Thursday, May 24, 2018

You Can Ride Historic Immigrant Trails: at City of Rocks Pioneer Endurance Ride

May 24 2018

Oh, those hardy pioneers, all quarter million of them. Between 1841 and 1869, they headed West, seeking new opportunities, Manifest Destiny, gold, adventure, and more.

The California Trail - some 2-3000 miles long - was one route some of them trod, on horseback, on foot, and with their covered wagons from Missouri River towns to Northern California.

The Boise-Kelton Stage route started in Kelton, Utah, north of the Great Salt Lake, (the closest stop in southern Idaho) and ran up to Boise. It followed Ben Holladay’s 1864 mail route and became the preferred road between Kelton and Boise for stagecoaches and freight wagons.

Today, the California Trail and Boise-Kelton stage routes run right smack through City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. The latter runs through Emigrant Canyon

and crosses the California Trail near the landmark Twin Sisters peaks.

You can still see the remains of a stage stop on the Boise-Kelton trail - and you'll ride right past it on Days 1 and 2 on the 50-mile trails. All distances, all days of the City of Rocks endurance ride, will trod over at least a small portion of the California Trail, and will pass by Register Rock, where immigrants' signatures can still be seen today scrawled in wagon axle grease.

So saddle up, come ride a bit of history at the 3-day City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride on June 7, 8, and 9: distances of 25 or 50 miles, plus trail rides.

More information at:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 4

EnduranceHorsePodcast - Listen

Endurance Horse Podcast Episode 4 is on the air!

Sponsored by Christina Hyke Photography, LLC

In Episode 4 we are going to hear from fascinating riders from across the globe. We are going to hear Daryl Owen’s National Championships ride report from New Zealand. Also from New Zealand, Jenny Chandler’s first time sending in an audio file, another wonderful Marvel rider from down under, Kat & her musical ways (thanks to Kat, I had several songs stuck in my head for days). We will also hear from the land of Billy the Kid, thanks to our wonderful south west rider, Keisha Wood, be sure to check out Keisha’s blog for more updates, stories and photographs on her journeys.

We will also hear from Tennessee Lane, be sure to check out her SoCo Endurance page & links listed here. Also, I had reached out to several ride managers to send in an audio telling us about their ride, and I heard back from a rider to tell us all about the great Shore to Shore Ride in Michigan. This is the first of what I hope to be more, if you would like to feature your favorite endurance ride on the podcast, please email me and I will send you the interview guide for the ride management.

All of this and so much more, including an update from one of our precious young riders, and also an intro/first time file from Karly, down under. We would also like to welcome Amanda from Virgina with her three horses, Candy (POA), 1/2 Arabian son of Candy & Oliver who was recently pulled from a feedlot. Oliver is an Egyptian Arabian. We will hear from FEI Endurance rider Melissa Coolich of Coolich Endurance. She has an amazing story of overcoming a health crisis to be able to compete. Thank you to Melissa for her inspiring story of healing and sharing your passion for endurance. I’d also like to welcome Lindy Griffith of Florida, and her Rocky MTN Maxwell and Chief (Arab/Rocky MTN). These sound like wonderful horses to ride.


Tevis: Signature Rider Spots Going Fast!

Are you a Signature Rider at Heart?

It is neck and neck for the Signature and International rider sign-ups with five of each. We have heard rumors of more of both getting ready to enter!

So all of you Tevis lovers, please feel free to help us with the costs of maintaining this famous ride by becoming a Signature Rider. You will not be disappointed!

Our goal is to have 20 Signature Riders this year, so please open your heart and pocketbook for the world famous Tevis Cup.

We have also had in the past our International riders sign up to become Signature riders and take lots of goodies back to their home country. We are all inclusive in this program!!! Waiting hear from you next lucky 15 that are signing up!

Entry form and more information here:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


May 16 2018

There's still time to sign up! This is a great NW ride to fill the void that the cancelled Klickitat Trek left.

Uncle Sam (and Steph, Regina, Merri, Connie, Almo, the Idaho State Park Service) wants you to come to the City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride June 7-8-9 in Almo, Idaho. Show your patriotism and show you're a proud American endurance rider! Or just have fun, but come!

This is your chance to experience 3 days of Trail Rides, LDs, or 50-mile rides in City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park in (we are planning for) perfect early summer weather. Ride over old emigrant trails (California Trail, Boise-Kelton Stage route), and see pioneers' names scrawled in wagon axle grease on Register Rock. If you're not too tired after riding 50 miles a day, or if your partner doesn't ride, you can hike, bike, or climb in the parks.

Basecamp is a spacious private field just below City of Rocks, and trails run through one or both parks each day. It's a good challenging ride: basecamp is at over 5000', and trails climb up to around 7000 feet each day.

Non-amenities will be: no meals this year: Two Trees Catering cook Wynne is off gallivanting around Europe, so bring your own food or plan to eat in Almo.

Amenities include great awards, a good time, a probable bluegrass jam or two (bring your instruments!), a possible Lemonaid stand by local kids on the trail to Castle Rocks State Park, the best pizza in Idaho or possibly the USA at Rock City in Almo (which also has a fine, large selection of gourmet beer), or the Almo Steakhouse, and, of course, Durfee Hot Springs. If you show up late to register one night and we are gone and you don't see our swimsuits hanging out to dry, that's where we probably are!

If you plan to come to the ride, help us by preregistering. Any questions, and for more information, see:

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Devan Horn Guest on Hiking Podcast

MightyBlueOnTheAT Podcast - Listen

Episode #86 – Devan Horn (Shawty)

For a hiking show, Devan Horn wouldn’t normally belong. Yet this extraordinary woman, a long-distance runner and rider, chose to hike the Colorado Trail while her party of five other women did it on horseback. She was able to draw distinctions and comparisons between the two modes of transport and provides great insights.

She also took part in two Mongol Derbys, with a third coming this year. Click on the link to see more details and wild video of this amazing race.

When our conversation turned back to long-distance running she even mulled over the idea of an attempt at an FKT of the Appalachian Trail. I wouldn’t put that remarkable feat out of her range.

You can connect with Devan through her Facebook page, at texantemujin.

Listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Recognizing Missouri Fox Trotting Horses Competing in AERC Competition

May 7 2018

From its beginnings in the American West, the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has spread roots both nationally and internationally. The AERC sanctions more than 700 rides each year throughout North America. In 1978 the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) recognized endurance riding as an international sport, and since that date the U.S. and Canada have regularly swept the team and individual medals. In 1993 Endurance became the fifth discipline under the United States Equestrian Team, now known as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

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 number of Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in AERC competition continues to grow. To support the efforts of the AERC and recognize the registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in AERC events, the MFTHBA has developed a recognition program.

To be eligible for yearend Missouri Fox Trotting Horse awards, horses must be registered with the MFTHBA; and the horse’s owner(s) must be members in good standing of the MFTHBA and AERC during the competition year the miles are earned. Awards are based on mileage of the horse. Horses may accumulate mileage in multiple categories. AERC endurance and Limited Distance (LD) miles count toward the award. The MFTHBA will recognize a Top 5 in the following categories:

* High Mileage, Limited Distance, by a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Top 5 recognized

* High Mileage, Endurance Distance, by a registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, Top 5 recognized

Ties will be broken using completion percentage for the year. Prize will be custom jacket with MFTHBA and AERC logo. Award will go to the owner of the horse.

The AERC’s competition year began December 1 and will run through November. Winners are recognized the December following the close of the competition year.

To learn more about AERC and their upcoming events, visit

2018 May's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

May 8, 2018

On this month’s Endurance episode Karen Chaton talks about the Relive App, the Stalley family who organizes the Cache Creek Ridge Ride talks about what it takes to put on a great ride, and Diane Stevens has some great conditioning tips for Endurance horses.

Listen in:

Friday, May 04, 2018


May 4 2018

Uncle Sam (and Steph, Regina, Merri, Connie, Almo, the Idaho State Park Service) wants you to come to the City of Rocks Pioneer endurance ride June 7-8-9 in Almo, Idaho. Show your patriotism and show you're a proud American endurance rider! Or just have fun, but come!

This is your chance to experience 3 days of Trail Rides, LDs, or 50-mile rides in City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park in (we are planning for) perfect early summer weather. Ride over old emigrant trails (California Trail, Boise-Kelton Stage route), and see pioneers' names scrawled in wagon axle grease on Register Rock. If you're not too tired after riding 50 miles a day, or if your partner doesn't ride, you can hike, bike, or climb in the parks.

Basecamp is a spacious private field just below City of Rocks, and trails run through one or both parks each day. It's a good challenging ride: basecamp is at over 5000', and trails climb up to around 7000 feet each day.

Non-amenities will be: no meals this year: Two Trees Catering cook Wynne is off gallivanting around Europe, so bring your own food or plan to eat in Almo.

