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


Horseradionetwork.com - Listen

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/