Thursday, January 17, 2019

American Endurance Ride Conference Votes To Leave USEF

Chronofhorse.com - 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...”

Read more here:
http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/american-endurance-ride-conference-votes-to-leave-usef

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

USEF Initiates Proceedings to Terminate AERC Affiliate Status

USEF.org

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 usefendurance@usef.org with questions or concerns.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

American Endurance Ride Conference Severs Ties with USEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 www.AERC.org.

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 www.aerc.org.

Rebecca "Bucky" Spicer 1929-2019

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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...

Read more here:
https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/rebecca-spicer?lud=C7FED18AF9B0ACA549762119F5074716&fh_id=15658&fbclid=IwAR2fpy-BHmOxMY-t5UdDboluAF6vUNa5UNt8fOPvW5dyQrNzntV4-LwtzBA

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Last race of the year in the USA in Ocala, Florida

Endurance-world.com - 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!...

Read more here:
http://endurance-world.com/last-race-of-the-year-in-the-usa-in-ocala-florida/

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

2019 January's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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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...

http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/history-of-endurance-cheryl-van-deusen-and-new-rules-changes-on-endurance-day-for-jan-08-2019/?fbclid=IwAR11LjeZ3FpPF8zSFI1clcxs6Z4lm1DEAfdHdTM4lsBqjqKh99S0eZ4IU4c



Sunday, January 06, 2019

2019 AERC Convention Information

AERC.org

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

SPECIAL EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVES!

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

USEF.org

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

EastCoastEquestrian.net - 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...

Read more here:
http://www.eastcoastequestrian.net/news2019/january/Endurance-Rider-Holly-Corcoran-Shines-in-a-Sport-She-Loves.php?fbclid=IwAR1m_lFhTJYY95DuTOyJKHfMz3xRHjLz2OfhqQOBnYugcuYInVWwLi0jIdI#/

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Young Riders: Anne Ayala AERC Scholarship Application Due January 7

https://aerc.org/static/2019scholarship.pdf

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 steph@endurance.net.

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

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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...

Read more here:
http://www.newspressnow.com/news/national/iconic-and-ironic-metro-east-farm-plans-to-sell-arabian/article_f23cde4b-9533-5a9e-adfe-4f15fe4ad18e.html

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Afton woman rides Atlantic Coast Pipeline route horseback in protest

DailyProgress.com - Full Article

BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL
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...

Read more here:
https://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/local/afton-woman-rides-atlantic-coast-pipeline-route-horseback-in-protest/article_a90cf33a-f5b8-52fd-85f5-3e3e7ea3fb0e.html

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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

HoustonChronicle.com - 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...

Read more here:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Horses-go-to-the-airport-but-not-because-13491585.php#photo-16692709

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

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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!

Available on Amazon.com and VarianArabians.com.

First 500 orders placed through VarianArabians.com below will receive an officially numbered copy!

$19.95 (plus shipping/handling)

Order at:
http://evieinc.net/v-the-legacy-of-sheila-varian/

Sunday, December 23, 2018

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

SantaFeNewMexican.com - Full Article

By Olivia Harlow | oharlow@sfnewmexican.com
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...

Read more here:
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/after-riding-thousands-of-miles-on-horseback-montanan-makes-pit/article_ab42ab5e-4cd4-56ed-9967-d667811a0243.html

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...

Read more here:
https://blog.easycareinc.com/easycares-newest-hoof-boot-named-after-a-legacy-of-endurance/

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Matthew P. Mackay-Smith 1932-2018

Winchesterstar.com

Matthew Page Mackay-Smith, renowned pioneering equine veterinarian, medical editor for EQUUS magazine, and competitive endurance rider and lifelong foxhunter who located and mapped the colonial roads of Clarke County, Virginia, died on December 8 at Godfrey House in Berryville, Virginia. He was 86.

The son of author, prominent horseman, and National Sporting Library founder Alexander Mackay-Smith and his wife, Joan Higginson Mackay-Smith, Matthew Mackay-Smith was born on September 15, 1932 in Washington, DC. He attended the Stuyvesant School in Warrenton VA, then St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, from which he graduated in 1949. He went on to Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor of arts in 1953. He received his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1958, and went on to earn a master’s degree in orthopedics and epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He was the first large animal intern at the UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught for seven years.

In 1967 he founded the Delaware Equine Center in Glasgow, Delaware with partners Lawrence Cushing and Daniel Marks. The practice later moved to Cochranville, Pennsylvania. With Marks, Dr. Mackay-Smith pioneered a host of surgical and diagnostic procedures that remain standard in the field, including the now universally-used “tie back” procedure for the common equine respiratory disorder laryngeal hemiplegia. Drs. Marks and Mackay-Smith were also the first to use a rigid endoscope to film the workings of the equine larynx, a major breakthrough in diagnostics. Mackay-Smith was an institution on country roads, motoring between his clients’ barns in a battered BMW on which he put 500,000 miles, driving it to such a state of exhaustion that his mechanic refused to let him use it anymore, “lest a front wheel part company with the axle,” wrote Mackay-Smith’s wife, Winkie.

Between 1961 and 2001, Dr. Mackay-Smith was the author/co-author of twenty-two professional papers and lectured widely on a host of equine veterinary subjects. He joined the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 1961 and served on the organization’s Ethics, Racetrack, Education, Prepurchase, and Farrier Liaison committees.

In 1977, while maintaining his medical practice, he became Medical Editor for the newly founded EQUUS magazine. A born wordsmith who had adapted to a childhood stutter by amassing a massive vocabulary to give him alternate words to use when stuck on one, he was lauded as a superb editor and mentor to many writers. His impeccable veterinary expertise helped establish the magazine as a perennially award-winning, indispensable guide for owners, trainers, and riders. He often said that while his clinical veterinary career was “dedicated to saving one horse at a time,” at EQUUS he embraced the opportunity to educate a wide range of horsemen about equine disease and management so that they could improve not only many horses’ lives, but provide better outcomes for veterinary treatment. He retired from veterinary practice in 2001, and from EQUUS in 2007.

An avid foxhunter from the age of 8, Dr. Mackay-Smith hunted principally with Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Pennsylvania’s Cheshire hounds for seventy-two years, interspersing his local rides with hunting excursions to England and Scotland. His passion for competitive endurance riding began in 1964, when he entered the Western States Trail Ride, popularly known as the Tevis Cup, a single-day 100-mile event known as the grand-daddy of endurance races. Riding a borrowed horse, he placed fifth, a remarkable result for an intensely grueling event in which nearly half of the 53 competitors failed to finish. In 1995 he became the first rider to win both the Old Dominion 100 (VA) and the Tevis Cup 100 (CA) on the same horse in the same year, just six weeks apart. In an endurance riding career that spanned more than three decades, he introduced a host of innovations to protect the welfare of the equine competitors, changes embraced by the American Endurance Ride Conference, for which he was a board member and onetime president, and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports...

More at:
http://www.winchesterstar.com/obituaries/matthew-p-mackay-smith/article_151c2df2-51e5-5d5f-8c78-98fb3afd5625.html

Friday, December 14, 2018

An Interview with Dave Nicholson - AHW January 1983

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Published on Mar 18, 2012

Nearly 30 years ago — in the Arabian Horse World January 1983 issue — we interviewed endurance rider Dave Nicholson, who was named to AERC’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Newest Directors-At-Large to Represent AERC

AERC.org

December 12 2018

Congratulations to the Directors-at-Large who will be representing the AERC membership, beginning on March 9, 2019. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 

Olin Balch DVM 
Nina Bomar 
Mollie Krumlaw-Smith 
Robert Marshall DVM 
Mike Maul 
Heather Reynolds 
Christoph Schork 
Tim Worden

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2018 December's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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Green Bean Tips, ’19 National Championships, ’18 100 Mile Champ, Endurance Day for Dec. 11, 2018


On this month’s Endurance episode we chat with AERC National 100 Mile champion Hannah Johnson, Dr. Melissa Ribley gives us a preview of the 2019 National Championships being held on the West Coast and Mary Howell has some great tips for new Endurance competitors a.k.a Green Beans.

More info and listen to the episode at:
http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/green-bean-tips-19-national-championships-18-100-mile-champ-endurance-day-for-dec-11-2018/?fbclid=IwAR3xOFAM-VDhZ1LZwDAjhWqgTODpbPdKSUB3ZgBsIGvca7N9E_vtAcbmTBE

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Arabian Horse Association dissatisfied with USEF, Considers New Governance Options

ShaneDarnell.com - Full Article

DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY SHANE DARNELL

USEF could be facing over $1.5 Million dollars in annual revenue losses if the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) decides to self govern or join other breeds considering an exit from the over regulated “Federation”.

(AHA) the largest non-Olympic breed organization with approximately 12,000 USEF members held it’s National Membership Convention last month, and voted unanimously (according to insiders) to begin a feasibility study that could result in an exit from USEF governance within 12 months.

AHA sited material revenue impact because of their exhibitor loss to non-USEF affiliated breeds. The perception among AHA members is that USEF is over regulated and offers very little in return to their breed for the cost of association...

Read more here:
http://shanedarnell.com/arabsvotechange/?fbclid=IwAR3psftBNUZfCbQ3zjoNGlT6XWW6aO5zcjtQSy4u__G-_3ObE3q-b45GJIo

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ultrarunning History Podcast 12: Endurance Riding – Part 1

Ultrarunninghistory.com - Listen and Read more

December 8 2018
By Davy Crockett

Both a podcast episode and a full article
(Listen to the podcast episode which includes a bonus running story.)

Endurance riding is the equestrian sport that includes controlled long-distance riding/racing. The sport has existed for more than a century in various forms. 100-mile trail ultramarathons, especially the Western States Endurance Run, Old Dominion 100, and Vermont 100 can trace their roots to endurance riding. Other trail 100s that emerged in the 1980s were also influenced by endurance riding practices.

Ultrarunners should feel indebted to those of the endurance riding sport who had the vision to establish some early 100-mile trail races for runners. The trail 100-miler inherited many of the same procedures of aid stations, course markings, trail work, crews, medical checks, and of course the belt buckle award. Once ultrarunners understand their history, a common kinship is felt between the two sister endurance sports. So trade in your running shoes for horse shoes for a few minutes and learn about an inspiring and adventuresome endurance riding history that impacted the sport of ultrarunning.

The Origins of the Endurance Riding Sport in America

Usually the credit for establishing the endurance riding sport is given to Wendell Robie of Auburn, California when he initiated the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) in 1955. (That history will be covered in Part 2). But endurance riding competitions of various formats existed long before 1955. Vermont must be recognized as the birth place for the endurance rides in America.

Perhaps it depends on the definition for the “endurance ride.” The debate around the definition of what an endurance ride is, is similar to the definition of what an ultramarathon is. Is an ultramarathon anything over a marathon or do they start at 50 miles? One published definition for the endurance ride is “a timed test against the clock of an individual horse/rider team’s ability to traverse a marked, measured cross-county “trail” over natural terrain consisting of a distance of 50 to 100 miles in one day.” That is a modern, very limited definition especially the “trail” limitation, and the one-day limitation. But it still does apply to many very early endurance rides that predated the Western States Trail Ride...

Read more and listen here:
http://ultrarunninghistory.com/endurance-riding-1/?fbclid=IwAR2bFLPIudofhy1duOxKwjaDfH1yzB-xnlUBtWcOPjC5PCwvdKtJbOdEPuQ

Thursday, December 06, 2018

2019 Distance Horse National Championships

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

The American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) will join 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, along with all of the National Championships offered, there are multiple Open Owl Hoot 25 Mile LD’s and 50 Mile rides along with an Open Owl Hoot 100 Mile ride and a CTR. These Open rides do not require qualifications or membership and are open to any breed.

More information at:
https://www.arabianhorses.org/competition/national-events/distance-nationals/

Monday, December 03, 2018

Who You Callin' Old: 19-year-old Endurance Horse Fire Mt Malabar is Still On Fire



At 19, Fire Mt Malabar has over 7000 miles, 16 first places, and 47 Best Conditions (3rd on the all-time BC list). And he's not done yet.


December 3 2018
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

The 16-hand, slight bay gelding with a star and thin strip and 4 white socks is a familiar sight going down the Northwest and Mountain region endurance trails. But you might do a double take at his rider.

Lee Pearce of Baker City, Oregon, was Fire Mt Malabar's (almost) exclusive Heavyweight rider since 2006: a partnership of over 5300 miles, 43 Best Condition awards, and a 2011 National Best Condition award.

(You can read about Lee's earlier adventures with Malabar here.)

Lee on Malabar hitting 5000 miles

In 2015 Malabar and Lee headed to the Big Horn 100; they started the ride, and passed the first vet check, but then Lee stopped with him out on the trail because something wasn't right. Turned out Malabar had contracted salmonella, most likely at an overnight stopover in Dubois on the way; he became so ill that they nearly lost him at the vet clinic. He went on to recover, and Lee and Malabar came back firing on all pistons in 2016, with a 10 for 10 record, though Lee rode him more conservatively.

Now it's Lee's wife Naomi Preston who has the esteemed seat in Malabar's saddle. How she got there was a process of talking Lee out of him, since he had another nice and talented horse to ride (JAC Winterhawk), and since Naomi didn't really have a main endurance horse. "Maybe it was pity that he gave me Malabar," Naomi laughs.


Naomi had ridden Malabar on only one previous 50 mile ride in June of 2011 at the Owyhee Cheap Thrills No Frills in Idaho. "It was a magical ride. Sue Hedgecock and I rode together the whole day. [Sue rode LZP Julioslastchance, her eventual Haggin Cup winner.] It was pretty, there were wildflowers, blue sky; the two of us just had a ball. And we decided to tie for the win, because the horses were even. It was really fun." Naomi had never ridden Malabar before, and the gelding was perfect that day, since Lee had gotten the 'kinks' out of him in winning the previous day's 50.


Naomi and Malabar at City of Rocks
Fast forward 6 years to Idaho's City of Rocks Pioneer ride in June of 2017, where Naomi swung a leg aboard Malabar in a new partnership. Usually riding with Lee aboard Hawk, Naomi and Malabar finished 16 of 16 rides (810 miles) in 2017 (and don't forget the 2 rides and 100 miles with Lee before Naomi took the reins), and 18 of 19 rides in 2018 (940 miles). Their only stumbling block in 2018 was Tevis, and that was a Rider Option pull, when Naomi's metabolics went awry. "Malabar was fine," Naomi said. "I was the weak link!" (Lee and Hawk went on to finish Tevis.)

"Malabar's showing no signs of slowing down," Naomi says. "It's almost like he's got a second career. We got 4 wins and 4 Best Conditions this year.
We tied for the win of the 3-day Strawberry Fields Pioneer with Lee and Hawk - only 3 pairs did all 3 days. Very tough ride. And Malabar reached 7000 miles in September.


"We weren't pushing or anything - Malabar's just kind of on fire. He's just going so well, and his recoveries are great."

On one of those wins this fall, Naomi and Malabar tied with Christoph Schork and GE Pistol Annie at the Outlaw and the Virgin Pioneer ride in Utah. Christoph is AERC's winningest rider, and you can usually expect Christoph to be setting a smart pace at the start of rides and finishing in front. And GE Pistol Annie is no slouch, with 48 completions in 49 starts, 33 of those first places (all with Christoph), and 21 Best Conditions.

Naomi says, "We came into the lunch vet check, and I thought, well, if Malabar doesn't pulse down right away, this will be a sign he's going too fast. And they both pulsed down at the same time; Malabar of course drops to 40. Christoph and I rode together the whole day, and we had a ball."

Naomi recalled that Lee and Malabar had ridden with Christoph and Pistol Annie many years earlier. One can easily imagine the two experienced, talented endurance horses eyeballing each other in mutual recognition down the trail.


Known in his 'younger years' for some antics - spooking, bucking, going too fast - Malabar tried his tricks on Naomi just once, on her first ride with him in 2017 at City of Rocks. "We were going down a long road, and something spooked Malabar, and the wind was blowing a million miles an hour, and he took off at a gallop. So not only did he spook, but he bolted, too. Lee was thinking I was going to be roadkill, but I stayed on, and got him stopped.

"That's the only time he's really ever done anything kind of crazy with me. I was really fit and strong then. I wasn't getting off that horse. Luckily he just ran straight. But it did scare me!


"He's really settled down. I love riding him. It's just fun. We're in that zone. He reminds me a lot of riding Mustang Lady in several ways, just because he's a veteran, he knows to eat and drink, he carries a steady pace - he knows all that stuff. You know how nice it is riding a horse that's experienced."

(Naomi's phenomenal Mustang Lady entered the AERC Hall of Fame in 2001 - read about her here).


Experienced and, still, on fire. Malabar probably is getting a 'second wind' with a Lightweight rider, but it could just be that he's that good. He comes from some of the best old-time, proven bloodlines you can find in the endurance sport: Fire Mt Malabar is by Jim and Jackie Bumgardner's legendary endurance stallion and sire Sierra Fadwah (AERC Hall of Fame 1992) out of Malabar Dawn, by Malabar Amir.

While the gelding is (mostly) all business on the trail now (mostly, unless Naomi tries a side pull on him after a lunch vet check at a ride, which he does not like), he can throw in a little crow hop on training rides. "It's not anything that you'd fall off," Naomi says, "but a crop hop that says, 'I'm feeling good!'"


Generally kind of aloof to people, Malabar still knows he's quite special, coming to the pasture gate when Lee or Naomi are around, to get let out for his "special" meals. He thinks any hay on the ground is his bed. He has a bit of a sense of humor, too, taking advantage of Naomi when she's trying to put his bridle on. He puts his head in the sky because he knows that he's tall and Naomi is short and can't reach him when he does that. The only horse in the herd he can't push around is his brother Fire Mt Legacy.


Malabar knows how good he is. And he's not done yet. Lee and Naomi are planning on more multi-day rides next year, which Malabar excels at. "Lee and I really love multi-days. And we really love the Duck rides (Dave Nicholson's multi-day XP rides). The trails are beautiful, we get to see different scenery, and the camaraderie is great.

"Malabar's just that special quality of a horse that knows their job, and has fun doing it and you don't have to worry about them. It's just the ultimate.

"It's a blessing - really a blessing."


photos by Lee and Naomi, and a few by Crockett Dumas

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Long list of accomplishments accompanies Bowman to ABA helm

CSUS.edu - Full Article

Long list of accomplishments accompanies Bowman to ABA helm

Jonathan Bowman, a musician, rock-climbing instructor, and endurance equestrian – as well as an accomplished administrator – has been named Sacramento State’s new vice president for Administration and Business Affairs (ABA) and chief financial officer.

His first day at the University will be Jan. 28, 2019. He comes to Sac State from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Southern California, where he has been a business administration manager.

As head of ABA, Bowman will oversee a broad range of units and functions, including Space Management, Budget Planning & Administration, the Bursar’s Office, Environmental Health & Safety, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Procurement & Contracts Services, the Hornet Ticket Office, Capital Planning and Construction, and University Parking and Transportation (UTAPS).

“Hiring an individual of Jonathan’s caliber is an outstanding achievement for us,” University President Robert S. Nelsen says. “His experience in finance, entrepreneurship, facilities management, and budget oversight will significantly benefit Sacramento State.

"I look forward to working with him, and I hope that everyone will join me in welcoming him to the Hornet family.”

Bowman says a "passion for development" makes Sac State an ideal place for him.

“I’m drawn to higher education ... . I’ve spent the last 12 years on the JPL recruiting committee, helping JPL find space-crazy graduates from around the world," Bowman says. "I’ve had the pleasure of watching them transform into knowledgeable and successful professionals.

"I want to see how I can influence that thought migration at an earlier stage of education, and I look forward to helping Sac State continue to transform lives.”

Bowman went to JPL in 2005, managing the Instrument Division’s $10 million operational budget, as well as overseeing the division’s $300 million budget and 550 employees. JPL is a federally funded research and development center managed by the California Institute of Technology.

His leadership skills were acknowledged in 2014, when he received the JPL People Leadership Award, and in 2017, when he was presented JPL’s Voyager Award.

While studying for his master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Pepperdine University, Bowman started his own company, MacByte Computer Consultants, which he ran for three years. He later spent 14 years with McMaster-Carr Supply Company, in Santa Fe Springs, managing departments in finance, warehouse, and sales operations.

For Bowman, moving to Sacramento will be something of a homecoming. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in Economics from UC Davis, graduating in 1988. His 19-year-old daughter, Morgan, is studying animal science there.

“I’ve told her since she was 2 that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she still believes me,” Bowman says.

Melody Wong, Bowman’s wife of 26 years, also works at JPL. She will remain in Southern California until their son, Luke, finishes his last year of high school. Luke has applied to Sac State, where he’s considering graphic design as a major.

Wong and Morgan share Bowman’s passion for endurance horseback racing, which challenges horses and riders to compete at distances of 50, 75, and 100 miles. Bowman represented the United States in the 2003 Pan American Endurance Championships, on a 12-year-old horse named Heigh-Ho, finishing 44th out of 89 entries...

Read more here:
https://www.csus.edu/news/articles/2018/11/28/Bowman-takes-the-helm-of-Administration-and-Business-Affairs.shtml

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 12


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November 28 2018

TEVIS 2018 PART 3 PLUS: KEN CAMPBELL TARA LEROY MELISSA COOLICH VICTORIA CLARK COURTNEY KRUEGER LORI OLESON DARYL OWEN KEISHA WOOD

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 one is a LOOOONGG episode!

Read more and listen in:
https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/tevis-2018-part-3-plus-ken-campbell-tara-leroy-melissa-coolich-victoria-clark-courtney-krueger-lori-oleson-daryl-owen-keisha-wood/

Thursday, November 22, 2018

2019 AERC National Championships Coming to Ridgecrest California in the Fall

November 22 2018

Qualifications for the National Championship Rides:

All entries must meet AERC qualification criteria:

50-mile ride: 300 lifetime miles (horse) AND 300 lifetime miles (rider), with at least 100 miles together. The mileage requirements must be met with endurance competitions of 50 miles or more only -- no limited distance miles count towards qualification criteria.

100-mile ride: 500 lifetime miles (horse) AND 500 lifetime miles (rider), with at least one 100 mile, one-day ride together. The mileage requirements must be met with endurance competitions of 50 miles or more only -- no limited distance miles count towards qualification criteria.

Alternate qualification (either distance): If the horse and rider team has completed together for 1,000 AERC endurance miles (rides 50 miles or more only) they are qualified to enter.

Additional Alternate qualification: All horse and rider teams who completed the previous year in the Top 10 overall standings in their region will be qualified to ride in either the 50 or 100 mile distance.

Watch this page for updates:
https://www.facebook.com/AERC2019NC/

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Claire Godwin's 27-year-old PL Mercury Named 2018 Distance Horse of the Year

Tevis Cup photo
November 2018
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

PL Mercury ("Merc"), owned and ridden by Claire Godwin, has been named AHA Distance Horse of the Year.  At 27 years of age this year, he completed 6 of 7 endurance rides, including 3 100-milers: Old Dominion in Virginia in June (6th place, ride time of 16:44.33), the Tevis Cup in California in July (13th place, ride time of 17:18), and the AERC National Championship at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in September (15th place, ride time of 17:44.39).

The gelding by AM Autumn Mead X Playland Lady, by Al-Marah Milton started his endurance career in 2006 with Godwin as a 15-year-old.

His overall record now boasts 5950 AERC miles with 104 completions in 112 starts, 18 out of 20 100-mile finishes.

Godwin was featured on October's Horses In The Morning radio show, speaking about Merc's Hat Trick and how she keeps the gelding happy and healthy and going strong.

2018 November's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning


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CA Fire Rescues, Wild African Ride, AERC Century Club on Endurance Day for Nov. 13, 2018

Nov 13, 2018

Hanna Bartnick shares stories from her South African Wild Coast Ride, Haily Daeumler gives us a report from the front lines of the CA wild fires and Century club rider Gary Brown stops by. Listen in...

http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/ca-fire-rescues-wild-african-ride-aerc-century-club-on-endurance-day-for-nov-13-2019/

Sunday, November 18, 2018

AERC Juniors & Young Riders: Apply for the 2019 Anne Ayala Junior Scholarship

November 18 2018

It's SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION time! If you are or know of a young AERC member (from senior year in high school through age 21), please check out the qualifications and apply by January 7, 2019.
aerc.org/static/2019scholarship.pdf
AERC members have generously supported the Anne Ayala Scholarship program with donations. This scholarship, given in memory of longtime ride manager Anne Ayala, is a wonderful opportunity for young riders who want to further their education.

For more information, see:
http://aerc.org/static/2019scholarship.pdf

Friday, November 02, 2018

Corrected: Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31 for Early Discount

November 2 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming. For the early discount, entries must be received by December 31, 2018.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31

November 1 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Tevis Ride Dates Approved Through 2040

Teviscup.org

November 2 2018

The Board of Governors approved the Ride Dates through 2040 at their most recent meeting:

Ride Dates Through 2040

Sunday, October 28, 2018

US Equestrian Accepting Bids to Host the 2019 North American Endurance Championships and Team Challenge

USEF.org

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 26, 2018, 10:27 AM EST
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is now accepting bids for the 2019 North American Endurance Championships and Team Challenge. This competition marks the first-ever USEF national championship for the discipline of endurance. The 2019 North American Endurance Championship CEI3* 160km / CEIYJ2* 120km is an unofficial FEI team competition open to teams from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Completed applications and any supporting materials must be received by USEF on or before 5:00 pm ET on Friday, December 7, 2018. Applications and additional information can be found here.

Interested organizers should submit their completed bid applications to Kristen Brett, Director of Endurance, at kbrett@usef.org.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Going the distance: Local rider places 10th in 100-mile national championship horse race

DL-Online.com - Full Article

By Kaysey Price on Oct 18, 2018

After fifty years riding horses and more than thirty years of racing them, Teresa Fett was beginning to think she'd never get to ride in a 100-mile horse race, a dream of hers.

A test of strategy and endurance, a 100-mile is set up in "loops" of about 15 to 25 miles, the entirety of which needs to be completed within a 24-hour period — it's no easy feat. The timing had to be right for Teresa and her husband, Dale Fett, to pull it off.


"You know, it's one of those things, you've got to work at getting a horse," said Teresa, adding, "there's not a lot of horses that can do a 100-mile."

The Fetts have had many horses in their day but, either they weren't up to the challenge of the lengthy race, or the timing wasn't right for Teresa and Dale to take it on themselves — until recently, when their 13-year-old Arabian, CR Mister Aaz, proved not only could he run the 100 miles, but he could place them 10th in a national championship endurance race in North Carolina this September...

Read more here:
http://www.dl-online.com/news/4515252-going-distance-local-rider-places-10th-100-mile-national-championship-horse-race

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Is Your Horse Tough? Try the new Idaho Ironhorse Award Challenge

October 15 2018

Northwest Ride Managers Jessica Huber, Regina Rose, Steph Teeter, and Mike and Jessica Cobbley would like to introduce something really special we are offering, starting in 2019.

Together, we will be offering the all-new Idaho Ironhorse Award. If you and your horse complete ALL 9 DAYS of Idaho Pioneer rides:

City of Rocks

Top O The World

Autumn Sun

You win! We are working on really cool, one of a kind swag for this amazing feat! Plus, each successful team will get a free entry for one day at each ride the following year. And, we are gonna blast your accomplishment on every single endurance related website, because- WOW!

No matter if you are riding 50s or LDs, we are going to celebrate this enormous accomplishment with you. You will get a very cool custom award for you and your horse.

Rules are: get a completion with the same horse, same rider, same distance, ALL NINE DAYS of City Of Rocks Pioneer, Top O The World Pioneer, and Autumn Sun Pioneer. That’s the whole challenge!

What Ifs:

Want to level up and switch from LDs to 50s mid-year? As long as you do all 9 days with one horse, you’ll get an award. Something comes up, like you get deathly ill or you break your arm, and someone catch-rides for you? Your incredible horse is going to win something cool if it still completes all 9 days.

So be prepared to bust out some killer horsemanship on some of the most beautiful and epic trails in the northwest. Watch for more information to come as the details mature, but do set your sights on this for next year.

There are no state/regional boundaries for the Idaho Ironhorse. No matter where you are from, if you ride all 9 days, you get some really cool custom awards, and free entries for the following year at all 3 rides.

Have a great winter, and we will see you on the trails.

27-Year-Old PL Mercury Completes Third 100-Mile Endurance Ride of 2018

Thehorse.com - Full Article

After a 2018 campaign that included three difficult 100-mile rides, along with a couple of 50-mile rides, Merc’s owner and rider Claire Godwin, DVM, said he’s still in good condition.

Posted by Marsha Hayes | Oct 15, 2018

PL Mercury, a 27-year-old Arabian gelding, and owner Claire Godwin, DVM, completed the endurance Triple Crown late last month when they finished 15th in the 100-mile American Endurance Ride Conference Championship ride held at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.

“Merc” successfully completed three 100-mile rides this year—the 100-mile Old Dominion Ride, which took place in Virginia in June, the 100-mile Tevis Cup in July, when he became the oldest horse to complete the challenging ride through the California mountains, and the Biltmore Estate ride...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/161750/27-year-old-pl-mercury-completes-third-100-mile-endurance-ride-of-2018/

Saturday, October 13, 2018

AERC considers suspending its International Affiliate Status with USEF

by Steph Teeter
Endurance.Net

AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) has historically fulfilled the contractual role of International Affiliate to USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). However a motion from the Executive Committee of AERC will be considered during a November conference call which states: “AERC to suspend the AERC/USEF endurance affiliate agreement effective 12/1/18” .

The justification for this motion includes a lack of response from USEF to consider a request to suspend funding for non-USA FEI (International Equestrian Federation) events. Additionally, the AERC has recently received many letters from its membership requesting AERC to end it’s direct association with USEF due to the differences in how the sport of endurance is conducted internationally, relative to AERC’s original concept of the sport. The FEI emphasis on competition, the perceived lack of adequate consideration for horse welfare, the presence of substantial material and monetary prizes, and the predominance of FEI races being conducted on relatively flat, groomed, courses all contribute to the disconnect between AERC and FEI events.

USEF is recognized by the FEI, and by its International Affiliate Sports as the National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the United States. AERC's withdrawal from its contract with USEF would remove any perceived conflict over AERC's governance of endurance riding.

This action would likely result in the formation or selection of an alternative organization to fulfill the role of USEF’s International Affiliate Sport for endurance racing. However, the motion under consideration would not place any limitations or restrictions on AERC members regarding USEF/FEI participation, either as competitors or event managers.

From the USEF.org website:

USEF Recognized Affiliate Associations play an important role in representing, shaping, and fostering growth within their respective breeds/disciplines. Affiliation with the USEF expands the already important role these organizations play by connecting with all equestrian enthusiasts nationwide and tapping into the ability to reach new audiences. Affiliated associations help the USEF fulfill its mission to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment.

The term Recognized Affiliate Association is reserved for one organization acknowledged by the USEF to represent an International Discipline or the National Breed or Discipline that has a body of rules which has been approved by the USEF Board of Directors for inclusion in the USEF Rule Book. The USEF recognizes only one breed or discipline association for each of these sets of rules. The term International Discipline Association (also referred to as FEI Affiliate) applies to the respective designated representative associations for each of the eight FEI disciplines. Recognized National Affiliate Association (also referred to as Recognized National Affiliate) describes an organization representing a national breed or discipline. For additional information see USEF Bylaw 222.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 October's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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Oct 9, 2018

On this Endurance episode Karen and Glenn chat with Claire Godwin, DVM about how she keeps her 27 year old horse Mercury happy and healthy; completing three different hundred mile rides in one season. AERC National Champion Holly Corcoran recaps her win and we share our thoughts on the AERC’s open letter to USEF and what it could mean for the future of the sport.

Listen:
http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/future-of-endurance-horse-longevity-aerc-champion-corcoran-endurance-day-for-10-09-18/

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Endurance Youth Spotlight: Leonarado Fuentes

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September 26, 2018
by Emma Kersey-Doherty

Twelve-year-old Leonarado Fuentes caught up with Arabian Horse Life to tell us a little bit more about his love of Endurance and the special Arabian horses in his world. Leonarado juggles his passion for Endurance riding with National-level Track, as well as competitive Soccer. His love for the sport and his Arabian horses shines through in his interview.

(Emma) Tell us about yourself?

(Leonarado) My name is Leonarado. I am 12 years old and live in Prairieville, La. I do Endurance rides on our Arabians Leo and Raj and experience challenges on the trail which make it fun. You never know what you are going to encounter whether it is a creek crossing, wild animal, or just being out in nature. I love Arabian horses because they truly want to be with you and never quit on the trail.

(Emma) Who are the special Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in your life, and

(Leonarado) Leo is my six-year-old Polish Arabian. He came from Boisvert Farms, which specializes in English Pleasure, but he loves the trails so much more than the arena. He is very sweet to everyone he meets and always gets me safely through every ride. We have done multiple 25-mile Endurance rides and won high vet score recently (this means out of the Top Ten finishing horses, he was the most physically fit disregarding finish time or weight carried). His registered name is Rizing Motion BF...

Read more here:
https://www.arabianhorselife.com/single-post/2018/09/26/Youth-Spotlight-Leonarado-Fuentes

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Absence of a Debacle at the 2018 AERC National Championships


www.endurance.net/international/USA/2018AERCNC

October 5 2018
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

With the looming specter of the previous week's botched World Equestrian Games Endurance race, and the threat of approaching of Hurricane Florence, both within a stone's throw of Biltmore, the American Endurance Ride Conference National Championships went off without a hitch, with kudos to top competition, horsemanship, and sportsmanship.

The Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina, has been the site of the Biltmore Endurance Rides since 1994. It was the second time the AERC National Championships were run over this course (2012 was the first one). This year's events were held September 20-22.

Cheryl and Stagg Newman have managed the Biltmore rides since 2006, and the trails for this year's National Championships had been test ridden in the May Biltmore ride. Hurricane Florence ultimately cooperated, though it was questionable up to the weekend before the ride.

"The ride site had maybe 2 inches of rain," Cheryl Newman said. "Asheville is a rain shadow, so it got less. We didn't really get the brunt of Florence. We didn't even get that much wind, which was a bit of a surprise.

"The storm was out of here Sunday. By Monday morning we knew we were fine. Monday we sent out the word that yes, we were going to have the ride. 'Come one, come all, we have a nice welcome mat out for you.' And people did come.

"By the time they got there, the event site was quite dry, and by the time the ride rolled around on Thursday for the 50, the trails were in really good shape."


The 50 Mile Championship

In that fine display of horsemanship and sportsmanship, Erin Lemmons and Tuscarora John (aka "TJ"), and Jeremy Reynolds and Anydaynow (aka "P") tied for first place in the 50 mile Championship in a ride time of 5:20.

Erin Lemmons, 32, and her 12-year-old gelding Tuscarora John hauled in from Stephenville, Texas. "I had a plan of the pace I was going to do for all 3 loops," Erin said, "and I stuck to it."

"We'd won the Biltmore 50 in May," Jeremy Reynolds, 38, said of P, his 17-year-old mount, "and I beat a really good horse in a sprint-off. So I knew coming into the Championship, he felt really good training and everything, I knew he was going to be tough to beat."

Both Erin and TJ, and Jeremy and P, were near the front of the pack of 68 starters the entire ride, and on the last loop that pair of riders had a clear lead and obviously still had strong horses.

Jeremy said, "When it came down to just Erin and me, I offered, would you like to tie, these horses have worked really hard. We're not going to go slow the last loop, but there's no point taking extra risks. And she agreed, so we rode together and tied."

Erin said, "At the last vet check, my sister, my brother-in-law, my mom and dad were all saying, omigosh, he looks really good, he's still full of energy, head up, ears up, looking around, like we're not done yet, so they said, don't do anything stupid, of course!

"Jeremy's horse P looked pretty good. And we just kind of traded off. He led a little bit, I led a little bit, we rode together on some two-tracks. I mean, it was perfect. Both horses truly deserved to win."

Heather Reynolds summed up the ride with a bit of humor, "We were 45 minutes away from the WEG course. The weather was similar and the trail more technical. The completion rate was stellar. Without stopping and restarting the ride and without canceling the ride, there was a 74% completion rate for the championship 50 mile ride (44 starters and 28 finishers) and there were 22 finishers of the 24 starters on the Open 50."

Jeremy and Erin also tied for top Lightweights; 3rd place Alisija Zabavska and Hidden Assetts were first Featherweight; first Middleweight was 7th place Jane Rodrigue on Al Shama Shaazon; first heavyweight was 18th place Don Meuten on FYF Wolverine; first Junior was 13th place Madeline Isaacs on Shasta.

Anydaynow is by Patriot Missle (by Wiking) out of Annatiki, by SX Champion. He was bred by CreRun Farm and is owned by Barbara Hershberger, from Pennsylvania. Anydaynow has competed for 10 seasons with a record of 23 finishes in 32 starts and 1195 miles. Barbara competed on him for his first 8 seasons; both Heather and Jeremy, from Dunellon, Florida, have ridden him the last two.

"He's the first horse that Heather and I sold when we decided to become professional horsemen," Jeremy said. "We never owned him; he came back to us a few times during his career for training, when Barbara wanted us to work on him."

Tuscarora John, by Line Dancer out of Fawora, by Fawor, was bred by Jane Teutsch of Texas. Erin had previously looked at TJ as a 4 or 5-year-old. "We were kind of new to endurance at the time, and didn't know a good thing when we saw one. We really wanted him, but Jane wanted a little more money than we had budgeted, and we weren't sure what to pay for a good endurance horse. So we did pass."

However, Erin kept an eye out for TJ. Former USA Endurance Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross had bought TJ and was training him but eventually decided to sell him. When Erin found out, she wanted to try him out again.

"November of 2015, Emmett brought him and another horse out. I rode the other horse first, because Emmett was saying TJ could be a little bit of a handful. I said, 'Really! that sounds like my kind of horse!' But i got on the other horse first. We rode a few miles, then we traded.

"And I just instantly fell in love. I didn't care what issues we had to work through, as far as recoveries. It was just - this horse loves to go, loves his job, and is a dream to ride. So I had to have him!"

TJ not only tied for first place in the 50-mile Championship; he also took Best Condtion. TJ is a first place and Best Condition machine, since Erin began riding him in 2016. (Previous to that, the gelding finished 4 out of 4 starts). Together they've completed 10 of 12 starts, with 8 first places, 2 second places, and 10 Best Conditions.

"TJ’s first career was a track horse," Erin said. "He is a stakes winner!" That's likely where his competitive nature comes from. "He's an amazing horse. He's really competitive. That's why I really enjoy riding him!"


The 100 Mile Championship

Holly Corcoran, 54, from Pennsylvania, had no idea she was more than 2 hours ahead of the nearest competitor when she and Poete crossed the finish line in the 100 mile Championship in a ride time of 12:26.47.

"I felt incredibly focused. I didn't know anything else that was going on around me. I knew I was an hour ahead at some point in time, but I didn't even know I was 2 hours ahead of anyone when I finished," Holly said.

Coming into the ride, Holly had good expectations of her 11-year-old gelding. "I had ridden the Bitlmore 100 in the spring [finishing 4th and earning Best Condition], and I was hoping to decrease my time. But then we dealt with high heat and humidity this time around." They still beat their previous time, by 8 minutes.

And Holly cleverly used a good ride strategy. "His ego gets fed by passing horses, so we actually started 10-15 minutes behind, nowhere near the start, and ended up passing just about everybody and coming within 6 minutes of the front runners. And we stayed there the rest of the ride."

Holly and Poete, and Meg Sleeper and Syrocco Cadence rode together from loop 2 onward. "Meg is a fierce competitor, so she really kept me on my toes to make sure that my turnaround and recoveries were right on target. We were basically head to head, finishing within a minute or so of each other for the pulse times, and heading out through the 5th loop. And at that vet check, they found some lameness on Meg's horse so she was pulled. Then I continued the last loop alone.

"I had outstanding crew. And without them, I don't think I would have been able to have the performance I did, because it did get hot and humid, and they kept Poete cool. He was eating like a machine. Toward the end of the holds, he was quickly into the 40's [pulse rate] and staying at a good low rate before we were ready to go out, which I think made a big difference for him being able to keep up the steady pace during the ride."

Poete also took Best Condition, something he's done in all 3 of his starts this year. The gelding now has a record of 18 finishes in 22 starts and 1205 AERC miles and 5 Best Conditions over 7 seasons.

By Banjo de Falgas out of Poetikka, by Statistic, Poete was bred by Tom and Holly Sayvetz of Asgard Arabians in West Virginia. Holly picked him us as a 4-year-old and started him under saddle.

"I'm really lucky because I think the Asgards have the athleticism and genetics that they have naturally low heart rates and they have quick recoveries."

Holly actually has 5 Asgard Arabians, including Poetrie, a 7-year-old 3/4 sister to Poete, who finished 10th in Thursday's 50-mile Championship. "Asgards are like potato chips. You can't have just one!"

Holly and Poete were first Lightweight; Marcia Weilbach and Zanthus Fury tied for 2nd place and first Featherweight with Wendy Mancini and Sterling; 16th place Cheryl Van Deusen and Ebs Regal Majjaan was first Middleweight; 9th place Guy Worthington and PA Hi-Spirit was first Heavyweight.

33 started the 100-mile Championship and 16 finished. Worth noting was the incomparable 78-year-old Jan Worthington (with over 32,000 AERC miles), who rode with her son Guy and finished 8th aboard Dimitri KS; and Claire Godwin and 27-year-old incomparable PL Mercury finished 15th, for his third 100-mile completion of the year (including Tevis and Old Dominion!), and his 17th 100 overall.


A Smooth National Championship

Ride manager Cheryl Newman summed up the ride.

"Well… nobody's going to really write paeans of praise to the heat and humidity. Particularly on Saturday for the 100 - let's say it was seriously humid that night.

"But overall, in the scheme of things it was a very smooth ride. There were minimal glitches and the riders all came with a very positive attitude and seemed to be very pleased with the ride itself, and how the trails presented themselves.

"They came ready to be pleased, and they had a good time."

More ride info at:
www.endurance.net/international/USA/2018AERCNC

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

AERC Announces International Endurance Equine Excellence Award

October 2, 2018

The American Endurance Ride Conference is pleased to announce its first-ever International Endurance Equine Excellence Award. 

Nominations are now open for this award, designed to recognize the best horses from around the world in overall achievement. AERC, in seeking to emphasize longevity as an essential ingredient to success, requires that the nominated horse have a minimum of eight years of endurance competition. The award's minimum mileage requirement is 2500 miles/4000 km in rides of 50 miles/80 km or longer. 

The top horses will be named at the AERC convention's national award ceremony on March 9, 2019, in Reno, Nevada. Winning horses will receive a custom-embroidered horse blanket and owners will receive a custom trophy. Awards will be mailed to nominators if they can not present at the AERC convention. 

"The purpose of this award is recognize gifted endurance athletes/horses that have consistently and reliably performed at a high level for many years," said Past AERC President Michael Campbell of Texas. "Typically a single owner/rider has managed the horse's conditioning and nurtured the horse's attitude in a way that exemplifies the relationship between horse and rider typical of traditional endurance rides over difficult trails and terrain." 

By reaching out beyond the USA and Canada, the nonprofit organization, founded in the U.S. in 1972, hopes to acknowledge those riders and horse owners around the world who share in AERC's core principles. 

"AERC hopes this award will assist in a return to traditional endurance riding values which emphasize the partnership between a horse and rider team over a challenging trail as opposed to current trends toward racing that emphasize speed over flat courses with little concern for the overall well-being of the horse," said Campbell. 

"AERC hopes to receive nominations from all around the world where riders value their horses and the original goals of endurance riding which emphasize 'to finish is to win'," said Campbell. 

Nominations are due by December 30, 2018. 

Award requirements: https://aerc.org/static/2018ExcellenceAward.aspx 

Online application form: https://aerc.org/static/2018ExcellenceAward.aspx 

If you have any questions, please contact the AERC office: office@aerc.org

Monday, October 01, 2018

#Enough is Enough!

EnduranceIntrospection.com

by Patti Stedman
October 1 2018

Letter sent this morning to AERC Board of Directors. If you are a member and you agree with the sentiments in this letter and the members who signed it, it is not enough to hit “like” on Facebook, or make a comment saying you agree, or send me a note saying you agree wholeheartedly.

You must email your AERC Board of Directors (here’s the link to do so: Link to email AERC BoD ), provide them with your AERC membership number, the service you provide to the organization (Ride Manager, Veterinarian, Committee Member, Ride Volunteer, Trail Volunteer), and include “Enough is Enough!” in the subject line of your email. Feel free to cut and paste the contents of the letter if you like.

E-mail sent 10/1/2018:

Dear AERC BoD Members, Kathleen and Troy:

Several long-time AERC members drafted a letter outlining our disenchantment with USEF/FEI international endurance. We sent the letter to a number of AERC members who have contributed a great deal to the organization and who we believed would want to join us as signatories. We were not surprised at the overwhelming positive response. Most replied “YES” or “add me.” We believe the majority of AERC members share the sentiments expressed here.

