Friday, May 28, 2021

Endurance Horse Podcast Ep. 44: A Quilt of Sorts

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May 27 2021 Created by: Christina Hyke

Welcome to Episode 44 of Endurance Horse Podcast

Updates & Catching Up on Files!!!

I am so glad to be moving back to traditional episodes of Endurance Horse Podcast! This episode is a blend of audio from recent and also from last year! Here are some new voices and some familiar ones! Enjoy!


Christina Hyke, creator of Endurance Horse Podcast and WARHORSE Endurance Challenges. In 2021 Wisconsin State Horse Council named Christina ‘Horse Person of the Year’ for her philanthropy, her work with Endurance Horse Podcast and WARHORSE Endurance Challenges. The previous year Endurance Horse Podcast won an international award given by Equus Film and Arts Festival.

Chris lives in southern Wisconsin with her sweet husband, Jim and their three children. She has always loved the trails and spent every moment she could spare out riding for as long as she can remember.

It was the love of covering miles through beautiful territory hiking, running and riding on good horses that inspired her to create both Endurance Horse Podcast and WARHORSE Endurance as places where riders for riders to share stories with others from around the world.

Happy Trails Podcast: Top Ten Horse Trails in Colorado - Listen

May 27, 2021
by Jess

In this episode, Micahlynn Kaza breaks down her Top 10 favorite trails in Colorado. Micah is the Founder of Top Horse Trails, a highly detailed trail directory. She built it out of a passion for helping to get more horses out on trails and helping new riders get into horses.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

PNER Profile: Regina Rose

by Elayne Barclay
May 18 2021

The endurance season in the PNER region has begun and it is time for a new PNER member focus. This focus is on the manager of one of the first rides of the season (Tough Sucker) and one of the last (Owyhee Halloween): Regina Rose.

Regina was a horse crazy 8 year old with no access to horses but her mother worked at a dairy milking cows, so she improvised: “I tamed one of the young heifers and taught her to be ridden”. I sure wish there was some video clips of that! Regina moved on from backing heifers to pleading with a family friend to allow her to ride his horse. She recalls that she “begged and begged to ride the gelding and he finally said I could ride the unsociable gelding if I could catch him. I followed that old Morgan/TB gelding around for over 2 hours before he gave up and let me catch him so I could ride him.” By the time she was 12 years old, the gelding's owner had become Regina's step father and he was getting tired of her always riding his horse so he bought her 2 POA ponies. The ponies were from a dispersal sale, due to foal, and unbroken. Regina admits, “I did not know what I did not know. I just got on them and started riding them. I got dumped a few times, but the ponies were broke to ride and to drive and the foals soon to follow.” Pretty impressive for a 12 year old!

Regina's family moved from the Pacific Northwest to Wyoming in 1970 where she joined a saddle club and started competing in O-Mok-See events (I had to look that up, in case you haven't heard of it before, it originated with the Blackfoot Indian tribe and described a particular style of war ceremony riding which translated as“riding big”). Regina won 6th in the nation in the “Barrel & Stake” event on one of the foals out of her POA. The saddle club also put on endurance rides and Regina completed her first one in 1971 riding one of her ponies. She started volunteering at rides early on. The club put on the first Big Horn 100 in 1969 and Regina remembers, “I marked and unmarked trail, did secretary stuff, and helped with everything on the ride until I moved back to Idaho in 1992. Luckily for PNER, Regina continues to volunteer at rides and was recognized for her contributions in 2020 by being the recipient of AERC's Volunteer Service Award. Last year she “pioneered” the City of Rocks Pioneer ride as the first ride manager in the PNER region to put on a ride after Covid restrictions were in place. Once again she had to improvise to meet all the requirements for AERC sanctioning and public land permits. She rescheduled the entire ride by a day to be able to take advantage of less restrictive measures.

Since that first ride in 1971, Regina has ridden over 15,000 endurance miles! When asked how many 100 mile rides she has done, she replied, “ I have no clue, but I have done somewhere between 20 and 30. I never thought about keeping count, just loved to ride.” When asked about her mounts for all those miles, Regina said, “I just rode the horse I had at the time, any breed. I have ridden Arabians, Arab/draft crosses, mules, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, and my pony. Loved them all and did well on all of them. All my horses and my mule were retired for old age not unsoundness.”

When asked about her favorite memory riding endurance Regina said, “I think my favorite memories are of riding my mule [named “Mule”]. She was half Thoroughbred and could run, I did over 1000 miles on her in one season. That was one of my goals for her. I loved riding her and would just have to race people to the finish line when we were at rides. I would be riding along with someone and we could see we were getting close to the finish line and you could just see by the look on the other rider's face that they were thinking that they were not getting beat by a mule, so they would trot a little faster and Mule would keep up and then they would break into a canter because they could see the finish line, but too late for them, 'cause when Mule and I broke from the fast trot it was not a canter but a dead-out run and did I mention, she was half Thoroughbred, bye bye! Mule could really run and I got the biggest kick out of out-running a horse whose rider did not want to be beat by a good mule.”

Another vivid memory is of her Tevis completion. “I rode Tevis in 1984 and there were 300 riders that year. I had no crew and had improvised by persuading a volunteer to take the horse trailer and rig to Auburn. The same volunteer took some grain and food to the vet check at Forest Hill. The rest of the time we just used the hay and stuff everyone else had left from their horses and some folks gave us stuff when they heard we did not have a crew. We made it past Forest Hill as it was getting dark. It was so dark along the river under the trees you could not see anything. The folks at the river had a fire going, but you could only see the fire as you rode along trying to get there on the trail, and the river was high, so they told you where to cross when you got to the edge. The end of the ride that year was across the river and then up a steep trail into the east end of town where you finished and then led your horse to the fairgrounds on pavement to get your completion. Surprisingly, there was a foot race at the same time as the horse event. As I was going up that steep narrow trail I saw a person climbing up the same trail. I said what are you doing? He said I am running the Tevis and I said, oh my gosh you are nuts, and he said, what are you doing? I said I was riding the Tevis and he said I was crazy! So horse passed runner in the dark and both of us finished, he came in a few minutes behind my horse. I finished with a half hour to spare.”

Looking back Regina said, “The best times at endurance rides are when we are all sitting around waiting for the 100 milers to finish. At Owyhee Tough Sucker 100 we were waiting up with the vets along with a few other folks and the stories flowed, good and bad, the out house stories are the best, and everyone has a great out house story. Folks that go to bed miss the good stories.”

Don't miss the good stories!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Canada's Robert Gielen Secures Coveted Elite Athlete Status

Photo Credit: ©EC/Caroline Soble - Full Article

17 May 2021
By Kathy Irvine

Congratulations to Robert “Bob” Gielen of Flesherton, ON, and his Arabian gelding, Morebangforyourbuck (Doran x Forty Thieves), aka “Bang”! With the completion of the Fun in the Sun (FITS) CEI 3* 160km endurance ride in Williston, FL, on March 12, 2021, Bob retained his FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) Elite Athlete Status.

Robert Gielen, a veteran of the Canadian Endurance Team from Flesherton, ON, has reached the impressive milestone of FEI Elite Athlete Status.

Bob, 70, started endurance riding in 1995. In those fifteen years he, with some exceptional horses, has racked up a respectable 18,624 competitive kilometres. Bob has been a team member representing Canada in several World Championships: the 2008 Malaysia World Endurance Championships; the Lexington 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG); the 2013 North American Endurance Championships (NAEC) in Florida; and the 2016 NAEC in Millbrook, ON. In 2018, he rode in both the WEG test event and WEG in Tryon, NC.

The Elite Athlete Status Bob received demonstrates to foreign officials that he has the skill to guide a leased horse safety and expertly over a 160km course. To attain this designation, a rider must successfully complete a minimum of 10 CEI 3* or 4* 160km events. To retain Elite Athlete Status, they must complete same level ride within every successive 24 months; however, the timeline was extended to 33 months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Even with the extension, the past two years hasn’t made this easy. In 2018 the ride at WEG was disrupted and the next year, COVID-19 frustrated everyone’s plans. So, with only one shot left, Bob completed this 160km ride at FITS within 33 months as required...

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fort Howes Hosts AERC Young Rider Championship Concurrent with AERC National Championship June 11-15

Also happening is the Ride and Tie and Equitation and AHA Region 6 Championship

What a better way to celebrate 24 (25) years of AERC Endurance Rides at the Circle Bar Ranch and the adjoining Custer-Gallatin National Forest than to host the AERC National Championship!

Homesteaded in 1883 by Captain Calvin Howes (a former sea Captain from Massachusetts), the Circle Bar Ranch is the home of the Fort Howes Endurance Rides - See Ranch History Link. As noted, starting in 1997, the Fort Howes rides have grown from a one-day ride offering a 25-mile Limited Distance ride and a 50-mile Endurance Ride to hosting the 2021 AERC National Championship.

We'll start the ball rolling with the AERC 50 Mile Championship on the 11th. On the 12th we'll have an open ride day with two Limited Distance rides - one starting at 7:00am and the next starting at 3:00pm. In addition to the two LD rides we'll have a 50-mile ride. Finishing out the weekend on the 13th we'll have the AERC 100-mile Championship. But wait, in order to keep the ball rolling and the party going, we are extremely excited to offer the AERC Young Rider Championship on Tuesday the 15th. The AERC Young Rider Championship will be a 75-mile ride with a Team aspect thrown in for good measure!

Trails consist of Open Meadows, Cow Trails, and unimproved Jeep Trails. Riders can expect to have at least one 1000' elevation change in each loop they ride out on. Water is available out on trail every 3-5 miles. Although most Vet Checks will be in basecamp, we will have out checks for the 100-mile ride and the AERC Young Rider Championship 75-mile ride and we'll make arrangements to haul your crewing supplies out, if necessary.

Basecamp is a huge open field of more than 15 acres with lots of room and plenty of horse water available.

We will again be offering our Rancher's dinner on one of the nights - probably Thursday - including steak and all the trimmings. We're also anticipating that the local Amish ladies will have freshly made donuts and other baked goods available during the ride. We are working with a couple of the local food trucks to have food for purchase available for the weekend as well.

Temperatures in the early part of June range in the 40's overnight and up into the 80's during the days. Though one should always plan for anything - this is Montana after all and we subscribe to the saying "Don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change".

Please be sure you read the "Important Travel Information" page as it has information for people entering the state of Montana with horses.

We’re looking forward to once again opening our little piece of Heaven to our endurance community with the offer of "come early, stay late", but don’t be surprised if you get "put to work" while you’re here!

Bill, Jan, Heather, John, Tyler, Cody, Kaylee, Jennifer, Chet, Milo, and Megan.

For more information, including entries and schedule of events, see:

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Nicole Wertz Featured in Lavender Fields Magazine

Did you know that Nicole Wertz has almost 16,000 endurance miles, 52 100-mile completions, *and* a USDF Gold Medal in dressage?

Nicole is featured in the May issue of the online Lavender Fields magazine.

Read about her starting on page 22.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Holly Corcoran To Represent The USA Equestrian Endurance Team In The World Championships In Italy - Article & Video

She will ride her 2007 Arabian gelding Poete along with her 5 member team this May in Italy

Author: Steve Lloyd
Published: 7:36 PM EDT May 11, 2021

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — Holly Corcoran is a 1988 East Stroudsburg University graduate and lives in Monroe County with her 5 Arabian horses. Back in 2003 she got involved in the sport of equestrian endurance riding. Over the last few months she has been training her 2007 Arabian gelding Poete down in Florida for this month's Endurance World Championship in Pisa, Italy. She is part of the five member USA team making the trip to compete in this international event.

"There is a lot of strategy involved in endurance to begin with just so you know. Like I said coming into the holds you want to strip down as fast as possible like NASCAR. So you maintain efficiency in the ride and try to make every moment count so that the horse has to do the least amount of work over the terrain," said Holly...

Read more and see video here:

200 Signed Up for Tevis

Two Hundred Signed Up!

If you haven’t sent your entry in already, time is of the essence. See the rider list HERE.

President's Message

Well, folks. It’s looking more and more like we are going to have a ride, or as Wendell would say, “Ride, really ride!

As Covid cases decline and more of us are vaccinated, the parks and trails are beginning to open up and, the likelihood of a ride becomes a real possibility.

There will be some challenges. One of the major ones is the very small area we have for the Robinson Flat vet check and one-hour hold. The Forest Service, having had an entire year where the campground was vacant, decided to log it during the ride. Most of the traditional area we use will be unavailable. We will only have the log deck on the left as you reach the road’s intersection with Soda Springs Road to use for vetting. We will need to limit crewing and have a streamlined traffic plan. We may limit crews to one or two per rider and have crews carpool to reduce congestion. Crewing will probably be done back in the trees across from the log deck and up Soda Springs Road for a hundred yards. Needless to say, it will be a real test of ingenuity and making do. Stay tuned for further information.

It’s been a dry year and we hope to make up for it by having plenty of water on the trail. We now have two large water trailers, and they will service Michigan Bluff and Foresthill. We should have our new well in place at Chickenhawk, and have an abundance of water to cool the horses there.

Having missed the ride last year, we are all looking forward to reestablishing Tevis as the ultimate experience in endurance riding.

Happy Trails and Be Safe!

Jeff Herten

Monday, May 10, 2021

Winning the Big Horn 100 & Overcoming All - Full Article

Suzanne Hayes’ extraordinary Big Horn 100 endurance ride victory came in the face of numerous challenges.

By Merri Melde
May 9, 2021031

Not many people would consider climbing aboard a horse soon after breaking ribs. But not everybody is Suzanne Hayes, who won the Big Horn 100 endurance ride just six weeks after a fall that resulted in 10 broken ribs (some in multiple places), two fractured vertebrae, a punctured lung and a lacerated liver, and that led to her spending five days in the ICU and 10 more days in the hospital.

In fact, the 67-year-old Arlee, Mont., native was already discussing the possibility of riding the Big Horn—one of the toughest 100-mile endurance rides in the country—with her trauma doctors in the emergency room when they ticked off all the damage.

“I told them, ‘Well, I’ve got a really big 100-mile ride in six weeks,’” Hayes recalls. “‘I’m hoping that we can still plan on that.’ They looked at me like, ‘You gotta be kidding me...’”

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Wisconsin: Local horse enthusiast looks to take on 2021 Mongol Derby - Full Article

By Peter Lindblad
May 7, 2021

Across mountainous, desert terrain, Chloe Dvorak will ride from sun up to sundown on horseback for seven to 10 days straight.

It’ll be scorching hot during the day and freezing at night, when she’ll sleep on a cot in a yurt, or gers as they are called in Mongolia, with a native family if she’s lucky. Otherwise, the hard ground will be her bed.

Every day of the punishing Mongol Derby will push the Poynette resident and 2011 Lodi High School graduate to the limit.

“I’m going to be really happy to take a shower at the end,” said Dvorak, with a laugh.

Grueling challenge

Chosen as one of 30 out of 700 candidates to compete in the 1,000-kilometer race, Dvorak is up for the challenge. Just getting through the race in one piece would be a monumental achievement...

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Friday, May 07, 2021

US Equestrian Announces New U.S. Endurance FEI Calendar Policies & Procedures

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 7, 2021, 9:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - On September 29, 2020, the USEF Board of Directors approved the FEI Calendar Policies and Procedures for FEI Endurance competitions within the United States. These policies and procedures will go into effect starting with the 2022 competition calendar.

The aim of these policies and procedures is to produce the most effective U.S. endurance calendar. It is important to note at the outset, that these policies and procedures do not replace the USEF licensing and/or mileage rules.

The policies and procedures document outlines the process by which organizers will need to submit their applications and go through an open review period prior to consideration by the USEF Committees and then potential submission to the FEI.

Applications for events wishing to be submitted to the FEI by October 1 for the following calendar year must be submitted to USEF no later than June 1. Any application received after the June 1 deadline has no guarantee of being submitted to the FEI for the applicable October 1 deadline.

The June 1 deadline allows for the addition of an open review period to the standard approval process. The procedure timeline is as follows:

June 1: Deadline for submission of applications.

June 15 – July 1: Open Review: Proposed calendars are circulated to all OCs that submitted an application. OCs may request modifications, cancellations, or comment on potential areas of concern during the Open Review.

Beginning of August: USEF Endurance Sport Committee reviews calendar. If potential areas of concern are noted by the committee, USEF staff will work with OCs to resolve areas of concern and re-submit the calendar to the USEF Endurance Sport Committee prior to sending the calendar to the USEF International Disciplines Council (IDC) or an IDC Ad Hoc Calendar Group.

September: IDC reviews calendars and makes recommendations to the USEF Board of Directors or an Ad Hoc Calendar Group approved by the USEF Board of Directors. The USEF Board of Directors approves calendars prior to the October 1 submission deadline to the FEI.

To renew an existing competition, log into the licensee account here. Select “Competition Dashboard” then “Endurance Application to Host a 2022 USEF/FEI Competition” and select the competition(s) to renew (eligible competitions will populate on the next page).

Online applications are only for renewals. First-time FEI events must be submitted on the paper application found here.

The full Policies and Procedures can be found here.

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

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Monroe Co., Pennsylvania Woman Represents Team USA in Endurance World Championship - Article & Video

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
By Emily Kress

A Monroe County woman is representing Team USA in the 2021 Endurance World Championship. The 100 mile equestrian race will take place in Italy later this month after being postponed last September due to Covid-19.

Holly Corcoran of Stroudsburg is just one of five team members participating for Team USA in the International Federation for Equestrian Sports Competition. The team and their horses will fly out this weekend to Pisa, Italy. Corcoran will be riding her horse Poete for the 100 mile trek. She has another horse named Poetrie, that qualified for the race. Poetrie will be ridden by another Team USA member, Hanna Weightman.

"It's incredibly humbling, I'm just overjoyed. I feel privileged and it's a special feeling when you're asked to represent your country," said Corcoran...

Read more and see video here:

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Local Nevada woman embarking on 550-mile horse ride - Article and Video

By Josh Little
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 9:52 AM PDT

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Samantha Szesciorka is about to set out on a horse ride across the state of Nevada.

“I love trail-riding and being with my horse. And I love Nevada,” exclaimed Szesciorka.

It’s a 550-mile trip, spanning 43 days.

“I try to eliminate the amount of weight he carries of course, and monitor his hydration. And all of that is built into the preparations and planning in advance,” explained Szesciorka.

It’s the third time she’s done a long-distance ride like this on top of “Sage”, but this trip has a special meaning.

“To promote wild horse adoption, because I’m riding a formally wild horse, and he’s a great ambassador for that adoption program,” said Szesciorka...

More article and video here: