Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pagosa Springs inspires endurance horse riding - Full Article

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

Mike Le Roux dismounts his horse “Big Shooter” and, clad in his Lycra jogging pants and running shoes, he’s unlikely to be mistaken for a local cowboy or rancher. In fact, it’s just as possible that you’ll see him running alongside his horse on the gravel roads in Pagosa than you will see him riding the horse. That’s because Mike has set his sights on endurance horse racing and more specifically, the pinnacle of endurance horse races, the Tevis Cup “100 miles in One Day...”

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Reformatted 2014 World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial Deemed a Success - Full Article

In spite of a one day delay and a change in format because of heavy rains, the Endurance Team selection trial for the 2014 World Equestrian Games was considered successful.

April 29, 2014 -- The top U.S. athletes in endurance headed to Broxton Bridge Planation in Ehrhardt, S.C., to take part in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trial CEI2* 120km. The race was scheduled to take place April 19 but heavy downpours caused the race to be rescheduled to April 20 and run under a new format.

Under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross, 14 applicants for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and an additional three proxy riders were divided into two groups, riding three loops equaling 69.44km. Riders had to ride at certain speeds, use their GPS units, and work in groups, allowing the selectors to assess how each rider followed instructions. On April 21, all horses completed a post-event veterinary inspection...

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Monday, April 28, 2014

AHA Distance Nationals in Oreana, Idaho

The 2014 AHA Distance National will be held on September 25-28 at the Teeter Ranch in Oreana, Idaho.

Events will include the 70-Mile National Championship CTR Ride on September 25 and 26 (35 miles each day), the 50-mile Championship Endurance ride on September 27, and the 100-mile Championship Endurance ride on September 28th. Open AERC Limited Distance rides, 50-mile rides, (the Owyhee Canyonlands Pioneer ride), and an AERC open 100-mile ride will also be held concurrently.

Ride managers are Steph Teeter and Regina Rose. Head veterinarian is Mike Foss.
For more information on the ride, see


For questions about the Distance National Championship Rides, please contact Ride Coordinator Devin Smith at

Thursday, April 24, 2014

USEF Board of Directors Names Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer

RELEASE: April 8, 2014
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014. Welton will replace John Long who announced his decision to retire from the position a year ago.

Welton possesses a broad background in sport development and management and has acquired a deep understanding of and experience with the Olympic movement. After practicing law in Atlanta for six years, in 1991 Welton was named Vice President for Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorship for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games where he managed the domestic sponsorship program for the Atlanta Games. Following those Games, Welton founded Meridian Management, and the new company became the exclusive marketing representative of the International Olympic Committee, responsible for managing all sponsorship and marketing activities for the IOC, including the IOC's TOP Program. In 2005, after eight years as Meridian's CEO, Welton joined the international sport marketing consultancy Helios Partners. Helios' primary businesses included corporate sport consulting, sport property, and media consulting and representation of cities and countries bidding for the opportunity to host major sporting events. He served as Helios Partners' CEO until early 2013.

"This is an exciting time for the Federation," remarked USEF President Chrystine Tauber. "The stage is set perfectly for Chris' extraordinary strategic leadership skills. He is a proven leader who has consistently demonstrated the ability to build consensus, develop and implement innovative programs, and utilize his deep connections throughout the international sports movement."

In addition to his experience at the Olympic level, Welton has a passion for horses and equestrian sport. He and his family own a horse farm, and he is a western pleasure rider, while his wife rode hunters and jumpers. "The balance between International and National was a key focus in the eyes of the Search Committee," reported Murray Kessler, Chairman of the USEF CEO Search Committee. Kessler continued, "This balance is a key strength for Chris. He will serve the entire organization, including a clear desire to build the sport at the grassroots level."

Chrystine Tauber complemented John Long for his contribution as the USEF's first CEO and for his dynamic role in the USOC and as U.S. Secretary General in the FEI, where he also chaired the Nominating Committee and was a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force. She further acknowledged, "John has led a diligent, efficient, and fiscally responsible USEF professional staff, integration of the Sports Program support, evolution of a Customer Care Center, relocation of Drugs & Medications Testing Lab to Kentucky, and most recently inspired and implemented the new governance restructure. Our governance structure is now in place to allow us to fulfill our responsibilities to our members and other constituent groups while also allowing us to undertake new and creative initiatives."

John Long commented, "I am pleased to have such an accomplished individual as Chris Welton step into the role I have served for the past 10 years. It has been a source of great pride to have played a role supporting the bold and innovative actions by Federation leadership as the vision for the future success of the USEF has been charted. The Federation is well positioned for the new leadership to move the organization forward."

"The opportunity to serve as the Federation's Chief Executive Officer is tremendously exciting for me," noted Welton. "I ride because of the joy it gives me, and I look forward to working to grow participation in equestrian sport at the national level, the visibility of horse sport in media, as well as the success of our elite riders in international competition. Equestrian sport has been part of the human experience from our earliest days and is a foundational sport within the Olympic Movement. I look forward to applying my experience and skills toward building upon the great foundation and standard that previous leaders have set."

