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2022 Tevis Cup!

Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice Win the 2022 Tevis Cup

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding won the Western States Trail Ride’s 66th edition.

Posted by Merri Melde | Jul 18, 2022

The Western States Trail Ride, commonly called the Tevis Cup, is the longest-running modern-day endurance ride. The 66th running of the 100-mile event took place on July 16.

Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding, LLC Pyros Choice, crossed the Tevis Cup finish line in Auburn, California, at 10:24 p.m, completing the race in 17 hours and nine minutes. This was Blakeley’s first Tevis Cup win and eighth completion (her third on “Pyro”). The pair finished second in 2018 and sixth in 2017.

After a tight race over most of the last third of the course, Blakeley pulled away in the final 15 miles to finish 24 minutes ahead of Christoph Schork, a rider from Utah, aboard GE VA Blizzard of Ozz...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/1114129/blakeley-and-llc-pyros-choice-win-the-2022-tevis-cup/


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Second horse passes away due to injuries sustained in Tevis Cup

Gold Country Media - Full Article

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 26, 2022

A second horse has passed away due to injuries sustained in the 2022 Tevis Cup.

Jamboree, ridden by Carrie Ellinwood of Penryn, was a 17-year-old Arabian gelding that was an experienced horse in endurance riding, having completed nearly 1,000 miles during his career.

He fell near Foresthill and was attended to by vets on the course while his rider was airlifted out of the area. According to the Tevis Cup website, the fall was around the 72-mile mark and was caused by the horse getting spooked on the trail and stepping off. A few hours later, Jamboree was airlifted from the trail and sent to UC Davis on Sunday morning, where he was recovering...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/228018/second-horse-passes-away-due-to-injuries-sustained-in-tevis-cup/


Tevis Cup: In Memoriam

July 23, 2022

We are devastated to have to share that two horses have died as a result of injuries sustained during the 2022 Tevis Cup ride.

Midmorning on Saturday, July 16, Susie Kramer and A Ali Aseel (“Steel”) were among the leaders competing in the 66th Annual Tevis Cup Ride. The pair was navigating the trail of the first steep canyon which runs between Last Chance and the Swinging Bridge. Steel fell from the trail and suffered catastrophic injuries.

Another rider alerted a radio operator stationed at the Swinging Bridge, who communicated the incident to Net Control. Emergency response was deployed from both Last Chance and Devils Thumb checkpoints down into the canyon, and search and rescue led by a veterinarian responded to the scene. Unfortunately – due to the remote and difficult location of the incident – it took some time for help to reach Susie and Steel. Once on scene, veterinarians confirmed that Steel had expired from his injuries.

Susie and Steel had come from Arizona to compete in this year’s Tevis Cup. They wore the #4 – their finish placing in the 2021 Tevis Ride. Together, they were a fit, experienced, tough, and competitive team.

Steel – a handsome 12-year-old grey Arabian gelding – had completed 2,360 miles of endurance competitions beginning in 2016. He was five for five in finishing 100-mile competitions coming into this year’s event.

This accident and the loss of Steel has been traumatic and emotional for Susie, her family, her crew, and the entire endurance community.

WSTF will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident during the coming weeks.

Please respect the privacy of the parties involved as they mourn the loss of a dear friend and partner. A hiatus of discussion on social media would be appreciated.

At approximately 10 pm on Saturday, July 16, Carrie Ellinwood and her horse Jamboree had completed about 72 miles of the 100-mile distance of the 66th annual Tevis Cup Ride. Near Cal 1 on the California Loop, Jamboree spooked and fell from the trail.

Sweep Riders of the Sierra’s (SOS) came upon the pair and radioed in the emergency to Net Control. Rescuers were dispatched to the scene and – as a first step – Carrie was evacuated to an awaiting ambulance and taken to the hospital. She was examined and released.

Due to the difficulty of the terrain, a large animal rescue team was called to the site along with the VERT (Veterinary Emergency Rescue Team) from UC Davis to attempt to extract Jamboree. This endeavor had to wait until daylight on Sunday morning. Ultimately, they decided to airlift Jamboree. A helicopter operated by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department was able to get him to a safe location in Foresthill.

He was attended to by veterinarians and transported by horse trailer to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital for further examination and care.

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that the Tevis family reports that Jamboree unexpectedly succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning, July 22, 2022.

Jamboree and Carrie began their endurance career in 2013 and accomplished nearly 1000 endurance miles together. Jamboree was a beautiful, 17-year-old grey Arabian gelding.

WSTF will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident during the coming weeks.

Please respect the privacy of the parties involved as they mourn the loss of a dear friend and partner. A hiatus of discussion on social media would be appreciated.


Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore'

GoldCountryMedia.com - Full Article

Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78

Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022

Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore' Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78 Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022 10:30 AM

At 78 years young, Kathie Perry is still kicking up dust in the sport of endurance riding. The Auburn resident earned her 25th Tevis Cup belt buckle Sunday, finishing 30th. She rides with nothing to prove and embraces the challenge each ride presents.

Perry started endurance riding in 1969, the same year as Woodstock and the moon landing. She was living in the Bay Area when her husband and brother decided to invest in quarter horses and try their hand at the sport. As the two prepared for their first ride in Virginia City, Nevada, Perry decided to give it a go herself.

“Of course, naturally, we had to buy a horse for me,” Perry says. “We went to the Arabian-type horse at the time, but because we lived in the Bay Area, we did not have a lot of space for the horse.”

That brought the Perrys to Auburn in 1972, where Kathie set her sights on the Tevis Cup...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/227973/auburn-woman-78-earns-25th-tevis-belt-buckle-ill-quit-riding-when-its-not-fun-anymore/


Feeding Tevis Winners

Thehorse.com - Full Article

The first and second place finishers in the 2022 Tevis Cup describe their feed strategies.

Posted by Shoshana Rudski, The Horse Digital Editor | Jul 23, 2022

Developing an endurance horse takes correct training and conditioning, but without a solid nutrition program even the best-trained horses can struggle. Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding LLC Pyros Choice (aka “Pyro”) won the 2022 Tevis Cup, and Christoph Schork and GE VA Blizzard of Ozz came in second. “Ozzy,” 13-year-old Arabian gelding, also took home The Haggin Cup, the award for the Top 10 horse in the best condition the morning after completing the ride.

Both riders know feeding their horses well is paramount to their success and long-term well-being. Carey Williams, PhD, equine extension specialist and professor at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who also has experience in feeding endurance horses, shared her advice with The Horse...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/1114224/feeding-tevis-winners/


Extraction of horse from canyon is a first for CAL FIRE chief; injury occurred during Tevis Cup

GoldCountryMedia.com - full article and video

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 20, 2022

Matt Furtado of CAL FIRE NEU Nevada, Yuba and Placer said while it's not uncommon to facilitate the rescue of a person falling while in the American River Canyon, it was the first time he has been involved with a horse rescue.

"The horse was a little bit of an anomaly," Furtado said. "But they were able to make that work and secure him well enough for the team to be able to secure the horse prior to the waist and lift him out."

Interim Fire Chief Jed Matcham said his crew received a call around 2 a.m. Sunday, stating a horse and rider competing in the Tevis Cup were in need of assistance following a fall near Foresthill...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/227913/extraction-of-horse-from-canyon-is-a-first-for-cal-fire-chief-injury-occurred-during-tevis-cup/


2 horses injured, 1 dies during Tevis Cup Ride on Western State Trail, Cal Fire says

KCRA.com - Full Article

Daniel Macht
Digital Media Manager
July 19 2022

wo horses were injured and one died during the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn over the weekend, Cal Fire said.

Dramatic video showed one of the injured animals being hoisted to safety on a giant sling by a helicopter. Advertisement

The Tevis Cup took place Saturday on the Western States Trail in Placer County. The event’s website describes it as the oldest endurance ride of its kind, having been held each year since 1955.

On Monday, Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit shared a video on Facebook of rescuers helping a horse that had fallen over the end of the trail during the race...

Read more and see video here:
https://www.kcra.com/article/2-horses-injured-1-dies-during-tevis-cup-ride-on-western-state-trail-cal-fire-says/40657688


Tevis 2022 - Annette McGyver

by Annette McGyver

Tevis 2022: it’s a long one, We did ALL the things. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I saw somewhere on Facebook that if somebody doesn't think they're going to finish Tevis then they're wasting their money when they go. I don't know if this is true or not. I do know that I filled out my application as soon as entries opened and I planned on riding Johnny and I certainly planned on finishing. But then the gremlins struck and now I'm rehabbing Johnny. My friend Terry offered a horse to ride; I was still “in”. I previously took Rupert through the canyons and on a few other sections of the trail.

We had a great time, we started out by ourselves and he was a rock star through that fast start, (it sure seemed fast this year). It was a bit of a stressful ride through granite chief. We got stuck in a Congo line of 31 horses with a bad whiplash effect. (In hindsight I should have pulled off and let them all leave). As it turns out my friends caught me at Lyon’s ridge. I was happy to ride with them into red star. But when we got there, we were up against the clock; he was a little dehydrated and hanging at 72 but eating and drinking just fine, peeing and pooping as well. He got pumped up with an optional IV. We got Rupert settled in at Foresthill.

Time to rally and wait for our riders at Michigan bluff...

Read the rest at
http://stories.endurance.net/2022/07/tevis-2022-annette-mcgyver.html


July 16

From rookies to veterans, Newcastle's Crater Hill prepares riders for Tevis Cup

July 14

‘We just keep going’: Chico equestrian to push limits in 100-mile endurance race

Camp Fire survivor, organ donor rides in 100-mile horse race


Back in the saddle: Tevis Cup royalty Hall returns for another ride

Bill Poindexter photo

GoldCountryMedia.com - Full Article

After 8 years on the sideline, Hal Hall returns for another Tevis Cup ride: 'I missed the trail'

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 11, 2022

Hal Hall has nothing left to prove in the world of endurance riding.

The Auburn native has earned 30 buckles in 38 Tevis Cup rides, which complements his three championships and 14 top-10 finishes nicely. Hall earned his last buckle in 2013, which was also the last time he competed in the world-famous endurance ride.

Hall has spent the last eight years crewing for his wife, Ann, who finished ninth last year. This year, Hall will ride again.

“I still have a little burning desire to do this,” he says...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/227713/back-in-the-saddle-tevis-cup-royalty-hall-returns-for-another-ride/


Tevis Cup Dispatches: Watch this Texan

**Turns out Cameron will be riding CH Fancy Finesse instead of Kong. But enjoy reading below about Kong and root for Cameron anyway!

Cameron Holzer already has 3 buckles, 2 with her phenomenal 13-year-old half-Shagya, half-Trakehner gelding Kong (11th and 16th place). He was a free horse when he was 3 - you know how those stories often go. He was a handful to break, and was sent home by one trainer.

Kong is a big solid horse, but he and Cameron move so lightly and effortlessly together. They’ve become a super team over the years, Kong with 2500+ miles all with Cameron, 12 100-mile completions, 22 first places, and 26 Best Conditions. They most recently won the 100-mile Wahatoya Cup in Colorado, tying with Erin Lemmons and Tuscarora John for the win.


Tevis Cup Dispatches: Winners! Winners!

We have several previous Tevis and Haggin winners in this year’s Tevis Cup entries: Heather Reynolds, Jeremy Reynolds, Hal Hall, Kathie Perry, Tennessee Lane, Sanoma Blakeley, Michele Roush Rowe, Potato Richardson. (I don’t think I missed anybody.)

But there’s also a couple of winning horses in the field!

SMR Filouette won Tevis in 2015 with Potato Richardson. The 21yo mare will be going for her 7th buckle and will be ridden by Colton Madeiros. MM Cody won the Haggin Cup in 2018 with Mykayla Corgnell. He’ll be ridden this year by Ken Campbell. Ozark Kaolina SWA won the Haggin Cup last year with Jeanette Mero. They’re teaming up again this year!


Tevis Cup Dispatches: Kelly, Cassidy, Jesse

It’s a family affair for Kelly and her daughter Cassidy, and Kelly’s husband Jesse.

Kelly has 1 Tevis buckle and Jesse has made one attempt.

This will be 12-year-old Cassidy’s first Tevis but she is no slouch in the saddle. This enthusiastic horsewoman has over 1300 AERC endurance and LD miles, including 3 100-milers. (Can you say Big Horn 100?). Watch for her trotting out her mare Hope, who some of us would call Bitey McBiteFace. Kelly says the mare is all bluff in the trot-out, though.


Tevis Cup Dispatches: Sue Basham and Kismet Cognac

This 17 year old bay Arabian has finished Tevis 6 times with Sue (her fifth buckle earned her the Robie Cup) in 6 starts. The mare has over 3000 AERC miles, and Sue has over 5400. They prepped for this year’s Tevis by finishing all 5 days of LDs at the challenging mountain ride of Spanish Peaks Pioneer in Colorado.


Tevis Cup Dispatches: Meg Sleeper and Sizedoesntmatter

Meg Sleeper and Sizedoesntmatter, owned by Gwen Hall

Meg has ridden internationally around the world on many of her home bred horses, and she has over 17,000 AERC miles, but this is Meg's first ride in the Tevis Cup. She's teaming up with Gwen's gelding Sizedoesntmatter (Dakar), who has finished Tevis 3 out of 32 times, in 8th, 2nd, and 4th place with Gwen. Meg rode Dakar for the rist time at the Spanish Peaks ride in Colorado in June.

Dakar has also finished first in his last 12 of 13 Endurance rides, and that includes the 2021 AERC Nat'l Championship 100 at Fort Howes in the searing heat. And remember the 2017 AERC Nat'l Championship 100 in Colorado? He and Gwen won that one too.


Tevis Cup Dispatches: The Meros

If you’re betting on this year’s winner, keep an eye on: The Mother-Daughter Mero team of Jeanette and Ozark Kaolina SWA, and Reyna and Chndakas Eklipse SW will contest the Tevis Cup together again. Finishing 6th and 7th last year, Jeanette’s “Lena” went on to win the Haggin Cup (Best Condition) the next morning.

Lena has 2400 AERC miles, and has completed 7 rides this year as prep for the Tevis trail, including 3 wins and a Best Condition. Eklipse has completed 3 of 4 starts, including 2 seconds and a Best Condtion.


66th Running of Oldest-Modern Day Endurance Ride Brings Equestrians From Across the Nation and Overseas to Sierra Nevada

TevisCup.org

At 5:15 am start on the morning of July 16th, 2022, the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) will officially kick off for its 66th birthday. Endurance equestrians from all over the world and the United States will compete in the 100 miles-24 hour event, named by Time magazine as one of the world’s top ten endurance events. Considered the founding ride for modern day endurance, this trail ride boasts supreme athletic performances from both equine and human participants, as well as team work, life changing stories and a gathering of the endurance community.

The trail begins near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, just east of Auburn, California, Endurance Capital of the World, where the finish line resides at the Gold County Fairgrounds. Strict veterinary criteria for the safety of the horses and challenging terrain add to the difficulty of this ride, contributing to the prestige of horse and rider teams that finish.

Historically started by area influencer and avid history buff Wendell Robie in the 1950s, this event brings partnerships of horse and rider teams together to test months and even years of rigorous training, to forge new friendships and to face Lady Luck herself in a quest for the coveted silver Tevis Buckle, held by an intrepid few the world over.

The Western States Trail Ride Board of Governors cordially invite you to cover this event either in person or with a provided press release post ride; media passes will be provided to those who inquire with the contact listed below. Alternatively we can submit stories geared toward your publication post ride with sports, humanitarian or inspirational geared themes that arise yearly with the Tevis Cup. Exclusive access to ride photography will be available and advice for locations to observe and meet the rider teams will be provided. We look forward to you joining us!




Bill Poindexter
Jun 24, 2022

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride.

And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Each is considered the granddaddy event in its discipline.

Robie and four others – Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill and Pat Sewell – completed the first ride from Tahoe City to Auburn in 22 hours, 45 minutes on Aug. 7, 1955...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/227500/auburns-tevis-cup-ride-is-on-deck/



2022 Checkpoint Card


Auburn's Tevis Cup Ride is on deck

Shannon Weil (middle) with Wendell Robie at a pre-race briefing in the early days of the Western States Endurance Run in 1979.

GoldCountryMedia.com - Full Article

Bill Poindexter
Jun 24, 2022

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride.

And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Each is considered the granddaddy event in its discipline.

Robie and four others – Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill and Pat Sewell – completed the first ride from Tahoe City to Auburn in 22 hours, 45 minutes on Aug. 7, 1955...

Read more here:
https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/227500/auburns-tevis-cup-ride-is-on-deck/


2022 TEVIS CUP DISPATCHES


Ticket the mule and her rider Shane Lesher (Road to the Tevis Cup # 49)


JessicaEBlack.org - Full Story

by Jessica Black
August 6, 2021

When I shared my post about the 2021 Tevis Cup and asked for suggestions about further blog posts, many people wanted to hear more about Ticket the mule and her rider, Shane Lesher. (See their Tevis 2021 profile.) Shane isn’t on Facebook, nor a current member of AERC, but fortunately Garden Valley Feed & Hardware, the store his wife and he own, has a Facebook page. I left a message, and a manager was kind enough to reply and forward my phone number to Shane. He called me right away, on a Saturday morning, no less. I was riding at the time, and he was camping so I agreed to call back Monday.

