Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Antelope Island Endurance Ride

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
April 13 2021

Situated back in its regular April perch on the AERC calendar, the Antelope Island 2-day endurance ride on Antelope Island was a good start to the Utah endurance season. If you survived the windy drive on Thursday (the wind closed I-84 in eastern Idaho for a time, causing long detours for some Montana drivers, and it also ripped the rolled-up awning off a horse trailer and sailed it and deposited it on the Interstate median), and the windy Thursday and Saturday nights, the rest was mostly smooth sailing!

Weather ran the usual gamut from cold to cool to warm, wind (from every direction), no wind, (but this year sans precipitation); it was good riding weather for many horses' first out of the year. At least one of the loops on each distance each day had a good climb, but at an altitude of 5300 feet by the (receding) lake, the whole ride is a good workout. (Over the years, the lake has been shrinking, due to an ever-growing population sucking the rivers and creeks about dry before water reaches the lake, hence salt water ten times the salt content of an ocean.)

This year's ride had a number of first-time island riders, and some first-time endurance riders. Riders sat astride spectrum of breeds from Arabians to American Saddlebreds to Mustangs to Quarter horses to Thoroughbreds and a feisty little Hackney pony who kept his companion tall, leggy Saddlebreds on their toes!

64 riders started on Saturday, 40 in the 30-miler and 24 in the 50.

The familiar face in the Winner's Circle (i.e. the awards table) was Christoph Schork aboard GE VA Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzie's 23rd win in 33 starts!) in 5:17, and he also got Best Condition (Ozzie's 20th BC!) 22 finished the 50.

Winner of the 30-miler was Lynn Oslick riding Kenlyn Psyche in 3:58. Best Condition went to first-time rider and first-time endurance horse, 9th place Randy Lander aboard his Thoroughbred Royal. 34 finished.

24 started and finished Day 2's 50-miler, with Jennifer Kaplan winning aboard Rogelio in 4:22. Second place Suzie Hayes got Best Condition with last year's Big Horn 100 winner, Sanstormm.

Ride Manager Jeff Stuart finished Day 2's 50 on 17-year-old JV Remington (aka Gus), achieving their Decade Team.

Winner of Day 2's 25-miler was Cindi West on Solvstads Ann Mai in 3:00. Fourth place Lynn Lee got Best Condition on Al-Marah Fastnfine. 18 finished out of 20 starters.

Tennessee Lane and her golden Thor were the only starters and finishers of the 2-day 100, finishing in a total ride time of 12:07.

This year we all said farewell to a long-time Northwest/Mountain region endurance rider and long time invaluable helper and fixture at the Antelope ride. Tonya (Call Me Annie) Stroud-Oakes and Gary are moving to Ohio, and Antelope Island will never be the same.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Gloria Mack, 74

WCCSRadio.com - Full Article

April 8 2021

Gloria Jean (Pearce) Mack, 74, of Rossiter, PA died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney, PA.

The daughter of Charles “Chuck” Harvey and Doris “Jean” (Hopkins) Pearce, she was born on December 16, 1946 in Commodore, PA.

Gloria was a 1966 graduate of Harmony High School.

She attended the Canoe Ridge Church of God.

Gloria married Gary Dalton Mack on July 2, 1966 and they shared over fifty-four years of marriage together.

Prior to embarking on her retirement seven years ago, Gloria had been employed the previous twenty-one years as the receptionist for the Wise Veterinary Clinic in Punxsutawney, PA. Earlier in her working career, she was the receptionist for Doctors Fatula and Orris, a Pediatricians office, in Punxsutawney, PA.

Gloria thoroughly loved being in the outdoors, especially in the woods. She enjoyed keeping herself busy with her family going camping; fishing; hunting and swimming.

She possessed a special affection for animals. Her pets – dog, Kasey, horse, Sarge and three cats – were treated as family members. Through her love of horses, Gloria had competed in endurance horse racing competitions and was a past member of the AERC...

Read more here:
https://www.wccsradio.com/2021/04/08/gloria-mack-74/

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Eagle Canyon is Opener for 2021 Northwest Endurance Season in Idaho

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
April 5 2021

54 horse and rider teams turned out near Eagle, Idaho, for the first Endurance ride of the season in the Northwest region. With the Covid pandemic (maybe) in the rear view mirror, endurance riders were looking forward to the beginning of a more normal season this year.

Eagle Canyon, managed by Layne Lewis in the Eagle foothills, is no pansy ride however: those deceptively gentle rolling green hills are a valid challenge to horses and riders. The weather cooperated this year - no excessive heat and no hurricane to blow riders off their mounts.

Eagle is normally in late April, but Layne switched with Regina Rose's Tough Sucker, which is normally the first of April, so that Regina could put on an early season 100 miler in the desert. Eagle was a good solid prep for the ambitious 100-milers!

28 started the 25-miler, with 26 finishing. Carrie Loughry and Copper River won in a ride time of 3:57, with Maria Kilgo and Echo Barbanno winning Best Condition.

26 started the 50-miler, with 19 finishing. Dick Root aboard OFW Alivia tied with Roxi Welling aboard SLF Lil Bit Loco tied for first in 6:36. Roxi and Loco got Best Condition.

A jolly Easter Egg Hunt commenced the next morning, Easter Sunday, with one or two grown up big kids getting in on the festivities. It was reported that one or two gophers joined in the fun, making off with a few of the eggs down their badger holes.

For more from the ride, see:
http://www.endurance.net/international/USA/2021EagleCanyon/