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  • The Tevis Cup: A 100-Mile Endurance Ride Like No Other
  • Free Webinar Dec 9: Wheels and Legs: Reducing Nonmotorized Trails Conflicts
  • Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Virtual Challenges – Covid Derby 2021
  • Syrian horse raisers struggle to preserve Arabian purebreds during war
  • 2021 JDs Carolina ride photos by Becky Pearman
  • The Spanish King’s Cup at Ademuz
  • Cautious hope hyposensitivity testing is leading to ‘changed mentality’ in endurance
  • Ireland: End of season rides for ILDRA
  • FEI Endurance World Championship to stay in Italy as Verona secures 2022 edition
  • Four New Champions Crowned at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships
  • Horse Poop as a Home Heating Source?
  • Santa Cruz Intro to Endurance Clinic a Success
  • My Fitness Regime: Endurance Rider Rebecca Pinder
  • 2021 Barefoot In New Mexico photos - Linda Sherrill

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    The Tevis Cup: A 100-Mile Endurance Ride Like No Other

    HorseIllustrated.com - Full Article

    By Heather Wallace
    December 2, 2021

    Preparing for a 100-mile horse ride is no small feat. I’ve trekked across Mongolia as an official for an endurance horse race, but that seems like a warm-up for The Tevis Cup, which spans across the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. This is a true test of horse-and-rider athleticism and mental endurance. Recently, I attended my first Tevis, also known as the Western States Trail Ride, as a crew member for a friend’s first attempt.

    Held annually during a full moon in late July or early August since 1955, the longest North American trail ride starts at Robie Park in Truckee, Calif., and runs 24 hours over mountains and through canyons to finish at McCann Stadium in Auburn.

    The trail winds through canyons and a popular Western States Trail, which travels through a few small towns. For example, the town of Forest Hill, which is a one-hour hold, is lined with volunteers, crew, and the locals all cheering on riders as they pass through the neighborhoods on their journey. The annual event is celebrated, and it is hard work to coordinate 100 miles of public and private lands for this adventure...

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    Free Webinar Dec 9: Wheels and Legs: Reducing Nonmotorized Trails Conflicts


    This webinar will provide perspectives and an assessment of the issue of conflicts and potential solutions when dealing with nonmotorized trails.

    Presented by:

    • Dennis Benson, Recreation Program Manager, Deschutes National Forest, USDA Forest Service
    • Ryan Ojero, Southwest Regional Manager, Washington Trails Association
    • Deonne Vanderwoude, Human Dimensions Supervisor, City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
    • Curt Kruger, Co-Founder and Current Director, Trail Partners
    • Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.

    For more information and to register see:

    Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Virtual Challenges – Covid Derby 2021

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    by utetonia
    November 30, 2021

    Today’s topic is Virtual Challenges and Competitions, something which has mushroomed since the beginning of the Corona pandemic almost two years ago. Since a lot of real life events had to be postponed or cancelled, virtual challenges and competitions have become a way to stay connected with the sport and the community and a big motivator to get into the saddle and ride. I was part of a team of six dedicated women from India and Germany participating in the 2021 Covid Derby, a 1000-km challenge. We managed to complete the distance in 27 days and finished in 6th place. Today I am talking with some of my team mates about our riding, the challenges we faced and the experiences we had. And of course asking the big question: Would we do it all again?...


    Syrian horse raisers struggle to preserve Arabian purebreds during war

    BigNewsNetwork.com - Full Article

    1st December 2021, 00:05 GMT+11

    The Syrian war has dealt a blow to the breeding of purebred Arabian horses, some local horse raisers are struggling to preserve the precious breed.

    DAMASCUS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Maen Jafar has been struggling to preserve the Arabian purebred horses his family has been raising during the decade-long war in Syria.

    At his farm in the countryside of the central province of Homs, Jafar is proud of having 55 horses, as the Arabian horses, one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, are precious for their beauty, endurance, and speed.

    He takes care of the horses along with his brothers and cousins at the sprawling farm, where the horses can run freely without limitation.

    Speaking to Xinhua, Jafar said during the war they had to move the horses from one place to another to keep them safe from getting killed or stolen...

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    2021 JDs Carolina photos - Becky Pearman

    2021 JDs Carolina Endurance ride photos in South Carolina by Becky Pearman: https://beckypearman.smugmug.com/Other/Endurance-2021/Carolina-JDs

    The Spanish King’s Cup at Ademuz

    Endurance-World.com - Full Article

    Race Report made with the assistance of Jackie Paarhuis and Manuel Ferrer Gómez for Albalat Endurance
    Photo credit: David López
    30 November 2021

    Ademuz, Valencia, Spain. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November 2021 saw the end of the 5th endurance season in Ademuz.

    With 5 competitions to choose from, riders from around Spain and abroad came to enjoy this rural Spanish area.

    With a tried and tested track, the organiser included a CEI3* competition for the first time. This class brought a new level to Ademuz, with 7 out of the 8 starting combinations completing the course. For the first 2 loops the group stayed relatively close together. During the 3rd loop four riders, David Vilar, Roberto Laherran, Silvia Yebra and Gorka Llaguno broke away raising their average loop speed from around 17.5km/hr to around 21.5km/hr. This speed was maintained, and superseded until the last second, with a high-speed sprint finish by David Vilar on Koheilan Ishani CA and Roberto Laherran on Pirlo, finishing first and second respectively...

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    Cautious hope hyposensitivity testing is leading to ‘changed mentality’ in endurance

    Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

    Lucy Elder
    28 November, 2021 12:21

    A LEADING vet has aired cautious hope that targeted hyposensitivity testing is having a “very deterrent effect” in endurance.

    FEI veterinary director Göran Åkerström shared the news of the “very successful control programme” at the federation’s general assembly last week (14–17 November).

    He said the programme, which ran across 2020 and 2021, was designed to protect horses from being nerve blocked before or during rides.

    A total of 395 horses were examined at FEI events, with 452 examinations. Of these, four positive cases were found.

    “It’s been a really, really useful tool and the reactions from the endurance community have been very positive,” said Mr Åkerström...

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    Ireland: End of season rides for ILDRA

    Farmweek.com - Full Article

    By Bree Rutledge
    November 25, 2021

    ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) has hosted several pleasure rides (PRs) and competitive trail rides (CTRs) throughout 2021, offering numerous riders the opportunities to enjoy safe off-road riding with their horses.

    ILDRA returned to the very popular venue of Shane’s Castle on October 10 for a day of riding in glorious autumn sunshine. Attending riders enjoyed the riding trails on offer through the Shane’s Castle Estate and into the neighbouring Randalstown Forest.

    Thanks go to the Conly family for marking the route and to Emma Hayes and David Cunningham for running the event on the day. Thanks also go to the O’Neill family and Shane’s Castle Estate staff for allowing access and for the Forestry Service for allowing access to Randalstown Forest...

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    FEI Endurance World Championship to stay in Italy as Verona secures 2022 edition


    By Geoff Berkeley
    Saturday, 19 December 2020

    Isola della Scala in the Italian province of Verona has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Endurance World Championship.

    The FEI Board made the decision at a videoconference meeting this week as it looks to keep the event in Italy.

    Italian city Pisa was due to stage the competition this year before it was moved to May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sabrina Ibáñez, secretary general of the FEI, said they were pleased to have the "experience and passion" of the Verona Organising Committee to run the 2022 edition.

    "We will be working closely with the organisers and the Italian Equestrian Federation to ensure that this is a top-notch sporting event that challenges the strategic skills of our athletes and brings the sport back to its original roots of endurance riding rather than endurance racing," said Ibáñez...

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    Four New Champions Crowned at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships

    ©Becky Pearman Photography


    Ehrhardt, S.C. – Four new national champions emerged over the weekend at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championships for CEIYJI1*, CEI1*, CEIYJ2*, and CEI2* divisions. Horse-and-rider combinations took on the South Carolina terrain at Broxton Bridge under cool and clear conditions on November 12 and 13, 2021.

    2021 USEF CEI1* National Championship

    Geneva Soule (Frenchtown, N.J.) and Meg Sleeper’s 2011 Arabian mare, Syrocco Madrigal, took the champion title in the CEI1* division. “Maddie” is a seasoned competitor, with 1530 endurance miles completed so far over her six-year career, and her experience helped take Soule to the National Championship win in the rider’s first time out at the event.

    “I started competing in FEI rides last year with Meg’s horses, and this was my first National Championship ride,” said Soule. “The atmosphere was so friendly with everyone working toward a common goal: to keep the horses happy and healthy so we could get a completion. The Broxton Bridge trails and hospitality are something I always look forward to when I visit.”

    Soule has gotten to know Maddie well as one of her caretakers at home.

    “I hadn’t actually ridden Maddie in about two years, but I’ve known her and have helped care for her during that time as the manager of Meg Sleeper’s New Jersey farm, Goodwink Farm,” said Soule. “Maddie is a great mare and is very easy going around the farm. It’s fun seeing her develop as a competitor, and she definitely lets her herdmates know that she’s an accomplished endurance horse!”

    The Reserve National Champion title for the CEI1* went to Jose Ortega (Miami, Fla.) and Nazeefs Flashy Rose, a 2007 Arabian mare owned by Cheryl Van Deusen.

    More at: http://tracks.endurance.net/2021/11/four-new-champions-crowned-at-2021-usef.html

    Horse Poop as a Home Heating Source?

    Thehorse.com - Full Article

    A green energy source might one day come from the big brown pile behind your barn.

    Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Nov 14, 2021

    According to Italian researchers, horse manure could be a clean and efficient biofuel—provided scientists can determine how to dry it out first. Stored feces and manure contain high quantities of water—80% and 66%, respectively—which is far too much for the biomass to burn well. When the raw material is dry, though, it creates such a high-producing energy source that it might be worth investing the energy to dry the piles and combust them in a furnace, said Luca Da Lio, in the University of Padova’s Department of Industrial Engineering, in Italy...

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    My Fitness Regime: Endurance Rider Rebecca Pinder

    by Nick Warhol
    November 22 2021

    We had a very successful Intro to Endurance clinic this past Saturday in Santa Cruz. It was hosted by the Santa Cruz horseman’s association and the Quicksilver endurance riders.

    The turnout was incredible- we sold out! We had 16 horses and 10 auditors. There were a few riders who had done a couple of rides, but most attendees were interested in the sport and had not done a ride. I was a speaker, as was Debbie Boscoe and Jill Kilty Newburn, but the act that stole the show was Julie Suhr. She came and talked to the riders and impressed them very much. She also handed out a copy of her book and handouts to the riders. Thanks Julie!

    The facility at Santa Cruz is amazing- indoor lecture area with couches, full kitchen, the works. The picture is Debbie doing her presentation on new riders and the right speed to ride as a beginner. The horse camp is excellent and has pens for all the horses. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the trails were in great shape. The attendees were a great group who were hungry to learn.

    The highlight for me was the trail portion. You can lecture all you want, (which we did!) but the proof is in the pudding, or the riding in this case. We split the riders into four groups and paired them with a mentor rider. Me, Debbie, Jill, and Lori Olsen came to help. Each group went out separately with a mentor and we rode a nice six-mile loop that had trails that ranged from perfect to pretty technical and gnarly. The goal was to ride at a pace to show them exactly what it would be like in their first ride. My group was just great! We had a nice fun ride that took about an hour and fifteen minutes, which would equate to about a ten-hour ride time in a 50. Some of the comments on the trail were “I had no idea you trotted so much!” “I have never trotted this much before on a ride.” “it’s tricky to follow the ribbons when you are concentrating on riding!” “This is the hardest my horse has ever worked!” “Your horse is amazing!”

    We then had a vet check at the end where the riders really got to see how it worked. All four of my horses were at about 60-64 when we hopped out of the saddles, and after about 10 minutes they were all recovered down to 48 or so. That really clicked with the riders when they saw that the ride they had just done let them get to the check at criteria, and their horse recovered fully after just a few minutes and were not stressed at that time. They now also understood why Sorsha’s pulse was 36. She’s a fit experienced horse, and theirs were not. Our trot outs were great- everything from A+ for attitude, gait, and impulsion, to a “D” since this one poor horse just did not understand that he was supposed to trot in hand! That just takes some training. We also had our only pull- one of my horses was lame on the rear at the finish. It was obvious to the group, and the rider had noticed it on the trail and mentioned it out there. It turns out the horse had scuffed itself in the trailer I believe a couple weeks ago and was not quite over it. It was a good learning experience for everyone.

    We had a nice awards presentation that included wine, beer, cheese and goodies, where everyone got a nice gift, and we handed out a horse blanket for our “Horse excellence” award, which is our equivalent to the Best condition award at a ride. We picked out a rider who had a great time, learned a lot, and whose horse looked great all day. The woman who won it was moved to tears- it was pretty cool. I also had one extra blanket to give out, so I picked a rider at random who ended up being Connie Bennet, a long-time rider who was there attending with a guy she is mentoring. She did a cool thing and handed him the blanket. Nice job, Connie!

    The only problem I had was not enough time to cover all the things I wanted to cover. The lecture for my clinics is usually a full day, and we crammed it into 5 hours which was tough. People hung around and asked questions like mad. Everyone had a really great time, and I KNOW we are getting a bunch of new endurance riders as a result. That’s the goal, and I love it when a plan comes together.

    Thanks to Debbie, Jill, Lori, Lindsay, Laura, Karen Hassan, and especially Julie for helping make it happen.

    My Fitness Regime: Endurance Rider Rebecca Pinder

    FEI.org - Full Story

    22 November 2021

    Mari Inouye and Ali Divita of Mind.Body.Vault caught up with one of the top ranked FEI Endurance riders in the world, Rebecca Pinder from Australia...

    What separates the good from the great within equestrian sport? What makes someone truly a master at their discipline?

    How do certain people take their love of horses, build a successful partnership with their equestrian teammate and become champions and inspirational figures within their sport?

    These are questions that fascinate us at Mind.Body.Vault. In this series, we have asked these questions to some of the top athletes in each of the FEI disciplines...

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    2021 Barefoot In New Mexico photos - Linda Sherrill

    2021 Barefoot in New Mexico photos by Linda Sherrill: