Thursday, December 14, 2017

Virginia: HItting the Trail - Full Article

By Lauren Wester
Published 6:07 am Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spectators watch with bated breath then cheer as cowboys and cowgirls alike mount bucking broncos, speed around barrels on horseback or skillfully execute pistol shoots from the backs of their equestrian counterparts at rodeos and specialized events. These equine sports and more are showcased at these events – but there is one sport that is not represented because of its extended nature.

Many people might not even be aware of the challenging sport of endurance riding and racing.

Vina resident Elizabeth Turbyfill has recently started competing in this sport and has placed first in the three competitions she has participated in so far...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

$5 OFF AERC Horse Registrations on National Day of the Horse

December 11 2017

$5 OFF AERC HORSE REGISTRATIONS on December 13 in honor of the National Day of the Horse!

If you've been waiting to register your equine with AERC, it will be $15 instead of $20 on Wednesday, December 13 only.

Happy trails! For current AERC members only (or you can call the office to renew AND sign up your equine at the same time!).

This is the horse registration link to use:

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Anne Ayala Junior Scholarship Applications Due January 5

You are invited to apply for the 2018 Anne Ayala Junior Scholarship

Open to AERC Juniors and Young Riders in good standing from their high school senior year through age 21 (must be younger than 22 as of 1/1/2017)

Applicants must have a minimum of 500 AERC lifetime miles

Applicants must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0

One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded. This scholarship can be applied to colleges and universities as well as technical schools and specialized training programs.

Applications will be reviewed by the AERC Hall of Fame Committee

The 2018 AERC scholarship recipient will be announced at the AERC Annual Convention on March 10, 2018, in Reno, Nevada

Past recipients are not eligible

Applications must be received by January 5, 2018, and must be submitted to the AERC office via mail:
AERC, Attn: Scholarship, P.O. Box 6027, Auburn, CA 95604

or e-mail: (see application form for details)

For the application see:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Canadian Riders Swarm the Finish Line at USA Fall FEI Fundraiser Rides - Full Article

Canadian endurance riders had strong performances across the board at the USA Fall FEI Fundraiser Rides at Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, SC, held Nov. 9-12, 2017.

Robert Gielen of Flesherton, ON was first to cross the finish line in the CEI 2* 120km division on his eight-year-old Arabian gelding, More Bang for Your Buck (Doran x Forty Thieves). The two averaged a speed of 15.11 km/hr to complete the course in just under eight hours – an impressive feat, particularly when considering that Gielen underwent knee replacement surgery just four months earlier in July, and hadn’t ridden such a distance since.

“I had quite a layoff with my horse this summer, so I wasn’t really planning to go out and go for a win,” explained Gielen. “But, we just kept going along at that regular pace and on the second-to-last loop I passed the person who was in first place and I thought, ‘Well, might as well just go for it then.’ So, we just kept going and ended up crossing the finish line 10 minutes ahead...”

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Endurance “Green Bean” Movement — an evolution! - Full Article

by Patti Stedman | Nov 26, 2017

I’m the first to admit that I was primarily a sidelines spectator and cheerleader for the Green Bean movement in endurance riding.
Like most movements, it was started by a small group of motivated people who saw a gap and found a way to fill a need. It started with the term Green Bean, which came via the Pacific Northwest region and Sharalyn Hay, and then it spread and grew and evolved, changed course a time or two and continues to grow and evolve today.

(Note: As a witness more than a participant in the cause, I hope I will be forgiven any errors or omissions about its roots and its history! Be gentle with me, dear readers.)

In this case, the crusaders were a group of relatively new endurance riders who found that the world of social media was not always particularly kind and welcoming to prospective or sniffing-at-the-collective-water-tank endurance riders. For those of us who have been around for a while, well, we survived the hazing. The folks were around for Ridecamp in the ’90s probably still bear some bruises. The reality is that one could and should assume that a lot of folks interested in the sport found it unwelcoming and simply turned heel to head in another equestrian direction.

