Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Impressive Field Set to Contest CEI3* 160km Team Trial - Full Article

This weekend the United States' top endurance riders will vie for a chance to represent the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship.

March 28th, 2012 -- This weekend the United States' top endurance riders will vie for a chance to represent the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship. Saturday, March 31st riders will compete in the CEI3* 160km Team Trial held at the Priefert Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Every attempt has been made to replicate the course and environment of the upcoming Championship at these Trials. Saturday's race is expected to be an excellent showing of the nation's finest endurance horses.

In accordance with the selection procedures, upon completion of the Team Trial, the top 20 horses in addition to any wild-card's granted by Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross, will be named to the Long List. The 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship will take place August 25, 2012 in Euston Park, Thetford (GBR).

Currently assembling in Mt. Pleasant, Texas are over 50 of the nation's best endurance horses and riders, which include both storied veterans and fresh faces to the sport. The Team Trial will feature three-time World Endurance Champion Becky Hart (1988, 1990, 1992) and two-time World Endurance Champion Valerie Kanavy (1994 and 1998). Hart will ride her current partner, No Repeat. While Kanavy will ride My Wild Irish Gold and has additionally entered Destiny Gold and Reach for the Gold, both to be ridden by Proxy Riders.

Also entered are the last two Tevis Cup winners, John Crandell III (2010) and Jeremy Reynolds (2011). Crandell will ride Heraldic, this pair most recently earned Team and Individual Silver medals at the 2011 Pan American Championships. Reynolds has entered 2011 Tevis and Haggin Cup winner Riverwatch, to be ridden by wife Heather, and will himself ride A Kutt Above.

"I am very excited that so many of our top horses are trying out for the team, in fact, this is the best field of U.S. 100 mile horses that's gathered in nearly 20 years," said Chef d'Equipe Ross. "As the Chef, I expect from this field of horses we will have a very strong team that will stand on the podium at the Championships."

Keep up with the 2012 U.S. Endurance Team and all the action from the CEI3* 160km Team Trial here;

Monday, March 26, 2012

Craig resident nabs four national trail riding awards - Full Article

By Joe Moylan
March 26, 2012

In 51 years of North American Trail Ride Conference competitions, no horse and rider team has ever won the organization’s top four national awards in the same year.

That changed in 2011 when Craig resident Ken Wolgram, 47, and his 12-year-old half Arabian, half quarter horse, Awesomes Fire N Ice, blazed a new standard.

Wolgram, a native Coloradan and Craig resident since he was 12, has been riding since he was 5 and competitively for the last 15 years.

He took home the NATRC President’s Cup for high point horse in the nation and the Jim Menefee award for combined horse and horsemanship in 2002...

Nine years later, he won those two trophies again and added two additional pieces of hardware to the collection — the Polly Bridges Memorial Trophy for high average horsemanship and the Bev Tibbetts Award for high average horse — to complete the organization’s first ever grand slam...

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KER-Sponsored Endurance Rider Prepping for Selection Trial

March 20, 2012

John Crandell reports that he is currently training in Florida and has applied to the U.S. Team with Heraldic for the World Endurance Championship to be held in England in the summer of 2012. He is planning to participate in the 100-mile selection trial for the World competition, to be held in Texas in late March.

Crandell, who is sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, counts on RiteTrac, a digestive tract conditioner, to help Heraldic stay in good health throughout the demands of training, travel, and competition. The equine stomach and hindgut of a heavily trained horse are subject to imbalances related to stress, large grain meals, and feed management practices. RiteTrac is designed to protecting the stomach lining and restore the normal gastric environment. It also prevents hindgut acidosis that can lead to compromised health and decreased performance.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tevis Trail Work Project This Weekend

March 21 2012

With 19 Weeks and 2 days left till the 2012 Tevis, a few more work projects are scheduled for trail maintenance: March 24, April 21, and May 12.

This weekend's trail work will be between Volcano Canyon and El Dorado Canyon, starting at 8:30 AM. Meet at Foresthill Joe's Coffee Shop.

