Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Manilla Tom Quilty 2010 - Booted Horses are More Likely to Finish!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Duncan McLaughlin

Last weekend saw endurance riders from all over the Australia and from around the world gather at Manilla, NSW for this years Quilty. The Quilty is Australia's oldest and most prestigious endurance ride. 11 booted horses were entered in the event and 8 were successful, for a 73% completion rate (compared to the 54% completion rate overall). The successful combinations were:

* Carol Layton on Omani Mr Squiggle;
* Deanna Trevena on Warr of the Roses;
* me on Jupiter Mikeno;
* Virginia Dodson on Qmriya Raheema;
* Ann Batt on Roxborough Nato;
* Donna Tidsdale on Karrana King;
* Jane Martin on Blake's Heaven Dubbonet; and
* Rebecca Hayes on Summerzar M'zigye.
* (Commiserations to Rachel, Colleen and Darryl)

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 WEG - USA: This Week in International Endurance

June 29 2010

Over the last week the USEF hosted three Regional Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, paring down the number of eligible horse/rider combinations for the US Endurance Team from 62 to 47.

The Central Selection Trial was held in Danville, IL on June 19. Athletes and horses faced hot, humid and muddy conditions, turning a fast course into true test of endurance. At the East Selection Trial held in Fair Hill, MD on June 22 there was a repeat of the heat and humidity which plagued the Central Selection Trial, but no mud to contend with. The third selection trial took place in Prineville, OR on June 26, the conditions were perfect and the course was fast.

The horses and riders who attended one of these trials will be eligible to attend the Observation Trial August 8-11, in Danville, IL. Following the Observation Trial, the top ten horse/rider combinations will be named to the nominated entries, from which the final five horse/rider combinations will be selected to represent the US on the Endurance Team in September at the World Games.

2010 WEG - USA: Smells like Team Spirit

Horsebytes -- A blog for Seattle-area horse folks
Posted by Monica Bretherton at June 29, 2010 2:04 p.m

"I'm like a duck, calm above the water and paddling madly underneath," said Darolyn Butler about her state of mind on Friday, June 25th.

It iss the day before the Western region selection trials for the U.S. Endurance team. 17 of 19 horses presented had vetted through, and Darolyn had a double reason to worry. She had a hopeful member of the Namibian team, Anna Wucher, riding her second qualified horse, DJB Cherry's Juliet.

She was not the only one who was preoccupied with the upcoming ride. "You think about it every waking hour," said California rider, Kassandra DiMaggio.

The pressure comes not just from the rigors of the 80-mile ride they'll be attempting, but from the fact that every move will be scrutinized by the Enduramce Chef d'Equipe, Becky Hart and her five selectors, all endurance riders with international experience: Roger Yohe, Cathy Davis, Anne Stuart, Alex North and Linda Howard. Even if you have years of experience or have ridden on teams with the selectors, there are no givens, because they have to chose the horses and riders with the best chance of winning a medal.

"I have a crisis going on at home," Darolyn said, "but you have to put that all aside."

Home is a long way away. She's based in Texas at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center. Other riders have come from Utah and California, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest states, and they have been traveling to FEI qualifying rides since 2008.

I thought of the distinction ride vet Dr. Mike Foss drew for me at the PNER convention between the average AERC endurance rider and a typical FEI rider, who is aiming at international competition. "Most of you enjoy endurance riding as a part of their life. For the FEI riders, it IS their life."

That is especially true because most top level riders run businesses around their endurance riding in order to sustain their activities. I chatted with Christoph Schork and Tennessee Mahoney as they hand-grazed their horses, Stars Aflame and TC Moonshine.

"I'm usually on Facebook between midnight and two a.m.," he said.

"That's because the other twenty-two hours you are on your horses," Tennessee pointed out - only a slight exaggeration.

The relationship with the horse that develops is critical to success. "When you spend that much time with them," Christoph said, "it's different than a show jumping rider, who is on each horse for an hour a day. "

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Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 WEG Selection Trials: Mum's The Word

Sunday June 27 2010

Just returned home from an interesting weekend as *CREW* for a friend of mine at the west coast selection trials for the World Endurance Championship (at the World Equestrian Games) in Kentucky on September 26th. There will be 5 US horses and riders in the race.

Charisse Glenn has two horses qualified for the WEC; she asked me, along with several of her other friends, to come crew for her this weekend, and we happily jumped at the chance.

