Tuesday, January 28, 2020

AERC Decade Team: Standardbred East Meets West and Patricia Clark

by Patricia Clark
January 26 2020

This is a post that has been 12 years in the making. I adopted "Eli" from New Vocations back in 2009. He completed his first LD that season and then had a full season of LDs culminating with his first 50. Since then, he was the first USTA Standardbred distance horse of the year. He has also won SERA's 10 Consecutive Finishes award. He has 1280 Endurance and 525 LD miles.

We had a few setbacks last year and he didn't get to compete. We were all set to go to Carolina in November but he had a heel grab injury that needed more time. So, I decided to bring the big guy to Broxton Bridge which would undoubtedly be his kind of weather and ride.

We had a fantastic ride yesterday at Broxton. He was a handful for the first couple of loops but settled into his rhythmic big trot. We rode pretty conservatively and still managed to finish in 11th out of 28 and first lightweight. That was a quite a surprise! I figured we were in the 20s.

However, the most important and lasting victory for us was the completion of the ride that will award us AERC Decade Team. For those of you unfamiliar with the achievement, it is when an AERC partnership completes at least one 50 mile ride a year for 10 years. Anita Rees is checking around for me, but I believe that Eli may be the first Standardbred to achieve that designation. He has been a trail blazer for the Standardbred endurance horse in many ways and the pride I have for him cannot be put into words.

Thank you to all the amazing vets, volunteers, and ride management at Broxton. Job well done!

Oregon: Sisters Endurance Boot Camp

Sisters Endurance Boot Camp

Sisters Endurance Boot Camp on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th. The clinic is designed to give you and your horse a real life endurance ride experience without the pressure of competition. Saturday will include three hours of discussion about various aspects of endurance riding led by practitioners, a community potluck and a "ride meeting". Sunday will feature a 4 mile and 12 mile loop with experienced riders available to accompany folks upon request. Fitness exams for your horse ("vet checks") with a real veterinarian are included. The ride will be based out of the Sisters Rodeo Grounds.

The cost is $40 for adults and $20 for juniors. Registration is limited to 30 riders. Auditors without horses are welcome to attend in exchange for helping out. If you're interested, please contact Jeff Tryens via email at jeff.tryens@gmail.com

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Endurance Riding Convention Set for March 6 and 7 in Jacksonville, Florida

January 24 2020
Endurance competitors and enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada will gather for the annual American Endurance Ride Conference convention March 6-7, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The two-day extravaganza at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront will include vendor booths, free and paid seminars, awards programs, and a chance for those interested in the sport to find out more about endurance riding from those who are more than happy to share their knowledge and welcome new riders to their ranks.

“This is AERC’s first national convention in Florida,” said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. “There are so many equestrian opportunities in the area, and we’re excited to welcome riders from other disciplines who want to see what endurance is all about.”

AERC, whose motto is “to finish is to win,” is headquartered in Auburn, California, which bills itself as the “endurance capital of the world.” Founded in 1972, AERC sanctions more than 700 rides from 25 to 100 miles in distance.

The no-cost vendor area, open to all from 8-6 on Friday, March 6, and 8-5 on Saturday, March 7, puts riders directly in touch with tack, equestrian clothing and gear, and saddle vendors and an assortment of other knowledgeable sellers of both needed (feed) and fun (jewelry) goods. A tack swap held during vendor hours is super for finding pre-owned items at bargain rates.

Shopping aside, education is a main component of AERC’s convention, with seven seminars on Friday and Saturday that will provide cutting-edge knowledge for current and prospective endurance riders. Seminar tickets, sold by the day, can be purchased at AERC.org/Convention or at the venue.

Seminars at the 2020 AERC convention:

· Extending the Longevity of Your Horse’s Career with Melissa Ribley, DVM

· Gaining, Training and Retaining Younger Riders, with Jay Randle of the Australian Endurance Riders Association

· Recognizing Cardiac/Respiratory Problems with Mariano Mora-Pereira, LV, MS, DACVIM

· Joint and Tendon Therapies: What’s New? with Jennifer Taintor, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVSMR

· The Evolution of AERC’s Drug Rule, with Jeanette Mero, DVM

· Equine Chiropractic, with Troy (Ike) Nelson, DVM

· Lameness Evaluation (See What the Veterinarians See) with Robert Marshall, DVM

But the convention isn’t all serious education. It’s also a celebration of accomplishments, with both regional and national award ceremonies, and a Friday night dance with The Snacks Blues Band.

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 10% of proceeds benefitting the AERC. 

Local organizations, including The Old Dominion Equestrian Endurance Organization, Inc., East Coast Ride & Tie, Southeast Endurance Riders Association (SERA) and South Eastern Distance Riders Association (SEDRA) will be present to talk about local riding and competition opportunities.

The Green Bean Organization, designed for “green” or new endurance riders, will have a booth at the convention, and will provide friendly information to those new to the sport.

For more information, and to register and receive the best pricing on conference seminars, please visit https://aerc.org/convention.
About 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.

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. 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.

Contact: Troy Smith
AERC Publications

Friday, January 24, 2020

2020 January's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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Jan 14, 2020

Endurance Day Revisit: Sharing the trails with others, Dr. Jerrie Gillespie speaks about “Discovering the Dehydration Tipping Point”, Lori McIntosh speaks about Radiant Longevity and Karen’s clipper fiasco. Listen in...


Endurance Horse Podcast: Episode 31 Updates & Happy NEW YEAR!

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Welcome to episode 31 of Endurance Horse Podcast!

Sit back, hold on and enjoy the ride!

And Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve depending on which side of the great globe you reside on! Thank you for listening in, sharing and sending in audio files to Endurance Horse Podcast- you made 2019 a very happy and memorable year! Here’s to many more miles & many more memories in 2020! As we say goodbye to the last decade, lets say hello to some updates and friends new and familiar! Blessings to you all as you embark on the new journey that is rolling out in front of you in 2020!

~Christina Hyke~

Cheers to the last episode of 2019!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Canada's 2019 Endurance Year-End Award Recipients Announced


Ottawa, ON, Jan. 20, 2020 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Endurance Year-End Awards. These awards recognize individuals and equines that have put countless hours and tireless effort towards the pursuit of personal excellence in endurance, and the sport’s growth in Canada.

See the list here:

Monday, January 20, 2020

Jim Baldwin Tevis Trail Memorial Fund


Sue Hunter Jaffe is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Western States Trail Endowment Fund. Donations are 100% tax deductible.

Created January 1, 2020

This fund is to raise money to memoralize our dear friend Dr. Jim Baldwin, DVM who passed on December 31, 2019. These funds will go directly to the Western States Trail Endowment Fund and will be used to adopt sections of the trail with the balance going to support ongoing maintenance of the trail in Jim's name.

Jim first got involved with endurance riding back in the mid 1980's when he was asked to work as a ride veterinarian. He later took up riding endurance himself. Jim traveled the world serving in many different roles supporting endurance riding. Jim loved the Tevis endurance ride and served as a ride veterinarian more than a dozen times. Jim rode and completed the Tevis in 1995 on his gelding Goose.

You can learn more about the Western States Trail Endowment Fund and the Tevis Endurance ride by going to http://www.teviscup.org/

WSTEF is a qualified Charitable Organization. Your Adopt-the-Trail donations may qualify as a deduction for tax purposes. You should consult with your tax advisor for complete information. Upon request, the WSTEF Office will provide a donation receipt for your records. You can reach them at Western States Trail Endowment Fund, 150A Gum Lane, #103, Auburn, CA 95603. Phone number (530) 823-7281.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Juniors and Young Riders: 2020 Anne Ayala Scholarship Deadline is February 1

AERC members from high school senior year through age 21 are invited to apply for the 2020 Anne Ayala Scholarship. Deadline for application: February 1, 2020.

• Open to AERC Juniors and Young Riders in good standing from their high school senior year through age 21 (must be younger than 22 as of 1/1/2019)
• Applicants must have a minimum of 500 AERC lifetime miles
• Applicants must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0
•A minimum of one scholarship of $1000 will be awarded.The AERC scholarship can be applied to colleges and universitiesas well as technical schools and specialized training programs.
•Applications will be reviewed by the AERC Hall of Fame Committee
•Scholarship announcement will take place at the AERC Annual Convention on March 7, 2020, in Jacksonville, FloridaaPast recipients are not eligible

Applications must be received by February 1, 2020, and must be submitted tothe AERC office via mail: AERC, Attn: Scholarship, P.O. Box 6027, Auburn, CA 95604or e-mail: office@aerc.org. See application form for details:

Friday, January 10, 2020

ASuddenGift MHF Overcomes the Odds to Win Best Condition at the 2019 50-Mile AERC National Championship

Story and photos by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
January 10 2020

This gelding’s mysterious, undiagnosable, painful back condition almost ended his endurance career

Any time you’re around Heather Reynolds when she’s riding ASuddenGift MHF, you’re likely to hear a version of this: “He is my favorite horse! I love this horse!”

