Thursday, December 29, 2022

Arabian Horse Association's 2022 Distance Horse of the Year

VA Blizzard of Oz (Blitzen of Pico X Cavu Elana), an 8 year old gelding owned and ridden by Christoph Schork.

Ozzy began his Endurance career in 2017, and has since garnered an impressive 55 ride completions, 41 Best Condition awards, and a mileage total of 3,235. What's more, Ozzy has started and completed ten, 100 mile rides.

In 2022 Ozzy had quite the year on trail, earning the coveted Haggin Cup and the Best Condition award during the legendary Tevis Cup ride. Additionally, Ozzy earned a first place finish and Best Condition award at the Twenty Mule Team ride and AHA 100 Mile National Championship ride, along with winning six 50 mile Endurance rides and earning two 2nd place finishes.

The Distance Horse of the Year award aims to recognize significant accomplishments of registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian in distance sports.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Southern Utah teen who rode pony in 100-mile endurance race to be featured in book, documentary film - Full Article

LEEDS — The saga of a Leeds teenager who rode her pony 100 miles in a 24-hour endurance race in California last summer is being retold in a soon-to-be-published book.

Kyla Law and her pony Flash, Leeds, Utah, Nov. 16, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

As previously reported in St. George News, then-13-year-old Kyla Law and her mother Natalie Law both successfully completed the Tevis Cup horseback ride in July of 2021, starting at Lake Tahoe and ending in Auburn, California.

Kyla’s little black Hackney pony named Flash became the shortest horse ever to complete the Tevis Cup since the annual race’s inception in 1955. In contrast, Kyla’s mom rode an American Saddlebred named Brave, who stands a full 21 inches taller than Flash...

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

2023 AERC Convention Seminar Speakers

The tentative schedule for speakers at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, for the February 24-25 AERC Convention is as follows:

Friday February 24

Claire Eckard
Meet the author of “Race Against Time,” the story of junior rider Kyla Law and her pony Flash and Kyla’s mom Natalie at the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup). Kyla and Natalie will also be there to share their stories.

Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM, AAT
Dr. Marcella will expand on his excellent December Endurance News article on post-exercise leg care in endurance horses. Information from this seminar will be put to use every time you enter an AERC ride.

Rachel Mottet, MS, PhD
Body condition scores will be the focus of this talk by equine nutritionist Dr. Mottet of Legacy Equine Nutrition. You’ll learn why endurance horses should be at a BCS of 4-6 versus being too skinny with no reserve in a tank, or too obese and risk musculoskeletal issues.

Melissa Ribley, DVM
Hall of Fame member, equine veterinarian and high-mileage rider Melissa Ribley will be presenting two seminars at the convention. This one will be focused on safe transport of your equine — learn all you can to help keep your equine safe and healthy whether your haul is a couple hours or several days

Saturday February 25

Jeanette (Jay) Mero, DVM
The chair of AERC’s Veterinary Committee will have a veterinary-focused seminar sure to enlighten you on a current topic of concern to endurance riders across the country. Dr. Mero is a frequent convention speaker who keeps abreast of all topics that are currently in the forefront of the sport.

Meg Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM
Clinical Professor and Cardiology Service Chief at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sleeper knows equine hearts. She’ll be sharing the latest information that you can use to help your horse achieve at the highest level possible, whether that’s completing a 50 or riding to top ten.

Melissa Ribley, DVM
Dr. Ribley’s Saturday seminar will cover moving up to 100s. No need to be wary — with a solid training plan, there may very well be a 100 in your future. (Hard no? You’ll still learn plenty if you’re making the leap from 25s to 50s, or 50s to 75s.)

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM
Always a convention favorite, Dr. Garlinghouse’s seminar topic is TBA, but sure to be shared with plenty of research to back up her information shared with a mix of no-nonsense lecture and good humor.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

2022 December's Horses in the Morning Podcast - Listen

Endurance: From AERC’s Highest Mileage to Therapy Horse, GPS Tips for Equestrians for Dec 13, 2022

Dec 13, 2022 We’ll be chatting with current AERC mileage leader Kerry Lowrey, Cecilia Smith joins us to talk about AERC’s highest mileage horse Tulip who is excelling at his new career as a therapy horse at age 35. And to wrap up the show Max Merlich stops by for a preview of the 2022 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride.


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Location Announced for the 2023 Distance Horse National Championship Ride

The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and Distance Nationals Commission is excited to announce the location for the 2023 Distance Horse National Championship Ride as the Huntersville Hundred Site, located in Menahga, MN from September 29-October 1, 2023.

With fantastic trails worthy of a National Championship Ride, the Distance Nationals Commission is excited to be hosting the 2023 ride at the Huntersville Hundred Site. A tentative ride schedule will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Distance Horse National Championship Ride, please reach out to Paige Lockard at or 720-648-9220.

Join the Distance Nationals Facebook Group

Sunday, December 11, 2022

2023 AERC Convention is in Jacksonville, Florida on February 24-5

We’re thrilled to be back in Florida for the 2023 AERC "The Joy of Riding" convention! The host hotel is a perfect venue for an action-packed two days of all things endurance. Hope you will join in the fun on February 24 & 25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

There will be in-person shopping with the always-fabulous trade show, and seminars to appeal to both your scientific and sentimental sides. The 2023 convention will feature both new and favorite returning speakers. Friday afternoon we’ll honor the regional award winners, followed by a dance party on Friday night with a live band. The convention will culminate in the national awards banquet on Saturday night.

Online registration is now open. Sign up by February 10 to receive the lowest seminar prices and to reserve your banquet tickets.

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