing.

Lauren Horn and her mustang Midnight Special won the 35-mile ride in a ride time of 4:25, and got Best Condition. Carolyn Hock and SX Whisper finished second, and Alissa Stephan and Limited Edition finished third. 19 riders started the 35-mile ride, with 18 finishing.

Photos from the ride by official ride photographers William Gore and Rene Baylor can be seen at

**Unofficial results until posted on AERC website**

US Equestrian Announces U.S. Endurance Team Staff for 2019

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 25, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

US Equestrian Announces U.S. Endurance Team Staff for 2019

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the members of the team staff for U.S. Endurance for 2019. Mark Dial (Aubrey, Texas) will continue to serve in his role as Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor for the Young Rider and Senior teams.

The following individuals will serve as the 2019-2020 Veterinary Advisory Group:

Dr. Ian Harrison (Berryville, Va.)

Dr. Todd Holbrook (Stillwater, Okla.)

Dr. Ken Marcella (Canton, Ga.)

Dr. Olivia Rudolphi (Noble, Ill.)

Dr. Ann Stuart (Weaverville, N.C.)

The following individuals will serve as the 2019-2022 Selectors Group:

Carol Giles (Prineville, Ore.)

Becky Hart (San Juan Bautista, Calif.)

Linda Howard (Park City, Utah)

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Safety improvements coming to No Hands Bridge

For Release: June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with California State Department of Parks and Recreation, will add railing-safety improvements at No Hands Bridge in Auburn.

Work is expected to begin in August and continue through fall 2018. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian and equestrian traffic during work activity, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays only.

Reclamation contractors will attach chain link fencing to the railing interior using metal fasteners that could be easily reversed in the future.

No Hands Bridge, also known as Mountain Quarries Bridge, was constructed in 1912 and is part of a popular hiking trail along the American River’s North Fork, located within the Auburn State Recreation Area. State Parks manages recreation at the ASRA under an agreement with Reclamation.

(UPDATE: chain link fence is up on no hands bridge!)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Broxton Bridge Plantation hosted observation event for the 2019 World Young Rider Championship - Full Article

17th February 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Cheryl Van Deusen

Broxton Bridge Plantation, USA SE Fundraisers. Ehrhardt, SC. 25 and 26 January 2019. Broxton Bridge Plantation was pleased to host one of two observation events for the 2019 World Young Rider Championships which will be held in Italy in September of this year.

There were a total of 10 young riders over the two days of CEI 1, 2, 3* races. Kate Bishop from North Carolina on LR April Breeze, owned by Lisa Green, were the dominant pair earning a COC in a ride time of 8:00:42 on day 1 more than one hour ahead of the next pair Annie Whelan of Kentucky on her horse Wallace Hill Sundance and Mollie Quiroz from California on Tracy Vollman’s horse RA Karim. Kate was the only YR to earn a COC over the two days.

Kimberly Loutzenheiser from Georgia on Christo Dinklemann’s DCL Mooi Penny won Best Condition on the ride on day 2, 120 JYR event, in a ride time of 9:06:31, followed by Mollie Quoroz those being the only two of six starters to complete the course. Although Mollie did not earn a COC, she was the only YR to complete both days working towards her qualifications for World YR Championships...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 February's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

Idaho, Nevada New Pioneer Rides, Importance of Ride Strategy, Endurance Day for Feb. 12, 2019
Feb 12, 2019

We talk about three new endurance rides in the NW Region and ride strategy to make sure you and your horse complete your ride. Guests include Erin Riley, manager for Torre Creek Pioneer ride in Eureka, NV and Jessica Huber with the Idaho Ironhorse rides.

Listen in:

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Set to Showcase History and Diversity of Arabian and Half-Arabian Horses

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The legendary and culturally famed Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is set to begin on Thursday, February 14, through Sunday, February 24. The 64th edition of the event is an 11-day showcase of the beauty and diversity of Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. Hosted by US Equestrian affiliate, the Arabian Horse Association’s (AHA) club, the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA), the show is held on the WestWorld show grounds, with over 2,000 horses and nearly 10,000 entries set to exhibit.

Approximately 1,200 classes for youth, amateur, and professional exhibitors will put the athleticism of these desert-bred horses on full display. Six show rings will run throughout the week, hosting Western and hunter pleasure classes, native costume, driving, jumping, dressage, sport horse under saddle, halter, reining, and more.

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show also caters to spectators and visitors of all ages with a full program of activities and special events running throughout the week. “Meet an Arabian Horse” meet-and-greets will be held at specified times found on the schedule of education and entertainment events. Other special activities include behind-the-scenes barn tours, an ice cream social, paint-a-pony, the Liberty Wildlife Life Animal and Educational Display, and Military Appreciation Day held on Tuesday, February 19, with free admission to all veterans and their families...

Read more here:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Endurance Legend Auli Farwa to Appear at Scottsdale Arabian Show

February 13 2019

Arabian endurance legend Auli Farwa (aka "Far") will appear at a meet and greet at the Scottsdale Arabian show on Wednesday, February 20th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The gelding will be in the Family Fun Zone Tent from 3-4 PM.