Heather first laid eye on “Sudden” at a racetrack in California as she was shopping for potential Arabian endurance horses. “I never got his name, and I never saw him outside of the stall, but I really liked the look of him.” But he was too short; the Reynolds prefer horses 15.2 or taller to buy and re-train and re-sell, as that’s what a majority of endurance riders prefer.

Fast forward six months, and Heather saw a 15.2-hand gray horse for sale on Facebook that she really liked the looks of. She bought him sight unseen. “He arrives,” Heather said, “and he comes off the trailer and I thought, oh my gosh, he’s so little. He was lucky if he made 14.3 hands. And then I took a closer look, and I thought, this is the same horse!”

ASuddenGift MHF is by Sudden Mischief, a stallion that stood at Michelle and Dr. Mickey Morgan’s Mandolynn Hill Farm in Texas. The dam, AER Wiqueen, by Wiking, was owned by Longin Blachut, and he’s the breeder of ASuddenGift MHF.

Sudden had been a decent racehorse, with a record of 2 firsts, 1 second, and 6 thirds in 12 starts over 2 seasons, and total earnings of $14,547.

All started out well on Sudden’s endurance career with Heather, and he was happy to start going down the trails. But after a couple of rides, his back started getting sore. After he and Heather did their first 50 together, the whole length of his back, from withers to loin, was swollen and had a lot of heat radiating from it. After a few days he recovered and went back to training. Heather switched saddles. But Sudden’s back issue continued.

“It would vary from decent to absolutely debilitating,” Heather recalled. She tried 15 different saddles. The Reynolds (Heather and her husband Jeremy comprise Reynolds Racing, based out of Dunellon, Florida) tried a variety of things. “We had accupuncture treatments, chiropractic Treatments, thera-plate sessions, tried injections in his back, we also did ground poles and collected work, nothing really helped him.

“His back would get so sore that he would show lameness in various limbs. It was never an injury; he’d be lame, then he wouldn’t be lame within an hour or so, but his back would be horrifically painful.”

The Reynolds asked every new veterinarian they encountered, telling Sudden’s story again and again. One vet Xrayed him and diagnosed him with kissing spines. The Reynolds gave Sudden the entire summer off, and his back was just as sore after 3 months off as it was before. “So then I brought him into the clinic to have the surgery for kissing spines, and the vet that was going to do the surgery re-Xrayed him, and said he didn’t have kissing spines.

“We even had a specialist down from southern Florida who does all the top end dressage and jumping horses. She came up and ultrasounded and Xrayed his entire top line and even did a rectal ultrasound of his S.I. (sacroiliac). I mean, we went as far as we could go to try to figure him out.”

Then after about 4 years of trying to figure out Sudden’s back issues, at South Carolina’s Broxton Bridge ride in January of 2018, Heather told yet another veterinarian (this one from South America) the story.

“She said, ‘Whether it seems like he has it or not, just treat him for EPM.’” Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis is a neurological disease that results from ingesting the Sarcocystis neurona or the Neospora hughesi protozoan from contaminated feed or water. (The oppossum is the main host for the protozoa.) Typically it penetrates into the gastrointestinal tract and enters the bloodstream and central nervous system, and horses usually exhibit hindlimb weakness, muscle atrophy, and incoordination. Without treatment it can progress to severe symptoms in hours, or years, and is largely diagnosed by clinical signs supported with serological testing.

Heather was taken aback. Sudden had never presented with any of the classic symptoms of EPM. “He’s always been super muscular, not atrophied anywhere, super coordinated, very ambidextrous; but she said it didn’t matter. Just treat him. He might not even have EPM, but those drugs sometimes fix back issues. And she said if we got results within 4 days, the drug was working.

“What did I have to lose? I ordered the drugs and treated him. And it was like magic. On day 4 his back felt fine. At 10 days he was great.” The Reynolds treated him again a few months later, and he was drastically better.

Since then, Sudden has lived up to the potential Heather knew he had. Returning to the endurance trails late in 2018, the 11-year-old gelding had no back issues, and he completed 2 50-mile rides. In 2019 he finished first in two of his five ride completions. He and Heather attempted his first 100-mile ride in the Tevis Cup; he finished fifth but was pulled for foot lameness at the finish line because of a boot malfunction. That didn’t diminish Heather’s enthusiasm for Sudden. She said afterwards, “I am so excited about this horse. His attitude was excellent, he took care of himself as well as me. Best of all his back is 100%. I am very proud of my horse. His first 100, he crossed the finish line in 5th place and he was darn close to completing. This also validated why I’ve kept this horse and worked through his issues for so many years. He is my favorite horse.”

Heather and Unicorn Sudden riding with Spiderman Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments in the AERC Nat'l Championship 50

Sudden’s next ride was the 50-mile AERC National Championship in Ridgecrest, California on October 31st, where he placed 6th, 13 minutes behind the winner, (and Heather was first Lightweight), and received the Best Condition award, a validation of years of frustration, perseverance, and ultimate success.

(And two weeks later, the pair finished second by a race-off nose in the 75-mile USEF Regional Championships in Florida.)

“Most people would probably not still own this horse,” Heather said. “But if he hadn’t been sorted out, no one could have really used him. And I liked him so much, it was a big fear of mine that he’d end up just being put down, because he would not be a useful riding horse.

“I love this horse! He’s always happy and willing. He’s always got that little twinkle in his eye, and he’s just ready to do whatever it is you’re asking him to do.”

Sudden, happy to wear a Halloween costume as a Unicorn carrying a Princess, in the AERC Nat'l Championship 50

Thursday, January 09, 2020

AERC Decade Teams, 2019

January 9 2020

AERC DECADE TEAMS, 2019: Many people consider this the ultimate award in AERC -- taking care of your equine and competing together in at least one endurance-distance ride for 10 years. As always, many thanks to Karen Chaton who implemented this award, and CONGRATULATIONS to the 52 new Decade Teams (and one Double Decade team, Stephanie DuRoss and Hadji Halef Omar!).

Get started on your own Decade Team dreams: https://aerc.org/static/Join_AERC.aspx

Friday, January 03, 2020

Cheryl Van Deusen and Kate Bishop Awarded Top Honors in Endurance


Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian 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 Kate Bishop 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 Endurance World 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...

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Minden chiropractor’s horse takes top spot

Recordcurier.com - Full Story

January 2, 2020

by Sharon DeCarlo | Horse Tales

A horse owned by Minden chiropractor Dublin Hart won the American Endurance Ride Conference’s 100-Mile National Champion Trophy.

Running Thunder Ranch Rimfires Etta is a 12-year-old and is owned by Hart and her mother Kay Mathews.

Born in Smith Valley, Etta started her training in Carson Valley with Coreen Hutchingson, Shelly Edwards and Matt Coats.

She was trained in endurance by Hart and then sent to Reynolds Racing in Florida in 2017.

Etta was trained for the 2018 World Endurance Championships in Tryon, N.C., where she was leased and ridden by Team Endurance Israel.

Etta returned to the Sierra for the 2019 Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride where she and Jeremy Reynolds placed second in a run-off to the finish line in August.

On Nov. 2, Etta and Reynolds competed in the national championships in Ridgecrest, Calif., where they won the event, placing first overall and first middleweight...

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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Never Quit: Ciera Schwartz Rides Blue Hearrt to 2019 AERC Junior Championship

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
January 2 2020

14-year-old Ciera Schwartz's journey from zero endurance miles to 2019 Junior AERC National Champion in one season (in less than 6 months!) is nothing short of extraordinary.

"She had to go from zero! Think about that. From zero to 505 miles. Really think about it. It's amazing - amazing what that young girl pulled off!" says Robert Weldin, Ciera's sponsor and mentor during the 2019 AERC season in the quest for the Championship.

Along the way it's taken a village of enthusiastic, selfless supporters who helped her get there.

It was Marilyn Scholl who first introduced Ciera to endurance riding in 2016, near her home in Winters, California. "When I met her, she asked me if I could ride with her," Ciera says. "I was like, yea, I don't know what you're talking about though." Ciera started riding at age five in an all-around discipline barn. "I decided to do Western Pleasure in general." But thanks to Marilyn, it was endurance that became her métier and passion.

Marilyn sponsored Ciera on two Limited Distance rides in 2016, and one in 2017, aboard Marilyn's gelding Khavasea. When Marilyn didn't have a horse to ride with Ciera in October at Lake Sonoma, she asked Robert Weldin if he'd sponsor Ciera. "I did a pre-ride with him, got to know him a little bit," Ciera says. "Then we went out and we placed top 10 on the LD that day.

"Robert really liked the way I did things, so he told me that if I needed a mentor any other time that he would most definitely do it."

After Jaya Mae Gregory sponsored Ciera aboard Khavasea on an LD ride in April of 2019, Robert then stepped up in a big way. Not only did he become her sponsor and mentor for the season, but he also provided her with a fine 10-year-old gelding to ride, Blue Hearrt.

Ciera says, "I went with my grandpa to Robert's house [in Wellington, Nevada] for a visit. He had Blue, and he’d been working with him a little bit. (Blue was owned and campaigned the two previous seasons by Melissa Harris.) And Blue’s a real powerhouse, so Robert was looking for somebody that could handle him. And he let me hop on him and ride him around on his property, and we hit it off right away. So Robert was like yep, you’re the one."

