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Mother, daughter finish 1-2 in Tevis Cup

GoldCountryMedia.com - Full Article

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 21, 2024 12:11 AM

In her sixth successful ride, Jeanette Mero can finally claim the most coveted title in endurance riding: the Tevis Cup.

The Mariposa native completed her 100-mile journey to Auburn's McCann Stadium at 10:05 p.m. Saturday night to win the 68th Tevis Cup, finishing with a time of 17 hours and five minutes. Mero has been a consistent top-10 finisher at Tevis for several years and won the Haggin Cup in 2021, but a first-place finish eluded her until Saturday.

"I honestly gave up thinking it would happen, and I was happy enough with winning a different cup. I'm kind of still in awe," Mero said, noting she was still nervous as she crossed the finish line in Auburn. "At that point, you're still praying that the horse is good, and you gotta get through the vet check to win. This was 20 years of hard work and there's nothing like this. The Tevis Cup is the biggest win in our sport. It's just amazing."

Mero said the difference this year was that everything went right for her and her horse, Lena, a 12-year-old Arabian that now boasts four Tevis finishes of her own...

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Two Horses Fatally Injured at 2024 Tevis Cup Endurance Ride in Northern California

By Amanda Williams
Published on July 23, 2024

Tragedy struck at the 2024 Tevis Cup in Northern California this Saturday, as two horses met with fatal accidents during the demanding 100-mile endurance ride. The Western States Trail Foundation announced the loss of the horses, Laylas Knightly Getaway, ridden by Max Merlich, and MV Im Hot N Bothered, known as "Phoenix," under rider Caroline DeBourbon.

According to FOX40, Laylas Knightly Getaway fell in the Swinging Bridge Canyon near Devil’s Thumb after covering a distance of more than 50 miles. On another treacherous part of the trail known as the California Loop, which stands about 25 miles from the finish line, Phoenix suffered a similar fate. The perilous nature of these trails, having claimed equine lives before, seems to have repeated its grim pattern...

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The Meros: Mother-Daughter Duo Claim Top Spots in 2024 Tevis Cup

By Merri Melde-Endurance.net
July 20 2024

Jeanette (Jay) Mero, of Mariposa, California, riding Ozark Kaolina SWA (Lena), won the 2024 Tevis Cup in a ride time of 14 hours 50 minutes. It was Jay’s 6th Tevis finish and Lena’s 5th finish. The duo won the Haggin Cup (Best Condition) in 2021.

Fourteen minutes later Jay’s daughter Reyna finished in second place aboard Chndakas Eklipse SWA (Clippie). It was the fifth Tevis finish for Reyna and the third for Clippie.

The Tevis Cup is still underway; competitors have until 5:15 AM July 21 to finish.

To be continued...

Meet Echo and Jessica: How these Echo Valley mannequins became international icons

Echo Valley mannequins are international icons

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 19, 2024

If you’ve ever stepped into Auburn’s Echo Valley Ranch, you’ve likely seen two mannequins in front of the store of a horse and a woman. Believe it or not, the equine and his handler not only have names but have become international icons with people traveling from around the world to take their picture with the two.

Their names are Hi Ho Echo and Jessica, and in the last decade, they have become the unofficial mascots of the Tevis Cup, the 100-mile horse ride from Truckee to Auburn. Every year, Tevis Cup riders flock to Echo Valley for their official ride shirt and get their photos taken with Echo and Jessica. It’s gotten to the point where it’s not just a fun excursion for the Tevis Cup riders but a tradition that is part of the pre-ride process.

“This all started about 10 years ago when we just started taking pictures with all the riders and posting their stories to Facebook,” said longtime Echo Valley employee Connie Watson. “Now, every rider all over the world knows that as soon as they hit Auburn to come here to meet Echo and get their picture taken. It's really cool, because they can be from out of state, out of country or right here in Auburn. It doesn’t matter, but they all come in to do it...”

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The Making of a Tevis Horse: An Exclusive Interview with Layne and Atlas

TheSweatyEquestrian.com - Full Article

July 11 2024
by Tamara Baysinger

As the clock to Tevis 2024 ticks down, anticipation in the endurance world is ticking up. Around the globe, bucket-listers and veterans alike are caught up in the dream.

Here at Sweaty Equestrian headquarters, my days are abuzz with preparations, from getting chili in the freezer, to sunscreen in my saddlebags, to my nerves under control. Amid the hustle, I set aside time to focus on the epicenter of it all: the horse.

What does it take to get a good prospect to the starting line of the famous (infamous?) Western States 100 Mile Trail Ride?

I sat down with Atlas and his owner, Layne Lewis, to ask...

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2024 Tevis Cup Preview

July 2 2024
By Merri Melde-Endurance.net

With 17 days remaining until the 68th running of the Tevis Cup, 147 riders are pre-entered to take on the 100 miles from Tahoe to Auburn on July 20.

These include previous Tevis winners Gabriela Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice (2022), Sanoma Blakeley (2019), Karen Donley (2016), Hal Hall (1974, 1977, 1990), Jeremy Reynolds (2004, 2007, 2011, 2021), and Heather Reynolds (2003, 2014, 2018).

Previous Haggin Cup winners include Hal Hall (1972, 1978, 2002), Heather Reynolds (1999, 2003), Jeremy Reynolds (2004, 2011, 2017), Michele Rowe (2005), Melissa Ribley (2009), Jay Mero and Ozark Kaolena SWA (Lena) (2021), Christoph Schork (2022), and MM Cody the mustang (2018).

Gabriela Blakeley and Heather Reynolds will be going for their 10th Tevis buckle, Robert Ribley will be going for his 20th buckle, and Hal Hall will be riding for his 33rd buckle!

Nine juniors will compete. The mustang Favor the Bold, the mustang MM Woodrow, the Arabian LLC Pyros Choise, and the Arabian cross Lily Creek Kong will be going for their 5th Tevis finish (a Robie Cup); the Arabian Count on Tessie Flyin, and the Arabian One Sun are going for their 6th Tevis Cup. The Tennessee Walker John Henry will be going for his 6th finish, which would be a record for gaited horses. The mustang MM Cody is going for his 8th Tevis finish.

There are riders from 5 foreign countries (Spain, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and Ecuador), and 21 states will compete.

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2023 Tevis Cup: Jeremy Reynolds claims title, Haley Moquin wins Haggin Cup

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Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments capture their second Tevis Cup in 3 years, and it's the fifth title overall for Reyunolds

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 31, 2023 8:08 PM

Jeremy Reynolds claimed his fifth Tevis Cup title Saturday night, crossing the finish line at Auburn’s McCann Stadium at 8:29 p.m., 15 hours and 14 minutes after starting at Soda Springs on the back of his bay Arabian, Treasured Moments (Treasure).

It was the second win for the duo, which won the 100-mile, one-day ride in 2021.

"It feels great. I love this horse," Reynolds said after sharing a moment with his trusted steed at the finish line. “There were four previous winners in this year’s field, but three of them were recent winners, so I knew it was gonna be kind of tougher and a little bit more competitive this year...”

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

Monday July 31 2023
by Endurance.net

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