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  • August Mongol Derby Day 5: Halfway horse
  • August Mongol Derby Day 4: Ride, rinse, repeat
  • August Mongol Derby Day 3: it ain’t over till it’s over
  • 2022 June's Horses in the Morning Podcast
  • August Mongol Derby Day 2: I get by with a little help from my friends
  • FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case
  • August Mongol Derby Day 1: The lone ranger
  • August Mongol Derby Pre-Race: Cleared for blast off
  • Ding ding! Round Two: the August Mongol Derby is ready to roll
  • Film review: The Long Rider goes the distance
  • 2022 Ride Between the Rivers photos by Becky Pearman
  • Who has the right of way on trails? What happens when bikes, hikers and horses meet
  • Wyoming rider wins worldwide horse race
  • Nevada: Horse owners protest design of fences at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  • The All-Important Equine Prepurchase Exam
  • Utah: BLM plans to gather wild horses west of Cedar City, and you’re invited
  • California: Park district working to retain access to horse trails

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    August Mongol Derby Day 5: Halfway horse

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Holly Conyers 15th August 2022

    Day 5 of the August 2022 Mongol Derby, and our glorious jockeys have made it at least halfway through the ride of a lifetime. Five days down, another five maximum to go (most likely less for our eventual winner). And yet, the podium positions remain too close to call. The leading pack, comprised of the six riders bedding down at HS17 tonight, has put some daylight between themselves and the next closest threats, a rival sextet stationed at HS16. But in Derby terms, a one horse station advantage is hardly cause for comfort: easily won or lost by a stroke of navigational genius or disaster; a champion racehorse or a steady plodder. The next few days remain crucial, as we take a look at how today’s events unfolded as competitors passed through pre-historic rock formations, sand dunes and hilly terrain...

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    August Mongol Derby Day 4: Ride, rinse, repeat

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Outlaw Kate
    14th August 2022

    Day 4 will go down in the riders’ memories as the day their gear either stood up to the ravages of weather or failed miserably while the skies chucked down moisture to an already saturated and soggy steppe. Did we mention that this race is tough? And Mother Nature can be a bitch? Not only are riders gunning for 100+ kilometers per day, they are withstanding incredible physical stress as they weather the weather and keep on pointing their horse’s nose towards that elusive finish line goal.

    It’s at this point in the race that the little things matter: the candies/snuff/vodka graciously shared by the herder families at the horse stations; the warmth of the fire in the ger at the end of the day; the good humour of the medics as they patch up your butt. This race is an exercise in perseverance and an interesting case study on the effects of small acts of kindness, to say the least...

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    August Mongol Derby Day 3: it ain’t over till it’s over

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Outlaw Kate
    13th August 2022

    Day 3 of the Derby forced us to ditch everything we thought was a certainty when we shut the lights out on Day 2. At close of play yesterday the mighty Viking Olof OSU was sitting pretty, camped between HS6 – HS7 and while his lead was not substantial enough to completely disregard the chasing pack, it should have been sufficient to propel him to the next station and beyond with a bit of breathing space. However, the HQ switchboard sprang to life at 05:45 with this grim message from OSU relaying those fateful words: “Lost horse. I’ll go searching.”

    Oh, the camping conundrum. As every Derby rider knows, camping is as much part of the Derby as chafed thighs or smelly socks and way more fun. But it comes with the risk that when you crack an eye open at 05:00 your horse might have hobble-hopped its way off to greener pastures, leaving you with a bewildered expression on your face, clutching an empty saddle...

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    2022 June's Horses in the Morning Podcast

    Horsesinthemorning.com Podcast - Listen

    Jun 14, 2022

    Revisit: Karen Chaton chuckles over a list of things only Endurance Riders know, get to know Trilby Pederson, a women who has ridden the equivalent to 1/4 of the way to the moon and Nick Warhol tells the harrowing tale of how his horses were poisoned by common groundsel. Listen in...


    August Mongol Derby Day 2: I get by with a little help from my friends

    Equestrianists.com - Full Story

    Outlaw Kate
    12th August 2022

    Day 2 of the August 2022 Mongol Derby dawned clear and sunny but with a forecast of rain in the cards to shake things up a bit. Would those last-minute gear decisions – to pack or not to pack the rain pants – come back to bite any riders in the @ss? Not only must these riders withstand a grueling 12 hours plus in the saddle, but they must also look Mother Nature in the face and smile as she slaps them about the mug with blistering temperatures followed closely by near-freezing soggy conditions. Fortitude indeed...

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    FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case


    05 August 2022
    Author: FEI

    The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

    In this case, the horse Dactyle D’Aqui (FEI ID 106XH16/UAE), tested positive for the Banned Substance Testosterone, following samples taken at the CEI2* 120 – Bou Thib (UAE), 24-25 December 2021.

    The athlete Muhammad Ali Fazal Amin (FEI ID 10103705/PAK (UAE)) and the trainer, Ahmed Ali Salman Hassan Al Sabri (FEI ID 10041041/UAE), both elected to admit the rule violation and accept the consequences in order to benefit from a six-month reduction of the otherwise applicable ineligibility period of 18 months.

    In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the athlete and the horse from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the athlete and the trainer; the provisional suspension each already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. The Horse was provisionally suspended for 2 months as of the date of the Notification Letter. The athlete and Trainer were also fined CHF 5,000 each and the trainer was asked to pay costs of CHF 1,000.

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    August Mongol Derby Day 1: The lone ranger

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Holly Conyers
    11th August 2022

    A hot and heavy Day 1 of the August 2022 Mongol Derby draws to a close, and one brave man has proved he can handle the heat to propel himself into an early lead: Olof Sundstrom (OSU), a Swede bearing an improbable resemblance to his Viking forefathers, has arrived to conquer the steppe. Camping out with one of Mongolia’s many unbelievably hospitable families this evening, he is the only rider to have made it beyond HS3 today. But he’s in no position to rest easy: no less than 12 competitive riders have made it into HS3 tonight, just 8km behind him. Will he manage to put more distance between himself and the trailing pack tomorrow, or will they hunt him down?...

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    August Mongol Derby Pre-Race: Cleared for blast off

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Holly Conyers
    9th August 2022

    We can’t quite believe our luck. The dust has barely settled on the steppe following the unbelievably high-octane return of the Mongol Derby in July after a two year hiatus and yet, here we are again: on the eve of another life-changing adventure for 46 riders from all corners of the globe successfully graduated from start camp, united by passion for the horse and a high pain threshold. What an absolute treat.

    As usual, our team will be running themselves ragged to bring you live updates from the steppe on our social media pages, while daily race reports will be published here and live tracking will be available for the duration of the race after it kicks off tomorrow morning Mongolia time. Happily, you don’t have to wait until then for some top notch Derby drama. Start camp is only just wrapping up, and we have already had a taste of some of the excitement to come...

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    Ding ding! Round Two: the August Mongol Derby is ready to roll

    Equestrianists.com - Full Article

    Outlaw Kate
    8th August 2022

    Just when you thought you couldn’t stand any more Derby excitement, the August Derby is on tap with 46 more intrepid riders from all corners of the globe itching to take on the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

    The key factors remain the same: same course (only in reverse), same sorts of horses, same amazing Mongolian hospitality to sample along the way. Yet this will still be an incredibly unique race for these riders. The weather will throw everything at them, the steppe will challenge them, and just like the 46 riders who preceded them a few weeks ago, they will need to call forth all their preparations and experience to see them across the finish line...

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    Film review: The Long Rider goes the distance

    Mythic Productions Photo

    TheObserver.ca - Full Article

    Documentary follows a man who made a trek from Calgary to Sao Paulo on horseback

    Author of the article: Chris Knight
    Publishing date: Jun 24, 2022

    You can get from Calgary to Sao Paulo by plane in about 14 hours. Or you can do what Felipe Masetti Leite did, and go on horseback. It took him two years, but it’s a helluva story.

    Leite was born in Brazil but moved to Canada with his parents when he was nine. In Canadian director Sean Cisterna’s new movie we watch as Leite, inspired by Aimé Félix Tschiffely’s solo ride from Argentina to New York in 1925, decides to make a similar trek southward. In equestrian circles, any journey of 1,000 miles or more constitutes a “long ride.” This one certainly qualifies.

    Leite first goes through months of training and planning, although he decides to park the question of how to cross the Panama Canal until he gets there. That almost proves his undoing – as do traffic accidents, horse colic, sketchy border officials, extreme weather and that time a jealous hotel owner seemed on the verge of trying to kill him...

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    2022 Ride Between the Rivers photos - Becky Pearman race

    2022 Ride Between the Rivers Endurance ride photos in West Virginia by Becky Pearman:

    Who has the right of way on trails? What happens when bikes, hikers and horses meet race

    Corey Ohlenkamp/Star Press

    MSN.com - Full Article

    Kelley V. Phillips - Jul 6

    There’s nothing like a quiet trail. Just you and your thoughts traveling down a sun-dappled path as the wind ripples the leaves in a soft applause.

    For many people who enjoy the outdoors, that solitude is a treasure. At some point though, you’ll end up sharing the trail with fellow enthusiasts also taking a deliciously satisfying hiatus.

    Whomever you end up meeting — hikers, cyclists, or even horses — there are general guidelines so everyone has the peaceful experience they are looking for.

    Trails, especially those in more natural areas, tend to be narrow. Trail etiquette takes into consideration momentum, maneuverability and inertia. How fast are you going? Can you turn? Are you able to stop?...

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    Wyoming rider wins worldwide horse race

    Trib.com - Full Article with audio

    Abigail Landwehr
    Aug 7, 2022

    By the end of day one of the Mongol Derby, Jackson competitor Deidre Griffith finished last behind 46 riders. Eight days later, she, alongside her partner, were the first to cross the line.

    The Mongol Derby is an annual horse race that has, since 2000, aimed to recreate Genghis Khan’s horse messenger system of 1224. It tests endurance of competitors who ride through the Mongolian Steppe. The path stretches over 1,000 km, or around 621 miles, and often lasts over the course of eight to 10 days, making it the longest horse race in the world.

    July 23 marked the race’s return after a two year break courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “It was the most incredible feeling of accomplishment,” Griffith said when asked about reaching the end. “Two and a half years I’ve spent preparing for this and it all paid off. I would have been happy to finish at all, but to win was beyond belief...”

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    Nevada: Horse owners protest design of fences at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

    8NewsNow.com - Full Article

    by: Greg Haas
    Posted: Aug 5, 2022

    National monument angers longtime residents over trail access

    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — They say that good fences make good neighbors, but apparently the kind of fence is just as important to horse owners who live along the border of the new Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

    An informational meeting Thursday night about how to make suggestions for the budding park bogged down in a debate about the National Park Service’s fence design. The meeting played out at the Clark County Shooting Complex at the north end of Decatur Boulevard, with a handful of vocal residents sitting alongside volunteers from a group called Protectors of Tule Springs...

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    The All-Important Equine Prepurchase Exam

    Thehorse.com - Full Article

    What to expect when a veterinarian performs a prepurchase exam on a prospective equine partner.

    Posted by Chris White, DVM | Jul 13, 2022

    Prepurchase exam steps, ethics, and best practices

    You’re in the market for a new horse and find one across state lines that checks all the boxes; he’s the right age, within your budget, and you love what you see in the seller’s videos. Why spend time and money performing a prepurchase exam (PPE) on this unicorn? In this hot market, you want to snatch him up right now!

    “I think of prepurchase exams as an information-gathering mission for the prospective buyer prior to making the decision of purchasing a horse,” says Rachel Roemer, DVM, owner of Great Bay Equine, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “I perform them to look for any indication of existing issues that may limit performance in the future for whatever desired job...”

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    Utah: BLM plans to gather wild horses west of Cedar City, and you’re invited

    Spenser Heaps/Deseret News photo

    KSLNewsRadio.com - Full Article

    Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022
    Digital Content Producer

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office plans to begin gathering operations to remove excess wild horses from an area west of Cedar City.

    Operations will begin on August 7, 2022. The Bureau aims to gather wild horses from within and outside of the Blawn WashHerd Management Area and Bible Spring Complex Area.

    According to a news release, this area can support 80 to 170 animals. The current population of wild horses in the area sits at 831...

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    California: Park district working to retain access to horse trails

    TheCamarilloAcorn.com - Full Article

    July 30, 2022
    By Makena Huey

    The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District is planning negotiations with nearby homeowners to protect access to the Las Posas equestrian trails.

    District staff said they hope to move forward in a way that benefits the district, the homeowners and the broader community.

    “If all goes well, we will have them sign and extend the 30-year agreement,” Administrative Analyst Dylan Gunning said during the July 14 long-range planning committee meeting.

    The trails surround Las Posas Equestrian Park, 2084 Via Veneto, which the district has owned since 1972...

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