Ciera makes it sound easy, but Robert points out Blue Hearrt is anything but.

Robert says, "Blue's 16 hands, and a very, very powerful horse - one of the most powerful horses I've ever had. She had to learn how to manage his strength and his power, because all he wanted to do was power through everything. She had to learn to teach him, hey, we've got to do this together."

Ciera's and Blue's first endurance ride together was so memorable in so many ways. She says, "We had Torre Creek Pioneer lined up (a 3-day Pioneer in Eureka, Nevada). Marilyn was nervous about me going to that because it was my very first 50. And 55. And my very first multi-day.

"So we went there, and it was raining, it was hailing; the weather was not on our side! But we finished all three days."

Robert says, "It was storming, raining, so bad, several people came up to Ciera and told her, it's OK to quit. And she dug deep, and continued on when it was cold and icy. She was able to get through all that, all 155 miles."

It would have been tough for a seasoned veteran endurance rider to finish three days in challenging weather, much less a 14-year-old on her first 50-mile endurance ride(s). "Oh, I felt tired," Ciera admits. "But I felt very accomplished. And afterwards, when I crossed that finish line I was so happy, pumped up with adrenaline. But a couple hours later I felt tired, sore, and wanted to go home!"

"She learned about not quitting," Robert says. "And she was always, from the start of our very first ride at Lake Sonoma to the very end, very, very humble. And she always, always put Blue first - at every vet check, everywhere we went, even when she couldn't stand up, the thought was Blue."

Finishing that first Pioneer ride cemented the vague thought of the National Championship 100 on November 2 in Ridgecrest, California.

"It was Robert's idea," Ciera says, "and everybody thought he was crazy, because this was my first season of really doing endurance. My grandpa and Marilyn were like - we’ll see.

"And Robert was like, she can do it! And I was with Robert on it, yep! Let’s do it! I don’t see why I can’t."

Setting that National Championship ride as their goal, and needing to qualify for it, they determined that Ciera needed 400 endurance miles on any horse, and a 100 miler on Blue. So in June, Ciera finished her second Pioneer ride, the 155-mile Wild West (two days on Rio, also owned by Marilyn, and one day on Blue), followed by a 50 on Khavasea in June, and a 50 on Rio in July.

Next came the Virginia City 100, a notoriously tough and rocky and (usually) hot 100. "I thought that was a really tough one because there aren't very many places where you can move out," Ciera says, "and because of all the elevation, between going up and down, and up and down, and the footing. That was a really amazing experience.

"And Nationals was a breeze, compared to VC!"

Ciera makes the AERC National Championship 100-mile ride sound easy, though in a way, it was another very difficult ride, because after 50 miles, she started getting shin splints. Anybody who's ever had these knows how painful it is to walk, much less ride a tough horse who's pulling on you because, as always, Blue wanted to go.

Robert himself was having trouble also, with his bad knee (he scheduled knee surgery for the end of December, so he could finish the entire endurance season). "We kind of had our goal on the Junior Championship, and we were sitting pretty well, but Ciera got leg splints, and at about the 50 mile mark, my knee just blew up.

"I had to lift her off the horse and carry her at the 50-mile vet check. I said, 'We can quit. It's OK. You have nothing to prove to anybody.' She couldn't stand up; her leg was all black and blue. My knee was the size of a volleyball. And she kept shaking her head no. She said just to give her the hour time. I said, 'Look, let's just slow down. We've got 50 miles to go. Let's just stay focused on what we came here for, on getting the completion of the 100.

"We iced her legs, she took some Advil, and she got back on; and we did the next 50 miles and finished at 4:20 in the morning.

"And the next morning, to Ciera's amazement - she didn't know it till they called her name out - she was able to win the Junior division."

Ciera naturally focuses more on Blue's accomplishment than on her trials in the National Championship. "Blue was really happy that he got to do his thing without a bunch of rocks [as at Virginia City] being underneath him. He really, really wanted to go, and he did not stop pulling on me. He is a real powerhouse, and I love that about him. He loves what he does."

It was an emotional moment for Ciera's fan club at the next morning's ceremony when Ciera accepted her awards, which included a Stonewall saddle. It's a tossup, but one could say Ciera's grandparents are her biggest fans. Russ Vancuren, who comes to Ciera's every endurance ride, agrees: "I am Ciera's head crew chief, biggest fan and one part of her large support base, and her grandfather. We all are so proud of her accomplishments this year."

"He is my number one support," Ciera says. "Well, a lot of people are, but he’s really been supportive of me, ever since I was little. And my grandmother supports from home."

Robert's wife Sharon also plays a major support roll behind the scenes, as does Marilyn Scholl, and Jennifer Sorrells, who drives a trailer to the 100-mile rides for Ciera to stay in. "It was a good team," Robert adds. "So many people were supportive."

I asked Ciera what she learned from Robert this endurance season, and this perceptive 14-year-old answered with advice many older, much more experienced endurance riders can take to heart. "Take it slow. It’s not a race, and it never should be. It's about you and your horse. It’s not about other people. And you pay to be out there, and you get to see these amazing things that not a lot of people get to see.

"Some little tricks here and there that I learned about getting through vet checks are really helpful, so we breeze through vet checks no problem. And there are just little things that you pick up from everybody. Robert would point out things that other people are doing, and he’d say ‘Hey go do that, see if that works.’

"So opening up your mindset is another thing that he taught me."

"She has really taught me a lot of things as well," Robert says. "She never complained. She was always, always taking care of Blue first. Even when she couldn't stand up, her thought was Blue.

"A couple of times we had a few tears together, but she never, never, never, never wanted to give up. That's one thing that really stood out with me. And she's been very humble, since the first time I met her until we got off our horses at 4:20 in the morning at the National Championship.

"And she always had a smile, from the start of the ride till the end of the ride.

"She's an amazing young woman."

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Dr. Jim Baldwin Passes Away

Sad to share the news that Dr. Jim Baldwin, beloved Central Region veterinarian (and so much more), has passed away after a long illness. More information will be coming about services and memorial donations.

Troy Smith shared the article first published in the May 2019 Endurance News, after Dr. Baldwin was named to the AERC Hall of Fame at the 2019 AERC convention.

Jim Baldwin, DVM
by Leslie Brown and Friends

Jim Baldwin, DVM (AERC #7205), was born on September 12, 1938, in Radium Town, a suburb of Claremore, Oklahoma. Growing up, he and his brother rode rank horses for their father, a horse trader, to get the horses ready for resale. Jim graduated from high school in 1956 and married his high school sweetheart, Janet. Their daughter, Lisa, was born 14 years later.

Jim joined the National Guard at 17, worked various odd jobs, attended Cal Poly to learn how to shoe horses, but wanting to do better he started college while Janet worked. He applied to go to veterinary school at Oklahoma State University, but was not accepted, so he joined the Army full-time and went to Officer Candidate School.

While at Fort Benning, preparing for Vietnam, word arrived—he had been accepted to vet school! He was able to get his orders canceled and started two weeks into the term.

Jim graduated vet school in 1969 and went to work at Belmont Park race track in New York, where he worked with high-dollar horses like Riva Ridge and Secretariat. He worked at Belmont for several years before returning to Oklahoma where he built, owned and managed several very busy veterinary clinics, that at one time had 60 vets. Jim and Janet completed a Coggins test course in Iowa and held the distinction of being one of the first two labs in Oklahoma to do the Coggins test on a private basis. Jim retired from full-time vet practice and sold all his clinics around 1979.

Shortly after retiring, Jim was invited to Dubai for a 45-day horse vet job. This turned into a seven-year adventure at a new state-of-the-art equine hospital. Jim traveled the world, and was part of the first veterinary team to work strictly with endurance horses in the desert. He traveled with the Dubai team for six months of the year and went back home to Oklahoma for the rest of the year. While in Dubai, he rode every day and even organized a steer roping event!

In the mid-1980s, Jeanne Waldron, DVM, hired him to vet Old Dominion, thus beginning his AERC vetting career. As an AERC ride vet he earned the nickname Jim “Pull His Own Mother” Baldwin. He pulled one rider several years in a row at Old Dominion, once at the finish. She got mad and challenged him to ride and finish! He went home and started conditioning his horse, Bugs Will (AERC #9579). They completed the 50 at 1990 Cougar Prowl in Oklahoma, but Jim knew Bugs wasn’t a 100 mile horse.

Matthew Mackay-Smith, DVM, convinced Jim to lease one of his horses for the next Old Dominion so they could ride together. The night before the ride, the horses were in a pen together and must have gotten into a kicking contest as neither one was fit to start the next day. That was the year Maggy Price hung a rubber monkey on Jim’s back and told him he had to carry it until he finished the ride, and only then could he pass it on to someone else. With that incentive, he went back to Oklahoma and started looking for a 100 mile horse.

Jim had a client who had a client’s Arabian horse for sale. The owner was scared of the horse because he was spooky. Jim rode the gelding several times but before he could buy him, the owner took the horse back. The owner had decided she didn’t want to sell a greenbroke horse to someone and have them get hurt.

Determined to buy the horse, Jim and Janet went by the owner’s home and, after much negotiation and assurances that the horse would not kill Jim, they were able to convince her to sell the horse. Jim went back the next day to get the horse and of course the horse wouldn’t load. After much more negotiating and convincing they were able to get him in the trailer.
The chestnut greenbroke “goosie little thing” became known as Goose (AERC #9580). Jim brought the gelding home on a Wednesday and hauled him to his first endurance ride the next Saturday. Jim rode Goose one loop to “test him and see if the horse was an athlete.” The gelding turned out to be quite the athlete and, more importantly, dependable. Jim and Goose completed their first endurance ride at the 1990 Jo Tate Memorial in Missouri and completed their first Old Dominion (their second 100) in 1991.

Jim (and his family and friends) competed on Goose for 12 years. Goose’s AERC record shows 5,405 endurance miles, 105 starts and 98 finishes, nine BCs, 175 LD miles, and a perfect finish record of 11 100 mile rides.

Jim completed his first Tevis ride in 1995, where he and the infamous Goose finished in 128th place in 21:48 (196 riders started and 129 finished). He joined the Tevis DNF club in 1998. Jim began vetting Tevis in 1997 and has vetted it 17 times!
Jim and his wife Janet founded two long-standing Central Region rides: Indian Territory in 1993 (which they ran for 13 years) and Season Finale in 2005. They started Season Finale for the sole purpose of providing one last ride of the season.
Jim believes that as a rider he should make it a goal to turtle the first three rides and then move up ride by ride. He advises everyone to “train the horse and volunteer at the rides. Do intros, LDs, loop by loop.”

Jim often says, “To finish first, you first must finish.” He also emphasizes that endurance rides allow you to win two ways: “Win with speed or win with persistence.” Another frequent phrase at rides: “Enjoy yourself!”

His favorite places to ride are St. Croix National Park in Minnesota, because of the nice trimmed trails for winter snowmobilers, and the Western States Trail (Tevis). He says Tevis holds a special place in his heart.

Jim turned 80 years young in 2018. He has vetted AERC rides for over 28 years, from his first Old Dominion to the 2018 Season Finale where he announced his retirement.

He joined the AERC Board of Directors in 1992, and served through 2004. He served on several AERC committees, many for multiple years, including the Vet Committee, the Protest and Grievance Committee, the Trails Committee, and the Competition Committee.

Jim competed in endurance for 20 years, completing 117 rides and accumulating 5,300 endurance miles, 675 LD miles and 10 BCs. He’s traveled the world as a ride vet. He’s a wise and witty man and truly deserving of his place in the AERC Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A Look Back at 2019 Idaho Endurance Rides


2019 endurance rides in Idaho had it all: sun, rain, sleet, snow, hail, wind, and, of course, beauty.

We had the first Idaho Ironhorse Challenge - all 9 days of the City of Rocks Pioneer, Top O' The World Pioneer, and Autumn Sun Pioneer (Dave Rabe was crowned the first Idaho IronButt rider).

And we had fun!

Check out the photos and the recaps here:

Friday, December 27, 2019

Endurance horse races to be held this weekend in Ocala

WCJB.com - Full Story

By Landon Harrar | Posted: Thu 11:54 PM, Dec 26, 2019


Not all horse races are about finishing first; some are simply about finishing. Here's how this weekend's endurance race in Ocala will test more than a hundred horses' true stamina and strength.

The Gallop on the Greenway is 3 days of long-distance horse racing and it all starts at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala.

Endurance racing is one of the least known horse sports but has a rich history.

Doug Shearer is the ride manager who explained, "it was started by the calvary a long time ago that's how they decided which horses were good enough to be stallions. They started in Virginia doing this where they would race them to see which had the best endurance and what lines they wanted to keep going."

Over the 3 day event, the horses and their riders will take on 5 different lengths of challenges...

Read more here:

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 December's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

Horsesinthemorning.com - Listen

Seven Year Old Endurance Rider, Vitamins and Minerals and Horse Forums for Dec 16, 2019 by Omega Alpha Equine

Today we meet seven year old endurance rider Liam and his Mom Rachael, Liam completed his first 30 mile ride with her this fall at Big South Fork, TN. Dr. Chang of Omega Alpha Equine shares why it is important to have a good combination of vitamins and minerals in your horses’ diet. Plus, Equestrian First World Problems and DeAnn from Horse Nation on horse forums and how little horse people make. Listen in...


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Potato: Still Competitive

ComstockMag.com - Full Story

Seniors in the Capital Region don’t let age and injury keep them away from sports

By Steve Martarano

It took a protruding tree branch this summer to finally sideline Potato Richardson, the legendary 76-year-old endurance horse rider.

The impact with the branch occurred 2 miles from his 35-acre ranch in Greenwood, near Auburn, while he was training with Arabian horse La Princessa Tzia for the Tevis Cup, a grueling 100-mile one-day mountain race geared to elite riders. Richardson has competed in the race more than 20 times without getting injured, winning it three times, including in 2015 at age 73.

Princessa wasn’t hurt during the stumble, but the fall broke Richardson’s leg in three places, shelving competitions for the rest of the year. As a fitness advocate who worked out with icon Jack LaLanne in the 1960s, the mishap took Richardson away from riding for the first time in his career.

A riding coach for almost 50 years, Richardson says a tree branch isn’t enough to take him down. He says he’s plotting his return for 2020...

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Cheryl Van Deusen Awarded Becky Grand Hart Trophy

Cheryl Van Deusen of Companion Arabians of Florida has been awarded Becky Grand Hart Trophy by USEF in the endurance division. Cheryl is an asset and proud horsewoman in the equine community.

Dear Cheryl,
Congratulations for being chosen as a 2019 USEF Equestrian of Honor and a recipient of the Becky Grand Hart Trophy! This award recognizes horsemen or horsewomen who have excelled above all others in equestrian competition for the current year, while demonstrating superior sportsmanship and dedication to the principles, vision, and mission of the United States Equestrian Federation. In addition, as an Equestrian of Honor you will be in contention for the 2019 USEF Equestrian of the Year. The Equestrian of the Year is chosen through a voting process by our membership, in mid-December we will notify everyone through a press release and social media when the voting will be live. To receive this award is a tremendous honor and we are pleased to add your name to the list of distinguished winners.

As the recipient of this award, you are invited to attend our 2019 US Equestrian Pegasus Awards held at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, January 10th. The awards dinner is held during our 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting.

Sincerely, United States Equestrian Federation

Saturday, December 21, 2019

WDRA: Western Distance Riders Alliance - “It’s not a ride, it’s an adventure!”


We are a regional organization to promote distance riding in the West. WDRA will honor all past & future mileage from other distance organizations.
Our Mission Statement

WDRA brings together all equestrians who enjoy the companionship of their human & equine friends in natural trail settings in the West.

We welcome anyone with the best interest of their horse at heart, and eager to participate with like-minded riders in fun & challenging events, regardless of the distances.

Our Board of Directors include present and past AERC BOD members, riders and ride managers and Hall of Fame members who truly care about the future of our sport. They include Andrew Gerhard, Tennessee Lane, David Nicholson, Tom Noll, Kerry Redente, Christoph Schork, Tonya Oaks Stroud. Our new website is coming soon! WDRA.net

WDRA Reason to Ride

The Western Distance Riders Alliance brings together all equestrians who enjoy the companionship of their human and equine friends in the natural trail settings found in our beautiful country. The WDRA supports all aspects of equine distance riding – distance riding as it has been in the past, as it is practiced today, and equine distance riding in the future.

We define a distance riding event as an equine event, taking place over natural terrain, demonstrating the ability of an equine and its rider to perform. There are many equine distance riding events that are sanctioned by various organizations worldwide. Equine distance riding includes the traditional distance riding activities of the AERC, FEI, EDRA, USEF, along with other equine distance riding activities such as endurance driving, NATRC, CTR, and Ride and Tie, and even extending to the epic distance riding achievements recognized by the Long Riders Guild.

As an organization, we welcome anyone who has the best interest of their horse in their heart and is eager to participate with like-minded riders in fun and challenging events throughout the west. We look with favor upon those who are willing to saddle up and ride regardless of the distances and effort involved. We leave it up to the individual riders to decide for themselves and their horses what is a worthy challenge.

We feel that no other event, worldwide, offers the challenge of the Western States Trail Ride, known as the Tevis Cup Ride. We encourage those who set their sights on that ultimate distance riding event. While the Tevis Cup is the definitive challenge, there are many other events that offer important building blocks to reach that ultimate goal. The Western Distance Riders Alliance welcomes all equines and all riders whether they are preparing for the unmatched championship challenge of the Western States Tevis Cup 100-mile ride, or whether they are embarking on their own personal accomplishment of a long ride through natural terrain with their equine partner.