By the time I was done riding and working Monday, it was late afternoon. Shane and I ended up talking the next day. This gave me a bit of time to prep for the interview, but I didn’t find much. Shane was not an AERC member. That made the story that much more interesting! Talking with Shane Lesher about Ticket and Tevis

I loved interviewing Shane. His enthusiasm for the sport and his love for Ticket shone so brightly I wanted to go out and get me a mule, preferably one bred for racing, like Ticket!...

Read more here:
https://jessicaeblack.org/ticket-the-mule-and-her-rider/



Speaking of Ann and Hal Hall


There was a Haggin Cup winner on the trail, though he wasn’t competing. Or, at least, not officially (he thought maybe he should be).

The gorgeous 28-year-old, Bogus Thunder, bred and owned by Ann and Hal Hall, carried one of the sweep riders, Leslie Bisharat, out of Robinson Flat.

Bogus Thunder earned 5 Tevis buckles, carrying Ann to two finishes and Hall to three finishes, winning the Haggin Cup in 2002 when they finished second.

Bogus Thunder still has an incredible presence and as he kept looking right at me, I just fell in love with him.

Bogus Thunder was always Ann's Perfect Horse. She described him a decade ago: “He makes my heart smile. Having Bogus in the barn has been a wonderful experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to ride him, and for me he has been the perfect horse.”



Ann Hall

10 Tevis buckles for Ann Hall. 1000 miles on the Tevis trail!

She rode Suzanne Hayes' gorgeous 18-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Greenbriar Al Jabal (Atlas) to his 5th Tevis Cup finish. 500 miles on the Tevis trail!

That's her husband Hal Hall running alongside, handing off water - he's finished 30 Tevis Cups. 3000 miles om the Tevis trail!

He presented her with her 10th buckle the next morning.



Pete Davies and FF Fargo Earn Tevis Buckle


After numerous attempts, 81-year-old Peter Davies of Alpine, California, finishes his first Tevis on his 15-year-old Arabian gelding FF Fargo, a Monrch AH grandson.

Congrats Pete!!!



Sire and Son, and Sire and Son complete Tevis Cup together!


It was equine family day at this year’s Tevis Cup.

Lindsay Fisher rode 23-year-old Bucephalos (Dexter) beside his 19-year-old son Monk, ridden by Nancy Martin. It was Lindsay’s 8th Tevis completion, and Dexter’s first Tevis attempt and finish. It was Nancy’s first 100 miler, and Monk’s 6th Tevis completion (and he and Lindsay won the Haggin Cup in 2019). And it was maybe his slowest ride ever :)

Lindsay said the start was quite interesting for Monk, who had his nose buried in Dexter’s tail, as Monk is used to going quite a bit faster. Lindsay said, “Monk is not an easy ride and the poor gal [Nancy] kept a huge smile on her face all day even when Monk was trying to run away with her from foresthill to the finish!!! What a tough woman!!!”

The other family finishing together (within 5 minutes of the Monk gang) were Sirii Berg aboard the 16-year-old stallion HCC Elessar (Monster), beside his 7-year-old son HCC Tetherow Joe (Jojo), ridden by Sara Anderson. Both are owned by Kristen Grace, who happened to ride along and finish on Monster’s brother, 16-year-old HCC Symbol (Bingo).



Kathie Perry finishes her 24th Tevis Cup!


Kathie Perry finished this one on 14-year-old Arabian Cowbboy Bob. It's Bob's 4th Tevis buckle and 2nd with 77-year-old Kathie. She's one of our Endurance Legends!


Jeremy Reynolds Wins Fourth Tevis Cup



Team John Henry Goes For Buckle #6


Many of you are following the John Henry saga. This 21-year-old Tennessee Walker, beloved by so many, had 5 Tevis buckles, over 4000 AERC miles, a catastrophic pasture front-leg injury, a long healing process, an amazing comeback-to-endurance journey, and Saturday‘s attempt at a record (for a gaited horse) sixth Tevis buckle.

Jenni Gomez had the ride on Susan Garlinghouse’s gelding, and Team John Henry turned out in full support...

they crossed the finish line in Auburn...

but alas, due to Tevis Gremlins, they were overtime so he did not get a completion.

so close, and yet so heartbreakingly far!



Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Win 2021 Tevis Cup; Jeanette Mero and Ozark Kaolena SWA Win Haggin Cup


by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
July 26 2021

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments finished first in the August 24th Tevis Cup. Riding at the front of the pack of 133 riders, the two enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory at the end, finishing the 100 miles in 14 hours 48 minutes.

Second place was a nail-biter, as 3 riders popped up trail out of the dark 1 hour and 10 minutes later, with Christoph Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz nipping Vicki Holzer and SW Majestica, with Susan Kramer and A Ali Aseel another length back in fourth.

Suzanne Ford Huff and S D Expressa had been running up front with Jeremy leaving the Foresthill vet check, but they dropped back to finish fifth.

Finishing sixth and seventh were the mother-daughter duo of Jeanette and Reyna Mero. Jeanette rode Ozark Kaolena SWA (Lena) and Reyna rode Chndakas Eklipse SWA, with Lena receiving the Haggin Cup the next morning.

Jeremy is now a 4-time Tevis Cup winner (he also won the Haggin Cup 3 times previously).

Treasured Moments is an 11-year-old mare by DA Adios X Hidden Treasure, by RD Five Star, who received her 4th Tevis Buckle (her first buckle was a 3rd place and Haggin cup with Jeremy). Eight weeks previously she’d been in Italy where she and Jeremy won the 100-mile Italian Championship.

Jeanette Mero received her 4th Tevis buckle and Lena received her second. The mare has completed all but 2 of her 34 starts and she’s earned 7 Best Condition awards, including the 2019 National Championship 100 in California.

This year's heat wasn't particularly awful, though some riders did have to contend with the usual Tevis Gremlins out on trail (and before the ride). The riders and horses did have to contend with smoke from the start to several miles past the first hour vet check at Robinson Flat (36) miles but a top rider didn't consider that a factor.

63 riders finished out of 133 starters for a completion rate of 47%, which is more or less average for the Tevis Cup.



July 21 - Wondering what the Tevis Cup is *really* like?

“It is not for the faint of heart: 100 hard-won miles of rock, dust, elevation, uphill (19,000 cumulative feet of climbing), downhill (22,000 cumulative feet of descending), imposing mountains, plunging canyons, wild Rivers, wilderness, extreme heat, suffocating humidity, extraordinary effort, and luck - good or bad, all in various doses, riding your horse across the Sierra Nevada mountains, in the dark and the light and the dark, all done within a 24 hour time limit. In 2010, Time magazine listed the Tevis Cup as one of the top 10 endurance competitions in the world.“

oh, but there’s more, so much more! Ride along with Merri Melde and Big Sky Quinn in their attempt at the World’s Toughest 100 mile Endurance ride, in Tevis Cup Magic.

Available on Amazon as soft cover
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0991346009
or e-book
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winner of Best Book at the 2016 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards.



July 21 - 13 year old Junior Kyla Law will be attempting the Tevis Cup aboard her Hackney pony, Piece of Perfection (Flash). She’ll be riding with her mom, Natalie Law, aboard Mo Motion Jack.

Kyla has 915 AERC, EDRA, and WDRA miles, and she and Flash finished their first 100 in the December Scottsdale ReMarkable 100.

you can’t miss Flash - he’s pony-sized, but he’s got the personality of two horses put together and the determination of four, and Kyla has the biggest smile you’ll see all weekend!



July 21 - The legendary 21 year old John Henry will be going for his sixth Tevis Buckle, which would be a record for a gaiter horse. Jenny Gómez will be aboard (Brenna Sullivan was scheduled to ride but an injury change plans). Owned by Susan Garlinghouse (pictured with John Henry at Tevis in 2013) they have two buckles together, team John Henry will be out in full force!



July 18 - The legendary Kathie Perry (11,000+ AERC Miles) will be riding for her 25th Tevis buckle this year! She’ll be aboard Cowbboy Bob, who has three buckles of his own, one with Kathie in 2019

(The two are pictured at City of Rocks Pioneer in June)



July 17 - Ann Hall posted this:
TEVIS 2021 - THIS IS US
Suzanne Hayes is riding for her 10th Tevis buckle, her mount Sanstormm is going for his first Tevis buckle. I am riding for buckle #10, my mount owned and trained by Suzie, Greenbriar Al Jabal, is going for his 5th buckle.
Suzie is #9
I am #72

(The 2 of them are pictured at last year's Big Horn 100, where Suzie and Sanz won, and Ann and Atlas came 3rd)