Welton will join John Long and Chrystine Tauber representing the U.S. at the upcoming FEI Sports Forum and Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this month and work from the Lexington, Ky., headquarters beginning June 1, 2014.

Saturday, April 19, 2014's Book of the Week: America’s Long Distance Challenge II

America’s Long Distance Challenge II: New Century, New Trails, and More Miles is 23,000+ miles AERC rider Karen Bumgarner's update to America's Long Distance Challenge which she published in 1990.

“Karen Bumgarner’s America’s Long Distance Challenge fills a long overdue need within the sport of distance riding. It makes it clear that being a successful endurance competitor is more complex that simply running your horse as hard as possible…..she does an excellent job of showing that the proper care, conditioning and concern for the horse the hallmark of the good competitor and the sport itself.”
Kerry J Ridgeway, DVM past Chairman of the AERC Veterinary Advisory Board

50 Miles of…um…Fun on Horseback - Full Article

A dressage rider reconnects with the freedom of riding in an endurance experience.

By Jec A. Ballou | April 11, 2014

At about the time my right hamstring seared with a pain that knifed into the deepest nerve bundles, I began to ponder whether this was actually any fun. I inventoried the tacky roof of my mouth—dry and dust-coated—my twanging hip flexors, and a back spasm that started pulsing two hours ago, now worsening. The numbers 38 kept rising through my thoughts like the blurry waves of heat that lift from hot roads, turning scenery into drugged-like hallucinations. I pictured the "3” flopped over in the middle, the "8” vibrating side to side as though it meant to taunt me. It occurred to me that maybe 38 miles was my limit. Maybe I could ride a horse for 38 miles and no farther.

We dressage riders tend to consider anything over an hour a long ride. Anything over 3 is pretty inconceivable. Hence, my pitiful state at mile 38 of a 50-mile endurance race aboard my student’s Arabian gelding. We pressed on, hurtling across a flat ridge top with an oven-like wind in my face. Under me, Louie had plenty of pep and offered to surge faster, a fact that I realized with gratitude might get us to the finish line—and a cold beer—more quickly. His hooves smacked the hard ground, his body leaned to the left as he gained speed. Our gait was now not only sloppy but bordering out of control...

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Roger Taylor and AERC Members Recognized by BLM for Trail Work

April 3 2014

The Southwest region's Roger Taylor and AERC members have been awarded the BLM Director's Four C's Award and the Department of the Interior's Take Pride in America Award.

Taylor and crew have, over the past 14 years at the Fort Stanton Snowy River National Conservation Area in New Mexico, helped develop a renowned camping area and many miles of trail, and helped create multi-use trails and facilities. Volunteers have donated over 10,000 hours, and have provided additional support through grants and in-kind donations.

"It is AERC with the Trail Grant program that makes this all possible," Taylor said. "Member donations to the trail program for trail grants, and trail master courses continue the needed trail work."

To see the BLM letter, click here.

AERC has grant funds available for projects. "With so many budget cuts in these tough economic times, it is more important now than ever before to get involved with trail improvement," the AERC website states. "Whether you organize a project or volunteer on a project every effort counts and will go a long ways to making sure we have miles of trails to ride with our wonderful equestrian friends."

For more information on the AERC Trail Grant program, see

AERC sponsors Trail Master classes across the U.S. "In addition to teaching endurance riders the proper way to design and build new trails -- and maintain and improve existing trails -- we invite two land managers to attend the class with riders. Mornings are spent in the classroom. A written test follows at lunch, and afternoons are set aside for field work and getting one's hands dirty. Those who graduate from the four-day course are certified crew leaders, and can go anyplace to lead crews in the proper way to maintain, build and design trails. By working together with our land managers we can build sustainable trails for the future."

For more information on the AERC Trail Master Program, see

Egyptian Arabian Horses Seized in South Carolina - Full Article

By Pat Raia
Apr 01, 2014

A group of Egyptian Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being seized by Edgefield, S.C., authorities. But the whereabouts of another 70 horses from the same herd are unknown, said Edgefield Sheriff's Department spokesman Corporal Robbie Harter.

Harter said Edgefield Animal Control personnel started monitoring the herd in January after receiving reports about their condition; animal control personnel began working with the herd's owner, Stephen Zukowski, to ensure the horses received appropriate feed, water, and veterinary care. Subsequently, sheriff's deputies and personnel from the Arabian Rescue Mission removed seven allegedly malnourished horses from the property on March 22; an additional 70 horses previously residing there were not found on the premises, Harter said...

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning Radio Show with John Parke and Merri Melde

April 8 2014

Endurance Day brings us John Parke and his amazing Icelandic Endurance horse Remington.  Plus, Merri Melde talks about her life and her book "Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond" and Karen's Trail Etiquette!  Listen in...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Riding conference elects resident VP - Full Article

April 5 2014

Agoura resident Lisa Schneider was elected vice president of the American Endurance Ride Conference, a group dedicated to long-distance horseback riding.

Founded in 1972, the nonprofit with 5,000 members in the U.S. and Canada sanctions competitions ranging from 25-100 miles in one day.

Schneider has been a Pacific Southwest regional director for five years, and her roots in the sport go back decades...

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Thursday, April 03, 2014's Book of the Week: For the Good of the Rider's book of the week is For the Good of the Rider, by Mary Wanless.

In this book, Wanless conveys the 'how' of riding, allowing the rider to understand and make use of the biomechanical principles that underpin good riding at every level.

Wanless has spent almost 20 years developing teaching strategies to enhance riding performance and eliminate the difficulties which beset so many riders today. Her methods, renowned for boldly cutting through the conflicting advice so often given to riders, make talented riding a possibility for all.

She explains that behind the art of riding lies a science, which has laws of cause and effect. Utilising these laws turns the rider's body into a sophisticated tool for infulencing the horse, allowing her to mimic the techniques which gifted riders unknowingly use.

KER Nutrition Supports Older Horses in Top Competition


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KER Nutrition Supports Older Horses in Top Competition

March 31, 2014—Kentucky Equine Research (KER) bridges the gap between equine nutrition and exercise physiology researchers, feed manufacturers, and horse owners. KER research has led to the development of proven horse feeds and supplements. These products are utilized by top equestrians in numerous disciplines, from eventing to Thoroughbred racing.

As well as being the official nutritionist of the USEF, KER also provides nutrition solutions for horses of every type, discipline, and age. In fact, some of KER’s greatest nutrition success stories are horses competing at the top levels well into their teens and even 20s.


Heraldic, an Arabian gelding owned and ridden by John Crandell III, won the Tevis Cup twice, as well as the Old Dominion and AERC Championship, and at the age of 13 won a silver medal in the Pan American Endurance Championships in Santo Domingo, Chile.

KER managed Heraldic’s nutrition throughout his career, providing both guidance and products to maximize his fitness. Crandell relies on EquiShure® hindgut buffer to keep Heraldic’s appetite up while traveling, as well as I.R. Pellet™ micronutrient supplement.

“KER nutritional support has been a vital part of keeping Heraldic competing at a world-class level well into his teens,” Crandell said. “Success in endurance is about mastering all of the many details of horse management at once. A horse and rider are only as strong as their weakest link. KER products make it easy to be confident those nutritional links of the chain are secure, and that allows me more time to focus on everything else.”

Now 16, Heraldic is still perfectly sound and actively conditioning.

Combined driving

In the world of combined driving, horses must demonstrate not only the discipline of dressage, but be fit for a grueling marathon phase, then come back with energy and attention throughout a precise cones course.

Driver Shelly Temple has dominated single combined driving with her Morgan pony, LR Ami B-Line, also known as Cooper. Capturing numerous titles, including USEF Horse of the Year and National Champion, Temple and Cooper also medaled at two World Pony Driving Championships. Now 16, Cooper recently earned his USDF Bronze Medal for ridden dressage.

Temple utilizes a variety of KER products with Cooper and her other top-level horses, including joint product KER•Flex®, slow-release electrolyte Restore® SR, bioavailable vitamin E Nano•E®, and antioxidant Preserve™ PS. 

“I credit Cooper’s good health to good care and nutrition with excellent supplements from KER,” Temple said. “The KER line of joint supplements, electrolytes, selenium, and vitamin E supplements have been a major part of our program for years. Cooper loves having a job and is a hard worker. I’m grateful that he remains fit and sound for the challenging new job of dressage.”


Brilliant movement and total focus on the rider are two hallmarks of international-caliber dressage horses. Sebastian, a 21-year-old Hanoverian owned by Deecie Denison and ridden by Grade IV para-equestrian Mary Jordan, recently displayed these talents in the CPEDI3* at Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla.

Sebastian is fed KER products exclusively, including Ovation™ sport horse feed. His KER supplements include omega-3 fatty acids from EO•3™, joint support from Synovate HA®, and RiteTrac™ digestive support.

“Sebastian has never looked better,” Jordan said. “The Ovation is outstanding for him. He has been packing on weight and muscle and is dappled from nose to tail. Movement-wise, he is out-performing horses a third of his age!

“His hooves are great, his digestion is great, and he’s working six days a week,” Jordan said.

Western performance

International FEI reining competitor Lisa Coulter counts on KER nutrition and joint products, including EO•3 and Synovate HA, to support her horses’ hard-working joints.

“Joints are everything in our horses because we do so much stopping,” Coulter said. “Hocks are challenged all the time, so we’re always looking for ways to support the joints. Synovate’s allowing us that longevity.”

Across numerous disciplines, KER has an impressive track record of supporting equine athletes at the top of their game, demonstrating how real-world research into equine nutrition and exercise physiology leads to real-world results.

KER nutrition advisors are available to answer horse owners’ questions, recommend diets, and evaluate current rations via, or 888-873-1988. KER also offers the latest in equine nutrition and exercise physiology research news, industry updates, and exclusive product offers via its award-winning newsletters,


Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is an international equine nutrition, research and consultation company serving both the horse producer and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry's knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. For more information, see or call 888-873-1988.