The WDRA honors all accomplishments of its members in any sanctioned event demonstrating the ability of a horse and its rider to perform in a natural setting. Members of the WDRA can have their personal records from other distance riding organizations incorporated into the WDRA records

We strive for an all-inclusive approach to the sport of distance riding. We take no issue with any of the other distance riding organizations, including AERC, EDRA, USEF, NATRC, and the others. We believe that we are all branches springing from the same roots. We offer ride managers a format that complements their primary sanctioning organization with the additional opportunity to experiment with new ideas to bring new people and new horses to the sport.

The WDRA is an alliance. An alliance is a “union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations.” The WDRA is an alliance between riders, drivers, equines, ride and event managers, ride volunteers, ride veterinarians, and all of the organizations that sanction equine distance riding events — equine events that demonstrate the ability of a horse and rider to perform in a natural environment. Join us and Ride On.

The overall intent of our rules is to operate with integrity supporting the best interest of the horse and rider.

1. The event must be of sufficient difficulty to test the performance of equestrians and equines.
2. The event must be under the control of control judges or veterinarians experienced with equines.
3. The Event Manager may set a specific time limit for completion and will make any decisions about allowing variations for extenuating circumstances.
4. The Event Manager will determine if an equestrian has met the completion requirements.
5. Placements will be determined by the Event Manager.
6. Event Managers reserve the right to make decisions about the proper conduct of equestrians and any person attending their event.
7. The WDRA believes all equines should compete on their own natural ability. The use of all drugs and performance enhancing substances and procedures is forbidden. Any exceptions must come from the head control judge or the head veterinarian in writing.
8. Protests will be handled through the primary sanctioning organization. Protests concerning the WDRA will be handled first by the Event Manager at the time of the event, provided that the protestor delivers a signed written description of the situation to the Event Manager at time of the event. Persons dissatisfied by the Event Manager’s decision can escalate the protest to the WDRA Board of Directors by submitting a signed written statement describing the situation for evaluation and possible decision. The decision of the WDRA Board of Directors is final.
9. WDRA will record mileage for members who have successfully completed any distance event sanctioned by other recognized distance riding organizations.

More information will be forthcoming

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Cheryl Van Deusen Nominated as US Equestrian's 2019 Equestrian of the Year Award

December 19 2019

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to introduce the 2019 Equestrians of Honor. For the first time, an International Equestrian of the Year and a National Equestrian of the Year will be named for their achievements in 2019. Winners are determined based on the results of online voting, which is now open through Thursday, January 2, 2020, at midnight. The 2019 International and National Equestrians of the Year will be awarded on January 10, 2020, during the 2019 Pegasus Awards presented by Adequan® at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla. US Equestrian’s Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women of equestrian sport.

Cheryl Van Deusen, endurance rider from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is one of ten equestrians nominated as US Equestrian's 2019 Equestrians of Honor award.

The Becky Grand Hart Trophy is presented to international-level non-Olympic athletes.

Cheryl Van Deusen has consistently been the top-ranked U.S. endurance athlete, and she collected numerous top placings. She partnered with four different horses to earn four first-place finishes in endurance rides in 2019. Van Deusen rode to the win in the Fun in the Sun CEI1* 80 kilometer ride with Spotless Summer Magic. Her next win came with LR April Breeze in the Indian Springs Endurance Ride CEI2* 120 kilometer division. The Biltmore Challenge was another successful ride for Van Deusen with a win in the CEI1* 80 kilometer aboard Snake Eyes Leroy. Her final win of 2019 was the inaugural USEF CEI1* Endurance National Championship at the Broxton Bridge Plantation ride aboard longtime partner Hoover the Mover.

Van Deusen tallied 13 other top-six finishes in rides across the U.S., ranging from 80 kilometers to 160 kilometers in length. She consistently ranked at or near the top of the FEI Endurance Open Rider World Ranking List in 2019. In addition to her riding accomplishments, she organizes endurance rides and serves on the Endurance Sport Committee.

See the rest of the nominees here:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New Endurance Ride and More Multi-days Added in 2020 to Northwest Region

December 12 2019
by Endurance.net

More opportunities are on the AERC calendar for 2020 in the Northwest region for your endurance riding pleasure!

The Klickitat Trek in Glenwood, Washington, has added a third day, May 23-24-25, to become the Klickitat Trek Pioneer.

The Owyhee River Challenge outside of Adrian, Oregon, normally held in May, is now the 2-day Owyhee River now Succor Creek ride, June 27-28. A 75 miler has been added on both days.

Summertime Blues is a brand new ride that will be held near La Grande, Oregon, on August 22. Ride manager is Lora Bannan, and there will be a 25 and 50 miler, plus an introductory ride.

Old Selam near Centerville, Idaho, has been sanctioned as a 3-day Pioneer ride, September 4-5-6.

Watch the AERC calendar for more sanctioning:

Coming to Jacksonville Florida: The 2020 AERC Convention

March 6 and 7, 2020 - Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Join us in Jacksonville, Florida, for the AERC Convention March 6 and 7, 2020. The host hotel is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and the convention will be held in conjunction with SERA, the Southeast Endurance Riders Association. We're planning for a fun and festive Florida celebration of endurance riding and endurance riders!

Seminar speakers will be added in (very) early December -- finalizing the lineup right now. All we can say is: You won't want to miss a single seminar! We're very excited about the presenters and topics for the 2020 convention!

AERC convention registration is OPEN! You can sign up online: AERC.org/2020Convention

Or print out the 2020 convention paper form.

Book your room now at AERC's group rate: Hotel Reservation Page

Room rates are $129 plus tax ($147.23 total) for 2 people for the Hyatt's regular room with two queen beds. Additional people are $25 each plus tax. It's a beautiful hotel and the convention space will be fantastic!

More about the hotel: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Here's a link to Jacksonville visitor info

And some fun things to do (when you're not at convention, which of course is the most fun!): Top 22 Jacksonville attractions

Coming towards the end of 2019: online convention reservation, veterinary CE signups, and more!

2020 AERC CONVENTION SPONSORS! Special thanks to these companies for generously supporting our upcoming convention! (For information about sponsorship, phone 866-271-2372.)

Platinum Sponsors: Arabian Horse Association / Hawthorne Products

Gold Sponsors: The Distance Depot / Equisure, Inc. / Kentucky Equine Research / Vettec Hoofcare

Silver Sponsors: Specialized Saddles


TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS: We welcome exhibitors! Here is the link for 2020 Trade Show Information and Registration. Please contact the AERC office if you you have any questions: 866-271-2372 or email Kyra at the AERC office for Trade Show information. See you in Jacksonville!

Friday, December 06, 2019

Dates Set for 2020 and 2021 Distance Horse Nat'l Championships


The dates are set for both the 2020 and 2021 rotation of the Distance Horse National Championships!

• September 25-27, 2020 - Lava Cast Forest Site in La Pine, OR
• September 10-12, 2021 - Big South Fork Site in Oneida, TN

We are very excited to be going to these great locations and hope to see you next year in Oregon! 

The Distance Horse National Championships is the overhead titled event hosted by AHA which traditionally have incorporated
partnered breeds including the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry (PShR), the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), the Akhal-Teke Association of America (ATAA) and the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR).

Thursday, December 05, 2019

2019 Distance Horse of the Year Award Winner


Congratulations to the 2019 Distance Horse of the Year, Giacomo “Jack”, a 15 year old gelding out of Gianni X Ahlaks Angel, and owned by Frances Muench.

Jack began his distance career in December of 2015 at not quite 12 years of age; since then this rock solid gelding has covered over 2000 miles. He has completed 36 North American Trail Conference (NATRC) rides and 4 American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) Limited Distance rides. The 2019 season was a stellar season for Jack as he completed 840 miles, 14 NATRC rides in 7 different states with 8 - 1st place awards, 7 of those being Sweepstakes. This year he takes the honor of earning NATRC’s prestigious President’s Cup (National Sweepstakes Champion award) and garnering other Regional NATRC awards. His previous accomplishments include multiple NATRC National Championships and AHA Region 9 Championships.

Jack originally was bred to be an endurance carriage driving horse but while waiting for him to mature, Jack’s original owner, who was battling cancer, realized that after 8 years, Jack should have a chance to do what he was bred for and gave him to a trainer. This is where Frances and Jack’s paths came together, Frances states “We literally hit the trails and haven’t looked back. He travels well, takes care of himself on the trail, eating and drinking when he can while covering miles of various terrain whether technically steep and rocky or flat and fast. Competing in NATRC has enabled our partnership to bloom thanks to mentoring and guidance from other successful friends and competitors in the sport”.

Monday, December 02, 2019

PNER Volunteer Extraordinaire: Terre O'Brennan

December 1 2019
by Jo Christensen

We have celebrated volunteers before in our monthly Facebook page feature post and banner photo- the folks out in ride camp and on the trail that are key to successful endurance rides. Yet many do not know there are a host of volunteers outside of rides silently carrying out the often-mundane business that keeps the PNER going as an organization. These things usually involve late nights pecking away at a computer, answering endless emails, or sitting on the phone during long tele-meetings. So this month we begin a series featuring on our banner some of those unsung heroes of the organization whose quiet, often uncelebrated efforts keep the PNER ticking!