This coming 19-year-old gelding has made an impressive mark on the sport of endurance with an outstanding record: 100% completions in AERC endurance ride starts (77 for 77), 4735 miles, and 16 100-mile completions including 8 finishes in the renowned Tevis Cup. Far won the Tevis Cup's Haggin Cup (Best Condition award) in 2015 with rider Jenni Smith, and he won the 2017 Tevis Cup with rider Tennessee Lane.

Accompanying Far will be accompanied by his favorite humans, Smith, Lane, and owner Rusty James Toth.

Mark your calendars to meet the Endurance legend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ride. Integrity. Determination. Education. SIgn up for the AERC Convention!

March 8 and 9, 2019 - Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, Nevada


1. The first 200 people to sign up will receive a hand-made ceramic horse magnet, courtesy of Adventures In Clay Ceramics

2. Drawing #1 – sign up by 2/10/19 – $50 Riding Warehouse gift card and 10 AERC raffle tickets

3. Drawing #2 – sign up by 2/10/19 – handmade platter by Anne York of Starfire Design Studio (see her booth at convention!) and 25 AERC raffle tickets

We're heading back to Reno for the 2019 AERC convention. AERC's convention is the most fun you can have without your horse! Two days of informative and thought-provoking seminars on Friday and Saturday, shopping galore, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, awards presentations, Hot Topics seminars, plus fun Friday night entertainment and the awards banquet on Saturday night.

Sign up for the 2019 AERC Convention online! You're also welcome to call the AERC office to register: 866-271-2372.

Link to 2019 Convention Schedule. This will give you an idea of who is speaking, and when. We are so excited about this fantastic speaker lineup.

Register by February 22, 2019, to receive discounted seminar pricing!

Trade Show! A highlight of the convention is the trade show, where you can find great products for distance riders! Check out the latest 2019 Vendor List. All are welcome; no charge to visit the trade show!

HOTEL: A favorite of AERC members, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino at 2500 E 2nd Street in Reno, Nevada 89595 has everything all in one spot, so it's a great place to stay, and eat, and shop -- all under one roof.

And more information at:

Monday, February 11, 2019

A Very Special Thanks to Advertisers

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Idaho Grass Roots Endurance Club SWITnDR Holds Annual Awards Banquet

February 11 2019
by Merri

Years ago on the National political stage, one might recall a couple of politicians making snarky fun of a Presidential nominee's local grassroots community organizing.

With roughly 90 members from Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming, SWITnDR - Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders - is a grassroots endurance and trail riding club. Incorporated 40 years ago in 1979, the organization sponsors competitive 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile endurance rides and trail rides in Idaho. SWITnDR is one of numerous small, local endurance riding community organizations around the United States that work underneath the national AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) organization, which governs endurance riding on the National stage.

SWITnDR held its annual banquet and awards over the weekend in Boise, Idaho. The gathering recognizes member riders and horses who have achieved special milestones over the previous year. It provides members an opportunity to actually hang out and mingle, in normal attire, which is not always possible at the endurance rides when one dedicates most of their time to riding and horse care while sporting dusty riding clothes and helmet hair. SWITnDR is like a big extended family, and the awards banquet its annual family reunion.

During the awards, in addition to many fine riders and horses being acknowledged, Naomi Preston (new AERC Board member) recognized Oreana, Idaho, resident and long-time SWITnDR member Steph Teeter for her 13 years of dedicated service on the national AERC Board, as well as her decades of acting as a SWITnDR ride manager.

SWITnDR President Debbie Grose presented the President's Award to the current Vice President, Ann Kuck, for her tireless and unstinting volunteer work and support for the club and its members throughout the years.

While AERC governs endurance riding on the National stage, it's these smaller, local endurance organizations that help bring diverse groups of "ordinary" people with eclectic horses face to face, to train, mentor, compete, and have fun together, on a first name basis.

Want to only ride 12 miles at a SWITnDR event? Great. Come do the Introductory trail ride on a Quarter horse, and we'll put you to work afterwards, and feed you a meal, and make room for your chair around the evening campfire's music jam. Are you one of those die-hard 100-mile riders on a seasoned Arab? We'll hand you a hot dog at lunch on the trail, and keep your breakfast warm for you the next morning after the finish line. Want to just come and volunteer with our group at rides? We love having you! SWITnDR welcomes the short and long distance riders, any age, and any horse breed, any size - and everybody two- and four-legged in between.

The SWITnDR community organization is run entirely by hard-working volunteers. You'd be silly to make fun of our local riders and club officers who are dedicated to the endurance community, because you never know what they will achieve. Numerous local SWITnDR members have served, and are serving, on the national AERC Board. We smaller grassroots members are the foundation of the larger sport of endurance riding. Oh, and that previously mentioned ridiculed community organizer? He went on to become President of the United States.

Join and ride with and volunteer with your local endurance ride group! A list is here:

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Paradise lost: A woman struggles to reclaim her life after the Camp fire - Full Article

By KEITH SHARON | | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: February 10, 2019

Dippi taught her to push harder, to fight through.

When JayaMae Gregory was down, she loved to head out on Dippi, over the trails outside Paradise, where she had moved to start a new life. JayaMae trained Dippi to be an endurance horse. The plan was for JayaMae’s teenage son Jakob to compete with Dippi in 100-mile races.

Dippi was a grey mare, half Arab, a horse with the countenance of a freight train. Huge strides on the trail. Dippi’s given name was DC Reindeer Dippin, shortened to Dippi because it fit her personality. The DC stood for “dream catcher” and Reindeer Dippin is a famous bull.

Dippi would let strangers rub her ears. The kids dressed her up for Halloween. JayaMae wrote that Dippi didn’t understand why she couldn’t just jump in your lap for a snuggle.

On a recent Friday, JayaMae, 36, and mother of three, talked about Dippi and the impact that horse had on her family. The conversation shifted to fear, devastation and, ultimately, hope.

She was staying in Southern California with her father because there is nothing left in Paradise.

The Camp fire, which began Nov. 8 and became the deadliest fire in California history, took nearly everything from JayaMae Gregory.


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Thursday, February 07, 2019

The 2018 AERC High Point Arabian Horses are In!

AHA Communications

AURORA, CO – February 1, 2019 – The Arabian Horse Association recognizes high point earning Arabians and Half-Arabians/Anglo-Arabians in AERC 100 mile rides and middle distance rides from 50-99 miles.

Congratulations to the 2018 Arabian AERC 100 Mile High Point winner, KOURAGEUS HOPE!

KOURAGEUS HOPE, a 2005 stallion, earned a total of 1,582 points for completing five 100 mile rides with owner and rider Hannah Johnson. The pair completed a total of 2,295 total miles since 2010 with 600 miles in the 2018 season.

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

The 2018 AERC High Point Middle Distance Endurance winners are KEEPING FAITH in the Arabian Division and SHEZ MOSTLY ZIPPED+/ in the HalfArabian/Anglo-Arabian Division.

KEEPING FAITH, a 2007 Arabian mare owned and ridden by Melinda Wolfe, completed 14 Endurance rides totaling 740 miles and 1,160.88 points. Since 2013 the pair has completed a total of 1,605 miles together.

Lauren & Allan Horn are the owners of the Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian winner, SHEZ MOSTLY ZIPPED+/ ridden by Allan Horn. In 2018, they finished 1,075 miles and earned 2,640.75 points. The pair have managed to complete 1,825 total miles since they started competing together in 2015.

Congratulations to these four wonderful horses and owners for their accomplishments in 2018! If you would like to learn more about the AERC High Point Award, please see the Distance Riding page. The AERC Middle Distance High Point Endurance Horse requires an application that can be found here.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Idaho Ironhorse Endurance Challenge: Juniors Ride Free!

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February 5 2019

Do you ride an Ironhorse? Are you an Ironhorse rider?

New this season, the ultimate Idaho Ironhorse Challenge consists of all 3 days of City of Rocks Pioneer June 6-8 in Almo, Idaho; all 3 days of Top O The World Pioneer July 26-28 near Spencer, Idaho; and all 3 days of the Autumn Sun Pioneer near Gooding, Idaho. It will test your horse's ability and your management skill as a rider.

At City of Rocks, you'll ride the historic California Trail through the scenic City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park. At Top O The World, you'll ride on the Continental Divide in the Targhee National Forest and get a glimpse of the Grand Tetons in the distance. The third leg of the Ironhorse offers late season riding overlooking beautiful Magic Valley and Camas Prairie in southern Idaho.

Complete all 9 days of the Idaho Ironhorse and you and your horse will receive some fabulous prizes and terrific fame, and you'll both go down in the Idaho endurance history books!

And Juniors ride free! Saddle up and bring the whole family.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Applications Welcomed for 2019-21 Equestrian Canada Endurance Committee

Ottawa, ON, Feb. 1, 2019 - Individuals interested in volunteering on the 2019-21 Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee are encouraged to apply by the deadline of Feb. 20, 2019.

As an operational committee of EC, the Endurance Committee is responsible for providing strategic guidance and counsel to EC management to support the development of endurance in Canada. The Committee works in collaboration with other EC committees, task forces and national office staff, to provide assistance in implementation of the respective mandates.

Specific responsibilities of the Committee include:

Advising management on the annual operational priorities, strategies, and performance targets for the ongoing development of endurance in Canada.
Reviewing and reporting on the achievement of its annual operational priorities and performance targets and identifying key areas for improvement.
Providing input and feedback to management concerning policies, programs, rules, regulations, and services related to the development of endurance in Canada.
Supporting management in dealing with appeals related to endurance.
Interfacing as a unit with the endurance community in partnership with management on key developments, issues, challenges, and achievements within endurance.
Providing strategic counsel to EC management on matters concerning endurance high performance programs and services.
Nominating endurance representatives to various EC committees as required.
Appointing ad-hoc endurance committees in accordance with management-approved terms of references as required.
Liaising with Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) in order to further the effectiveness of endurance programs and services.

Committee members will be appointed by the EC senior leadership upon recommendation of the Committee for a term of three (3) years. Each member is eligible to serve up to two (2) terms. In appointing the members of the Committee, consideration is given to diversity, including without limitation, national/international experience and competency in the sport discipline, as well as gender, regional, technical, and linguistic balance.

