Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tevis Ride Director's Message May 2015

The 60th anniversary of the running of the Tevis Cup ride is fast approaching. To help make this a year to remember, the ride committee is examining every aspect of past rides to ensure that this is a remarkable, commemorative year for all the right reasons.

Special 60th anniversary buckles have been designed and ordered, as well as 1000 mile and 2000 mile “decade” buckles and the first place buckle. When I look at the names of our riders on our starting list, it is clear that specific groups of riders with different goals emerge. There are several who are prepared and capable of finishing first and winning the Tevis Cup. Then there are the ones who dream of finishing in the top ten and earn the opportunity to show for the Haggin Cup with the ultimate dream of winning the Cup. The junior riders, under the age of eighteen, attack the trail and ride to earn the right to have their names engraved on the Scripts Cup. The one group that is as important as any other is the group trying to finish for their first buckles or even to add to their buckles.

Every decision made by the Ride Committee considers the needs and concerns all of these groups whenever we consider adopting any type of change to the ride. One of the changes we have accepted this year was a proposed rule revision put forth from the Rules Committee. Please read and understand ALL the rules before you start the ride. The Cup Committee, Ride Management and the ride veterinarians all strive to enforce the rules in a fair and equitable manner to protect the integrity of the competition. There are some updates to rules 4 and 5 to clarify inhumane treatment and veterinary inspection (timelines and procedures) to protect the welfare of the horse.

Caterers will provide a Friday evening dinner at Robie Park starting at 6 pm for $15 and the Sunday awards banquet at the Auburn Fairgrounds, also for $15. As a part of their entry, the riders will be provided with a Sunday banquet ticket in the rider packet when they check in. The trail used this year uses RD. 43 as it leaves Robinson Flat and then the traditional trail on to Auburn. In Auburn riders will have a 40 minute period to meet criteria at the final vet check in McCann Stadium after he or she passes under the official finish line banner in McCann Stadium.

There will again be a blood draw at Robinson Flat, the results of which could trigger a recheck with the veterinarian before you leave the check. The blood draw will take place between the pulse check and the Vet exam. Riders and vets will not know the specifics of the blood work; they will just be made aware that the results were abnormal and a discussion will take place between rider and veterinarian about use of caution in the ride strategy. One of the missions of WSTF is improving the science behind endurance horses during competition, and we hope this ongoing study takes us further down that path. Individual results are emailed after the ride to the rider and owner if so requested.

WSTF provides an educational ride on the weekend of July 4th for those who wish to see the trail and/or need miles to qualify for entry. Many seasoned Tevis riders will be mentoring small groups over the trail staging out of the Foresthill mill site. I highly recommend this event for those wanting more information about successfully completing the Tevis ride.

This year there will be film crews shooting footage during the ride and possibly at the Ed Ride as well. Tevis has not had a film crew for the past several years and Kooks entertainment is excited to be filming this year.

The trail is open for training except for the section of the trail that goes through Squaw Valley. This section is under such heavy use at this time of year that it is not safe for horses and riders. Our trail crew schedules well in advance to travel through Squaw to maintain the wilderness trail. Trees fall across the trail almost daily and the joint run/ride trail crew takes them out. If you ride the trail and come across any downed trees or trail hazards, please make note of the location and details and notify us. Please be as accurate about the location and the size of the tree as possible, so the crew led by Elke Reimer can get to it with the correct equipment and personnel to handle the work. Please email this info to Steve Hallmark at, and he will forward it on to the correct people. This dedicated crew goes through chainsaw certification, wilderness first aid, and CPR training so they can hike in--leather boots and hardhats hauling heavy equipment to the site--to keep the trail open for riders and runners all year long.

I have reports that there is water available on the trail for training. During the ride additional water will again be provided at places like Millers Defeat, Dusty Corners, El Dorado Creek, Fords Bar, Baltimore Mine and Cal 2 as well as other spots. All this added water along the way is the result of a concentrated effort by the Ride Committee to help you and your horse get to the finish line and look good when you get there. Please do not use these locations to scoop your horse, as they do not get refilled during the ride.

From all of us at WSTF, happy training, and we will see you on the trail.

Chuck Stalley
2015 Ride Director

Monday, May 18, 2015

Omega Fields Spokesperson, Beverly Gray Interviewed on Horsemanship Radio, Episode 40


May 18, 2015
Newton, Wisconsin – Omega Fields’ spokesperson, Beverly Gray, Endurance Riding legend, ( was part of Horsemanship Radio Episode 40 that streamed this past Friday, May 15, 2015. She talked about how she got into endurance riding, the horses she has had throughout her career, and how she cares for and what she feeds her endurance horses.