Everybody, meet Terre O-Brennan, the PNER British Columbia Provincial Representative. Terre is first a horsewoman and of course an accomplished endurance rider outside of her more mundane PNER duties. Pictured on the banner are Terre and her horse Koszaar at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 where she represented Canada.

Terre’s involvement with horses started with riding rental horses at 16, as soon as she got her driver’s license. She had lived an entirely urban life with a military family, always moving, and no opportunities to ride. Determined to make a horses a part of her life, she used a student loan to buy her first horse (a totally appropriate use of student loans, right!?) “Cavvy” was a 14hh stockhorse-type pinto of unknown age. Showing was not much fun for them, so they hit the trail and never looked back. They hauled all over British Columbia, camping and riding together.

Sometime circa 1982, she saw a poster in a feed store for something called an “endurance ride." When she called the number on the poster, the person on the other end of the line said “just show up and we’ll tell you what to do.” So, she showed up with her stocky little pinto pony, in jeans and a cowboy hat. They finished the 25 quite happily, in the middle of the pack. Someone later suggested she give him some salt and that was it for post-ride care. But she was hooked and they went on to do a bunch more 25s- all top 10! And a couple of 50s! But by then, he was well into his 20s she felt endurance was too hard for him. So like many wanting to continue on in the sport, she went out and bought an Arabian… and kept going.

Fast forward to today, she has accrued around 8600 miles, most of it with AERC and some FEI. She has done 23-24 one-hundreds on 3 different horses. Tequila Sunrise and Koszaar were her main mounts. She and Koszaar twice qualified for Worlds.

Her partnership with Koszaar is incredibly close and he is still going strong at 24, closing in on 5000 miles, almost all Top Ten, many FEI rides, and has completed 13 one-hundreds. She describes him as her soul-mate. but reflects that she was also incredibly close to her first horse, the little pinto Cavvy. Despite being different breeds, the two horses are so alike in personality that a rather new-agey friend of Terre’s seriously believes that Koszaar is Cavvy’s soul, found its way back to her.

When asked what challenges has faced as an endurance rider, she reports “like everybody else, money and time.” She has overcome them by "not spending either on anything else."

Terre has been a member of the PNER for 20 or so years. To her, the PNER serves as "a big extended family of like-minded people who love the mountains and lakes and rivers and grasslands, who value and respect their horses, and who love the challenge and thrill of the sport of Endurance. "

She is quite active as the British Columbia Provincial Rep. She forwards copies of all BC ride results to the points secretary; she submits funding requests to the Anna Sampson -Marry Nunn Fund to sponsor Junior riders; She strives to promote then PNER whenever possible and would like the BC riders to have a Team again (at one time BC had TWO teams before the border became so problematic); and she nags people to declare for awards and such, and mentors quite a bit. Somehow, she has also found time to serve on the Education Committee and continues to be a Ride Manager.

She reflects that each smaller ‘region’ within PNER (state and province) have unique problems that need to be brought to the Board for the benefit of those riders; they may be economic, or political, or whatever. She says "we need as many voices and viewpoints as possible to stay in touch with the riders, vets, ride managers, and even vendors who operate locally, in our region."

When asked about her favorite memory riding endurance, not surprisingly, it doesn’t involve participating in late night board meetings for the PNER. Rather she celebrates a moment that happened in the dark of night, towards the end of a tough 100. “We suddenly got full moon-light...you literally could have read by the light it was so bright...and I could see my horse’s shadow...the reins, the sponge, every detail...flying across the ground beside me as he cantered for home. Unbelievable.” We can't help but believe Cavvy's spirit helped light their way to home that night.

2020 City of Rocks Pioneer Endurance Ride - 10th Anniversary!

Mark your calendars for the 10th Anniversary of the City of Rocks Pioneer Endurance Ride in Almo, Idaho, on June 11, 12, 13.

Come join us for this spectacular ride at the City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park. The park has amazing rock formations and scenery, as well as a rich pioneer history which you will experience on the trail. We will have marked Trail rides as well as 25 and 50 mile rides each day. There are plenty of things to do for families and fun. Durfy Hotsprings has swimming and soaking pools for every temperature preference (be sure to bring your swim suit!). Try the Great Pizza at Rock City, and explore the trails and scenic spots. Basecamp is a large field adjacent to the City of Rocks National Preserve, elevation 5500 ft. The trail footing in this area is very good, with just a few rocky sections - it is NOT a rocky ride! City of Rocks is known for its botanical diversity - you'll see cactus, pinion pine, sagebrush, aspen and sub-alpine fire - all on one day's ride! The wildflowers should be in full bloom in June!

Camp: We'll be renting the same basecamp as in years past, large fields on both sides of the gravel road. We haul all of the water for horses to camp, you will need your own potable water.You do not need certified weed free hay in camp. We will supply hay at the out-vet check.
Basecamp is at 5500 feet, this is a high elevation ride!

From Boise take I-84 to exit 216 (Declo); go south on Idaho 77 to Conner Creek Junction, then southwest on the Elba-Almo Road.
One mile south of the visitor center in Almo, PASS BY the intrance to City of Rocks/Equestrian Campground. Instead, continue straight south onto dirt road, and you'll shortly see Ridecamp on your right - Castle View RV Park.
From Pocatello and Idaho Falls, take I-86 and I-84 to exit 216 and proceed as above.
From Salt Lake City take I-84 to exit 245 (Sublett/Malta) then head west toward Malta.
Turn left (south) onto highway 81 for .2 miles to Highway 77, then turn right (west). At Connor Creek Junction, follow directions above toward Almo.

Trails: The trails are challenging with elevations up to 7500' on some of the days. Footing is very good though, very little rock (except for the scenery), some gravel road, lots of single track in the mountains and jeep roads and cow trails through the BLM land.

How it got started, in 2011:

City of Rocks, Almo Idaho

It's time to start thinking about our next event. We discovered this treasure in 2010. My son Clay had told me about an amazing place after his in-laws had their family reunion in the little town of Almo. Wynne's family came from the area, and it was a chance for them to revisit the old home place. Clay said "you gotta see this place!" .

So, I found myself veering off the Interstate when I saw the sign for 'City of Rocks' on our way home from Wyoming. Merri and I had been crewing for our friends Rusty, Kevin, and Kevin at the Big Horn 100. Heads full of adventure and beautiful scenery from several days in the Wyoming Bighorn Mountains, warm sunny July day ... just seemed like the right thing to do.

The road to Almo and City of Rocks passes through high desert scenery - farmland in the valleys, surrounded by mountains. We wind our way through the valleys and over a few passes and BOOM all of a sudden there is this immense world of granite.
and it just kept going, past Castle Rocks State Park and then into the City of Rocks National Reserve. An expansive stunning landscape of sagebrush, aspen, firs, pinon pines, cactus, sub-alpine firs, snowy peaks... dotted with cattle and old homesteads. This area was a major crossroads for emigrants as they traveled west toward California, Oregon and Nevada, or north to Idaho. Pioneer journal entries describe the site as "a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks," and "the silent city."

There are natural granite caves with names and dates of the pioneers inscribed in axle grease, or etched into the rock . There is a very strong sense of awe, and perhaps humility, when confronted by such magnificent scenery, and how it must have affected these travelers.

It didn't take long for the idea (compulsion) of an endurance ride took hold. Perhaps a few seconds. I talked with the park managers - they were very excited about the idea having invested heavily in making the park horse friendly with trail heads and well designed equestrian trail. Oh my, getting better. I spoke with the Forest Ranger (Sawtooth National Forest) and he was very supportive. We met a rancher happy to lease us a campsite. And after one evening in the hotsprings there was no going back...the rest is history. The first ride was a mid summer 5-day 250 mile event with trails going off in every direction. Ambitious? of course! and the 'Crick Gang' spent many glorious days scouting new trail, riding the country, basking in the high altitude sunshine.

I've changed a few things since our first 2011 event - only three days now, and in early June instead of mid summer. With the high altitude and mountain ranges summer thunderstorms can get pretty Exciting, and the heat is intense. So we're doing cooler weather, and simpler rides - and sticking with the most scenic trails and easiest logistics. (smarter with age?)

Now... just waiting for springtime to actually arrive! Might be a little snow up at Indian Grove in the high country...


See a video of the trails here:

More information on the ride at:

Saturday, November 30, 2019

AERC Members: Renew Now for 2020!

AERC members: renew by December 1st to be entered into our drawing to win $500 worth of tack from Taylored Tack. Renew online: https://aerc.org/Join_AERC or by calling the office at 866-271-2372. The office is trying to set a new record for renewals prior to 12/1-we’d love your help (and thank you in advance and to those who have already renewed-the renewals are flying in this week!)

Also, if you know anyone wanting to join, invite them with this link: https://aerc.org/static/2020NewMbr.aspx. New members receive a 15% discount courtesy of EasyCare Inc! We’d love to have your friends join and be part of our AERC family.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Exiting week of racing at Broxton Bridge Plantation

Endurance-world.com - Full Article

29th November 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Grace Ramsey

Broxton Bridge Plantation, Ehrhardt, SC, United States of America. Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2019. In the first ever United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Endurance Championships, the informal North American Endurance Team Championships and the Arabian Horses Association Region 12 Championships, combinations from ten countries started on the best trails at the Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, SC.