For more information, contact the Western States Trail Foundation office, at

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Back on the saddle: Guelph cowboy makes third attempt to go across country on a horse - Full Article

Rob O'Flanagan, Mercury staff Sat Mar 17 2012

GUELPH — Kimball Foord rides again.

Like his boyhood Western heroes, the Guelph horseman has a powerful hankering to cover the vast distances of the North American continent on the back of a horse.

Foord has tried twice before to traverse the country on a saddle. Both rides were foreshortened, the first time due to a strained personal relationship, the second time due to a badly strained knee.

On the first attempt he made it from the Guelph area at a slow gait nearly to the Manitoba border before he says he was tricked by an old friend into calling the whole thing off. He said he returned to help that friend battle a serious illness – a sickness the person had only contrived. He says he should have kept going; he might have made it to Mexico, and to freedom.

Hobbled by bad knees (as much by knee-replacement surgery lately as by the original arthritis), he is about to saddle up for another epic ride. He leaves Sunday from the Can-Am Equine Emporium in London, riding Bo, a Wyoming Mustang. Unlike previous rides, Foord has several equipment sponsors for his Canadian Long Ride for the Mustangs.

This time he’s riding in support of the preservation of North America’s dwindling wild Mustang population. He has no idea where his ride will end, but it could take him deep into the Canadian Wild West and as far as the Pacific Ocean...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Tornado-Tossed Horse Under Kentucky Veterinarian's Care - Full Article

by: Pat Raia
March 14 2012, Article # 19738

6-year-old Kentucky Mountain Horse gelding is enjoying lots of attention since being swept up from his pasture and deposited into his owners' home by a tornado that swept through West Liberty, Ky., earlier this month.

On March 2 more than 40 confirmed tornadoes tore through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. The storms packed winds as high as 180 mph, knocking out utilities and flattening homes and barns. David Fugate, DVM, of the West Liberty Vet Clinic, said the town of West Liberty was among the hardest hit by the storm.

But the day proved extremely lucky for one West Liberty horse. Fugate said that during the storm, EF3 tornado-force winds ripped the roof off the horse's owners' home. Fugate said the horse--now named Twister--was then lifted out of his pasture and dropped into the house.

"They said they were walking down the hall and found the horse in the kitchen," Fugate said...

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Edmond woman and her horse ride trail to success - Full Article

Kris Hapgood and her horse Buddy are staples in the trail riding circuit, and now they both have the prizes to prove it.

By Vallery Brown | Published: March 15, 2012

EDMOND — When Kris Hapgood met her champion horse about 13 years ago, he was an abused, bay-color colt with a striking white blaze down his face. The young horse was barely trained and had been dubbed a “man eater” because he often tried to bite his male handlers.

Hapgood found the horse listed for sale in the newspaper for $800. It was anyone's guess what breed he was, but Hapgood saw potential in a horse many had all but written off.
“I saw something in his eyes,” said Hapgood, 51. “We've had a bond since that day.”
So far, the 16-year-old gelding named Heza Trouble Makin' Buddy, or Buddy for short, has surpassed everyone's expectations. He recently was named grand champion competitive pleasure horse for the North American Trail Ride Conference for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Tevis Cup Announces Legacy Buckle Program

March 9 2012

For First Time Tevis Riders

Finish the ride on August 4th or 5th, and receive a historic buckle from someone who completed decades ago. This buckle will be engraved with the rider’s name, horse’s name, and year of finish. It will be awarded to you at no charge.

For Multi‐time Finishers

You can wear only one buckle! Consider donating some of your other buckles back to WSTF to save money for finishers in 2012 and beyond. You will receive a charitable contribution receipt for tax purposes, as well as gratitude from the WSTF and the endurance riders of today.

For more information contact Kathie Perry, Chuck Stalley, Barbara White or

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AERC Decade Teams are Now Official!

Enduranceridestuff Blog - Karen Chaton

At the March 2012 convention in Reno, NV last week, the AERC board of directors voted to approve a motion to make the Decade Teams an official award category!!!

This is great as it is a way to encourage riders to set long term goals for their horses in the sport of endurance. I think it’s great to have both short term and long term goals. Short term = what I want to accomplish this ride season. Long term = what I want to accomplish with the horse over the length of his career.

It has been great to see my idea take hold and become important to so many people. I think it’s wonderful that so many are choosing to make this a goal for themselves and for their horse. I never had any idea that the Decade Team idea would become popular enough to eventually become an official AERC award. For so many years I was told by many that the board would never vote to add on another award. What a nice surprise that they did, and that there was so much support for it!

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Karen Chaton Interviewed on Stable Scoop HorseRadioNetwork

March 9 2012

Stable Scoop Episode 186

Endurance Riding with Karen Chaton as she explains the thrilling sport and the equipment that goes along. Plus, we chat up some cool helmet covers on Tack and Habit. Listen here:

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Standardbred endurance award winner announced

10 March 2012
Harnesslink Admin

In May 2011, the USTA announced a partnership with the American Endurance Ride Conference to award the Standardbred that recorded the most miles ridden during the ride season. It is only fitting that the 2011 award winner was also a winner on the racetrack, East Meets West.

Patricia Clark of North Carolina now has East Meets West or "Eli" as he is affectionately known. The 7-year-old gelding by Western Paradise recorded one racing win at Plainridge Racecourse at the age of two and made $6,707. Clark got Eli from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption based in Ohio, and in 2009 they competed in their first endurance ride.

"It never fails when I attend an endurance ride with Eli, someone has to look him up and down and say, what kind of horse is that?," Clark says. "I wanted a horse that had a gentle temperament, athleticism, and the potential to have a variety of gaits. I found all of those in Eli. He has legs of iron from years of jogging on the racetrack. He can trot for hours at 10-13 mph and his bursts of speed dazzle the imagination."

During the 2011 ride season (Dec. 1, 2010-Nov. 30, 2011) Eli and Clark recorded 260 miles in sanctioned AERC rides. In total, 16 Standardbreds competed for the award. Winners of various awards will be honored at the AERC convention at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nev., on Saturday (March 10). While Clark was not able to make the trip West, she and Eli will be announced as winners by the emcees during the national awards banquet.

"I am deeply honored that my Eli is the first recipient of this prestigious honor," Clark said when told Eli would be the inaugural winner of the Standardbred Endurance Award. "He exudes everything that I love about Standardbreds and I can't think of a better representative for the breed and for ex-racehorses. I feel that this award has and will continue to encourage those of us competing on Standardbreds to continue in this sport."

Since 1996, the Standardbred Equine Program has worked with off-the-track Standardbreds and their owners to educate the general public on the many disciplines at which Standardbreds excel once they are retired from racing. For more information about the SEP at the USTA, visit, or send e-mail inquiries to

by Jessica Schroeder, U.S. Trotting Association Outreach

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

"…but it wasn't the horse's fault!" - A New Book by Julie Suhr

Wednesday March 7 2012

Julie Suhr, author of "Ten Feet Tall, Still", has released a second book, titled, "…but it wasn't the horse's fault! - a rambling catchall."

With illustrations by Judith Ogus, readers can expect another insightful and delightful horse-inspired work from one of endurance riding's most passionate champions.

"Bob Suhr [Julie's husband] kept a file he referred to as a 'catchall' in which he placed things he could not exactly categorize," Julie says. "This book is my catchall, no continuity from chapter to chapter. It is  just a series of reflections and recollections."

Each book comes with an E.R.J. (Endurance Ride Junkie) trailer decal designed by Steph Teeter, and all profits from the sale of this book go to The Center for Equine Health School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, California.

Julie will be available for words of wisdom and autographs at the AERC convention in Reno this weekend, March 9-10, with copies of her book for sale at the EasyCare booth. If you can't get to the convention, you can purchase the book through Julie at:

Marinera Publishing
100 Marinera Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Fax & Tel: 831-335-5933
$24.95 plus $5 shipping and handling

For more more information, see

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Henryville tornados and Clark State Forest horse trails with popular endurance rides - Full Article

by Peter Demott

Patty has participated in AERC sanctioned endurance rides in Clark State Forest for many years. Bill Wilson’s farm has provided camping for the events of both the Chicken Chase Endurance Ride and Top of the Rock Endurance ride that occur each year on the trails of Clark State Forest and draw many riders from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky and even further away because these rides are so popular. In the fall there is another endurance ride there called Spook Run. Several people we know have been accounted for in that they were in other parts of the country when the devastating tornado’s came through Henryville, Indiana. We have not heard if their farms were affected by the storm or not, but here is one story which indicates that are many horses in the area affected.

A couple of years ago a tornado went through parts of the Clark State Forest and ride managers and volunteers were able to clear the trails so that the rides could occur, but with much of the town of Henryville wiped off the face of the earth, I am wondering what will happen to these two endurance rides. My wife, Patty has always told me how beautiful the vistas are that can be seen from the horse trails that make up the events. I usually provide photography for riders in these events, so although I see some of the trails, I don’t get the entire effect of riding 50 miles of trails.

We had just received the ride application flyer for Chicken Chase via email about a week or so ago, before the storm.

Help is pouring into the area from area churches and the Red Cross. Where as my photography of the area has always shown beautiful wooded trails and endurance riders coming down those trails, the photography that is being shown now are pictures of the town of Henryville and hillsides devoid of trees and piled with ruble.

More stories, photos, video here:

Monday, March 05, 2012

Help Equine Tornado Victims

March 5 2012

Are you looking for a way to help the victims of Friday's tornadoes? 

The Kentucky Horse Council is collecting donations for our U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund, which will help provide feed & supplies to horses affected by the tornadoes.

The U.S. Disaster Relief Fund exists to support state and local efforts to provide feed and housing for affected horses in natural disasters.  We provide the funding to organizations such as a county extension service, and they in turn coordinate the relief efforts, such as purchasing hay, for owners/horses that need it.

We will be providing financial assistance to many organizations this week with the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, and will need financial support to continue these efforts.  If you would like to contribute to the fund, please click here to make a tax deductible donation:  The horses of Kentucky will thank you!

Do You or Your County Need Assistance?

If  you are an individual looking for assistance due to last week's tornadoes, please contact our office at (859) 367-0509 or

If you are a state or local agency who would like to help provide assistance to equines in your area, please click here for a printable pdf application form:  Fill out the form and send it back to our office, and we'll be glad to help.


ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. 

The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through the Kentucky Equine Networking Association, the Kentucky Breeds & Discipline Council, trail riding advocacy, equine health information, programs protecting the welfare of horses, and membership benefits including a $1Million personal liability insurance. 

Tornado trail damage cleanup - Henryville, Indiana

March 5
The Pekin Saddle club is organizing a couple of work weekends for clearing the trails in the Clark State Forest. BarbFurguson is the person to e-mail if you can help, please read her note below. The endurance rides in the area go past the saddle club, it is just a mile or so past Bill Wilson's place on the same road.  Daniel Boone Distance Riders will have many more work days that will be out of Bill Wilson's farm, will keep you updated to the details when they become available any help will be much appreciated.
Connie Caudill

March 5
 Clean up days for Tornado damage for Horse Trails, Jackson Road area that is betweenPekin Saddle Club and Deam Lake.  March 10 & 11. Also March 18 and March 24 & 25.  Headquarters will be Pekin Saddle Club for March 10 & 11. This area took a direct hit and looks very bad. Starting at 9:00am each day with sign in sheet and permits for ATV's, 4-Wheelers, tractors and skid loaders. Please let me know later in the week if you can come and help. More information as we we get it put together. Volunteers can come in on Friday evening if needed. Bring Horse trailers and stay overnight. More info later this week. 
Barb Furguson


You can also Volunteer your time, Give blood, or Donate money to the Red Cross at

Sunday, March 04, 2012

The Recreational Trails Program Needs Your Help -- Right Now!

Dear Members of the CRT Council of Advisors:
The Recreational Trails Program needs your help -- right now!
As soon as this Tuesday, March 6th, there will be action in the U.S. Senate on the transportation bill, also known as MAP-21 or S. 1813.  We need to make sure that the Klobuchar amendment -- Amendment #1661 -- to protect the RTP and its dedicated funding is part of the final bill.
Seven Senators from both parties have agreed to join Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to cosponsor the amendment:  Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO).  And we believe we have solid commitments of support from others.
That support is great news, but it’s not enough to ensure that the amendment is accepted.  We need a clear majority of Senators pledged to supporting this amendment and willing to stand up for their trail-loving constituents, regardless of pressure from party leaders.
Please call or e-mail your Senators about the Klobuchar amendment.  If one (or both -- congratulations, Colorado!) of your Senators is a sponsor, thank them for their support and ask for their active help with the amendment this week.  If they have not yet agreed to support the amendment, ask for their pledge now.  Tell them:
●            Unless the bill is amended, MAP-21 will effectively eliminate the Recreational Trails Program and seriously damage, if not destroy, the balanced system of trails for all users that the RTP has allowed the states to develop and maintain over the last 20 years.  The RTP leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support from other sources for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities. Without the RTP, organized trail planning and development will simply vanish in many areas of the country.
●            Right now, at an annual funding level of $85 million, the RTP receives less than 42% of the federal gas taxes paid every year by America’s nonhighway recreationists.  Unless amended, MAP-21 will convert a legitimate user fee into an unfair tax, with recreationists subsidizing commercial and private highway users.  
●            The return of gas taxes to trail users through the RTP is in keeping with the user-pay, user-benefit philosophy of the Highway Trust Fund.  Ending dedicated funding for RTP takes these gas taxes away from the people who pay them.  Ending dedicated funding for RTP is bad public policy and just plain wrong.
Don’t let anyone tell you that another amendment has taken care of the RTP.  That is not true.  We will let you know if anything like that happens.
If you don’t know how to reach your Senator, go to  In the upper right corner of the Web page, there will be a link to contact information.
Your previous help has already made a very big difference. 
●            Close to 400 national, regional, state and local organizations signed letters to every single Senator supporting the Klobuchar amendment.  You made that happen!
●            Seven members of the Senate – Democrats and Republicans – agreed to cosponsor the Klobuchar amendment.  You made that happen! 
●            And in the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve King withdrew his amendment to eliminate the RTP from the House bill.  You made that happen!
So now we ask for your help again.  You know how important the RTP is to your state. 
Make sure your Senators know too.
Thank you very much.
Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall
Co-Chairs, Coalition for Recreational Trails

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Tevis Talks with Julie Suhr

March 3 2012

You are cordially invited to come share an intimate dinner and talk with Julie Suhr. Enjoy this special interactive event as this amazing woman shares her experiences.

The event will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:00pm in the Tahoe Building at the Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. Tickets: Adults $20 (at the door $25), Children $7. Available at Echo Valley Ranch, Christensens, by contacting Leigh Bacco @, or through the WSTF office,
Tel 530-823-7282

Tevis Reception at AERC Convention

March 3 2012

The Western States Trail Foundation and Western States Trail Endowment Fund invites you to attend their reception on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, at the AERC Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Tevis Ride Director Chuck Stalley says, "The Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation is announcing the implementation of the Legacy Buckle Program for this year’s ride. Details of this exciting new program will be shared at the reception on March 9th. This gathering has a reputation for being an impressive event with opportunities to spend time with heroes and villains of the Tevis organization. I hope to see you there and hear your Tevis stories."

In addition, there will be a showing of "They Crossed the Mountains," the history of the Western States Trail, and other endurance videos and historic videos.

Reception begins at 4:30 PM in the Tahoe Room.

See for the AERC flyer.

See for the WSTF flyer.