Friday, January 29, 2021

2021 Tevis Cup: New Juniors Ride Free! - More information

Posted Monday, January 11, 2021

This year we are offering free entries* to any junior who has not previously finished Tevis**.

Their entry must be accompanied by a paid entry from a sponsor (who must be at least 21 years old on ride day).

Both sponsor and junior must have their qualifying miles.

** Does not include the cost of a buckle or stabling.
* Includes Juniors who previously entered the ride but did not complete.

The Scripps Foundation Cup

The Josephine Stedem Scripps Foundation Trophy recognizes Junior finishers of the Western States Trail Ride. Roxanne Greene, who donated the Cup, and her daughter Rebecca Greene, the youngest rider ever to win ten Tevis buckles, presented the cup for the first time in 1994. The trophy honors all junior riders and their horses who complete the Ride.

The award was founded to encourage good horsemanshipand to recognize cooperation between the junior rider, horse, family and friends. The base of the Scripps Cup bears the names of both horse and rider. Each junior rider, upon completion of the 100 Mile Ride, receives a photograph of the Cup and an inscribed brass plate for the rider's saddle. The Cup is on permanent display along with the Lloyd Tevis Cup and the James Ben Ali Haggin Cup in the foyer display case at the Auburn City Hall.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

US Equestrian Now Accepting Applications for 2021 U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe Position

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 26, 2021, 12:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has opened application submissions for the position of U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe for the following 2021 Championship events. The U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe will serve as Chef d’Equipe and USEF’s representative (per FEI General Regulations) for the 2021 FEI Senior World Endurance Championships in San Rossore (Pisa), Italy from May 19-24, 2021, the 2021 FEI Junior & Young Rider World Endurance Championship in Ermelo, Netherlands from September 6-13, 2021, as well as (subject to funding and entries) the 2021 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships in Campinas, Brazil from July 26-30, 2021. Applications are due by February 15, 2021.

The U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe position requires a minimum of five (5) years of involvement in the FEI Endurance discipline, as well as an intricate knowledge of the 2021 FEI Endurance Rules, and a good understanding of the FEI EADCMRs. The position also includes several other eligibility requirements necessary for consideration. Applicants will be asked, where possible, to declare all Conflicts of Interest with possible athlete applicants.

Responsibilities of the role will include attendance at Chef d’Equipe meetings during any championship where they are managing a team, liaison with the Technical Delegate, Ground Jury, and Organizing Committee, as well as define and discuss competition strategy for U.S. athletes to perform to the best of their abilities to be competitive on an international stage.

The selected applicant will be required to pass a background check and must remain current with the USEF Safe Sport training requirements. The full application is available here.

For more information, please contact Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Endurance Riding Convention Goes Virtual for 2021

January 20 2021

Obstacles aren’t insurmountable, especially for distance riders! Instead of their usual in-person convention this March, the American Endurance Ride Conference decided to go virtual with their 2021 Unconventional Convention. Participants can watch live on the 6th and 7th, and content will remain available to watch throughout the month.

Open to interested equestrians in the U.S., Canada and around the world, the convention features eight seminars that will appeal to everyone from new riders to experienced endurance enthusiasts.

Vendors will have virtual booths and many are offering convention-only specials. The convention also includes raffles, including one for a Treeless Saddle, valued at more than $3,000, donated by Saddle Up LLC. Awards and virtual get-togethers for various regions are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the national awards ceremony presentation on Saturday to close out the convention.

“Although our in-person conventions are always terrific, going virtual this year will allow many more people to experience an AERC convention,” said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. “The opportunity to see so many eminent speakers for such a low cost is one that should appeal to trail riders and distance riders alike.”

The seminar schedule can be accessed in real time, which allows attendees to present questions and comments to the speakers. Can’t make one or more of the seminars live? The seminars can be watched at any time through March 2021.

The first day includes “How Your Body Works With Your Horse” with Stephanie Seheult, DPT, followed by Langdon Fielding, DVM, discussing “Thumps and Other Electrolyte problems.” Melissa Ribley, DVM, a longtime ride vet and rider, will cover “Riding for Your Climate Conditions,” followed by “Find and Make a Good Endurance Horse” with Nick Warhol.

Day two begins with Dr. Seheult presenting an exercise routine geared for riders. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, a Colorado State University veterinary school professor, will speak on “Wound Care on the Trail,” followed by “The State of Equine Drug Testing” with Heather Knych, DVM, PhD, equine pharmacologist at UC Davis’s K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Pharmacology Lab. Dr. Fielding will close out the seminars with “What to Watch for—Before Your Ride” to help riders arrive at their ride with the healthiest horse possible.

Through February 18, the cost to attend all convention activities is $60 ($50 for current AERC members). Additional household members are an extra $10. After February 18, the cost increases to $65 for the first attendee.

For full details, schedule and speaker bios, and a link to convention registration, see

Saddle raffle tickets are $5 and all sales benefit the nonprofit association that celebrates distance riding, with emphasis on equine welfare, research and trail building and maintenance. Additional raffles include gift certificates and products in the national raffles and ride entries and local goods specifically for AERC’s nine regions.

Virtual vendor booths are priced low to encourage businesses, small and large, to reach distance riders, with options for live videos and chats, contests and special sales. For vendor information, see

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Introducing the 2021 International Equestrian Virtual Clinic

A FREE 3-day online event on how to be better riders, trainers & coaches (no matter your discipline!) JANUARY 26-28, 2021

The ultimate event for show jumpers, endurance riders, trail riders, dressage riders, cowboys/cowgirls, liberty and natural horsemanship enthusiasts, eventers and more!

Learn how to be the best equestrian in your town with secrets from 16 top riders, coaches, trainers, best-selling authors, podcasters and global leaders in the equine industry.

Among the many speakers, Jessica Isbrecht will discuss Endurance Riding 101: Getting a Non-Arabian to 50 miles.

For more information and for access to the online summit, see:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 January's Horses in the Morning - Listen

Junior Riders Distance Derby, My First Year in Endurance: Endurance Day for Jan 12, 2021

Jan 12, 2021

Endurance Episode: Natalie Mayer Law shares her Junior Rider Derby that encourages riders to put in miles under saddle and Kara stops by to recount her first season as an endurance rider, complete with shemozzles! Karen’s endurance riding tip is about headlamps. Listen in...

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Cheryl Van Deusen and Katie Bumgarner Win USEF Endurance Awards for 2020

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 7, 2021, 12:50 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian congratulates the top endurance athletes from the 2020 competition season. Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) has won the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the top U.S. senior endurance rider. Katie Bumgarner (Raleigh, N.C.) will receive the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy as the top U.S. junior or young rider in the sport.

Van Deusen had a successful season with her own EBS Regal Majjaan, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding. Together they completed CEI3* rides at Greenway Gallivant in Florida and Broxton Bridge in South Carolina early in the 2020 competition season. With her 16-year-old Arabian gelding, Hoover the Mover, Van Deusen earned second-place finishes in the CEI3* at Indian Springs in New Mexico and the CEI2* at the Broxton Bridge November ride. She completed her final CEI3* of the year at Broxton Bridge where she finished in second place with Holly Corcoran’s 8-year-old Arabian mare, Lorienn.

This year marks Van Deusen’s fourth consecutive season as the top U.S. senior endurance athlete. She is currently ranked 4th in the FEI Endurance Open Riders World Ranking.

Bumgarner had three top finishes in CEI rides with three different horses during the 2020 season. She rode Golden Lightning, Janice Worthington’s 20-year-old Arabian gelding, to a second-place finish at the CEIYJ1* at Broxton Bridge in January. In November, she added two wins to her record at Broxton Bridge, placing first in the CEIYJ1* with Khomets Boss Hoss, a 14-year-old half-Arabian gelding, and in the CEIYJ2* with Nazeefs Flashy Rose, a 13-year-old Arabian mare. Both horses are owned by Cheryl Van Deusen.

The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award is generously sponsored by Gold Medal Farm and Larry and Valerie Kanavy in memory of Maggy Price. Price was the 1992 FEI Endurance World Championship silver medalist and was instrumental in developing international endurance in the U.S. The Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy is awarded in memory of Kathy Brunjes, a successful endurance athlete and active supporter of the junior/young rider program.

Stay up to date with U.S. endurance by following USA Endurance on Facebook and US Equestrian on Instagram and Twitter. Use #USAEndurance.

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