It really wasn't a selection trial anyway, more of an early exhibition trial of what the horses and riders are capable of, with the Chef d'Equipe, the Team Veterinarian and a couple of other veterinarians and several selectors watching the horses and all their parameters before, during and after the ride. Three 'trials' happened this week, in Maryland, Illinois and Oregon, with all qualified horses and riders hoping to make the WEC team required to attend one of these. Riders were asked to take their horses certain distances at certain speeds... and that's all I can say.

Even though I was wearing my Malibu Endurance team crew Tshirt and hat, and though I crewed all day Saturday for Charisse (and everybody else who needed help), I was approached by more than one selector saying: "You're that reporter aren't you?" ("Yes, but I'm CREWING this weekend.") "Good. That's good." I was practicing crewing for Tevis, and I figured crewing for a high stress event leading up to the World Endurance Championship would be a good prep for me.

So, I am unable to tell anybody anything about what happened at the 'selection trials', other than no horses were 'selected' for anything. I can say that any rider and horse that came to either of the 'trials' in Oregon, Maryland or Illinois this past week are welcome to go to Illinois in a couple of weeks, to stay there for 6 weeks to train and exhibit their horses' abilities again, from which the 5 team members will eventually be chosen some weeks before the WEC. It's a big commitment of money and time - i.e. your life - to pursue a dream of representing your country in what we might call the Olympics of horse sports. It's certainly a shame, with all the talented horseflesh and riders, that only 5 will be chosen for the endurance race. (Previously in other World Endurance Championships held in other countries, the home country was allowed up to 11 horses/riders - Malaysia in 2008 and UAE in 2004 - I haven't been able to get a definitive answer as to why this was changed this year.)

I can also say it was a fun, and interesting weekend, and I learned a few things I can safely share.

Double check that your horse's heart monitor is accurate by comparing it with the reading you get with a stethoscope. You might be surprised at the difference. (This does me no good however... I can't hear a heartbeat through a stethoscope - it's like the can't-hear-thunder syndrome. And I ride slow enough that I don't need a heart monitor.)

This isn't a secret, because this is the second time I've seen this, though for a different reason. I saw people backing a horse up a few steps before trotting it out for a vet at a vet check. In this instance, it was done to get the horse to balance and collect itself better, instead of starting all strung out.

Try putting boots on your horse's hind legs at home first. Then try putting ice boots on your horse's hind legs at home first. Walk him around in them so he knows they are on his legs. And if you have to rip them off, don't get kicked in the head! (Nobody was, but that's a good thing to know.)

If you really want to desensitize your horse to any situation that might arise on a ride, arrange for a staked-down tent to get caught in a whirlwind and rip straight up into the air right near your horse. If he doesn't have a heart attack or run away to China, your horse might possibly be on his way to becoming bomb proof.

It's a good skill to be able to convert miles per hour into minutes per mile. I, of course, can't do this without a calculator. (Or, just buy a GPS that will tell you that.)

And most of all, if you want to have fun during a stressful time, have a good crew.

We did.

If you want more information about the US endurance trials, and would like to start cheering for some horses and riders, sorry, I can't help you... You might check out Monk's blog at: FEIRedhorse - I'm sure Chris will have an update soon.

I'll post a few photos from the weekend tomorrow.

A tribute to Granite Chief after sharing 10,000 miles together
Karen Chaton

Instead of spending much time writing about Chief, I’ve been spending time with him. He is really a kind and gentle soul who has impacted my life in so many wonderful ways that I can’t even think of the words to describe how fantastic a journey we have shared so far.

DSCF7223 Medium 150x150 A tribute to Granite Chief after sharing 10,000 miles togetherToday I shampooed Chief’s tail. OMG, it was dirt brown in color – I was happy with the results. When finished, his tail was returned to it’s normal silver, black and blond color. I have so enjoyed seeing him transform from being nearly black and charcoal grey with black mane and tail to a fleabitten grey with a silver mane and silver, blond and black tail.

We also went for another walk on the trail today. I realized why my arm is sore – from Chief stopping to grab bites of grass constantly! I guess he knows I’m a sucker and will let him get away with it, which I do. The old dog tries to weave her way in between Chief’s hind legs as he walks and sometimes manages to get through. Chief just picks his legs up higher to avoid knocking her head with a hoof. The other dog gets in front of Chief and slows down or completely stops. Chief just weaves around her, or else uses it as another excuse to grab a bite of grass.