Beverly has been a professional endurance rider for over 2 decades, has received many awards from her rides and how she cares for her horses. She has logged over 18,500 competition miles, completed 350 races and has 100 wins.

Learn more about Beverly’s favorite Omega Fields products that she uses each day – Mega Omega for herself ( and for her horses – Omega Grande ( , Omega SureGut ( and Omega Nibblers (

You can listen to Episode 40 and all of Horsemanship Radio episodes on Omega Fields website by clicking on the Horsemanship Radio icon in the footer of the site (  or use the direct link ( 

Horsemanship Radio is an online radio show (podcast) dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Horsemanship Radio is hosted by Debbie Loucks, daughter of pioneer natural horseman, Monty Roberts.  Horsemanship Radio is aired on the 15th and 30th of each month and is downloaded over 10,000 times each month. Omega Fields, Inc. is one of the sponsors of the Horsemanship Radio program ( featured on Horses In the Morning radio podcast ( 

About Omega Fields

Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.
Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.
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Contact Information:
Allison Kuhl
Director of Business Development
Omega Fields, Inc.
920-550-4061, ext. 119

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pair passing endurance test - Full Article

by Emanuel Sequeira - Penticton Western News
posted May 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The world of endurance horse riding has opened Grace Logie’s eyes to something she never imagined.

“My first ride was Iron Horse (in Summerland) in 2012 and since that ride I’ve been hooked,” said Logie. “I love the amazing places and landscapes. I would never have seen if I did not endurance ride, and the ride sites are always stunning. The endurance community is very friendly and welcoming, and everyone is always smiling and laughing.”

The 15-year-old started endurance riding, which is about conditioning and knowing the horse, three years ago when Julius Bloomfield offered to let her exercise his horses and do trail rides. She fell in love...

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Sleeper and Russell Earn Wins at Biltmore Challenge Selection Trial

RELEASE: May 12, 2015
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

Asheville, N.C. – The Biltmore Challenge, held May 1-2 at the historic Biltmore Estate, played host to a Selection Trial for the 2015 FEI Pan-American Endurance Championship for Seniors & Young Riders and the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors. Athletes aiming to compete at these championships eyed top performances in the CEI2* and CEIYJ2* held on May 1.

Meg Sleeper (Frenchtown, N.J.) claimed top honors in the CEI2* 120km race with her own Syrocco Cadence. She and the 12-year-old Arabian mare finished with a time of 7:22:00, averaging 16.3 km/h. Melody Blittersdorf (Hartland, Vt.) rode her 15-year-old Arabian gelding, Synthetic, to a second-place finish with a time of 7:41:00, with an average speed of 15.6 km/h. Finishing in third place were Marbeth Kollath (Clyde, N.C.) and Poete, Holly Corcoran’s eight-year-old Arabian gelding, with a time of 7:54:00 and average speed of 15.2 km/h.

In the CEIYJ2* 120km race, the top three combinations finished the race within seconds of each other, averaging the same speed of 15.3 km/h. Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and My Wild Irish Gold, Valerie Kanavy’s 12-year-old Arabian mare, earned the win with a time of 7:50:01. Hannah Weightman (Shamong, N.J.) rode Kanavy’s 10-year-old Arabian gelding, Just Gold, to second place, finishing with a time of 7:50:02. Rounding out the top three, Ragan Kelly (Waco, Texas) and Colin for Gold, Kanavy’s nine-year-old Arabian gelding, crossed the finish line with a time of 7:50:03.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Over the Fence: A Young Endurance Champ - Full Article

Meet the teenage winner of the Old Dominion Endurance Ride.

By Kitson Jazynka | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Kentucky Derby is an exciting two minutes, but what about a race that lasts 100 miles and a teenage girl and her humble horse win it all, finishing in less than 14 hours?

Over the winter, I had a great chat with Bryna Stevenson, a teenaged endurance champ who won the Old Dominion Endurance Ride (they don’t call it a race) which winds up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains in my beloved home state of Virginia.

An edited version of our chat about her love of endurance riding, her horses, and how she managed to win the Old Dominion despite having to ride in the dark, alone with her horse on a rocky mountainside is spread out over a couple of glossy pages in the current issue of Young Rider magazine (May/June 2015).