Members of the Committee must be in good standing with EC and hold a valid EC Sport Licence (Bronze). In addition to being in compliance with EC’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures, Committee members must sign the EC Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement and file it annually at the EC office.
How to Apply

Individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest highlighting their unique qualifications, along with a resume, to:

EC Endurance Committee

The applicant’s full name and EC Sport Licence number (if applicable at time of submission) must be included in the application.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 20, 2019. The vacancy will be filled and announced on Feb. 28, 2019.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Endurance Riding Convention Set for March 8 and 9 in Reno

Endurance competitors and enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada will gather for the annual American Endurance Ride Conference convention March 8-9, 2019, in Reno, Nevada, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. This year AERC will be joined by the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) and will welcome all distance riders to attend.
Education is a main component of AERC, a 46-year-old nonprofit organization which sanctions rides ranging from 25 to 100 miles in one day, and the convention’s nine seminars will provide cutting-edge knowledge for current and prospective endurance riders.
Seminars at the 2019 AERC convention:
• “When Do Metabolic Problems Begin?” with Langdon Fielding, DVM, DACVECC, DACVSMR, of Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in Northern California
• “Gait Assessment” with Yvette Nout-Lomas, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVECC, an assistant professor of equine internal medicine at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary and Medical Science 
• “Pacing in Segments of an Endurance Competition” with Jerry Gillespie, DVM, PhD, a longtime endurance veterinarian and chair of AERC’s Research Committee
• “Endurance Clinics and Fun Rides: The Do’s and Don’ts” with Nick Warhol, a  veteran endurance competitor who has conducted many successful endurance clinics
• “How To’s for the ‘Perfect’ Ride” with Mollie Krumlaw-Smith, AERC Ride Managers Committee Chair
• “Equine Regenerative Medicine–Beyond the Hype” with Kenneth L Marcella, DVM, DACT, of KLM Equine in Canton, Georgia
• “Best Condition–A Veterinary Viewpoint” with Nick Kohut, DVM, chair of AERC’s Welfare of the Horse Committee  
• “Comparative Endurance Medicine: What We Can Learn from Current Research in Humans and Other Species” with Margaret Brosnahan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Midwestern University Animal Health Institute Clinical Assistant Professor, Equine Internal Medicine
• Safe Sport Discussion with Monica Chapman, AERC Acting President
But the convention isn’t all serious education. It’s also a celebration of accomplishments, with both regional and national award ceremonies. There is also a Friday night dance hosted by NATRC with The Country Kickers—sure to get people out on the dance floor.
All visitors are welcome at the trade show, which features a wide variety of vendors from around the world offering endurance gear—everything from tack and saddles to heart rate monitors and rider clothing. The trade show is free and open to the public. Hours are 8:00-6:00 on Friday, March 8, and 8:00-5:00 on Saturday, March 9. If you enjoy horses, this is a great opportunity to come and shop.
In addition, conference attendees always enjoy the popular annual Tack Swap that allows riders to pick up tack and related items at bargain prices, with a percentage of the proceeds benefitting AERC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Located a quick shuttle ride away from the Reno-International Airport, the Grand Sierra Resort (775-789-2000) is a spectacular site for the midsize convention, with plentiful public and private hotel space, dining options, movie theater, bowling center and gym. Special AERC convention rates are limited so early reservations are a must.
For more information, and to register and receive the best pricing on conference seminars, please visit

2019 Distance Horse National Championships Headed to Oklahoma

Distance Nationals is heading back to Alanna & Gunnar Franks Ranch in Vinita, OK, from October 25-27.

The American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) has joined our growing list of partnered breeds, which include: the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry (PShR), American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), and the Akhal-Teke Association of America (ATAA).

Remember that along with all of the National Championships offered, there are multiple Open Owl Hoot Spook 25 Mile LD’s and 50 Mile rides along with an Open Owl Hoot Spook 100 Mile ride and an Open CTR. These Open rides do not require qualifications or membership and are open to any breed.

The LD Challenge was added in 2018, also Open to all breeds with no membership or qualification requirements. All LD riders will have a pulse down requirement of 60, which is new this year.

Find more information regarding the LD Challenge event.

See you in Oklahoma!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

U.S. Endurance in Limbo After Governing Bodies Split - Full Article

January 21, 2019
by: Pippa Cuckson

American endurance riders planning to compete internationally this year may have some gaps in their schedules. Following the overnight severance of their national body from the US Equestrian Federation, competitors have been left wondering if there will be any FEI rides on home soil this season.

At this time, both parties – the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and USEF – are discussing emergency plans for scheduled rides, while USEF makes longer-term arrangements with ride organizers and finds a replacement for national body for endurance. It is a potential minefield, as FEI General Regulations require all national federations to ensure FEI rules are upheld at FEI rides. This, obviously, is not enforceable with non-affiliated organizations.

During a 48-hour hiatus last week, AERC advised USEF it would be disaffiliating in December 2019. But USEF wrong-footed AERC, announcing that it was going to terminate their association anyway, and suspended AERC immediately.

In the U.S., it is normal to run FEI rides in conjunction with AERC national rides, rather than stand-alone international fixtures. Seven FEI dates were scheduled for 2019.

USEF is setting up a task force and has invited AERC members to apply to sit on the USEF sport committee, subject to completing Safe Sport Training and refraining “from participating in gossip, blaming, or other negative types of communication,” among other conditions...

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 14

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Wooohooo! That is so awesome! We are at over 5,000 downloads between Podbean and iTunes, I honestly remember being in awe when we reached 256 downloads! It seems the podcast has filled a niche for riders.