The Green Bean crew was determined to help new riders find their way to the sport and the endurance riding family so many of us know and love, to build a sense of community...

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

2018 AERC Convention Information

March 9 and 10, 2018 - Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, Nevada

We're counting down the days!
96 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes, 28 seconds

We're looking forward to heading back to Reno for the 2018 AERC convention. AERC's convention is the most fun you can have without your horse! Two days of informative and thought-provoking seminars on Friday and Saturday, shopping galore, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, awards presentations, Hot Topics seminars, plus fun Friday night entertainment and the awards banquet on Saturday night.

Convention registration is now OPEN! Sign up with our simple, secure 2018 AERC Convention Registration, or by phone: 866-271-2372, or fill out the form in your December EN or print this 2018 AERC convention form PDF.

Seminar schedule (subject to change):

Current Topics in Nutrition with Joe Pagan, PhD, of Kentucky Equine Research
Research Findings from the Virginia City 100 Mile Dehydration Study with Jerry Gillespie, DVM, AERC Research Committee Chair
Tevis Ultrasound GI Study (from 2017 ride) with Melissa Esser, DVM, MS, DACVIM, of Michigan State University
Trail Marking: Incorporating the Best from all Regions with Michelle Grald of GMHA

From Start to Finish: Managing the 100 Mile Endurance Horse with Jay Mero, DVM, AERC Veterinary Committee Chair
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (Tying Up): What You Need to Know with Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, ACVSMR, of Michigan State Univerity
Health Tips to Keep Riders Strong in the Saddle with Lori McIntosh, Health and Wellness Coach

HOTEL: A favorite of AERC members, the Grand Sierra Resort has everything all in one spot, so it's a great place to stay, and eat, and shop -- all under one roof.

Grand Sierra reservations are now OPEN! Use this AERC Booking Link. Or call directly, 800-648-5080; note you are with the American Endurance Ride 2018 Convention. Reservations MUST be made by February 4 to qualify for the special group rate.

2018 AERC Grand Sierra Rates -- 13% room tax will be added: Wednesday and Thursday nights (3/7 and 3/8): GSR room-$59; Summit room-$79; Friday and Saturday nights (3/9 and 3/10): GSR room-$99; Summit room-$119. These are rates for single or double occupancy; third/fourth person in room will be an additional $25 each.

Room rates include unlimited fitness center use, in-room wireless internet, and round-trip shuttle to/from Reno Tahoe International Airport.

VETERINARIANS: The Veterinary Committee will be hosting a two-day Veterinary Continuing Education course in conjunction with the convention. Tentative dates: March 8 and 9, 2018. This two-day program is very popular with AERC veterinarians and we hope you will join in.

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS: We'd love to have you be part of the 2018 convention! Click to see the 2018 Trade Show information/registration. Contact the AERC Office if you have any questions or to reserve a booth by phone.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Lots at stake at Broxton Bridge Plantation, Ehrhardt SC. - Full Article

30 November 2017
Race Report made with the assistance of Cheryl Van Deusen

Broxton Bridge Plantation, Ehrhardt SC, United States of America. Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November. Broxton Bridge Plantation and USA South East Endurance were pleased to host the 2017 Young Riders Endurance Team Challenge in the Low Country of South Carolina.

Grace Ramsey and Jan Worthington came down to manage the ride making it possible to provide a fun and learning environment for the young riders. This event was held with one 160 and two 120 senior events as athletes work towards WEG 2018 qualifications.

In the senior event, 160km race, 32 horses started. The event comprised of CEN and CEI3* combinations. In the FEI division, 13 of the 26 pairs with athletes from ten different countries successfully completed the course. There was a strong rivalry all day between Kelsey Russell – USA (Fireman Gold) and Pilar Saravia – URU (Am Mysterious Mopsa), both riding horses owned by Valerie Kanavy – USA...

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