Although the trails were drying out from rain, the horses and riders felt great and additional rain held off during the 80 km championships for a CEI completion rate of 67%.

Three combinations rode out front all day having great fun finishing in 4:50:01. Cassandra Roberts on her Arabian gelding H Zeden H, Jairo Reisgo from Spain riding Pepe Ortega’s Timore, and Cheryl Van Deusen on her homebred Hoover the Mover raced off at the finish with Cheryl and Hoover as the USEF National Champion narrowly defeating Jairo and Timore, crossing as the First Foreign Rider on the Podium...

Read more here:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Becky Glaser Remembered

Becky Glaser passed away at home in California on November 17, 2019, "beneath the majestic redwoods she so loved. Her independent and vigorous spirit and overarching generosity were recounted by her closest friends, many of whom were able to visit her during those final days.

It is an unimaginable loss for those of us she leaves behind, but we are comforted by the knowledge that her final journey was just as she would have wanted.

Becky was beloved by so many. In the coming weeks, we (her family) plan to share more information on how and when we will celebrate her extraordinary life. Until then, your remembrances and love are a comfort we greatly appreciate.

With love and gratitude,
Doug, Lena, and Sam"

A celebration of life is planned next spring/summer.

Episode 28 - Unthemed Updates - Endurance Horse Podcast

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Welcome to Episode 28 of Endurance Horse Podcast

Created September 29, 2019

Welcome to episode 28 of Endurance Horse Podcast! We are working overtime this weekend to you not only part one & part two of Tevis 2019 to you, though also episode 28! The first unthemed episode in awhile! Now back to regular programming as we get caught up with more friends from around the world! So sit back, hold on and enjoy the ride!

About the creator of the Endurance Horse Podcast:

Christina Hyke lives in southern Wisconsin with her sweet husband, Jim.

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


Cheers & Happy Trails!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thanking Old and Welcoming New Tevis Board Members

President's Message

The Western States Trail Foundation thanks Andrew Gerhard, Phil Gardner, Lisa Schnieder and Brad Weston for the time and effort that they contributed as Governors over the past years. They all served on the Board for multiple terms and each one was the head of a committee during their tenure. Phil was also named Emeritus for his contributions to the sport of endurance for the past 50 years and as a past president of the Western States Trail Foundation. 

Lastly, The Board recognized Matthew Mackay-Smith with Honors for his contributions to the sport of endurance over the decades and his tireless promotion of the Tevis Cup Ride to the East Coast endurance riders which prompted many to venture across the country to compete in the Tevis Cup Ride.  

All of these people have been great contributors to the Western States Trail Foundation.

We'd also like to welcome three new Board of Governors members: 
Nanci Gabri, Melissa Formica, Holly Ulyate and Abigail Madden. 

Click HERE to learn more about each of them!  We're excited they are all joining the board for 2020 and look forward to their future contributions.
Tony Benedetti
President, WSTF 

Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 November's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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Endurance Horses on Parade, National Championships, AERC Updates for Nov. 12, 2019
Nov 12, 2019

Karen tells us about riding in the Nevada Day Parade and offers a tip on scouting out the ride site before you hit the road. Guests include AERC President Monica Chapman, AERC Board Member Andrew Gerhard who review the National Championships and give a preview of the 2020 AERC Convention. Listen in...


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Four Champions Crowned at Inaugural USEF Endurance National Championship at Broxton Bridge Plantation


by US Equestrian Communications Department/Classic Communications | Nov 20, 2019, 5:13 PM EST

Ehrhardt, S.C. – The Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, S.C., played host to the inaugural USEF Endurance National Championships on November 14-16 as part of the 2019 North American Endurance Championships. In addition, an unofficial FEI team competition was integrated into the competition at the CEI2*/CEIYJ2* and CEI1*/CEIYJ1* levels to strengthen team development skills.

Taking a five-loop tour equating to a ride of 120.7 kilometers around Broxton Bridge Plantation, competitors in the two-star divisions made light work of the course. In the USEF CEI2* Endurance National Championship, Marcia Weilbach (Brooks, Ga.) and Zanthus Fury took home top honors. Weilbach and her 14-year-old Arabian gelding finished the ride in a time of 06:45:25 with an average speed of 17.8 kilometers per hour.

“It is such an honor to win a national championship title, especially when you know that everyone participating is every bit as eager as you to bring that title home,”Weilbach said. “It is humbling to realize that it is only through God's grace that we are able to physically do what we need to do to achieve such honor. What we ask and receive physically and mentally from our horses is truly so amazing; they are the stars, not us.”

In the USEF CEIYJ2* Endurance National Championship, Reine Pagliaro (Swannanoa, N.C.) and Beautiful Knightmare were crowned the national champions. As the rainy weather continued leading up to the start of the CEIYJ2* ride, Pagliaro adjusted her plans after consulting with her trainers and mentors to take a slower pace with Mary Kathryn Clark and Kathryn Clark’s nine-year-old Arabian gelding. The pair finished in a time of 13:44:56 with an average speed of 8.8 kilometers per hour.

“We started with a mindset of taking the time that we needed to get our horses though the whole ride safe, sound, happy, and healthy. At the end of the ride, I was thrilled that we had changed our objectives for that day and focused on a strong completion,” Pagliaro explained. “When I was first presented with the national championship title, I was truly shocked and hit with so many emotions. I felt excitement, accomplishment, and gratitude for everyone who had helped ‘Beau’ and me along the way.”

Riding in the one-star divisions with a course composed of three loops for a total of 80.6 kilometers, Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) won the USEF CEI1* Endurance National Championship aboard her longtime partner, Hoover the Mover. Van Deusen and her 15-year-old Arabian gelding finished the ride in a time of 04:50:01 with an average speed of 16.7 kilometers per hour.

"The Broxton Bridge Plantation is a wonderful venue. The trail system is established, and the volunteers were absolutely wonderful. Hats off to Grace Ramsey for managing a great ride and to the USEF for their support,” Van Deusen said of the competition.

The inaugural title was a meaningful one for Van Deusen because she was able to partner with her homebred Hoover the Mover, who has found much success. The pair has topped the FEI Endurance Open Combination World Rankings in the past, and “Hoover” has close to 6,000 competitive miles to his record.

“To be champion in the CEI1* at Broxton and the recipient of the Best Conditioned Horse award by the veterinary team was wonderful," Van Deusen said.

Sophia Carpentier (Pomfret, Md.) and Perseveranze brought home the title of USEF CEIYJ1* Endurance National Champion. Carpentier, who began competing in endurance rides last year, finished the ride with Melody Blittersdorf’s nine-year-old Arabian gelding in a time of 07:13:25 with an average speed of 11.1 kilometers per hour.

“The ride went really well. Our goal going in was for me and Perseveranze (‘Perci’) to finish, which we did,” said Carpentier. “I was happy that we achieved that. The title is unexpected and exciting. And this achievement does not just belong to me; many people and horses helped me get here.”

The team competition operated in a similar format to that of FEI Nations Cups™. Only the top three scores from each team counted towards the team classification. At the end of the competition, the U.S. Southeast Team won the CEI1* gold medal. The team consisted of Van Deusen and Hoover the Mover; Rae Shumate-Tysor (Shelbyville, Tenn.) and Kount Czester SWA, Misty McAdams’s eight-year-old Arabian gelding; Thomas Rajala (Hillsborough, N.C.) and Hheartbreaker, his eight-year-old Arabian mare; and Shawn Polke (Lake Mary, Fla.) and WMA Riversong, Mary Kathryn Clark and Kathryn Clark’s eight-year-old Arabian mare.

The CEI1* silver medal went to Mexico. The team consisted of Jose Luis Flores Morones and Nazeefs Flashy Rose, Van Deusen’s 12-year-old Arabian mare; Jose Enrique Partida Fonseca and Golden Lightning, Janice Worthington’s 19-year-old Arabian gelding; and Mercedes Acuña Tardis and Merlot MHF, Debra Lemmons’s seven-year-old Arabian mare.

The FEI recognized the overall order of finish with the top 12 combinations in each senior and young rider division receiving individual awards.

Results, photos and more at:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Episode 27 - TEVIS 2019 PART TWO - Endurance Horse Podcast

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Created September 28, 2019

Welcome to episode 27 of Endurance Horse Podcast! We are working overtime this weekend to get this part two of Tevis 2019 out to you. You will hear some construction sounds at the beginning of this episode as Jim & I share with you the excitement we have of putting up our new barn. We hear from a rider who went to the educational ride that is hosted on the Tevis trail and you can hear about her experience to see if this is a trip you would like to take. We will hear more from more riders and a lot more from crew and from long time Endurance Podcast contributor Keisha Wood as she is both crew/volunteer helping to mark trail at Tevis 2019 . So sit back, hold on and enjoy the ride!

