Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Endurance.Net's "HORSIE" Photo Contest Closes Tomorrow

Endurance.net HORSIE Contest

July 30 2019


Get your final votes in for your favorite "HORSIE" photo (Horse + Selfie) because Endurance.Net's second photo contest closes at midnight, July 31.

Send your vote for your favorite photo to contests@endurance.net. (One vote per email address per day.)

The highest number of votes will receive a first place price of a small painted portrait of your choice (horse or other pet), courtesy Steph Teeter (http://stepht.faso.com/).

Second place will receive a copy of Merri Melde's book, Tevis Cup Magic: Taking on the World's Toughest Endurance Ride (soft cover or ebook, your choice).

Third place will receive a copy of Leonard Liesen’s book ‘Endurance: a French Perspective'.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth places will receive a gift certificate from Riding Warehouse for $50, $25, and $10, respectively.

Winners will be announced on Endurance.net early next week. Stay tuned!

Iconic Endurance Rider Injured Training for Tevis

Thehorse.com - Full Article

His horse, Princessa, also fell but appeared uninjured.

Posted by Marsha Hayes | Jul 30, 2019

Endurance riding icon Potato Richardson, 76, was seriously injured at 4:02 p.m. on July 23 while conditioning his mare, La Princessa Tzia (aka “Princessa”) for the 100-mile endurance event known as The Tevis Cup. Richardson and his mare SMR Filoutte won the 2015 Tevis, his third victory.

Richardson and Princessa had left his ranch earlier in the afternoon riding with two friends visiting from Wales. Richardson separated from his friends to add more conditioning miles on his mare. Returning home at a fast trot, the pair struck a tree protruding on the trail. The impact rolled both horse and rider off the trail, breaking Richardson’s leg in three places. The mare covered 2 miles to return home...

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Episode 21 - Big Horn 100 Endurance Horse Podcast

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July 28 2019

Welcome to The Big Horn 100 episode of Endurance Horse Podcast

Created July 27/28th 2019 (yes I pulled an all nighter again Daryl Owen)

Hello and Welcome to episode 21 of Endurance Horse Podcast!

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

Today is July 27th, 2019.

When I learned that both Bridget and Dante were headed to the Big Horn 100 it inspired me to dedicate this episode of Endurance Horse Podcast to the Big Horn 100. The Big Horn 100 predates the creation of the AERC, American Endurance Ride Conference, that is an impressively long running ride! If you have been doing endurance very long, chances are you have heard of the Big Horn 100.

Shell, Wyoming is the base camp of the legendary Big Horn 100 mile, 1 day ride. Twice this ride has been host to the Race of Champions, and a champion you must be to ride from the elevation of 4,000 feet rising to the climb of 10,000 feet elevation. The Big Horn is a single loop of some of the most challenging, rugged and beautiful trail that America has to offer. It has been told to me by more than one rider that the difficulty of this trail rivals that of the Tevis Cup. I, personally, cannot say, as I have not ridden either trail, though I feel honored to share the stories from this trail with you, and maybe some of you are hearing about this ride for the first time and will hear the call of the Big Horn Mountains and take up the challenge to ride through climbing mountains, wild flowers and wild weather. Can you hear it? The Big Horn is calling you.

This year Big Horn 100 was managed by Cindy Collins. Cindy loves this ride and from all the good feedback I have seen online and in the files that have been sent to the podcast, the riders truly love Cindy and the Big Horn- the descriptions given have surely made the Big Horn a ride to aspire to and one to never forget. I am thankful to each of the riders who took the time to share their audio from Big Horn 2019. One of my favorite audios is from a rider traveled all the way from Maryland to see the Big Horn, one of her bucket list rides, get checked off of her list. Peggy Thompson has been riding endurance longer than the current AERC website has been keeping records. Peggy will share her journey on the 50 mile endurance ride at the Big Horn 2019, though before she does, here is a short history of the Big Horn.

Greybull, Wyoming, 1970 was the setting for a meeting of the Canyon Cavaliers Saddle Club. It was during this meeting that local rider, Dale Perkins mentioned an article he had read about a 100 mile, 1 day ride that traversed over the Sierra Mountains in California. The beloved Big Horn mountain was right in the backyard of the Canyon Cavaliers Saddle Club and Dale said that there was no reason why there couldn’t be a ride like one that hosted here, over the club’s much loved Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.

The idea was well received by the club, though they needed help to create such a ride. They sought out advice from a Laramie veterinarian who they had heard had actually ridden in the Western States 100 Mile One Day ride, also known as the Tevis Cup. The young veterinarian Dr. David Nicholson agreed to travel to Greybull and share his insight into what it would take to manage a 100 mile, 1 day endurance ride in the Big Horn Mountains. And, thus, with a good idea, much homework and planning, the Big Horn 100 Mile, Inc. was formed, Tom Van Gelder was elected first president and created The Big Horn 100, Inc into a 501 c3 non-profit. So there you have it, in the fall of 1970 the concept of the Big Horn 100 began and the organization of the 501 c3 called the Big Horn 100, Inc. was established in 1971. The AERC, American Endurance Ride Conference was established in 1972.

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Episode 20 - Endurance Horse Podcast


Welcome to Episode 20 of the Endurance Horse Podcast

Publishing July 13, 2019.

Happy 27th Anniversary of our first date Jim!

Episode 20 will bring us updates from our wonderful friend, Darice Whyte, in Canada. She brings us news from the Maah Daah Hey Ride in North Dakota. Mollie Quiroz from California brings us a pre Tom Quilty introduction before she heads out for Australia, and much more...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Colorado Springs High School Student Qualifies for Endurance World Championships for Young Riders in Italy

by Aileen Ellis

A Colorado Springs high school student has qualified to represent the US at the Endurance World Championships for Young Riders in Pisa, Italy, in September.

Alex Shampoe, 17, is one of five US Young Riders (14 to 21 years old) to make the cut. She will ride a horse named Dude Free Gold, owned by Valerie Kanavy of Fort Valley, Virginia, in the championship sponsored by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).

Alex began racing in competitions sponsored by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) four years ago. She has raced on more than 40 different horses from California to South Carolina and in Canada. Last winter she trained and raced in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while taking a full course load, over the internet with her high school, The Village in Colorado Springs, CO.

The goal of a 75- or 100-mile endurance race is for the horse to complete several loops of a marked course over rugged terrain, finishing sound and healthy after regular checks by vets throughout the race. A 100-mile / 160 km race takes anywhere from 10 to 24 hours.

The rider must know her horse well in order to prevent dehydration, metabolic issues and fatigue. The rider/horse bond must be extremely strong, as a horse may struggle to tell that it is in pain. Winning is not the only goal; completing personal bests for the horse and rider is also important.

Alex said, “For me the goal is to get the best performance possible from my horse that day, based on conditions and how my horse is feeling. The horses want to win too, and sometimes I need to hold my mounts back, to keep the safe.”

Because endurance racing is not an Olympic sport, athletes must raise money to fly their horse and themselves to the championships, and must pay their own costs while competing. Those expenses are expected to be about $30,000 for the Young Rider World Championship. Alex has started a gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/send-alex-and-dudeendurance-world-championship.
“One of my dreams is to help build the endurance program in the U.S. so that the best young riders can be matched with the best horses, regardless of financial circumstances,” said Alex.

Alex is the daughter of Terry Shampoe and Aileen Ellis, 19 year residents of Colorado Springs. She is the brother of Nick Shampoe, a Division One runner at Arizona State University. They board their horses at Echo Valley Training Center in Woodland Park, CO.

For more information, please contact Aileen Ellis at 719-659-3658. Alex will be available for phone interviews now through August 31. At that point, she and Dude board a plane for Italy and the World Championships.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019 TEVIS Riders!  Contribute to Research and Win Cool Stuff!

Again this year, the Western States Trail Foundation is sponsoring a cutting edge veterinary study on the horses doing the ride.  

Jerry Gillespie, DVM, professor/retired at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and his colleagues will be conducting a study of the level of dehydration in competing horses by following the weight loss in the horses during the ride.  In addition this study will measure the transport dehydration of the horses traveling to the ride.  This is an important aspect of this study because it will provide the absolute extent of dehydration of these exceptional athletes during the Tevis performance.
Dehydration, as measured by weight loss, is a critical factor affecting performance. Preliminary studies have shown that  travel time to the ride and exertion in the early portion of the ride may represent a major portion of the weight loss. This year's study will examine that premise.

Dr. Gillespie is requesting that participating riders have their horses weighed prior to transport to the ride (home-stable weights). Riders can usually find a veterinary practice, livestock-sales scale or other facilities that can accurately weigh their horses in their neighborhood (within an hour's travel from their home stable).  The Research Team will be prepared to collect “arrival weights” at at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn or at Robie Park within hours of your of your arrival at the Tevis venue. Then, all horses will be weighed at Robie Park after their vet exam, representing their ride starting weight. During the ride, horses will be weighed at Robinson Flat, Foresthill, at the finish, and the morning after.  

The results of this study will provide riders with critical information regarding their travel plans to rides. The Western States Trail Foundation has as part of its mission the scientific study of horses in endurance competition. Much of what has been learned and published about equine endurance physiology was from studies conducted at the Tevis Ride.  

We hope riders will participate enthusiastically in Dr. Gillespie's study. Those who fully participate (home weight through finish weight) will receive an amazing collection of thank you gifts, including;
• One entry into an exclusive drawing for a wireless hylofit heart monitor ($600+ value), donated by Hylofit
• A $10 gift certificate for the Tevis Store
• A photo plaque with an image from the ride, courtesy of the research team
• A beautiful commemorative map of the trail from Starfire Design Studio 
In addition, Dr. Jamie Kerr will award $100 to the rider who provides the most thorough/informative log of their travel to the Tevis (along with home weight)!

With appreciation,

Jeff Herten, MD 
Chair, Tevis Veterinary Committee

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Historic hoof steps: Posse members ride in tradition of Pony Express

BoulderCityReview.com - Full Article

By Hali Bernstein Saylor Boulder City Review
July 17, 2019

In her long-sleeved red shirt, brown hat and vest, Julie Sprague followed in the footsteps — or more appropriately hoof steps — of her great-great-grandfather, Elijah Nicholas Wilson, participating in the 2019 Pony Express Re-ride.

Sprague and her friend Krissy Bishop, members of the Boulder City Mounted Posse, rode a 7-mile leg June 19 between Fort Churchill and Carson City in Northern Nevada during the annual event that commemorates the rides taken nearly 160 years ago.

They followed the route from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, that the original riders traveled, including Wilson, who was one of the 53 original Pony Express riders.

“The fact that we get to keep history alive is pretty special,” Sprague said. “Every time I think about it I get so emotional. I hope I made him proud...”

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sallie Suzanna Kimmel Sullivan Passes


LAURENS, S.C. – Sallie Suzanna Kimmel Sullivan, 66, of 274 Johnson Road and formerly of Canfield, wife of James Earl “Jim” Sullivan, passed away on July 9, 2019, at her home.

Sallie worked side by side her husband of 42 years from 1999 to 2019. She was the Vice President of RB Fabricators, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio.

Born in Youngstown, she was a daughter of the late Richard Calvin and Patricia Bartholomy Kimmel. Sallie grew up around and dedicated her life pursuits to her passion for horses. She grew up working for the family business, Kimmel’s Saddle Shop, making browbands, cavessons, gun holsters and rebuilding saddles. Sallie was a member of 4-H and a member of the Mahoning County Saddle and Bridle Association that sponsored the well-renowned Youngstown Charity Horse Show.

She was a founding lifetime member and board member of Buckeye Horse Park. Sallie also operated her own seamstress business, Mateef Equine Designs, where she created show apparel and competitive gear for endurance riders. She was also a member of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) with 3,540 registered miles with many more miles under saddle training and pleasure riding. As an endurance rider, Sallie was as passionate about mentoring other riders as she was about racing. Sallie was also a member of the Greenford Christian Church in Greenford, Ohio.

Sallie and her daughter Megan hosted the Survivor Run event at Buckeye Horse Park since 2014 to share her passion of endurance riding and to promote awareness to early breast cancer detection.

In addition to her husband, Sallie leaves behind her children: Megan S. Hruska and husband Steve of Greenville, S.C.; Adam James Sullivan of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Brian Kimmel of Burton; a sister, Gail “Cookie” Hull and husband Michael of Boardman; two grandchildren, Tyler Sullivan, and Evan Hruska. She also leaves behind her beloved animals, especially Penny the Pug.

A visitation will be held at The Kennedy Mortuary on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A celebration of life will be held at Greenford Christian Church in Canfield on Saturday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Flowers are welcomed and memorials may be made to Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Rd, Greenford, OH 44422.

Visit www.thekennedymortuary.com to express condolences to the family.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Calling for Horse Selfie Photo Contest Entries and Votes!

We're still taking entries for Endurance.net's second photo contest, "HORSIE" - a selfie photo of you and your horse!

Top prize up for grabs is a custom painting by artist Steph Teeter.

Second through sixth prizes up for grabs are listed on our Contest page.

Highest number of votes wins - one vote per email address per day.

Enter your photos and vote now! at contests@endurance.net

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

2019 July's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning

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July 9, 2019

Karen Chaton explains what tailing in an endurance ride is and how to do it safely, Alex Lewis tells us about her upcoming adventure to ride in the Gobi Desert Cup and, Plan, Prepare, Implement: Large Animal Emergency Evacuation Planning author Vicky Beelik offers some tips.

Listen in...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

“To finish is to win” mantra of Barriere 50 mile endurance ride

BCLocalNews.com - Full Article

'No Bitch'in Barriere Ride-Just Ride' came off for both horses and riders without a hitch

Jul. 11, 2019

When the first truck and trailer arrived on Wednesday it became a reality, we were hosting the ‘No Bitch’in Barriere Ride – Just Ride’ endurance ride! After months of planning, strategizing, three trips to our property in the Barriere area to clear parking spots, mark trail, and do set up, we were ready. All 35 parking spots were filled and 46 horses were ready to go. We had capped the number of entries for the ride, to ensure adequate parking and being newbie ride managers, we wanted to make it a memorable manageable experience.

Endurance rides are races over a trail consisting of varied and challenging terrain. Horses are checked by qualified veterinarians and judges before, during, and after the ride. Endurance riders have to learn to condition their horse so that it can maintain a steady, fast pace over long distances. Riders and the ride crews work diligently to have the horses finish sound and healthy. The mantra for long distance riders is “to finish is to win...”

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

2019 Tevis Cup: First 8 Junior Entries are Free!

JUNIORS RIDE FOR FREE! Thanks to several generous sponsors who have contributed to a fund dedicated to Junior Rider entries – the first EIGHT Junior Riders will have their entry fee PAID! Juniors are between 12 and 18 years old as of August 17, 2019. Both the junior and the sponsor must be qualified. The sponsor’s entry must accompany the junior’s entry. Sponsors must be 18 years of age by the ride date. Riders are responsible for their own stall and/or buckle fees.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Volunteering for Tevis


Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Tevis Cup Ride. About 800 people participate each year on Ride Day – more than four per rider!

If you know what you'd like to do, or if you just want to help wherever needed, fill out our Volunteer Signup form. Our Volunteer Coordinator will respond and try to place you appropriately according to the needs of the Ride and to your needs and skills.

For help volunteer on trail maintenance contact Nicole (Chappell) Wertz or go to http://wstrail.org/.

Go here to get more information about volunteering with Communications or complete the Communications Signup Form.

To participate as a Sweep Rider, check out the S.O.S. website: http://sweepriders.org/

Please Note:
As you might imagine, the Ride is a huge effort that relies completely on volunteers. There are Head Volunteers who provide the leadership for each of the many vet checks, as well as other areas of Ride activity. These "HV's" necessarily operate with a good deal of independence, but under the overall guidance and coordination of the Ride Director and the Core Ride Committee. The need for volunteers in some areas may not be known until late in the weeks leading up to Ride Day.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Now Taking Entries for Endurance.Net's "HORSIE" Photo Contest!

May 22 2019

Self photographers and voters from around the world enthusiastically participated in Endurance.net's first photo contest, "Between the Ears", sharing their favorite trail views from the saddle. Bonnie Girod, from Libby, Montana, and her grade half Arabian Luna won first place and a custom painting by Steph Teeter.

Now it's time to enter Endurance.net's second photo contest, "HORSIE"!

A "HORSIE" shot is a Horse + Selfie. Take a selfie photo of you with your horse. Be creative, be humorous, be artistic. Email them to contests@endurance.net and include a few short details - your name, horse's name, and where the photo was taken.

Then start voting! One vote per email address per day is allowed. Anybody can enter; anybody can vote. Send your daily votes to contests@endurance.net .

We'll upload the photos to this page on Endurance.net, and post updates on Endurance.net's Facebook page, and everybody will be able to choose their favorite and vote via email. Contest begins today, July 2, and closes July 31.

First, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth places will be determined by sheer number of votes and will receive special prizes. Previous first place winners are not eligible for the first place prize :) .

First Place will receive a small painted portrait of your choice (horse or other pet), courtesy Steph Teeter (www.idaho.com/StephTeeterArt/consignment/ ).

Second place will receive a copy of Merri Melde's book, Tevis Cup Magic: Taking on the World's Toughest Endurance Ride (soft cover or ebook, your choice).

Third place will receive a copy of Leonard Liesen’s book ‘Endurance: a French Perspective'.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth places will receive a gift certificate from Riding Warehouse for $50, $25, and $10, respectively.

Send in your photos now, and vote once a day, now! contests@endurance.net

**Photos can be taken anywhere around the world, but USA addresses only are eligible for prizes, unless you want to pay postage and insurance**