Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Endurance Horse Podcast: Susannah Jones & Snickers place 25th at Tevis 2021

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Welcome to Episode 48 of Endurance Horse Podcast: Susannah Jones & Snickers
Created by: Christina Hyke

More from Tevis 2021
Published August 2021

Today on Endurance Horse Podcast we are talking with Susannah Jones of California, USA who completed the 2021 Tevis Cup with Snickers. Susannah inspired with me what could have been two career ending accidents and her tenacity to continue to saddle up & ride! And not to just ride, to take on arguably one of the toughest rides in the world, Tevis.

Join me with welcoming Susannah Jones to episode 48 Endurance Horse Podcast!


Saturday, August 28, 2021

‘To finish is to win’: Penn Valley woman Nancy Martin, 66, completes Tevis Cup 100-mile ride in first attempt

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Martin had done a few endurance rides in her life, but nothing on the scale of the Tevis Cup.

August 28 2021
Walter Ford

Not every competition is about finishing first, or how well one fares in comparison to their peers. Some endeavors are more about the journey rather than the destination. Sometimes, simply finishing is winning.

“Our goal was to finish, have the horses look good and take as long as it took, and that’s what we did,” said Nancy Martin, a Penn Valley resident who took on the 100-mile Tevis Cup Endurance Ride for the first time in late July. “To finish is to win, and that is so true at Tevis.”

The Tevis Cup is a premiere equestrian event in which riders and horses navigate 100-miles of rough terrain that follows portions of the Western States Trail. Beginning at the Robie Equestrian Park, south of Truckee, riders have 24-hours to traverse the trail and reach the finish line at the Auburn Fairgrounds...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Endurance Horse Podcast - Natalie Law & Mo Motion Jack

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August 20 2021

Welcome to Episode 47 of Endurance Horse Podcast: Natalie Law & Mo Motion Jack

Created by: Christina Hyke

More from Tevis 2021

Today on Endurance Horse Podcast we are talking with Natalie Law of Utah who completed the 2021 Tevis Cup with her 16.3 hh Saddlebred gelding, affectionately known as Brave, registered name, Mo Motion Jack. Natalie also rode along side her 12 year old daughter, Kyla Law who was riding one of the most recognizable equines at the 2021 Tevis Cup aboard her 11.2 hh Hackney Pony known world wide now as Flash, his registered name is Piece of Perfection.

This mother / daughter team finished a very respectable 36th and 37th in the 2021 Tevis Cup aboard what is arguably non traditional endurance horse and pony. Natalie will tell you that Flash was Brave’s emotional support pony and also share some excitement about a rattler that Flash encountered out on the trail pre ride!

Join me with welcoming Natalie Law to episode 47 Endurance Horse Podcast!


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Endurance riders to give hope for horses a hand

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By Bob Cohen Special to The Mountaineer
Aug 22, 2021

Endurance rides have been held at the Biltmore Estate since 1994 and were suspended for COVID last year.

Next month, the property will mark the event’s return as the Biltmore Fall Endurance Ride to Benefit Hope for Horses will get underway on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.

The event, to be held at the Biltmore Equestrian Center, will be staged as a fundraiser for Hope for Horses, whose farms are located in Buncombe County while the executive office is located in downtown Waynesville. Five different races are scheduled for the two-day event, ranging from 25- and 30-mile limited-distance races to 50- and 75-mile endurance runs...

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2021 August's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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Endurance: Tevis Star Kyla Law and Flash and USA Young Rider Team for Aug 10, 2021 by Horseware Aug 10, 2021

We speak with Tevis sensations Kyla about riding her Hackney Pony “Flash” (11.2h) and her Mom riding the tallest horse, a Saddlebred named Kyle (16.3h) and their completion of Tevis. Plus, we meet the 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors US Team Charlene Dugan, Meghan Wert and Alex Shampoe. Listen in...


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Halliday, ND woman finishes in top 10 of world-class endurance event

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By Jody Kerzman
Published: Aug. 19, 2021

HALLIDAY, N.D. - Dante LaPierre has lived all over the world.

She grew up in South Africa, trained horses in England and Dubai and competed around the world.

Now she calls Halliday, N.D., home.

Wherever she’s lived, horses have always been a big part of her life.

That’s no different now. In fact, she and her horse, Dennie, just competed in one of the most elite endurance races in the world...

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Endurance Fundraiser Gallops onto Biltmore Estate

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By Bob Cohen
Aug 19, 2021

Endurance rides have been held at the Biltmore Estate since 1994 and were suspended for COVID last year.

Next month, the property will mark the event’s return as the Biltmore Fall Endurance Ride to Benefit Hope for Horses will get underway on Friday and Saturday, 24-25.

The event, to be held at the Biltmore Equestrian Center, will be staged as a fundraiser for Hope for Horses, whose farms are located in Buncombe County while the Executive Office is located in downtown Waynesville. Five different races are scheduled for the two-day event, ranging from 25- and 30-mile limited-distance races to 50- and 75-mile endurance runs.

Approximately 150 equestrians are expected to participate. Typically, some riders enter both limited-distance events or mix the distances...

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Little Horse, Big Heart: The Story of Nicole and Rescue Horse, Ali

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Nicole Wiley is a lifelong horse lover and rider. For years, she rode an Andalusian mare of her own named Bella, but when the horse had to retire unexpectedly at the age of nine, Nicole’s riding took a backseat. Around that time, Nicole’s priorities had also changed with the adoption of her daughter with special needs. Though the combination of circumstances kept her out of the saddle, she was still surrounded by horses, taking her daughter to therapeutic riding lessons and caring for her mare near her home in Pennsylvania.

In 2019, Nicole decided to take a leap and move her family and her horse to a farmette in her hometown of Mt. Airy, Maryland. The new setup would enable Nicole to keep Bella at home and also allow her to find a new riding partner that could double as a herdmate for her mare. Set on adopting a rescue horse, Nicole turned to Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) in nearby Woodbine, Maryland, where her daughter had been enrolled in summer camp.

Nicole’s search for the perfect equine match, however, had very specific requirements.

Though she’s adventurous on horseback, Nicole is also severely epileptic and had recently found herself wheelchair bound. Paralysis and seizures caused by epilepsy mean Nicole can fall without much warning, so finding a horse that was small in stature, trustworthy, and also athletic was a must...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Horse Illustrated Podcast #3: Interview with Dr Mike Tomlinson and More

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By Horse Illustrated - July 27, 2021

Podcast Episode #3: Mary Phelps, Summer Horse Health Care, and Morgan Horse Breed for July 27, 2021; Sponsored by Straight Arrow Products

In this third podcast episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products, hosts Glenn the Geek and Sarah Evers Conrad talk to Mary Phelps, an international combined driver, who won a Gold medal in Cones at the 2019 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies. We also learn summer horse health care tips from international veterinarian, Dr. Mike Tomlinson. And Carrie Mortensen, executive director of the American Morgan Horse Association, shares the magic of the Morgan breed with podcast listeners.


Monday, August 16, 2021

Hazel M. Kalland 1948-2021


March 2, 1948 – August 2, 2021

Hugo, Colorado

Hazel Maude Kalland rode her final trail in Parker, Colorado on August 2, 2021. Like most of her trails, we aren’t sure how she got there, but she rode it her way and didn’t wait for anyone else to be ready. She was 73 years old at the time of her departure.

She was born in Burbank, California on March 2, 1948 to a true cowboy and cattleman and a woman who served as one of the first women in the US Marines and later became a nationally ranked endurance rider. The combination taught her to appreciate good horses, good horsemanship, and hard work. Her young years were spent riding and competing in rodeo and horse events as well as working on the ranch. The homesteading spirit of her grandparents stuck with her and she searched for new adventures all her life and she lived by the Cowboy Code.

She was most at home on the back of a horse. She rode more miles than she walked and loved the mountains of Colorado and the hills of California. That love for wide open spaces always drove her career choices, most aptly defined as “Do Whatever It Takes” to make a life for her and her four children. There was no job that she wasn’t proud of – from the medical profession where she was a medical, dental, and veterinarian assistant, archeology and paleontology, to vacuum cleaner salesman, hunting camp guide and cook, ski resort transit driver, special education assistant, and feedlot rider. When there were no jobs, she made her own, like the time she created a food truck to serve the wind farm workers or when she established a small business to harvest wild sage to create smudge sticks in honor of the native tradition. However, all of these were bridges so she could fulfil her true calling of being a Cowboy (or cowboygirl as she sometimes called it) before hanging up her saddle in 2017.

She rode pool for ranchers for more than 20 years, in a job that she loved and served with honor and integrity. She believed that you needed to work just as hard when no one was looking and to do things right. Responsible for range management and natural resource stewardship before it was popular, she managed up to 1,700 head of cattle on National Forest and BLM lands over thousands of acres in Norwood, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Silt, and Paonia, Colorado. Her favorite of these was the Leroux Creek Pool in Hotchkiss where she rode for more than ten years, made lifelong friends, and showed doubters that yes, a woman can do this job and do it well. She did on her own, with a few loyal dogs and a long line of horses that she trained, and a few mules who let her pretend she was in charge. Her greatest pride was having her grandson and protégé Tyler ride with her during this time as he “learned more about cows before he was ten than most people do in their lives.”

A true competitor in her younger days, she enjoyed every type of horse contest. She produced and managed youth rodeos in the Montrose area for years, establishing the San Juan gymkhana club and and Cowgirl Days rodeos. She helped create and competed in the Norwood Roping Club, later winning a championship buckle in what was one of the highlights of her life. Once she mastered that she moved into endurance riding, competing in and winning several 25, 50, and 100-mile horse races. Her advice to her kids was instilled at an early age “whatever you do, do it well, do it right, and don’t look back.” She was also a realist, encouraging us to “know when you’re bucked off and get clear.”

She is survived by her children: James Waggoner of Tulare CA, Lea Anne Waggoner Russell (Rob) of Elizabeth CO, Danette Waggoner of Kit Carson CO, Shawn Pinnt (Stephanie) of Palisade CO – or collectively known when she was in a hurry as “JimmyLeaAnneDanetteShawnDammit!”

She took great pride in her grandchildren: Tyler Bettencourt (Landi), Logan Waggoner, Reese Waggoner, Kallie Russell, and Kenzie Waggoner. She is also survived by her sisters Erica Lewis (Spicer) and Phyllis DuVal, stepmom Janet Kalland, nephews Brandt Buffham (Debbie), Tater Sanders, Cody Buffham (Aliene), niece Raquel Buffham, and her little bugs Sage and Aspyn.

Her life was enriched by amazing friends who understood her and loved her. They called her a 24-7 friend and “one-of-a-kind,” but mostly, she is one they wanted to ride herd with. While she had a great deal of respect for those who serve, she wouldn’t have hesitated to hide any one of those friends from the law without asking why. That loyalty to her friends defined her character and when looking back on her life she said, “I had great loves and great friends that I loved, and that says a lot.”

She is preceded by her sisters Goodi Sanders, Norma Kalland, mother Bernice Kalland, and father Norman Kalland. There is no doubt in our minds that they were waiting for her with a string of exceedingly good horses and we that will continue to hear them as they ride the thunder before the rain.

We will miss her beyond measure.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Missouri: Competitive trail ride returns to Smithville Lake

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Aug 13, 2021 Updated Aug 13, 2021

SMITHVILLE — The North American Trail Ride Conference will be returning to Clay County Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27 to 29.

The Jesse James Rideout competitive trail ride will take place at Smithville Lake. The event goals are to increase awareness about NATRC and to showcase the equine camping facilities at Smithville Lake, according to a press release.

“NATRC is a nonprofit organization that provides distance competitive trail rides for riders of all equine breeds and from all disciplines. For 60 years, through these rides, we have been educating and informing horse people about how to care for and manage horses ridden over long distances. The competitors are friendly, welcoming, and helpful to new contestants," Ride co-manager John Zeliff said. "NATRC is also offering a new membership to all first-time members...”

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Endurance Riders Rally to Raise Money for Stricken Child

August 13 2021
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

Imagine if your connective tissue started calcifying, that you slowly lost your ability to move, to turn your head, to walk, to move.

Imagine if it happened to your young son as he was growing up.

In February 2020, Kim Hanf made her debut in Endurance riding, a sport she’d been looking forward to getting started in. She finished a 25-mile ride at Take No Prisoners in South Carolina.

Not long after, her family’s life turned upside down. They were crushed with the news that their then-12-year-old son Tyler was diagnosed with FOP, Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a very rare and incurable disease that causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. Bridges of extra bone develop across joints, progressively restricting movement and forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone.

Endurance was put on hold. Everything was put on hold but Tyler.

Kentucky Endurance rider Anita Rees stepped in to help. “Kim and I met at that ride. We were parked near each other and just kinda hit it off together. Then Tyler got diagnosed, and that’s been her whole life. It’s just not fair. He’s their only child too.”

Anita wanted to help out, so she became involved by organizing both an online auction, and a silent auction in conjunction with the Distance Horse National Championships in Big South Fork in Tennessee on September 10-12.

100% of funds raised will go directly towards helping Tyler Hanf.

Endurance riders and friends from around the country have donated items for both auctions.

Last day of the silent auction is Saturday the 14th at 6 PM Mountain; see the items up for bids here:

Many donated items will be available at Big South Fork during the ride to bid on.

If you’d like to make a donation in Tyler’s name to the International FOP Association the link is here:

Most of their money goes to funding much needed research; the rest goes to advocacy for patients and their families.

Kim will be at the Distance Horse National Championship at Big South Fork and she looks forward to meeting everyone there.

“He cannot turn his head to either side, he can barely raise his arms out in front of him or to the side and he struggles to bend over,” Kim wrote. “Tyler has always had this incredible resilience that has surprised and amazed me, and now is no different. He is still goofy, kind, gentle and inquisitive, and everyone who meets him adores him. I have no doubt that he will do great things for FOP awareness as he makes his story know[n].”

There is a slim hope on the horizon: “For the first time, a medication has been submitted to the FDA for approval of the treatment of FOP. Hopefully that drug will slow down the progression of bone growth in the muscles and connective tissue. But even if it is approved, we do not know how much the pharmaceutical company will charge for it, or whether insurance will cover it. Thankfully a good friend just gifted us a mobility scooter that her son can no longer use. We are looking at renovating parts of our home to make it more accessible, because little things like reaching the bathroom sink faucet are getting difficult for Tyler, and we want to keep him as independent as possible.”

What started out two years ago with an Endurance newbie meeting a group of riders at a first ride has become a big effort of Endurance riders, and more friends, around the country helping an Endurance family.

To bid or contribute, or to send well wishes, see

**Ipsen, the drug company that submitted the request for approval of a medication for FOP, has withdrawn their request so they can complete additional analysis that the FDA requested. More on that at: https://www.ifopa.org/ipsen_fda_submission_update?fbclid=IwAR1wLXIB-ay6TS3m8adhIeTORWUdtThsE2RwJHyh9svdnPfvVxU6p80LiwE

Monday, August 09, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: The Endurance Riding Vet!

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by Heather
August 9, 2021

We hit the jackpot endurance riders! Not only is our guest today an Endurance rider she is also a vet, who is giving us the inside scoop on what the vets are looking for during the rest stops. The Endurance riding vet goes into detail about what they’re looking at for heart rates, respiration rates, lameness and stresses the importance of having a good working relationship with your vet so you can stay ahead of the problems. As part of our ask the vet series, we are fortunate to have Trisha Dowling join us. She comes with an extensive resume She is a professor with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, focusing on pharmacology. She is an experience Endurance rider and marathon runner as well. Enjoy the show..

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

Rural Arlee woman does it again, winning 100-mile horse race in dark of night

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Aug 7, 2021

MISSOULA — In the wee hours of the morning on a lonely trail in north central Wyoming, Suzanne Hayes let the tears flow.

She had just repeated as champion of the 51st annual Big Horn 100 horse endurance race near Shell, Wyoming. Once again her tender loving way of treating her horse had paid off handsomely in a treacherous, 17-plus-hour odyssey that finished with five hours of riding in the dead of night.

It wasn't the winning that made this evening in early July unique. Hayes has won many times in her life and logged over 25,000 miles of racing.

The reason she'll remember this race is the bond she formed with a young horse she likes to call Ace. Five hours of trusting one another in the dark can do that sometimes...

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Saturday, August 07, 2021

Ticket the mule and her rider Shane Lesher (Road to the Tevis Cup # 49)

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by Jessica Black
August 6, 2021

When I shared my post about the 2021 Tevis Cup and asked for suggestions about further blog posts, many people wanted to hear more about Ticket the mule and her rider, Shane Lesher. (See their Tevis 2021 profile.) Shane isn’t on Facebook, nor a current member of AERC, but fortunately Garden Valley Feed & Hardware, the store his wife and he own, has a Facebook page. I left a message, and a manager was kind enough to reply and forward my phone number to Shane. He called me right away, on a Saturday morning, no less. I was riding at the time, and he was camping so I agreed to call back Monday.

By the time I was done riding and working Monday, it was late afternoon. Shane and I ended up talking the next day. This gave me a bit of time to prep for the interview, but I didn’t find much. Shane was not an AERC member. That made the story that much more interesting! Talking with Shane Lesher about Ticket and Tevis

I loved interviewing Shane. His enthusiasm for the sport and his love for Ticket shone so brightly I wanted to go out and get me a mule, preferably one bred for racing, like Ticket!...

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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Endurance Horse Podcast: Marvin Brangman and The Kaolean Machine win BC at The AERC National 100 Mile Championship

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Created by: Christina Hyke

July 29th 2021

In this episode of Endurance Horse Podcast we sit down to talk with Marvin Brangman. Marvin is a minister, devoted husband, horse trainer and endurance rider. This June at the AERC National 100 Mile Championship Marvin and his mount, The Kaolean Machine aka Percy, journeyed their way to a fourth place finish and Best Condition.

Listen in to this conversation as we chat about how he found horses, faith, endurance and his advise for conditioning not only your horse, though yourself also.

Without further ado, I bring to you, episode 46 of Endurance Horse Podcast

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Monday, August 02, 2021

Endurance Horse Podcast: Dr. Jay Mero - Winner of the 2021 Haggin Cup

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Welcome to Episode 45 of Endurance Horse Podcast

Dr. Jay Mero- Winner of 2021 Haggin Cup

Created by Christina Hyke on July 28th 2021

Maybe you were one of the many people tracking the progress of the Tevis Cup that was this past weekend, July 24th 2021 under the last full moon of July? This moon is called the Rider’s moon and it is under this moon that the annual Tevis Cup was to be ridden. For the 66th annual riding of the Tevis Cup riders had to deal once again with smoke from wildfires. In the next few episodes of Endurance Horse Podcast we will be sharing short interviews with some of those brave soles who saddled up and faced what is arguably one of the toughest endurance events in the equestrian world. Tevis is often called the Grand Daddy of them all and has even inspired events as far as Australia and the Tom Quilty Gold Cup.

Tevis, unlike the Quilty historically is held at the same venue from year to year and although there maybe some slight changes in trail, many of the milestones have remained the same since 1955. Although many think of the Tevis of a climbing ride, likely due to the world famous Cougar Rock images, there is actually, by the numbers roughly 17,000 feet of elevation gain and over 21,000 feet of elevation loss. As you will hear mentioned in several of the interviews, some keys to conditioning for Tevis are hills, hills and hills.

In this episode of Endurance Horse podcast I am honored to bring to you an interview with the 2021 Haggin Cup winner Dr. Jay Mero. For those of you new to the podcast or new to endurance, the Haggin Cup is arguably the most prestigious of north american endurance. Riders from around the world travel to auburn, CA to tread along this historic and as some say, magical trail.

Without further ado, I bring to you, Episode 45 of Endurance Horse Podcast, Tevis 2021 Haggin Cup winner, Dr. Jay Mero.


Equestrian Adventuresses Horse Podcast Ep 156: Horse Riding Adventures – The @Thru_Rider from Mexico to Canada

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by Heather
July 9, 2021

Just imagine, you, your horse, and 10,000 miles of backcountry. That’s just what today’s guest has accomplished so far. Heather is chatting with Gillian Larson the @Thru_Rider in today’s episode where they discuss the Pacific Crest trail, riding from Mexico to Canada not once but three times. Horse riding adventures from Mexico to Canada what a challenge to complete. Gillian shares with us how she has created workshops to share her knowledge with other long riders on her experiences of riding in the backcountry. We hear all about the good, the bad, and the ugly of riding alone in the backcountry. Make sure you share with your friends so they won’t miss out.