Amenities include great awards, a good time, a probable bluegrass jam or two (bring your instruments!), a possible Lemonaid stand by local kids on the trail to Castle Rocks State Park, the best pizza in Idaho or possibly the USA at Rock City in Almo (which also has a fine, large selection of gourmet beer), or the Almo Steakhouse, and, of course, Durfee Hot Springs. If you show up late to register one night and we are gone and you don't see our swimsuits hanging out to dry, that's where we probably are!

If you plan to come to the ride, help us by preregistering. Any questions, and for more information, see:

To whet your appetite, here's one of our favorite and popular video previews:

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

2018 AERC Award Nominations Now Open

AERC Hall of Fame, Pard'ners Award, Volunteer Service Award, Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award nominations are now open!

If you wish to make nominations for the 2018 awards, go to:

PLEASE be as detailed and specific as you can to let the committee know about your nominee's qualifications for the award. The members of the Hall of Fame Committee may not know the person/equine or their accomplishments. Be sure to encourage your fellow AERC members to nominate too.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Pacific South: Descanso Endurance Ride Cancelled

Dear Riders: 

It is necessary for me to cancel the Descanso Endurance Ride and the Descanso Ride and Tie which has been scheduled for the 
weekend of May 19/20, 2018.

The Cuyamaca State Park has set the cost for the permit for using the public trails at more than $3,400. There has not been sufficient interest in the ride to generate enough entries to cover the costs for the permit fees, basecamp, vets, etc. These rides never make money, and it is always necessary to add money to pay for the extras, but David and I are unwilling to cover the several thousand dollars that would be required to go forward when there appears to be so little interest in the ride this year.

I have only received 63 entries for Saturday and 31 entries for Sunday and only 4 ride and tie teams have entered. While it may seem that this is a premature decision because it is still 3 weeks away, but I am at the point where awards need to be ordered and deposits placed, veterinarians need to be released and riders who use these rides for conditioning, need to plan for a replacement ride. 

I want to thank the loyal riders and new riders who did enter the ride. I appreciate their support. I especially want to thank 
Challenge Ranch who had 19 entries and two ride and tie teams. I know that Challenge Ranch’s kids have been working very hard to get their horses ready for this event, and I know that they will be very disappointed that it is necessary for me to cancel the ride. 

I have identified a possible site for a new ride in Campo and hope to possibly get this scheduled before the end of this year. 

Terry Woolley Howe

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Keep Your (Tevis) Dreams Alive Essay Contest

April 19, 2018 5:04pm

In 2017 an anonymous donor stepped up with an idea to sponsor an entry for someone who had a dream to ride Tevis but the years got away from them. The contest is reborn in 2018!

The essay contest is limited to people that have never ridden the Tevis Cup ride before, who are qualified to enter the Ride as of May 13 and they must be at least 60 years of age on the day of the ride.

The essay requirements are: To enter the contest, in 500 words or less tell us about yourself, your horse and your journey together as a team. Please share the experiences that you feel have prepared you for this challenge. Let us know the impact this entry will have on reaching your dream of participating in the legendary Tevis Cup. Entries are to be mailed to the WSTF Office indicated below and must be postmarked by May 18th. A winner will be selected during the first week of June.

Last year's winner Lorna Christopherson of Salem, Oregon completed the ride in 49th place.

The Western States Trail Foundation
Attn: Dreams Essay
150 A Gum Lane, #103
Auburn, CA, 95603 U.S.A.

For more information, see:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 3


April 25 2018

I’m so glad you could join us!

In Episode 3 we are going to hear some updates, meet some riders we have not heard from before including a Buckskin Mustang that found his way to Germany. We have two ride managers in episode 3 as well as a few walks down memory lane. We will also hear an update from one adorable, very young rider that I hope will continue to send in files throughout the season! And, I have a quick intro, special outro for you.

Spring has finally sprung in Wisconsin, so I’m so happy to feel free to start conditioning. We seem to have a bumper crop of frogs & mosquitos already! May the frogs win!

Email your audio stories to Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length.

Your host is Christina Hyke wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman, ride far, ride well, ride often.

Listen, read more at:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Canada: 2017 Endurance Year-End Award Recipients Announced - Full Article

Ottawa, ON, April 23, 2018 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Endurance Year-End Awards. These awards recognize individuals and equines that have put countless hours and tireless effort towards the pursuit of personal excellence in endurance, and the sport’s growth in Canada.

The 2017 recipients are as follows:

Hall of Fame Award
Arthur B. King, DVM – Fort Erie, ON

Ron Janzen Memorial Award
Wendy MacCoubrey – Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC

Best Condition Scores High Point Award
Horse / Owner
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON

Junior Riders – Canadian Rides

Jessica Zwaan - St. Denis, SK
Saylor Mayer – Kamloops, BC
Ruby Dinn – Pritchard, BC
Anya Levermann – 100 Mile House, BC
Ella Grimeau – Regina, SK

Junior Riders – Overall Rides

Anya Levermann – 100 Mile House, BC
Jessica Zwaan – St. Denis, SK
Saylor Mayer – Kamloops, BC
Ruby Dinn – Pritchard, BC
Ella Grimeau – Regina, SK
Stephanie Mcleod – Oka, QC
Solstice Pecile – Bailieboro, ON

Senior Riders – Canadian Rides

Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
Leanna Marchant – Foothills, AB
Terrie Laporte – Delta, BC
Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Ariel Macleod – Montney, BC
Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Christy Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB
Tara Macleod - Montney, BC
Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
Solstice Pecile - Bailieboro, ON

Senior Riders – Overall Rides

Robert Gielen - Flesherton, ON
Wendy MacCoubrey - Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC
Lexi Vollman – Regina, SK
Jaylene Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB
Leanna Marchant – Foothills, AB
Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Terrie Laporte - Delta, BC
Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Ariel Macleod - Montney, BC
Christy Janzen - Spruce Grove, AB

Top Ten Horses – Canadian Rides
Horse / Owner

HJ Magnum El Shah / Terrie LaPorte – Delta, BC
B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
Nightwind’s Indigo Bey / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
NightWind’s Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
JV Brooklyn Bay / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
The X-factor RF / Wendy Carnegie – Dugald, MB
Driftwoods Lancelot / Ariel MacLeod – Montney, BC
Xtremely Irresistable / Solstice Pecile – Bailieboro, ON

Top Ten Horses – Overall Rides
Horse / Owner

More Bang For Your Buck / Robert Gielen – Flesherton, ON
Black Bart’s Lolita / Wendy MacCoubrey - Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC
B Impulsive Spice It Up / Emma Knapper – Cobourg, ON
HJ Magnum El Shah / Terrie LaPorte – Delta, BC
Nightwind’s Indigo Bey / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Seneca / Chrystal Woodhouse – Millbrook, ON
NightWind’s Bey Infiniti / Colleen DeVry – Bruderheim, AB
Canadian Jaylene / Jaylene Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
The X-factor RF / Wendy Carnegie – Dugald, MB
ZF Nadia / Patricia Dowling – St. Denis, SK

Horse / Owner
Koszaar / Terre O’Brennan – Delta, BC
Sakic / Christy Janzen – Spruce Grove, AB
FC Galaxy / Robert Gielen – Flesherton, ON
Teese / Yvette Vinton – Morriston, FL

For more information on the 2017 award recipients, please click here.

About the Endurance Awards
The EC Endurance Committee provides a variety of awards programs for the endurance community in order to recognize outstanding athletes, owners, horses, volunteers and more. To learn more about available endurance award programs and view lists of past winners, visit

USA Riders in Test Event for 2018 WEG Next Weekend

The following endurance riders will represent the U.S. at the Test Event for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ held on April 27-28 in Mill Spring, NC. The CEI2* allows U.S. endurance athletes and those from around the world the opportunity to become better acquainted with the venue and various facilities on the grounds.

The Test Event is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 27 with the First Veterinary Inspection at 14:00 / 2:00pm, ET and continue with the start of the competition on Saturday, April 28 at 6:00am, ET.

Melody Blittersdorf & Synthetic (Melody Blittersdorf)

Erin Champion & Landroval (Natalie Muzzio)

Holly R Corcoran & Authentika (Holly Corcoran)

Gwen Hall & TA Kwik Dance (Alex Shampoe)

Erin Innes & Highh Treason (Jessica Lemmons)

Ellen Rapp Olson & Noslos Tuff Enuff (Ellen Olson)

Heather Reynolds & Treasured Moments (Heather Reynolds)

Jeremy Reynolds & RTR Rimfires Etta (Dublin Hart)

Kelsey Russell & Fireman Gold (Wendy MacCoubrey & Valerie Kanavy)

Meg Sleeper & Syrocco Madrigal (Meg Sleeper)

Cheryl Van Deusen & Nazeefs Flashy Rose (Cheryl Van Deusen)

Stay up to date on news and information about USEF’s endurance programs and teams by following USA Endurance on Facebook and use #USAEndurance. Note: This is not an AERC-sanctioned event but the Test Event in advance of the WEG.

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Darley Awards: Smedings Win New Breeder Award

April 20 2018

The annual Arabian Racing Cup's US Darley Awards and International Darley Awards, sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, were held on April 7 in Hollywood.

Lettie and Hendrik Smeding were winners of the Special New Breeder Award. Their work in continuing the bloodlines of the Rushcreek line of Arabians is documented here:

Congratulations to the Smedings!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tennessee Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life - Full Article

April 19th, 2018
by Mark Kennedy

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Krueger made her dad, Courtney, a deal.

If he would learn to ride horses — her passion — then she would train as a runner and they could compete together in a little-known sport for horses and humans called "ride and tie."

Courtney, a Presbyterian minister, recalls that he had no real interest in horses, but he found his daughter's proposal irresistible.

That was six years ago, and although Sarah is now off at college at Western Carolina University, pastor Krueger, of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on North Moore Road in Brainerd, is still smitten with ride-and-tie races — to the point that he has become a perennial threat to win the national points championship.

"I love it," Courtney Krueger says. "I once did a 50-mile race. No way I could have done a 50-mile foot race..."

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 April's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen in

Apr 10, 2018

On today’s endurance episode Haily Daeumler tells us about her adventure at the Nevada Derby Ride, Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America author John Egenes shares stories and Vicky Beelik gets everyone laughing with excerpts from her book The Do’s and Oops of Horses. Karen’s endurance riding tip covers camping.

Listen to the show at

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

California: Introduction to Endurance Clinic!

2 day Endurance Clinic & Run Rides
June 2 & 3, 2018

Harvey Bear Park, San Martin, Ca. (Near San Jose)
Hosted by West Region rider Nick Warhol and Friends

Come attend our all new two day clinic for people who are interested in learning about Endurance riding. Designed for people with no prior endurance experience. Bring a horse or just yourself. 6 hours of lecture, Truck and Trailer sessions, Pot luck ride dinner, ride meeting, camp overnight, and on Sunday- two fun rides- 7 and 15 miles, with vet checks, awards, and experienced Endurance riders as trial guides. When you leave on Sunday you will know all you need to know to enter your first ride!

All proceeds from the clinic after expenses will be donated to the AERC!

For more information, see

Welcome to the first ever Harvey Bear 2-day Endurance Clinic for beginners! Bring a horse or just yourself. You can take part in the learning and camping experience, or enter one of the two fun rides on Sunday. The whole weekend will be designed to emulate a real, live, endurance ride. This includes arriving the day before, checking in, vetting in, a pot luck dinner, the ride meeting, and the next day there are 2 Introductory rides of different distances, complete with a vet check, the finish, awards, and a real live Best Condition judging. This is not a race; it is a learning experience, so we will draw 3 horses at random from each ride to be judged for Best Condition. When you leave this clinic you will be prepared to enter your first Endurance Ride, as soon as your horse is in shape!

We will be camping in the field near the main entrance of Harvey Bear Park in San Martin, Ca, just south of San Jose. ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE FUN RIDES! Junior riders are welcome, (under age 16) but must be accompanied on the trail by an adult.

On Saturday morning we have a truck and trailering session- a demonstration of different truck, trailer, and camper types. What’s the right truck and why? How to hitch up. What to bring- see how experienced riders do it. Horse camping- see different types of horse containment. We have a special session on learning how to back up trailers taught by non-spouses! (Featuring ex-professional truck driver Gretchen Montgomery. She backs up better than me and most people I know!) On Saturday afternoon there will be about 6 hours of lectures on everything endurance related, including special guest speakers. (3-time World endurance champion Becky Hart, and the one and only Grand Duchess of Endurance Julie Suhr) Sessions: what is endurance? How to start. Preparing your horse. Preparing the rider. Saddles and tack. How it all works. (Ride times, vet checks, etc) Getting to your first ride. What to carry. How fast to ride. Setting goals. Hear different perspectives from beginning, experienced, and some of the best riders in the world.

The two fun rides will be held on Sunday June 3rd. (You don’t have to camp over on Saturday night, but it is highly recommended to complete the experience!) The 15-mile ride will start at 8am, and the 7 mile will start at 9am. Both rides will be two loops with a real endurance vet check in the middle. There are NO time limits (like there are in a real endurance ride); you can walk the whole 7 mile ride if you like. (We will encourage a mix of about 50/50 trotting/walking on the 15 mile ride). This insures pretty much any horse can do it. There will NOT be a mass start- the riders will go out in smaller groups accompanied by experienced endurance riders on their experienced horses. This will give the riders a safer and more realistic feel for their first real endurance ride. You can expect to ride at a realistic pace that is appropriate for finishing your first endurance ride, although the 7-mile ride may have a little more walking. You will NOT be racing at this ride.

Pre-ride vetting for the horses entered will be Saturday afternoon at 5pm, just like a real ride. We will have an AERC head vet (To be announced) overseeing the welfare of the horses. We will have a pot luck dinner Saturday at 6:30 pm, and the ride meeting at 7, just like a real ride. We have completion awards for everyone on the rides, with several other nice prizes for various things. We will also have a Best condition evaluation on Sunday afternoon after the ride, and before the awards. It will be just like a real endurance ride BC judging, but we will be drawing 3 finishing horses at random from each ride for the competition. This is because we are not awarding any finishing placings or top ten awards like in a real endurance ride.

When you sign up you select a rider weight division, just like a real ride. The divisions are based on your (the rider) weight and all the tack (saddle, pad, bridle, halter, breast collar, bags, water, etc) that you will carry on the horse. You don’t have to be 100% accurate, just select the division that you fit into the best.

Featherweight up to 160 pounds
Lightweight 161 to 185 pounds
Middleweight 186 to 210 pounds
Heavyweight 211 pounds and over

Camping is now available Friday night. Camping is $15 per night, Friday and Saturday, horse or no horse. this is a requirement from the park.

Camp is in a fenced grass field next to the main park entrance. We will have a water trough for the horses in camp, but you need to bring your own people water. Porta-potties will be brought in for the event. Participants are responsible for all their other provisions. We need to leave the camp clean, so be prepared to haul off anything that came in with you, hay and manure included. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. People without horses are welcome to camp overnight as well. The ride camp is in town, so there are plenty of stores, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc within a few miles drive.

Directions: From U.S. Highway 101 in San Martin, take the San Martin Avenue exit. (A RIGHT off of 101 if you are coming from the South, a LEFT back over the freeway if you are coming from the North). Proceed east on San Martin Avenue for 2 miles. The main entrance to the park is about one-quarter mile east of Foothill Avenue. Don’t take the main park entrance, continue east for a couple hundred yards where you will turn LEFT off of San Martin Ave into ride camp. There will be signs and ribbon directing you to the camp.

Please make checks payable to Nick Warhol

For the weekend schedule and more info, see:

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Important Updates for the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships

The AHA National Distance Commission has made an important schedule change for the Distance Horse National Championships held this year at the Spook Run Site in Henryville, Ind., from October 26-28. We have decided, due to discussion at the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) Convention, to hold the 50 Mile Championships on Friday, October 26 and the 100 Mile Championships on Saturday, October 27 and the AHA CTR Championship will run on Sunday, October 28.

This decision was made due some timing issues we realized would be a factor in riders being able to ride in both Championships. The format of the CTR Championship has also been changed back to a one-day format to allow riders planning to attend the ability to participate in all three Championships rides. All forms can be found on the Distance Nationals web page. The banner at the top of the web page will direct you to the Event Facebook page.

We have also added the LD Challenge to the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships. This event will be open to any horse/rider combination that plans to ride all three days (25 miles a day) in the Open LD Rides. The rider must pay the $20 entry fee for the LD Challenge indicated on the Entry Form before the start of the first day's ride. This is in addition to the entry fee for each individual open ride.

Because we encourage the very best care of our horses, all the LD riders must reach a 56 for pulse down criteria and will have a CRI in the final Vet Check for each day. On the third day, the entries in the LD Challenge will have a final Vet Check score. The placings and CRI heart rates for each of the three days and the Vet Check at the end of the third day will be converted into a points score. This score will determine the awards for the 1st-5th winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance Nationals web page under Exhibitor Information.

The Distance Horse National Championships offer several Open Rides throughout the three days of the event. There are three Open LD Rides, three Open 50 Mile Rides and one Open 100 Mile Ride. All Rides are already sanctioned by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA); however, we have additionally sanctioned the rides with AERC, the Southeast Endurance Ride Association (SERA) and the Ohio Arabian All Breed Trail Riding Society (OAATS). The Open CTR Ride is recognized by the Arabian Horse Association.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Come Ride the 2018 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER)

The 2018 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Henryville, IN on October 27, 2018 at the “Spook Run” ride. The ride is located in the Clark State Forest and is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.

ANCER has been held in locations across the country from Maine to California. The Arabian Horse Association and Appaloosa Horse Club are partnering for the third year to hold a multi-breed National Endurance Championship ride. Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships.

Ride forms and sponsorship opportunities will be posted closer to the ride date. See below for additional information and qualifying requirements.

See this page for additional information, qualifying requirements:

2018 Young Rider Team Challenge is On!

AERC's Young Rider Team Challenge is to encourage participation and competition among AERC Young Riders (age 16-21 and unsponsored Juniors). The AERC Young Rider Team program is an official AERC program. This page includes links to sign up a team, to provide information/class excusal so team members attending school may incorporate the program into their extra-curricular activities and request excused absences to attend events.

For more information, see:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast, Episode 2


April 4 2018

In Episode 2 we hear some new introductions from riders we haven't heard from in Episode 1, we get ride reports, a humorous Tevis memory from our Canadian friend. We are also introduced to two very young riders that will make you smile with their adorable attitudes, their descriptions of their horses, their goals and accomplishments.

Thank you all for listening, and thank you especially to the ones who emailed in your stories. Thank you to those who braved the technology & the discomfort of hearing your own voice- believe me when I say I know how difficult it is because (ironically) I rarely even leave a voice message for the very same reasons! Thank you for pushing past the discomfort so we could all share in your awesome stories!

Remember that it is the updates that make the podcast keep rolling along so please send in ride reports, stories from times gone by, updates on how your goals or conditioning is going- and even the set backs. Even if you no longer compete, though still have a good ride story, please don't hesitate to record it and send it in!

Email your audio stories to Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length.

And don't forget to share this podcast with your friends and encourage them to share their endurance stories with us too. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

Christina Hyke - wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman. Ride far, ride well, ride often. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

September's Crazy Daze of Summer to Host first Standardbred Distance Championship

March 28 2018

Any registered Standardbred is eligible to compete in the Standardbred Distance Championships. There will be two events, a West Coast Championship held over the 2018 Labor Day weekend and an East Coast Championship held over the first weekend in May 2019.

Crazy Daze of Summer I & II, a 2-day endurance ride at Riverside State Park Equestrian Area at Nine Mile Falls, Washington, will include the first Standardbred Distance Championship on September 2, 2018.

Competing registered Standardbreds will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and completions.

For more information, visit, and Crazy Daze of Summer on Facebook.

Marci Cunningham's Fire Mt Zoom+/ Reaches 5000-Mile Milestone

March 28 2018
by Merri

Marci Cunningham's Fire Mt Zoom+/ reached his 5000-mile endurance plateau in the Laurel Mountain ride in California on Saturday, March 24.

Foaled in 2001, the chestnut Arabian gelding is by the late Jackie Bumgardner's Hall of Fame horse Sierra Fadwah+/ out of Rushcreek La Hand, by Cougar Rock (son of the great endurance stallion Bezetal).

Marci was not looking for another endurance horse when her friends Marsha and Steve Workman contacted her about Fire Mt Zoom. "After I did the 2011 cross-country XP Pony Express ride (2000 miles from St. Joseph, MO to Virginia City, NV), I got a call from Marsha. She saw the results of the ride and said congratulations.

"Marsha and Steve had two Fadwah horses, two full brothers that were going to be their next endurance horses, but Steve started having back problems and he couldn't ride anymore. They thought about who they would want to have their horses, and they thought of me.

"I love Fadwah horses," Marci said. "I was really interested." One of Marci's previous endurance horses, FM Moonshyne+/ , was a daughter of Sierra Fadwah who accumulated 3000 endurance miles.

"And I was so grateful they thought of me, because they know that I keep my horses forever, and I don't over-ride them."

Marci didn't need another horse, and at 10 years of age, Zoom had never done endurance before. "But he had been trained and had been ridden on the trails a lot, and the more Marsha talked, the more I thought this was a once in a lifetime offer.

"Marsha sent me pictures, but I really bought Zoom off his pedigree. I know those horses; they're working horses. And after I rode him the first time, I made the decision to buy him. It was a no brainer."

Marci bought Zoom in the fall of 2011, and took him on his first endurance rides in February of 2012. They dove right in - the gelding efficiently completed three of the four 50-mile days of the Eastern Mojave Scenic Pioneer in California - and never looked back, finishing twelve 50-mile rides and 610 miles that first season.

Zoom loves the endurance trails and, as befits the son of durable Arabian horses, excels at it. "He's one of the toughest horses I've ever ridden," Marci said. "He's never had a pull. He has fabulous recoveries. He has a wonderful work ethic. And he loves it. At the end of a 5-day ride, he feels as strong or stronger than he did on the first day."

On endurance rides, Zoom is very independent and is comfortable being ridden alone or in a group, and he's a good eater. He also has "a fairly short back, and huge bone and huge feet," which have likely contributed to his soundness over the miles. And by Marci's reckoning, she's a low-key endurance rider, and she's been that way since she started competing in endurance in 1983. Her attitude has also likely contributed to Zoom's success.

Fire Mt Zoom was named Arabian Horse Association's Distance Horse of the Year in 2016, and he has now completed all 97 of his starts, including numerous multi-day rides, and the Tevis Cup in 2015. The pair look forward to many more miles together going down the endurance trails.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thomas VanGelder Passes Away

Thomas VanGelder
July 01, 1925 - March 19, 2018

Thomas Van Gelder died peacefully on Monday morning, March 19, 2018 at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa while under their care and Unity Point Hospice. A memorial ‘chat’ will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Elk’s Lodge at 4 PM, in Greybull, Wyoming. He will be inurned in Rock Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, April 28th next to his beloved wife, Arlene, following a service at Jurren Funeral Home. As Tom wished, memorials should be made to benefit the children at St. Jude’s Hospital.

Thomas Van Gelder was born on July 1, 1925 in rural Lyon County, Iowa near Rock Rapids to John & Johanna (Van Houten-Koelman) Van Gelder.

He attended one room schools and graduated from the 8th grade. When he was 13 he first saw Arlene Bessie Baustian in Rock Rapids and said that was who he was going to marry. They were wed on October 9, 1944.

Thomas was inducted into the US Army in October 1945 and served until March 1947. He served with the Occupation Forces in Germany from March 1946 until January 1947. He was decorated with the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He told of the starving people of Europe, the misery of the displaced persons camps, and his run-ins with the ornery Russians. One of those incidents with the Russians nearly led to an American withdrawal from West Berlin. These provocations eventually led to the Berlin Airlift in 1948. In 2015 he went on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight to Washington DC.

He and Arlene settled into farming upon his return. If something could go wrong, sooner or later it would. More often, it was sooner rather than later. He tried his hand at trucking and then selling insurance. In 1954 he moved his family to Grundy Center, Iowa, and followed his star into farm equipment sales. First, with Farmhand for a short while and then with Fox River Tractor Company until 1970. These were very good years for Tom and his family. Tom was active with the United Methodist Church, served on the Grundy Center Recreation Commission, and was Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #38.

In 1970, he uprooted Arlene and two youngest children, Cindi and David, and moved to Greybull, Wyoming, where he lived until 2014. He and Arlene bought the Greybull Elevator Co. In 1990, son David and wife Jeanne took over the business. Tom’s signature accomplishment while owner of the elevator was to bring Anheuser Busch into the Big Horn Basin as a malting barley contractor. While living in Greybull, Tom was a member of Rotary International, Elks Lodge BPOE 1431, and Legion Post #32.

Tom’s lifelong love of horses flourished in Wyoming. He and Arlene joined the Canyon Cavaliers shortly after moving to Greybull. This was a group of horse enthusiasts. The club was pursuing sponsorship of an endurance ride. This effort grew into the Big Horn 100. This is a one person, one horse, 24 hour ride; Tom completed six of these rides himself. Tom was dedicated to this ride until the day he left Wyoming in 2014. He worked tirelessly in promoting, and organizing this event, and others added later, with the considerable help of many friends, and of course, his wife Arlene who kept the paperwork and the money straight for many years. All together he had a total of 2400 miles of completed rides. In 2015 he was inducted into the Mountain Region Endurance Riders’ Hall of Fame.

Tom had an unquenchable thirst for adventure. You could not be close to him without being pulled along. There were camping trips with the Boy Scouts, fishing in northern Manitoba, hunting elk in the Wyoming Big Horns and many smaller ones. He was an excellent raconteur and loved telling and retelling his stories to all who would listen.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene in 1994; his great-grandson, Ian Felton, his son-in-law, Randall Ohrt; his brothers, Melvin Van Gelder and Jake Koelman; his sisters, Gertrude Van Dyke and Joann Elbers.

Tom is survived by a sister, Jennie Hanson of Rock Rapids, Iowa; his children Thomas (Karlyn) Van Gelder of East Dubuque, Illinois; Douglas (Ruth) Van Gelder of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Cynthia Ohrt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; David (Jeanne) Van Gelder of Greybull, Wyoming and his Swedish ‘son’ Nils (Monica Anster) Pettersson of Stockholm. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Annika (Jamie) Bankston, Fred & Jacob of Mounds View, Minnesota; Joshua (Abigail) of Portland, Oregon; Nathan and Jonas of Chicago, Illinois; Jom (Stephanie), Olive & Veda of Lincoln, Nebraska; Seth (Abby) of Waterloo, Iowa; Beau (Kelley) & Cael of West Des Moines, Iowa; Charlotte (Eric) Butikofer, Aaron & Andrew; Suzanne (Dale) Felton & McKenna all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Angela (Chris) Snyder & Carter of Davenport, Iowa; Heather (Chadd Steffes) of Sidney, Montana; and Caleb (Camila Meza) of Brooklyn, New York.

“When I die lead my pony from her stall. Take down my saddle that’s hangin’ on the wall. Tie my bones to her back, turn our faces to the West, and we’ll ride the mountains that we love the best.”

Adios, Pop.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Atwood Family Funeral Directors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 March's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen in

Mar 13, 2018

Endurance day features Karen Chaton’s tips on staying warm in and out of the saddle, Keith Kibler gives us the scoop on gaited endurance and AERC Pard’ners award winner Stephanie DuRoss stops by.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

AHA Membership Fees to Increase Starting April 1

Renew your membership before fees increase on April 1! As decided by delegate and board vote, membership fees will be increasing on April 1, 2018. 

The updated fees can be found in the chart below. The new fee charges are effective April 1. 

Base TypeBase Fee Competition w/ Club AffiliationCompetition w/o Club Affiliation
Adult Three Year$135$105$225

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Colorado: Miller Middle School student wins regional trail riding award - Full Article

Molly Stanifer rode 200 miles on her horse during season

By Forrest Stone Herald Staff Writer
Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:18 PM

Thirteen-year-old Miller Middle School student Molly Stanifer, daughter of Devon Daney and Mike Stanifer of Durango, with her horse Dixie, was recognized Feb. 11 as the winner of the North American Trail Ride Conference Region 3 junior team award for the 2017 season.

Molly started trail riding at 4 years old and entered her first competition two seasons ago. At first, it was a way to continue riding and have fun instead of be competitive, she said. She completed two rides that season, in 2016.

“My favorite ride was the first one at Chicken Creek in Mancos,” Molly said. “The scenery was really pretty. I just wanted to have fun...”

Read more here:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Concludes

March 11 2018

With the Saturday night banquet and National Awards ceremony, the annual AERC Convention came to a close in Reno, Nevada, with new Hall of Fame inductees.

Recently retired SW Region Director, Roger Taylor, was named Hall of Fame person, and SW rider Stephanie DuRoss and Hadji Halef Omar were awarded the Pard’ners Award. No Hall of Fame horse was named for 2017. Monica Chapman was named the Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award recipient, and Carol Thompson was honored with the Volunteer Service Award.

More photos and info to come at:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Underway

A celebration of 45 years of endurance riding is underway at the annual AERC convention in Reno, Nevada.

Friday's events opened with the Hot Topic of AERC and International riding, with passionate discussions on both sides of the debate. Throughout the day, a number of veterinarians tackled topics affecting endurance horse performance.

Dr Trish Dowling presented "When Good Drugs Do Bad Things," Dr Melissa Esser lectured on "GI Ultrasound Study Report," Dr Stephanie Valberg spoke on "Tying Up: Causes and Treatments," and Dr Joe Pagan presented "Current Topics in Equine Nutrition."

The tack swap and trade show kept visitors busy between talks, and the lively Regional Awards ceremony was held in the evening, followed by a concert and dance for those who could stay up late.

See photos and stay tuned for updates on Saturday's lectures and events at:

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Tack Swap

The Basics

• The Tack Swap is open the same hours as the Trade Show.
• AERC retains 10% of the sale price of each item.
• Cash or Check ONLY. Sorry, no credit cards accepted.
• Unsold items must be claimed no later than the closing of the Trade Show on the final day.
• AERC provides this event as a service and is not responsible for the condition of items sold or if
items are misplaced.


• A tag must be completed and attached to each item.
• The Seller is responsible for removing and maintaining the bottom half of the tag. This is your
claim ticket for payment or return of item if not sold.
• Each tag must be WRITTEN LEGIBLY and contain:
- Seller’s full name (first and last)
- Phone number, with area code, where the seller can be reached while at the convention
- Description of the item
- Sale price (reminder: AERC retains 10% of the sale price)
- Conditions of the sale such as “cash only.”


• When you find an item you want, bring it up to one of the volunteers who will collect the money
for the seller.
• If you wish to negotiate a price, contact the seller at the phone number on the tag to discuss.
• If paying by check you will need to wrote 2 checks for each item purchased:
- Make out one check to the Seller for 90% of the selling price
- Make out a 2nd check to AERC for 10% of the selling price.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

AHF Scholarship Deadline April 1

The Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship Application form is available for youth members of AHA to apply for scholarship funding.

Deadline for submission of applications is April 1.

Established criteria for judging is applied. Once a youth has received notification of scholarship being awarded, they should then proceed to the Scholarship Payment Requirement Form on the AHF site.

For more information and forms see:

Saturday, March 03, 2018

2018 AERC Convention Trade Show

As part of the AERC Convention in Reno, Nevada on March 9 and 10, prepare to be dazzled by the array of good and vendors presenting their goods and services.

At least 35 booths will outfit you, your horse, and your trailer with the latest and most stylish art, riding gear, tack, boot-ware, feed, supplements, bug protection, ride and event information, breed information, and mentorship. You'll find items you definitely need, and things you don't need but must have.

Come enjoy the Trade Show and support the AERC vendors!

As of February 15, scheduled vendors are:

AERC Green Bean Endurance, 
AERC 2018 National Championship Rides, Al Khamsa – breed association, 
American Trail Gear, 
Arabian Horse Association, 
Arabian Saddle Company, 
Auburn Laboratories, Inc., 
Badlands Equine, 
Bar ALE Inc., 
Boz Saddlery/Bozzage Training, 
EasyCare Inc., 
Farmers Warehouse Co./LMF Feeds, 
5-Star Performance TheraPlate, 
Hawthorne Products, 
H02 Haarlem – equestrian rain gear; 
Hought Endurance Tack, 
Ann Kratochvil – art and practical accessories; Nevada All-State Trail Riders (NASTR), 
The ReactorPanel Saddle Company, 
Renegade Hoof Boots, 
Revitavet Therapy Systems, 
Ride & Tie Association, 
Riding Warehouse, 
Scoot Boot Pty Ltd, 
Shadowtree – tack sales, 
Spalding Fly Predators, 
Specialized Saddles, 
Starfire Design Studio – ceramics, clothing; Stonewall Saddle Company, 
Michaele Leah Tristram - artist; 
Vettec, Inc., 
WSTF – The Tevis Store.

Follow live convention updates at:

AHA Distance Nationals Payout Schedule Revamped for 2018

Breeders Sweepstakes

The Breeders Sweepstakes Commission has taken a look at the AHA Distance Nationals Payout Schedule and has revamped it for the 2018 Ride year. 

There is now $1,500 available for the National 50 Mile Championship; $1,500 available for the 100 Mile Championship and $1,500 available for the CTR National Championship. They have also now separated Arabians & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians for Payout, meaning there is $1,500 available in each Championship for Arabians and $1,500 available in each Championship for Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians. 

These are great changes to the AHA Distance National Events as Distance is what Arabian/Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabians do best!

More information on the Distance Nationals is at:

Thursday, March 01, 2018

New for 2018 at the Distance Horse National Championships: The LD Challenge

February 28 2018

LD Challenge

The LD Challenge is a new event that the Distance Commission has added to the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships. This will be open to any horse/rider combination that plans to ride all three days (25 miles a day) in the Open LD Rides.

The rider must pay the $20 entry fee for the LD Challenge indicated on the Entry Form before the start of the first day's ride. This is in addition to the entry fee for each individual open ride. Because we encourage the very best care of our horses, all the LD riders must reach a 56 for pulse down criteria and will have a CRI in the final Vet Check for each day.

On the third day, the entries in the LD Challenge will have a final Vet Check score. The placings and CRI heart rates for each of the three days and the Vet Check at the end of the third day will be converted into a points score. This score will determine the awards for the 1st-5th winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance National web page under Exhibitor Information.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Team Stevens Take 20 Mule Team Win; Smith Snags Best Condition

February 25 2018

Three horse and riders crossed the finish line together in the 20 Mule Team 100 on Saturday, February 24 in the Ridgecrest, California desert, in a ride time of 9:49.

As no ties were allowed, John Stevens, from Lincoln, California, took first place aboard Rabbalad (on a coin toss, I heard), with his wife Diane taking second aboard Banderaz LC, and Jenni Smith, from Moraga, California, taking third aboard French Fry.

French Fry looked fabulous in taking the Best Condition award this morning.

25 out of 30 riders completed the 100, with the last rider, Laurie Birch, crossing the finish line in 14:50.

The famous Monk, owned by Chris Martin and ridden by 16-year-old Young Rider Alex Shampoe from Colorado, won the AERC 65 and FEI 2* 120 km ride. Alex's mom Aileen Ellis said, "Alex confirmed that Monk really is a living legend and how lucky she is that she got to experience the ride on Monk. "

More stories to come at:

"Hot Topics" at AERC Convention Guaranteed to be Hot!

February 25 2018

The 2018 American Endurance Ride Conference Convention will be held Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The full agenda includes provocative, educational seminars, an eclectic Trade Show, Tack Swap, and Friday night music and dance, culminating with the Banquet and Awards ceremony Saturday night.

Guaranteed to be hot, lively, and stimulating are Friday and Saturday mornings' Hot Topics sessions, beginning at 730 AM. The subject of Friday's session is AERC and International Riding; Saturday's session tackles AERC's Drug Rules, with Jeannette Mero, DVM, Veterinary Committee Chair.

Come join in and listen and debate!

There's still time to sign up for the convention at:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy Announces Publication of Homer Davenport’s Quest of the Arabian Horse

The Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy is proud to announce the publication of Homer Davenport’s Quest of the Arabian Horse.

“I feel this is one of the most definitive books on the establishment of Arabian horse breeding in America which would later become woven throughout so, so many of today’s international champion horses. Global international champions such as Marwan Al Shaqab, Donna Molta Bella SRA and thousands of others are the beneficiaries of Homer Davenport’s daring dream of establishing a stud of original Arabian horses!”–Joe Ferriss, noted Arabian horse author, researcher and lecturer

Homer Davenport, in 1906 the world’s highest-paid political cartoonist, was permitted to buy Arabian horses in the Ottoman Empire under the aegis of Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt credited Davenport with a major role in the success of his 1904 presidential campaign. The trip provided Davenport with the basis for a best selling adventure story that has gone through at least six editions since 1909, followed by The Annotated Quest in 1992, all now out of print. Davenport’s Quest takes the reader along on Homer’s 1906 trip to the Bedouin tribes and then home again with the largest single importation of Arabian horses ever brought to the U.S. from the tribes. Influential Arabian horse breeders of the 20th century referenced My Quest as sparking their interest in the horse of the desert.

This new edition centers Davenport’s original text on the page with marginal notes elucidating 1909 references. The 480-page volume, lavishly illustrated in color and sepia, builds on The Annotated Quest, 1992. Over 150 pages of additional material update the story and clarify questions and mysteries surrounding this remarkable journey.

A particularly important section for scholars features new translations of the horses’ Arabic documents of authentication. An annotated version of “Horses of the White City” tells of the Hamidie importation to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, where Homer saw his first real Arabian horses. “At the Beginning” is the annotated story of early U.S. Arabian horse breeders and the founding of the Arabian Horse Club of America, now the Arabian Horse Association. These appendices add deeper context to the early days of U.S. Arabian horse breeding.

Davenport’s Quest can be ordered by mail directly from DAHC at 1736 S. Farmingdale RD, New Berlin, IL 62670, for $50 plus $10 for domestic shipping. Online orders may be placed through Amazon. Booksellers or those wanting eight or more copies should contact for quantity pricing.

Homer Davenport’s Quest of the Arabian Horse is now available for shipping.

For more information, see:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

US Equestrian Names Combinations for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Endurance Test Event

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 20, 2018

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) has announced the athlete-and-horse combinations that have been invited to compete in the Endurance Test Event for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018. The WEG Endurance Test Event takes place Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and provides athletes and WEG team selectors an opportunity to learn more about the endurance course terrain in preparation for endurance competition at the WEG on September 12-13.

U.S. athletes interested in competing in the WEG Endurance Test Event were required to complete an application of interest. U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor Mark Dial, in consultation with the selectors, invited the Test Event combinations based on the WEG Endurance Test Event invitation criteria. An invitation to compete at the WEG Endurance Test Event does not imply an athlete has been selected to the WEG U.S. Endurance team or has an advantage to make the WEG team.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations, listed in alphabetical order, have been invited to compete at the WEG Endurance Test Event:

Erin Champion (Clinton, Tenn.) with Natalie Muzzio’s Landroval, a 2010 Arabian gelding

Gwen Hall (Woodland Park, Colo.) with Alex Shampoe’s TA KWIK Dance, a 2010 Arabian gelding

Erin Lemmons-Innes (Hico, Texas) with Jessica Lemmons’s Highh Treason, a 2011 Arabian gelding

The following combinations were named as alternates and are listed in ranked order:

Holly Corcoran (Stroudsburg, Pa.) with her own Authentika, a 2002 Arabian mare

Tracy Hofstrand (Campbell, Calif.) with her own FLF Forever Champion, a 2002 Half-Arabian gelding

Danielle Crouse (Lexington, Ohio) with Valerie Kanavy’s Flash Goldon, a 2009 Arabian gelding

Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) with Carlos Lleras Figueroa’s Amir El Arab AT, a 2011 Arabian gelding

Meg Sleeper (Frenchtown, N.J.) with her own Syrocco Sonido, a 2010 Arabian gelding

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Land of the Sun Endurance Ride set for Feb. 24 - Full Article

February 14 2018

The sun will not yet have risen when Lawrence Serrano will give a two minute warning. A second warning follows one minute later.

Next, the 10 second countdown starts. Finally, approximately 100 highly charged endurance riders and their mounts will head off across the desert just as the sun peeks over the eastern horizon. The Land of the Sun Endurance Ride will have begun.

Held at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Boyd Ranch, The Land of the Sun Endurance Ride is the longest standing endurance ride in the southwest division. The ride was originally started by Jan and John Creighton some 30 years ago.

After an absence of eight years, Scott Stewart and Cheri Noel revived the ride three years ago. Since then the ride has been managed by Lawrence and Maureen Serrano. Lawrence Serrano’s vision is to see the ride become a National Championship Race. “This would be a tremendous coup for both Wickenburg and the Boyd Ranch,” Serrano said...

Read more here:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Akhal-Teke Championships added to 2018 AHA Distance Nationals

Feb 15 2018

The Arabian Horse Association has added another breed to its annual Distance Nationals event.

The Akhal-Teke Association of America is the latest to join the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships to be held at the Spook Run Site in Henryville, Indiana October 26-28.

Also new this year are the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry and the American Morgan Horse Association joining the Arabians, and AHA's returning partners, the Appaloosa Horse Club and the Paso Fino Horse Association.

Every day will also have several AHA/AERC-recognized Open Rides.
For more information on the Distance Nationals, see:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 February's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen in

Hydration Study and Radiant Longevity – Endurance Day for 02-13-18

Feb 13, 2018

Sharing the trails with others, Dr. Jerrie Gillespie speaks about “Discovering the Dehydration Tipping Point”, Lori McIntosh speaks about Radiant Longevity and Karen’s clipper fiasco. Listen in...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Junior endurance rider Lily Turaski's Quantum Shorts Sci-Fi Essay Needs Your Vote!

February 13 2018

Vote before 23:59 GMT on Thursday 15 February!

Lily Turaski's submission to the Quantum Shorts Sci-fi Essay Contest, "A Future with Fortran," has been selected as one of the top eight youth entries internationally. Quantum Shorts is a contest for quantum-inspired flash fiction.

What is quantum theory, you ask? It's "a theory of matter and energy based on the concept of quanta, especially quantum mechanics."

Turaski, a Junior endurance rider, and the Junior AERC Representative, from Friendsville, Tennessee, studies Materials Science Engineering at Georgia Tech, "where she brings her own flavor of quarky neediness to campus. She… is thrilled to have her superposition sentence emulated in so many alternate realities in the entries of Quantum Shorts 2017. "

Her 2015 Quantum Shorts Sci-fi Essay Contest entry, "Qubits of College Acceptance" was selected as the People's Choice winner. She is hoping for a repeat victory this year, and "A Future with Fortran" is eligible for this award. The essay with the most viewers' votes wins people's choice and a $500 cash prize. 

You can read Lily's easy and cast your vote for it here:

Monday, February 12, 2018

2017 AHA High Point 100 Mile Arabian Horse: Bethany GreyC +/

February 9 2018

High Point 100 Mile Endurance Horse Awards

This annual award is given to the Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse with the highest AERC points in the National 100 Mile Award. These points are accumulated in the 2017 year by competing in 100 mile endurance rides. 

The 2017 High Point 100 Mile Arabian Horse with a total of 1,548, is BETHANY GREYC+/, owned, bred and ridden by Gerald Cummings. BETHANY GREYC+/ is athletic ten-year-old bay mare who began competing with Gerald in 2013. Since their start, BETHANY GREYC+/ has completed 1,465 miles. In 2017, the pair completed 500 miles through 100 mile races. BETHANY GREYC+/ completed every ride she started and won three of her five 100 mile races!

Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

February 9 2018

The Arabian Horse Foundation, as part of its mission awards scholarships to deserving Arabian horse Youth members - high school students that have represented the Arabian breed in a positive manner, have performed extremely well in their studies and have been excellent members in their communities.

Each time a check is sent to a university or college in the name of one of these deserving youth, it is an affirmation that our Arabian Horse Community cares about its youth members and wants them to succeed in life.
The Foundation funds these scholarships through special dedicated scholarship funds like the Bill Pennington Scholarship Fund and through the donations of the members of the Arabian Horse Association.  

The application period for 2018 is now open and can be found at the Foundation's website.  The application period will close on April 1, 2018.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2017 AHA Middle Distance High Point Endurance Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian: RTM First In Line +/

The 2017 Middle Distance High Point Endurance Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian, with a total of 1,754.33, is RTM FIRST IN LINE+/, owned and ridden by Linda Hamrick.

RTM FIRST IN LINE+/ is a 2004 Anglo-Arabian mare that has been competing in endurance rides since 2008 with Linda Hamrick. They have completed 4,840 miles together.

In 2017, the pair finished 820 miles, won six rides and received one Best Condition award. Over the course of her career, RTM FIRST IN LINE +/ has won 42 rides and received 13 Best Condition awards! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2017 AHA Middle Distance High Point Endurance Arabian: OT RASA RSI

High Point 50-99 Mile (Middle Distance) Endurance Horse Awards
This nomination-based annual award is given to the Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse with the highest American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) points. These points are accumulated in the 2017 year by competing in 50-99 mile endurance rides.

The 2017 Middle Distance High Point Endurance Arabian with a total of 2,461 points, is OT RASA RSI, owned, bred and ridden by Crockett Dumas. This athletic chestnut mare began her endurance career in 2016. Since then she and Crockett have attended 68 rides and completed all but four of them! They finished 36 rides in 2017 alone, totaling to 1,835 miles. Their biggest ride of 2017 was the Outlaw and the Virgin Pioneer ride, where they completed 250 miles in five days! 

Celebrating 45 Years of Endurance! The 2018 AERC Convention

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Join Us for the 2018 National Convention in Reno, Nevada!
March 9 & 10, 2018

Time to get ready for a fun-filled weekend of informative lectures, great shopping, meeting up with friends, awards ceremonies, and celebrating 45 years of AERC endurance! We are excited to be back in Reno and celebrate an amazing year!

We have an incredible lineup of speakers this year! We also have a large trade show-lots of brand new vendors as well as long-time favorites. If you have been needing anything horse related, this is THE time to shop! 

BONUS: Register by February 24 and be entered into our drawing to win a $50 gift card to Riding Warehouse and 10 raffle tickets (we are doing two drawings and each winner will win a gift card AND raffle tickets)! 

Find convention sign up information, room reservations, and all other important information below, as well as on our website.
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Friday, February 09, 2018

Veteran and Endurance Rider to Publish Book

February 9 2018

Capt. Tim Finley, a 17-year combat-decorated U.S. Air Force veteran and endurance horse rider, is working on completing his book, "To Live With Honor."


The Thoroughbred yearling, abandoned and left for slaughter, came with only one thing: a name printed on wrinkled paper--"Honor." Filthy and frothing with contempt, the colt sprints laps around the paddock and cartwheels through fences. As untamed as he is angry, Honor refused to stop running from whatever invisible demons chased him.
When a man with ghosts of his own gives Honor a chance, Honor still refuses to stop running. Except this time, for his name-sake, it's toward a finish line.


Tim Finley was an Honor Guard, a folder of flags. For a Guardsman, honor comes with death. But when honor and death become indistinguishable, Finley's idea of honor rots into haunting ghosts. Finley must face his own mortality and rewrite his understanding of what honor means, or else lose the battle against himself.
When fate drags Finley to a wretched livestock auction, his ghosts compel him to bid on horse number 5752, a horse by chance, who comes with nothing but a name.

"Tim's words immediately jumped off the page and punched me in the face. I sat in my chair for a good 15 minutes after reading the first chapter, stunned. So compelling."

— John Wilkinson
Managing Editor, Horse Nation

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

2017 AHA Distance Horse of the Year: OT RASA RSI

OT RASA RSI came away as the winner of this prestigious award at the 2017 Arabian Horse Association Annual Convention. This athletic ten-year-old chestnut mare is owned and bred by Outlaw Trail - Crockett Dumas.

Over the past two years, OT RASA RSI and Crockett have completed 3,275 total miles. They have completed 1,835 miles in the 2017 competition season alone. Over her career thus far, OT RASA RSI has a 94 percent completion rate! She completed all but one of her 2017 rides.

OT RASA RSI is an exemplary mare and deserving of her title as the 2017 Distance Horse of the Year. Congratulations to Crockett and his mare, OT RASA RSI. Good luck in the 2018 competition season!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Shotgun Rider named 2017 Endurance Award winner

Stephanie Teeter photo

Shotgun Rider is the 2017 High Mileage Standardbred.

Thursday, February 01, 2018 - by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Outreach & Membership Enrichment Coordinator

Columbus, OH --- California bred Shotgun Rider is the 2017 High Mileage Standardbred, presented by the USTA in partnership with the American Endurance Ride Conference.

By Distinguishedbaron, he is the 16th and final foal out of the Big Towner mare Anatola Hanover. Thirteen siblings made it to the races, with four taking marks of 1:53.3 or better and five earning more than $100,000. The now 6-year-old gelding earned just $10,319 during two racing seasons at Cal Expo and Running Aces. He took his 1:56.2 mark in California as a 3-year-old, but seems to have found his calling as a Wild West endurance horse.

Affectionately now known by his connections as “Hillbillie Willie,” he competes in AERC events under the name Owyhee Shotgun Rider with Merri Melde, a friend of his current owner Stephanie Teeter. In their first year competing, the pair completed 255 miles, all of which were of standard distance (50-plus mile rides).

Teeter has been riding with AERC since 1992 and rode her other horse, Owyhee Smoke Signal, on many of the rides that Melde rode “Willie.” She also manages sanctioned endurance rides, some out of her Teeter Ranch in Oreana, Idaho.

Melde writes a blog, Merri Travels, and here is a link to her post about how the pair got Willie and his first endurance ride on June 8, 2017. Willie also has his own set of cartoon stories, which can be viewed here.

The AERC High Mileage Standardbred award is given to the Standardbred that has the most miles ridden during the ride season (Dec. 1 through Nov. 30). All rides are considered, including the limited distance 24-35 mile rides, and standard endurance rides (50-plus miles). Riders must be a member of AERC in order to track horse and rider mileage. For more information on the AERC, visit their website at

Since 1996, the Standardbred Equine Program has worked with owners of off-the-track Standardbreds to educate the general public about the many disciplines Standardbreds excel at once they are retired from racing. For more information about the SEP at the USTA, visit, or send e-mail inquiries to

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kenlyn Arabians, Part II: A Great 50 Years of Breeding

Taylor Fisher and Kenlyn Kourvy, 2017 Junior 50 mile AERC National Champions

Part I is here:

January 29 2018
by Merri

If you type "Kenlyn" under horse history on the AERC website, you'll come up with nearly 100 Kenlyn Arabian horses who have been down the endurance trail with their owners.

In 2011, seven Kenlyn-bred horses finished Tevis. In 2014, four Kenlyn-bred horses finished Tevis. Kenlyn horses have been AERC National LD mileage champions numerous years. Kenlyn Psyche+// (TW GG Psyche X Sacred Rendezvous, by Bask Flame), owned by Lynn Oslick, is still going strong, with 5235 miles in 15 seasons of endurance.

Kenlyn Struts (KL Alkatraz Tu X Devosion, by Safire), owned and ridden by Linda's sister, Carol Bischoff, was 2017 first place National Limited Distance Mileage Champion. "Carol has the same bad knees as I do, so she won't ride past the LDs!" Linda said.

And it was only about 7 years ago that most of Linda's horses were named with the Kenlyn prefix. There are a lot out there that people don't realize were Kenlyn-breds.

One phenomenal Kenlyn horse missing that prefix is Hannah Pruss' Kourageus Hope. More of you probably know him as "Stuart" the one-eyed horse. Linda calls him a "grandchild," since Hannah bred her mare Shazams Zhope (by Ibn Shazam) to Linda's stallion Kourageus.

Stuart currently has almost 1700 AERC miles in 8 seasons, 27 completions in 29 starts, two Tevis finishes (9th and 15th), 6 out of 7 100-mile completions, 13 Best Conditions, and twelve first-place finishes, including the Big Horn 100 twice. Hannah and Stuart finished second in the 2017 AERC 100-mile Championship in Colorado by a nose, and were awarded Best Condition. They ended up third in the 2017 National Best Condition standings.

Another home-bred horse Linda likes to mention is Kenlyn Kourvy, a 2010 mare by Linda's stallion Awesome Knight out of Kourvaceous, currently being ridden by Taylor Fisher - and that brings us to one of Linda's human grandchildren.

"She's my little clone!" Linda says of her 14-year-old granddaughter Taylor. "She rides just like me - in fact she can outride me, and she breathes horses just like I did. Her father, my son, wasn't interested in horses, so I guess it skipped a generation. Taylor lives in Ft Collins, 80 miles from me. So when I could, I used to train together with her and teach her. I started riding endurance with her and her little sister Samantha. Sammi will ride now when she has to, but she doesn't have quite the enthusiasm that Taylor has."

Taylor's first endurance ride was at age 5 in 2009, in a 25-miler aboard one of her grandmother's horses, Tupelo Honey Tu+, riding, of course, with Linda. "Because of my bad knees," Linda said, "I've held Taylor back - she's been riding with me on the Limited Distance rides. But last year I let her go and I put her with all my 50 miler friends, and she was able to do the 50s."

Taylor not only started riding 50's in 2017, but she logged a total of 405 endurance miles, and she qualified for, and won, the Junior AERC National Championship 50-mile honors in Colorado in August, riding Kenlyn Kourvy.

Steve Downs and Kenlyn Porsche, 2017 AERC 50-mile National Championship

Taylor's sponsor for that ride was Steve Downs, of Phelan, California, riding Kenlyn Porsche (Night Runner GWA X Mahoganaska, by Padrons Mahogany). That's one of three Kenlyn horses that Steve currently owns, the other two being 7-year-old Kenlyn Sonata (Awesome Knight X Kenlyn Steele, by Remington Steele), and 6-year-old Kenlyn Hot Shot (Pistol Pete X Baska Flamin, by Bask Flame), who's due to make his first endurance start in January.

In only the last two seasons of riding, Steve racked up numerous AERC Regional awards and CSHA (California State Horsemen's Association) awards with both Porsche and Sonata. Additionally, Steve finished Tevis in 2014 on a loaned Kenlyn Aisha (Inkouredible X Mahoganaska), owned by Linda.

To say Steve is a Kenlyn Arabians fan is an understatement. "Linda has been the best support all along, particularly loving the National Championship ride with her horses and her granddaughter! This has been and is a fun ride!"

Steve Downs and Kenlyn Porsche, 2016 Virgin Outlaw, Steve Bradley photo

Linda currently stands two stallions at Kenlyn Arabians. Linda bred, raised, showed, and stood for breeding her now-27-year-old stallion, Awesome Knight (Bask Knight X Na Tabarrok, by Comar Regal). "He's beautiful, and he's bred well. My little daughter used to handle him all the time, taking him to the 4H and AHA shows. His temperament is wonderful."

Linda's 'up-and-comer' stallion, Kenlyn Psyclone (Psky FA X Destin Tu Be, by MCA Cardigan) is just 7. "He's out of one of my well bred endurance mares, and I've only done one thing with him. I took him to one show when he was just 4. A dressage trainer from my barn rode him, and he won the training level and first level and regional championship in his only show."

Normally, Linda would produce around 20 foals each year, but she's cut back the last couple of years because of her bad knees (which she just had replaced). "I believe when these babies hit the ground, they have to be handled and worked immediately. They need to be led, loaded in the trailer, taught to tie, their feet picked up, and handled all the time, and right now I can't do that. I knew I couldn't do it this year, and probably not until next year."

So while there will be a kind of a 'dry spell' for new Kenlyn Arabians for a couple of years, Linda still gets her thrills watching the current Kenlyn get going down the trail, and enjoys watching some of her home-bred horses grow old in her pastures.

"Right now I still own probably 40 horses, but over half of them are in their 20s. I kept a lot of my old mares, and I'm letting them retire in luxury. We've got to take good of the old famous ones, and the not-so famous ones.

"I want to thank my husband of 46 years, Ken, for his belief and support of my dreams. Without his help, I could not have achieved my successes.

"It's really exciting. It's been what I call a great 50 years of breeding."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Kenlyn Arabians, Part I: A Great 50 Years of Breeding

Linda Fisher on Kenlyn Fantasy

January 23 2018
by Merri

You could say Kenlyn Arabians was born out of a death.

"In 1973," says Linda Fisher, founder of Kenlyn Arabians in Aurora, Colorado, "I had my first purebred Arabian, and I was going to take her to Tevis. She was a spectacular horse." The Tevis Cup had been Linda's endurance riding goal for some time, and she knew she had the horse in Haycrest Zendina. She also had, as a mentor for conditioning, a British Olympic team rider.

It turned out that right before Tevis, Linda's mare died of colic during a drastic change in weather temperature. It also turned out that her mentor, Minette Rice-Edwards, went on to not only finish Tevis in 4th place aboard Bright Hope, but to also win the Haggin Cup.

"I was so devastated after that mare died. I'd always wanted to breed horses, and that mare was part of my plans. I asked my accountant, 'What am I going to do?' and he said, 'Well, we're going to get you a name. Pick a name for your breeding business.' My husband is Ken and I'm Linda, so the name became Kenlyn - Kenlyn Arabians.

"After teaching high school and having two kids, I decided to be a stay home mom, and I was going to become the breeder I always wanted to be.

"I was 15 [in 1965] when I bred my first horses. I bred my Standardbred trotter mare and a Quarter horse mare to the Arab stallion across the street - he turned out to be an Abu Farwa son. Those two half Arabian babies were so fabulous. They won everything for us - horse shows, endurance rides, CTRs (Competitive Trail Riding), everything. And I just wanted to start eventually getting into purebreds too. And so Kenlyn Arabians became a reality after that mare died.

"Most people don't start businesses when their business fails!"

And most people don't have the longevity and determination and focus that creates and sustains a breeding business for half a century, but when Linda sets her mind to something, count it done.

"I've been a focused horse person since I was born. My mom said I could whinny before I could walk," she laughs. "We didn't have horses, and they didn't care for horses at all. But when I was 11, they got me a horse, and boy, I was horse crazy ever since."

With Kenlyn Arabians set up, Linda plunged into the breeding, shrewdly acquiring the best mares she could, and breeding to the best stallions she could, and pursuing what she needed to do to get the word out about her homebred horses. "We did horse shows, endurance riding, NATRAC (North American Trail Ride Conference), everything. I really tried to make sure I sold my horses to the best people I could who would do things with them."

Linda wasn't necessarily specifically breeding endurance horses; she was just focused on breeding good horses. But it's not surprising so many of those turned out to be good endurance horses. "I bred to the best Arabian stallions in the country: Khemosabi, *Bask++ sons, Barbary, a lot of the big famous names that were National Champions."

The first stallion that Linda purchased for her purebred Arabian program put her on the map as a breeder. She acquired Miraffles (Azrhand X Mira Roga, by Ibn Rogue) in the early 1980s. Linda recalls, "He was a US National Top 10 Halter Stallion, a Western Pleasure Champion.

"And he was probably the most correct, perfect horse I've ever owned or seen. He was a Crabbet horse, and what he lent to my program was not only beauty, correctness, huge big feet and bones, but low, low heart rates. Almost all the horses that I've bred go back to him at some point in their pedigree. I still have a couple of granddaughters of his, considering he died 20 years ago or so."

Linda employed trainers who showed and won with her horses, and even though they beat the millionaires' horses, Linda just couldn't sell her horses to the people they sold to. "It was very frustrating," she says.

"At one point I realized I had to go back to my roots, which was riding all over the hills and just doing the endurance stuff. Trail riding was my forte; that was what I could do well. I thought maybe I could be a David Boggs [founder of Midwest Arabians] in the endurance world and make a name for myself, because endurance was something I could do myself.

"I no longer had to spend all the money on the trainers, and I rode and enjoyed my horses myself. I took all those great mares and started competing them, and they were good horses." Linda pauses, then amends that: "They were great horses.

"One of my mares, Kouver Girl (Kouvay Bey X Subtle Diversion, by Kaiyoum), was filly of the year in Colorado as a weanling, yearling, and a 3-year-old in the show world. Then she went on to do Tevis for me, and be first in the overall standings in the Mountain region for 50 milers and 100 milers. She was just one of my show horses that became my endurance horses.

"What I used to do is breed a mare, and if I made the great baby I thought I did, I'd breed the mare again and again. One would stay home and be the mother, and one would be out there promoting that bloodline. So while Kouver Girl was doing great things on the trail (2355 miles in 7 seasons, 47 completions in 49 starts), her full sister Kourvacious was producing foals."

Many of Linda's endurance mares went into her breeding program. "I kept a lot of my mares to breed if they'd performed well. I probably have bred over 500 foals. I've had US National Champions in Western Pleasure, Scottsdale Champions in cutting. One of my babies was Canadian National Champion in reining. And even jumping. One winter we took 6 horses down to Scottsdale, and every single one of them did Top Ten in jumping, and 1 was Reserve Champion of the whole show in jumping. That was fun!"

In other words, Kenlyn Arabians are all-around superior athletes. "That's what I'm trying to do, produce not only a beautiful horse but a very athletic horse. Most people when they're trotting down the trail will go, 'Is that a Kenlyn horse?' because it's beautiful and a talented athlete."

Up next: Part II
[Part II is here ]