Monday, April 27, 2015

NPS: Big South Fork and three horse clubs awarded centennial grant

WBIR.com - Full Article

WBIR Staff, WBIR 11:02 a.m. EDT April 27, 2015

(WBIR) The National Parks Service awarded Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, along with three horse clubs, as the joint-recipients of a restoration grant.

The grant, one of many Centennial Challenge Grants, will install better road access to Appaloosa Field, which is one of only two fields in the entire park where large groups are allowed to camp or hold special events.

Big South Fork (BSF) will work with three horse clubs: Knoxville Arabian Horse Club, American Endurance Ride Conference and Southern Endurance Riders Association, to make the improvements...

Read more here:
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/04/27/big-south-fork-national-parks-service-centennial-grant-appaloosa-field/26449721/

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Four-Star Eventer Hilda Donahue is Climbing the Ranks in Endurance

Eventingnation.com - Full Article

By Leslie Threlkeld on Apr 11, 2015

Four-star event rider Hilda Donahue has her sights set on the World Equestrian Games, but not in eventing. Instead of galloping four miles over fences, she wants to trot 100 miles in the endurance competition.

Hilda got her start competing in endurance because her husband and sisters-in-law are avid endurance riders. She joined her family on her first ride one year ago and hasn’t looked back. In fact, she has finished in the top ten in all four FEI rides she’s completed so far and is currently fifth on the FEI World rankings.

“I took to it like a fish to water,” Hilda said. “I really became fascinated and, always wanting to learn more, I just became intrigued by how endurance people condition. I really believe that we can draw from these other sports.”
As an eventer, Hilda was short listed for the Irish World Equestrian Games team in 2002 and rode in the World Cup final at Pau the same year. She’s competed in all but two of the world’s four-star events (missing Luhm├╝hlen and Badminton), and is a familiar face in Area III, always sporting a sun hat and a friendly smile.

“I’m low on eventing horse power at the moment. I’ve been competing students’ horses and sales horses at lower levels,” Hilda said. “I’m just adding on. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a goal oriented overachiever. I got in to the sport [of endurance] due to family connection and fascination and the opportunity to learn more.”

So adding to her list of goals, which includes competing at Grand Prix dressage (she’s currently at Prix St. George) and completing the two four-stars missing from her eventing record, Hilda wants to ride at the prestigious 100-mile Tevis Cup this August and eventually qualify to ride for Ireland in endurance at the 2016 World Equestrian Games.

“I don’t feel too impressed with myself or too confident saying that. I need to have goals, and the only failure is not trying...”

Read more here:
http://eventingnation.com/home/four-star-eventer-hilda-donahue-is-climbing-the-ranks-in-endurance/#.VTv_sJqSZHo.facebook

Friday, April 24, 2015

Arabians Predominate U.S. Endurance in 2014

April 24 2015

As might be expected, Arabians and part-Arabians were by far the largest percentage of breeds competing in US endurance riding in 2014.

Pure-bred Arabians made up 61.94%, while half-Arabians and Arabian crosses were 16.65% of the total.

The Mustang is the second-most pure breed in the sport, making up 1.74%.

Exhibiting the variance of mounts in endurance, one might run into some rare breeds on the trails, including Colorado Ranger, Mangalarga Marchador, Blazer, Florida Cracker Horse, Gypsy Vanner, McCurdy Plantation Horse, Moyle, Oldenburg, and Spotted Mountain Horse.

The full list can be seen here:
http://www.endurance.net/misc/2014AERCBreedsCompeting.pdf

Thanks to Mike Maul for compiling and sharing it!

Local team sweeps American River Classic

Theunion.com - Full Article

Ann Marie Barnett and her steed MM Woodrow won the 41st running of the American River Classic Endurance Ride Saturday.

In addition to having the fastest overall time, the pair won Best Condition accolades, the Barceleau Cup for being the first horse that completes the 50 mile ride in the Pioneer Division and demonstrating the “willingness and ability to go on,” and who carried a minimum of 165 pounds with tack.

Second place honors went to Brandon Reed aboard Foxy and third to Kamal Shehadeh and Java, both of Granite Bay.

The history of the American River Classic (formerly the American River Ride) is almost synonymous with the history of American Endurance Ride Conference, and the existence of what today is called the modern form of endurance riding. Diane Marquard of Cool started the ride in 1972...

Read more here:
http://www.theunion.com/news/sports/16032815-113/local-team-sweeps-american-river-classic

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why would I want to do a 100 miler?

Redmondequine.com Blog - Full Story

by Heather Reynolds
April 21 2015

There is a certain magic that happens between horse and rider when it comes time to move up to preparing for and executing their first 100 mile ride.

The training hours consume the rider and all thoughts throughout the day drift to their mount. Some days it’s a euphoric dreamlike state, recalling the most recent accomplishment that makes the rider feel that the goal is within reach. Other days it’s more of a neurotic, paranoia where the rider frets over the littlest of things trying to find a reason for some negative turn of events with their horse.

After the rider picks the ride that will be THE one, the scheduling and training becomes very similar to the above, sometimes it will be flawless and beautiful, other times it will be tortuous (Too hot, too cold, too rainy, too dark, lame horse, pulled shoe, farrier can’t come, etc.). When it’s a good day there’s nothing better, when it’s a bad day you feel like you’re failing and wonder why you spend all of your efforts chasing this dream...

Read more here:
http://www.redmondequine.com/100-miler-heather-reynolds/

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apply For a USEF High School Scholarship Today

USEFNetwork.com

RELEASE: April 20, 2015
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

Applications are now being accepted for a new scholarship available for current high school seniors who will be continuing their equestrian career during college. The USEF High School Scholarship will provide a $1,000 grant to one graduating high school senior who will be pursing equestrian either through an equestrian related degree or on an intercollegiate equestrian team. Applicants must be active members of USEF and submit an essay to the USEF office by July 1 that answers the following questions:

1) Explain how the sport of equestrian has helped you reach your goals so far.
2) Explain how you plan to continue your involvement in equestrian sport during college.
3) Explain your future career goals after college.

Click here https://www.usef.org/documents/HighSchoolAthlete/HighSchoolScholarship_Application.pdf to apply.

Please email tschroeder@usef.org for more information about this scholarship.

AHA Announces May, 2015, ‘Celebration of the Arabian Horse Month’

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RELEASE: April 20, 2015
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Arabian Horse Association

Aurora, Colo. - The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is excited to announce that they are officially naming May, 2015, 'Celebration of the Arabian Horse Month.' This is a time for Arabian horse enthusiasts to share in their communities the wonderful, intelligent and beautiful Arabian breed.

AHA encourages members, clubs and regions to host at least one outreach event during the month of May in their area. Designed as a grassroots marketing initiative, Arabian Horse Month encourages local members and clubs, who have the best access to people in their area, to reach out to all walks of life and introduce them to the magic of the Arabian horse.

To do this, AHA has created an outreach toolkit full of wonderful ideas and initiatives that clubs and regions have done in previous years or are planning to do this year that can be considered outreach and marketing initiatives for the Arabian breed. These include ideas and activities such as participating in a youth therapy program, an after school program that barns can do, events that members can host at a show, holiday ideas, and so much more!

The outreach toolkit also includes information on how to give a successful TAIL tour, becoming a Discovery Farm, social media tips and ideas for generating new membership! During May, AHA will support member’s outreach initiatives by providing promotional material (at just the cost of shipping) for giving out for FREE at the event.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Endurance, distance riders sponsor introductory clinic

Minotdailynews.com - Full Article

April 15, 2015
By JOHN BECHTEL - Freelance Writer (jbechtel@thenewvoltaire.com) , Minot Daily News

Jutta Schmidt, Minot resident and 32-year veteran healthcare worker at Trinity Hospital, is leading a clinic April 25 to introduce North Dakotans to the sport of endurance horseback riding. Even though this sport is at least 50 years old in the U.S., Schmidt says it is relatively unknown in North Dakota. She, and an avid group of other practitioners, mostly women, intend to change that.

Endurance riding as a sport is somewhere between trail riding and the Kentucky Derby. There is competition to win each race, but for most, endurance horseback competitions are more akin to a marathon race for humans, where anyone who participates and finishes has a sense of accomplishment and bragging rights. With endurance horseback riding, the emphasis is on the horse, not the rider. Although there are awards and prizes, their mantra is "to finish is to win." These events begin with distances of 25-30 miles and increase to 100 miles and more. Your horse has to be fit to continue at all times, including on the other side of the finish line.

There are "pit stops" along the trail, and the "pit crews" are licensed veterinarians who are also certified as control judges by the AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) out of Auburn, Calif., the national regulating body that sanctions the rides and imposes the rules. Most of the race participants have migrated from other horseback disciplines, from pleasure trail riding to showing horses to dressage (an equestrian sport often referred to as horse ballet, where the show horse seems to respond effortlessly to the signals of a seemingly effortless rider). If pleasurable trail riding is a bachelor's degree in horsemanship, endurance riding is a master's degree...

