Saturday, May 28, 2022

Through a Local’s Lens: Deirdre Griffith

Photo: Stevie Delahunt // @adventuristbarbie - Full Article

by Buckrail @ Lindsay
May 27, 2022

JACKSON, Wyo. — Two years in the making, Deirdre Griffith is finally headed to race in the Mongol Derby, a grueling 621-mile (100km) race across the Mongolian steppe.

Griffith will use the race to raise funding for the new Parental Mental Wellness Program she helped create at St. John’s Health.

“I struggled with [postpartum depression] myself, so when I was thinking about this race, I wanted to use it as a platform for something. When I thought about it it was something that seemed like such a simple fix, and it would have a big impact on the community...”

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AERC Hall of Fame Nominations Due July 18

Be sure to get your AERC Hall of Fame nominations in by July 18 for Hall of Fame people, Hall of Fame equines, Pard'ners Award, Volunteer Service Award, and Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award.

You can find the nomination forms and info here:

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Standardbred Incentive Program introduced by USTA

20 May 2022

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association announced the launch of the Standardbred Incentive Program (SIP) on Thursday to recognize harness racing horses who participate in disciplines other than racing and to provide awards for leading contestants.

Participants (riders and drivers) who take a registered Standardbred to a show or endurance ride can now submit placings via their UTSA MyAccount to accumulate points for year-end awards.

A formula will determine the number of points earned during each event based on the horse’s placing, the number of entries in the class/ride and whether it is a Standardbred-only or open event.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

South Carolina: Spring Ride in the Low Country - Full Article

8th May 2022
Race Report made with the assistance of Cheryl Van Deusen

Lodge, South Carolina, United States of America. Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April 2022.

The race for the five positions on Team USA for the World Endurance Championships in Verona, Italy this October continued with three days of 160 km in the Low Country of South Carolina. Three days of CEI 1*, 2*, and 3* events were held so that riders may qualify more than one horse, given the few number of CEI events in the USA. Unlike most other countries in the world, most endurance rides are not CEI events. In the USA, there are very few CEI events making it difficult to qualify and increase the star levels of horses and athletes. Dr. Martha Mischeff and Dr. Iciar Tarancon Heras from Spain conducted hyposensitivity testing over the three day event. They were accompanied by Liaison Judge Francois Kerboul. It was a terrific learning opportunity for USA athletes and horses to experience the equipment, learn about the ranges, and see the changes over the distances competed.

The weather was variable with high heat and humidity on day one, followed by glorious weather on day two, and cooler weather with rain on day three. Heather Davis on Shyrocco Rimbaud won the first Day and earned Best Condition as well. Heather Davis is a frequent FEI competitor from Virginia. She commented “I am grateful that the Broxton trails have wonderful footing and are well marked. Because my horse is so steady, he endured the hot, humid 95 degree weather and finished fabulously strong. I couldn’t have asked more of him...”

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2022 May's Horses in the Morning Podcast Podcast - Listen

Endurance: 11 Yr Old Biltmore Winner, Endurance Race Volunteering for May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

We have 11 year old, Mia Moore, who won the Biltmore 100 over the weekend, what an amazing difficult ride. Also, Mia’s sponsor Sarah Marie Arthur and Erin Grogan tells us what it is like volunteer at a 100 mile ride. Plus, Karen’s Endurance Tip: What to pack in your endurance crew bag. Listen in...

Monday, May 09, 2022

Remembering Jeanette Tolman - 1942-2022

Jeanette Wardell Tolman, 79, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 22, 2022, from a cardiac event. She was born April 29, 1942, in San Diego, CA to Ross and Delsa Wardell. A year later, the family moved back to Otto where she was raised. She graduated from Greybull High School.

While her parents were serving a building mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia, she was called to serve a proselyting mission in the same mission. She then attended BYU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family development and a master’s in music. She was married and sealed to Wally Tolman on June 22, 1965, in the Idaho Falls Temple. The couple had seven children.

She taught music in Basin, Burlington, Greybull, Ten Sleep, and Peerless (Montana). Jeanette loved to bowl and was a Hall of Fame bowler. She had a life-long love for horses. For many years, she raised and bred Arabians. She will be remembered for the many endurance rides she held, most especially the Big Horn 100 – a ride she helped start over 50 years ago.

Jeanette loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed visits with her children and grandchildren. At family meals, food would keep showing up on the table until people insisted they were full!

She is survived by her husband, Wally, children, Paula (Mike) Riley of Burlington, Patti (Jeff) Zealley of Riverton, UT, Rodney Tolman of Otto, Randy (Marcie) Tolman of Otto, Ricky Tolman of Cody, Ross (Cassidy) Tolman of Laramie, and Robby Tolman (Luke) of Norwich, CT, sister, Beth Holdaway of Hurricane, UT, 15 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

A visitation will be held on Jeanette’s birthday, Friday, April 29 from 7 – 8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington and on Saturday at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Otto Cemetery.

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Thursday, May 05, 2022

Canada's 2021 Endurance Year-End Award Recipients Announced

About the Endurance Awards

The EC Endurance Committee provides a variety of awards programs for the endurance community in order to recognize outstanding athletes, owners, horses, volunteers and more.

Ottawa, ON, May 4, 2022 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Endurance Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Endurance Year-End Awards. These awards recognize individuals and equines that have put countless hours and tireless effort towards the pursuit of personal excellence in endurance, and the sport’s growth in Canada.

See the winners here:

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

2022 AERC National Championship at Old Dominion in June

2022 AERC National Championships @ Old Dominion:
Orkney Springs, Virginia (Northeast Region)

55 Mile Championship: Thursday, June 9, 2022

100 Mile Championship: Saturday, June 11, 2022

National Championship only for 2022; no open rides.

Qualifications for the National Championship Rides:

All entrants must be current full members of AERC.

All riders must ride in their declared weight division.

55-mile AERC National Championship:

• Horse: 300 AERC lifetime miles (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

• Rider: 300 AERC lifetime miles (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

• 100 AERC miles together as a team (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

100-mile AERC National Championship:

• Horse: 500 AERC lifetime miles (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

• Rider: 500 AERC lifetime miles (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

• One 1-day 100-mile AERC ride together as a team OR a two-day 100 mile ride OR two back-to-back 50 mile rides

Alternate 100-mile AERC National Championship Qualification:

• Horse/Rider, as a team, have completed 1,000 AERC lifetime miles (50 miles or more, no LD miles)

Alternate 50-mile OR 100-mile AERC National Championship Qualification:

• Horse/Rider, as a team, are listed in the overall Top 10 of their AERC Region in the year preceding the AERC National Championship Ride (because of Covid, this option will include both the 2019 and 2020 competition years).

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