Bryna got into endurance riding thanks to her parents – her dad, a bicyclist – encouraged her to go for high-level competition. Her mom shared her love of horses and got Bryna started riding as a little girl. She and her mom started endurance riding together when Bryna was eight...

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

2015 Dream of Riding Tevis Entry Chosen - Full Article

May 5, 2015
by Pamela Burton

Chantelle Du Plessis gets a ticket to ride in the Tevis Trail 2015

4 May 2015, California, USA – Dreaming of Tevis Essay Contest ~ We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Dreaming of Tevis Essay Contest. First, we would like to acknowledge and thank all of the young riders who took the time to submit entries. Every entry received was of the highest quality and most important, written from the heart. It is clear that there is so much love and passion for the sport- keep your dreams alive!

This year’s winner is Chantelle Du Plessis...

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Long-distance rider stops in Sonoita on way to Mexico - Full Article

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Marion Vendituoli
For the Bulletin

One of the horse trailers parked recently at the Sonoita Fairgrounds didn’t pull in loaded with racehorses for the meet next week. While the barn area was buzzing with jockeys, trainers and beautifully groomed thoroughbreds and quarter horses, the grassy area that was the temporary home for Nancy and Len Crow held two Arabian horses that pastor Len Crow had been riding as part of his mission to travel from Deadhorse, Alaska to Guadalajara, Mexico, a journey of 6,790 miles.

This is the sixth ride that Crow has participated in to raise money and awareness for orphans in developing countries. The couple is involved in fundraising for five orphanages in five countries: the Philippines, Guatemala, India, Mexico and Cambodia. The Crows established and run the Cambodian orphanage themselves, and plan to travel to Cambodia after Pastor Crow finishes his ride.

Crow, who is pastor of the North Country Baptist Church in Ontario, Canada, is riding this time to help fund the Annabel de Vallejo Orphanage in Jalisco, Mexico. He began the ride last June in Deadhorse, where it was still snowing, and travelled through the Yukon and British Columbia into the United States.

Richard and Debby Howell of Montana joined the Crows there and help Nancy Crow as part of the support team, driving the trailer and campers to meet Crow each evening. He covers approximately 25 miles each day...

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Take Action: Ask Your Senators to Support S. 1110, the "Forest Trails" Bill

May 2 2015

On Wednesday, April 29th, the BCHA National Forest "trails bill" was introduced in bipartisan fashion in the U.S. Senate by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Michael Enzi (R-WY). 

Senate Bill 1110 (S.1110), the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, is a companion bill to one BCHA announced in February that is currently before the House of Representatives (H.R. 845). The language of both bills is identical and would promote volunteerism in the service of our national forest trails.
It's great news that the Forest Trails bill has the interest of leaders in both the House and Senate. And why not? Trails and stewardship represent bipartisan issues with no losers--only winners. Trails are just as American as baseball and apple pie.
BCHA strongly supports S.1110 and H.R. 845.
You can click here to read the text of the Senate bill as introduced.
Like H.R. 845, the bill was initially promoted by BCHA and our partners, The Wilderness Society and American Horse Council. Today, the bill enjoys widespread support among the national trails community, including national organizations representing hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and snowmobile riders.
Form more information on this national partnership, click here.

If enacted as currently written, H.R. 845 and S.1110 would:
• Direct the U.S. Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails;
• Provide outfitters and guides the ability to pay permit fees in trail maintenance activities instead of dollars;
• Address the liability issue that hampers volunteer and partner trail maintenance activity in some national forests; and
• Prioritize specific areas for trail maintenance within national forests.
Take Action!
Please call or write your senators to express support for S. 1110. 
Go to this website to find contact information for your senators. In your own words, tell them why you support Senate Bill 1110, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Tell them of your passion for, and commitment to, keeping national forest trails open and enjoyed by horsemen and others. Lastly, please ask them to consider co-sponsoring S.1110
If you are a resident of Wyoming or Colorado, please include in your message a heartfelt "Thank You!" to Senators Enzi and Bennet, respectively, for introducing S.1110 on behalf of the Back Country Horsemen.
Feel free to share copies of your letters with BCHA's Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation, including any response you receive from your senators
Thank you! Please call or send letters today to your senators in support of S.1110.
Donald Saner, Chairman
Back Country Horsemen of America

Saturday, May 02, 2015

2015 Time to Ride Challenge Includes Movie Screening Opportunity

Contact: Christie Schulte - 

Georgetown, Texas, April 30, 2015 – TIME TO RIDE, an initiative of the American Horse Council's Marketing Alliance, whose mission is to connect families to horseback riding and other activities in their local area, is proud to announce that the 2015 “Time to Ride Challenge” will give participants a unique opportunity to engage the public by hosting a movie screening event featuring the family drama SPIRIT RIDERS.