Read more here:
http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/620132/Endurance--distance-riders-sponsor-introductory-clinic.html?nav=5010

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April's Endurance Day on Horses In The Morning with Karen Chaton

Horsesinthemorning.com - Listen!

April 14 2015

Endurance Day with Karen Chaton opens with an interesting study on the affect on hydration when feeding to horses.  Nicole Chappell stops by to talk about her 2400 miles of adventures with Golden Knight, the one eyed endurance wonder horse and Dr. Kerr explains EDPP.  Listen in...

http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/hitm-for-04-14-2015-endurance-day-with-karen-chaton-pony-express-fun-g-the-wonder-horse-edpp-defined-with-dr-kerr/

Over 400 Horse Industry Professionals Already Registered for Time to Ride Challenge

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RELEASE: April 13, 2015
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: American Horse Council

Washington, D.C. - The Time to Ride Challenge, offering $100,000 in cash and prizes, has signed up over 400 participants since opening for registration March 1st. Motivated by a desire to grow their businesses while reinvigorating the horse industry, providers have signed on to host beginnerfriendly events between May 30-September 30. The top 10 hosts in three divisions that reach the most newcomers will win cash prizes up to $10,000.

As of April 10th, 403 Hosts from 43 states have registered. They represent stables, instructors, camps, dude ranches, therapeutic riding programs, businesses, veterinarians, rescues, and more.

The Challenge encourages Hosts to provide a variety of fun, beginner-friendly horse experiences. In 2014, the most popular activity offered by Hosts was meeting/petting a horse (84%), followed by riding, grooming, and educational activities. Golden Ridge Stables of Lakeville, MN found huge success with their event on National Night Out, “a well known national event held the first Tuesday in August encouraging neighbors to get to know each other. We offered pony rides on our school horses, a hay ride shuttle to and from a nearby neighborhood, hands-on grooming demonstrations, and fun games like learning to rope, egg and spoon on foot, horseshoes and musical hay bales,” reported owner Ann Hoffman. “This event was a big success for us because it increased our visibility in the community and helped us foster good relations with nearby neighborhoods. We have several new housing developments being built near us so we're trying to capitalize on the building boom by increasing awareness of our lesson program. The goal was to meet new people and we definitely did that!” Hoffman and Golden Ridge Stables were awarded first prize in the “Best Practices” Contest, an additional incentive within the Challenge that rewarded Hosts for sharing their innovative event ideas.

Eighty-one percent of families who attended a 2014 Challenge event were at some point in the process of researching and beginning horse activities, offering a prime opportunity for stables to provide a great first experience and capture new clients. Sixty-eight percent of Hosts saw an immediate positive impact on their business in the form of new contacts and clients, and 94% felt their outreach efforts were well worth the time and effort.

Registration for the Challenge will be open through May 26, 2015. To learn more about the Challenge and other Time to Ride initiatives, please visit www.timetoridechallenge.com or email info@timetoride.com.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pennsylvania horses win top honors in gaited distance program

NJ.com - Full Article

By Hunterdon County Democrat
on April 10, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Predominio de la Armistad, a Paso Fino, owned by Susan Crawford of York, Pa. was honored by Friends of Sound Horse (FOSH) for the 2014 FOSH Gaited Distance Program.

The FOSH Gaited Distance Program is a Division of the FOSH Gaited Sport Horse that records, recognizes and rewards gaited horses involved in the sports of Competitive Trail Riding, Limited Distance and Endurance Riding. Entrants included the Icelandic Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse, Single Footing Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Paso Fino and Rocky Mountain Horse. The high mileage award winner was a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse in the Endurance Division...

Read more here:
http://www.nj.com/horsenews/2015/04/pennsylvania_horses_win_top_ho.html

Friday, April 10, 2015

Moab Through the Ears of Four Horses

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

April 9 2015
Desk to Derby Blog

The plane bucked and twisted as I clutched the arm rests, refusing to look out the window at the canyons below. My skin was pale and sticky as I tried my best not to hurl up the Mexican fiesta I’d downed at the Salt Lake City airport. I was on a 20-seater plane headed to Moab and regretting my decision to not just take the few hours to drive myself to the middle of Utah’s desert region.

