Friday, November 02, 2018

Corrected: Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31 for Early Discount

November 2 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming. For the early discount, entries must be received by December 31, 2018.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Best of the Best 100-mile Entries Due December 31

November 1 2018

Welcome to Best of the Best 100! Congratulations on qualifying for this awesome event. Your dedication and conviction should make you quite proud. This accomplishment puts you in a league with a small percentage of distance riders who demonstrate the ability to conquer the ultimate endurance challenge.

40 100-mile entries are needed to hold The Best of the Best 100-mile ride on August 17, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming.

Qualifications are:
Successful completion of no less than five (5) 100 miles in one day AERC sanctioned competitions with a minimum of one (1) in the Top Ten same horse and rider team. Alternate criteria consist of three (3) 100 miles in one day completions with one (1) in the Top Ten and two (2) multi day rides with all offered days completed. Lifetime record will apply. YOU NEED NOT BE QUALIFIED TO ENTER. MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATONS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019.

Fees & Policies:
Entry fee for the 100 is $500. A deposit of $200 must accompany entry with the balance fees may be paid in increments with final payment due on or before May 31, 2019.
Refund policy is full refund for all monies paid before December 31, 2018. Until May 31, 2019, a full refund less $100. Entries received after January 1, 2019 will incur a $95 penalty. After May 31, 2019 one half of fees will be refunded with veterinary certificate. No entries accepted after May 31, 2019. NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

For more information on the ride, see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307550366666252/

Tevis Ride Dates Approved Through 2040

Teviscup.org

November 2 2018

The Board of Governors approved the Ride Dates through 2040 at their most recent meeting:

Ride Dates Through 2040

Sunday, October 28, 2018

US Equestrian Accepting Bids to Host the 2019 North American Endurance Championships and Team Challenge

USEF.org

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 26, 2018, 10:27 AM EST
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is now accepting bids for the 2019 North American Endurance Championships and Team Challenge. This competition marks the first-ever USEF national championship for the discipline of endurance. The 2019 North American Endurance Championship CEI3* 160km / CEIYJ2* 120km is an unofficial FEI team competition open to teams from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Completed applications and any supporting materials must be received by USEF on or before 5:00 pm ET on Friday, December 7, 2018. Applications and additional information can be found here.

Interested organizers should submit their completed bid applications to Kristen Brett, Director of Endurance, at kbrett@usef.org.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Going the distance: Local rider places 10th in 100-mile national championship horse race

DL-Online.com - Full Article

By Kaysey Price on Oct 18, 2018

After fifty years riding horses and more than thirty years of racing them, Teresa Fett was beginning to think she'd never get to ride in a 100-mile horse race, a dream of hers.

A test of strategy and endurance, a 100-mile is set up in "loops" of about 15 to 25 miles, the entirety of which needs to be completed within a 24-hour period — it's no easy feat. The timing had to be right for Teresa and her husband, Dale Fett, to pull it off.


"You know, it's one of those things, you've got to work at getting a horse," said Teresa, adding, "there's not a lot of horses that can do a 100-mile."

The Fetts have had many horses in their day but, either they weren't up to the challenge of the lengthy race, or the timing wasn't right for Teresa and Dale to take it on themselves — until recently, when their 13-year-old Arabian, CR Mister Aaz, proved not only could he run the 100 miles, but he could place them 10th in a national championship endurance race in North Carolina this September...

Read more here:
http://www.dl-online.com/news/4515252-going-distance-local-rider-places-10th-100-mile-national-championship-horse-race

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Is Your Horse Tough? Try the new Idaho Ironhorse Award Challenge

October 15 2018

Northwest Ride Managers Jessica Huber, Regina Rose, Steph Teeter, and Mike and Jessica Cobbley would like to introduce something really special we are offering, starting in 2019.

Together, we will be offering the all-new Idaho Ironhorse Award. If you and your horse complete ALL 9 DAYS of Idaho Pioneer rides:

City of Rocks

Top O The World

Autumn Sun

You win! We are working on really cool, one of a kind swag for this amazing feat! Plus, each successful team will get a free entry for one day at each ride the following year. And, we are gonna blast your accomplishment on every single endurance related website, because- WOW!

No matter if you are riding 50s or LDs, we are going to celebrate this enormous accomplishment with you. You will get a very cool custom award for you and your horse.

Rules are: get a completion with the same horse, same rider, same distance, ALL NINE DAYS of City Of Rocks Pioneer, Top O The World Pioneer, and Autumn Sun Pioneer. That’s the whole challenge!

What Ifs:

Want to level up and switch from LDs to 50s mid-year? As long as you do all 9 days with one horse, you’ll get an award. Something comes up, like you get deathly ill or you break your arm, and someone catch-rides for you? Your incredible horse is going to win something cool if it still completes all 9 days.

So be prepared to bust out some killer horsemanship on some of the most beautiful and epic trails in the northwest. Watch for more information to come as the details mature, but do set your sights on this for next year.

There are no state/regional boundaries for the Idaho Ironhorse. No matter where you are from, if you ride all 9 days, you get some really cool custom awards, and free entries for the following year at all 3 rides.

Have a great winter, and we will see you on the trails.

27-Year-Old PL Mercury Completes Third 100-Mile Endurance Ride of 2018

Thehorse.com - Full Article

After a 2018 campaign that included three difficult 100-mile rides, along with a couple of 50-mile rides, Merc’s owner and rider Claire Godwin, DVM, said he’s still in good condition.

Posted by Marsha Hayes | Oct 15, 2018

PL Mercury, a 27-year-old Arabian gelding, and owner Claire Godwin, DVM, completed the endurance Triple Crown late last month when they finished 15th in the 100-mile American Endurance Ride Conference Championship ride held at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.

“Merc” successfully completed three 100-mile rides this year—the 100-mile Old Dominion Ride, which took place in Virginia in June, the 100-mile Tevis Cup in July, when he became the oldest horse to complete the challenging ride through the California mountains, and the Biltmore Estate ride...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/161750/27-year-old-pl-mercury-completes-third-100-mile-endurance-ride-of-2018/

Saturday, October 13, 2018

AERC considers suspending its International Affiliate Status with USEF

by Steph Teeter
Endurance.Net

AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) has historically fulfilled the contractual role of International Affiliate to USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). However a motion from the Executive Committee of AERC will be considered during a November conference call which states: “AERC to suspend the AERC/USEF endurance affiliate agreement effective 12/1/18” .

The justification for this motion includes a lack of response from USEF to consider a request to suspend funding for non-USA FEI (International Equestrian Federation) events. Additionally, the AERC has recently received many letters from its membership requesting AERC to end it’s direct association with USEF due to the differences in how the sport of endurance is conducted internationally, relative to AERC’s original concept of the sport. The FEI emphasis on competition, the perceived lack of adequate consideration for horse welfare, the presence of substantial material and monetary prizes, and the predominance of FEI races being conducted on relatively flat, groomed, courses all contribute to the disconnect between AERC and FEI events.

USEF is recognized by the FEI, and by its International Affiliate Sports as the National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the United States. AERC's withdrawal from its contract with USEF would remove any perceived conflict over AERC's governance of endurance riding.

This action would likely result in the formation or selection of an alternative organization to fulfill the role of USEF’s International Affiliate Sport for endurance racing. However, the motion under consideration would not place any limitations or restrictions on AERC members regarding USEF/FEI participation, either as competitors or event managers.

From the USEF.org website:

USEF Recognized Affiliate Associations play an important role in representing, shaping, and fostering growth within their respective breeds/disciplines. Affiliation with the USEF expands the already important role these organizations play by connecting with all equestrian enthusiasts nationwide and tapping into the ability to reach new audiences. Affiliated associations help the USEF fulfill its mission to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment.

The term Recognized Affiliate Association is reserved for one organization acknowledged by the USEF to represent an International Discipline or the National Breed or Discipline that has a body of rules which has been approved by the USEF Board of Directors for inclusion in the USEF Rule Book. The USEF recognizes only one breed or discipline association for each of these sets of rules. The term International Discipline Association (also referred to as FEI Affiliate) applies to the respective designated representative associations for each of the eight FEI disciplines. Recognized National Affiliate Association (also referred to as Recognized National Affiliate) describes an organization representing a national breed or discipline. For additional information see USEF Bylaw 222.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 October's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

HorsesInTheMorning.com - Listen

Oct 9, 2018

On this Endurance episode Karen and Glenn chat with Claire Godwin, DVM about how she keeps her 27 year old horse Mercury happy and healthy; completing three different hundred mile rides in one season. AERC National Champion Holly Corcoran recaps her win and we share our thoughts on the AERC’s open letter to USEF and what it could mean for the future of the sport.

Listen:
http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/future-of-endurance-horse-longevity-aerc-champion-corcoran-endurance-day-for-10-09-18/

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Endurance Youth Spotlight: Leonarado Fuentes

ArabianHorseLife.com - Full Story

September 26, 2018
by Emma Kersey-Doherty

Twelve-year-old Leonarado Fuentes caught up with Arabian Horse Life to tell us a little bit more about his love of Endurance and the special Arabian horses in his world. Leonarado juggles his passion for Endurance riding with National-level Track, as well as competitive Soccer. His love for the sport and his Arabian horses shines through in his interview.

(Emma) Tell us about yourself?

(Leonarado) My name is Leonarado. I am 12 years old and live in Prairieville, La. I do Endurance rides on our Arabians Leo and Raj and experience challenges on the trail which make it fun. You never know what you are going to encounter whether it is a creek crossing, wild animal, or just being out in nature. I love Arabian horses because they truly want to be with you and never quit on the trail.

(Emma) Who are the special Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in your life, and

(Leonarado) Leo is my six-year-old Polish Arabian. He came from Boisvert Farms, which specializes in English Pleasure, but he loves the trails so much more than the arena. He is very sweet to everyone he meets and always gets me safely through every ride. We have done multiple 25-mile Endurance rides and won high vet score recently (this means out of the Top Ten finishing horses, he was the most physically fit disregarding finish time or weight carried). His registered name is Rizing Motion BF...

Read more here:
https://www.arabianhorselife.com/single-post/2018/09/26/Youth-Spotlight-Leonarado-Fuentes

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Absence of a Debacle at the 2018 AERC National Championships


www.endurance.net/international/USA/2018AERCNC

October 5 2018
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

With the looming specter of the previous week's botched World Equestrian Games Endurance race, and the threat of approaching of Hurricane Florence, both within a stone's throw of Biltmore, the American Endurance Ride Conference National Championships went off without a hitch, with kudos to top competition, horsemanship, and sportsmanship.

The Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina, has been the site of the Biltmore Endurance Rides since 1994. It was the second time the AERC National Championships were run over this course (2012 was the first one). This year's events were held September 20-22.

Cheryl and Stagg Newman have managed the Biltmore rides since 2006, and the trails for this year's National Championships had been test ridden in the May Biltmore ride. Hurricane Florence ultimately cooperated, though it was questionable up to the weekend before the ride.

"The ride site had maybe 2 inches of rain," Cheryl Newman said. "Asheville is a rain shadow, so it got less. We didn't really get the brunt of Florence. We didn't even get that much wind, which was a bit of a surprise.

"The storm was out of here Sunday. By Monday morning we knew we were fine. Monday we sent out the word that yes, we were going to have the ride. 'Come one, come all, we have a nice welcome mat out for you.' And people did come.

"By the time they got there, the event site was quite dry, and by the time the ride rolled around on Thursday for the 50, the trails were in really good shape."


The 50 Mile Championship

In that fine display of horsemanship and sportsmanship, Erin Lemmons and Tuscarora John (aka "TJ"), and Jeremy Reynolds and Anydaynow (aka "P") tied for first place in the 50 mile Championship in a ride time of 5:20.

Erin Lemmons, 32, and her 12-year-old gelding Tuscarora John hauled in from Stephenville, Texas. "I had a plan of the pace I was going to do for all 3 loops," Erin said, "and I stuck to it."

"We'd won the Biltmore 50 in May," Jeremy Reynolds, 38, said of P, his 17-year-old mount, "and I beat a really good horse in a sprint-off. So I knew coming into the Championship, he felt really good training and everything, I knew he was going to be tough to beat."

Both Erin and TJ, and Jeremy and P, were near the front of the pack of 68 starters the entire ride, and on the last loop that pair of riders had a clear lead and obviously still had strong horses.

Jeremy said, "When it came down to just Erin and me, I offered, would you like to tie, these horses have worked really hard. We're not going to go slow the last loop, but there's no point taking extra risks. And she agreed, so we rode together and tied."

Erin said, "At the last vet check, my sister, my brother-in-law, my mom and dad were all saying, omigosh, he looks really good, he's still full of energy, head up, ears up, looking around, like we're not done yet, so they said, don't do anything stupid, of course!

"Jeremy's horse P looked pretty good. And we just kind of traded off. He led a little bit, I led a little bit, we rode together on some two-tracks. I mean, it was perfect. Both horses truly deserved to win."

Heather Reynolds summed up the ride with a bit of humor, "We were 45 minutes away from the WEG course. The weather was similar and the trail more technical. The completion rate was stellar. Without stopping and restarting the ride and without canceling the ride, there was a 74% completion rate for the championship 50 mile ride (44 starters and 28 finishers) and there were 22 finishers of the 24 starters on the Open 50."

Jeremy and Erin also tied for top Lightweights; 3rd place Alisija Zabavska and Hidden Assetts were first Featherweight; first Middleweight was 7th place Jane Rodrigue on Al Shama Shaazon; first heavyweight was 18th place Don Meuten on FYF Wolverine; first Junior was 13th place Madeline Isaacs on Shasta.

Anydaynow is by Patriot Missle (by Wiking) out of Annatiki, by SX Champion. He was bred by CreRun Farm and is owned by Barbara Hershberger, from Pennsylvania. Anydaynow has competed for 10 seasons with a record of 23 finishes in 32 starts and 1195 miles. Barbara competed on him for his first 8 seasons; both Heather and Jeremy, from Dunellon, Florida, have ridden him the last two.

"He's the first horse that Heather and I sold when we decided to become professional horsemen," Jeremy said. "We never owned him; he came back to us a few times during his career for training, when Barbara wanted us to work on him."

Tuscarora John, by Line Dancer out of Fawora, by Fawor, was bred by Jane Teutsch of Texas. Erin had previously looked at TJ as a 4 or 5-year-old. "We were kind of new to endurance at the time, and didn't know a good thing when we saw one. We really wanted him, but Jane wanted a little more money than we had budgeted, and we weren't sure what to pay for a good endurance horse. So we did pass."

However, Erin kept an eye out for TJ. Former USA Endurance Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross had bought TJ and was training him but eventually decided to sell him. When Erin found out, she wanted to try him out again.

"November of 2015, Emmett brought him and another horse out. I rode the other horse first, because Emmett was saying TJ could be a little bit of a handful. I said, 'Really! that sounds like my kind of horse!' But i got on the other horse first. We rode a few miles, then we traded.

"And I just instantly fell in love. I didn't care what issues we had to work through, as far as recoveries. It was just - this horse loves to go, loves his job, and is a dream to ride. So I had to have him!"

TJ not only tied for first place in the 50-mile Championship; he also took Best Condtion. TJ is a first place and Best Condition machine, since Erin began riding him in 2016. (Previous to that, the gelding finished 4 out of 4 starts). Together they've completed 10 of 12 starts, with 8 first places, 2 second places, and 10 Best Conditions.

"TJ’s first career was a track horse," Erin said. "He is a stakes winner!" That's likely where his competitive nature comes from. "He's an amazing horse. He's really competitive. That's why I really enjoy riding him!"


The 100 Mile Championship

Holly Corcoran, 54, from Pennsylvania, had no idea she was more than 2 hours ahead of the nearest competitor when she and Poete crossed the finish line in the 100 mile Championship in a ride time of 12:26.47.

"I felt incredibly focused. I didn't know anything else that was going on around me. I knew I was an hour ahead at some point in time, but I didn't even know I was 2 hours ahead of anyone when I finished," Holly said.

Coming into the ride, Holly had good expectations of her 11-year-old gelding. "I had ridden the Bitlmore 100 in the spring [finishing 4th and earning Best Condition], and I was hoping to decrease my time. But then we dealt with high heat and humidity this time around." They still beat their previous time, by 8 minutes.

And Holly cleverly used a good ride strategy. "His ego gets fed by passing horses, so we actually started 10-15 minutes behind, nowhere near the start, and ended up passing just about everybody and coming within 6 minutes of the front runners. And we stayed there the rest of the ride."

Holly and Poete, and Meg Sleeper and Syrocco Cadence rode together from loop 2 onward. "Meg is a fierce competitor, so she really kept me on my toes to make sure that my turnaround and recoveries were right on target. We were basically head to head, finishing within a minute or so of each other for the pulse times, and heading out through the 5th loop. And at that vet check, they found some lameness on Meg's horse so she was pulled. Then I continued the last loop alone.

"I had outstanding crew. And without them, I don't think I would have been able to have the performance I did, because it did get hot and humid, and they kept Poete cool. He was eating like a machine. Toward the end of the holds, he was quickly into the 40's [pulse rate] and staying at a good low rate before we were ready to go out, which I think made a big difference for him being able to keep up the steady pace during the ride."

Poete also took Best Condition, something he's done in all 3 of his starts this year. The gelding now has a record of 18 finishes in 22 starts and 1205 AERC miles and 5 Best Conditions over 7 seasons.

By Banjo de Falgas out of Poetikka, by Statistic, Poete was bred by Tom and Holly Sayvetz of Asgard Arabians in West Virginia. Holly picked him us as a 4-year-old and started him under saddle.

"I'm really lucky because I think the Asgards have the athleticism and genetics that they have naturally low heart rates and they have quick recoveries."

Holly actually has 5 Asgard Arabians, including Poetrie, a 7-year-old 3/4 sister to Poete, who finished 10th in Thursday's 50-mile Championship. "Asgards are like potato chips. You can't have just one!"

Holly and Poete were first Lightweight; Marcia Weilbach and Zanthus Fury tied for 2nd place and first Featherweight with Wendy Mancini and Sterling; 16th place Cheryl Van Deusen and Ebs Regal Majjaan was first Middleweight; 9th place Guy Worthington and PA Hi-Spirit was first Heavyweight.

33 started the 100-mile Championship and 16 finished. Worth noting was the incomparable 78-year-old Jan Worthington (with over 32,000 AERC miles), who rode with her son Guy and finished 8th aboard Dimitri KS; and Claire Godwin and 27-year-old incomparable PL Mercury finished 15th, for his third 100-mile completion of the year (including Tevis and Old Dominion!), and his 17th 100 overall.


A Smooth National Championship

Ride manager Cheryl Newman summed up the ride.

"Well… nobody's going to really write paeans of praise to the heat and humidity. Particularly on Saturday for the 100 - let's say it was seriously humid that night.

"But overall, in the scheme of things it was a very smooth ride. There were minimal glitches and the riders all came with a very positive attitude and seemed to be very pleased with the ride itself, and how the trails presented themselves.

"They came ready to be pleased, and they had a good time."

More ride info at:
www.endurance.net/international/USA/2018AERCNC

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

AERC Announces International Endurance Equine Excellence Award

October 2, 2018

The American Endurance Ride Conference is pleased to announce its first-ever International Endurance Equine Excellence Award. 

Nominations are now open for this award, designed to recognize the best horses from around the world in overall achievement. AERC, in seeking to emphasize longevity as an essential ingredient to success, requires that the nominated horse have a minimum of eight years of endurance competition. The award's minimum mileage requirement is 2500 miles/4000 km in rides of 50 miles/80 km or longer. 

The top horses will be named at the AERC convention's national award ceremony on March 9, 2019, in Reno, Nevada. Winning horses will receive a custom-embroidered horse blanket and owners will receive a custom trophy. Awards will be mailed to nominators if they can not present at the AERC convention. 

"The purpose of this award is recognize gifted endurance athletes/horses that have consistently and reliably performed at a high level for many years," said Past AERC President Michael Campbell of Texas. "Typically a single owner/rider has managed the horse's conditioning and nurtured the horse's attitude in a way that exemplifies the relationship between horse and rider typical of traditional endurance rides over difficult trails and terrain." 

By reaching out beyond the USA and Canada, the nonprofit organization, founded in the U.S. in 1972, hopes to acknowledge those riders and horse owners around the world who share in AERC's core principles. 

"AERC hopes this award will assist in a return to traditional endurance riding values which emphasize the partnership between a horse and rider team over a challenging trail as opposed to current trends toward racing that emphasize speed over flat courses with little concern for the overall well-being of the horse," said Campbell. 

"AERC hopes to receive nominations from all around the world where riders value their horses and the original goals of endurance riding which emphasize 'to finish is to win'," said Campbell. 

Nominations are due by December 30, 2018. 

Award requirements: https://aerc.org/static/2018ExcellenceAward.aspx 

Online application form: https://aerc.org/static/2018ExcellenceAward.aspx 

If you have any questions, please contact the AERC office: office@aerc.org

Monday, October 01, 2018

#Enough is Enough!

EnduranceIntrospection.com

by Patti Stedman
October 1 2018

Letter sent this morning to AERC Board of Directors. If you are a member and you agree with the sentiments in this letter and the members who signed it, it is not enough to hit “like” on Facebook, or make a comment saying you agree, or send me a note saying you agree wholeheartedly.

You must email your AERC Board of Directors (here’s the link to do so: Link to email AERC BoD ), provide them with your AERC membership number, the service you provide to the organization (Ride Manager, Veterinarian, Committee Member, Ride Volunteer, Trail Volunteer), and include “Enough is Enough!” in the subject line of your email. Feel free to cut and paste the contents of the letter if you like.

E-mail sent 10/1/2018:

Dear AERC BoD Members, Kathleen and Troy:

Several long-time AERC members drafted a letter outlining our disenchantment with USEF/FEI international endurance. We sent the letter to a number of AERC members who have contributed a great deal to the organization and who we believed would want to join us as signatories. We were not surprised at the overwhelming positive response. Most replied “YES” or “add me.” We believe the majority of AERC members share the sentiments expressed here.

We’ve added Troy to this distribution to request publication of the letter in the next issue of Endurance News, in an attempt to reach AERC members who do not frequent social media or the internet.

We understand that the Executive Committee and AERC-I Committee have sent a letter to USEF, requesting changes.

Unfortunately, we have all been witness to the previous letters, and the lack of substantial response from USEF/FEI. It is time that we step away; these are not our egregious issues to fix.

Let’s determine our own destiny and show our members as well as the world that we have had enough and will no longer support USEF/FEI endurance until they can improve and enforce their rules.

Thank you.

***

September 27, 2018

To the AERC Board of Directors:

Many of us within AERC recall with pride when endurance became an international-level sport. This evolution, however, has resulted in changes we can no longer tolerate or support. We have observed with growing alarm years of corruption, egregious issues regarding horse welfare, attempts to influence through example, pleas to stay at the table, and letters, motions and new rules to address the problems to no avail. We have lost confidence in these efforts to produce real change on the actual field of play. The issues associated with international endurance continue growing within our sport. High emotions are dividing us, and the dilemma is compromising the sport we love.

The recent World Endurance Games, held on American soil, were not officially sanctioned by AERC, but relied on the support of many of our riders, horses, veterinarians, and members. Many sensed a coming disaster but had no power to prevent it. AERC sent a letter to USEF, expressing concern about a “level playing field.” Connie Caudill, a member of the AERC Board of Directors, initiated a Change.org petition demanding FEI make changes to tangibly ensure equine welfare. That petition has garnered well over 5,000 signatures.

Despite the fact that the Tryon WEG was not AERC-sanctioned, our sport will forever be tarnished by this event. The competition was mired with avoidable controversy and competitors were denied a level field of play.

The WEG is the final catalyst after years of poisonous problems within USEF and FEI regarding international endurance. It is time for decisive and bold leadership from AERC. We must stand alongside other National Federations equally dismayed by the corruption of our sport and decisively shout, “ENOUGH.”

We urge the AERC Board of Directors to respectfully decline executing the affiliate endurance organization contract/agreement with USEF until such time as FEI has made significant and tangible changes to enact and enforce rules consistently, without favoritism or undue influence by sponsors. We ask that international endurance cease to be run over courses allowing unfettered speed demanding few exceptional skills. Lead us in our return to more tempered, elite competitions over challenging, technical terrain that tests the finest in horsemanship, athleticism and strategy.

There is much that can be done to improve our sport in the USA and Canada as AERC. Let us focus on using our voice and actions to demonstrate to the world that we are different from what they saw at WEG. The AERC National Championship, just a week later, showed how elite events can and should be run.

We hope other National Federations will see AERC as a leader true to the foundation of our sport and invite them to work with us in building a new vision of international riding, following in the footsteps of the Young Rider International Exchange Program, without the taint of USEF or FEI involvement.

Our AERC members and horses deserve a sport truly modeled after our motto, To Finish Is To Win. We call upon you to lead us forward out of the mire and into a future true to our integrity.

Sincerely (listed alphabetically),

Stan Alkemade, 8475, NE Region, Veterinarian, Former FEI Vet, Former Team Canada/East Veterinarian

Nina Bomar, 4165, PS Region

Elysa Braunstein, VMD, M31822, PS Region, Veterinarian

Kathy Broaddus, 11416, NE Region, Veterinarian

Dianna Chapek, 4093, W Region, Former Director, Pard’ners Award

Cindy Collins, 176, MT Region, Former Director, Ride Manager, WY Trails Advocate

Diane Connolly, M31597, NE Region, Ride Manager

Crockett Dumas, 748, MT Region, Former Director (22 years)/AERC President, Started Trails Committee (1983), HOF Person

Steve Downs, M38411, PS Region

Randy Eiland, 39, SW Region, Former Director/AERC President, Former Chair RM, Sponsorship, Rules and Sanctioning Committees

Denny Emerson, M19095, SE Region

Dawn Engle-Hilliard, M36420, NE Region, Ride Volunteer

Ruth Ferland, M33457, NE Region, Ride Manager, NH Trails Advocate

Kerry Greear, M33578, MT Region, Former Ride Manager, Former Co-Chair Education Committee, AERC Education Committee

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, 6747, W Region, Vet Committee, Former DAL and Education Committee Chair, Volunteer Service Award

Becky Glaser, 6542, W Region, Former USEF Selector, Former Junior Committee

Lynne Glazer, 14580, PS Region, Former Ride Manager, Clinic Organizer

Claire Godwin, DVM, 9671, NE Ride Manager

Laura Hayes, 2741, MT Region, Former Director/VP, Former Chair Welfare of the Horse Committee, Ride Manager

Bri Henderson, DVM, M30691, NE Region, Veterinarian

Elisabet Hiatt, 5022, W Region, Ride Manager

Dean Hilliard, M37752, NE Region, Ride Volunteer

Blaine Jack, M36339, NE Region, Ride Manager

Pamela Karner, M33003, NE Region, Ride Manager, Veterinarian, FEI PTV

Jamie Kerr, DVM, 7841, W Region, Veterinarian, Former FEI Veterianarian, Former Vet Committee

Jan Mutchler, 17308, SW Region, Ride Manager

Lani Newcomb, 658, NE Region, Veterinarian, Old Dominion BoD, Ride Manager

Tom Noll, M30552, NW Region, Former Director

Lori Oleson, 1418, W Region, Ride Manager

Taylor Pashong-Walck, M22483, SW Region, Ride/Asst Manager

Pam Peace, 5822, W Region, Ride Manager

Patti Pizzo, 9968, NE Region, Former Director, Ride Manager

Jennifer Poling, M32258, NE Region, Decade Ride Manager, Former AERC-I Zone Rep, WV Trails Advocate

Naomi Preston, 4096, Former P&G Committee, Owner: HOF Horse

Carla Richardson, M34774, MT Region, Former Director, Welfare of the Horse Committee

Susie Schomburg, 6505, MT Region, Former Director (10+ years), RM Committee, Ride Manager (28 years), MRER President

Cindy Simcox, 9144, MT Region, Ride Manager

Patti Stedman, M20888, NE Region, Former Director and Chair of Ride Managers & Education Committees

Roger Taylor, 1496, SW Region, Former Director/Treasurer, HOF Person, Ride Manager

Kevin Waters, 6784, MT Region, Committee Member, Former Director

Bruce Weary, DC, 4160, SW Region, Former Director, Member of Welfare of the Horse, Education, P&G and Veterinary Committees

Barbara White, 2446, W Region, Committee Member

Monday, September 24, 2018

Holly Corcoran and Poete win AERC National Championship 100

September 24 2018

At the AERC National Championships in North Carolina on Saturday, Holly Corcoran and Poete won the 100-mile ride in a ride time of 12:26.47, more than 2 hours ahead of their nearest competitor. Pete also won the Best Condition and High Vet Score award, and Holly was First Lightweight.

Second was Marcia Weilbach and Zanthus Fury in 14:36 (First Featherweight), with Wendy Mancini and Sterling third in 14:36.50.

First Heavyweight, finishing ninth, was Guy Worthington aboard PA Hi-Spirit, in 15:50.55, Guy rode with his mom, 78-year-old Jan Worthington, riding Dimitri KS into eighth place.

First Middleweight was 16th place (and turtle) Cheryl Van Deusen, riding Ebs Regal Majjaan, in 19:25.13.

Claire Godwin rode PL Mercury to a 15th place finish in 17:44.39. The incomparable, 27-year-old "Merc" finished his third 100 miler of the year (including Old Dominion and Tevis), and his 17th 100 overall! The gelding is now just shy of 6000 miles.

33 started the ride and 16 finished.

Lemmons and Reynolds Tie for Win in AERC National Championship 50

September 24 2018

In a nice display of horsemanship and sportsmanship, Erin Lemmons and Jeremy Reynolds tied for first place in the weekend's AERC National Championships, held in Biltmore, North Carolina.

Lemmons rode Tuscarora John and Reynolds rode Anydaynow,, finishing in 5:20. Both were also First Lightweight.

Third place and First Featherweight was Alisija Zabavska and Hidden Assets in a ride time of 5:25.

First Middleweight, finishing in 6:15, was Jane Rodriguez and Al Shama Shaazon. First Junior was Madeline Issacs and Shasta in 6:47. First Heavyweight was Don Meuten and FYF Wolverine in 7:13.

One can't help comparing last week's nearby World Equestrian Games Endurance fiasco to this well-run (by ride managers Stagg and Cheryl Newman) AERC National Championships event. Heather Reynolds commented with a bit of humor, "We were :45 mins away from the WEG course. The weather was similar and the trail more technical. The completion rate was stellar. Without stopping and restarting the ride and without canceling the ride, there was a 74% completion rate for the championship 50 mile ride and there were 22 finishers of the 24 starters on the Open 50."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nebraska Endurance Riding at Indian Cave State Park

Equitrekking.com - Full Article

September 14 2018

Indian Cave State Park welcomes the Nebraska Endurance and Competitive Trail Ride Association every fall.


Story and photos by Jenny Wheatley/NEBRASKAland Magazine

“This story was originally published in the October 2015 issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine.”

Competitive trail riders are one of the most eclectic groups of equestrians on the planet. From Wranglers to shorts to neon-colored breeches; from draft crosses to Arabians to sure-footed mules and ponies – riders and mounts of all disciplines and breeds can be found at competitive trail rides (CTRs), an equestrian sport that tests horse and rider skills and endurance.

Indian Cave State Park near Shubert is the location of one CTR, put on by the Nebraska Endurance and Competitive Trail Riding Association (NECTRA), which is sanctioned by the national organization, the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC). The Nebraska club was founded in 1974, and they have been returning to Indian Cave to ride for nearly four decades, making it the oldest CTR in the nation. Every fall, NATRC riders come to compete over the same set of winding trails – some of which are not open to the public – that offer views of the Missouri River from the park’s many hills and bluffs...

Read more here:
https://equitrekking.com/articles/entry/nebraska-endurance-riding-at-indian-cave-state-park

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 WEG Show Special Episode – Tevis Winner Heather Reynolds on the Canceled Endurance Race


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Sep 18, 2018

Three time Tevis winner and one of the United States top Endurance riders Heather Reynolds joins me to tell us about the aborted Endurance Ride at WEG from her perspective. She had some horses in the race and was crewing there. Heather has been a regular guest on our shows for years and she has been gracious enough to join us to share her perspective. We are presenting the facts as she saw them that day. If you are hoping for speculation and the pointing of fingers, I am afraid you will be disappointed. But, she does set straight some of the rumors that were floating around. Listen in...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cukjati and Melika Kamaal Win Virginia City 100; Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz Take B.C.

September 17 2018
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

In a tight finish of one of the USA's premiere 100-mile endurance rides, the Virginia City 100, Jacob Cukjati and Melika Kamaal nipped Christoph Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz at the graveyard finish line in the dark. Ride time for the 100 miles was 13:08. It was the first ride in the VC 100 for Cukjati, from North San Juan, California.

It was also Schork's first ride in the VC 100, which is pretty amazing, since AERC winningest rider has conquered many rides in his long storied career, including a win in the recent Gobi Desert Cup in Mongolia.

Finishing third 26 minutes later were Suzanne Ford Huff and SD Espressa for Huff's 7th VC buckle. Fourth was Carla Lakenbrink aboard Schork's GE Danex in 14:01. Carla was on just a 2-week visit from Germany, after having talked Christoph into driving across country again, from Moab to Nevada (he'd just been to Tevis 6 weeks earlier) for the VC 100. It was her first VC 100.

Ann Hall and HCC Zara RR finishing 5th in 14:14, for Ann's 8th VC buckle. Andrew Gerhard, finishing 17th on TSF Fools Gold at 2:00 AM in a ride time of 17:40, earned his 10th VC buckle.

47 riders started this 51st anniversary ride, with 33 finishing, a finish percentage of 70.2%. Five Juniors also completed the ride.

More info on the Virginia City 100 and the Nevada All-State Trail Riders can be seen at:
http://nastr.org/

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Horsemen retracing Trail of Tears for charity

Tahlequahdailypress.com - Full Article

By Sheri Gourd sgourd@tahlequahdailypress.com
September 13 2018

Members of Ride for Missions set out from Tahlequah on their horses Monday morning on their trip along the Trail of Tears to Cherokee, North Carolina.

Ride for Missions is a series of endurance-style horse rides used to raise awareness and funds for mission work in various parts of the world.

"We're doing great," said Len Crow, a pastor from Orillia, Ontario, Canada. "By the end of Wednesday, we should be 50 miles outside Tahlequah."

This is Crow's eighth long-distance ride. His previous rides have been to benefit people in other countries, so Crow decided to raise awareness and funds for missions on two reservations.

The current two month, 900-plus-mile ride will benefit ministries with the White Mountain Apache in Arizona and the Crow Reservation in Montana. Crow hopes to raise $30,000 for each...

Read more here:
http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/community/faith/horsemen-retracing-trail-of-tears-for-charity/article_0d39edb7-15ca-51fc-b00f-516226d93646.html

Monday, September 03, 2018

Antidepressant residues in dumped waste led to endurance horse’s failed drug test

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

September 3, 2018
Horsetalk.co.nz

Environmental contamination with an antidepressant was behind minute traces of the drug being found in an endurance horse at a Canadian ride.

The FEI Tribunal found that the United States-registered rider Nicki Meuten bore no fault or negligence for the drug being in her horse’s system during a CSI3* 160km ride at Coates Creek, Canada, on July 2 last year.

Meuten competed on FYF Dutch in the race.

Her mount was selected for drug testing and FYF Dutch was positive for O-Desmethyl Venlafaxine, an anti-depressant used for treating depression and anxiety. It is classified as a banned substance under the FEI’s anti-doping rules.

Meuten was told of the positive test on October 16 last year, with provisional suspensions imposed on the horse and rider.

On May 18 this year, a preliminary hearing panel decided to lift Meuten’s suspension after considering written submissions and documents from her which indicated inadvertent environmental contamination as the likely source...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2018/09/03/antidepressant-residues-waste-horse-drug-test/

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 10


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TEVIS 2018 Part 2: Episode 10 ENDURANCE HORSE PODCAST Jenny Chandler ERIN GLASSMAN Daryl Owen DARICE WHITE Melanie Martin

is being published the 30th of August 2018

This is the second of three espisodes with the featured audio files being those from Tevis.



The song at the begining is:

Good Life by Love & The Outcome

The song is avaialbe on on iTunes.



I hope you enjoy the show notes for links to websites and also to blogs!



If you like the podcast, please find us also on our Facebook group where we share more stories and photos about our horses and our rides:

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Email your audio stories to endurancehorsepodcast@gmail.com

Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length.

The Endurance Horse Podcast is sponsored by www.christinahyke.com

WEG Endurance Course Approved

M.Tryondailbulletin.com - Full Article

by Leah Justice
August 30 2018

USDA inspected and approved the course

MILL SPRING - The endurance race at the World Equestrian Games is on.

After not knowing last week if the endurance course would be approved, the United States Department of Agriculture inspected and approved the course Tuesday...

Read more here:
https://m.tryondailybulletin.com/2018/08/30/weg-endurance-course-approved/

Workers Battle 24-7 to Get Tryon Ready on Time

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

August 30, 2018 | Comments
by: Pippa Cuckson

Workers are battling round the clock in “multiple shifts” to get Tryon International Equestrian Centre (TIEC) serviceable on time for the World Equestrian Games, with the first intake of horses is due at Greenville Spartanburg airport on September 2nd.

In an astonishing “first” for a WEG, operations director Sharon Decker briefed local media last week with an assurance the Games were still on, following months of speculation about poor ticket sales, acres of unfinished facilities, and a rumor that the FEI had even considered re-locating some disciplines to other venues.

In a video interview posted at the beginning of August, Mark Bellissimo, the Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners, stood in the facility’s international pavilion that is to be the three story hub of WEG hospitality events. With the opening ceremonies one month away, the building had no walls and the view outside to WEG’s main outdoor arena that is to seat 20,000 was a blur of red clay construction...

Read more here:
https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/battle-get-tryon-ready/

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 9

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TEVIS 2018 PART 1: EPISODE 9 ERIN GLASSMAN - JENNY CHANDLER WHITNEY WEST SARAH RINNE KAREN CHATON TENNESSEE LANE

August 29th, 2018

Tevis 2018 Part 1 Episode 9 of the Endurance Horse Podcast

is being published the 29th of August 2018

This is one of two espisodes with the featured audio files being those from Tevis.

The song towards the end is by Mary Ann Kennedy.

Mary Ann gave us permission to share her songs on the podcast. Mary Ann's songs are sold on iTunes. Please visit her site Mary Ann Kennedy she caters to the equine world.

Right after the song by Mary Ann Kennedy you will hear my Ride Report with my special friend, Tara Leroy where we try out some new phone tech to record a phone call between the two of us. Of course we had to wait until we had a quiet moment after chores were done (though quite honestly, probably not dishes), kids were to bed and husbands tucked in bed too.

We had a chance to remember the ride we had just a few short weeks ago at the Louise Riedel Memorial Bra Buster ride. The story goes that something had been lost on the trail; Louise took her bra off to mark the spot where it had been lost. Though I never knew Louise; I know she was a horsewoman with over 17,000 AERC miles and she is sorely missed by her friends who host this ride in her honor.

It seems so fitting that this ride- that is in memory of a friendship- should be the ride first ride that Tara & I completed together.

Another bit of trivia- both Jr and Mariah were the first horses that Tara or I had bred. Very different horses; though still just one of the many things that made Bra Buster 2018 special to both of us. Jr is 15 and Mariah is 14. Jr (Mandate for Gold) is a Georgian Grande (Saddlebred x Belgian draft) and Mariah Moment is Anglo-Arabian (TB x Arabian). Yes, we were quite the odd pair trotting down the trails!

I hope you enjoy the show notes for links to websites and also to blogs!...

More at
https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/tevis-2018-part-1-episode-9-erin-glassman-jenny-chandler-whitney-west-sarah-rinne-karen-chaton-tennessee-lane/

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

South Dakota: Adventures on the trail: Rachel Zander competes in endurance rides

TheDickinsonPress.com - Full Article

By Linda Sailer on Aug 27, 2018

Rachel Zander of Dickinson never knows what to expect when she sets out on an equestrian endurance ride of 25 or even 100 miles in a single day.

The Ft. Meade Remount Ride in South Dakota on Aug. 18-19 is an example of the unexpected. “I love the Black Hills. We had a great day even with the rain and hail. I rode GZ (Golly Zands) in the 50 on Saturday, then we got rained out so we didn’t get to ride on Sunday,” she said.

She went on to thank organizer Michele Seaman for organizing the ride and to Dante LaPierre, her friend from Halliday, who joined in the ride.

Zander, 28, is the daughter of Vicki and Keith Zander of Dickinson and currently works as a salesperson for Pepsi.

As a member of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), she considers riding as a as a hobby, and as an outlet for her love of animals...

Read more here:
https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/lifestyle/family/4491064-adventures-trail-rachel-zander-competes-endurance-rides

Saturday, August 25, 2018

WARHorses’ Interview with endurance rider Joyce Sousa and LV Integrity

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He was tied alongside a trailer at an endurance ride, offered for sale. Covered with sweat, he frantically paced back and forth along on the tie. His selling points was singular and not impressive – he bucked off every person who ever tried to ride him. By the end of the day, there were no takers. But she saw something no one else saw, the utter despair in his eyes. She knew this horse was at the end of his rope and she wanted to help him. She bought him on the spot. It seemed crazy at the time but turned out to be one of the best decisions of Joyce Sousa’s life.

Joyce Sousa was already an accomplished endurance rider when she made that fateful purchase in 1998. Joyce and her husband, Dennis, started competing in endurance in 1985. In 1998, her endurance horse was a big chestnut gelding, Jim Bob. Jim Bob would become Joyce’s first American Endurance Race Conference (AERC) Hall of Fame horse in 2005 with over 9,000 race miles. She could never have imagined at the time, that her $1,850 “crazy” purchase would yield another Hall of Famer and more, so much more.

His name is LV Integrity but the Sousas just call him Ritz. In 1998, he was a misunderstood 6-year-old Arabian that no one wanted. He retires this year an endurance champion, his career highlight with achievements few horses have ever accomplished.

WH: What were your plans once you bought Ritz home?


JS: The first morning started with Ritz charging me. I yelled and threw brushes at him and shooed him into a corner. He just stared at me. I approached him and started brushing him, he was shaking but did not move. He didn’t know what else to do but stand still and stare. We did this every day for three weeks. Then I sent him to a trainer friend, Rex Minton.

Rex started by simply saddling him then walking outside the arena. Ritz would buck and buck until he was tired. As soon as he stopped bucking, Rex removed the saddle and the day’s lesson was over. The first six days were all the same; saddle on, buck until tired, saddle off. My first report from Rex was simply, “this horse can buck”.

On the seventh day, Rex saddled Ritz but there was no reaction. He mounted, and the two walked quietly for a few minutes, lesson over. Three weeks later, Rex phoned with another report, “Joyce, I think you’ve got a horse...”

Read more here:
https://womenofageridinghorses.com/training/features/warhorses-interview-with-endurance-rider-joyce-sousa-and-lv-integrity/

Friday, August 24, 2018

AERC International Youth Exchange!

Last call. Get the applications completed by the end of August. 

Attention young riders between the ages of 13 and 20. We are in the early planning stages of the AERC International Youth Exchange. We will be taking 4 young riders to a safe foreign country in 2019 to ride in a 50 mile endurance ride on borrowed horses. (Not FEI) We will make final plans on the destination soon. On recent trip 4 young riders went to Australia for a trip of a lifetime and now here is the opportunity you will not want to miss the chance to be selected. Most of the travel funds have been raised at this time.This is an educational and a fun adventure! 

Qualifications in order to apply: 
1. Must have 500 AERC endurance miles 
2. Must have ridden more than one horse in competition 

Online application: https://aerc.org/2019exchange

This is still a pilot program of AERC. The funding has been obtained from the Gator Run Benefit rides, veterinarians who have worked these rides, silent auctions and also sponsors. If anyone would like to help out with funding please contact either the AERC Office or Connie Burns-Caudill. Looking forward to another exciting trip with our young riders. If you can't click on the link, call the AERC office and they will e-mail you the application. If you have already applied, I have it, no need to worry.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Long way back: From ‘Crawl of Grit’ to Tevis Cup, equestrian’s dream comes full circle

TheUnion.com - Full Article

Brian Hamilton
August 17, 2018

Crossing the finish line after the overnight horse ride from Truckee to Auburn, she wasn't just arriving at the race's end.

She had landed on the doorstep of her dream.

And the emotional release spilled out through tears, laughter and unbridled joy that spread a smile wide across her face.

Susannah Jones and her Arabian, Diablo Maj, had conquered the Tevis Cup. But the journey they'd completed extended far beyond the 100 miles they'd just covered.

Horse and rider set out that 2012 morning for their first endurance ride training, something Susannah said she'd wanted to do since first seeing the Tevis Cup.

But after a long ride out from camp, they came to a cattle grate blocking their path. They looked for an alternate route when Maj got tangled up in barbed wire and brought them both to the ground and rolling down a rocky embankment, the twisting barbed wire tearing at their flesh as their bodies were banged bloody, bruised and broken.

All alone on a 9,000 acre ranch in the middle of nowhere — an area known as the Renner Valley in the "Oregon Outback" — she knew she had to get help.

So Susannah, who turns 64 next month, set off on what she calls "The Crawl of Grit."

"We had our tendons severed at the knees and I had broken mine (kneecap) along with many other injuries," she said. "I somehow dragged myself for eight miles in desert heat … It was sheer willpower, man, because I was bleeding all over...

Read more here:
https://www.theunion.com/opinion/long-way-back-nevada-county-residents-crawl-of-grit-ends-in-success/

Tevis Cup: Steinauer woman competes in mountainous horse-riding competition

BeatriceDailySun.com - Full Article

Christina Lyons Daily Sun staff
Aug 17, 2018

Sarah Rinne has wanted to ride in the Tevis Cup Endurance Ride since she was 9 or 10 years old.

“...And thirty years later, it finally happened,” said Rinne, who is from Steinauer.

Rinne was among one of the 42 percent that finished on July 29, 2018, in the horse-riding competition. Riding Silver Valley Tate, Rinne finished in 23 hours and 47 minutes, earning a coveted belt buckle.

The Tevis Cup Endurance Ride has been held every year since 1955 in northern California on the Western States Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's a race of 100 miles of trail in 24 hours and is touted as one of the toughest endurance rides in the world.

Tate is a gaited Morgan owned by Dwight and Mary Hanson of Ithaca, Nebraska. He is 16.1 hands tall and 9 years old...

Read more here:
https://beatricedailysun.com/news/local/steinauer-woman-competes-in-mountainous-horse-riding-competition/article_ce805da1-7211-5a04-a62a-b3c96259b3f6.html

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Huntington County resident, horse earn rare Century Club accolade

HuntingtonCountyTab.com - Full Article

By Rebecca Sandlin - Monday, August 13, 2018

The bond between horse and rider can be close, but when it encompasses a hundred years it is something special. One Huntington County resident, Janet Kirkpatrick and her Arabian steed, HA HI Fire, have made the century mark together in age.

Kirkpatrick, of Andrews, turned 80 years old on April 11, and her horse, known as Booker, is now 20. That’s a combination that few horses and riders have reached in the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), of which Kirkpatrick is a member. The organization, which boasts about 5,000 members, honors rider and equine teams who earn national recognition when they complete a ride once their ages total 100 or more. It’s a pretty big honor, says Kyra DeMartini, of AERC.

“We only have nine Century Club members that we’re aware of,” DeMartini says. “It’s very prestigious, because it demonstrates the longevity of their equine and their partnership with their equine.”

Kirkpatrick and Booker will be featured in the AERC’s monthly news publication in September, and she will receive a certificate recognizing the team as part of the Century Club...

Read more here:
http://www.huntingtoncountytab.com/community/49656/huntington-county-resident-horse-earn-rare-century-club-accolade

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 August's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning


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08-09-2016 – ENDURANCE DAY – TEVIS ADVENTURES WITH DARICE, WAYNE’S TAHOE RIM RIDE, KAREN’S CREW CONUNDRUM
Aug 10, 2016

On today’s Endurance Episode features reports on the Olympics, Mongol Derby and of course Tevis Cup with Darice Whyte and Wayne Woolway talks about the Tahoe Rim Trail. Listen in...
http://www.horseradionetwork.com/2016/08/10/08-09-2016-endurance-day-tevis-adventures-with-darice-waynes-tahoe-rim-ride-karens-crew-conundrum/

Sunday, August 12, 2018

2018 Distance Horse National Championship Entries are Open!

August 10 2018

Entries are Open for the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships, to be held at Bill Wilson's Farm in Henryville, In. The entry form can be found on the DNL web page under the "Forms" section.

*This is just a reminder that entries for the Breed National Championships must have current leveled membership and the horse must be registered. Qualification requirements can be found on the DNL web page under the "Qualifications" section.

If you are entering any one of the many Open AHA/AERC/SERA/OAATS Endurance Rides or the Open AHA CTR you do not need to have a registered horse or a membership with any breed organization and qualifications are not required. For more information on the ride please see the event flyer on the DNL web page.

All entries can be faxed, mailed or emailed directly to Paige Lockard at paige.lockard@arabianhorses.org. Entries must be hand carried to the event after October 12. Don't forget we have an early bird drawing every day at the ride for riders that submitted their entries to the office by October 1, so don't delay - get your entries in today!

New for 2018:
We have added the LD Challenge Event to the Distance Horse National Championships, which is 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 first through fifth winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance National web page under "Exhibitor Information."

This is an exciting year with all our partnered breeds National Championships and our sanctioned Open Ride Organizations!

Partnered Breeds: Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), Performance Shagya-Arabian Horse Registry (PShR), American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), Akhal-Teke Association of America (ATAA)

Open Ride Sanctioning:
Arabian Horse Association (AHA), American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), Southeast Endurance Riders Association (SERA), Ohio Arabian and All Breed Trail Riding Society (OAATS)

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast - Episode 8

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JANE WATERMAN MOSS-WEG UPDATE-TEVIS-ERIN GLASSMAN - KAREN CHATON - GOALS - UMECRA - COOLEST RIDE & TIE- EPISODE 8 ENDURANCE HORSE PODCAST

Hello and Welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!

I’m Christina Hyke, an equine photographer in Southern Wisconsin!

Episode 8 of the Endurance Horse Podcast is being published the 7th of August 2018.

While I have been promising you an all Tevis episode, this one, is not quite it yet! We are waiting another week or two to be sure we have gathered all the audios and then will create the podcast. The good news is that this will likely be TWO episodes all from Tevis riders and crew. I promise, it is worth the wait!

Meanwhile- we WILL be starting out this episode with an audio file from Tevis rider, Erin Glassman. Erin was kind enough to send audios about her journey to and prep for the Tevis. The first audio you will hear on episode 8 will be from Erin, and one more on her journey will we near the end of the podcast.

I realize the audio said to stick around until the end & I would share some updates from my story as well. That did not happen- and what did happen was that after I had the WHOLE podcast done, the software had issues & it took me a few hours to sort it out…. And I just wanted to wrap things up.

The updates I can share is that Jim & I have been doing our 5k runs and even got in an 8k VERY HILLY trail run this past weekend! We are enjoying them very much!

I am planning on camping and going to my first LD in two years- updates on that when I do the next episode. The short & sweet of it is that I’m bringing a horse back that has been out of the loop like I have for about 2 years. Wish us luck, send good vibes, prayers etc…I’m hoping to turtle!

To all the riders who take the time to record and send in, THANK YOU SO MUCH, because without you- there is no podcast.

Without further ado- I am happy to bring to you, Episode 8 of the Endurance Horse Podcast

Please check the show notes for links to websites and also to blogs.

Without further ado, I am happy to bring to you, Episode 8, of the Endurance Horse Podcast.

Listen:
https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/jane-waterman-moss-weg-update-tevis-erin-glassman-karen-chaton-goals-umecra-coolest-ride-tie-episode-8-endurance-horse-podcast/

Does a Retired Arabian Racehorse Make a Good Endurance Horse?

Horsereporter.com - Full Article

by Pamela Burton

Riding in the Full Buck Moon

3 August 2018, USA ~ The answer is YES. On 28 July 2018, Heather Reynolds of Dunnellon, Florida, riding the retired Arabian racehorse, ten-year-old, Cayucos (Virgule Al Maury x Tikis Wing Beat) was first across the finish line in Auburn, California, at 10 PM, to claim her third Tevis Cup victory.

By all accounts, the 2018, 100 Mile Tevis Cup was a tough race, made tougher by extreme heat on the trail and treacherous air quality from a number of devastating Northern California fires.

Out of 153 horse registered to start the race, only 64 finished, the last being McCamey Kimbler who came in on HV Cimmarons Goliath at 5:09 am.

Helen Shelley has been training race horses in California since 1995 with a record of over 308 race starts. Cayucos was bred by Betty Jo and Paul Richards and was sent to Shelley for his early training...

Read more here:
https://www.horsereporter.com/does-a-retired-arabian-racehorse-make-a-good-endurance-horse/

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Five Times Charmed: Diane Stevens and Banderaz LC10 Complete Fifth Tevis Cup



Absolute Trust in a Once-Dangerous Gelding Leads to Fifth Tevis Buckle

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
August 6 2018

Most other sensible people would have sent this horse packing long ago - if not to the knackers.

In the beginning, Banderaz LC10 (aka "Titan") caused a serious wreck with Diane. Her husband John told her to get rid of the horse. Friends told her she was crazy to keep him.

Banderaz was a free horse for the Stevens, back in 2006 as an untrained 4-year-old, from RheaNell Roberts. "He was supposed to be John's horse, but he was in the Navy, and had back issues. John did a few training rides with me but his back really bothered him. He didn't enjoy it."

Diane hadn't gotten on Banderaz more than a few times before he went up and over on her, shattering her collarbone into seven pieces. She can still show you the protruding edge of a metal plate. John told her to get rid of the horse before he came home from his tour in Iraq.

But, dangerous as she knew he was, Diane just could not let the horse go. She sent him to two trainers, with inadequate results. It was the third trainer, Jessica Goheen, who discovered the key to bringing Banderaz around. "He'd never had foundation work of someone showing him 'You're looking at #1, YOU are #2," Diane recalled.

When Goheen felt the horse was ready, she encouraged Diane to get on him. That
first ride on him - right after her shoulder had healed up - was at once "terrifying and amazing." Banderaz never put a foot wrong, and he just wanted to go and go. And once Diane was able to let go and decide to trust in him and give him a loose rein, the magical partnership had already begun. That's when Titan earned his nickname, "because it was a new beginning for him," Diane said.

"And when my husband got back from Iraq, there Titan still was in the pasture. He said 'Why would you want to keep this horse!' He thought I was crazy. I told him, 'This horse is going to get me through Tevis one day.'

"It wasn't one thing that made me keep him. It was more a feeling I had about him that he had greatness inside him."

It was actually Goheen that planted the Tevis idea in Diane's head. "On my last ride with Jessica I told her about my dream of one day doing Tevis. I was very surprised when she looked at me and said, 'Titan is your Tevis horse.'"

Shortly after turning Titan back over to Diane, Goheen was tragically killed in a car accident. She was only 23.

"It’s a day I think of often," Diane said. "I don’t have a ride where I don’t think of her, and when a breeze picks up I always get choked up and tell Titan, 'There's Jess watching over us.'

"She’s a big part of why I didn’t let my fear win. Also why I’ve turned down every offer to sell Titan."

That greatness Diane felt about her horse was in evidence on July 29th, when Banderaz LC10 and Diane Stevens crossed the finish line of the Tevis Cup at 11:49 PM, in 6th place, for their fifth Tevis Cup completion. "It’s always amazing to take that victory lap on a horse that you have ridden for years and worked hard to manage. Titan felt alert and strong. His level of strength throughout the day really kept my energy high," she wrote afterwards.

The 2018 Tevis Cup was 16-year-old Titan's 11th 100-mile completion. Over 10 endurance seasons, the gelding by Jazzman DGL x Zordosa, by *Bandos PASB now has 2890 miles, 49 of 54 completions, and 8 Best Conditions.

But the broken human bones, the healing, the trust and partnership, the successful ongoing endurance career, and the five Tevis buckles are only part of the story.

In July of 2015, Titan almost killed himself. He'd somehow impaled his groin on a metal T-post in his pasture, and when veterinarian Karen Hassan arrived, she confirmed it was very bad. "She told me she might not be able to save him," Diane recalled, "that I probably wouldn't be able to ride him again, and of course I wouldn't do endurance. I said 'I want you to save him.'"

It was almost as if the horse willed himself to get better. Within 3 weeks he'd shown "amazing healing," so much that Diane told her husband that she thought Titan had a shot at coming back to endurance.

And eventually, he came back, and in a big way. Diane pulled him as a rider option in his first post-accident ride, a 55-miler in November of that year, but only because Diane forgot her half chaps and rubbed her knees bloody, and she didn’t want to risk making him work too hard because she wasn’t riding balanced. But since then Titan has competed for 3 more (ongoing) seasons, with 15 completions in 17 starts, which includes 5 first-place finishes and 3 second-place finishes in 50- and 100-mile rides, and 2 top-Tens in the Tevis Cup - last year (10th place) and this year.

"My husband says, 'One thing for sure, when you talk about you and Titan, you don't give up and that horse doesn't give up.' Every ride that I do on Titan and he finishes, it feels like a gift.

"This horse has continued to amaze me. He's pretty incredible. He really is a Titan!!"


*Top photo, Diane and Titan out of Deadwood at 55 miles on the Tevis trail, photo by Kimberly Naugle
*Bottom photo, Diane and Titan with his Top Ten Tevis blanket, photo by John Stevens


Montana woman shares stories about travels on horseback

KRTV.com - Article and video

Aug 06, 2018 3:38 AM PDT
By Jonathon Ambarian - MTN News

HELENA - A Northwest Montana woman who has spent more than a decade riding around the U.S. on horseback shared stories from her travels in Helena.

Bernice Ende gave a presentation Saturday at the Lewis and Clark Library. She is the author of the book “Lady Long Rider,” about her experiences on her long journeys.

In 2005, Ende first decided to ride from her home near Trego to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“When I first started, I rode into a nightmare,” she said. “It was awful. I was so totally unprepared for what I encountered. I think it was simply my ego and my inability to turn around and say I was defeated by something that keeps me going.”

Despite the difficulties, she says she fell in love with the experience. Since then, she and her horses have covered more than 30,000 miles...

More here:
http://www.krtv.com/story/38817853/montana-woman-shares-stories-about-travels-on-horseback

Sunday, August 05, 2018

27-Year-Old ‘Merc’ Becomes Oldest Horse to Complete Tevis Cup

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Find out how Claire Godwin, DVM, keeps her 27-year-old endurance horse PL Mercury in elite condition, from joint support to conditioning tactics.

By Marsha Hayes | Aug 3, 2018

When Claire Godwin, DVM, of Laytonsville, Maryland, responded to an ad in a local horse magazine offering an Arabian for sale some years ago, she thought she was buying a 4-H pony for her kids. She had no idea that the 14-hand gray gelding would eventually carry her and more than a dozen other riders down some of the toughest endurance trails in the U.S.

On Saturday, Godwin and that gelding PL Mercury, now 27.5-year-old, crossed the finish line at the 100-mile Tevis Cup, held annually in California. With this completion, “Merc” broke his own record as the oldest equine Tevis Cup finisher.

What’s more, the pair finished just outside the Top 10 in 13th place from a field of 149 starters, of which only 64 completed. Their ride time of 17 hours, 18 minutes was just two hours, 33 minutes behind the winners, Heather Reynolds and the 10-year-old Arabian gelding Cayucos...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/159744/27-year-old-merc-becomes-oldest-horse-to-complete-tevis-cup/

Friday, August 03, 2018

Napa's Fisher looks to join Tevis Cup elite aboard horse Monk

NapaValleyRegister.com - Full Article

ANDY WILCOX awilcox@napanews.com
Aug 2, 2018

Once again, Lindsay Fisher was not the bride at the Tevis Cup Western States Trail 100-Miles-One-Day Ride.

Riding trusty horse Monk, the Napa veterinarian wasn’t even the bridesmaid this time.

But she and the 16-year-old gelding were in the wedding party for the fourth year in a row, placing fourth out of 153 entrants in the grueling ride from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

She also kept herself in the running to achieve something unprecedented in the 63-year history of the ride, a chance to notch five top-10 finishes at Tevis aboard the same horse. She plans to do that next year, or to at least join the dozen or so who have five Tevis completions on the same horse...

Read more here:
https://napavalleyregister.com/sports/napa-s-fisher-looks-to-join-tevis-cup-elite-aboard/article_250e4706-fc21-55b7-9889-ab38906e3bda.html

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Mustang MM Cody Wins 2018 Haggin Cup at Tevis

Thehorse.com - Full Article

MM Cody, a 10-year-old gelding, is the first Mustang to earn the award, presented to the horse deemed to be in superior condition after completing the 100-mile endurance ride.

By Marsha Hayes | Jul 31, 2018

MM Cody, a 10-year-old chestnut Mustang gelding, and his rider Mykayla Corgnell received the 2018 Haggin Cup at the Tevis Cup awards banquet, held July 29 in Auburn, California. He is the first Mustang to earn the coveted title.

The annual award is presented to the horse deemed in superior condition after completing the 100-mile journey over the Western State Trail from near Lake Tahoe to Auburn. The award also takes horsemanship into consideration.

“Cody was in incredible shape,” said Tevis head veterinarian Mike Peralez, DVM. “He was head and shoulders above the competition...”

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/159658/mustang-mm-cody-wins-2018-haggin-cup-at-tevis/

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Reynolds claims third Tevis Cup victory

AuburnJournal.com - Full Article

By: Nick Pecoraro
July 29 2018

The 63rd annual Tevis Cup is officially in the books.

Sixty-four riders in total completed the Western States Trail Ride by early Sunday morning. Hundreds of riders, crew members, board members and supporters gathered Sunday afternoon at the Placer County Fairgrounds for an awards luncheon, presenting the best of the best from the 2018 Tevis Cup.

Heather Reynolds of Florida added a third Tevis Cup victory to her resume, finishing at 10 p.m. exactly – a trip that took her and her horse, Cayu, just under 17 hours to complete.

“I typed into my GPS, ‘Cayu, get me to Auburn,’ and he did the rest,” laughed Reynolds as she was announced to the crowd Sunday.

Reynolds had a seven-minute advantage coming out of the final veterinary checkpoint at Lower Quarry. Forty-four minutes later, she finished with 18 minutes separating her from the next rider for her seventh career Tevis completion.

“Each time is different because each horse is different. It was definitely hotter this year,” said, Reynolds, whose previous victories came in 2003 and 2014...

Read more here:
http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/7/29/18/reynolds-claims-third-tevis-cup-victory

Monday, July 30, 2018

Reynolds and Cayucos Win 2018 Tevis Cup

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Reynolds and Cayucos, a 10-year-old 15.1 hand chestnut Arabian gelding, crossed the finish line at 10:00 p.m. on July 28 to claim her third Tevis Cup victory.

By Marsha Hayes | Jul 29, 2018

Heather Reynolds, of Dunnellon, Florida, crossed the finish line at 10:00 p.m. on July 28 to claim her third Tevis Cup victory. Riding Cayucos, a 10-year-old 15.1 hand chestnut Arabian gelding owned by Hillorie Farace Di Villaforesta, Reynolds finished 18 minutes before second place Wasch Blakeley.

The Blakeleys, from Terrebonne, Oregon, captured three of the coveted top ten slots with Gabriela Blakekley finishing a minute behind her husband, and their son, Barrack claiming fifth place at 10:49 p.m. Lindsay Fisher and Monk—who led most of the course and vetted through first at both major checkpoints, Robinson Flat (Mile 36) and Foresthill (Mile 68)—placed fourth...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/159636/heather-reynolds-and-cayucos-win-2018-tevis-cup/

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mustang MM Cody and Mykayla Corgnell Win 2018 Haggin Cup

July 29 2018

2018 eighth place Tevis Cup finisher, MM Cody, ridden by Mykayla Corgnell, was named the Haggin Cup winner. The mustang is owned by Mark Montgomery.

MM Cody and Cornell crossed the finish line with ninth place Montgomery and MM Woodrow at 12:22 AM.

Full results of the Tevis Cup can be seen here:
http://webcast.teviscup.org/

Heather Reynolds and Cayucos Win 2018 Tevis Cup

July 29 2018

Heather Reynolds of Dunnellon, Florida, and Hillorie Farace Di Villaforesta's 10-year-old Arabian gelding Cayucos won the 63rd edition of the 100-mile Tevis Cup, crossing the finish line in Auburn, California, at 10:00 PM. This was Heather's third Tevis Cup win

Finishing second and third 18 minutes later were the husband-wife duo of Wasch and Gabriela Blakeley from Terrebonne, Oregon. Wasch rode their 9-year-old Arabian gelding RA Ares Bey, and Gabriela rode their 9-year-old gelding LLC Pyros Choice. The Blakely's son Barrak (Haggin Cup winner in 2014 as a Junior) finished in 5th place at 10:49 PM aboard his 7-year-old mare OMR Quick San.

Fourth place went to Lindsay Fisher and the 16-year-old gelding Monk; the duo finished second in last year's Tevis.

Haggin Cup judging will be this morning and will be announced this afternoon.

64 riders completed out of 150 starters.

Friday, July 27, 2018

WARHorses’ Interview – The Oldest Horse to Finish Tevis

WomenOfAgeRidingHorses.com - Full Article

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman–everyone loves a super hero. They possess extraordinary traits, aspire to do good, apply their strengths to help others and are reliable, trustworthy stalwarts that inspire and comfort the rest of us. Endurance rider, Claire Godwin, knows something about super heroes. She has one living in her pasture.

Godwin, 59, is a Companion Animal Veterinarian and Practice Owner at Laytonsville Veterinary Practice, Laytonsville, MD. Like many WARHorses, Godwin grew up loving horses but put them aside to attend college, establish a veterinary practice, and start a family. Inspired by a dinner conversation about endurance, Godwin purchased an Arab and began competing in her 30’s.

Years later, PL Mercury, or Merc as he’s known, came into Godwin’s life quietly. At 15 years old his job was to merely be a horse for the kids to ride, but soon he began revealing his super powers to Godwin. Turns out the mild mannered kid’s horse possessed a talent for distance. As recently as June this super horse carried Godwin 100 miles in the Old Dominion, defeating “the Beast of the East” as the race is dubbed and finishing sixth! And this super horse is not done yet. On July 28th, Godwin and Mercury will tackle Tevis, one of the toughest endurance events in the world. Godwin hopes they can break Mercury’s current record as the oldest horse to complete Tevis (the Ride). This year Merc is 27-1/2 years old!...

Read more here:
https://womenofageridinghorses.com/training/features/warhorses-interview-the-oldest-horse-to-finish-tevis/

2018 Tevis Cup Provides Equine Research Opportunities

Thehorse.com - Full Article

The 100-mile ride has long provided a unique opportunity to conduct research on well-conditioned endurance horses working in extreme conditions and this year is no exception.

By Marsha Hayes | Jul 26, 2018

When the 63rd Tevis Cup event kicks off at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday July 28, 156 of the top endurance horse and rider teams are slated to start the cross-country quest to cover 100 miles within 24 hours. This event has long provided a unique opportunity to conduct research on well-conditioned endurance horses working in extreme conditions, and this year is no exception.

Researchers studying this year’s Tevis field will include David Horohov, PhD veterinary science chairman and director of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington, and Allen Page, DVM, PhD, a veterinarian and scientist at the Gluck Center. They plan to continue their research started in racehorses and look at links between exercise and inflammation in equine athletes...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/159598/2018-tevis-cup-provides-equine-research-opportunities/

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast Episode 7 - Potato Richardson-Tevis


EnduranceHorsePodcast - Listen

July 23rd, 2018

Hello from Wisconsin & Welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!

Episode 7 is being published on the 23rd of July 2018

I am your host, Christina Hyke- a Wisconsin based Equine photographer who also happens to love the trails and distance riding enough to create a podcast about it to share stories with other riders from around the world.

Here, we gather to cheer each other on, share stories and to make connections with riders from around the world. It is, in a sense, a virtual ride camp. I once had a friend ask me, “What does this podcast give to me that facebook doesn’t?” And my simplest answer was this, ‘Your hands, eyes and feet.” You don’t need any of them to listen in to the podcast, all you need is your ears.

I’m happy to bring to you a special treat in Episode 7, really it is Jenny Chandler who has taken the time to create a special file with an icon of the Endurance world, Potato Richardson. It is this file that spurred on an additional call for more audio files to create yet another episode in July- we wanted to share the audio sent in from Jenny and Potato before Tevis.

We are also going to, for the first time - hear from/about Ride and Tie competitors, we are going to hear updates from the Midwest and Coolich Endurance, the Southwest from Keisha, a great update from Marvel Endurance at the State Championships Down Under and we will be welcoming another rider to the podcast- Erin Glassman.

Please check the show notes for links to websites and also to blogs.

Without further ado, I am happy to bring to you, Episode 7, of the Endurance Horse Podcast.

Listen:
https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/potato-richardson-tevis-episode-7-endurance-horse-podcast/

New Tevis 'Mediators of Inflammation' Research Study for 2018

July 24 2018

Mediators of inflammation in endurance horses attempting a 100-mile ride.

The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center will be on-site with a study looking at mediators of inflammation in endurance horses. Thoroughbred race horses have been studied with findings that revealed the levels of these mediators correlated with levels of fitness and exertion. Drs. Page and Horohov from the University want to see what influence intense and prolonged exercise would have on the same markers.

The study is **ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY** but the results will be shared with the riders who participate after the ride and may provide valuable insight into a horse’s ability and success at endurance. We also have a thank you gift for all participating.

The study involves blood draws at the vet-in at Robie Park, at Robinson Flat, Foresthill, and the finish. Pulled horses will be tested at the earliest time after their pull either at Robinson, Foresthill, or the Fairgrounds. Similar to the blood draws for electrolyte levels done over the past five years, the procedure should take less than a minute and cause no delay.

Riders can register for the study on-line:
 https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ctCOCXGarCLUwVT

Research done at the Tevis Cup Ride has been crucial to the understanding of the physical and metabolic stresses put on these incredible athletes. It is part of our mission to allow and to fund on-going research that will better the lives of our equine partners.

We encourage your participation in this important study.

Jeff Herten
Vet Committee Chair

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Mix of Equines Set for Tevis

July 21, 2018

A variety of 157 equines* are set to take the stage over the 100 miles of the 64th annual Tevis Cup on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A few equine stats:
There are Arabians and part Arabians galore, 1 Hanoverian, 6 mustangs, 5 mules, 1 Rocky Mountain horse, 1 Missouri Foxtrotter, 1 Quarter horse, a few Quarabs, 1 Saddlebred, 1 Shagya, 1 Standardbred and a couple of Standie crosses, 1 Morgan, 1 Tennessee Walker.

The youngest is 6 years old; 6 horses are over 20, including one 27-year-old gelding.

21-year-old SMR Fifi d'Or won the Tevis Cup in 2005 with Cathy Richardson; she'll be ridden by Potato Richardson this year.

The start will be at 5:15 AM on July 28 at Robie Park above Lake Tahoe, and end in Auburn, California, 24 hours later.

Current entries can be seen here:
http://teviscup.org/2018_tevis_rider_list



*sign-up as of July 20

Thursday, July 19, 2018

AERC International Youth Exchange in the Works



AERC.org

YOUNG RIDERS EXCHANGE! Attention young riders between the ages of 13 and 20: We are in the early planning stages of the AERC International Youth Exchange. We will be going to a safe country in 2019 but have yet to make final plans on the location. We will be taking up to 4 young riders. In 2016 we took 4 young riders to Australia for a trip of a lifetime (see photos)! 

Qualifications in order to apply: 
1. Must have 500 AERC endurance miles 
2. Must have ridden more than one horse in competition 

Online application: https://aerc.org/2019exchange
Application deadline: August 31, 2018 

This is still a pilot program of AERC. The funding has been obtained from the Gator Run Benefit rides, veterinarians who have worked these rides, silent auctions and also sponsors. If anyone would like to help out with funding please contact either the AERC Office or Connie Burns-Caudill. Looking forward to another exciting trip with our young riders.




Follow the Live Tevis Webcast

The Western States Trail Foundation (Tevis Cup Ride) has a loyal group of volunteers that will be working hard to bring you up to date information during the ride weekend. When the ride starts, there will be a link on the main website http://www.teviscup.org/ to the LIVE WEBCAST. That link will allow you to search the progress of a specific rider, information status by checkpoint, current leaders, and a list of pulled riders. You can even save a list of Favorites to make checking on their progress throughout the day more streamlined!

You can also find updates, live streaming videos and photos during the course of the ride on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TevisCup/ We have webcast photographers and crew at MORE checkpoints than ever this year. We will be doing our best to provide continual coverage, upload pictures and video live during the event. Live streaming was a big hit last year. We plan to have even more if possible this year!

Additionally, this year we have a totally new feature of optional live GPS tracking for riders! For an additional fee, riders can elect to carry a live tracker, which will send pings to update the riders’ status on the trail every 5 minutes. There may be locations on the trail where GPS signal is too weak to successfully send a ping, the unit will try three times before waiting for the next 5 minute interval. You can follow along with those riders who have elected this service here: http://trackleaders.com/teviscup18 Individual riders GPS units should also be linked to their “Where’s My Rider” webcast page.

All of the people helping to man our EIGHTEEN various checkpoints are volunteers, typically working long hours for nothing more than the love of the event and a spiffy Tshirt. They do their best. Several new innovations have been introduced to provide updates as quickly and error-free as possible. Most stops are either direct internet uploading from the check point or through technology called Winlink which enables emails to be sent over short wave radio. These two things allow us to be more accurate than in the past. We will do our best to keep everyone up to date on their rider.

You can imagine how hard it is to not transpose numbers, either verbally when reading/calling them out (especially for tired riders), or while writing them down/typing them in (think of 3-4 people having to hear/write the number for each instance), especially when you've been awake 20+ hours. Keep in mind it's possible to miss a rider # if they all come in in a big group. If your rider shows up pulled or in a strange place - check again later and don't automatically take it as gospel. There are automated tools to help the webcast volunteers find and correct a mistake at the next update. With the batch uploading process, and some of the remote locations, they may take up to an hour to fully upload.

Also just because your rider stops at a particular location for longer than usual/planned, it's not necessarily significant. It could be that the spotters missed their number going out, or perhaps they stayed longer than planned to let their horse eat or rest for the upcoming trail segment. There will be volunteers in Foresthill with computers if you need assistance in looking up a rider.

Summary of how to follow us online:

Main Tevis Website:
http://www.teviscup.org/

Official Tevis Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TevisCup

Event GPS tracking:
http://trackleaders.com/teviscup18

Twitter Account:
https://twitter.com/tevisnews

Flickr Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/teviscup/albums

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/tevisfeed/


~ Crysta Turnage
Webcast Volunteer