We’ve added Troy to this distribution to request publication of the letter in the next issue of Endurance News, in an attempt to reach AERC members who do not frequent social media or the internet.

We understand that the Executive Committee and AERC-I Committee have sent a letter to USEF, requesting changes.

Unfortunately, we have all been witness to the previous letters, and the lack of substantial response from USEF/FEI. It is time that we step away; these are not our egregious issues to fix.

Let’s determine our own destiny and show our members as well as the world that we have had enough and will no longer support USEF/FEI endurance until they can improve and enforce their rules.

Thank you.

***

September 27, 2018

To the AERC Board of Directors:

Many of us within AERC recall with pride when endurance became an international-level sport. This evolution, however, has resulted in changes we can no longer tolerate or support. We have observed with growing alarm years of corruption, egregious issues regarding horse welfare, attempts to influence through example, pleas to stay at the table, and letters, motions and new rules to address the problems to no avail. We have lost confidence in these efforts to produce real change on the actual field of play. The issues associated with international endurance continue growing within our sport. High emotions are dividing us, and the dilemma is compromising the sport we love.

The recent World Endurance Games, held on American soil, were not officially sanctioned by AERC, but relied on the support of many of our riders, horses, veterinarians, and members. Many sensed a coming disaster but had no power to prevent it. AERC sent a letter to USEF, expressing concern about a “level playing field.” Connie Caudill, a member of the AERC Board of Directors, initiated a Change.org petition demanding FEI make changes to tangibly ensure equine welfare. That petition has garnered well over 5,000 signatures.

Despite the fact that the Tryon WEG was not AERC-sanctioned, our sport will forever be tarnished by this event. The competition was mired with avoidable controversy and competitors were denied a level field of play.

The WEG is the final catalyst after years of poisonous problems within USEF and FEI regarding international endurance. It is time for decisive and bold leadership from AERC. We must stand alongside other National Federations equally dismayed by the corruption of our sport and decisively shout, “ENOUGH.”

We urge the AERC Board of Directors to respectfully decline executing the affiliate endurance organization contract/agreement with USEF until such time as FEI has made significant and tangible changes to enact and enforce rules consistently, without favoritism or undue influence by sponsors. We ask that international endurance cease to be run over courses allowing unfettered speed demanding few exceptional skills. Lead us in our return to more tempered, elite competitions over challenging, technical terrain that tests the finest in horsemanship, athleticism and strategy.

There is much that can be done to improve our sport in the USA and Canada as AERC. Let us focus on using our voice and actions to demonstrate to the world that we are different from what they saw at WEG. The AERC National Championship, just a week later, showed how elite events can and should be run.

We hope other National Federations will see AERC as a leader true to the foundation of our sport and invite them to work with us in building a new vision of international riding, following in the footsteps of the Young Rider International Exchange Program, without the taint of USEF or FEI involvement.

Our AERC members and horses deserve a sport truly modeled after our motto, To Finish Is To Win. We call upon you to lead us forward out of the mire and into a future true to our integrity.

Sincerely (listed alphabetically),

Stan Alkemade, 8475, NE Region, Veterinarian, Former FEI Vet, Former Team Canada/East Veterinarian

Nina Bomar, 4165, PS Region

Elysa Braunstein, VMD, M31822, PS Region, Veterinarian

Kathy Broaddus, 11416, NE Region, Veterinarian

Dianna Chapek, 4093, W Region, Former Director, Pard’ners Award

Cindy Collins, 176, MT Region, Former Director, Ride Manager, WY Trails Advocate

Diane Connolly, M31597, NE Region, Ride Manager

Crockett Dumas, 748, MT Region, Former Director (22 years)/AERC President, Started Trails Committee (1983), HOF Person

Steve Downs, M38411, PS Region

Randy Eiland, 39, SW Region, Former Director/AERC President, Former Chair RM, Sponsorship, Rules and Sanctioning Committees

Denny Emerson, M19095, SE Region

Dawn Engle-Hilliard, M36420, NE Region, Ride Volunteer

Ruth Ferland, M33457, NE Region, Ride Manager, NH Trails Advocate

Kerry Greear, M33578, MT Region, Former Ride Manager, Former Co-Chair Education Committee, AERC Education Committee

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, 6747, W Region, Vet Committee, Former DAL and Education Committee Chair, Volunteer Service Award

Becky Glaser, 6542, W Region, Former USEF Selector, Former Junior Committee

Lynne Glazer, 14580, PS Region, Former Ride Manager, Clinic Organizer

Claire Godwin, DVM, 9671, NE Ride Manager

Laura Hayes, 2741, MT Region, Former Director/VP, Former Chair Welfare of the Horse Committee, Ride Manager

Bri Henderson, DVM, M30691, NE Region, Veterinarian

Elisabet Hiatt, 5022, W Region, Ride Manager

Dean Hilliard, M37752, NE Region, Ride Volunteer

Blaine Jack, M36339, NE Region, Ride Manager

Pamela Karner, M33003, NE Region, Ride Manager, Veterinarian, FEI PTV

Jamie Kerr, DVM, 7841, W Region, Veterinarian, Former FEI Veterianarian, Former Vet Committee

Jan Mutchler, 17308, SW Region, Ride Manager

Lani Newcomb, 658, NE Region, Veterinarian, Old Dominion BoD, Ride Manager

Tom Noll, M30552, NW Region, Former Director

Lori Oleson, 1418, W Region, Ride Manager

Taylor Pashong-Walck, M22483, SW Region, Ride/Asst Manager

Pam Peace, 5822, W Region, Ride Manager

Patti Pizzo, 9968, NE Region, Former Director, Ride Manager

Jennifer Poling, M32258, NE Region, Decade Ride Manager, Former AERC-I Zone Rep, WV Trails Advocate

Naomi Preston, 4096, Former P&G Committee, Owner: HOF Horse

Carla Richardson, M34774, MT Region, Former Director, Welfare of the Horse Committee

Susie Schomburg, 6505, MT Region, Former Director (10+ years), RM Committee, Ride Manager (28 years), MRER President

Cindy Simcox, 9144, MT Region, Ride Manager

Patti Stedman, M20888, NE Region, Former Director and Chair of Ride Managers & Education Committees

Roger Taylor, 1496, SW Region, Former Director/Treasurer, HOF Person, Ride Manager

Kevin Waters, 6784, MT Region, Committee Member, Former Director

Bruce Weary, DC, 4160, SW Region, Former Director, Member of Welfare of the Horse, Education, P&G and Veterinary Committees

Barbara White, 2446, W Region, Committee Member