It is officially 20th of January, only by a few minutes, I stayed up late to get this podcast out to you! Sometimes, a girl has to do what a girl has to do- and that sometimes means the only quiet time in the house is after everyone, including the dogs, have gone to sleep! This time I admit, I think it is pretty neat to publish the podcast on my little brother's birthday. Cool that I still get to call him my little brother even though he is WAY taller than I am.

It is so exciting when we get to hear from young riders in the sport and in this episode we will hear from a young rider in southern Wisconsin who rides the trails with her awesome Momma & Ride Manager, we will hear for the first time from two Florida young riders who have a great support team around them in their families and in their 4H Club. In Episode 14 we have some nail bitter stories from two of our long time listeners, Jenny Chandler (New Zealand) and Darice Whyte (Canada). We will also hear from rider, blogger, Audrey Hager from May the Horse be with You. And, if you are reading this Courtney, Jim blames you for my interest in at least trying a short RT at least once!

Please do check out the links provided in the show notes as they have some great resources, whether you’d like to hear the Templeton Thompson song that Courtney sang through the woods, if you’d like to check out the Ride & Tie website or if you are interested in learning more about 4H Clubs, or maybe you’d like to read more stories by Darice Whyte at Twisted Tales, and read more stories by Audrey Hager, you can follow the links and get more content!

I also included flyers to the midwest rides that were mentioned, though I don’t know how long those links will last as the new 2019 flyers will likely replace them. As always, life is a journey, enjoy the ride! Send me some audio files and remember it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

American Endurance Ride Conference Votes To Leave USEF - Full Article

By: Ann Glavan
Jan 16, 2019

On Jan. 14 American Endurance Ride Conference board members voted to terminate the AERC/U.S. Equestrian Federation endurance affiliate agreement at the end of 2019.

“There’s been some dissatisfaction from different segments of our membership for a number of years now over what has gone on overseas with [Regional Group 7],” said AERC President Monica Chapman. Group 7 is the geographical designation the Fédération Equestre Internationale assigns to the Middle East.

“The whole flat track race riding style is not palatable to some of our members,” Chapman continued.

Group 7 has come under attack in recent years for a variety of issues in endurance, including horse injuries and deaths from riding too fast, doping violations and outright cheating.

In 2015 the FEI suspended the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation for its endurance violations, and the FEI introduced new rules with harsher penalties for doping and mandatory rest periods for horses between rides.

In October of this year the FEI set up a temporary committee to: “Urgently assess the issues currently affecting the sport of Endurance and carry out an in-depth review of the rules in order to identify the most effective way of bringing the discipline back to its original roots of Endurance riding as opposed to Endurance racing, with horse welfare and horsemanship at its core, while still maintaining the competitive aspect of the sport.”

The AERC was established in 1972 as the national governing body for long distance riding and has just under 5,000 members today. As the USEF endurance affiliate, AERC represents the international discipline of endurance, which has a body of rules in the USEF Rule Book.

“We have a portion of our membership that doesn’t want to be associated with USEF; they feel USEF isn’t doing what they can to address horse welfare concerns,” Chapman said. “We don’t want the abusive actions of some riders in Region 7 to tarnish the whole sport; we don’t want to be guilty by association...”

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

USEF Initiates Proceedings to Terminate AERC Affiliate Status

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 16, 2019, 12:18 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that it has initiated proceedings to terminate the recognized affiliate status of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) as soon as possible following the AERC Board of Director’s approval of a disaffiliation motion on January 14, 2019, indicating that they wish to terminate their affiliation with USEF as of December 1, 2019.

While USEF shares AERC’s concerns regarding horse welfare, the Federation considers this delayed disaffiliation to be contrary to the best interest of the future of endurance sport on a national and international level. During AERC’s proposed period between now and December 1, 2019, USEF cannot be certain that AERC will comply with USEF’s affiliate requirements, including compliance with bylaws, rules, decisions of the Hearing Committee, and not impeding athletes’ ability to participate in international competitions, as protected under the Ted Stevens Act.

USEF will continue its commitment to national and international endurance sport and will appoint a special task force to oversee the development of the necessary mechanisms to fulfill the needs of endurance. Additionally, USEF is encouraged by the creation of the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee and looks forward to their report and recommendations for the future of endurance. USEF acknowledges that there may be some challenges as a transitional plan is put in place and will work to ensure minimal impact.

Please email with questions or concerns.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

American Endurance Ride Conference Severs Ties with USEF

January 15, 2019

The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), the national governing body for endurance riding since 1972, announced on January 15 that, as of December 1, 2019, it will no longer be affiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

The AERC Board of Directors voted on the disaffiliation motion at their January 14 conference call meeting after months of comments and deliberation.

Continuing the AERC/USEF affiliation through the 2019 ride season will allow previously co-sanctioned rides to be held and allow for a transition period before the 2020 ride season.

AERC, a nonprofit organization founded in 1972, was affiliated with USEF and its predecessor, the American Horse Show Association, since endurance riding became an international sport. Endurance riding was first included in the World Equestrian Games held in Sweden in 1990. The winner of that event was American Becky Grand Hart, riding RO Grand Sultan+/.

AERC’s International Committee, founded in 1991, will be working with the AERC Board of Directors to find a means to allow those seeking to participate in international competitions to continue to do so.

The AERC Board of Directors, which represents the organization's more than 4,900 members, will be working on a plan to facilitate the separation from USEF, according to AERC President Monica Chapman.