Spirit Riders is a DOVE FOUNDATION endorsed Family Film depicting a budding bond of trust built between two outcasts, An endearing former race horse, Blaze, and a troubled teen, Kacie (Allie DeBerry of Disney’s Ant Farm), both struggling with tragedy, weave a heartfelt friendship that helps both of them to overcome their past.  Shot on location in Texas by local Filmmakers, EDGEN FILMS as part of their FAMILY FILMS FOR A CAUSE SERIES, Spirit Riders was directed by Brian T. Jaynes. The cast includes Lance Henriksen, C Thomas Howell, and Olivia Osteen. The film was cast by Karen Hallford of Casting Works, LA and GLOBAL 3 MEDIA will release the picture domestically in partnership with ENTERTAINMENT ONE. The film will be available exclusively at Walmart stores starting May 26, 2015 with widespread DVD and VOD availability following in June.

The backdrop of Spirit Riders takes place on an equine therapy ranch. The film’s premiere screening event, hosted by the Georgetown Film Society on May 9th in Georgetown, Texas, will focus on the horse-human bond, and kick off what Time to Ride and the filmmakers hope is the first of many screenings hosted throughout the country that will educate and inspire many to get on a horse. Lead actress and popular teen star Allie DeBerry will lend support via social media to share her own amazing experience connecting with horses throughout filming.

Hosts registered for the Time to Ride Challenge will have a unique opportunity to host a local screening of the film, an ideal way to connect with local families interested in horses and invite them to further hands-on experiences. Time to Ride and Global 3 Media will be supporting participants' screening efforts with varying levels of participation available that include everything from a simple movie screening to special appearances from cast members.  There will also be a national sweepstakes challenge and numerous opportunities to win movie memorabilia, autographed photos, a $500 gift certificate from Dover Saddlery, a $500 Gift certificate from Smith Brothers to be applied to the purchase of a saddle, riding apparel, toys and much more via the SPIRIT RIDERS FACEBOOK PAGE. Prizes are provided by members of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance.

To host a movie screening or to get more information about the Time to Ride Challenge please visit:

For more information on the Film and to find a local screening near you:

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC marketing alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, SmartPak, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, the American Paint Horse Association, Morris Media Network Equine Group, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative.


About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Back Country Horsemen of Washington Partners on Pacific Crest Trail Reconstruction