This is kind of cheating, but I’m copying what I wrote when Chief made a previous milestone. Everything still holds true, only moreso – I feel like the luckiest person on earth to have ended up with a horse that has a huge amount of personality as well as ability. Here goes…

I really enjoy riding my horses and lately have especially cherished every single minute of it. I have loved riding every one of my horses but I especially have enjoyed the special relationship that I have developed with Chief. He is a once in a lifetime horse and I know that no matter how long I live even if it were to be a million lifetimes that I just won’t have that kind of relationship with another horse. Ever. I may have something completely different with another horse but it won’t be the same. The reason is that Chief feels the same way about me as I do about him. I have been head over heels with my other horses, but it wasn’t as reciprocal.

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2010 WEG Test Ride, Brothers Oregon
WEG test ride, June 26th, Brothers Oregon…
June 27 Posted by Chris Martin

19 horse and rider teams gathered at a wide spot in the road in Brothers Oregon on the 25th of June. Inspection of horses was at 2PM followed by a general rider/crew meeting at 5PM. Riders were placed into 4 groups of 4 or 5 riders. The trail consisted of a 80 mile coarse in 5 loops of mostly flat desert trails

Start of the ride was to be at 8am about 2.5 miles from ridecamp out to another wide spot in the road…..not kidding. Crew needed to be in place prior to the riders leaving. Groups left at 20 minute intervals.

MONK and Lindsay were in group one which consisted of 5 riders. Jeremy and Heather Reynolds, on Smitty and Sam, riders Carolyn Giles, and Cheryl Dell rounded out the team. They were first on the coarse at 8am.

Each horse was to have one (1) groom which was allowed to enter the pulse box along with the rider and the horse. Our team groom was Brad Green who is a small animal vet in Oregon and a FEI rider.....

Concept was that riders would cross a magical line from the in timer at which time the crew could access the horse and rider. Our team would remove saddle and put on HR monitor strap. Brad had the HR watch and monitored the HR and MONK and crew progress down the 200' long row of buckets of water used to cool the horses filled with dozens of people who either poured water or handed buckets to people who pored water. Brad calls when and where for people to poor water... which in MONK's case was all over, all the time... When you get to the end of the line you stop the water and then scrap it off and check Heart Rate... If your horse is down to 64 you then call to the timer that you are down and enter the pulse box... Our team's horses recovered within a few seconds of each other... somewhere in the 3 min range.... So from the time you remove the saddle, get a drink of water, walk the 200 feet your horse is down to 64... These riders come in at full speed, no walking and mostly at the cantor...

All crewing must stop when in the pulse box. Horse is then presented to the team of vets who check everything, including temperature. Trot out and CRI are recorded.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 WEG - New Zealand- Meet the team: Get Lace to Kentucky

Lace and Fineness

Jenny Chandler tells the story...

“We found Lace on a small property with miniature ponies in Ngatea. As she had proved a bit of a handful for her previous two owners, we thought she needed rescuing and was possibly not what we were really looking for… how wrong we have been! Believing she knew it all from her second novice ride on, she took to Endurance like a duck to water. Now she really does know most of it like the back of her hand, but thankfully has learned to pace herself and is a pleasure to ride.”

Lace has gone on to become a top New Zealand Endurance horse, winning the “Distance Horse of the Year” award in the 2008-09 season and is poised to win the title again this year with five wins and three top-three finishes out of eight rides. Together Lace and Jenny have completed two FEI (FEI are international classed events) 160km rides, both in times which qualify them to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

The World's Greatest Horse Race - Full Article

By Tana Ross
Updated: 06.21.10
Billed as the “Greatest Horse Race in the World” and the “Longest Horse Race in the world,” the Mongol Derby is not a challenge just any horse rider is willing to take on.

Indeed, the 1,000 kilometer (more than 630 miles) endurance race over the Mongolian steppe — a diverse, often unforgiving terrain that includes forest, mountains and desert — is so challenging that organizers of the race provide three days of training for the small group of international competitors who qualified to be in the race.

A true adventurist, 33-year-old Justin Nelzen, a-Pinehurst-farrier- turned-endurance athlete, is one of 16 representing five counties who qualified for the second annual derby to start Aug. 7. In fact he is one of the first three Americans ever selected for the 10-day equestrian event. And, while several might be happy just to finish the race, Nelzen’s standard is set a bit higher...

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Retracing route shows bond between horse and rider, endurance of Old West story - Full Article

RUFFIN PREVOST Gazette Wyoming Bureau | Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010

CODY — As the night wore on, the pale sliver of crescent moon slipped away, leaving the horsemen barely able to pick their way through the darkness along the remote trail. But they pressed on, determined to deliver a pouch stuffed with urgent messages.

Worried that he would be late in delivering the mail to Sweetwater Station, rider Mike Strain urged on his mare, Willow, anxious to hand off his precious cargo to new riders.

