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

More information at:

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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

Read more here:

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 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'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

See more of Steph's artwork at:

Sunday, July 14, 2019

2019 July's Endurance Day on Horses in the Morning - Listen

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 - 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.

More information at

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

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:

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.

More information at:

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'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'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 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 .

We'll upload the photos to this page on, and post updates on'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 ( ).

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!

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