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.

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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...

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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.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

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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!

Available on and

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

$19.95 (plus shipping/handling)

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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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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Matthew P. Mackay-Smith 1932-2018

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...

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Friday, December 14, 2018

An Interview with Dave Nicholson - AHW January 1983 - Read the Article

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

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 - Listen

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.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Arabian Horse Association dissatisfied with USEF, Considers New Governance Options - Full Article


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...

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Ultrarunning History Podcast 12: Endurance Riding – Part 1 - 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...

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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.

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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

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 - 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...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 12

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November 28 2018


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!

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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.

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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

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 - Listen

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...

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 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.

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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:

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: