Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tevis Cup returns, 133 horses take on 100-mile ride - Full Article

July 30 2021
Justin Scacco

Since 1955, riders have taken their horses across 100 miles of terrain on a race from Olympic Valley to Auburn.

After being canceled a year ago due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Tevis Cup returned Saturday, bringing 133 horses to the start line for one of the premier endurance riding events in the nation.

Riders and horses left Olympic Valley at 5 a.m., and shortly after 10 p.m. Jeremy Reynolds, of Florida, crossed the finish line in Auburn, winning his fourth Tevis Cup...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Jeremy Reynolds Wins Fourth Tevis Cup - Full Article

Excessive heat and smoke from wildfires challenged participants in the 2021 ride.

Posted by Marsha Hayes | Jul 26, 2021

At 10:03 p.m. PDT, Saturday July 24, Jeremy Reynolds on his bay Arabian mare, Treasured Moments, crossed the finish line of the 65th Tevis Cup ride to claim his fourth victory. He finished an hour and 10 minutes before the second-place horse, VA Blizzard of Oz, ridden by Chistorph Schork.

“This win is special for me,” Reynolds said moments after Treasure successfully passed her final veterinary examination. “I’ve had her forever. She is a piece of me.”

Reynolds and Treasure ran near the front early in the race.

Reynolds arrived at Foresthill with Suzanne Huff on her bay Arabian mare, S D Expressa. Although Huff left the one-hour hold two minutes before Reynolds, during the last 32 miles, Reynolds pulled ahead. “Basically, ‘Treasure’ pulled on me all the way from Foresthill,” he said...

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Win 2021 Tevis Cup; Jeanette Mero and Ozark Kaolena SWA Win Haggin Cup

by Merri
July 26 2021

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments finished first in the August 24th Tevis Cup. Riding at the front of the pack of 133 riders, the two enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory at the end, finishing the 100 miles in 14 hours 48 minutes.

Second place was a nail-biter, as 3 riders popped up trail out of the dark 1 hour and 10 minutes later, with Christoph Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz nipping Vicki Holzer and SW Majestica, with Susan Kramer and A Ali Aseel another length back in fourth.

Suzanne Ford Huff and S D Expressa had been running up front with Jeremy leaving the Foresthill vet check, but they dropped back to finish fifth.

Finishing sixth and seventh were the mother-daughter duo of Jeanette and Reyna Mero. Jeanette rode Ozark Kaolena SWA (Lena) and Reyna rode Chndakas Eklipse SWA, with Lena receiving the Haggin Cup the next morning.

Jeremy is now a 4-time Tevis Cup winner (he also won the Haggin Cup 3 times previously).

Treasured Moments is an 11-year-old mare by DA Adios X Hidden Treasure, by RD Five Star, who received her 4th Tevis Buckle (her first buckle was a 3rd place and Haggin cup with Jeremy). Eight weeks previously she’d been in Italy where she and Jeremy won the 100-mile Italian Championship.

Jeanette Mero received her 4th Tevis buckle and Lena received her second. The mare has completed all but 2 of her 34 starts and she’s earned 7 Best Condition awards, including the 2019 National Championship 100 in California.

This year's heat wasn't particularly awful, though some riders did have to contend with the usual Tevis Gremlins out on trail (and before the ride). The riders and horses did have to contend with smoke from the start to several miles past the first hour vet check at Robinson Flat (36) miles but a top rider didn't consider that a factor.

63 riders finished out of 133 starters for a completion rate of 47%, which is more or less average for the Tevis Cup.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Daylight in Vermont:The Covid Edition.

July 18 2021

The traditional Vermont 100 weekend hosted a 25 and 50 mile ride AERC endurance ride. WE had TWO amazing runners join us to celebrate how special and unique this event is. WE ARE THE last combined run and ride!. Thank you Krista and Guy. I spoke to them at the finish line and they were smiling and not even winded!! They ran to show the spirit of the Vermont 100 and to support VASS and to just be who they amazingly are!! You ROCK Krista and Guy. The REAL Vermont 100 will be back in 2022. Stay tuned!

Pamela J. Karner, V.M.D.

After helping prep Western States Trail, Auburn man will compete in Tevis Cup - Full Article

After helping prep the Western States Trail, Auburn's Greg Kimler will compete in the Tevis Cup

Bill Poindexter
July 18 2021

Greg Kimler pulls up a photo of a fallen tree on his cell phone. It’s in Volcano Canyon on the Western States Trail – a week before the Tevis Cup.

So if 163 teams (to this point) of horses and riders are to challenge “the world’s best-known and most difficult equestrian endurance ride,” according to the website, “I gotta hike in there and get it,” he says.

Kimler and his team at Echo Valley Ranch in Auburn will be doing much more than removing trees from the trail during a summer heavy in drought and beetles. Having been involved in the Tevis Cup for 38 years, the business will supply 80 100-gallon troughs for water on the course, certified weed-free hay, trucks. Echo Valley will make deliveries to the Gold Country Fairgrounds and provide information to the teams...

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Suzanne Hayes is Repeat Winner of the 2021 Big Horn 100 Endurance Ride

July 18 2021
by Merri

On July 10 (actually, the wee hours of July 11), the familiar face of Suzanne Hayes landed in this year’s Big Horn 100 winner’s circle again. But instead of riding one of her older, experienced campaigners (both Sanstormm, last year’s winner, and Greenbriar Al Jabal, 2012 winner, are headed to Tevis this year), she rode one of her young horses to the win.

Considered one of the toughest 100-mile endurance rides in the country, Suzie thinks the Big Horn, in the mountains above Shell, Wyoming, is just perfect for a horse’s first 100. She rode her 8-year-old Arabian gelding, Al-Marah Triple Speed ("Ace") in his first 100-mile ride. The win was just cake icing.

“It’s perfect because you have to go slow,” Suzie explains. “To me it’s a very metabolically kind course for a horse. Because of the footing - there’s a lot of rocks - you just can’t go very fast. And there’s tons and tons of grass for the horses to eat, so to me it’s a really good course for a first time. You can go to the flat 100-mile courses and you can you gallop the whole way, but to me those are way harder on a horse.”

Suzie didn’t set out to win; she just did her usual what’s-best-for-the-horse ride. “It was fun because the 50 started at the same time, so Lynn and I got to ride together on our two Al-Marah horses.” Lynn Lee is Suzie’s Arlee, Montana, neighbor and long-time friend who often crews for Suzie, when she’s not riding her own horses. The two geldings are half brothers, by the sire Al Marah Swift.

“We just trundled along. We didn’t set any speed records by any means, but everybody else I guess was just going slower. Most people were pretty close.”

After the 50s ended their ride (Lynn and Al-Marah Fastnfine won and got Best Condition on the 50) and the hundreds continued, for a while Suzie and Ace rode with Jerry from Illinois for another 20 miles. Then she rode the rest of the way, in the dark, by herself. Their winning time was around 18:40, and Ace got Best Condition.

“That’s pretty slow. It’s probably the slowest winning time ever on that course,” Suzie says. “This is just a course where you’ve got to be smart and ride it smart, and just take it easy over the bad footing. You just can’t go real fast on it. I don’t think they’ll ever win that course in 12 or 14 hours anymore like they used to. You just can’t do it. But it’s just so pretty, it doesn’t matter.”

All in all, it was a smooth ride. “It was really fun, the weather was good, the temperatures were moderate, there were no thunderstorms, and that’s my story!” What she doesn’t mention is that she also wasn’t riding - and winning - six weeks after breaking 10 ribs, cracking two vertebrae, and lacerating her liver, like she did last year riding Sanstormm.

Last year’s Big Horn 100 had an unusually high number of starters (79), because it was the 50th anniversary, and because COVID interfered with the entire first half of the ride season. This year, with ample rides everywhere, including  the National Championships in Montana four weeks earlier, and Tevis two weeks later, only 9 riders started the 100 (8 finished), and 5 started the 50 (4 finished).

“I just feel so bad because that trail is a tough trail to mark and to do all that work on. A lot of those little rides it’s not a big deal, but Big Horn, it is because it’s so much work. I hope they keep having it, and I hope people will come.”

Top photo, Suzie and Al-Marah Triple Speed at Antelope Island in Utah; bottom photo Suzie and Al-Marah Triple Speed, and Lynn Lee and Al-Marah Fastnfire at Antelope Island

Friday, July 16, 2021

2021 July's Horses in the Morning Podcast - Listen

Endurance: Tevis Cup: History, 1st Timer’s POV, and TWH John Henry for July 13, 2021 by Horseware

Jul 13, 2021

Tevis Cup Committee Erin McChesney joins us to explain the history and purpose of the Cup Committee and what it does in regards to the awarding of the Haggin Cup. First time Tevis rider Andy Botello shares what it’s like leading up to his first his first Tevis with his Alnglo Arab Aur Quick Chick. Susan Garlinghouse, DVM updates us on her TWH John Henry who is about to attempt his 6th completion. Listen in...

Thursday, July 15, 2021

2022 AERC National Championship announced

The Old Dominion Ride in Virginia will host the 2022 AERC National Championships, with the 55-mile competition on Thursday, June 9, and the 100 on Saturday, June 11. More details to come at

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Volunteers Needed at Tevis on July 24

Volunteers Needed at The Ride on July 24! 
Our horses and riders can’t do it without you!  

We especially need volunteers for late Saturday night/early Sunday morning at the Timed Finish and at the exciting McCann Stadium Vet Check in Auburn. The Tevis Cup needs your help. Please sign up now to Volunteer on the Tevis Cup website and complete the volunteer signup form.

Questions?  call Sesi Catalano at (775) 722-4661.

No experience necessary!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, July 12, 2021

Behind the Lens: Get to know Endurance Ride Photographer Kitty Carlisle

by Merri

The Endurance Ride Photographers Guild, ERPG, was formed in 2019, and consists of a group of two dozen professional, skilled photographers from around the USA dedicated to documenting AERC endurance ride events in the USA.

"Behind the Lens" series is a snapshot for readers and riders of the ERPG photographers who capture your endurance moments on the trails and in camp.

Kitty Carlisle and her husband Scott Tully are originally from Texas. They own Projections Photography. Kitty has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years. Kitty’s website is

Where do you live?
Carson City, Nevada

How did you first get into photography?
I began my career as a sports photographer for our local newspaper.  I have always loved to shoot things that move!  

What equipment do you normally shoot with?
I am a Canon girl, and my lens of choice is my 70-200.

When did you start shooting endurance rides?
I first began photographing endurance for National Endurance Driving Association (NEDA) in 2009. I loved photographing carts flying through the desert over some intense terrain, and I was hooked!

Why do you like shooting endurance rides?
My two favorite things about endurance rides are the great people involved and the amazing scenery I get to see.

What are challenges you find in shooting endurance rides?
Hands down, the biggest challenge in shooting endurance is the weather! I have shot in weather so hot it melted the soles of my boots, and I have been knee deep in snow with my hands so cold I couldn’t feel the trigger.  Sometimes, we get both in the same week. Dust is my sworn enemy.  Not only does it leave you eating dirt, but the sand blasting has destroyed a few cameras.

Anything else you’d like to share?
When the day is done, I count my blessings that I have traveled to so many wonderful locations and met so many new friends along the way.

Below are couple of shots from Kitty’s favorite rides over the years.
"The last picture attached is of my horse Blaze," Kitty says. "He is not an endurance horse, but he is definitely my heart horse.  He is a rescue and  I couldn’t imagine him ever trusting anyone after what he had been through.  He is a therapy horse now.  He has come so far.  He is a true testament to spirit and a perfect example of just what we can endure."


Behind the Lens: Bill Gore profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Genie Stewart-Spears profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Susan Kordish profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Becky Pearman profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Dave Honan profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Linda Sherrill profile is here:

Behind the Lens: Steve Bradley profile is here:

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Deadline for nominating AERC Hall of Fame Members is July 15

July 15 is the deadline for nominating worthy members/equines for Hall of Fame, Pard'ners Award, Volunteer Service Award and Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award. One nomination form for all awards!:

Or contact the office to nominate by mail or email,

Talkin' Trot Podcast Ep 21: Talkin about recent rides and the learning experiences that come with!

Talkin' Trot Podcast - Listen

July 8 2021

Ride season has started and we've been busy, but we are back!

This episode will feature things we came across on our recent rides such as:

• Dealing with the cold ....and the heat! for you and your horse

• Camping without a living quarters

• managing a large ride start

• Outcheck? What to pack

• Riding without crew

• Riding back to back days

We hope you enjoy hearing our ride experiences that brought forth these topics. It seems that these are things that come up often and some we've covered before but we felt they were worth mentioning again.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

2021 June's Horses in the Morning Podcast - Listen

Endurance: Loose Horses and Horse Camping for June 3, 2021

Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Gimenez joins us to talk about what to do, or not do, when you encounter a loose horse. Plus Karen shares some of her favorite horse camping hacks. Listen in...

Friday, July 09, 2021

New AERC Century Club Members: Carolyn Roberts and Manhattanincident

by Karen Steenhof

One definition of endurance is "the ability to continue doing something for a long time." At age 82, Carolyn Roberts (AERC #914) has not missed a year of riding AERC rides in 43 years. Carolyn's first AERC ride was a 25-miler in 1978 at the Boise Basin Gold Rush near Idaho City, Idaho, followed by a 50-mile ride the next month.

Carolyn did the early point-to-point Pony Express rides, and she and her husband Neil camped in Nevada in some of the years that she was competing seriously. She was the National Heavyweight Champion in 1983, riding Wrianas Shiloh 1,420 miles that year. She also placed third in the nation and first in the Northwest in 1983. She and Shiloh also ranked nationally in 1985. She and her late husband, Neil, managed the R & R ride in Eagle, Idaho, from 1978 to 1988.

Despite some serious injuries and illnesses as well as several surgeries over the years, Carolyn has completed more than 10,000 miles of AERC rides (7,365 endurance and 2,795 LD). She has been awarded Best Condition at more than 36 rides.

Carolyn and her 19-year-old Arab gelding, Manhattanincident (Mac) completed 1300 LD miles, including 55 miles in 2021. Tragically, Mac had to be euthanized on April 26 due to colic caused by a rectal tear. Our hearts go out to Carolyn for losing her best buddy.

*top photo Carolyn Roberts and Manhattanincident (right) with frequent riding companion Maria Kilgo at the 2020 Autumn Sun Pioneer ride. Photo ©Merri Melde

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

2021 Wahatoya Cup in Southern Colorado

by Merri
July 6 2021

This high Colorado mesa outside of La Veta, Colorado, has been in Tennessee Lane’s family for 25 years. She’d been dreaming of putting on an endurance ride and sharing the beauty of this country with riders, but with all the endurance rides she went to and competed in herself, she never had time.

“Until I busted my knee in 2015. Then I had time to design and develop trails, and talk to land owners, who graciously allowed me to use their private land.”

And so in 2016 was born SoCo Endurance, Ridecamp at 8000’ (you’re not going to find many higher base camps!), and trails from 7000-9000 feet below and on the flanks of the twin Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado near La Veta.

All the 130 miles of trails are on private property, and thanks to the Lanes and the generous landowners, endurance riders get to experience things a normal person can’t, that are “keynotes” of this ride. “The ‘keynotes’ of the Spanish Peaks/Wahatoya trail system are Boone Point, Little Kansas (the fairy village), The Big Wall crossing, the Cucharas River, the Ridgeline climb (hill of death), the PistolWhip descent, WildCat canyon, Long Canyon, the Wahatoya Valley and creek…and more,” Tenney said. You can guess how some of these got their names!

In 2017, SoCo Endurance hosted the AERC National Championships.

This year’s 2-day Wahatoya Cup followed right on the hooves of the 5-day Spanish Peaks Pioneer (one day off between). The perpetual Wahatoya Cup goes to the winner of the 100-miler, and the Kevin Myers Memorial Cup goes to the Best Conditioned horse of the 100.

A super group of volunteers and officials make this ride possible: veterinarians Carter Hounsel (from Texas), Gail Conway (from Texas, who also brought 2 horses and got to ride several days), and local Miranda Andress; Cody (the voice of SoCo), the radio guys, and a whole host of family and friends and new friends, and endurance riding crews and not-riding riders.

This is wild country: you might see deer, elk, antelope, bear (a couple of riders saw bears, including a mama and 2 cubs), cougars (I am sure I heard one while out shooting photos one day).

The weather can be wild: it was brown and dry last year, but this year it ran the full gamut of heat, cold, sun, clouds, thick fog, heavy rain and thunderstorms, sometimes all in one day. Chest-high grass carpeted the entire area, which was great for horse gut sounds.

With the cancellation of the 5-day Fort Stanton ride in New Mexico, riders came from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and from as far away as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia. In endurance days of old, riders would bring one horse for all 5 (or 7) days, but most riders now bring multiple horses.

Day 1’s 25 was won by local Linda Browneller; Debbie Ediger finished second on Jeelee Montana RA; that made 6 days of LD’s this week on her lovely mare.

Day 1’s 50 was won by a race-off with Oklahoma’s Gunnar Frank just nipping local Sami Browneller by a head, with Gunnar’s horse getting Best Condition.

Friday evening as the ride meeting started, a heavy fog blew in fast followed by rain, rain and more rain, which would make for some new boggy spots and a flew slick areas for Saturday’s rides.

Despite that, the 100-miler was a fast one (Tennessee moved some of the hard mountain loops to ‘easier’ loops where riders could move out more). High Lonesome Arabian’s Erin Lemmons and Tuscarora John from Texas and local Sami Browneller and Kaytwo raced for the finish, with Erin and TJ winning by a couple of lengths. Christoph Schork and GE VA Blizzard of Oz cantered in third over the line, and Ozzie won the Best Condition award. Young Rider Taylor Fisher and Kenlyn Kourvy won the 75 miler.

And meanwhile, back in Ridecamp…..

There was Wednesday evening’s Whole Hog Hootenanny with a pig roast and live music.

A new tradition was started at this year’s event/s: the epic puzzle, which gobs of people worked diligently on during the 5-day ride, and which got blown over on the ground Thursday night, and which was picked back up, and *almost* got finished by Sunday’s ceremonies.

The challenge and the beauty of the trails and the unique atmosphere all make this a very special endurance ride, where many new riders became friends, and many old friends became family, which is a big part of SoCo Endurance.

More photos, and stories to come at:

14 from Divide to ride in Tevis Cup - Full Article

By Special to the Gazette
By Deb Peter

The Tevis Cup has significance to the Divide community. As of April 22 there were 196 entries from all over the world, and 14 of those participants are from the Divide — Heather Reynolds, Lucy Trumbull, Pamela Bailie, Dean Moon, Denver Conley, Jenny Gomez, Kassandra DiMaggio, Tracy Browne, Shane Lesher, Tim Crews, Christine Grey, Potato Richardson, Maria DeCarlo, and Sandy Smyth...

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Thursday, July 01, 2021

2021 Spanish Peaks 5-Day Pioneer Pictographic

by Merri
July 1 2021

The twin Spanish Peaks are the story here. Tennessee’s annual Spanish Peaks ride (multiday, and in 2017 site of the AERC National Championship) take place below the twin peaks). Called “Huajatolla”  by the Comanches, they were named a National Natural Landmark in 1976 with their igneous dikes - or walls - radiating down the mountains, one of which the riders get to ride through.

Not many Ridecamps are situated at 8000’!

The Colorado weather keeps you guessing: clouds, sun, rain, hail, thunderstorms, fog, sun, warm, hot, cool, cold, sometimes all in one day!

Riders came from far and wide - as far as South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia - but it was local Colorado Young Rider Cassadee Jaksch who won the first 3 days of 50s (tying for first on day 1 with Vicki Holzer and Erin Lemmons, tying with Christoph Schork on day 2).

Winners and prizes and swag, oh my!

Riding through The Wall (which is a super treat, as these walls are all on private property, and Tennessee has special permission to do this!)

80-year-old Earl Baxter rode 205 miles (4 days of 50s, on 2 different horses, this mare of which many of us covet), finishing in the top ten every day!

Debi and Debbie finished all 5 days of LDs!

Two guy Gail/Gayles rode together on day 5 - what are the odds of that!

Today's a day off, then it's the 2-day Wahatoya Cup!

See more photos, and stories to come, at