The ginger-bearded guy next to me smirked. I glanced at the inked sleeves – roses, checkered flags, skulls – that danced across his weathered forearms. He was wearing a faded Jack Daniels tee and I caught a whiff of stale liquor. I clenched the arm rests tighter and tried harder not to hurl.

“Doesn’t look like you’re headed to Moab for the Jeep festival,” he said, eyeing me up and down.

“Nope.”

“Well?”

“I’m going to ride horses,” I said.

It sounds weird, but I hate explaining what I do to people who don’t ‘get’ horses. If I say I’m going to ride a horse they think I’m a jockey, or a cowgirl. It’s even more complicated now if people pry and I have to try to explain to them I’m training to race 1,000 kilometres across Mongolia.

“My ex wife rides horses,” he said, with a hint of disgust. “She loved them horses more than she loved me.”

Thankfully the ghost of his ex-wife dead-ended our conversation and I could focus back on avoiding barfing.

When the plane finally bounced onto the tarmac 20 minutes later, I was the first one down the stairs and on solid ground. Stepping outside the one-room Moab airport was like climbing into one of those hot air hand dryers. The wind was strong and the sun baked cracks in the red earth. A tumbleweed skittered by. In the distance snow capped mountain peaks rose up above the red rock and desolate flatlands littered with sagebrush. The nausea was receding and it was my turn to smirk. In that second, I knew I’d found my training grounds for Mongolia.

For the next five days I’d stay with Christoph Schork and Dian Woodward at Global Endurance Training Center...

Read more here:
http://www.horse-canada.com/desk-to-derby/moab-through-the-ears-of-four-horses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=moab-through-the-ears-of-four-horses

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Virginia's MRNRA Facing Supervisor Closure Order

Change.org petition

The Forest Service intends to implement a “Supervisor Closure Order” for 200 miles of historic trails located in the East End of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in southwest Virgina.

The Mount Rogers Trail Advocates' Coalition has initiated a petition to :
1. Eliminate the “Supervisor Closure Order” from the Forest Service plan.
2. Preserve the current 200 miles of historic trails they intend to close in the East End of the MRNRA.

The “Supervisor Closure Order” would result in tickets and fines for citizens riding on any part of the forest not designated as an official trail. "Not only will this action restrict our personal freedoms, it will have a negative impact on the economy at all levels, on the environment, and on the health and wellness of the very citizens that make our country strong," the Coalition says.

To sign the petition, see:
https://www.change.org/p/united-states-forest-service-1-eliminate-the-supervisor-closure-order-from-the-forest-service-plan-2-preserve-the-current-200-miles-of-historic-trails-they-intend-to-close-in-the-east-end-of-the-mrnra?recruiter=66262644&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-custom_msg

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Time to Ride Challenge returns in 2015 with $100,000 cash and prizes

By Hunterdon County Democrat
April 07

The Time to Ride Challenge returns in 2015 as a grassroots campaign to grow the horse industry by introducing new enthusiasts to horse activities. The Challenge, taking place May 30 to Sept. 30, offers a unique opportunity for horse professionals to grow their business while competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes. In 2014, its inaugural year, the Challenge provided more than 25,000 people with first-time horse experiences through 702 beginner-friendly Time to Ride Hosts in 49 states.

Registration for the Challenge at www.timetoridechallenge.com and is open to stables, clubs, veterinarians, feed stores, businesses, and organizations dedicated to welcoming newcomers to horse activities. "Hosts" are organized into Small, Medium, and Large divisions and are encouraged to be creative in providing fun, safe, and educational horse events that encourage attendees to become further involved in horse activities.

The Hosts who provide the greatest number of newcomers an introductory horse experience, as calculated by contact information collected, will win awards. A post-Challenge survey in 2014 found that 92% of the 25,281 newcomers who attended a Time to Ride event said they wanted to participate in more horse activities.

[Read more ...]

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Just moseying along, for 5,000 miles

AZCentral.com - Full Story

Amy B Wang, The Republic | azcentral.com
April 6, 2015

Canadian Len Crow wanted to help fund orphanages, so he decided to ride horseback from Alaska to Mexico. Six times.

For the last 10 months, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor torn rotator cuff has stayed rancher and pastor Len Crow from his goal: to ride 6,800 miles on horseback from the edge of the Arctic Ocean to Guadalajara, Mexico.

This is Crow's sixth such "endurance" horseback ride for charity. The 61-year-old Canadian is using the trip to raise money to build five orphanages, one each in Cambodia, Guatemala, India, Mexico and the Philippines.

Crow began his journey on June 6, 2014, departing from — of all places — Deadhorse, Alaska. He'll admit it was not the most auspiciously named starting point, but the map left him no choice.

"I wanted to go as far north in North America as I could by road," Crow said. "That was as far as I could get. We chose that as our beginning point."

By the time he pulled into Eagar, Ariz., last week, Crow had ridden about 5,400 miles. He has 1,400 to go...

Read more here:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/04/06/len-crow-missions-endurance-horseback-charity-arizona/25386383/

AERC Trails and Land Management Committee announces a new Trails Email forum



The objective of the AERC Trails and Land Management Committee is to work with the AERC membership and other concerned equestrian trail users to develop a popular trails advocacy web environment. AERC is dedicated to the riding of historic trails and encouraging the establishment, preservation and maintenance of all trails on both public and private lands.

In an effort to expand AERC's trail advocacy reach, the committee has created a Trails Email Forum for AERC members. The forum is for members interested in all things trails to share trail story’s, ideas, experiences, advice, and general brain storming. This forum will stay positive and constructive.

Please contact Monica Chapman AERC Trails Committee Chair to join the list.

For more information on the AERC Trails committee visit the AERC.org website.



Monday, April 06, 2015

Hot Stuff: Endurance Rider Gives Back



April 6 2015
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

Ann Kuck of Star, Idaho, discovered the sport of endurance riding in 2005 from the back of her big bay molly mule, Lamplighter Hot Stuff, whom she'd gotten as a yearling. 'Stuffy' was out of a quarter horse mare and a mammoth jack. "She was a pretty big girl - a bit over 15 hands," says Ann. "I quit measuring her when she turned three because it was getting too scary to know how far off the ground I was sitting (and how far it was to fall)."

Ann and her big girl shared the joys of 1280 miles of endurance trails over 8 seasons in the Northwest - and then something went wrong. Hot Stuff's bone marrow had stopped producing red blood cells in July of 2013. "There was nothing we could do to cure the condition that she had, and it could not be managed in a way that would keep her comfortable," Ann says; and tragically, she had to say goodbye to her 23-year-old partner.

A member of AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference), and SWIT&DR (Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders) since 2005, and Vice-President of SWIT&DR for the last 3 years, Ann had been trying to think of new ways to encourage new riders, who might not know about endurance, to come to some rides and see what endurance is all about. Most Idaho endurance rides offer welcoming Trail Rides (distances of 10 to 15 miles), so that 'newbies' and their horses get to experience the flavor of endurance riding - from the camping with their horse in Ridecamp, the commotion of horses and riders coming and going different distances and different directions throughout the day, following marked trails, going through a vet check, and of course enjoying the camaraderie, dinners, and awards afterwards.

"Most new folks probably won't just enter a Limited Distance or Endurance ride to start with, but maybe they would enjoy a trail ride," Ann comments. "I decided to fund the 'Hot Stuff Memorial Trail Rider Encouragement Fund' to see if we can nudge folks into coming out to explore the places that we enjoy, and to meet others who ride endurance, LD or trail rides. I am hoping that, if we can help with some of the expense, we can encourage more new people to join in on all our fun."

This year in the SWIT&DR rides, Ann is subsidizing the ride registrations for trail riders with $10.00, up to 10 riders (total of $100.00). Ann would like to give priority to new trail riders, but, she said, "I really don't care who does a trail ride. The subsidy can be used by any trail rider."

At the first Northwest ride of the 2015 season, the Owyhee Tough Sucker I in Oreana, Idaho, on April 4, "We had four new trail riders!" Ann reports. "I know that two of the new trail riders are from The Western Riding Club and they had a great time. They were planning to attend their monthly WRC meeting [the same evening,] and I hope they gave a great report." The Western Riding Club of Idaho calls itself the "Oldest Family Riding Club in Idaho," and the group convenes to take on trail challenges, day and overnight rides, poker rides, parades, playdays, and more.

Ann is excited to be able to give back to the sport in which she shared so many wonderful memories looking down the trails through Hot Stuff's big ears. Part of Ann's family is gone now, but with her generous offer to new riders, the memories live on.



Friday, April 03, 2015

Back Country Horsemen of America Works to Benefit All Trail Users

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2015

by Sarah Wynne Jackson
 
Back Country Horsemen of America protects our right to ride horses on public lands in a wide variety of ways across the country. They believe in putting a priority on the things that really matter, such as making our beautiful landscape accessible to all users and developing partnerships that help us accomplish that. BCH folks know there’s value in lending a hand, even on projects that don’t directly benefit horse users.
 
