Thursday, March 22, 2007

USEF: Ranking List Trials for 2007

The Endurance International High Performance Committee wishes to announce the following rides as Ranking Trials for 2007 and beyond (Pending Approval of new Procedures for Rider Ranking, Team Selection and Endurance Selection Trials by the USEF Executive Committee).

Points may be earned at the events listed below toward placement on the Endurance Rider Ranking List. Additional events may be added at a later date. This memo is also posted on the USEF Web site.

For more information please see the Press Release on the proposed procedures dated December 6th, 2006 or contact:
Vonita Bowers, Endurance Director
(908) 326-1154 Direct Dial
(908) 234-9417 Fax
(908) 234-0848 Main Number
(903) 563-0732 Cell #

(1. 20 Mule Team, February)

Mar. 9-11
Jan Stevens

3. Git-R-Done II CEI3*
Apr. 14
Inyokern, Ca
Carolyn Hock

4. Biltmore Challenge CEI3*
May 5-6
Asheville, NC
Cheryl Newman

5. Ft. Howes CEI3*
June 10
Ashland, MT
Jan Stevens

6. Spirit of Excellence 100 CEI 3*
July 22
Ontario, Canada
Fred Buchanan

7. Arabian Nights CEI3*
Aug. 25
John and Steph Teeter

8. USEF National Zones Team Challenge CE13*
Sept. 22
Ashland, MT
Bill and Jan Stevens

In addition, the following National Rides have been added to the list

1. Vermont 100
July 21
West Windsor,VT
John Greenall

2. WSTR 100 "Tevis Cup"
July 28
Truckee, Ca
Bill Pieper

3. Armadillo 100
October 27
Kennard, Tx
Bo and Linda Parrish

4. Git R Done 100
October 27
Inyokern, Ca
Tammy Robinson

5. Carolina 100
November 27
Bethume. SC
J D Fountain

Monday, March 19, 2007

USA: Valley woman wins riding award

by Susie Vasquez
The freedom of an open trail is the best thing about equestrian endurance competitions for both the rider and in many cases, the horse, said Carson Valley resident Suzanne Ford Huff.

"I grew up in Montana and tried showing, but I didn't like being confined to an arena," Huff said. "It's more natural for a horse to be out in nature than an arena. They're happier - at least an Arabian is."

She has a right to that opinion. She's an avid competitor and this year won first place in the American Endurance Ride Conference 100-mile category for the 2006 season, a national award.

Endurance riding is a controlled long-distance race that can take up to 24 hours, the top-level races 100 miles or longer.

Huff said she is goal-oriented and loves the challenge. Fifty-mile competitions are a little too tame, so right now she is concentrating on the 100-mile.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

US: Endurance in Arizona

Horse and rider going long way

Kim Goetz
Special for The Republic
Mar. 2, 2007 12:00 AM

Stephanie DuRoss of Queen Creek has covered nearly 5,000 miles of trails on horseback.

An endurance rider for 19 years, DuRoss, 33, and her horse, an Arabian gelding named Hadji, have logged half of those miles on trails all over the country.

"I've had a phenomenal year with him (each of) the last two years," said DuRoss of the gelding she purchased for $1,500 from a rancher six years ago. Little did she know how well this former hunting mount would do as an endurance horse.

DuRoss and Hadji were recognized for their most recent achievements at the American Endurance Ride Conference in Nevada last week, taking three national and four regional awards.

The horse and rider team was among three in the nation to receive a gold medal for the completion of a series that included five multiday rides that covered 155 to 250 miles each.

"That's pretty huge," DuRoss said. "It takes a good three years to get an endurance horse to do what he is doing now."

DuRoss said she has to take good care of her horse on and off the trail to get so many miles out of him.

A typical training day for the duo consists of a 20-mile ride on sand, hills and rock through the San Tan Mountain Park. In the world of endurance riding, limited distance trails start at 25 miles, DuRoss said.

Although the majority of the horses that compete in endurance are Arabians, all breeds are welcome and most that ride pleasure trails are conditioned enough to compete in limited distances, she said.

"The goal of endurance riding in general is 'to finish is to win,' " said DuRoss. "There are some people that go out there and just ride because they want to be with their horse."

Veterinary checks before, during and after the ride require horses to meet several physical criteria in order to continue on and complete the trail. DuRoss said finishing the trail is one thing, but to finish with your horse in the best condition is a huge accomplishment.

"The welfare of the horse is top priority," said Rusty Toth, ride manager for an upcoming endurance ride at McDowell Regional Park in Scottsdale. "That's where the challenge of the sport comes in. You have to know the fitness level of your horse."

DuRoss said she paces her ride depending on her horse that particular day. At times she will get off and run beside Hadji to save his energy so that he finishes stronger and in good condition.

"Each ride is different," said DuRoss. "I try and take care of him so he can take care of me."

DuRoss and Hadji will compete in a 55-mile endurance ride in Scottsdale. Although there are several endurance rides in Arizona, this will be the first in the Valley in some time.

The Scottsdale McDowell Mountain Endurance Ride will be April 7. It will include 25- and 55-mile rides.