Thursday, June 19, 2014

Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning Radio Show with Kristen Lacy and Julie White

June 10 2014

Endurance Day with Karen Chaton features Kristen Lacy from Distance Depot with the low down on heart rate monitors, Julie White on Australian endurance riding, Kirt Lander answers a listener question about glue on boots and Dr. Gillespie on the latest AERC rule change proposal. Listen in...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two local equestrians are vying for spots on U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games - Full Article

By Lillian Shupe/Hunterdon County Democrat
on June 10, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Two local equestrians are hoping to be on the U.S. team going to the World Equestrian Games later this summer.

Tewksbury Township native Doug Payne has his eye on a spot on the three-day eventing team. Eventing has three phases — dressage, cross-country and show jumping...

Dr. Meg Sleeper of Kingwood Township has two of the 16 horse-rider combinations on the Long List for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games chosen by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Syrocco Cadence, an 11-year-old Arabian mare and Syrocco Reveille, a 14-year-old Arabian mare are both owned by Sleeper.

Sleeper of Kingwood Township was one of two riders that represented the United States at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games endurance test event last summer. The ride was held at Sartilly in Manche, France...

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Last Day of Back Country Horsemen Fundraiser

June 9 at 11:59 PM is the final day of the "Keeping Trails Open for You" fundraising campaign on The goal of $50,000 has already been passed, with the amount reaching $62,842 so far for the non-profit Back Country Horseman of America.

Why the campaign? "Because our trails on public lands need you. 

"Like you, the men and women of Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) care about protecting and sustaining a safe and accessible outdoor experience for our families and future generations. But we can't do it alone. We count on our partners and you to help us preserve access to public lands. In 2012, only 37% of the 158,000 miles of National Forest Service trails received basic maintenance. Only one-quarter of these trails meet standard regulation for public use. 
Gaps of investment, oversight, and maintenance point to a future with fewer sustainable trails in our 144 National Forests. 
The funds from this campaign will increase BCHA's capacity to drive a national campaign to address the growing trail maintenance backlog on our public lands. BCHA, along with partner The Wilderness Society, have become the catalyst of a national discussion with Congress, agency leaders and the nation's recreation community regarding solutions for keeping trails open and enjoyable for everyone--hikers, hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, bicyclists and horsemen alike! With our decades-long track record of volunteerism and "sweat equity" in keeping America's trails open for you, BCHA's crowdfunding effort will secure our role in the campaign to secure sustainable solutions to the Nation's trail maintenance crisis."

All monies above $50,000 received will be split 50/50 with BCH state organizations and chapters via the BCHA Education Foundation.

To donate on today's last day, see

For more information on the Back Country Horsemen, see

Don't Forget the AERC Master Trail Class in June!

June 9 2014

AERC Trail Master Class ($225/limited to 16 students) will be held June 21-24, 2014, in Duluth, Minnesota.  Must be an AERC member in good standing for at least one year.  Contact Candy Barbo for more information 218 349-9606 or

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.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

29 horse riders gather for endurance event; Horse enthusiasts from 6 states come to Barry County - Full Article

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Murray Bishoff

Cassville Democrat

For the 22nd year, local horse and riding enthusiasts have completed the Jo Tate Memorial Endurance Ride at the Flag Springs Conservation Area, west of Washburn.

A total of 29 riders participated on the first day and 18 on the second, doing the 25 and 50-mile treks.

The ride is the only endurance ride in Missouri held on Conservation Department-owned land. Jodi Hess-Schlup, ride manager for the every year of the event, plotted three separate 50-mile loops to provide significant variety for the participants. This year, riders came from the Four-State area, as well as Texas and Mississippi...

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2014 Tevis Cup Entries Now Available

The 59th annual Tevis Cup is open for entries!

To qualify to enter the Western States Trail Ride, Riders (not the equine) must, at the time of application, meet one of the qualifications below. The 300 miles are cumulative lifetime. Equine must be a minimum of 72 months (6 years) old at time of ride.

