Wednesday, January 31, 2024

2024 Scheduled AERC Convention Seminars
Here are the seminars scheduled for the 2024 AERC Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 23 and 24 (subject to change).

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:00-10:30 am
Langdon Fielding, DVM, MBA, DACVECC, DACVSMR
Dr. Fielding, of Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in California, will be speaking on common trail emergencies relating to endurance horses.

10:45-11:45 am
Trisha Dowling, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DACVCP
Dr. Dowling is a professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. She specializes in equine pharmacology issues. (Exact topic TBA.)

3:00-4:00 pm
Deirdre Monroe
What can you do to build and preserve trails and get a seat at the trails planning table? Deirdre Monroe has worked extensively in New Mexico to plan, map, and expand trails; she and Marsha Hayes of Kansas will discuss how to build relationships that put equestrians at the table on trails issues.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

8:30-10:00 am
Jeanette Mero, DVM
Co-chair of AERC’s Veterinary Committee, Dr. Jay Mero will be speaking on tying up aka exertional rhabdomyolysis — severe cramping that may happen after exercise. Learn the latest information for prevention and treatment.

11:00 am-12:20 pm • General Session

1:00-2:30 pm
Katrin Silva
A trainer for 30 years, Katrin Silva will discuss dressage for endurance. She is the author of “Dressage for All of Us” and “Ride With Feel: A Guide for the Rest of Us” and competes and coaches various dressage disciplines.

3:00-4:30 pm
Susan Garlinghouse, DVM
“Beating the Hitch in the Giddyup” will focus on managing arthritis in distance horses. Learn how to proactively manage the effects of inflammtion and concussion before they turn into career-ending arthritis.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Endurance Horse Podcast: Dante LaPierre on MS Dennie MHF & Tevis 2023

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Jan 03, 2024
by Christina Hyke

Episode 60

Today on Endurance Horse Podcast we have the pleasure of chatting with Dante LaPierre about her lovely mare Ms Dennie MHF. Dante has ridden Dennie to three top ten finishes and discusses the excellent opportunity it is to give an Arabian off the racetrack a second career as an endurance horse.

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

2024 January's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast - Listen

Endurance: Husband & Wife Team, Lenhart Completes 20th 100, Tips For an Efficient Competition, for Jan 9, 2024

Jan 9, 2024

2023 AERC winners of the Bob and Julie Suhr Husband and Wife Award with 2170 miles Alanna and Gunnar Frank join us along with Sudi Lenhart, VP of the Southeast Endurance Ride Assoc. Karen has some tips on making your competition run smoothly.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Bold & Beautiful star Katherine Kelly Lang returns to Endurance Riding at Fire Mountain - Full Story

Bold & Beautiful Star Katherine Kelly Lang’s Latest Adventure Leaves Castmate Cheering, ‘Get ’Em, Girl!’

Amy Mistretta
January 18 2024

Those who follow Bold & Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) on social media know she loves her horse and the CBS soap actress recently completed a 50-mile endurance race and shared “some snippets” from the “great day!”

With the star riding her white beauty, Lang stated, “Our goal was to have happy and healthy horses at the end,” then relayed, “They did fabulous!”...

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Endurance Icon Treasured Moments awarded prestigious 2024 WAHO Trophy for USA

January 12 2024

As the American registering authority for the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO), the Purebred Arabian Trust (PAT) is proud to announce that it has awarded the 2024 WAHO Trophy to the purebred Arabian mare and endurance racing icon, Treasured Moments. The fourteen-year-old mare by legendary race sire, DA Adios+ and out of Hidden Treasure, was bred by the Alan Kirshner and Deborah Mihaloff’s notable Cre Run Farm in Doswell, Virginia, and is proudly owned by Heather and Jeremy Reynolds of Dunnellon, Florida.

“Treasure,” as she is referred to in the barn, began her career in 2014 on the racetrack wearing the recognizable colors of Cre Run, one of the world’s most prominent breeding programs for Arabian racehorses. (Cre Run is the only program in the world to have bred a horse that has won three million-dollar races in the span of one calendar year, as an example.) Treasure ran seven times as a four-year-old, with one first and three seconds and earnings of $11,315.

In November 2014, she caught the professional eye of Heather and Jeremy Reynolds, avid endurance riders at the top levels of the sport, and Treasure exchanged her racetrack life for the world of endurance.

Since then, the celebrated pair have recorded over 3,000 competition miles and countless wins together, including two Tevis Cups, one Haggin Cup, and the 2021 Italian Championships, which marked the first time an American horse has won overseas since the 90s. Treasured Moments is also a recipient of the Robie Cup, a medallion that is issued to horses upon the completion of five Tevis Cups. The medallion’s equine figurehead is Wendell Robie’s mare, a paternal great grand dam to Treasured Moments.

Additionally, Jeremy and Treasure incorporated a new dynamic in 2023 – competing bridleless. In fact, the two won the 2023 Tevis Cup in an incredible 15 hours and 14 minutes, and they did it minus a bridle. It was a poignant image that spoke to their profound partnership.

The WAHO Trophy program was initiated in 2005. Each worldwide registering authority of WAHO is granted the ability to choose its respected trophy recipients. Trophies are not necessarily awarded annually and are given out at the discretion of each country.

Requirements for trophy recipients include:
- The horse must be living, not deceased.
- The horse must be bred and still registered as a purebred Arabian in the country of its designated authority.
- The horse must have reached a significant level of achievement as deemed by its designated authority.
- The horse must, in some way, achieved excellence as a breed ambassador or, in the case of older horses, has achieved the same through its immediate progeny.

Only five WAHO Trophies have been awarded in the United States prior to Treasure Moments. One of those five recipients is her sire, Darley Horse of the Year, DA Adios+ – also bred by Cre Run Farm.

“We are so proud that Treasured Moments is being given this award,” said Deborah Mihaloff of Cre Run Farm. “Treasured Moments is only the sixth horse to receive this award in the United States. To think that one of the six is her sire, DA Adios+ (that we raised and raced) makes it extra special. Treasure could not have achieved the levels she did had it not been for her owner, rider, and partner, Jeremy Reynolds. They are truly one. She could not be loved more. And that is a breeder’s only wish.”

Bob Fauls, chairman of the Purebred Arabian Trust, concurs.

“The PAT is supportive of all disciplines associated with the purebred Arabian horse,” he said. “South America, the Middle East, Europe…. We’ve had the tremendous opportunity to travel the world and see endurance horses perform. Of all the disciplines, the Arabian horse is king in endurance, and yet it often receives so little recognition. Because of that, it was a great honor for us to be able to recognize this particular horse and its owners. Treasured Moments is one of the most recognizable endurance competitors in the world, both inside and outside the endurance community. The fact that she now joins her sire, DA Adios+, as one of the few recipients of the WAHO Trophy, makes it additionally sweet. The board of the Purebred Arabian Trust heartily extends its congratulations to Treasured Moments and her team from birth to present on this most deserving award.”

“Treasure never ceases to amaze us,” said Jeremy Reynolds. “The first time I met her, it was love at first sight. She loves competing. I feel honored to have such a horse in my life. I wish everyone could have an Arabian Treasure like her.”

Treasured Moments and Jeremy Reynolds were presented with the 2024 WAHO Trophy by Bob Fauls and PAT Vice President, Howard Pike, on January 7, 2024, at the Reynolds’ Florida home. The horse-and-rider pair continue to actively compete and are pointing their efforts to the 2024 FEI Endurance World Championship this September in Monpazier, France.

Endurance rider will be back on the trail; Bonnie Swiatek cancels her retirement - Full Article

Carol Ryczek - Laramie Boomerang
January 13 2024

Endurance riding is a matter of balance.

For Bonnie Swiatek, balance was both the reason for retiring from the sport she loves, and the reason to return to it.

Endurance riding is something of a marathon on horseback. Riders can travel from 25 to 100 miles, through mountainous terrain, sometimes at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. The trails are rugged and demanding.

According to the American Endurance Riders Conference, which organizes these rides, to finish is to win.

Late in 2022, Swiatek announced that she would be retiring from the sport she enjoyed for 22 years with more than 6,000 competitions and 20,000 miles of back country travels with 13 different horses.

She knew she had to address serious back problems when she discovered that the balance she maintained as a rider was not what it used to be...

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

US Equestrian Introduces New National Endurance Award Program

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jan 10, 2024, 1:00 PM

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is proud to announce the launch of the newly amended USEF National Endurance Award Program, a revamped initiative aimed at recognizing and celebrating the achievements of endurance athletes and horses across the country. Officially launching with the 2024 season, the USEF National Endurance Award Program includes the USEF Endurance Year-End Awards and the USEF Endurance Career Mileage Awards.

USEF Endurance Year End Awards will be calculated based on USEF and FEI competition results during the competition season (Dec. 1 – Nov. 30) and are composed of the following categories:

• Top Ten National-Ranked Senior Athletes
• Top Ten National-Ranked Junior/Young Rider Athletes
• Endurance Athlete of the Year Award
• Endurance Horse of the Year Award
• Endurance Best Condition Season Award

The USEF Endurance Career Horse Mileage and Athlete Mileage Awards will honor horses and athletes for their achievements at 250; 500; 750; 1,000; 3,000; and 5,000 miles, showcasing the dedication and perseverance demonstrated in the world of endurance riding.

Athletes and horse owners can request recognition of their or their horse's career mileage from American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) or Equine Distance Riding Association (EDRA) competitions held before December 1, 2023. To be eligible, requests must be submitted via email to the USEF Director of Endurance by September 1, 2024. Verification of requests will be conducted through AERC or EDRA competition records.

Click here to view more information on the USEF National Endurance Award Program, including eligibility criteria and submission details. Contact Nicole Zerbee, USEF Director of Endurance, with any questions at

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Saturday, January 06, 2024

Kim Elkins and Royal Velvet Achieve American Saddlebred Award in Endurance

Kim Elkins, of Mead, Washington, and her American Saddlebred mare, Royal Velvet, aka Roy, won the 2023 Equine Distance Riding Association American Saddlebred High Miles Award.

12-year-old Roy was bred by Shelah Wetter's Blue Haven Stable in Deer Park, Washington.

2023 was a great year for Kim & Roy. They sponsored many youth riders and completed every ride they entered. Wishing you both all the success next season!

Thursday, January 04, 2024

Applications Now Open for USEF Endurance Competition and Licensed Officials Grants

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Jan 3, 2024, 12:00 PM

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is now accepting applications for the Endurance Competition Grant and Endurance Licensed Officials Grant. Applications for both grants are due February 1, 2024.

USEF Endurance Competition Grant

The purpose of this grant is to support U.S-based FEI endurance competitions in order to maintain a healthy calendar of competitions within the U.S.

Eligibility: Competitions must be licensed with USEF and sanctioned by the FEI as an endurance competition.

Restrictions: Competitions may only apply for one grant each year, and grant amounts will be determined by available funds and number of applications. Grants are not guaranteed and subject to approval.

Payments: Grant amounts will be communicated by March 1, 2024. Grant checks will be mailed to the competition within two weeks following the end of competition.

Application: Download the USEF Endurance Competition Grant application here.

USEF Licensed Officials Grant

The intent of this grant is to support USEF endurance licensed officials and maintain a healthy number of officials licensed in the U.S. The grant offers financial support for USEF endurance licensed officials who are seeking education and experience.

Eligibility: Applicants must be in good standing with the USEF and, if applicable, the FEI at the time of application and must adhere to all USEF and/or FEI requirements and trainings for the applicable role, or seeking a USEF or FEI endurance license or promotion (with proof from the USEF Licensed Officials Department).

Restrictions: Licensed officials may only apply for one grant each year, and grant amounts will be determined by available funds and number of applications. Grants are not guaranteed and subject to approval.

Payments: Grant checks will be mailed to the licensed official following receipt of expense receipts for reimbursement. To receive the grant payment, the Licensed Official must provide any and all receipts for reimbursement by November 30th of the year in which they are receiving the grant.

Application: Download the USEF Endurance Licensed Official Grant application here.

Completed applications for both grants must be submitted to Nicole Zerbee, USEF Director of Endurance, by Feb. 1, 2024.

Questions? Contact Nicole Zerbee at or 859-225-6952.

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