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  • Horse Whisperer: Alisa Waxman’s Horse Trails In Rockdale County
  • Standardbred Good Bet is a “good bet” in Endurance
  • 2023 Distance Nationals Schedule in Minnesota Posted Online
  • Endurance Rider-Turned-Artist Steph Teeter Featured in Gallery Show
  • Endurance Team Gold Medalist from Bahrain Tests Positive for Banned Steroid
  • The last Western Mojave xpride (Road to Tevis #88) - Jessica Black
  • Saudi Arabia: AlUla unveils design for new world-class equestrian village
  • Australia: Glen Innes endurance rider claims a top five finish
  • Bahrain's Shaikh Nasser bags top spot in FEI endurance world rankings
  • Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Featuring Claire Eckhard's Race Against Time Book
  • Welcome Swallows Back to Your Horse Property!
  • 2023 March's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast
  • Meet My Endurance Horse: Lily Creek Kong
  • Cliff Lewis 1936-2023
  • High five for Australia’s world endurance stars
  • Saudi Arabia: AlUla unveils design for new world-class equestrian village

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    Horse Whisperer: Alisa Waxman’s Horse Trails In Rockdale County

    ArabiaAlliance.org - Full Story

    For a decade, Alisa Waxman has volunteered her time to maintain, expand and create new equine riding experiences throughout South Rockdale Community Park.

    Published : March 30, 2023
    by Jeff Dingler

    For as long as she can remember, Alisa Waxman has wanted to be around horses. “As soon as I knew what a horse was, I was infatuated and in love with them,” said Waxman, who owns Stockbridge’s Ahavah Arabian Adventures, LLC, which provides personalized horse rides, lessons, and other equine experiences. “I begged my parents to buy me a horse and put it in our backyard.”

    Though she got to ride horses at summer camp growing up, Waxman didn’t own her first horse (an Arabian) until she was 30. Since then, she’s become quite the skilled equestrian, not only founding Ahavah Arabian Adventures to share her love of horses, but also expanding and creating new horse trails in South Rockdale Community Park...

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    Standardbred Good Bet is a “good bet” in Endurance

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    Good Bet and Lindsay Toms won the 2022 American Endurance Ride Conference High Mileage Standardbred award.

    March 28, 2023
    by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Membership Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator

    Columbus, OH — The 2022 American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) High Mileage Standardbred, presented by the United States Trotting Association, is Good Bet. The now 14-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding earned nearly $300,000 on the track but has found his second stride in the endurance world with new owner Lindsay Toms.

    “I work for a company (Maryland Equine Dental, Inc.) that does horse teeth, and one of our clients is Winbak Farm,” said Toms. “Jimmy (Ladwig) said he had a friend that was looking for a home for his horse. Sight unseen, I drove to Delaware to pick him up. I’m honored that Jimmy recommended me and that Ben Stafford chose me. He is such a wonderful person, and he was selective with who ended up with his horse.”

    That was in 2019, shortly after Good Bet’s last race in February at Dover Downs. Now known as GB, his first ride was in April 2021 at Foxcatcher, in Elkton, Md., where Toms and GB had a rocky start and finished 21st out of 48 finishers.

    “I love working with the Standardbreds and I wanted my own,” Toms said. “You can’t beat their temperament. I broke him to ride when I got him. The first time I competed him was 2021; it was a disaster of a year, we were horrible. We really just about gave it up, which is funny because of what this (2022) year turned into..."

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    2023 Distance Nationals Schedule in Minnesota Posted Online


    The schedule for the Distance Nationals, to be held in Menahga, Minnesota, on September 29-October 1, has been posted.

    The Distance Horse National Championships is the overhead titled event, hosted by AHA, which includes partnered Breed National Championships along with Huntersville Hundred Open Rides. Our partnered breeds are Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry (PShR), American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), Akhal-Teke Association of America (ATAA) and the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association (ASHBA.)

    Along with the Breed National Championships we also offer Open Huntersville Hundred Competitive Trail Rides (12.5, 30 & 40 Miles) recognized by AHA, Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Rides Association (UMECRA) & Minnesota Distance Riding Association (MnDRA). We will also be holding four Open Huntersville Hundred Limited Distance Rides, three Open 50 Mile Endurance Rides and one Open 100 Mile Endurance Ride which is sanctioned by American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), AHA, UMECRA and MnDRA.

    Also offered is a Limited Distance Challenge which is the same horse/rider combination entered in all three Open Huntersville Hundred Limited Distance Rides; rules and information can be found under the Rider Information tab. All Huntersville Hundred Rides are open to all equines and have no qualifications or membership requirements!

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    Endurance Rider-Turned-Artist Steph Teeter Featured in Gallery Show

    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
    March 27 2023

    Steph Teeter, founder of Endurance.net and former Endurance rider-turned-artist, will be April’s Featured Artist in the Art Source Gallery in Boise, Idaho.

    Created in 1993, this artist-owned fine art gallery exhibits the works of more than 40 Idaho artists with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, photography and glass art.

    Steph has been obsessed with horses her entire life. She’s ridden with sheiks and kings, the US Equestrian Team, on six continents - even Easter Island. Throughout her adventures, art-making has been a window into her soul and the world of the horse. Painting, sculpture, and drawing have satisfied her urge to create and share her adventures.

    “At some point,” Steph said, “riding hundreds of miles on a splendid fast horse just didn’t feel as good as it used to! It became more of an obsession than a joy. The body wasn’t quite as tolerating. Time to move on...

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    Endurance Team Gold Medalist from Bahrain Tests Positive for Banned Steroid

    HorseSport.com - Full Article

    France set to become the next world champions if Bahrain’s stanozolol offence is confirmed, after last month’s title race in the UAE.

    By: Pippa Cuckson | March 22, 2023

    Bahrain appears set to lose its World Endurance Championships team gold medal to France, following a steroids positive by its 18th placed rider.

    Hera Durances, ridden by Abdulrahman Mohammed Alzayed, tested positive to the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol and its metabolite 16-beta-hydroxystanozolol, following sampling during the championship last month at Butheeb in the UAE.

    A positive from one horse does not automatically result in disqualification of the whole team at a FEI world championship. However, only three of Bahrain’s five riders completed so it has no drop scores to reinstate and can no longer deliver a result.

    The rider and the horse’s trainer Muhammad Abbas Khalid have been provisionally suspended from March 20...

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    The last Western Mojave xpride (Road to Tevis #88) - Jessica Black

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    by Jessica Black
    March 9, 2023

    Last Thursday I hurried home from my morning lecture at Bakersfield College so I could load my horses in the trailer and head to what would turn out to be the last Western Mojave xpride. We’d had a week of rain and snow, and Hwy 58 had been closed, but it was open by the time I got home. Everything was muddy. My horses had to slosh through a big mud puddle to get into the trailer. I had to put the truck in 4WD just to pull it out of its current living quarters in our old arena. It would be nice to be in the (comparatively) dry environment of the desert.

    Thursday: arrival

    I got to ride camp at the Trona Valley Golf course shortly after 4pm. There were not a lot of rigs, so it was easy to park where Jazz and Fantazia would be able to see other horses all the time. (Important because one stays at the trailer while I ride the other!) It was a relatively warm, sunny, and still afternoon. The lack of wind meant I’d be able to light a camp fire and cook my tritip… and besides, too much wind is crazy-making. It can be one of the downsides of the desert, relentless wind. Pre-ride

    Right after setting up hay and water, I saddled Jazz and used him to pony Fantazia for a pre-ride. Usually I do it the other way around, but I had ridden Fantazia Sunday. Jazz had not been worked for nearly two weeks. And he’s on the edge of fat whereas Fantazia is far too thin. Jazz is getting a Western saddle on shorter rides, and I used one for the pre-ride. The weight is good exercise and it gives me greater stability when he pulls one of his monster spooks. It’s a challenge to ride a big spook while ponying another horse! The additional weight was especially good because I didn’t have a lot of time to ride...

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    Saudi Arabia: AlUla unveils design for new world-class equestrian village

    Plans for a new cutting-edge permanent equestrian location confirmed post event Activities build on area’s rich heritage, improving infrastructure and developing local capabilities

    AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – March 20, 2023:

    The successful staging of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, the fourth edition of Saudi Arabia’s flagship endurance race, is further evidence of AlUla’s capabilities as a world-class destination for international sporting events.

    The 120km event was part of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU)’s wider equine strategy to further develop AlUla as a world-class equestrian destination which offers activities for all levels, and also builds on local capabilities and engagement with equestrian activities.

    Following the event, the RCU will further develop the facilities at Fursan Village, an interim equestrian venue, ahead of the completion of the new AlMuatadil Equestrian Village, a 285-hectare dedicate equestrian area.

    The Fursan Village location will be activated as a semi-permanent location with facilities including 60 climate-controlled stables with wash bays, horse walkers, lunge pens, polo arena, vet clinic, forge, warehouse, and staff accommodation for 24-hour care of horses on site. ..

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    Australia: Glen Innes endurance rider claims a top five finish

    CanberraTimes.com.au - Full Article

    By Ellen Dunger
    March 17 2023

    The sport of endurance has taken Jodie Salinas all around the world.

    And now she's been crowned one of the globe's best.

    Salinas rode in the 160 kilometre FEI Endurance World Championships in Batheed, United Arab Emirates on February 25.

    From the 118 starters from 36 nations, Salinas finished fifth aboard Baroud Rio in the championship. Bahrain's Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa was the overall winner...

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    Bahrain's Shaikh Nasser bags top spot in FEI endurance world rankings

    GDNOnline.com - Full Article

    18 March 2023

    His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has earned the world number one ranking for endurance sport following a series of notable achievements, including the World Endurance Championship title and the FEI World Endurance Championship for eight-year-old horses.

    The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) has published the updated classification of riders and horses involved in the endurance sport at the regional and international levels, and Shaikh Nasser topped the podium after scoring 320 points, comfortably ahead by a wide margin of second-placed Portuguese Leonor Moreira who collected 248 points. Meanwhile, Royal Endurance Team’s Jaafar Merza Abdulnabi Hassan came third with 245 points.

    The ranking crowns the illustrious career of Shaikh Nasser in endurance sport...

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    Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Featuring Claire Eckhard's Race Against Time Book

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    February 1, 2023

    If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Ute is talking with Claire Eckhard about her recently published book Race Against Time, a book about a girl, a pony and their race against time in the toughest 100-miles endurance race in the world, the Tevis Cup.


    Welcome Swallows Back to Your Horse Property!

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    March and April mark the return of these little birds that play a big role in horse-property insect control.

    Posted by Alayne Blickle | Mar 15, 2018

    Horse people love spring for many reasons: Longer days to ride, mild weather, and more. But what gives me, personally, hope that spring is right around the corner is the return of swallows to North America. Not only do swallows mark the change of season, they also offer their natural insect control services on horse properties.

    Depending on where you live, you should begin seeing swallows in March and April. Their cheery twitterings, which can brighten even a gray spring day, mark their return from their winter home in Central America...

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    2023 March's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast

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    Endurance: Pardners Award, WEG Review and Food Storage for March 14, 2023

    Mar 14, 2023

    Cindy Bradley and her horse Bo won the 2022 AERC HOF Pard’ners Award and she joins us to tell us about her endurance career. We get an update on last months Endurance World Equestrian Games in Abu Dabai from USA riders Karen Binns-Dicamillo and Jessica DiCamillo. Plus, Karen has some tips on food storage and other camping ideas to help reduce reuse or repurpose items that would otherwise end up in the garbage. Listen in...

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    Meet My Endurance Horse: Lily Creek Kong

    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    Lily Creek Kong, aka Kong
    by Dante X Lily Creek My Secret, by Lafayette
    13-year-old half Shagya, half Trakhener/ Thoroughbred gelding
    owned by Cameron Holzer Gaytko

    2885 AERC Miles
    14 100-mile completions
    27 Best Condition awards
    24 Wins
    Decade Team

    When you watch Cameron Holzer and Kong flying down the Endurance trails, you can’t help but notice what a beautifully integrated team they are, and what a machine Kong is. They’ve entered their 11th Endurance season together, but don’t let his sweet disposition on the ground fool you. None of it was easy in the beginning.

    Cameron got Kong from Michelle Mattingley as a 3-year-old stallion with a goal of eventing on him. “Michelle had been trying to sell him for a while,” Cameron explains, “and he wasn’t selling so she told me about him. I decided to take my chances on him.”

    Cameron had him gelded, and even then, “He was a very bad boy and had to go to a trainer to start under saddle. He got kicked out of his first trainer. Was there two months. Bucked him off everyday for a month...

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    Cliff Lewis 1936-2023

    It is with great sadness to inform you that NASTR Co-Founder Cliff Lewis, passed away on February 16, 2023.

    Cliff was born in Hayward, CA on August 29, 1936. He was 86 years old and lived an adventurous and influential life. He died at home while being cared for by his wife Kathy and son Tom, after a long illness. May he rest in peace. There will be a Celebration of Life for Cliff later this spring, to be announced.

    Condolences to Cliff’s family can be sent to Kathy or Tom Lewis at 4185 Mulberry St. Silver Springs, Nevada 89429.

    Some of Cliff’s history....

    Cliff was introduced to endurance riding in 1964 by Ernie & Agnes Hutton in Reno, Nevada. Neil Hutton their son won the Tevis Cup in 1964 on their Arabian mare Salalah. It wasn’t called endurance riding at the time, but was simply called 100 mile riding. Pat Fitzgerald, who lived next door invited Cliff to ride with them and soon he became hooked on riding 100 miles in one day.

    One day in early spring of 1968Cliff was riding withDean Hubbard on the top of Clark Mountain overlooking the wide open back country and they talked about holding a ride in the vast country, where there were no fences or gates.

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    High five for Australia’s world endurance stars

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    By Fran Cleland, The Regional
    10 March 2023

    Australia’s two riders at the FEI Endurance World Championships at Butheeb UAE finished well, with Jodie Salinas and Baroud Rio coming in fifth and Andrea Laws-King riding Heathfield’s Bin Sadaqa in 31st position.

    Australia also featured in the breeding of the magnificent mare Haleh, bred in Australia by Bullio Razorback, winning individual silver.

    Her rider, Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi of UAE, had ridden the 12-year-old chestnut mare to win the championship in 2021.

    “Haleh is a good horse, today was a very hard race, it was very hot and sandy on the course,” he said. “We are happy with the results. We wanted the team first, but it’s not our day, we’ll come back stronger...”

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    Saudi Arabia: AlUla unveils design for new world-class equestrian village

    TradeArabia.com - Full Article

    RIYADH March 9 2023

    The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has unveiled the designs of its ambitious equestrian village in the Unesco heritage site of AlUla featuring key elements related to the sport as well as housing facilities for the visitors.

    Spread over a 2.85-sq-km area, the AlMuatadil Equestrian Village will boast a main equestrian race track with a 3,000-seat capacity; an endurance race track, a grass court with a capacity of 600 seats and a sand polo field with a 400-seat capacity.

    The outdoor arena can accommodate 5,000 visitors, while the indoor arena will have 1,400 seats in addition to two specialised warm-up and celebrations courts and two stable complexes that can accommodate more than 740 horses - of which 580 will be in permanent stables while the rest will be in the racing stable.

    In addition, the complex will have a training ground with 600 seats, it stated...

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