Strain, a South Fork Valley ranch manager, is one of more than 600 riders participating this month in a re-enactment of the Pony Express, 150 years after it was created as a way to connect the growing state of California with the rest of the nation.

But unlike most modern riders who cover about five miles or less while retracing the nearly 2,000-mile route from Sacramento, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo., Strain wound up riding 31 miles Tuesday night and Wednesday morning...

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Helmet Awareness Day

National Helmet Awareness Day will be Saturday July 10th. Check this page on a regular basis for details regarding events to be held that day and also for a list of retailers that will be offering discounts on helmet purchases that day.

Participating manufacturers to date include: Troxel, Charles Owen, Aegis (Devon-Aire) and GPA. If you are a retailer that sells helmets from one of these manufacturers in your store, please contact the manufacturer directly for details of the promotion.

Kentucky Horse Park – we will be hosting an event at the Kentucky Horse Park on this day. Want to hold your own event to mark the occasion at your barn/facility? We can provide you with graphics for flyers etc. Please contact us for assistance and to let us know you are holding your own event.

Participating Retailers (offering a discount on helmets purchased on July 10th). This list will be updated daily.

National (online):

Equestrian Collections

Dover Saddlery (online and in all store locations)


KBC Horse Supplies, 140 Venture Court, Lexington, KY 40511.

KBC Horse Supplies, 7500 Turfway Road (Stable Area), Florence, KY.


Schneiders Saddlery, 8255 E. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Saturday, June 19, 2010

ACTHA riders break Guinness world record for Worlds Largest Competitive Trail Ride...

June 17 2010

1700 riders raise $70,000 in one day for horse charities nationwide

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is proud to announce that the annual "Ride for the Rescues" benefit trail ride held across the country over the weekend broke a Guinness World Record for the world's largest trail riding competition. Hundreds of dedicated ACTHA volunteers, and approximately 1700 riders raised almost $70,000 during this benefit ride, which will be used to benefit horse charities and rescues nationwide.

ACTHA, is a true leader in the horse industry for recognizing and celebrating the value of the great American trail horse. Each year, ACTHA sponsors hundreds of rides across the country in an enjoyable and casual 'six mile - six judged obstacle' format. The goal is to provide a casual, fun venue to showcase horses of all breeds while at the same time raising funds for equine charities. To date ACTHA, with the support of their affiliates, has raised more than $300,000 to support equine charities.

For this ride, Tom Scrima, general manager of ACTHA, called on volunteers to coordinate the largest ride the group has sponsored. About 700 volunteers and 1700 horse and rider teams met the call, and arranged "Ride for the Rescues" competitions at locations across the country on June 13th. Scrima said, "The 'Ride for the Rescues' marks a new era for horses and humans. We showed that coast-to-coast horse owners are willing to step up to the plate with their equine companions to help support horse rescue. The goal of ACTHA is to reduce the number of at-risk horses by creating 'jobs' for America's horses and equines. This ride was the first, giant step toward a day when there are no homeless or jobless horses in America".

ACTHA Founders Karen VanGetson and Carrier Scrima, are proud of the fasted growing equestrian sport in the country , where the great American trail horse is 'not JUST a trail horse anymore'

Poling, Walker attend endurance race in France - Full Article

June 18, 2010

Local endurance competitor Jennifer Poling and veterinarian Dr. Tracy Walker recently attended an international endurance race in Compiegne, France. The race was sanctioned by the Federation Equestrian Internationale and took place at an equestrian park at Napoleon's Royal Palace. Competitors attended from many countries, including Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Malaysia and Switzerland.

Walker and Poling were the only Americans to attend. This was the first international race for Poling, an avid endurance competitor, who has been participating in endurance racing for more than 10 years. Walker, also an official judging veterinarian for the American Endurance Conference, assisted in monitoring the horse during the race and coaching through the vet check points...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Girl, 16, struck by lightning while riding horse - Full Article

Thursday, June 17, 2010


GOSHEN — A 16-year-old girl from the Goshen area is back home, recovering and “doing okay” after being struck by lightning while guiding a horse inside a barn last week, the mother of the girl told The Register Citizen.

Codi Deakin, a boarder at Pie Hill Farm in Goshen, went outside just before 3 p.m. on June 10 to guide Neo, a draft cross breed, back into a barn for a lesson, said Romona Deakin, the girl’s mother. It was blue skies out, and while there were dark clouds in the distance it didn’t seem like there was any immediate threat of a storm, Romona Deakin said.

Then, the lightning struck, taking down the girl and the horse. Emergency officials arrived and rushed Codi Deakin to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“She’s making progress,” Romona Deakin said. “She will recover. It’s a very long and expensive road, but she’s at home resting.”

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

2010 WEG (Selection crewing "HELP") - MONK's blog - Full Story

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Short Time

I love getting those telephone calls from Lindsay when I can hear the smile in her voice. "MONK and I are at the top of Barnaby Hill", "His heart rate dropped from 220 to 90 in 30 seconds" "Why does he not get tired?"

This last weekend was MONK's last back to back workout before the WEG selection ride near Bend Oregon. MONK went to Lindsay's moms house in Napa so she could ride him a little. She had to do his health certificate and coggins and will do a trace trim on him so he looks like a endurance horse.

Lindsay gets her official DVM license this Friday, the 11th of June. She will celebrate on the 13th with family and friends. I will pick up MONK at that time and bring him back to the ranch for a two week rest with some serious streaching before we head for Bend Oregon...

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2010 WEG (Selection crewing "HELP")

A Horse Named Monk -

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I love getting those telephone calls from Lindsay when I can hear the smile in her voice. "MONK and I are at the top of Barnaby Hill", "His heart rate dropped from 220 to 90 in 30 seconds" "Why does he not get tired?"

This last weekend was MONK's last back to back workout before the WEG selection ride near Bend Oregon. MONK went to Lindsay's moms house in Napa so she could ride him a little. She had to do his health certificate and coggins and will do a trace trim on him so he looks like a endurance horse.

Lindsay gets her official DVM license this Friday, the 11th of June. She will celebrate on the 13th with family and friends. I will pick up MONK at that time and bring him back to the ranch for a two week rest with some serious streaching before we head for Bend Oregon.

We have to be in camp in near Bend Oregon before noon on the 25th. As explained to me we will do the ride on Saturday. Horses will be grouped in 4 or 5 which will ride as a team for the prescribed 80 miles. Sounds like we have 14 riders that are qualified to ride for the West Coast with a few more horses. They are setting up the vet checks similar in distance as to what will be at the WEG in September. Team members are supposed to work as a team during each leg of the ride and be able to maintain the requested speed, which my best guess will be faster then 13mph.

The 4 or 5 horse team will come into the vet check all at once so they need a massive amount of crew persons to help cool the horses etc... Volunteer's will be welcome and would be a good opportunity to check out some of the best horse flesh in the USA. If interested I am sure they will have a crew meeting on the 25.

The final selection is set for Danville Ill, on August 12, 13 and 14th as I understand. Most of the riders will need help crewing at that location also. MONK's crew will be very limited because of the distance and I am sure that applies other riders as well. So, if we have some fans on the East coast and you can help at the final selection please let us know....

MONK's blog is approaching 6000 hits, and that is in just one year, amazing...

Will post some pictures of MONK's racing trim when I get them.

Update, 12 noon on June 8th... MONK's midwest fans have vowed to attend the final selection ride in droves....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Tevis Trail Work Event Reminder


JUNE 18-29, 2010






High Country Trail Work Weekend

Date and Time:

Friday and Saturday 6-18/19-10 -- 5:00PM (Friday)
Note: You can also come up Saturday morning.
Work starts at 7:30AM
Finish at ~4PM

Meeting Place:

French Meadows Campground Sites #1 and #2
Take Highway 80 to the Foresthill Road,
travel 17 miles east to Foresthill.
Turn right on Mosquito Ridge Road
and travel 34 miles east to the French
Meadow Reservoir, the French Meadows Campground
is on the south shore.


Plenty of food and water. Some food and refreshments
will be available Friday and Saturday. Also bring long
pants, gloves, suncreen, hats, etc. Tools will be provided.

Wade's road to recovery - Full Article

Kim Woods

June 8, 2010

GOOD endurance horses have an innate toughness and will to win. So, too, does Meg Wade.

Meg, 48, a dominant force on the global endurance scene, has lived by the motto “fitter, further, faster”.

She has spent a lifetime striding ahead of the pack, but now takes life one step at a time.

A fall from her competition horse during a southern NSW endurance ride in April last year left her in a coma. She was just 10km from the finish of the 110km race at Tumbarumba and within sight of a checkpoint.

“I cannot remember the accident – it was muddy, the horse must have shied at some water and I came off,” Meg says.

Although wearing a helmet, she struck her head with such force it resulted in a brain injury.

“I still have the helmet – it has a bit of a dirty mark on the back, but the foam inside is compressed to half its width,” Meg says. “Dr Trish Annetts was among the first people on the scene and she saved my life.”

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Trail riders to try for Guinness World Record - Full Article

6/6/2010 11:51 PM
Staff writer

Several riders from Aiken will take part in what will be the one of the first Guinness World Records attempts for the largest trail riding competition at Lakeview Plantation in Fairfax.

The South Carolina trail ride will be one of 61 held nationwide this Sunday, said Carol McElwee, an Aiken resident and American Competitive Trail Riding Association affiliate.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to equine rescue charities throughout the country, said McElwee.

The facility at Lakeview Plantation has space for camping and offers more than 100 stalls for people who come in for the day, said McElwee. The ride in Allendale County will be the only one in South Carolina that will be recognized as part of the attempt.

"The lodge is filled, and the campsites are starting to fill," said McElwee.

Any horse and rider can participate in the competition, she said. Riders who are based in South Carolina who wish to participate in the ride can do so by signing up and registering at

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Lindsay Graham - Full Article

Born: May 4, 1982 Residence: Napa, CA

Lindsay Graham began riding horses as a young child and soon began competing in hunter/jumper competitions up through college. She was first exposed to endurance riding back in 1993 as crew member for her mom and horse Phoenix Affair. In 2004, roughly the time that she had to retire her horse from jumping, her mom needed to have surgery on her back. Lindsay decided to continue to keep Phoenix going for the year as she continued to ride in intercollegiate jumper shows. During that year, Lindsay became hooked on the sport of endurance riding and switched over to the sport in its entirety, leaving jumping in her past.

In the past seven years of endurance riding Lindsay has had many incredible experiences. One of her biggest achievements was a 7th place finish at the prestigious and world re-known 100 mile Tevis Cup Ride, where Phoenix at 19 years and so many months old, was and still holds the record for the oldest horse to Top Ten this ride...

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Jan Worthington - Full ARticle

Born: August 4, 1940 Hometown: Scales Mound, IL

Jan Worthington of Scales Mound, Illinois is one of the most accomplished endurance riders in the United States. She has logged more than 27,000 miles.

A veteran endurance rider Jan Worthington was a member of the 1988 Gold Medal U. S. World Endurance Championship team and has competed in numerous North American Endurance Championships.

Worthington finished 14th at her first North American Championship in 1986 and rode to a strong seventh-placed finish in 1987. In 1989 and 1993, she finished 11th and 13th, respectively. In 1995, Worthington and her mount, LM Mastermind, were on the Silver Medal winning team and finished eighth individually at the North American Endurance Championship in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In 1999, she was on the Bronze Medal winning team at the Pan American Endurance Championship in Winnipeg. She was later named alternate to the 2000 USET World Endurance Championship squad...

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Farzad Faryadi - Full Article

Farzad Faryadi
Born: February 5, 1960 Residence: Oakboro, NC

Farzad Faryadi was born in Iran, but has been a US citizen for more than 20 years. He ventured into the world of endurance in 2001. Faryadi’s first endurance horse was a Quarter Horse, a breed not often seen in the world of endurance.

Since 2001, Farzad has ridden nearly 5,000 miles in competition and completed 132 rides.

Faryadi has formed a strong partnership with the bay Arabian gelding Hot Desert Knight...

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Yost Family: Endurance Riding as a Family Sport

I’m on the trail
All I can see are his ears,
Blue sky and open range.
I hear his feet
On the damp dirt,
No rocks, just
Clip clop, clip clop
I smell...

-A poem written for school by Burkleigh Yost, age 10
What’s the perfect family sport for horse-crazy parents and their four young children? As the Yost family of Pocatello, Idaho, found out, endurance riding is a great way to spend time together doing what they love.
Gentry Yost, 36, and wife Laura, 35, schedule their ride season around their children’s soccer, gymnastics and school activities, but last year managed to complete 2,620 miles of endurance rides.
“It is hard for me to think of another sport that would allow a dad to spend close to eight hours of uninterrupted time with a daughter,” said Gentry. “At our last ride, Chandler, my 14-year-old daughter, and I rode close to the back throughout a 50-mile ride. We talked and joked without interruption from cell phones, e-mails, friends, and work obligations. It was a blast and a day I will always remember.”
Adds Laura, “There isn’t anything better than spending time with your kids riding, working, roasting marshmallows, joking out on the trail, and simply sitting at the trailer after all the horses are tucked in and seeing the happiness dance in their eyes after a long 50-mile ride.”
Last year the Yosts hauled their trailer to six rides. Most they attend are multi-day rides, including Utah’s Strawberry Fields Forever, Color Country, and Paunsagaunt XP Pioneer Randy Coleman Memorial rides, the Owyhee Fandango ride in Idaho, and the Fort Schellbourne ride in Nevada. There they can mix-and-match riders and horses so they all get a chance to ride at least one day.
The family plan is to finish well, but not necessarily go for wins. “We do not race very often, but on one ride Laura, daughters Chandler (now 14) and Kennedy (now 11) and I found ourselves in front because the leaders took a wrong turn. We were first into the last vet check and our horses were all doing well, even Kennedy’s 14-hand gelding Shadow,” said Gentry.
“We left the vet check with about 12 miles to go knowing Christoph Schork, a nationally-known rider, was going to be chasing us down. He passed us with about four miles to go,” said Gentry. “After briefly deciding to slow down and not chase after him, we had a quick family vote and decided to try and run with him. It was the best four miles we have ridden as a family. Christoph ended up beating us by a couple minutes, but Kennedy was sure happy to place second on Shadow.”
The one endurance ride the Yosts attended last year that wasn’t a multi-day was the venerable Western States Endurance Ride, better known as the Tevis Cup—a  difficult 100-mile expedition in the Sierras from Squaw Valley to Auburn. Gentry explained, “Chandler and Laura both completed with Kennedy and I crewing. What made it even more special is that my mom, Kara Yost, also finished, creating three generations of Yost women completing the Tevis together. Kennedy and I also had the help of my dad, Chris Yost, with the crewing.”
Laura’s all-time favorite ride was the 2006 Tevis Cup. She rode without the company of family, although Gentry, Chandler and Kennedy were along to crew. “The best and most memorable part of the whole day was when I crossed the finish line and was waiting to cross over to the crewing area,” said Laura. “In the dark, I heard a little voice saying, ‘You made it, Mom. You made it.’ Those simple words made all the stress, fatigue, hours of conditioning, time researching, and the experience of vomiting off my horse the last five miles all worth it!”
Whether riding or crewing, Laura says, their family goals are to have a great time and take care of their horses. “We all clean up after our own horses, we all keep the food and water full, and we all have equal responsibilities. My children have earned my respect with their devotion and dedication to their horses.”
While the Yost kids thrill to the cheers when competing in gymnastics or soccer, endurance riding is very different. “There are no crowds, no scoreboards, no teammates to pass the ball to, and not many high fives,” explained Laura. “It is just you and your horse; this is your team. I tell them that their horses are putting it all on the line for them and they need to do the same in return. They all have learned the importance of proper nutrition, proper conditioning, the importance of a good farrier, tack that fits correctly, and always try to learn more.
“Whenever one of them gets scared or is hesitant about riding through or over a difficult spot I remind them that their horse has trusted them with their care,” said Laura. “If they have done everything they could to prepare that horse, it is now time to turn the trust around and let their horses take care of them for a while.”
When the children struggle with school or friends, their parents remind them of their accomplishments on horseback. Gentry remembers the trouble Burkleigh, now 10, had on the Outlaw Trail endurance ride in Utah. “Multiple difficult water crossings -- including one where I ended up upside down in a creek with my horse on top of me, time spent trying to find the trail, and leading horses up a cliff covered with four-foot snow drifts made the ride difficult,” recalled Gentry. “When Burkleigh gets frustrated and says she can’t do something, I’ll say, ‘Hey aren’t you the girl who rode the Outlaw Trail?’”
Gentry said, “Because endurance is hard and the rewards are so fulfilling, I think it teaches kids that they have to work hard to get rewards in life. There are also disappointments that come with endurance riding -- pulls, sick and injured horses. When kids learn to handle these setbacks that are part of the sport, I think it prepares them to handle disappointments that are part of the everyday real life of adults.”
The Yosts haven’t experienced much in the way of disappointments lately. Last year their combined 2,620 American Endurance Ride Conference-sanctioned miles earned them their second consecutive Bill Thornburgh Family Award, named after one of AERC’s most-beloved “endurance dads.” The only sticking point for the family is son Evan’s reluctance to ride horseback; he prefers motorcycles.
Even devoted family proponents like to take some time for themselves. “Laura and I always try to get to an endurance ride each year without kids,” said Gentry. “It is amazing how much easier it is to pack for two riders and to care for two horses before and after rides. It makes for some pretty relaxing rides for the two of us.”
Since one of their dates early in their courtship, where both Laura and Gentry were bucked off their horses on their first ride together, the Yosts have discovered the glue that holds them onto their saddles and their family together.
As Laura said, “I believe endurance riding teaches one to endure, to be selfless, disciplined, consistent, responsible, and tough mentally. Though there probably are many things on this earth that can teach a person the same traits, there is something special that horses bring out in a person. I cannot quite put my finger on it but it is something magical and unique, a special feeling that will never go away.”
To join AERC, or for more information about endurance riding, please contact the AERC office, located in Auburn, California, at 866-271-2372, email, or visit