For more information about the American Endurance Ride Conference, visit

About the AERC
The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) was founded in 1972 as a national governing body for long distance riding. Over the years it has developed a set of rules and guidelines designed to provide a standardized format and strict veterinary controls. The AERC sanctions more than 700 rides each year throughout North America and in 1993 Endurance became the fifth discipline under the United States Equestrian Team.

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

Rebecca "Bucky" Spicer 1929-2019

Rebecca Hanna Spicer (Bucky) died on January 9, 2019 at Homewood of Crumland Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Her husband, John S. Spicer, Sr., predeceased her on June 3, 2017. She was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1929. She was the daughter of Rebecca Sponsler and John Richard Hanna. Bucky’s first six years were spent in Franklin where she fell in love with horses. Her grandfather, John Lindsay Hanna, was business manager for the Sibley Estates, where they would let Bucky ride one of the team horses at lunch time.

In 1936 her father was transferred to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Atlantic Refining Company, then she grew up in that area. She attended the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania then attended the Ambler branch of Temple University where she majored in agriculture and acquired her first German Shepherd. She made her social debut in Philadelphia in 1947.

When her parents moved to Sewickley, Pennsylvania, she fox hunted several years with the Sewickley Hunt Club. She then attended Penn State and became a milk tester. She traveled the state with her dog Brandy, doing advanced registry and AHR testing. Wanting to stay in one place, she became a Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) tester for Adams County, Pennsylvania where she met her future husband. During that year she was whipper-in for the Beaufort Hunt Club in Harrisburg.

She was then head of the riding department at the Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland and head of the riding department at Happy Valley Camp in Port Deposit, Maryland, always accompanied by her dog.

In 1955 she married John Stephen Spicer of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They spent the first year of their married life at the farm he managed with his father and brother before moving to Sewickley, Pennsylvania for three years. Daughters Susan Rebecca and Sara Stephenie were born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John was transferred to Bowling Green, Kentucky where Bucky established herself as the first female real estate agent in Bowling Green, and where son John Stephen, Jr. was born.

John was transferred back east where the family settled in Frederick, Maryland. Bucky became a real estate agent with Baker Kefauver before becoming a residential sales manager for Paul Ganley. During this time, she was on the Altar Guild at All Saints Episcopal Church and was also the Organizing Regent for the Carrollton Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1969 the family moved to a farm in Woodsboro, Maryland, which they named Johnny-Reb Farm. Bucky became a whipper-in for Carrollton Hounds and then for the New Market Hunt Club. She was the first female director of the Maryland Angus Association. Bucky hosted the first handicapped riding program in Frederick County.

During those wonderful years with the children in Pony Club and 4-H, school and college, she bred and showed thoroughbred horses and even showed an Angus bull at the Frederick Fair. She started her competitive trail riding era in 1975 with horses Pywacket, Admiral Boy and Dagget. In 1992 she acquired an Arabian gelding named Bart (Caynga Vartan). The two of them won numerous championships and had over 6,000 miles in competition, besides the thousands of miles during training and pleasure rides. A highlight was when they completed the Old Dominion 100 mile one-day endurance ride. Bart won the Arabian Horse Association’s Legions of Honor, Supreme Honor, and Excellence, and was Horse of the Year before Cushing and Lyme disease forced him into retirement. He died on June 23, 2014...

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Last race of the year in the USA in Ocala, Florida - Full Article

11 January 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Cheryl Van Deusen

Florida Horse Park, Ocala, FL, USA. Friday 27 and Saturday 28 December 2018 was the site of two days of CEI 1*2* 3* endurance for seniors and young riders. It was unusually hot for winter and the course was difficult given the recent rains leading to erosion on the trails exposing lots of roots and deep sand.

Although a small ride overall given the post WEG recovery, the organisers were pleased to have athletes competing from nine countries to Canada, China, Columbia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, South Africa, and the USA.

On Friday, the senior 2* event was won by Cheryl Van Deusen on Ebs Regal Majjan in 10:06 riding with the winning young rider Kate Bishop on LR April Breeze, owned by Lisa Green. Cheryl and Regal won the FEI BC for seniors and Kate Bishop and LR April Breeze was the Best Condition for YR. Kate and Breeze had a great day winning the overall best condition in the national CEI 120 distance as well!...

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

2019 January's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

Jan 8, 2019

In today’s Endurance episode we talk about the history of Endurance with Dawn Kerr, the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award winner Cheryl Van Deusen and Lisa Schneider Board of Directors member on new rules changes for 2019 ride season. Plus, Karen’s trip to the ER and The Distance Depot Marino sheepskins, listen in...

Sunday, January 06, 2019

2019 AERC Convention Information

March 8 and 9, 2019 - Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, Nevada


1. The first 200 people to sign up will receive a hand-made ceramic horse magnet, courtesy of Adventures In Clay Ceramics

2. Drawing #1 – sign up by 2/10/19 – $50 Riding Warehouse gift card and 10 AERC raffle tickets

3. Drawing #2 – sign up by 2/10/19 – handmade platter by Anne York of Starfire Design Studio (see her booth at convention!) and 25 AERC raffle tickets

We're heading back to Reno for the 2019 AERC convention. AERC's convention is the most fun you can have without your horse! Two days of informative and thought-provoking seminars on Friday and Saturday, shopping galore, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, awards presentations, Hot Topics seminars, plus fun Friday night entertainment and the awards banquet on Saturday night.