April 30, 2015
By Sarah Wynne Jackson
Back Country Horsemen of America highly values our wild lands and our right to enjoy them by horseback. Protecting the wilderness from unnecessary damage is imperative to keeping it pristine. But that creates unique challenges that can prevent proper maintenance of trails, bridges, shelters, and other amenities that allow us to recreate there.
US Forest Service wilderness regulations prohibit the use of motorized or wheeled equipment, which can cause extensive damage even when operated with care. The only way to access these remote places with the tools and supplies necessary for making repairs is the same way our ancestors traveled… on the back of a saddle horse, leading a string of pack horses and mules.
Supporting Others’ Efforts
Back Country Horsemen of Washington collaborates and partners with other trail advocacy orga­nizations to manage and maintain some of the most remote regions in Washing­ton’s mountains. The Lewis County Chapter recently provided pack stock support to the US Forest Service and Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) for a month-long project on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,550-mile trail corridor from Mexico to Canada. Or­ganized by PCTA, this project re­built a section of the trail across Packwood Glacier basin in the Goat Rocks Wilderness of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where motorized and wheeled equipment is prohibited.
Proper Preparation
Prior to packing the trail crews, their equipment, and supplies to the 7,000-foot elevation worksite, it was necessary for everyone’s safety to repair a bridge over Goat Creek on Snowgrass Trail, a major feeder trail. Rotten decking was replaced to support horses carrying workers and supplies. In prepa­ration for the bridge repair, Lewis County Chapter BCH volunteers manufac­tured 50 hand-hewn cedar planks. Bal­anced on each side of a pack animal, two planks at a time were carried two miles to the worksite. USFS Cowlitz Val­ley Ranger District personnel removed the old decking, nailed down the new bridge planks, and cleared winter blowdowns from the trail to the PCTA base camp.
Packin’ In
Chapter packers hauled supplies and tools from Berrypatch Trailhead seven miles to the base camp located at the remnants of Dana Yelverton Shel­ter on the slopes of Old Snowy Mountain. Once the seven pack stock were fitted with the 800 pounds of cargo in balanced loads, the caravan started up the trail to the worksite, led by the trail crew vanguard who advised approaching hikers of the oncoming pack string.
On a clear, warm day the procession was treated to the splendors of Snowgrass Flats, a 10-acre subalpine meadow, before crossing several snowfields to reach the alpine campsite which boasted a stunning view of three dormant volcanoes. A patriotic mix of red, white, and blue wildflowers ornamented the rugged, mountainous setting.
Leave No Trace
After a weeklong stay, the trail crew was ready to descend the moun­tain with three pack stock to haul out their gear. Lewis County Chapter BCH packers re­turned to base camp three times with food supplies for subsequent workers. The graciously pleasant weather cooled, challenging volunteers and stock with wind-driven sleet, dense fog, and heavy rain that washed out water crossings. Even so, the volunteers persisted and completed the job.
This project is a good ex­ample of the tasks that can be accomplished when different user groups work together. Back Country Horsemen of America units across the country partner frequently with trail advocacy organizations to achieve the common goal of keeping trails open for the public while preventing damage to those wild lands we love.
About Back Country Horsemen of America
BCHA is a non-profit corporation made up of state organizations, chapters/units, 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, BCHA

Friday, May 01, 2015

The American Endurance Ride Conference Inspires with ‘Discover Endurance Riding’ Booklet


The American Endurance Ride Conference Inspires with ‘Discover Endurance Riding’ Booklet

Available Now, Free of Charge
AUBURN, California – May 1, 2015 – Now those interested in the sport of endurance riding can learn more about the sport through an inspiring collection of thoughtful articles and genuine first-person accounts written by riders immersed in the Endurance world. The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has issued a new 16-page booklet titled Discover Endurance Riding, which is available free upon request, starting today. Curated by the editor of Endurance News and illustrated with beautiful photography, the articles are evocative of each individual author’s experiences – some are heartwarming, some will make you laugh, tear up or catch your breath with excitement, and they all have one thing in common – they’ll make you want to try your hand at endurance riding.
The articles in Discover Endurance Riding share a genuine tone, and span a variety of topics including how to get started in the sport, what to expect at your first ride and why endurance is an equestrian sport for everyone. There are uplifting pieces like ‘Friends and Ride Partners’ penned by 14-year old Ainsley Suskey, who along with her 76-year old mentor, Maxine Bernsdorf, set out together to beat the Midwest Region limited distance mileage record in 2014. Their epic journey truly demonstrates that endurance riding spans generations and knows no age limits in humans or in horses. Another piece chronicles one AERC member’s humbling experience in repeated attempts to complete the daunting Western States Trail Ride, or Tevis Cup, 100-mile ride in Northern California.  And yet another tells the story of a woman who happened into endurance riding accidentally and then fell in love with a sport that ultimately changed her life.
“The idea for creating this booklet was to make people read it and think, this sounds like something I want to do,” said Troy Smith, Endurance News editor. The endurance riding community is a welcoming one and they live by the mantra ‘endurance is for everyone’ – this booklet serves to reinforce that notion and to invite all who are interested to learn more now. 
Request a Copy of the Introduction to Endurance Booklet

To request a copy of the free Discover Endurance Riding booklet email the AERC national office at, or phone 866-271-2372.
About the AERC

In addition to promoting the sport of endurance riding, the AERC encourages the use, protection, and development of equestrian trails, especially those with historic significance. Many special events of four to six consecutive days take place over historic trails, such as the Pony Express Trail, the Outlaw Trail, the Chief Joseph Trail, and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The founding ride of endurance riding, the Western States Trail Ride or Tevis Cup, covers 100 miles of the famous Western States and Immigrant Trails over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These rides promote awareness of the importance of trail preservation for future generations and foster an appreciation of our American heritage.

The American Endurance Ride Conference, established in 1972, is headquartered in Auburn, California, “The Endurance Capital of the World.” For more information please visit us at

Media Contact:
Candace FitzGerald

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