Contact: Troy Smith
American Endurance Ride Conference
866-271-2372, 530-823-2260

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Australia: Short list for 2010 WEG

May 2010

Statement from the Selection Committee

The following horse/rider combinations have satisfied the qualifications criteria under the FEI Rules for Endurance 7TH Edition 2009 and the AES Qualification Criteria (Nov.2009) and are short listed for entry to the WEG Endurance Championships Kentucky 2010:

Mathew Sample               Brookleigh Ricardo

Matthew Sample             Tarrangower Crecendo

Penny Toft                    Don

Norbert Radny               West Coast Archaron    

Congratulations to these horses and riders on their huge effort and their determined commitment to represent Australia in the best way possible        

Barb Timms on behalf of the Selection Committee

Barbara Timms

Australian Endurance Squad

Ceci Butler-Stasiuk - Full Article

Ceci Butler-Stasiuk
Born: June 20, 1982 Residence: Humble, TX

Cecilia Butler-Stasiuk, grew up on a small horse ranch in Humble, Texas where her mother, acclaimed endurance competitor Darolyn Butler, taught her to ride and care for the horses. She started competing in the sport of Endurance Horse Racing at the age of four. Cecilia entered her first 100 mile race at the age of 6 and won her first 100 mile race at the same age.

Ceci has logged more than 11,000 competitive endurance miles.

Butler-Stasiuk is a four time National Endurance Champion (2 fifty mile, and 2 one-hundred mile), competed in the Pan-American Championship, rode in the Junior World Championship in Italy and has competed all over the world. ..

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Carol Giles - Full Article

Carol Giles
Born: October 24, 1956 Residence: Prineville, OR

Carol Giles started riding when she was 4 years old. As a young child and teenager, Carol competed in the western disciplines – barrel racing, western pleasure, etc. In the early 80s, she had just graduated from college and started her first job in Prineville, Oregon. One of the local physicians asked her if she was interested in training 5 of his endurance horses. Giles was so excited to have horses to ride that it didn’t matter that she had no clue what endurance riding was. Carol quickly learned all about endurance and fell madly in love with the sport...

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ELCR Brings Equine Activity and Recreational Use Statutes Together for Horsemen and Landowners

May 27, 2010

Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is pleased to announce an important new web resource for horsemen and landowners. The Equine Activity Statutes and Recreational Use Statutes Directory is now available at

A crucial factor in equine access to land is often landowner liability protection. Liability is determined on a state-by-state basis, and in most states is governed by two sets of laws: Equine Activity Statutes and Recreational Use Statutes.

In the past, this information has been hard to gather and difficult to interpret. ELCR recognized an opportunity to assist and support horsemen on this issue. Working pro bono, Holly Rudolph, a law student assembled an in depth spreadsheet showing both sets of laws listed by state and with a brief analysis. Julie Fershtman, J.D. and ELCR Advisory Council member served as an advisor for the project.

The spreadsheet, found at, provides a single source to view and compare statutes by state. ELCR and other organizations had gathered this information before, but as the laws changed, the documents quickly became outdated. Because this site provides live links to the statutes themselves, the information will remain current.

In addition to the live links, the Directory provides analysis of the statutes. Details provided include things such as whether or not charging a nominal fee for access will reduce or destroy a landowner’s liability protection and whether specific language is required on signage as outlined by statute.

“It is our hope,” said Chief Executive Officer, Deb Balliet, “that providing a clear, concise knowledge base will help horsemen when speaking to landowners about maintaining or providing access to trails, riding and training spaces. Landowners can rest assured that their interests are being considered by the horsemen who access their land.”

ELCR has provided this information for educational purposes only; it is not intended to be legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Please consult an attorney in your state for specific interpretation and guidance on matters relevant to equine activity and recreational use statutes.

About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR)

The Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR serves as an information resource and clearinghouse for land and horse owners on issues related to equine land conservation, land use planning, land stewardship/best management practices, trails, liability and equine economic development. If you want to know more about ELCR, visit our website at or call (859) 455-8383.

Contact: Deb Balliet
Equine Land Conservation Resource