Sign up for the 2019 AERC Convention online! You're also welcome to call the AERC office to register: 866-271-2372.

Register by February 22, 2019, to receive discounted seminar pricing. While the complete seminar schedule is not yet available, we can confirm that speakers will include veterinarian/clinicians Margaret Brosnahan, Langdon Fielding, Kenneth Marcella, Yvette Nout-Lomas and Mike Peralez, There will also be a session by expert ride managers. Watch for more details!

HOTEL: A favorite of AERC members, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino at 2500 E 2nd Street in Reno, Nevada 89595 has everything all in one spot, so it's a great place to stay, and eat, and shop -- all under one roof.

Grand Sierra Resort
Reservations are now OPEN! For online reservations: Grand Sierra Resort reservation link. For phone reservations: 800-501-2651, and give this code: ARIDE9.

Thank you for making your reservation through the AERC links. Hotel costs: weeknights are $116.70 total; $143.83 on weekend nights. The hotel rooms have all been remodeled and should be a wonderful place to stay while you enjoy all the convention has to offer.

VETERINARIANS: The Veterinary Committee has tentatively scheduled a two-day CE (veterinarian-only) for March 7 and 8, 2019. This two-day program is very popular with AERC veterinarians and we hope you will join in.

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS: We welcome exhibitors! Here is the information you need to know to be part of the 2019 AERC Convention Trade Show -- with map of available booths and a link to an online sign-up forms. Please contact the AERC office if you you have any questions: 866-271-2372.

Cheryl Van Deusen and Alex Shampoe Awarded Top Honors in Endurance

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 4, 2019, 10:43 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce the winners of two prestigious awards in the discipline of endurance. Cheryl Van Deusen has been awarded the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, and Alex Shampoe has been awarded the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy.

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

Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) is currently ranked in the top 10 on the FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking list. Van Deusen’s characteristic consistency and dedication shown through again throughout 2018, ending the competition year at the Broxton Bridge CEI3*-160 and CEI2*-120 where she placed fourth and second, respectively. Van Deusen also rode for the U.S. Endurance Team for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 with Hoover the Mover, her 15-year-old Arabian gelding. This impressive combination currently tops the FEI Endurance Open Combination World Ranking list. This is the second consecutive year Van Deusen has won the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award.

Shampoe (Colorado Springs, Colo.) kicked off the competition year with a top-three finish in the High Roller CEIYJ2*-120. She went on to win the Fire Mountain CEIYJ2*-70+ (2) and three more CEIYJ2*-120 competitions throughout the year, all with different mounts. This ambitious young rider strives to develop her skills and gain more experience, most recently competing and completing a CEI1*-80 and a CEI2*-120 in Dubai.

The 2018 Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy will be presented at the Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON during the 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 12, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Endurance Rider Holly Corcoran Shines in a Sport She Loves - Full Article

Suzanne Bush - January 2019

Growing up in New Jersey, Holly Corcoran rode horses on her family’s farm. She loved horses and she loved trail riding. But she took some time off to raise her two children and eventually found herself back in the company of horses after a 15-year break.

“When I got back into riding, my kids were riding one horse and we did showing. My daughter was into the showing, but I was not excited about the horse show prospects.” She thought about what she really loved: trails. And her odyssey began. Really. It became an epic adventure!

Corcoran, who has a small farm in Effort PA, in Monroe County, joined a close-knit band of riders who compete against each other and against teams from all over the world in Endurance Riding. The competitions can be short (it’s all relative, of course) 25 or 30 miles, or longer, as in, 50 miles and 100 miles, during which horse and rider compete against other teams. But they’re also competing against their own stamina, heart and ability to stay focused when it’s dark and cold or sunny and brutally hot or rainy, snowy, misty or you-name-it. The footing isn’t always predictable. There are “craggly” places, as Corcoran describes them. But those are mere footnotes in the adventure...

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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Young Riders: Anne Ayala AERC Scholarship Application Due January 7

Young riders! Just a few days remain to apply for the Anne Ayala AERC Scholarship! Click on the link if you are (or know!) an AERC member between senior year in high school and age 21. Please apply but get that application in by January 7.
Scholarship details and information all on the link or contact Steph Teeter, Junior Committee chair, at

Illinois: Iconic and ironic: Metro East farm plans to sell Arabian horses to Saudi Arabia - full article

y joe holleman • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jan 2, 2019

Of all that Saudi Arabia may lack, one wouldn’t guess that Arabian horses are one of them.

But unlikely as it seems, this is where a Metro East stable comes in — providing Arabian horses to Saudi Arabia.

“For thousands of years, Saudi Arabia was a country that moved on horses and camels,” said Rodger Davis, owner of the Riding Center near Freeburg. “But once oil was discovered, it became a country of Rolls Royces and Maseratis.

“Some of the bloodlines of these animals got lost. And some Saudis feel they lost connection with their past.”

And as unlikely as it may sound, the Arabian horses that are now being bred at Davis’ 300-acre operation off Route 13 on Red Ray Mine Road are as pure as it gets.

So Davis and his head trainer, Sarah Sanders, visited several times last year with Saudi officials and hope to strike a long-term business deal...

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Afton woman rides Atlantic Coast Pipeline route horseback in protest - Full Article

December 29 2018

Sarah Murphy, of Afton, and her 24-year-old horse Rob Roy set out on an adventure in September to ride part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route. They just arrived home on Wednesday and Murphy reflects on a journey of hardships, beauty and building relationships.

Murphy, 35, grew up in Augusta County outside of Staunton. She graduated from Fort Defiance High School and attended Blue Ridge Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University.

She became active in the anti-pipeline movement after riding horseback from Bridgewater to Whitesburg, Kentucky to protest mountaintop removal. Seeing devastation on that trip motivated her activism as well as the pipeline’s path through local counties.

“A lot of it’s going through the property I grew up on,” Murphy said of her resistance with the pipeline. “I have a big love for the Valley. It’s heartbreaking thinking of it going through some of that land, having friends that have eminent domain, it’s coming close to our farm — I worry about the repercussions for that.”

Murphy and Rob Roy, a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, left Staunton for the journey on Sept. 26 towards Weston, West Virginia. They took access roads and stayed with families being impacted by the pipeline along the route. They were able to see construction and infrastructure...

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Texas Horses go to the airport, but not because they’re jet-setters - Full Article

Andrea Leinfelder Dec. 26, 2018

Darolyn Butler patrolled the airport perimeter atop Navajo, an Appaloosa used to train riders for long-distance endurance races. Next to her was Kelly Baber and two of his horses, Ben and TL Mr. Roan Apache — “Patch” for short, because the breeding quarter horse is missing an eye.

But less than perfect vision didn’t deter him on this recent morning. The horses and their riders were looking for wildlife hazards, such as holes where critters could crawl beneath the fence and onto a runway, and for the more worrisome human hazards.

About 65 people, including off-duty law enforcement officers, are trained as Airport Rangers to ride along the fences and woods surrounding Bush Intercontinental Airport. It’s a little-known volunteer program, but its roots are in a decadeslong tradition of civilians helping secure the country...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 13

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Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 13

Hello and Welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!

I’m your host, Christina Hyke, an equine photographer in Southern Wisconsin. Occasionally you will hear Jim, my husband, along with me during the intro or outtro of the podcast.

This is the last episode of 2018! Featuring: Bridget Helms, Tara Leroy, Jenny Chandler, Lindy Griffith, Keisha Wood, Daryl Owen, Courtney Krueger, Ella Bunting, Leah Cain, Carrie Baris, Sylvia Ireland, Laura Hayes.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Let's Ride: The Personal Memoirs of a Legendary Horsewoman

Paperback | 165 pages

"This enchanting collection of stories is sure to inspire every reader – not just horse lovers – about the fullness that is found in leading a life rooted in courage."– OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, Actress & friend

From winning one of the equine world’s most prestigious world championships as a young schoolteacher to leading the way for importing horses from communist-run Poland, Sheila broke through glass ceilings and paved new paths that made her one of the most beloved figures in the equine world. These stories – personally written by her before she passed away – are a collection of her most poignant memories. Like all trendsetters, the journey is, at times, filled with fear, self-doubt, and loss. Sheila’s enchanting storytelling – one of her most beloved attributes – transports the reader into every scene in a way that only she could do. You’ll feel the struggle alongside our heroine. But you’ll also laugh often, feeling the joys, the triumphs, and the reconciliations throughout her incredible journey. Most of all, you will see a canvas of truth lift off each page that speaks to the formidable combination of courage, conviction, humor and grace for leading the ultimate life of fulfillment and purpose. Bonus materials include never-before-seen handwritten poems and letters between Sheila and her parents, handwritten documents, personal photos, and more!

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

After riding thousands of miles on horseback, Montanan makes pit stop in N.M. - Full Article

By Olivia Harlow |
Dec 20, 2018

When Bernice Ende was a kid, she watched Westerns that featured New Mexico’s wide-open deserts and gritty canyons.

She’s gotten to know them a lot better since then, and she says they’re even more enchanting now than they were in the movies.

The Montana resident, whose long-distance horseback trips — sometimes up to 600 miles a month — gave rise to the book Lady Long Rider, stopped in Santa Fe this week as part of a book tour and remembered her initial visit to New Mexico with sweet nostalgia.

“It was like climbing into my skin for the first time,” she said Thursday at the Hat Ranch Gallery, recalling how she felt riding into Santa Fe on horseback years ago...

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

EasyCare’s Newest Hoof Boot Named After a Legacy of Endurance

Easycareinc Blog - Full Article

By Garrett Ford -
November 1, 2018

EasyCare has decided to name our new hoof boot line the Easyboot Fury after an Arabian gelding that has not only been an inspiration for a new kind of endurance boot, but has been part of the innovation team by putting in hundreds of trail-tested miles over the last 10 years. Fury has been testing EasyCare hoof boots since 2009 and has completed 32 endurance events with 16 Best Conditions and 12 first place finishes.

When EasyCare’s first hoof boot hit the market in 1970, it was the only commercially available hoof protection product and it was a challenge to prove how a non-traditional hoof protection product could compete in a very traditional industry. After taking the helm of EasyCare in 1993, I personally made sure we worked hard to see horses succeed and often excel in boots and composite shoes. It’s been an interesting journey and I am proud of the huge advancements EasyCare has made in hoof protection. It’s a legacy that deserves to continue – and does with our new boot...

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