Some of the audios sent in were quite a bit longer than average, though I chose to share the extra audio, as it is full of good information, and it fits appropriately as this episode is about an extra lengthy ride.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Jeanette Mero’s Ozark Kaolena SWA Wins Best Condition at AERC National Championship 100

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
November 19 2019

Receiving the Best Condition award for the 2019 AERC National Championship 100-miler in Ridgecrest, California, was a perfect ending to an outstanding endurance season for Dr. Jeanette Mero’s mare Ozark Kaolena SWA. In the November 1st ride, Jay and Lena finished fourth in a ride time of 12:10, and next morning the mare was judged to be the best of the seven Top Ten horses showing for the BC award.

Most remarkable, this was Lena’s first season of endurance. The 7-year-old mare, by Kaolino X FMR Ozark Eklipse, by Cassels Roszlem, has achieved a record of 20 finishes in 21 rides, four of them wins, and two Best Conditions. Earlier this season they had easily satisfied the entry requirements for the National Championship, of 500 lifetime miles each (Lena now has 1110 miles; Jay has 5760), including completion of either a Pioneer ride together (they did several) or a 100-mile ride together. That was fulfilled with a 17th place finish in the Tevis Cup.

Lena was a former winning racehorse at four and five in Texas and California for breeder/owner Dr. Jim Wetsel and trainers Ken and Valerie Danyluk. A friend of Jay’s recommended Ozark Kaolina SWA as a prospective endurance horse; Jay put a deposit on her and another colt, and made a trip to Texas in March of 2018. “When I got there, the mare was everything that her picture showed - her body conformation is quite nice. She’s got a lot of depth and she’s very correct,” Jay said.

“So I basically met them, met the horse, put her in the round pen and said, ‘Yep, I’ll take her!’

“She went into heavy training with me and didn’t come out to an endurance ride till Death Valley nine months later. And she did a lot. I would use the XP rides to basically prep, harden, toughen her up, to get her ready for longer rides.”

As the 2019 season progressed, Jay knew she had a mare with not only a wonderful mind and a desire to compete, but one with great recoveries. That became evident on the Tevis ride.

“Most of the racehorses are reasonably good with their heart rates and recoveries, but you never know. I have never, ever had one that was having recoveries like this mare was,” Jay said. “She was coming into Deadwood, Chickenhawk, and - boom - her heart rate was down to 55. It was ridiculous!

“Her pace is just very methodical. Basically my plan for this Championship ride was, ok, she’s already spent almost a whole year doing a lot of sand work, which is perfect for this desert ride. And I was just going to ask a little bit more from her on pace - we’d been anywhere from eight to nine miles an hour - and the rest of it, we’re just going to see what happens.”

What happened was a lot of riders may have underestimate the course - which looks deceptively easy, and may have started out too fast in the beginning, and had less horse left at the end. (36 of 67 completed the 100-mile Championship.) After the 65-mile loop, Jay had a horse that was raring to go. “We left the 65 mile hold in eighth place. We had to go up a very long deceiving grade, and that’s where we caught seventh place, and then sixth and fifth place.

“At the last hold [at 90 miles], Lena immediately came down. She was just a freak all day - a minute, two minutes [to pulse down]. CRI’s of 50-50, 48-48. It was crazy!”

The last 10 miles was a repeat of what they’d done on the first loop, and Lena was feeling great, so they went for it. “We left at a canter. And the mare had so much gas, it was so much fun. And we did that same loop at the same speed we did it in the daylight, in a little over an hour.”

They crossed the finish line in fourth place at 9:20 PM. “Her finish CRI was 48-48. I mean, you could’ve picked me up off the floor.”

Just as astonishing was the announcement of the Best Condition winner the next morning by head veterinarian Dr. Michael Peralez: Ozark Kaolena SWA. “I knew the mare showed well,” Jay said, “but I didn’t really even factor into it. So it was just like - WHAT!?”

Actually receiving the award may have been a surprise, but during the ride it became a goal. “I’d say it was about after the 65-mile hold where my brain started thinking, ok, we’re not going to go for a win, of course - I’m not going to burn this horse up - but, you know, let’s be careful and cognizant of BC.

“And we had talked about that earlier in the days and weeks before. We knew we were not going to go after it for a win. I did not want to take that mare that speed. But there had been, in the back of my mind, if we did get high enough up in the overall Top Ten that maybe we would make an effort at BC.”

Lena’s entire season had been carefully orchestrated. “Like I said, I picked her up in March of 2018, and didn’t even bring her to a ride till nine months later, and she was just working, working, working at home getting ready. It was methodically planned out.

“It was a great season, and she’s a great mare.”

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Rough and Ready woman, 65, earns endurance riding championship

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News | November 14, 2019

John Orona
Staff Writer

As Rough and Ready woman Susannah Jones broke the finish line near Ridgecrest atop her 17-year-old Arabian horse, she knew the pair had already gone through more together than the 50-mile endurance race could ever throw at them.

Jones, 65, and her horse Diablo Maj are now retired from endurance riding — the long-distance equestrian competition where riders aim to cross the finish line first while passing through periodic veterinary checks — after being crowned as American Endurance Ride Conference National Champions Oct. 31.

While the duo’s racing journey has ended with them retiring on top as champions, their start was anything but easy riding, and has grown their bond far beyond the course...

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Legendary Endurance Stallion Sierra Fadwah+/ Scores Big in AERC National Championship 100

His descendants finish first and third in the 100 mile Championship

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
November 15 2019

The legend that is endurance stallion Sierra Fadwah+/ carried on at the 2019 AERC 100-mile National Championship in Ridgecrest, California, on November 2.

Winner of the 100 miler in a ride time of 10:51 was 12-year-old RTR Rimfires Etta, a granddaughter of Sierra Fadwah; and third place, by 14 minutes, was 11-year-old RTR Thunders Nusabre, a grandson of Sierra Fadwah and half brother to Etta.

Sierra Fadwah+/ was bred by Bob and Lorry Wagner of Sierra Dawn Arabians in 1973, and purchased by Jim and Jackie Bumgardner of Ridgecrest as a 7-year-old in 1980. By Fadjur out of Judhi - a full sister to another endurance legend and sire Bezatal - the Bumgardners started Fadwah in endurance, where he proved to be exceptional.

He completed his final ride at age 21 in 1994. Over his 15-season career he carried more than 30 different riders in 87 starts to earn a record of 7280 endurance miles with zero pulls. He earned the Jim Jones Stallion award in 1983, the Legion of Honor award in 1984, and was elected to the AERC Hall of Fame in 1992. (Sierra Fadwah's son Sierra Fadrazal+/ and Jackie were given the AERC Pard'ners Award in 1998; "Ross" garnered 8500 AERC miles over more than 20 endurance seasons, including 4 consecutive Tevis finishes).

Sierra Fadwah died in 2004 at age 31, but his get continue to tear up the endurance trail. The gelding Fire Mt Malabar (Sierra Fadwah X Malabar Dawn, by Malabar Amir) continues to compete for Lee Pearce and Naomi Preston of Oregon at age 20 with over 8100 miles. Fire Mt Zoom+/ (Sierra Fadwah X Rushcreek La Hand, by Cougar Rock), 2016 AHA Distance Horse of the Year, continues to compete for Marci Cunningham of California at age 18 with over 5600 miles.

RTR Rimfires Etta is owned by Dublin "Tinker" Hart and her mother Kay Matthews of Nevada. The mare was ridden by regular partner Jeremy Reynolds of Dunnellon, Florida. Etta's sire is RTR Rimfire, a son of Sierra Fadwah, owned by Tinker. She bred and raised and trained Rimfire, and contributed 275 of his endurance miles during his 7 seasons of endurance, where he earned 1610 miles and completed 31 of 36 starts. He continues to stand at stud at Tinker's Running Thunder Ranch in Wellington, Nevada.

Tinker purchased the mare PS Sierra Sage from LAS Racing Arabians in Fernley, Nevada, and bred her to Rimfire, resulting in the bay mare RTR Rimfires Etta. Tinker foaled and raised her and advanced her through her FEI qualifications in endurance. Jeremy took over riding her in 2019, adding three 50-mile wins, and a second place in Tevis, to her record this season before winning the AERC National Championship 100. Her current AERC record stands at 30 completions in 34 starts, and 1565 miles.

14-year-old Caroline de Bourbon, of San Leandro, California, rode RTR Thunders Nusabre (RTR Rimfire X PS Donnas Star, by LAS Seykret Agent) to a third place finish, in Caroline's first 100-mile ride as an emancipated Junior. It was their third ride together; their previous partnership resulted in a 14th place finish in the Tevis Cup this year. Nusabre is owned by Bill Whitlock, also of San Leandro.

Countless other grandsons and granddaughters of Sierra Fadwah+/ are still active on the endurance trails.

Sierra Fadwah's Hall of Fame plaque sums up this great horse:

"Many of the stars we see in the night sky died millions of year ago, and yet we see their light. So it will be with Sierra Fadwah+/ . His greatness will shine on for future generations of equestrians through the memories of those who loved him and the continuing performance of his offspring. Sierra Fadwah+/ is truly a star in the constellation of endurance performance."

More photos and stories on the AERC National Championship are at: