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 - 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...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

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

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:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Horsemen retracing Trail of Tears for charity - Full Article

By Sheri Gourd
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...

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Monday, September 03, 2018

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

September 3, 2018

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...

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

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WEG Endurance Course Approved - 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...

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Workers Battle 24-7 to Get Tryon Ready on Time - 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...

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