Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Two Texans Tie for Wahatoya Cup 100 Win in Colorado

June 29 2022
by Merri

Texans Erin Lemmons of Waco and Cameron Holzer of Houston tied for first place in the 100-mile Wahatoya Cup Endurance ride in La Veta, Colorado, on June 26. Managed by Tennessee Blouin, the course mainly covers trails on private property on Tennessee's family's land and with the kind permission of neighbors.

Lemmons rode Tuscarora John (TJ), 16yo Arabian gelding by Line Dancer X Fawora by Fawor,and Holzer rode Lily Creek Kong, a 12yo half-Shagya half-Trakehner gelding, to the win.

The two riders smoked the challenging mountain course, (ride camp is in a meadow at 8000 feet) in a ride time of 9 hours 50 minutes. They rode under overcast skies and just finished their final vetting when the rain started falling. After riding close together all day, drawing further away from the field each loop on their phenomenal horses, the two agreed to tie at the finish. Kong received the Best Condition award.

Kong has now completed 12 of 15 AERC 100-milers, including Tevis in 2017 and 2019, and the Big Horn 100 (2nd place) in 2020. He won 1st place and Best Condition in the Broxton Bridge 100 in 2016 and 2018, the Ft Howes 100 in 2017, the FITS 100 in 2019 and 2021, and Hunting for Big Foot 100 in 2020

TJ has completed 3 of 7 100-milers over 9 seasons, including a win and Best Condition at Broxton Bridge 100, and in last year’s Wahatoya Cup.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Monika Steller Passes


June 27 2022

It is with the deepest of sadness that I announce the passing of Monika Goerth Steller on June 15th, 2022.  

She was always a champion of kindness, forgiveness and generosity, Monika could dissolve inhibitions of social distance and connect on a basis of pure love.  She sought the most beautiful in all things.  One of her many joys was competing in endurance horse-racing.  She loved being with her horse and the great outdoors.  She felt peace and happiness knowing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was always with her through trials and tribulations.

A memorial mass / reception will be held July 12th, at 10am at St Thomas Moore, 8035 S Quebec St, Englewood, CO 80112.  Reception starts immediately after the Celebration of Life at 11am at the Padre Restaurant, which is located in the same building.

Chris Steller


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Auburn's Tevis Cup Ride is on deck

Shannon Weil (middle) with Wendell Robie at a pre-race briefing in the early days of the Western States Endurance Run in 1979. - Full Article

Bill Poindexter
Jun 24, 2022

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride.

And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Each is considered the granddaddy event in its discipline.

Robie and four others – Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill and Pat Sewell – completed the first ride from Tahoe City to Auburn in 22 hours, 45 minutes on Aug. 7, 1955...

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Enter Tevis by July 1 to Avoid Late Fee

On the fence? Don't falter! The full moon awaits!

To avoid the $100 late fee, entries must be received on / before July 1st. Do it! Enter at:

Also, if you haven’t yet declared your mount for this year, this also needs to be done on / before July 1st - after that date, a $30 fee will be collected. You may use the “Add/Change Equine” form at:

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Road Dog Podcast: Hal Hall Introduces the Western States Trail Museum

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“We have the Tevis Cup ride and ultimately concluding with the Western States endurance run. The 47 or 48 years of history capsulated right here in a display.”

Hal Hall is a 30 time finisher and 3 time winner of the Tevis Cup. He is also a founding member of the upcoming Western States Trail Museum. Hear all about the museum and the rich history of the trail. Also Hal describes what it takes to be successful at the Tevis Cup.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

AERC Unveils New Website

The American Endurance Ride Conference has a brand-new look with a new website and database software program at

This is the first database upgrade in over 20 years and we are excited for you to check it out. There is a LOT to explore and we know it will be tricky at first to find things. We're thrilled that Veterinarians and Ride Managers have their own tabs!

If you're a current member, you can log in to register a horse (we have a second way if you don't want to log in, too). Look for the "Hello" box in the middle of the home page to find out how to get your log-in. Your recent log-in should still work!

We know this major update will not be seamless, and some pages will need tweaking. Be patient, let us know what you think, and hope you have fun exploring the all-new!

Your AERC Office Crew

Friday, June 10, 2022

History of Western States Trail to show at Auburn State Theatre - Full Article

by Kate Riordan
June 07, 2022

The Auburn State Theatre will present a special showing of “They Crossed the Mountains: The History of the Western States Trail” on Thursday, June 16.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with “meet-and-greet” special guests (many of whom are in the film), and at 7 p.m., a showing of the film will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The theatre is located at 985 Lincoln Way. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at

The documentary spans the recorded life of the trans-Sierra route from Carson City, Nevada, to Auburn. The Western States Trail is one of only a few east-west Sierra Nevada mountains trail routes that remain largely untouched by development and, for the most part, remain much like what early-day users would have recognized...

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Monday, June 06, 2022

OTT Standardbred Hillbillie Willie Rocks Endurance - Full Article

June 3, 2022

The Equestrian Vagabond is back to tell us all about her horse - Hillbillie Willie

By Merri Melde

"He’s a lot of horse: tall, lean, forward and fast. Hillbillie Willie is a 10-year-old off-the-track Standardbred turned-Endurance horse living in the Wild West - the desert of Owyhee County, southwest Idaho."

You could say I fell in love with Standardbreds as a tween back in the ’70’s. I discovered Hoofbeats magazine, and in those pages met the fillies Silk Stockings and Handle With Care, and Steady Star when he paced a world record 1:52 mile.

There wasn’t much chance I’d ever meet a Standardbred in south Texas though, and with no harness races ever on the television, my attention eventually drifted toward Thoroughbred racing.

I grew to know Thoroughbreds as a racetrack groom for a decade, and then I discovered my sport in Endurance riding in the late 90’s. I started working for the website, and I cared for and rode my boss Steph Teeter’s herd of Arabians in Endurance for 10 years.

It was early 2016 when, serendipitously, Steph decided on a whim that she’d like to try a Standardbred in Endurance. Through a friend with racing connections, she bought, sight-unseen, a 4-year-old gelding off the track. Steph asked for a short trotter and got a tall pacer. The story we heard was that Shotgun Rider raced at two and three (winning two races) and injured a hind leg. He’d gotten time off to heal, but when they tried bringing him back to racing, he was uninterested...

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