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Meet My Endurance Horse: Om El Jadon

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

Om El Jadon, aka Niño
8-year-old gelding by Om El Bellissimo X Om El Jinaah
owned by Nina Bomar

1415 miles
2 Best Conditions

Nina Bomar picked out “Niño” as a yearling from the breeders at Om El Arabians in Santa Ynez, California. “I have several of their horses and I love them all. They have sweet temperaments, they’re gorgeous and they’re smart!” Nina says.

Their first ride together in 2020 was the Antelope Island 50 in Utah. “He was such a good boy except for when he was being eaten by the mosquitos. I must’ve used a gallon of fly spray that weekend trying to keep them off him. He got huge welts from them biting him. We had such a beautiful ride on the island and amongst the wild buffalo. He proved to me that he was brilliant and trustworthy!”

They have since completed 27 out of 28 starts together, including several multi-days, and their first 100 in February of this year at the 20 Mule Team.

“[My husband] Juan once told me that someone at a ride told him that Om El bred horses are purely halter show horses… I just laugh. Niño is exceptionally athletic and super brave. He has never shown any weakness and I trust him with my life.

"If I were to liken Niño to a human being, he would most likely resemble Juan. He’s bold, outspoken, and a little bossy. He can also be annoying and kinda pushy. They both love to eat and they’re so much fun to be with, regardless of what we’re doing…

“They’re hard-working, very handsome and I love that they’re authentic and honest.

“Niño has been a lot of fun and he’s full of personality, grit and superb athleticism. I love him!”

Remembering Jeanette Tolman - 1942-2022


Jeanette Wardell Tolman, 79, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 22, 2022, from a cardiac event. She was born April 29, 1942, in San Diego, CA to Ross and Delsa Wardell. A year later, the family moved back to Otto where she was raised. She graduated from Greybull High School.

While her parents were serving a building mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia, she was called to serve a proselyting mission in the same mission. She then attended BYU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family development and a master’s in music. She was married and sealed to Wally Tolman on June 22, 1965, in the Idaho Falls Temple. The couple had seven children.

She taught music in Basin, Burlington, Greybull, Ten Sleep, and Peerless (Montana). Jeanette loved to bowl and was a Hall of Fame bowler. She had a life-long love for horses. For many years, she raised and bred Arabians. She will be remembered for the many endurance rides she held, most especially the Big Horn 100 – a ride she helped start over 50 years ago.

Jeanette loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed visits with her children and grandchildren. At family meals, food would keep showing up on the table until people insisted they were full!

She is survived by her husband, Wally, children, Paula (Mike) Riley of Burlington, Patti (Jeff) Zealley of Riverton, UT, Rodney Tolman of Otto, Randy (Marcie) Tolman of Otto, Ricky Tolman of Cody, Ross (Cassidy) Tolman of Laramie, and Robby Tolman (Luke) of Norwich, CT, sister, Beth Holdaway of Hurricane, UT, 15 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

A visitation will be held on Jeanette’s birthday, Friday, April 29 from 7 – 8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington and on Saturday at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Otto Cemetery.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jeanette Tolman please visit our Tribute Store

The Enduring Arabian

Steve Bradley photo

HorseIllustrated.com - Full Article

This ancient breed has been influential on others while becoming a legend in its own right.

By Audrey Pavia
May 5 2022

When it comes to equine history, many believe you can’t go further back than the Arabian horse.

For centuries, the ancestors of today’s Arabians were carefully bred by the Bedouin tribes of the Sahara Desert. Used for war and for traveling long distances, these horses lived in close quarters with their nomadic keepers, sharing their tents on cold nights and developing deep bonds.

Life in the harsh desert meant only the strongest of these horses survived. The results were the development of a breed with a large lung capacity and great endurance that can travel for miles without stopping, with the heart and spirit to match.

In more recent times, Arabian horses have contributed their ancient genes to help create and refine other breeds. The Thoroughbred, Andalusian, Welsh Pony and American Quarter Horse are just a few of the breeds that owe their influence to the Arabian horse. An Arabian Horse Ambassador

What does it mean to live with a horse whose heritage is considered the oldest and purest of all of the breeds? Husband-and-wife team Lee Pearce and Naomi Preston of Baker City, Ore., know the answer...

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2022 Eagle Canyon: A Family Affair

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
April 27 2022

Eagle Canyon Endurance ride is a family affair for Layne Lewis. From marking trails to re-marking trails after the cows have eaten the first (and second) round of ribbons, to providing food and everything in between, Layne and her family work hard together to put on a well done event that treats every attendee like part of the family.

And it’s possible this was the last year for this southern Idaho Endurance ride, though we’re all crossing our fingers it’s not. Avimor, who owns the property we camp and ride on, is planning to build over 30,000 homes there in the next couple of years. That’s not 30,000 more people, it’s 30,000 more homes.

Such would put a kibosh on Endurance riding, though supposedly a few horse riding trails would be left intact. And where would all the grazing cows and the badgers and whistle pigs move to?

While the fickle weather kept the ride camp volunteers jumping up and down (wind, clouds = cold = put more layers on; sun, no clouds = hot = rip those layers off), it was great weather for the Endurance horses. Eagle is not an easy ride. Those hills are challenging over 25 or 50 miles, so a cool breeze is welcome.

18 started the 50 and 18 started the 25. Big Horn 100-bound (fingers crossed) Jessica Cobbley and The Big Brass had a compelling gallop-out race at the finish line of the 50, just nipping Mike Cobbley and Khalid Sanaa (Idaho IronHorse-bound - crossing fingers). Entertaining because Jessica lost her stirrups but Brass was entertaining no excuses. Jill Haunold and My Favoritt Girl MHF won the 25, with Bonnie Wright and Vickkar El Shahmaan taking Best Condition.

Juniors scored with the Best Condition awards in the 25 and 50 milers, each winning a special one-of-a-kind Owyhee Baling Twine Mustang.

Thanks to all who have supported this ride, and come out next year when you see it on the calendar!

More at http://www.endurance.net/international/USA/2022EagleCanyon/#EagleFamily