Monday, July 31, 2023

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Repeat Tevis Cup Win; Haley Moquin and Im Hot N Bothered Win Haggin Cup

Monday July 31 2023

Jeremy Reynolds and his Arabian mare, Treasured Moments, repeated their 2021 Tevis Cup performance in winning this year’s renewal. The pair finished 8 minutes ahead of last year’s winners, Gabriela Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice.

Haley Moquin and Im Hot N Bothered, aka Freaky, finished in 6th place,56 minutes behind the winner and earned the next morning’s Haggin Cup.

One thousand mile buckles were earned by Lisa Schneider (riding FV Amazing Farwah) and Kassandra DiMaggio (riding WT Bezarif).

Hal Hall got his 32nd buckle! He rode Direct to for his second finish.

All four Junior riders who started the ride finished: Tierney Beloberk in 23rd place, riding Highh Treason; Vanessa Erickson in 42nd place riding Riyaaz Dezjon; Lila Reeder in 43rd place riding BES Belle Pepper; and Kinley Thunehorst in 59th place riding Danney Joe’s Prime Time Lady.

Three equines earned their 5th buckle, the Robie Cup award: Count on Tessie Flyin ridden by Kristine Hartman; Ever Ready ridden by Melissa Ribley; One Sun ridden by Andy Mayo

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

2023 Tevis Tidbits

July 26 2023

Kassandra DiMaggio and Lisa Schneider who are both riding for Buckle #10 this year. Kassandra will be riding her Arabian WT Bezarif. Lisa will be riding her Arabian FV Amazing Farwa

Twelve Riders representing 9 international countries will ride this year. Many of these riders are leasing US horses, while some live in the US full or part-time and are riding their personal mounts. There are riders from Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom this year.

Seven mustangs will compete:
Ken Campbell and MM Cody, Iian Dvir and MM Woody, Mallori Farrell and Red Hero (half mustang), Tosha Buker and MM Sonora, Audra Cook and Seven, Mark Montgomery and MM Gus, Sarah Arthur and Nevada.

SMR Filouette will be going for her 7th finish and will be ridden by Colton Medeiros. MM Cody will be going for his 7th finish and will be ridden by Ken Campbell.

Seven horses are taking to the trail for their 5th Completion, which equals a Robie Cup:
Count on Tessie Flyin’ ridden by Kristine Hartman
Treasured Moments ridden by Jeremy Reynolds
MM Woodrow ridden by Iian Dvir
Ever Ready ridden by Melissa Ribley
HV Cimmarons Goliath ridden by Kelsey Ebach
One Sun ridden by Andy Mayo
RA Ares Bey ridden by Wasch Blakeley

Four Junior riders will start this year:
Kinley Thunehorst and Danney Joe's Prime Time Lady, Lila Reeder and BES Belle Pepper, Vanessa Erickson and Riyaaz Dezjon, and Tierney Beloberk and Highh Treason.

Hal Hall will be riding for his 32nd buckle! He’ll be aboard his Arabian Direct, who has one finish.

The husband and wife team of the Ribleys, 2021 AERC Hall of Fame Members, will ride the trail. Robert will be riding for his 19th buckle aboard Chipofftheoleblock, and Melissa will be riding for her 16th buckle aboard Ever Ready.

Previous Tevis winners are taking to the trail:
Heather Reynolds, Jeremy Reynolds, Sanoma Blakeley, Gabriela Blakeley, Hal Hall, Treasured Moments, LLC Pyros Choice, RA Ares Bey, SMR Filouette

Previous Haggin Cup winners taking to the trail:
Christoph Schork, Jeanette Mero, Jeremy Reynolds, Melissa Ribley, Heather Reynolds, Hal Hall, Michele Rowe VA Blizzard of Ozz, Ozark Kaolena SWA, MM Cody, Treasured Moments

Monday, July 24, 2023

US Equestrian Announces New Structure for USEF National & Zone Endurance Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 20, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the new structure for the USEF Endurance Championships which will launch in 2024. This program will include USEF Endurance Zone Championships, a USEF Endurance Zone Team Challenge, and a USEF Endurance National Championship.

The Championships will include the following divisions:

• Limited Distance – 40 km
• Open 1A – 80 km
• Open 1B – 100 km
• Open 3 – 120 km
• Open 4 – 160 km

The USEF Endurance National Championship will take place every other year on odd numbered years, with the first one planned for 2025. The USEF Endurance Zone Championships will be held in the leadup to Nationals during a period beginning January 1 in the preceding year and ending 30 days prior to the start of the National Championship.

To qualify for the National Championships, athletes must have successfully completed their Zone Championship in the distance they intend to compete in at the National Championship.

The Zone Team Challenge will be held at the National Championship. This competition offers athletes the opportunity to compete in a team environment at the national championship representing their USEF Zone. Athletes will compete together on teams of 3-5 entries.

Bid applications and information on hosting Zone and National Championships will be released in the fall of 2023. More information about the championships, including competition specifications and qualifying criteria, can be found here.

Questions? Contact Nicole Zerbee, Director of Endurance, at

Saturday, July 22, 2023

2023 Tevis Cup riders will all be equipped with trackers

It's not live until the big day, but the trackers are ready for the Snow Course!

This year *all* riders will be equipped with trackers, so you can follow your favorite teams:

The ride will start in the Soda Springs parking lots.

There are currently 98 riders signed up. The rider number assignments are here:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Selection Procedures Now Available for 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 19, 2023, 5:50 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. -- The USEF Selection Procedures for athletes interested in competing at the 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship in Monpazier, France, are now available on the endurance section of

Athletes wishing to be considered for the championship must complete the online Application of Intent by June 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The FEI Endurance World Championship will take place in Monpazier, France, September 7, 2024. Athlete/horse combinations will be selected based on the ranking formula outlined in the selection procedures documents.

Contact Nicole Zerbee, Director of Endurance, at with questions.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Endurance Horse Podcast: Gabriela Blakeley - Reflections on Tevis 2022

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July 18 2023

Episode 58 of Endurance Horse Podcast is being published on 17 July 2023

Hello and welcome to episode of Endurance Horse Podcast! We are back after a pause and today chatting with Gabriella Blakely of Oregon, who won the 2022 Tevis Cup with horse Pyro with a time of 17 hours 9 minutes. The Blakeley family is no stranger to the Tevis trail and has arguably created a family tradition and legacy around Tevis. Stay tuned because at a later date we will be sharing more information on a new book authored by Gabriela's daughter Samona Blakeley about Samona's journey to her 2019 win at Tevis. Her book is called Chasing Dreams: The True Story of the Youngest Female Tevis Cup Winner.

Sorry for the long pause in producing content, life has been busy & this momma was getting a bit tired! Now on with the show!

Without further ado, let's jump into episode 58 of Endurance Horse Podcast.


Saturday, July 15, 2023

Application Deadline is July 15 for FEI Pan American Endurance Championships

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 13, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Athletes interested in competing at the 2023 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships for Seniors and Juniors/Young Riders must submit their Application of Intent online no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

The Pan American Championships will take place in Llay Llay, Chile, November 10-12, 2023. Selection procedures for athletes interested in competing at the 2023 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships for Seniors and Juniors/Young Riders are available on the endurance section of Athlete/horse combinations will be selected based on the ranking formula outlined in the selection procedures documents.

Click here for more information on the 2023 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships and to download the selection procedure documents. Contact Steven Morrissey, Managing Director of Sport Logistics & Non-Olympic Disciplines, at with questions.

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025 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors and 2025 FEI Endurance Pan American Championship Selection Memos Available Now

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 13, 2023, 9:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Endurance athletes who are considering applying to compete in the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors or the FEI Endurance Pan American Championship for Seniors and Young Riders & Juniors in 2025 are encouraged to review the selection memos for these events, which are now available on the endurance page on

The 2025 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors is scheduled for September 5-6, 2025, in Buftea, Romania. The FEI expects to announce the dates and location for the 2025 FEI Endurance Pan American Championship later this month.

The selection memos for both championships provide important information on selection, including requirements for qualifying events as well as the ranking formula that is used to determine qualification for the U.S. Endurance Team at these events. Please note the information is based on the recommendations of the USEF Endurance Sport Committee and is subject to change due to final approval of the full selection procedures by the USEF Board of Directors or USEF Executive Committee.

Click here to download the selection memo for the 2025 FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors.

Click here to download the selection memo for the 2025 FEI Endurance Pan American Championship.

If you have any questions or feedback on the full Selection Procedures prior to their approval of the above information, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Morrissey, Managing Director of Sport Logistics & Non-Olympic Disciplines, at

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Friday, July 14, 2023

2023 Tevis Cup will start at Soda Springs

July 11 2023
Ride Director Chuck Stalley's Message

RIDE DATE: July 29 2023

The 67th Annual Tevis Cup will start with Base Camp at Soda Springs. The parking is going to be tight. If you have a choice, bring your smaller rig to the start. We ask that you do not arrive prior to Thursday morning, July 27, as our lease covers only Thursday – Saturday morning. Shade is nonexistent, so please BYO shade. Vendors, management, Friday lunch and dinner will be in the paved parking lot. Afternoon meetings and the Friday evening pre-ride meeting will be in the same area. Horse check-in will start at 1 pm and end at 5 pm. Rider check-in and Registration will open at 11 am.

The start of the ride heads south on Soda Springs Road and will be a controlled start for the first two miles until the paved road turns to a dirt road. This is the official “timed start” line, and all riders will be held there until 5:15 am when the trail will officially open. Riders will have their number recorded by the timers and must pass that line by 5:30 am at the latest to be officially started in the 67th Annual Tevis Ride.

Riders will ride to Lyon Ridge and Cougar Rock heading to the first vet check at Red Star Ridge. After Red Star, riders will travel down the road to Robinson Flat. You may be up to one hour faster into Robinson for the 1st one hour vet check, but you will need that time later as the trail is longer after Francisco’s due to high water levels in the American River. We will reroute you so that you stay on the north side of the river and cross on the Highway 49 Bridge to reconnect with the trail at No Hands Bridge for the familiar ride up to the Overlook finish in Auburn.

Lots of time and energy has gone into seeing that this Tevis Ride is as special and memorable as any past ride and look forward to seeing you in Soda Springs. Your rider packets will be posted online in a couple weeks; rule books, passes, checkpoint cards, will be mailed out about July 21 to riders with addresses in CA, OR, WA, NV and ID. All other riders will pick up their materials in the Tevis office in Auburn the week in advance of the ride.

Keep training! We will be ready for you on July 29th!

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Distance Horse Racing: The Best-Conditioned Horse Wins - Full Article

Jane Meggitt, Correspondent
July 13 2023

Are you a passionate trail rider who wants to expand your equine journey? Consider competitive trail riding or endurance riding. These competitions can take you on the adventure of a lifetime while forming the deepest bond with your horse.

Competitive trail riding (CTR) competitions take place over a specified distance and must be completed within a specified time. At the completion of the ride, horses are judged by a veterinarian and a “lay” judge on their condition. The best-conditioned horse wins.

Endurance competitions are sanctioned through the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and unlike CTR, endurance is a race. Here’s how it works:

There is a specified distance and trail and, based on the number of miles, there is a time limit to complete it. Throughout the ride, there are rest stops where veterinarians check each horse. A horse must be deemed fit to continue. At completion, the horse must again be examined by a veterinarian and be fit to place and/or win. Even though the endurance ride is a race, completion is a win. The motto of AERC is “To Finish is to Win.”

In both CTR and endurance, the welfare of the horse is of the utmost importance. The veterinary judges at all the competitions make every effort to assist riders and their horses to complete their rides with happy, healthy horses. Endurance Enthusiasts

Wendy Mancini of Wall, New Jersey, has been competing in endurance rides for 22 years after “getting hooked” from her first 25-mile CTR at Brendan Byrne State Forest in New Lisbon, New Jersey. She competed with Jimmy, a registered Quarter Horse, for more than 10 years and over 5,000 miles. Endurance kept Jimmy in good shape — he retired at the age of 30. Currently, she competes with a gray Arabian/Quarter Horse named Sterling, whom she chose specifically for endurance...

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

2023 July's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast Podcast - Listen

Endurance: Trail Trials, Monitor EDPP for Horse Health, Decade Teams for July 11, 2023

Jul 11, 2023

We learn about the sport of Trail Trials, chat with Berit Myer about completing at least one 50 mile ride a year on her horse Tezona for 20 years. Plus, is your horse’s EDPP normal?


Saturday, July 08, 2023

US Equestrian Announces Nicole Zerbee as Director of Endurance

USEF.orgby US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jul 6, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce that Nicole Zerbee has been named Director of Endurance. Zerbee is based in the Lexington, Ky., office and will report to Steven Morrissey, Managing Director of Sports Logistics & Non-Olympic Disciplines.

Zerbee is a familiar face within US Equestrian, having served as the National Breeds & Non-FEI Disciplines Operations Manager since April of 2018. In that role, she served as the staff liaison for several USEF breed and discipline committees and affiliate organizations. She has extensive experience in coordinating rule change proposals, traveling to competitions to host meetings and answer questions from members across numerous breeds and disciplines, and assisting in the management of US Equestrian programs and competitions.

Prior to joining US Equestrian, Zerbee worked hands-on in the equine industry as a veterinary nursing technician and on staff at Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky. She holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture management with a focus on animal science from Purdue University.

“I am excited to begin this journey into the endurance world,” said Zerbee. “I look forward to bringing my USEF knowledge and experience to the endurance community and working with the endurance committee to help promote and grow the sport. I am eager to explore the possibilities for how I can best support endurance in continuing to build an enjoyable, safe, and thriving discipline within USEF.”

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Monday, July 03, 2023

18-year old Belle Stroh wins Virginia’s Old Dominion 100 Endurance Ride

Transitioning from the show world, Belle Stroh has found her sport

Monday July 3 2023
by Merri Melde
photo by Becky Pearman

After winning Virginia’s Old Dominion 100 Endurance ride on June 9th, 18-year-old Belle Stroh reflected on an already long and accomplished riding career.

The teenager from Hackett, Arkansas, pretty much grew up in the saddle, starting at age 3. “I grew up riding in the English showing world in hunt seat flat starting age 8,” Belle said. But by age 11, she knew it just wasn’t her thing. “I got really bored in the show world and I wasn’t having a good time getting all dressed up,” she said. “And then I found Endurance.”

Annetta Tinsman, who’d been teaching Belle to ride, had previously ridden Endurance, and she was willing to help Belle get into it. Belle didn’t have an eligible Endurance horse - her show mare was an old Morgan with an old injury - and so began Belle’s career as a catch rider. (At age 11!). One learns a lot riding different horses, and to this date, Belle has partnered with 14 horses in Endurance rides for a total of 77 rides, 1410 Endurance miles and 1120 Limited Distance miles.

Belle’s first Endurance ride, a 25-miler that she finished in mid-pack at Cowboy Country in Oklahoma in 2016, was an eye-opener. “I absolutely hated it!” she laughed. “It was muddy, it was hot, I was scared out of my mind! And when we crossed that finish line, I was like, ‘I don’t think I can do this again!’ My mom said, ‘Well, we already signed you up for the next one.’ And I said, ‘Oh, ok.’”

Pulls in her next three of five rides might have discouraged her, but Belle already knew Endurance was her sport. She finished her first season completing 6 of 9 Limited Distance rides and she was in love with the sport. “I was so in love with it, I decided I was never going to do anything else but Endurance rides. And if I could make a career out of it, then by god that’s what I was going to do!”

Along the way, she’d also fallen in love with Renegade Aladd, aka Bubba, whom she partnered with in five of those first-season rides. He was her first ‘project’. “He was a beast. He’s still a beast!”

Belle moved up to 50-mile rides in her third season, still catch riding for other owners and riding Bubba.

“My first 50, I thought I was going to die. We hit mile 25 and Annetta said, ‘You hit your wall? Oh, you’re fine,’ and we just kept going. And when we finished, I was like, oh my God, I just want to keep going. Is it over? Is it over?”

Then in 2019, along came Thee Satara JD.

“Laura Hudson had started her, and we [Belle and Annetta] got her as a 6-year-old. Annetta tried a couple of rides on her and didn’t care for her, so she wanted to sell her. I did my first ride on her [at Indian Country] so I could advertise her. She had that spunk that my first mare had, and I was like, oh crap, I like her, I’ve got to buy her now.”

The pairing has been an auspicious one. In 2021, the duo stepped up to 75 milers at Racing Stripes in Texas (finishing in 6th place) and Fort Howes in Montana (7th place), and Racing Stripes again the next year (4th place).

Near the end of the 2022 season, Belle and Satara attempted their first 100 miler in the Armadillo ride in Texas, where they garnered a 4th place finish.

“It was so fun and it was such an amazing experience. And it was such a beautifully run ride. I’m so excited the National Championships are happening there this year.”

And early this season Belle got the idea to try the Old Dominion 100, “the Beast of the East”, with Satara. “It had never been on my radar before because it’s so far away, but I looked at the calendar, and I said to my dad, ‘We need to get a 100 done so I can qualify for the National Championships!’ He said all right, and we drove to Old Dominion.

“And I proceeded to only tell about two people I was going to the OD, because everybody I’d talked to had said it was going to be lucky if I finished, because there was such a high pull rate. So I thought, I’m not going to tell anybody I’m going to the OD if I’m going to get pulled. It would be so awesome if I came in top ten; it’d be so awesome if I finished. But I was just going to go and have a good time.”

Old Dominion is about a 17-hour drive from Arkansas, but with truck issues on the way, it took closer to 20 hours. It didn’t faze Belle or her parents at all.

Despite the fact nobody in Belle’s family had any interest in horses - other than her grandma who rode a bit out of necessity because she lived on a farm - her parents have been taking her to Endurance rides and crewing for her all these years.

“My dad and my mom are the best crew that I could ever ask for,” Belle said. “They have taken painstaking amounts of time to take me to these rides and to crew for me and to help me condition these horses, and they are just so amazing that I can’t thank them enough for it.

“They didn’t know a thing about horses, but now they do. I crack up when people watch my dad crew, and ask him if he rides. He’ll say no, but he’s over there massaging Tara’s butt. My parents are on top of it!”

The OD 100 was a dream ride with smooth sailing. After riding an afternoon loop together with Jennie Heilman, they arrived at the 70-mile vet check in first place, but there Jennie was pulled. “I don’t like to say that I’m competitive, but I am really competitive! Satara had a lot more gas in the tank than I thought she had. So we moved out by ourselves on the next loop.”

The last 13 miles were in the dark, but as some of the green glow lights had been pulled along part of the stretch, Belle had to use her flashlight to look for ribbons. She wasn’t sure at that point she was even on the right trail, and she wasn’t sure she was still in first place, but she realized it when they arrived at the last vet check at 92 miles.

“When we left the last vet check, I just tied my reins in a knot so they weren’t super long, and I set my hands on Tara’s neck. It was a pretty flat stretch, and she just cantered home the last 8 miles. And that was my favorite part of the ride - she just picked up her little canter and off we went!”

And not only did they win the Old Dominion 100, Satara won the Best Condition award, judged that night an hour after each of the top ten crossed the finish line. And the next morning Satara also won the Old Dominion trophy, presented to the horse/rider team which has demonstrated optimum performance based on its post-ride recovery and condition after completion of the 100 mile ride. Not a bad haul after hoping just to finish the ride!

“I’ve been doing Endurance for a while, but I really only started getting competitive this year," Belle said. "It’s been cool to watch Satara go from bottom of the pack, to top ten, to winning or coming in second place in almost every ride I put her in.”

In addition to her parents, Belle credits Annetta Tinsman for getting her and Satara to where they are now.

“Without Annetta, I would have never done Endurance, because she’s one of the only people in my area who does Endurance besides me. I give a lot of credit to her for how she got me started. She taught me to ride properly, she taught me how to take care of horses and how to train. She’s been instrumental in creating the rider I am today.”

Belle currently attends the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) studying for her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science so she can go to medical school to get her doctorate in physical therapy. But she still finds time to ride Endurance and spend time with Annetta.

“She lives five mile away from my parents, so I go out there and I start horses for her and help her give lessons. She’s turned into my adopted grandma. I’ve spent so much time with her on trails.”

Annetta was the least surprised by Belle’s win in the Old Dominion 100. “Belle started riding with me when she was 8 years old. She started doing shows and trail rides. She is an exceptional young lady, and when she decides to do something she is all in. I have not seen her get discouraged with anything. She graduated high school a year early and is in college. She works and goes to school and still finds time to ride and be very competitive. I can't put into words how proud I am of her.”