Building Relationships
 
Sometimes building relationships means pitching in even if you have to leave your horses at home. The Uinta Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah have been looking for ways to get involved with trail work in Dinosaur National Monument. This National Park Service property along the Colorado and Utah border consists of 210,000 acres of river canyons, mountains, and basins that support over a thousand different native species of plants and animals. The Utah side also boasts dinosaur fossils and the world renowned Carnegie Fossil Quarry.
 
Although horseback riding is not yet allowed in Dinosaur National Monument, the Uinta Basin Chapter BCH contacted the land managers to offer their assistance with trail maintenance. Because of Back Country Horsemen of America’s reputation, they were told a face-to-face meeting was not necessary and were asked to help with work on a hiking trail. Uinta Chapter Back Country Horsemen members met with hikers, youth volunteers, and NPS em­ployees to build rock cairns and a rock stair step on the busy Sound of Silence hiking trail.
 
After a long work day, BCH members discussed with the land managers the possibility of a horse trail in Dinosaur National Monument and were invited to meet formally for further discussion. Lending a hand where it’s needed, regardless of personal interests, builds a rapport that benefits everyone. The Uinta Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Utah will continue nurturing this relationship, making a way for us to enjoy this stunning landscape by horseback.
 
Preserving History
 
Back Country Horsemen of America values our country’s past and welcomes opportunities to preserve it. Managers of the Salmon-Challis National Forest recently began restoration of the Norton Ridge Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This abandoned cabin sits on an open mountaintop at nearly 8500 feet elevation. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 to house fire spotters, it is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
The Treasure Valley Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Idaho eagerly participated in the project which was carried out under the super­vision of Archaeologist John Rose from the Challis office of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Their purpose was to begin the restoration work necessary to maintain the cabin’s historical value and for the use and enjoyment of the structure by the US Forest Service and the public.
 
Treasure Valley Chapter BCH’s first task was to pack in wood shingles to be stored inside the cabin for re-roof­ing at a future date. They trucked their horses and equipment seven hours to the trailhead at Meyer’s Cove. From there, they rode and led their pack animals 14 miles along Camas Creek to the spot where it flows into the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The next day the group rode 11 miles upstream along the Middle Fork River to the Sim­plot Ranch and airstrip, where the shingles were delivered by plane.
 
At this point, it was learned that the 11 mile trail from the airstrip to the cabin had not been cleared. Most of the TVBCH group spent four days clearing the trail and packing the shingles up to the cabin. It took another two days to pack out to the trailhead and return home. Despite the long trip and various challenges, the Treasure Valley Chapter of Back Country Horsemen enjoyed taking part in an important historic project.
 
About Back Country Horsemen of America
 
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: www.bcha.org; 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
1-888-893-5161
Peg@bcha.org

Thursday, April 02, 2015

60th Anniversary Tevis Cup Entries are Available

April 2 2015

With just over 17 weeks till the 60th annual Tevis Cup on August 1, entries are available here.

The $400.00 fee includes drug testing, Robie Park camping, and one ticket to the Sunday Awards Banquet. Complete pages 1-4 of the application. Award buckle is $160.00 when reserved pre-ride and is nonrefundable. Buckles are $250 when purchased post ride. Due to low inventory of donated buckles from riders who have previously completed the Tevis, the Legacy Buckle Program will not be offered for 2015. We sincerely hope that the program can be reinstituted in future years when our “recycled” buckle inventory is sufficient to support the demand for this highly successful and much appreciated program.

Signature ride entries are available for $1500, and include a traditional ride entry plus a generous donation to the Western States Trail Foundation. The entry package includes a buckle upon completion of the ride, a commissioned print by Chuck Centers specially created for the WSTF which is shown on the signature entry form, an invitation for 2 to the VIP/Foreign Rider dinner, 2 tickets to the Wednesday evening barbecue, 2 tickets to the Robie Park Friday night dinner, reserved seating and 2 tickets to the Sunday Awards Banquet, 4 nights of stabling for your horse, and additional items. The Signature Rider also receives CalStar helicopter insurance for a year, parking assistance at the Robie Park ride camp and Foresthill vet check.

For complete entry information and forms, see
http://teviscup.org/images/2015/2015_Tevis_Entry_1-31-15.pdf

45 earlybird riders have already signed up, including foreign riders from Canada, Australia, and Guatemala:
http://teviscup.org/tevis-2015/tevis-rider-list-2