Friday, July 29, 2022

Mitchell's Emma Christopherson conquers Tevis Cup, featuring 100 mountainous miles on horseback in 24 hours - Full Story

One girl and one horse conquered the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range on a 100 mile trek in less than 24 hours

Cassie Williams
July 28, 2022 02:06 PM

TRUCKEE, California — A Mitchell native and her horse have conquered what's widely regarded as one of the most prestigious endurance equestrian contests in the world.

Emma Christopherson, 19, and her trusty Arabian steed, Diesel, completed the Tevis Cup on Sunday, July 24, successfully navigating a 100-mile strech of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in under 24 hours.

Beginning in Robie Equestrian Park in Truckee, California, Emma and Deisel were one of 131 teams who took part in the event. With a time of 23 hours and 13 minutes, she was one of 59 competitors to complete the trek in under 24 hours.

By completing the difficult trek through mountainous terrain, Christopherson checked of a memorable trip that was seven years in the making, which stemmed from an invite to go horseback riding after church...

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore' - Full Article

Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78

Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022

Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore' Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78 Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022 10:30 AM

At 78 years young, Kathie Perry is still kicking up dust in the sport of endurance riding. The Auburn resident earned her 25th Tevis Cup belt buckle Sunday, finishing 30th. She rides with nothing to prove and embraces the challenge each ride presents.

Perry started endurance riding in 1969, the same year as Woodstock and the moon landing. She was living in the Bay Area when her husband and brother decided to invest in quarter horses and try their hand at the sport. As the two prepared for their first ride in Virginia City, Nevada, Perry decided to give it a go herself.

“Of course, naturally, we had to buy a horse for me,” Perry says. “We went to the Arabian-type horse at the time, but because we lived in the Bay Area, we did not have a lot of space for the horse.”

That brought the Perrys to Auburn in 1972, where Kathie set her sights on the Tevis Cup...

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Crewing for endurance riders requires strategy, feel, planning - but it's rewarding and fun - Full Article

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 21, 2022

To win the Tevis Cup, picking a quality horse is only half the battle. Not only does the rider need a sturdy steed to come out on top in the 100-mile event, a proper crew is needed as well.

Crewing for an endurance rider is much like being a member of a NASCAR pit crew. Crew members have a limited amount of time to get the horse and rider everything they need to get back on the trail.

“There's a lot of strategy to it,” said Kelsey Mayo, who has been crewing at Tevis since 2017...

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Extraction of horse from canyon is a first for CAL FIRE chief; injury occurred during Tevis Cup - full article and video

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 20, 2022

Matt Furtado of CAL FIRE NEU Nevada, Yuba and Placer said while it's not uncommon to facilitate the rescue of a person falling while in the American River Canyon, it was the first time he has been involved with a horse rescue.

"The horse was a little bit of an anomaly," Furtado said. "But they were able to make that work and secure him well enough for the team to be able to secure the horse prior to the waist and lift him out."

Interim Fire Chief Jed Matcham said his crew received a call around 2 a.m. Sunday, stating a horse and rider competing in the Tevis Cup were in need of assistance following a fall near Foresthill...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

2 horses injured, 1 dies during Tevis Cup Ride on Western State Trail, Cal Fire says - Full Article

Daniel Macht
Digital Media Manager
July 19 2022

wo horses were injured and one died during the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn over the weekend, Cal Fire said.

Dramatic video showed one of the injured animals being hoisted to safety on a giant sling by a helicopter. Advertisement

The Tevis Cup took place Saturday on the Western States Trail in Placer County. The event’s website describes it as the oldest endurance ride of its kind, having been held each year since 1955.

On Monday, Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit shared a video on Facebook of rescuers helping a horse that had fallen over the end of the trail during the race...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice Win the 2022 Tevis Cup - Full Article

Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding won the Western States Trail Ride’s 66th edition.

Posted by Merri Melde | Jul 18, 2022

The Western States Trail Ride, commonly called the Tevis Cup, is the longest-running modern-day endurance ride. The 66th running of the 100-mile event took place on July 16.

Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding, LLC Pyros Choice, crossed the Tevis Cup finish line in Auburn, California, at 10:24 p.m, completing the race in 17 hours and nine minutes. This was Blakeley’s first Tevis Cup win and eighth completion (her third on “Pyro”). The pair finished second in 2018 and sixth in 2017.

After a tight race over most of the last third of the course, Blakeley pulled away in the final 15 miles to finish 24 minutes ahead of Christoph Schork, a rider from Utah, aboard GE VA Blizzard of Ozz...

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Cariboo Gold Rush Endurance Ride tests equestrian’s mettle

Mike Day of 100 Mile House completed 50 miles on each day of the Cariboo Gold Rush Endurance ride, riding his horse Lynna both days. (Monika Paterson photo) - full article

The event took place on the Canada Day long weekend

Patrick Davies
Jul. 14, 2022

Just shy of 40 equestrians and their mounts tested their stamina at the Cariboo Gold Rush Endurance Ride, which was held over the Canada Day long weekend on Ed and Cheryl Monical’s ranch south of Lac La Hache.

The two-day Endurance Riders Association of BC event attracted riders from Montana, Alberta, Vancouver Island, Fort St. John and 100 Mile House. Ride manager Joanne Macaluso said it was great to be hosting the event again after it was cancelled by COVID-19 and last summer’s wildfires.

“We usually hold distance riding events once a year, and our management team has been hosting riders for over a decade in the South Cariboo,” Macaluso said. “The event was excellent. It was very well-received, and people are looking forward to next year. Our group loves to share what the Cariboo has to offer. It’s a beautiful, scenic place...”

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Back in the saddle: Tevis Cup royalty Hall returns for another ride

Bill Poindexter photo - Full Article

After 8 years on the sideline, Hal Hall returns for another Tevis Cup ride: 'I missed the trail'

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 11, 2022

Hal Hall has nothing left to prove in the world of endurance riding.

The Auburn native has earned 30 buckles in 38 Tevis Cup rides, which complements his three championships and 14 top-10 finishes nicely. Hall earned his last buckle in 2013, which was also the last time he competed in the world-famous endurance ride.

Hall has spent the last eight years crewing for his wife, Ann, who finished ninth last year. This year, Hall will ride again.

“I still have a little burning desire to do this,” he says...

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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

66th Running of Oldest-Modern Day Endurance Ride Brings Equestrians From Across the Nation and Overseas to Sierra Nevada

At 5:15 am start on the morning of July 16th, 2022, the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) will officially kick off for its 66th birthday. Endurance equestrians from all over the world and the United States will compete in the 100 miles-24 hour event, named by Time magazine as one of the world’s top ten endurance events. Considered the founding ride for modern day endurance, this trail ride boasts supreme athletic performances from both equine and human participants, as well as team work, life changing stories and a gathering of the endurance community.

The trail begins near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, just east of Auburn, California, Endurance Capital of the World, where the finish line resides at the Gold County Fairgrounds. Strict veterinary criteria for the safety of the horses and challenging terrain add to the difficulty of this ride, contributing to the prestige of horse and rider teams that finish.

Historically started by area influencer and avid history buff Wendell Robie in the 1950s, this event brings partnerships of horse and rider teams together to test months and even years of rigorous training, to forge new friendships and to face Lady Luck herself in a quest for the coveted silver Tevis Buckle, held by an intrepid few the world over.

The Western States Trail Ride Board of Governors cordially invite you to cover this event either in person or with a provided press release post ride; media passes will be provided to those who inquire with the contact listed below. Alternatively we can submit stories geared toward your publication post ride with sports, humanitarian or inspirational geared themes that arise yearly with the Tevis Cup. Exclusive access to ride photography will be available and advice for locations to observe and meet the rider teams will be provided. We look forward to you joining us!

Contact information is as follows:
Western States Trail Ride
PR Chair Jenni Smith, ph. 925.876.4101

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Meet Holly Corcoran: A Top U.S. Endurance Rider - Full Article

by Emily Smith, MS,
Platinum Performance®

In 2020, She was the No. 1-Ranked FEI Endurance Rider Worldwide; Her Horse also Topped FEI's List

While Holly Corcoran has a history with horses from before she could walk, riding had to wait until 1998 when the single mother was almost 40 and had the choice between purchasing two horses: a Morgan or an Arabian. She bought FG Pennylane, an 8-year old gray Arabian mare, who holds the special credit of getting Corcoran back in the saddle after years away.

Corcoran became involved in endurance in 2003 and undertook the arduous task of conditioning both herself and her horse, Vvalentino. She entered her first 25-mile ride that summer. “I ‘turtled' that race, which means I finished dead last, but I was smitten,” recalls the Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, resident. This experience propelled her life's journey into the thrilling sport of endurance...

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