Saturday, December 28, 2013

Desperate Endurance by Kasey Riley

25 December 2013

When endurance rider and divorcee Bethany witnesses a murder at a highway rest area, she’s forced to elude the killers while locating the victim’s son to pass on documents as the victim requested. Told to trust no one, she struggles to create a new persona in order to hide her identity from the killers as she takes on the challenge of finding widower Roger Meadows, the handsome son of the murder victim. She manages to overcome her shyness to become a sassy redhead whose bold personality allows her to meet and intrigue Roger while avoiding those who are hunting her.They learn to trust each other as they delve into the death of his father and work to avoid the killers. It is a desperate ride at the end of the story that provides the information needed to solve the mystery and cement their love.

This novel appeals to readers of Suspense, Romance and Mystery. The characters are rich and believable as is the plot and locations. Celebrating and reflecting the values of small town America in the background while the characters struggle to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Richard Meadows.

About the Author

Kasey Riley is a writer whose strong background of endurance riding has led her to create a novel that will appeal to those who enjoy a good mystery and to those who love animals. She has a unique touch in dealing with her sport and an insight to fellow competitors. The horses, the Ride camps, the challenges of the trail - all are taken from real experiences. Living in a town of less than 15k population, she has a handle on small town living and relationships of the residents. All of this combined with her love of riding and her skill at relating to her readers has developed her as a writer just waiting to be enjoyed. She has been published back in the early 1990's and won awards from an equine manufacturer for essays submitted about their products. Her writing career has been on hold while she pursued a career first with the Postal System and later as a business owner. Now that she has time to devote to her first love, she plans to write several books with the fictional town of Riverview as a center point and some of the same characters being part of the story in each. Look for her next mystery, The Skeleton Trail, some time in 2014.

Desperate Endurance is's Book of the Week!

Friday, December 27, 2013

PNER Scholarship Available

December 27 2013

PNER has a single scholarship of up to $1000 to award to an eligible student this year. Scholarship monies are paid directly to the school or institution. 

Eligibility qualifications are:

* Completed high school or equivalent

* Current active PNER member in good standing

* Attending post high school educational institution

Applicants must submit a letter describing their involvement with PNER (riding, volunteering, office-holding, etc) and their educational plans. 

In addition, applicants must write an essay on some topic concerning the history of PNER and endurance riding. 
Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

·       On-topic, organization, and accuracy - 30%
·       Of interest to PNER members - 25%
·       Grammar, spelling, and citation of sources - 15%
·       Writing quality and style - 15%
·       PNER involvements & accomplishments - 15%

PNER scholarship applications should be sent to Aarene Storms, preferably via email:
or by snail-mail: 25118 Jim Creek Rd, Arlington, WA  98223
Application deadline is December 31st, 2013.  The award will be given at the PNER convention in January 2014.

Tevis Talk with Linda Tellington-Jones

Save the date - 2014 Tevis Talk! Thursday, March 27th
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
Legendary Horsewoman Linda Tellington-Jones

Sierra Building, Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA
6:00pm No-Host Bar
6:30pm Spaghetti Dinner Served
7:30pm Campfire Talk hosted by: Matt Scribner

For Reservations:
Call WSTF: (530) 823-7282
or email:

Presale $20
or $25 at the Door

Monday, December 23, 2013

Neighboring Notable: Hickory woman wins national award for endurance riding - Full Article

December 22, 2013 5:39 pm
By Alex Frick

HICKORY N.C. – Ruth Anne Everett knows a thing or two about horses.
Since 1994, she has covered 6,750 miles in 131 endurance rides across the country. This year, she was the American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) highest ranked rider in the Southeast, and she won the organization’s coveted National Hundred Mile Award.
“It’s good, clean fun. It’s the adrenaline rush without a substance,” the 58-year-old Hickory resident said.
That good, clean fun involved countless hours of preparation before each of the five 100-mile rides she completed this year. AERC riders have a 24-hour window to travel 100 miles on their horses. Sometimes, riders begin before sunrise and ride early into the morning of the following day. Points are awarded based on each rider’s rank at the finish line. Ruth Anne Everett’s best time in a 100-mile ride is 9 hours, 59 minutes...

Read more here:

Monday, December 16, 2013

2014 Annual Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides Convention and Trade Show

to be held January 24-26, 2014
The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

10am: Education committee meeting
10am: Ride manager meeting
11am: Board meeting
1pm-2pm: Tracking the lost horse with Kate Beardsley
2pm: Endurance 101 with Aarene Storms
2pm-4pm: Learn how to best use your Garmin GPS with REI/Garmin tech (course optimized for the endurance rider)
4pm-6pm: “Tired to Exhaustion – Feeding Management after an Endurance Ride” with Dr. Steve Duran
6pm: No host bar
7pm: Friday Night AWARDS
After awards: Story time with Max Merlich
7:30am-9am: YOGA for riders with Patti Stone
9am-10am: Heart to Heart Healing with Liz Burney
9am: Endurance 101 with Aarene Storms
10am to 12pm: GENERAL ASSEMBLY (election of PNER board)
12pm-1pm: Junior luncheon
12pm-1pm: Veterinarian luncheon
1pm-3pm: Lameness videos-"Be a Vet for the Day-You be the Judge " with Dr. Jen Strelkaukas
3pm: "Biomechanics of the Endurance Hoof" with Dr. Mike Vanzwol
4pm: "Question & Answer Panel" ask the experienced Endurance Rider
6pm: No Host Bar
7pm: Awards Banquet
9pm-12am: Dance
*Subject to change without notice*

for more information see:

Jeremy Reynolds wins 2013 NAETC

13 December 2013

Jeremy Reynolds won the CEI*** 160-m 2013 North American Endurance Team Championship in Morriston, Florida, at the Black Prong Equestrian Center, on December 13th.

Reynolds rode RR Gold Dust Rising, a 7-year-old French-bred gelding by Falina Des Fabries (by Dormane), out of Madeline, by Virgule al Maury, to a finish time of 8:20.22, or 19.39 km/h average.

With a record of 8 completions in 9 starts in his first season of endurance, it was Gold Dust Rising's first 100-mile ride.

Reynolds also was on the Gold Medal team of Southeast Team B, which consisted of Micki Meuten (finished second on Not Tonight, 2 1/2 minutes behind Reynolds), Deborah Walker/Shakoal, and Cheryl Van Deusen/Hoover the Mover, for a team finish time of 27:06.48.

The complete order of finish for individuals and teams can be seen at

Friday, December 13, 2013

Regional Directors for AERC Announced

Regional directors for AERC have been announced.

The newly elected Regional Directors are:

Northeast region, Nick Kohut DVM and Skip Kemerer.
Northwest region, Stephanie Teeter and Paul Latiolais.
West region, Forrest Tancer and Andrew Gerhard.

2013 NAETC is Underway in Florida

December 13 2013

Approximately 68 riders started the North American Endurance Team Challenge 160-km course at 7 AM Florida time, under clear skies at 54°F, 65% humidity, with a predicted high of 70°.

Leading riders are currently out on loop 3.

See this page for entries, and we'll update the progress/results as the news arrives:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Opening Ceremonies at the North American Endurance Team Challenge

December 12 2013

Opening Ceremonies were held yesterday at the Black Prong Equestrian Center in Bronson, Florida, for the 2013 North American Endurance Team Challenge, hosted by the USA Southeast zone and organizer Helen Koehler.

World Endurance Championships are held every two years. On alternate years without a WEC, the USA hosts a North American Endurance Team Challenge. The ride is held as a 160-km 3* FEI event. Horse and rider each have to be qualified (with a previous successful FEI 1* 80 km and FEI 2* 120 km finish in the last 24 months, but not together.

The team zones are: The zones are Pacific North, Pacific South, Mountain, Central, North East, South East along with Canada East, Canada West and Mexico. Each zone can send up to 12 team members, determined by the highest point totals earned on the endurance rider ranking list. Each zone can then determine its 3 teams; and additional horse/riders can compete as individuals. Each team has a Chef d'Equipe, a team vet, and uniforms.

Follow the ride updates at

December Endurance Day on Horses In The Morning

December 10 was the monthly Endurance Day on Horses In The Morning radio show, hosted by Glenn the Geek and Karen Chaton.

The show covered the topics of safer horse containment and lameness research, and guest Christine Lazzarini talked about her endurance documentary, Arabian Silk: Horses of Endurance.

Listen to the broadcast here:

Monday, December 09, 2013

Apache Eclypse +/ 1996-2013

December 9 2013

Last week, the sport of endurance lost a great competitor and friend. Gail Jewell and Elroy Karius'
Apache Eclypse +/ suddenly passed away at their farm in Kelowna, BC.

The 17-year-old gelding had amassed over 3500 endurance miles in his 12-year career, with 6 100-mile completions and 13 Best Condition awards, in competitions all over Canada and the US, in both national and international rides.

Apache Eclypse, by Bey Eclypse out of Apache Gem by Silver Apache, was a part of the family, and a horse with great character. Elroy once said of him: "If he could, he'd stop and look at himself in every mirror he passed!"

He will be missed.

Senate Bill S.60: Western States National Historic Trail Study Act of 2013

This bill needs your support to amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Western States Trail for potential designation as a national historic trail.

Official Short: Western States National Historic Trail Study Act of 2013
Long Title: To amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Western States Trail for potential designation as a national historic trail.
Sponsors: Mrs. Boxer and Mrs. Feinstein
• January 22, 2013.--Introduced.
• January 22, 2013.--Mrs. Feinstein added as cosponsor.
Western States National Historic Trail Study Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS)
S 60 IS
1st Session
S. 60
To amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Western States Trail for potential designation as a national historic trail.
January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013
Mrs. BOXER (for herself and Mrs. FEINSTEIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

To amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Western States Trail for potential designation as a national historic trail.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
• This Act may be cited as the `Western States National Historic Trail Study Act of 2013'.
• Section 5(c) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
▪ `(A) IN GENERAL- The Western States Trail, a trail of approximately 100 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California (including the Tevis Cup Loop)--
▪ `(i) as displayed on the maps maintained in the office of the American River District Ranger, Tahoe National Forest;
▪ `(ii) as described in the journal of Professor William Brewer for August 30, 1863; and
▪ `(iii) along which are conducted--
▪ `(I) the Western States Trail Ride; and
▪ `(II) the Western States Endurance Run.
▪ `(B) COMPONENTS- The study under this paragraph shall include a determination on whether the trail is appropriate for designation as a national historic trail.'.


Sunday, December 08, 2013

WSTF & Tevis News - (New) President's Message

posted 16 November 2013.

I wish to thank the board of governors for selecting me to be president of the Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF) for the coming year. It is a humbling experience to assume leadership of an organization with such a rich history.

First I wish to quell the rumors that there will not be a Tevis Cup Ride in 2014 because of the American Fire. Yes, in some places there will be less shade on the trail, and we may have to ford the creek in the North Fork canyon rather than use the swinging bridge, but we foresee no reason that we cannot have the trail open for the 2014 Tevis.

Last week Steve Hallmark from the WSTF and Mark Falcone from the Western States Endurance Run (WSER) led volunteer crews into the canyon for the first time since the fire. We are under the direction and supervision of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and in partnership with the WSER. They have been hard at work this week mitigating the trail damage and protecting the trail from the damage that will surely come with winter storms, We are fortunate to be able to partner with the WSER as the two groups together can generate more volunteers and funds than we could working alone. We do need your help, if you live in northern California are physically fit, volunteer for a work party. Check the Tevis Cup home page for more information on work parties.

Did you know that in the past five years, 2007 through 2012, the WSTF spent over $161,000 on trail maintenance? We annually spend between $20,000 and $40,000 on the trail. Since its inception, the WSTF has invested over one million dollars in trail building and maintenance. We have established the Western States Trail Endowment Fund which has over $600,000 invested in a trust account for the trail. The earnings from this fund along with donations and fund raising events are the source of the funds that we spend on trail maintenance. Since the ride last summer we held two fund raising events, a fun run and a golf tournament. These events raised nearly $20,000 for the trail fund. We thank all of you who have made contributions and participated in our fund raising events. With the preliminary estimate for the restoration of the Swinging Bridge being $100,000 to $150,000 and the restriction on government funds, we will need to have many more fund raisers to complete repair of this historic bridge.

