Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Four New Champions Crowned at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships

©Becky Pearman Photography

Ehrhardt, S.C. – Four new national champions emerged over the weekend at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships for CEIYJI1*, CEI1*, CEIYJ2*, and CEI2* divisions. Horse-and-rider combinations took on the South Carolina terrain at Broxton Bridge under cool and clear conditions on November 12 and 13, 2021.

2021 USEF CEI1* National Championship

Geneva Soule (Frenchtown, N.J.) and Meg Sleeper’s 2011 Arabian mare, Syrocco Madrigal, took the champion title in the CEI1* division. “Maddie” is a seasoned competitor, with 1530 endurance miles completed so far over her six-year career, and her experience helped take Soule to the National Championship win in the rider’s first time out at the event.

“I started competing in FEI rides last year with Meg’s horses, and this was my first National Championship ride,” said Soule. “The atmosphere was so friendly with everyone working toward a common goal: to keep the horses happy and healthy so we could get a completion. The Broxton Bridge trails and hospitality are something I always look forward to when I visit.”

Soule has gotten to know Maddie well as one of her caretakers at home.

“I hadn’t actually ridden Maddie in about two years, but I’ve known her and have helped care for her during that time as the manager of Meg Sleeper’s New Jersey farm, Goodwink Farm,” said Soule. “Maddie is a great mare and is very easy going around the farm. It’s fun seeing her develop as a competitor, and she definitely lets her herdmates know that she’s an accomplished endurance horse!”

The Reserve National Champion title for the CEI1* went to Jose Ortega (Miami, Fla.) and Nazeefs Flashy Rose, a 2007 Arabian mare owned by Cheryl Van Deusen.

2021 CEIYJ1* National Championship

Sydnie Tycer (Natalbany, La.) and Gypsy Brocade, her 2008 Arabian mare, earned the National Champion title in the CEIYJ1* as well as the Best Condition award for the one-star division. Tycer and “Gypsy” have built a bond over seven years together, and that connection helped them to finish strong.

“She has such a big personality and is always willing to please,” said Tycer. “She can be a little overdramatic and feisty at times, but she gets calmer as the race goes on. One of my biggest highlights [from the National Championship] was crossing the finish line. She was extremely forward the entire time and never lost motivation to go.”

Looking ahead, Tycer has ambitions of representing the U.S. in endurance competition on the world stage. “My goal for 2022 is to get all of my qualifications to be on the U.S. Young Rider Team,” she said. “I hope to reach these goals by the end of the year.”

Reserve National Champion honors in the division went to Avery Betz-Conway (Kingsland, Ga.) and RR Soldier, a 2012 Arabian gelding owned by Stephen Rojek.

Charly Dugan (Muncy, Pa.) and her 2012 Arabian gelding, Southern Justice, rode to the win in the CEIYJ2* division. Dugan and “Roo” are capping off an exciting year of competition in which they competed as part of the U.S. Endurance Team at the 2021 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders and Juniors in Ermelo, The Netherlands, in September.

Roo is a former show horse re-trained for endurance by Dugan’s mom, Sally Jellison. Dugan took over the ride last year in the lead up to the World Championship. Dugan and Jellison were able to ride together for part of the course at Broxton Bridge, which Dugan cites as a highlight of the weekend.

“Roo can be a spook monster, but he’s always well intentioned and he’s very sweet,” said Dugan. “When competing, he puts his big boy pants on and is all business. The first loop is always a struggle, but after that it’s smooth sailing.

“Looking ahead to 2022, I have several goals for Roo,” said Dugan. “They are completing his first 3*, getting most of my rides with him to get my Elite Status, and continuing to spend time in the ring with him to work on equitation.”

2021 USEF CEI2* National Championship

Erin Lemmons (Hico, Texas) and Tuscarora John, her own 2006 Arabian gelding, earned the National Champion title in the CEI2*, finishing the 120km ride with a time of 7:30:15. Lemmons and Tuscarora John have a long history together, having competed at the FEI level since 2016.

The Reserve National Champion title went to Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and JG General, her own 2012 Arabian gelding.

The Best Condition award for the two-star division went to third-place finishers Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and Tru Beau Sardi, a 2013 Arabian gelding owned by Cheryl Van Deusen.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Santa Cruz Intro to Endurance Clinic a Success

by Nick Warhol
November 22 2021

We had a very successful Intro to Endurance clinic this past Saturday in Santa Cruz. It was hosted by the Santa Cruz horseman’s association and the Quicksilver endurance riders.

The turnout was incredible- we sold out! We had 16 horses and 10 auditors. There were a few riders who had done a couple of rides, but most attendees were interested in the sport and had not done a ride. I was a speaker, as was Debbie Boscoe and Jill Kilty Newburn, but the act that stole the show was Julie Suhr. She came and talked to the riders and impressed them very much. She also handed out a copy of her book and handouts to the riders. Thanks Julie!

The facility at Santa Cruz is amazing- indoor lecture area with couches, full kitchen, the works. The picture is Debbie doing her presentation on new riders and the right speed to ride as a beginner. The horse camp is excellent and has pens for all the horses. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the trails were in great shape. The attendees were a great group who were hungry to learn.

The highlight for me was the trail portion. You can lecture all you want, (which we did!) but the proof is in the pudding, or the riding in this case. We split the riders into four groups and paired them with a mentor rider. Me, Debbie, Jill, and Lori Olsen came to help. Each group went out separately with a mentor and we rode a nice six-mile loop that had trails that ranged from perfect to pretty technical and gnarly. The goal was to ride at a pace to show them exactly what it would be like in their first ride. My group was just great! We had a nice fun ride that took about an hour and fifteen minutes, which would equate to about a ten-hour ride time in a 50. Some of the comments on the trail were “I had no idea you trotted so much!” “I have never trotted this much before on a ride.” “it’s tricky to follow the ribbons when you are concentrating on riding!” “This is the hardest my horse has ever worked!” “Your horse is amazing!”

We then had a vet check at the end where the riders really got to see how it worked. All four of my horses were at about 60-64 when we hopped out of the saddles, and after about 10 minutes they were all recovered down to 48 or so. That really clicked with the riders when they saw that the ride they had just done let them get to the check at criteria, and their horse recovered fully after just a few minutes and were not stressed at that time. They now also understood why Sorsha’s pulse was 36. She’s a fit experienced horse, and theirs were not. Our trot outs were great- everything from A+ for attitude, gait, and impulsion, to a “D” since this one poor horse just did not understand that he was supposed to trot in hand! That just takes some training. We also had our only pull- one of my horses was lame on the rear at the finish. It was obvious to the group, and the rider had noticed it on the trail and mentioned it out there. It turns out the horse had scuffed itself in the trailer I believe a couple weeks ago and was not quite over it. It was a good learning experience for everyone.

We had a nice awards presentation that included wine, beer, cheese and goodies, where everyone got a nice gift, and we handed out a horse blanket for our “Horse excellence” award, which is our equivalent to the Best condition award at a ride. We picked out a rider who had a great time, learned a lot, and whose horse looked great all day. The woman who won it was moved to tears- it was pretty cool. I also had one extra blanket to give out, so I picked a rider at random who ended up being Connie Bennet, a long-time rider who was there attending with a guy she is mentoring. She did a cool thing and handed him the blanket. Nice job, Connie!

The only problem I had was not enough time to cover all the things I wanted to cover. The lecture for my clinics is usually a full day, and we crammed it into 5 hours which was tough. People hung around and asked questions like mad. Everyone had a really great time, and I KNOW we are getting a bunch of new endurance riders as a result. That’s the goal, and I love it when a plan comes together.

Thanks to Debbie, Jill, Lori, Lindsay, Laura, Karen Hassan, and especially Julie for helping make it happen.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Meet Endurance Ride Veterinarian Cassee Terry

by Elayne Barclay
for PNER - Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides
Hopefully everyone takes the time to acknowledge what they have to be grateful for on a regular basis but it is that time of the year when we are especially conscious of our gratitude. As endurance riders we are all grateful for the veterinarians that are willing to be control judges and treatment vets at rides on their days off from their regular (long and stressful) work hours. They endure all kinds of inclement weather at all hours of the day and night to deal with a wide variety of personality types, both human and equine. To honor that gratitude, this member focus features one of these keystone people, Cassee Terry.

Cassee grew up in Central Oregon as the oldest of five kids. Her dad told her that at the age of one she would point out the horses in the neighbor's fields by saying “horsey”. Her interest in equines prompted her dad to get her one of her own, a donkey! Cassee recalls, “Her name was Jenny Donkey and my dad would lead her up and down the driveway with me on her back. I have been blessed to have equines ever since.” She got bucked off when she was around six years old and as a result she remembers, “I became very fearful of horses. My mom had the sense to get me into riding lessons and my dad found a great 16.2 hand polish Arab of all things that was the ultimate kids' horse. That horse's name was Special and he truly was and he gave me the confidence I needed to get back to being comfortable and then daring on horses.”

Cassee's dad acquired horses to use while elk hunting and he joined the Deschutes County Mounted Posse. “I remember the Posse playdays, parades and trail rides as a kid. My dad also took me on multi- day cattle drives and brandings out in Eastern Oregon. What a great way for a girl to grow up!”

Cassee lost her dad, who shared her love of horses, when she only 12 years of age. “My mother knew how important horses were to me and after he passed we kept two, my horse and my dad's horse. Horses were my stress release throughout school and sports. I lost my horses while I was in college, and I didn't get them again until after I was married.”

Cassee always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, but during the summers when she was an undergraduate she was a king salmon fishing guide in Glennallen, Alaska. It was during her time guiding that she met her future husband, Will. In a it's-a-small-world moment they discovered that they lived within 20 minutes of each other in Oregon! Cassee elaborated on their courtship, “We hunted and fished together thru my years at vet school and were married in the spring of 2006.”

Before applying to vet school she said, “I wanted to stay in Alaska thru a winter so after I graduated from Western Baptist College in Salem in 2000, I guided the summer then lived in Anchorage for the winter where I was a very successful substitute teacher. I landed long term jobs and could have easily stayed on as a teacher. If I would not have gotten into vet school I would have remained a teacher in Alaska, my majors were math and science so I would have stayed in that role. High school was my favorite age, but my first day of substitute teaching was a kindergarten class and that was glorified babysitting and not for me!”

Luckily for us, Cassee got into the one and only veterinary school she applied to: OSU. When asked where she had hoped to work after she graduated, Cassee said, “I wanted to work in New Zealand for my first couple of years. I had been there in high school for a mission trip and I loved it. They didn't seem to want a new grad from the USA though, so nothing ever became of that, so I looked for work in my home region. My first choice was Redmond as it was the clinic I grew up at since I was a kid. It so happened that one of the vets there (one of my high school classmates) was moving to John Day and I was able to take her place at my home clinic. What a blessing to be able to live at home and work in the clinic I knew and loved. I have been at Redmond Vet Clinic ever since and became a partner in 2020 (what a year to start buying a practice!)”

Cassee was asked to be a veterinarian at an endurance ride for the first time during her first year out of vet school by Carol Baldery for Dust Devil in October of 2005. Cassee went on to say, “From then I was hooked, vetting not only local rides but a lot of the rides in the PNER region and even one in Arizona. My girls were born around rides. Tabitha was born two days after Bandit Springs in 2008 and Joslynn was born in December 2009 and made me hold her most of her first year while I vetted horses! Growing up in the ride camp environment Joslynn got the bug and started competing at the age of eight. We were blessed by a couple of great endurance horses, Sue McLain gave us AH Priority Male (Prior) and then Darlene Merlich gave us SAR Tiki Eclipse (Lumpy). Joslynn has been sponsored by so many PNER members and it is such a blessing for me as a mom to trust the horses she is on and the sponsors she goes with.”

Cassee has yet to ride and in an endurance event (must be tricky to manage that when she is always vetting at them), but she hopes to and currently rides an Appendix mare named Roz. “Roz is a retired working ranch horse and is so sweet, she carried a junior thru her first 25 at the Mary and Anna Memorial in 2019! I was so proud of them both. Currently she has a beautiful Monster filly at her side.”

Cassee joined PNER in 2015 and currently is the Chair of the Education Committee. She has supported Joslynn in her role as the Junior Rider Representative for the past three years and will be helping Juniors staff the raffle and do some fundraising at the PNER convention. If you have something to donate or have leads for potential raffle donations, Cassee can pass that info on to a youth contact for follow up.

When asked what PNER means to her she replied, “PNER means family! I have seen this group of people come thru time and time again to help others. My family and I have been the recipient of them so many times. Joslynn has needed a sponsor for every ride and so many people have changed their game plan to allow her to ride along. It is amazing and we are truly blessed.”

PNER is truly blessed to have Cassee and her family as part of our family.

Friday, November 19, 2021

I am Equestrian Canada”: Nine-year-old Endurance Rider Sets the Pace

Natasha Dombrosky photo - Full Article

17 November 2021
by Kat Irvine

On August 7, 2021, at 4:30am six endurance riders are warming up at the start line of the 160 km “Piles of Miles” endurance ride near Devon, AB., wearing head lamps, flash narrow beams and glowsticks. As the riders vanish into the dark, Natasha Dombrosky, mother of one of the riders, stands on the sidelines with her video camera and calls out, “don’t lose the kid!”

The kid in this case is nine-year-old Paige Dombrosky, from Redwater, AB., riding NightWind’s Indigo Bey (Indi) (Dakotas Keyanti x Bold Strike V), a 19-year-old black Arabian gelding. “She has been interested in horses since she was a baby,” said her mother. “Paige loved sitting on them when she got a little older, because she didn’t have her own pony, rode my 15.3hh paint mare around the yard...”

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Celebrating AERC's 50th Anniversary at the 2022 Convenion in Reno

We're celebrating AERC's 50th anniversary!

March 4 and 5, 2022 • Nugget Casino Resort • Sparks, Nevada

AERC's convention is the most fun you can have without your horse! Two days of informative and thought-provoking seminars, shopping galore, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, awards presentations, Hot Topics seminars, plus fun Friday night dance (wear your best 1970s costume!) and the awards banquet on Saturday night.

Convention registration will open around December 1, so check back here or watch Endurance News for the latest information.

A two-day Veterinary Continuing Education course will be held Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4. All veterinarians are welcome to attend this CE course. Information will be sent to all AERC-member veterinarians later this fall.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Use this exclusive AERC group discount code: GAERC22. You can call to reserve: 800-648-1177 (mention the discount code!) or make your reservation online.

Room rates on weeknights are $103.02 (that includes all taxes and resort fees). On Friday and Saturday night stays, the total cost per night is $137.06. AERC rates apply from Tuesday, March 2-Tuesday, March 8. Be sure to book by the AERC discount deadline of February 4.

More about the Nugget (site of AERC's first Nevada convention in 1978!) here: Nugget Casino Resort website.

YES, THERE IS A FREE SHUTTLE! The Nugget's shuttle bus runs from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It departs the Reno/Tahoe airport at the bottom of the hour for the hotel, and leaves the hotel for the airport at the top of the hour. (Note: the airport is 2 miles from the hotel).

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS: Be a part of AERC's 50th anniversary celebration! Click to find out about exhibiting at the 2022 AERC Convention Trade Show.

AERC CONVENTION SPONSORS are needed to help make our 50th anniversary celebration a grand success! Contact Kyra at the AERC office for information.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Virginia Highlands Back Country Horsemen Win Regional Foresters Honors Award

“Sustainability is the buzzword” - Nancy Sluys

by Merri
November 11 2021

At the virtual Regional Foresters Honors Award ceremony on November 3, 2021, the Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands Chapter won the prestigious Regional Foresters Honors award in Region 8 for their trail rehab project in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Southwestern Virginia.  

The George Washington & Jefferson National Forest nominated the Virginia Highlands BCH group for the award in the category of "Delivering Benefits to the Public" for their trail project.

The award recognizes the extraordinary initiative, logistical coordination, and field expertise of the Virginia Highlands Back Country Horseman.

Endurance rider Nancy Sluys is president of this Back Country Horsemen Chapter, which boasts a number of AERC members. “We applied for a National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance trail grant and got it,” Nancy said. “The grant was for $15,000, and we also did some very effective fund raising and raised the whole amount as a match.

“In fact as the project went on throughout the year and people saw what we were doing, we got lots more donations and have now far exceeded our goal, which has allowed us to do even more work than originally planned.”

This past week the BCH group brought the year-long project to an end. They improved a 14-mile section of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail (which is used on the Iron Mountain Jubilee Endurance ride), plus several miles of connecting trail.

Matt Helt, the Dispersed Recreation Program Manager for the USFS, commented: “What set the Virginia Highlands Chapter of the BCHA apart is their collaboration with the districts. They went out and got a grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, $15,000 to support work on the Virginia Highlands horse trail, which is heavily used by their members and the horse community here.

“So instead of just traditionally matching it with their labor in kind, they did that and they raised another $15,000 cash. So that $15,000 turned into $30,000, and they turned in about 1000 hours of volunteer labor on top of that.”

The group projects included raising trail bed, fixing mud holes, shoring up stream banks, repairing and hardening grade dips, improving drainage, and filling ruts.

“It all has to do with water,” Nancy said, “and its damaging effects on our trails. Since our storms continue to be stronger and because of the lack of maintenance (the Forest Service lacks the money and staffing to maintain the trails properly), water has been allowed to run down the trails instead of sheeting off like it is supposed to, causing increasing damage to trail tread due to volume and velocity eroding away trail tread and depositing sediment into nearby streams, causing environmental damage and safety hazards.

“The work we have done may look drastic at the moment, but it is doing its job by allowing the water to sheet off the trail, instead of down the trail where it causes rutting and eventually erodes the trail away, causing it to become unsafe for users and the environment, and causing possible future closures.

“Sustainability is the buzz word. And because of the work we have done, these sections of trail have been made sustainable, which means they will be around for a long time and will need less maintenance in the future to keep them in good shape. Pretty soon nature will soften the rough look, the leaves will fall and the weeds will grow back, and all you will see is a pretty trail that will be around for your children and beyond.

“I’m very proud of my group. It was so rewarding to go back and ride the trails that we have improved!

“We hope folks will see the big picture and realize that we are looking out for everybody’s interests. We love these trails and do not want to see them erode away to nothing. Please consider joining us on a work day sometime to learn more about sustainable trails and why we do what we do.”

2021 November's Horses in the Morning Podcast - Listen

Equine Anatomy and Health, Cayuse Endurance Ride for Nov 9, 2021 by Eagle Equine Products

Nov 9, 2021

Tami Elkayam talks about how she uses CranioSacral therapy, Myofascial release and other modalities to facilitate a return to balance and physical health. Ride Manager Dana Tryde introduces us to the new Cayuse Endurance Ride in California. Listen in...

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

20,000 Mile-stone for the Northwest Region’s Karen Steenhof

by Merri
November 10 2021

In finishing the final ride of the Northwest Endurance season, the Owyhee Halloween ride in southwest Idaho, Karen Steenhof, 68, crossed the 20,000 AERC mile mark aboard her gelding WMA Proclaim (Riley).

She reached 18,000 miles in the 2016 Halloween ride (also aboard Riley). Back then she hoped she’d reach the 20K mark, but wasn’t sure her body would hold up. “It took me 5 years to get the last 2k. My body held up for 20,000 miles,” Karen said, “and then it broke!” She rode this season’s Halloween ride with a possible torn meniscus.

Karen started riding horses when she was 6 years old; she stumbled onto the sport of Endurance in 1985, with a pony cross mare named Sunday. She ultimately rode Sunday for 1910 AERC miles before she moved to Arabians.

Back in 2016 after her 18,000-mile achievement, she recalled three of her most favorite rides over the years, which exist no more: the Turkey Trot near Eagle, Idaho during her first Endurance season; the 5-day Ft Schellborne XP in Nevada; and the 50-mile Buckskin Challenge in eastern Idaho.

The Turkey Trot took place in November in the snow, and was just a memorable, fun ride on her mare Sunday.

"Ft Schellborne was peaceful. It was the hidden Nevada. You know, the Nevada you see on the highway is flat, and then you go into this beautiful country on horseback.

"The Buckskin Challenge was a really hard ride. There aren't that many rides that I can remember saying, 'Oh no, it's over already!' Usually you're like, 'Whew - finally, I'm finished!' But this one I was thinking, 'Oh, I wish we could go longer!' I was crushed when they decided not to have that ride anymore."

Karen’s current mount, 14-year-old Riley, is a steady, forward, former racehorse who has proven to be calm and rate-able on trail. With Karen, Riley has 2145 miles over 6 seasons, with a 100% completion rate, and this year’s Halloween ride was his 78th consecutive completion.

“I expect to do more LDs now….but it would be great if Riley and I could get a Decade Team award---that would mean doing at least one 50 the next 4 years.  We will see if my body holds up…”

But then, that’s what Karen said at 18,000 miles and she made it here!

Karen’s 18,000-mile mark story is here

Above photo by Judy Theis at the Owyhee Halloween ride. Karen often wins Best Costume, and she won again this year in the 50-mile ride!

Friday, November 05, 2021

2022 AERC Young Rider Championship Announced

2022 AERC Young Rider Championship

We are VERY excited to announce the 2022 AERC Young Rider Championship! This event will take place at the gorgeous and popular Yellowhammer ride in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama! The ride date is set for Saturday, May 21, 2022. More info and updates coming very soon!

Thursday, November 04, 2021

11-year-old Idaho girl rode her horse 290 miles, earning state and national endurance nods


NOVEMBER 03, 2021 5:00 AM

An Idaho girl earned local recognition and a national ranking after riding hundreds of miles on her horse over just a few days in a series of equestrian endurance competitions known as the Idaho IronHorse. Eleven-year-old Olivia Valtierra, of Eagle, began endurance riding this year. The sport involves riding long distances on horseback in organized events, sometimes covering as much as 50 miles in a single day. It’s a sport Olivia’s mother and grandmother did, and Olivia, along with her 19-year-old Arabian gelding Tai Juan, followed in their footsteps this summer and fall...

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Monday, November 01, 2021

2021 USEF Endurance National Championships & North American Endurance Championships – Final Application Deadline Reminder 

by U.S. Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 29, 2021 

Lexington, Ky. - The 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships & North American Endurance Championships will be held at Broxton Bridge in Ehrhardt, SC from November 10-14, 2021, and applications close this weekend. More information for these Championships can be found on the US Equestrian website here as well as on the official competition website here

The schedule for the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships & North American Endurance Championships will be as follows:

November 11th
CEI2*/CEIYJ2* - National Championships & North American Championships

November 12th

November 13th
CEI1*/CEIYJ1* - National Championships & North American Championships

National Championships Application of Intent

The USEF Endurance National Championships are open to all U.S. athletes and horses that have their relevant FEI qualifications and are in good standing with the FEI and USEF. The USEF Endurance National Championships have sections at the CEI1*, CEIYJ1*, CEI2*, and CEIYJ2* levels. Those interested in competing in the National Championships must submit their FEI Entry through the USEF website as well as submit an application of intent which can be found on the USEF website here by October 31st, 2021.

North American Endurance Championships Application of Intent

The U.S. Zone Teams at the North American Endurance Championships are open to the top 15 athletes in each Zone from the ranking list for the event per the qualifying requirements. In order to be listed on the ranking list, an athlete must have completed an FEI competition within the qualifying period. All athletes and horses must also have their relevant FEI qualifications and be in good standing with the FEI and USEF. The North American Endurance Championships have sections at the CEI1*, CEIYJ1*, CEI2*, and CEIYJ2* levels. Those interested in competing in the North American Endurance Championships must submit their FEI Entry through the USEF website as well as submit an application of intent which can be found on the USEF website here by October 31st, 2021.

Please contact Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at if you have any questions.

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