For entry form and more information, see

Monday, June 02, 2014

Back Country Horsemen of America Helps Keep Our Nation’s Landscape Clean

By Sarah Wynne Jackson
Back Country Horsemen of America defends our right to ride horses on public lands, and they also believe strongly in recreating responsibly, whether we ride horses, mountain bikes, or ATVs, or simply use our own two feet. Sadly, there are some folks who don’t feel the same respect for our wild lands. When they leave behind trash and discarded items, it tarnishes the pristine countryside and can create hazards for people, domestic animals, and wildlife. BCHA members from coast to coast spend many hours every year cleaning up after litterbugs.  
A Long Term Commitment
Members of the Uintah Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah recently spent a day cleaning up trash at Doc’s Beach. This Bureau of Land Management property in the northeast corner of Utah is a popular recreation site for horseback riders, ATV riders, hikers, and shotgun shooters. But because it’s only a 15-minute drive from the city of Vernal, irresponsible people find it a convenient place to leave their garbage and other unwanted items.
Chapter members pulled on work gloves and in no time had loaded a refrigerator, kitchen stove, two recliners, and numerous smaller items into a borrowed trailer for proper disposal at the dump.
The BLM’s Vernal District has upgraded the Doc’s Beach site by installing a proper trailhead and bathrooms, and by improving the parking area. They’re currently in the process of designating trails on public land in and around Utah’s Uintah Basin, including the Doc’s Beach area.
Projects like this benefit all users who enjoy recreating there. As member Don Connolly said, “If everyone would leave the area a little better than they found it, we could all enjoy it more.” The Uintah Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah is committed to helping keep Doc’s Beach clean, with an even more ambitious cleanup planned for National Public Lands Day in September.
Keeping Trails Beautiful for All to Enjoy
Five members of the Northeast Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Washington volunteered to help clean up discarded items in a large hobo camp near the Centennial Trail, which follows the Spokane River in Spokane, Washington.
City crews had bagged old camping gear, clothes, and miscellaneous junk into 80 pound feed sacks donated by Justin Bag Company. The Northeast Chapter members loaded them onto four pack mules and hauled them up the steep riverbank trail. After one full day of many round trips, they had hauled a total of around 1,500 pounds of bagged garbage.
This project was completed in association with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the City of Spokane Park and Recreation Department, the City of Spokane Valley, and Spokane County Park and Recreation Department.
The Northeast Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Washington was pleased to assist in this project which focused on an area where equestrian recreation isn’t allowed. Their involvement demonstrates a desire to improve trails for all users and the value of pack animals in accomplishing that goal.
Whatever the Mess, They Clean it Up
The Canyon Country Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah picked up trash from over 38 miles of trail in the Dixie National Forest, packing out 450 pounds of rubbish. This work was completed for the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
This ambitious BCH chapter also cleaned up the ashes and debris that remained after a fire had destroyed the historic Cowpuncher Cabin and outbuildings in the Dixie National Forest. In coordination with the US Forest Service, a dozen members armed with shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, trash cans, and numerous extra heavy duty trash bags volunteered several hours of their time cleaning the area.
The Cowpuncher Cabin site is just off Hells Backbone Road 20 miles northeast of the town of Escalante in southern Utah. It’s surrounded by trails, including the Great Western Trail, which offer abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. After the vicinity was cleaned by the Canyon Country Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah, the US Forest Service was able to replace the cabin with a 20-foot diameter yurt.
About Back Country Horsemen of America
BCHA is dedicated to the responsible use of public lands, which means leaving no trace of your visit – unless you leave it cleaner than you found it, that is! Back Country Horsemen of America encourages all trail users to pack out everything they bring in, keeping our countryside beautiful for all to enjoy.
BCHA is a non-profit corporation made up of state organizations, affiliates, and at-large members. Their efforts have brought about positive changes regarding the use of horses and stock in wilderness and public lands.
If you want to know more about Back Country Horsemen of America or become a member, visit their website:; call 888-893-5161; or write PO Box 1367, Graham, WA 98338-1367. The future of horse use on public lands is in our hands!

Peg Greiwe

Sunday, June 01, 2014

2014 Owyhee Fandango

by Merri Melde

No matter the size, you've got a good crowd when some of the '-est' guys and gals show up at your endurance rides.

There's not much different about 59,000-mile Dave Rabe since his riding accident back in December of 2012 other than wearing a helmet (a good thing!) - he still wears shorts, he still rides the same couple thousand miles a season, he still rides the same white horse that might have killed him, and he's still the same nicest, Helping-est guy in camp and on the trails.

Need help marking trails? Dave will show up early and help you. Got a problem with your truck or trailer wiring? Dave will help you sort it out. Need Easyboots glued on before the ride? Dave will do it for you. Keep throwing your Easyboot Gloves on trail? Dave will stop to help you get a better fit so you can continue on your ride. Need help unmarking trail? Dave will do that too.

Much of all this in addition to bringing 3 horses to the 3-day Owyhee Fandango, riding 50 miles the first two days, and riding the 100 on Day 3.

This including riding his rogue horse White Cloud on the 100, the horse responsible for his accident, the one he still has to always be alert while riding, since White Cloud will still pull stunts if Dave is not paying complete attention. Why ride such a horse? "Because he's a good horse!"

Since his accident at the Death Valley Encounter in December of 2012, where White Cloud bolted and bucked as Dave was climbing on, once Dave started back on endurance rides (on White Cloud), the pair has completed over 1300 more AERC miles (and plenty more marking trail). The Owyhee Fandango 100 was White Cloud's 9th 100-mile completion, and 7315 AERC miles. His record shows one pull back in 2011. That's why Dave keeps riding this horse with a devilish look in his eye. Dave is now only 1615 miles short of being the High-est-mileage endurance rider ever. It might be White Cloud that gets him there...

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