It is going to take a lot of money to restore the trail and we cannot depend on government funds to do it. If the Tevis trail means something to you and you want to give back to the trail, now is the time. You can join a work party, hold a fund raising event, or make a contribution. The Western States Trail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

An aspect of Trail maintenance that many people don't think about is the legal maintenance. In the 1980’s when the Granite Chief wilderness was established we almost lost the right to use the trail. It is quite a story that needs to be retold but the short of it is that we lobbied Congress to pass a bill allowing the Tevis and WSER to use the trail and we won. Now there is another bill in Congress we need you to support to protect our use of the trail. It is Senate Bill S. 60. Please check this link to learn what this bill is all about.

In the past few years the WSTF has been working on several major projects. We have completed retreading the trail between Auburn and Foresthill. Over the years slough of the banks on the uphill side of the trail had narrowed the trail to the point that it was becoming unsafe for horses. We cleared the slough, returning the trail to its original width.

There is a critical need for more equestrian staging areas on the trail. The campground at Robinson Flat is the only official equestrian staging area west of Robie Park on the trail. Last year we completed five years of work on “Pickett Park” at the Auburn Overlook. You can now come to Auburn and have a place to park with your horse overnight and then ride the trail. To make this happen we needed to secure the lease of the land, have it surveyed, do an environmental impact study, obtain permits and permissions from the Bureau of Land Management and the Auburn State Recreation Area, obtain an encroachment permit from the city of Auburn and pave the driveway. All of this was done to convert a vacant field into an official horse staging area.

We are currently working with the U.S. Forest service to establish a staging area at Chicken Hawk between Foresthill and Michigan Bluff. We have completed the design and environmental studies and hope to start construction this year.

These are just a few of the projects that the WSTF has underway. Yes, we put on the Tevis Cup, truly a world class event, but we also have many volunteers working to preserve the Western States Trail and improve access for equestrians. Trail preservation is an equally important part of our mission. Now is the time to help preserve this historic trail.

If you haven’t been to the official Tevis facebook page recently Garett Ford has posted the link to the HR TV video on the Tevis. I think it is one of the finest videos ever produced on the ride. Here is the link to check it out.

Phil Gardner
President WSTF

Saturday, December 07, 2013

AERC Convention: Atlanta, March 7-8, 2014

March 7 & 8, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia

We are pleased to be heading to Atlanta for AERC's 2014 AERC convention! Click for the Convention Flyer & Registration Form. The Southeast Region members are looking forward to welcoming endurance riders and and interested future endurance riders to their region. They are helping to line up some fabulous vendors for the trade show -- free as always! -- so you won't want to miss that.

The hotel for the 2014 convention is Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport.** We'd appreciate you booking your hotel with the special AERC code as we do have a room minimum which must be guaranteed. The hotel features free airport transportation, a cafe and restaurant, health club and year-round heated pool.

Book your reservation by calling 800-325-3535 (say you're with AERC).

To reserve your room online, click for AERC Convention Hotel Reservation.

Convention is always a great time to greet old friends, meet new ones, celebrate the accomplishments of AERC members, attend informative seminars (and shop at that fabulous AERC Trade Show).

The Veterinary Committee is planning a two-day veterinary CE to run on Thursday and Friday, March 6 & 7. More on this ito come!

For more information about the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, visit the hotel website.

For Atlanta visitor information, check out the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

**Room rate info: $99.00 per night, single and double rate and that rate is exclusive of applicable state and occupancy taxes which are currently 7% and 8% respectively and are subject to change without notice. Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the convention dates. Reservation requests received after Monday, February 3, 2014, will be accepted on a space available basis at the hotel's published rates. A deposit equal to one night room plus tax will be charged at the time a guest makes a room reservation. An early departure fee of $75 will apply if a convention attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout dates.

Driving to convention? Daily parking fee: $12.

High speed internet access in guest rooms: $9.95 per day

All cancellations must be made seven (7) days prior to arrival to avoid forfeiture of room deposit and a cancellation number must be obtained.

For more information, see: