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  • Podcast: Pushing Limits: McKayla and Sandy's first 50-mile Endurance ride
  • Australia: Tribute for Ron Males 1931-2024
  • Australia: Jackie Byrnes' legacy in athletics, endurance riding to be remembered
  • A Golden Trifecta for UAE's Saeed
  • 2024 Mary and Anna Memorial 100 - Emilee Randal
  • 2024 Moonshine Run photos by Jessica Jones
  • 2024 City of Rocks Pioneer photos by Merri Melde
  • 2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride photos by Jala Neufeld
  • Wild Horses Find Sanctuary at Skydog Ranch in Oregon
  • Forage-Focused Diets for Sport Horses
  • Endurance Horse Podcast: A Chat with Ride Managers of Trade River Run Lindsay Nichols and Bobbi Belz
  • 2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride: Year #8 on the Way to Decade Team - Merri Melde
  • 2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride - Samantha Ellis
  • Great Britain: Two Achieve Silver Awards at the 160km Golden Horseshoe Ride
  • USEF Athlete Selection Procedures Now Available for 2025 FEI Endurance Pan American Championships for Seniors and Juniors/Young Riders
  • Christina Chesterman Memorial ride 2024 - Nick Warhol
  • Volunteers Wanted for the 68th Annual Tevis Cup Ride!
  • USEF Endurance Logbook Now Available Online


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    Podcast: Pushing Limits: McKayla and Sandy's first 50-mile Endurance ride



    TheHorsewoman Project Podcast - Listen

    The Horsewoman Project: An Equestrian Podcast

    June 11 2024

    In this solo episode, I share the intense experience of completing my first 50-mile ride with Sandy. Despite our thorough preparation, the journey was mentally and physically grueling, filled with moments of doubt and reflection.

    This experience has underscored the necessity of being kind to ourselves and recognizing the incredible efforts we put in as horsewomen. Let's navigate these challenges together.

    -McKayla

    Listen:
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/6j7OyLtB05z2YAilORw5w7?si=395cbb355ffa4fa2&nd=1&dlsi=f6336a7eb7ac406e


    Australia: Tribute for Ron Males 1931-2024


    AHSA.asn.au

    Ronald Philip OAM
    “Ron”
    Aged 92 years
    18/10/1931 – 3/6/2024
    Passed away peacefully at home.

    Nothing could probably better sum up the legacy left by Ron Males than this quote.

    Ron, together with wife Val, founded Ralvon Stud in 1954. A stud whose hoofprints have left an indelible print in the Arabian community worldwide.

    It’s hard to know where to begin, and as I write this, on a personal level, the stories, memories and tears come flooding through my mind and down my cheeks – as I’m sure they do for many.

    Ron forged so many new pathways for Arabian lovers, breeders and owners – Ralvon mares and stallions became the cornerstone of many breeding programmes, both in Australia and worldwide.

    In 1966, Ron, together with wife Val, were instrumental in planning and organising the first Tom Quilty 100 mile Endurance ride, and then, he was also instrumental in the foundation of the Australian Endurance Riders Association in 1967.

    Ron, during his endurance career, claimed 21 Qulity buckles – he was the first to gain his 1000 mile buckle (10 completions) without a single vet out – a record in itself.

    In 1969, a chestnut colt was born on Ron’s birthday – this colt. Ralvon Pilgrim, (Rikham x Trix Silver), in 1977 went on to become the first International Arabian Champion Stallion when taken to the UK to be shown. Prior to his World Championship win, he had amassed an outstanding show record in Australia. His progeny today span the globe...

    Read the rest here


    Australia: Jackie Byrnes' legacy in athletics, endurance riding to be remembered


    NoosaToday.com.au - Full Article


    09/06/2024
    Erle Levey

    Australian sporting circles have lost a cherished supporter, champion coach, and passionate lover of endurance horse riding.

    Jackie Byrnes has coached elite Australian athletes including Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Jana Pittman, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her contributions to the sport.

    Yet Jackie was also much loved in the Queensland Endurance Riding Association (QERA) through her years as horse owner, breeder and rider.

    Australian Endurance Riding Association secretary and QERA management committee member Kim Moir said she was “the loveliest, bubbliest person.”

    As recently as April, Jackie was at Imbil to support the Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Carnival.

    For many years she competed on her grey Arabian mare Cooroora Carmen throughout Queensland including Biggenden, Cooyar, Blackbutt, Fernvale, Eidsvold, Murrumba and Widgee...

    Read more here:
    https://noosatoday.com.au/news/09-06-2024/jackies-legacy-in-athletics-endurance-riding-to-be-remembered/


    A Golden Trifecta for UAE's Saeed


    FEI.org - full story

    08 June 2024
    Words by Stacey Stearns

    There's no stopping this young Endurance talent...

    Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Al Muhairi already has three Individual gold medals in Endurance on his resume at just 22 years old. His Endurance involvement spans more than a decade of riding, first in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), his home country, and then internationally as well.

    Saeed is focused on the future though, as he continues pursuing Endurance goals.

    “Representing my country is a privilege coveted by many riders, making it a special opportunity.”

    Saeed’s golden run

    His gold medals were in 2017, 2019, and 2021, winning the FEI Endurance World Championships for Junior and Young Riders three times consecutively before ageing out. First, he rode Rabdan for the gold at the 2017 Championships in Italy. Next, in 2019, Saeed rode Theeban in Italy and claimed the Individual gold again. Saeed and Haleh claimed the 2021 individual gold medal in his last year as a young rider at the competition in the Netherlands...

    Read more here:
    https://www.fei.org/stories/sport/endurance/golden-trifecta-uaes-saeed-salem-al-muhairi-profile-2024


    2024 Mary and Anna Memorial 100 - Emilee Randal


    June 5 2024
    By Emilee Randal

    Finally have time to sit down and write a ride recap for The Mary and Anna Memorial ride. My first 100. First and foremost, none of this would have been possible without my mom, Darlene, Max, Fire’s previous owner, Cat, who did so much to make sure she held up well, Kristine, Celena, Joslynn, Siri, Sarah, and so many other people.

    Back in March, Darlene put the wild idea into my head that I could probably do the 100 at Mary and Anna. I thought she was absolutely insane, because WHAT?! My initial goal was Tevis, but this year I’m going to go crew. Darlene thought it would be a great first 100 and she was right. Surprising, I know! We decided it would be smart to have me ride with Max at Eagle Canyon to see if our mares were well matched for 100 miles. You put a half thoroughbred mare and an off the track arabian, both competitve, together for 100 miles, and they won’t tell you if they’re tired. Despite angry mare stares all day and mild concern that they would push eachother too hard at MAMR, we decided to give it a go. I fed Fire everything she would eat, her ugly duckling clip grew out, and before I knew it, it was time to go. Fire was well prepared with regular BEMER sessions, chiropractic work, and some massage work...

    Read the rest here


    2024 Moonshine Run photos by Jessica Jones


    2024 Moonshine Run Endurance ride photos in Georgia by Jessica Jones, Unbridled Imagery:
    https://www.unbridledimagery.com/sytist/events/endurance-races/2024-moonshine-run/


    2024 City of Rocks Pioneer photos by Merri Melde


    2024 City of Rocks Pioneer Endurance ride photos in Idaho by Merri Melde, The Equestrian Vagabond Photography:
    https://www.theequestrianvagabond.com/Clients-Endurance


    2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride photos by Jala Neufeld


    2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Endurance ride photos in Oregon by Jala Neufeld, DKTAJAY Photography:
    https://dktajay.smugmug.com/event/Mary-and-Anna-Memorial-Ride


    Wild Horses Find Sanctuary at Skydog Ranch in Oregon


    BendSource.com - Full Article

    Over 300 wild horses and 50 burros saved after their capture now call 9,000 acres of breathtaking, rugged land in Prineville home

    By Tiffany Neptune

    Witnessing a wild horse run free is an experience unlike any other, but these sights are more rare as more horses are captured from their lives in the wild. As uncertain fates await those still roaming the American West as well as the mustangs and burros already detained, some, like the hundreds who graze the lands of Skydog Ranch & Sanctuary, are given another chance at life.

    Upon learning more about the branded neck of her second horse, a mustang named Buddy, Clare Staples mounted a personal campaign to educate herself about mustangs in the West to understand exactly why the wild horse (mustang), population continues to diminish and what is ultimately happening to them. That led her to found Skydog, creating a wild haven for horses and donkeys (burros), to escape neglect, starvation, abuse and death.

    As a child, "I would run away to the stables and take care of these horses and muck all day just to be able to be around them. I would breathe them in and bury my face in a horse's neck and everything would be OK," Staples said, recounting her less-than-happy childhood.

    Taking stock of her life at 50, Staples realized she sought more than material grandeur, sharing, "I really felt like being of service and having a purpose were the keys to a happy life and a joy that was more sustainable." She effectively turned away from a glamorous Malibu, California, existence, dedicating everything to reunite wild horse families and save equines in need...

    Read more here:
    https://www.bendsource.com/news/wild-horses-find-sanctuary-at-skydog-ranch-21079421


    Forage-Focused Diets for Sport Horses


    Thehorse.com - Full Article

    May 10, 2024
    Posted by Madeline Boast, MSc
    Regularly monitor your horse’s condition and workload to ensure his energy requirements are being met with a forage-focused diet this show season.

    Q. My 7-year-old Thoroughbred has recently started training as an event horse. We’ve found that he does best on a forage-focused diet, but I’m worried that might not be enough as he starts his first year of competition. Should I consider changing his diet? How can I be certain his needs are being met with a forage-focused diet through the competition season?

    A. Forage-focused diets are fantastic choices for many horse owners because horses have evolved to consume a fibrous diet. If a forage-focused diet is best for your Thoroughbred, there is no need to change that simply because he will be competing this year. However, there are a few steps you can take to ensure his diet supports his increased nutritional needs. The Base Diet for Horses

    Typically, dry hay comprises most of a horse’s diet throughout the year. Unlike forage products such as hay cubes, hay does not come with a nutritional label...

    Read more here:
    https://thehorse.com/1127588/forage-focused-diets-for-sport-horses/


    Endurance Horse Podcast: A Chat with Ride Managers of Trade River Run Lindsay Nichols and Bobbi Belz


    EnduranceHorsePodcast - Listen

    May 09, 2024

    Episode 65 Welcomes the ride managers of Trade River Run in beautiful Cushing, Wisconsin. Ride Managers Lindsay Nichols and Bobbi Belz talk about becoming a RM and the details of their event. You can see their ride flyers at this link: Trade River Run

    Trade River Run is a multi sanctioned event sanctioned by AERC, UMECRA, MnDRA and DRAW. The trails are said to be soft and barefoot friendly with great views of the river. Many sponsors equals great awards at this event. Sponsors include: Hay Chix, US Rider, Endurance Horse Podcast, Cashel, Distance Depot and more! Check out their ride flyer linked above!

    Listen:
    https://endurancehorsepodcast.podbean.com/e/trade-river-run-a-chat-with-ride-managers-of-trade-river-run-lindsay-nichols-and-bobbi-belz/


    2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride: Year #8 on the Way to Decade Team - Merri Melde


    May 29 2024

    After Hillbillie Willie’s last ride at Eagle Canyon, where he was on crack for the start of the ride, then got pulled at the first vet check for hind end lameness, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect of him at the Mary & Anna Memorial ride in Oregon.

    I wasn’t worried about his soundness or fitness; the Eagle lameness was very slight, I gave him a week off after Eagle, and when I next rode him, he was sound.

    My main concern was his mental state! At the Mary and Anna ride, he’d be again leaving behind his BFF DWA Barack and his frenemy DWA Papillon in camp while he went out and started the 50-mile ride on Saturday. And when he gets 10 feet away from Barack, he whinnies. So, apologies to everybody in camp :) , we practiced many, many times on Thursday and Friday, leaving our camping spot by ourselves, walking away from Willie’s BFF/notBFF and walking through camp, visiting, grazing, practicing separation. He got a little better each time, but always, even while eating grass, he’s thinking about his buddies and whinnying for them.

    Connie and I both wanted to come to the Mary and Anna ride, one we’d never been to, and the site of this year's AERC National Championships in August. My main goal with Willie is reaching Decade Team with him - at least one 50-mile ride a year for ten years. We’d done seven years together...

    Read the rest here


    2024 Mary and Anna Memorial Ride - Samantha Ellis


    May 27 2024
    By Samantha Ellis, Crater Hill Equestrian

    The Mary and Anna Memorial Ride was one for the history books for us, my only regret, is not having to gone to this ride in years past!

    We were anxious to try a new 100 and get a look at the course for the AERC National Championships. I had some concerns as we don’t do much speed training on our horses, and this is a flat course. We focus more on long slow distance and steady hill work. We wanted to use this ride to make some horse choices on who we want to aim for championships.

    As per the usual, endurance is all about being flexible. I planned all year to take Leno to this ride as a prep for Tevis. Of course a week prior, he decided a pasture injury would sideline him (he will be fine- but had to sit this one out). I struggled with riding or not riding, but at the end of the day we needed another sponsor so I would need to ride. The only other horse that we could fit a 100 safely into their schedule was Sybil, whom I had turned the reins over to Mollie Quiroz for the season.

    After much discussion, we would proceed as planned with our groups and I’d just make the horse switch and ride a similar ride as planned prior. After looking at prior times, we came up with the plan that my group would finish between 830 and 9, and Mollies group between 1030 and 1130.

    The ride start was perfect, they said the trail was open and Sybil just kept her head down grazing :) . I let everyone blast out of there and waited for a calm time to walk out. Tierney Beloberk and Christine Crum’s horses were equally reasonable. We had a great start...

    Read the rest here.


    Great Britain: Two Achieve Silver Awards at the 160km Golden Horseshoe Ride


    EnduranceGB.co.uk

    by Web Admin
    Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Georgina Vaughan riding Vlacq Elladora and Amie Grainger riding Sheraani successfully navigated tough terrain, surprisingly hot conditions and rigorous veterinary checks to achieve a coveted Silver Award in the top class at the annual Golden Horseshoe Ride.

    Whilst almost 100 riders attended the ride over the weekend, just three came forward to attempt 160km over two days in Exmoor based from the popular village of Exford. The low numbers for this class were an indication of how tough it had been to qualify for any of the classes due to the prolonged wet weather. Many rides have been cancelled or postponed and training for those distances in the conditions is difficult. Sadly the third combination to start were eliminated at the first vet gate, but Georgina and Amie worked together to complete the course. Their horses looked strong at the final vetting and in an unusual twist the vet team awarded equal points for the Premier Award, which resulted in a tie. This prize rewards horsemanship of both rider and crew and is the most coveted accolade.

    Georgina Vaughan was awarded the Top Lady by the smallest margin based on the heart rate at the final vetting – just 1 bpm split the two.

    Just three Gold awards were achieved, two in the 2 Day 80km class; Fiona Griffiths riding Warrens Hill Caszidy and Maisie Denham riding the Red Baron. Maisie, 14, also won the Top Young Rider award as the highest placed under 21 year old. Paul Simmons on his performance and ex-racing stallion, Zayin Zachilles achieved Gold in the 40km class.

    Full results and more here:
    https://www.endurancegb.co.uk/Cms/Spaces/NEWS/News/Two+Achieve+Silver+Awards+at+the+160km+Golden+Horseshoe+Ride+


    USEF Athlete Selection Procedures Now Available for 2025 FEI Endurance Pan American Championships for Seniors and Juniors/Young Riders


    USEF.org

    by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | May 22, 2024, 3:00 PM

    Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has published the athlete selection procedures for the 2025 FEI Pan American Endurance Championships for the Senior division as well as the Juniors and Young Riders division. Both Pan Am Championships will take place July 17-18, 2025, at Haras Albar, in Campinas, Brazil.

    Download the USEF Selection Procedures for the 2025 FEI Pan American Endurance Championship for Seniors
    Download the USEF Selection Procedures for the 2025 FEI Pan American Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders

    The Selection Procedures include FEI and USEF requirements for horses and athletes, along with the process that will be used by the USEF Endurance Selectors when naming the team and/or individual athletes for the championship.

    Interested athletes must submit an application of intent to US Equestrian along with a non-refundable $50 application fee by May 12, 2025, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The selection period began on Sept. 1, 2023, and closes at the application deadline.

    Questions? Contact USEF Director of Endurance Nicole Zerbee at nzerbee@usef.org.

    More at:
    https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/usef-athlete-selection-procedures-now-available-2


    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...

    Read the rest here:
    http://endurance.net/FeaturedStories/#CCMNW


    Volunteers Wanted for the 68th Annual Tevis Cup Ride!


    Teviscup.org

    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




    USEF.org

    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.

    More at:
    https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/usef-endurance-logbook-now-available-online


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