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  • Christina Chesterman Memorial ride 2024 - Nick Warhol
  • Volunteers Wanted for the 68th Annual Tevis Cup Ride!
  • USEF Endurance Logbook Now Available Online
  • Deadline Approaching for 2025 FEI Calendar Applications for Endurance; U.S Endurance FEI Calendar Policies and Procedures Amendments Approved
  • Major equestrian event, endurance riding national championships, set for La Pine, Oregon, in August
  • May's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast
  • 2024 Biltmore Challenge 25 LD: A lesson in enduring - Lea Koechle
  • Still Prineville photos by Jala Neufeld
  • St. George horseman completes one of the world’s toughest endurance races
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre: River’s 5th 50-mile completion (Road to Tevis 112)
  • Biltmore Challenge photos by Becky Pearman
  • Trail's Open! for the 2024 Virtual Tevis Cup
  • Royal Bahrain Endurance Team to participate in Royal Windsor Endurance
  • Syrian Jazira maintains status as homeland for purebred Arabian horses
  • The Power of Simplicity
  • Horses Spread Across North America Earlier Than Previously Thought
  • Grizzly Mountain photos by Jala Neufeld

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    Christina Chesterman Memorial ride 2024 - Nick Warhol

    May 22 2024 Nick Warhol

    One of my favorite things in this sport is going to new rides for the first time. I'm a little surprised I haven't made it to this one before, but I went up with Sorsha, and Ines with Rayos this past Saturday. The ride is a 3.5 hour drive for me, located just north of the town of Paradise CA, the poor town that was burned to the ground by the big fire a few years ago.

    I'd never been to Paradise, and seeing it was kind of scary. Most of the buildings that are there are new; the ones that have been rebuilt, but a lot of the town is still just gone. It's very spooky. The ride is put on by JayaMae Gregory, who did an absolutely splendid job. Everything about it was well organized and well run; I didn't see any real issues at all.

    The whole event had a great vibe to it since it is a memorial for a young local woman who was killed by a drunk driver...

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    Volunteers Wanted for the 68th Annual Tevis Cup Ride!


    The Western States Trail Foundation is looking for volunteers for this year’s Tevis Cup 100 Mile One Day Ride from Truckee to Auburn on July 20th, 2024.

    Whether you’re a seasoned Tevis volunteer or have yet to experience the fun and excitement of assisting with our historic equestrian event, we welcome your help. We need volunteers at vet checks, water stops, for horse transport, communications, parking/traffic control and more. No experience necessary and you’ll go home with a coveted Tevis Volunteer T shirt for your efforts!

    Each year ~800 people volunteer for the Tevis Cup.

    Why so many volunteers?

    Since the Western States Trail Ride (the Tevis Cup) is a 100 Mile One Day “point to point” ride traversing remote, rugged terrain over the mountains and through the canyons from Truckee, CA to Auburn CA, volunteers are needed all along the trail as well as before and after the Ride.

    What do Tevis Volunteers do?

    • Check Riders In
    • Put Numbers on Horses
    • Distribute GPS Trackers
    • Parking and Traffic Control
    • Set up Vet Checkpoints
    • In and Out Timing at Vet Checkpoints
    • Take Horses’ Pulse at Vet Checkpoints
    • Assist Riders and Horses at Checkpoints
    • Fill buckets and troughs
    • Horse Transport for Pulled Riders
    • Trailside Photography
    • Radio Communications
    and more!

    To find out more information or to sign up as a volunteer, simply click here

    or email volunteer@teviscup.org for more information. Thank you!

    USEF Endurance Logbook Now Available Online


    by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | May 20, 2024, 1:00 PM

    Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the release of the USEF Endurance Logbook, which is now available online. The USEF Endurance Logbook is a free tool for riders to use to track all their horse's training and competition history in one place.

    Included within the logbook, you will find pages to record the following information:

    • Horse's details including name, breed, foaling date, etc.
    • Horse's identification information
    • Vaccination log
    • Medication log
    • Current and previous owner information
    • Training notes
    • Event information, vet card, and results

    The logbook can be downloaded as a pdf from USEF.org and filled in electronically, or it can be printed by the user and utilized as a hard-copy document.

    Please contact Nicole Zerbee, USEF Director of Endurance, at nzerbee@usef.org, with any questions and to register your logbook and receive a USEF Logbook ID.

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    Deadline Approaching for 2025 FEI Calendar Applications for Endurance; U.S Endurance FEI Calendar Policies and Procedures Amendments Approved


    by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | May 13, 2024, 10:00 AM

    Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian reminds U.S. endurance competition organizers that the deadline for 2025 FEI calendar applications is June 1, 2024. Applications received after June 1, but before July 1, may be considered depending on the availability of the USEF Endurance Sport Committee (ESC) and staff to ensure the application can be submitted to the FEI by the October 1 deadline.

    Applications for FEI competitions must be submitted online through the USEF Competition Dashboard at competitions.usef.org.

    Additionally, competition organizers are encouraged to review the U.S. Endurance FEI Calendar Policies and Procedures document, which outlines the process for application, review, and approval of FEI endurance competitions in the U.S. Several amendments to the policies and procedures were recently approved. These amendments were made to align with 2024 FEI endurance rule changes and to adjust the deadlines and application review timelines to be more favorable for competition management. Changes made by these amendments include:

    • Allowance of applications to be submitted after June 1, but before July 1, subject to the availability of the ESC and staff.
    • Adjustment of the USEF review procedure timeline based on the ESC’s meeting schedule to allow for more time for consideration of applications.
    • Adjustment of late application and modification request levels to align with 2024 changes made by the FEI regarding lower- and upper-level competitions.
    • Adjustment of the USEF deadline for an upper-level modification request to allow for USEF’s review process to be properly conducted prior to the submission of the request to the FEI.
    • The addition of two new criteria factors for the ESC to consider when reviewing applications.

    Questions about FEI calendar applications can be sent to feicomps@usef.org or Nicole Zerbee, Director of Endurance, at nzerbee@usef.org. Inquiries about national and lite licenses should be sent to dates@usef.org.

    Major equestrian event, endurance riding national championships, set for La Pine, Oregon, in August

    KTVZ.com - Full Article

    By KTVZ news sources
    Published May 14, 2024

    La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Central Oregon is set to host the 2024 American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) National Championships. This amazing equestrian event will feature 50-, 75- and 100-mile rides scheduled from August 15-17 at Outback Station, just outside of La Pine.

    Endurance riding enthusiasts from across the United States will gather in Central Oregon for what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the summer. The National Championship rotates annually to different locations, allowing riders to experience diverse trails and landscapes while showcasing the best of the endurance riding experience. This is the first time this event has been held in Oregon.

    “We are proud to bring this ride to Central Oregon, offering riders the opportunity to explore our region’s breathtaking trails and world-class amenities,” said Darlene Merlich, Ride Manager. “With our dedicated team of top-notch volunteers and veterinarians, we aim to deliver a truly unforgettable experience.”

    The event will attract some of the nation’s top endurance riders, along with enthusiasts from the Pacific Northwest eager to test their skills in completing a prestigious National Championship ride. Endurance riders are known for their commitment to equine welfare, ensuring their horses are in optimal condition for the challenges ahead...

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    2024 May's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast

    HorsesInTheMorning podcast - listen

    NE Endurance Team Challenge at Fair Hill, Rider Fitness, Green Beans

    May 14, 2024

    We chat about the ups and downs of getting young or inexperienced horses out and about, the AERC Green Bean program, tips on rider fitness, and the NE Endurance Team Challenge at Fair Hill.


    2024 Biltmore Challenge 25 LD: A lesson in enduring - Lea Koechle

    WannabeMuleSkinner.com - Full Story

    May 12 2024
    by Lea Koechle

    A lesson in enduring...

    Every rider has a story where they first encounter what it means to be a true endurance rider. As a Limited Distance rider, I’m sure I’ll have bigger stories than this one when I move up in distance. But, at this point in my story, this ride had me the most fire spitting mad and the closest I’ve been to wanting to quit and instead having to dig down and cling to the word “Endure.”

    Biltmore is an absolutely gorgeous estate nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. I’m not going to go into the history of the property as I don’t know it and on this particular occasion I was not there to learn it. I do plan on going back, sans horse agenda, to truly appreciate the history and architecture of the estate. For this trip however, I wanted to ride the grounds and appreciate the beauty.

    For two years I had been hounding my trailer buddy and ride mate to go to Biltmore. Since she will be taking a sabbatical from riding to focus on personal health and it’s my birthday, we finally decided to do it as a last “hurrah” since we won’t know when, if ever, we’ll be racing together again...

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    Still Prineville photos by Jala Neufeld

    2024 Still Prineville Endurance ride photos in Oregon by Jala Neufeld, DKTAJAY Photography:

    St. George horseman completes one of the world’s toughest endurance races

    StGeorgeUtah.com - Full Story

    Written by E. George Goold
    May 10, 2024

    ST. GEORGE — The Gaucho Derby is a 500-kilometer horse race through some of the most rugged mountain terrain in the world, and it was conquered by a St. George local.

    Scott Nielsen, a project manager at Black Desert Resort, competed in the 2023 event in nine days to finish the endurance race, a test of skill and spirit for both man and beast.

    “Participating in the Gaucho Derby has been an incredible journey of self-discovery and perseverance. It was about pushing my limits and embracing the spirit of adventure that defines such extreme challenges,” Nielsen said in a press release.

    The derby is run in southern Argentina, near the Andes Mountains. Riders tackle unmarked paths and daunting scenery...

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    Treasure of the Sierra Madre: River’s 5th 50-mile completion (Road to Tevis 112)

    JessicaEBlack.org - Full Story

    by Jessica Black

    April 27, 2024

    This last weekend River and I completed the first day of the new Treasure of the Sierra Madre endurance ride. It was a beautiful ride with some fun technical trails. We rode with Heidi Helly and her horse OP for the second time, which was, again, a learning experience for both River and me!

    River’s state leading up to the Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Just two weeks earlier, River had completed back-to-back 50s at the 2024 Cuyama Oaks xpride, held not 20 miles west of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Two weeks before that, she had completed 50 miles in the desert at the Western Mojave xpride. She came out of Western Mojave with a stone bruise in the toe of her left front hoof. During the final loop of the second day at Cuyama Oaks, River became intermittently lame. She would start favoring the left fore, and I would hop off, clean out all the debris, and she’d be fine, right up until her hoof got full of sand and rocks. I’d have to get off and clean her hoof out again. I ended up walking much of the final loop.

    I thought that it was the same stone bruise, not fully healed. When my farrier came out, he found a different issue. The stone bruise was 100% healed, but she had a corn in the left (outside) buttress of the same foot. A corn in horses is a bruise or hematoma between the hard and soft tissues of the bar, nothing like corns in human feet! River’s was “dry” (not suppurating) and not readily apparent. My farrier found it with hoof testers, but I couldn’t see anything...

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    Biltmore Challenge photos by Becky Pearman

    2024 Biltmore Endurance ride photos in North Carolina by Becky Pearman:

    Trail's Open! for the 2024 Virtual Tevis Cup


    The ride was first organized by Wendell Robie, an Auburn businessman and devoted rider of the Sierra high country. The Western States Trail Ride has had many names, but most people know it simply as “Tevis". The ride has evolved a great deal in 69 years; some of the trail has changed, the entry has changed, and even the criteria for completion has changed. One thing has not changed. One horse, One rider, 100 miles in One day (24 hours).

    The Tevis Cup Ride itself operates at or near a financial loss. So, the Western States Trail Foundation needs to raise funds in order to continue our trail preservation and put on the ride. In 2020, the Virtual Tevis was created due to the cancellation of the actual ride because of the global pandemic. The Virtual Tevis has become a premier fundraiser for the Western States Trail Foundation.

    Because of your support, we are able to not only put on this iconic endurance event, but continue with our efforts of trail preservation and improvements.

    Once again, there will be both Riding and Non-Riding Divisions so everyone can enjoy the fun.

    You can complete the 100-miles in as many smaller excursions as you choose to finish the goal. As you log your completed miles, you will receive updates of where you would be on the historic Western States Trail.

    Follow this link for more details and frequently asked questions.

    Royal Bahrain Endurance Team to participate in Royal Windsor Endurance

    BNA.bh - Full Article

    02 May 2024

    London, May. 2 (BNA): The Royal Endurance Team, represented by Victorious, Al Zaeem, and Al Ru'ood teams, is participating in the Royal Windsor Endurance horse show in the United Kingdom. The event, featuring riders from around the world, will commence tomorrow at Windsor Castle.

    Dr. Khalid Ahmed Hassan, Royal Endurance Team Director, emphasised the team's goals of achieving outstanding results, especially with experienced elements participating in European races. He stated, "We have included young riders to gain experience in European races. We are optimistic that the team will consistently achieve accomplishments abroad..."

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    Syrian Jazira maintains status as homeland for purebred Arabian horses

    Enabbaladi.net - Full Article

    Deir Ezzor – Obadah al-Sheikh

    In northeastern Syria, particularly in Deir Ezzor, breeders of horses are keen to select pure Arabian horse strains, allowing only purebred stallions to mate with purebred mares under “strict” conditions, in a profession they inherited from their ancestors.

    Despite the deteriorating economic and living conditions in the area, the interest in horses and their breeds remains a priority and tradition for the people of the region, especially since Syria is considered the traditional homeland for the Arabian horse.

    Breeding horses is a historical legacy in the area, and breeders and local entities organize races and festivals to showcase their pure breeds, amid repeated demands for support or securing affordable fodder...

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    The Power of Simplicity

    BlakeleyStables.com - Full Article

    Blakeley Stables
    March 1 2024

    "Less is more"... that could be applied to a thousand different things. Whether it's salting your potatoes, or training your horse, finding the right amount can be difficult. So where can you find the sweet spot between too much and not enough?

    Here are a few scenarios that can be difficult to find the perfect balance: training and conditioning, tack and feeding/nutrition just to name a few. So let's break these down a little.

    Tack/ Equipment:

    Endurance is a beautiful sport in that you can make it work with any kind of tack. You don't need fancy equipment or expensive gear. Whatever you have in the barn, that works for you and your horse is great! You don't have to go buy the top of the line endurance tack to be sucessful. Most our our tack came from garage sales and pre-loved...

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    Horses Spread Across North America Earlier Than Previously Thought

    FEI.org - Full Article

    26 April 2024
    Patricia Salem

    New research suggests a much deeper relationship between Native Americans and equines... Until recently, historians believed that horses in North America spread across the continent starting in the late 17th century, continuing for the next 100 years or so.

    Horses Originated in North America

    Scientists know that horses came from North America millions of years ago. Equus simplicidens — also known as the Hagerman horse, Hagerman zebra and American zebra — was the earliest Equus genus, found across what is today the United States. Similar to the modern-day horse in appearance, it eventually spread around the world.

    Whilst Equus simplicidens evolved further to become the horse breeds we know now, it actually died out in North America. It became extinct along with most of the continent’s large mammals approximately 10,000 years ago, but the cause still remains a mystery...

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    Grizzly Mountain photos by Jala Neufeld

    2024 Grizzly Mountain Endurance ride photos in Oregon by Jala Neufeld, DKTAJAY Photography: