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2011 AERC
North American Endurance
Team Challenge

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2011 North American Team Challenge
Images by Merri

2011 North American Team Challenge
Images by Merri

Final Entries (download file) || Course Map
The Party Before The Calm Before The Storm || Winding Up

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Unnofficial results
1. Jeremy Reynolds - A Kutt Above - 8:17.33
2. Meg Sleeper - Syrocco Reveille 8:17.34
3. Becky Hart - No Repeat - 8:38.30
4. Doug Swingley - Pal of Mine - 8:55.54
5. Cheryl Dell - TR Reason to Believe - 10:48.24
6. Suzy Hayes - Greenbriar Al Jabal -10:51.21
7. Caroline Franzen - National Security - 10:51.23
8. Lisa Green - LR Amana Tabi - 11:13.58
9. Guy Worthington - Serloki - 11:18.26
10. McCamey Kimbler - P L Nino - 11:18.27
11. Jan Worthington - Golden Lightning - 11:18.29
12. Deanna Guinasso - RGR Flash Fire - 11:18.30
13. Kyle Gibbon - Soho - 11:19.08
14. Steve Rojek - Beaujolais - 11:19.09
15. Gene Limlaw - Con La Cracia - 11:19.12
16. Sue Hedgecock - Aireagle - 11:19.58
17. Terre O'Brennan - Koszaar - 12:54.52
18. Christy Janzen - Sakic - 12:54.53
19. Kathy Irvine - Nightwinds Savannah - 12:54.54
20. Ann Hall - HCC Zara RR -
21. Ron Sproat - SAR Tiki Taxes
22. Mary Farris - LZP Julioslastchance -
23. Michelle Rousch - Hat Trick LA -
24. Alexandra North - Triomphe -
25. Cheryl Van Deusen - Mirbat Dreamy Gal -
26. Jim Brown - Principal Boy -
27. Darolyn Butler - DJB Jolly Roger -
28. Holly Corcoran - DJB Santanas Chief -
29. Yvette Vinton - DJB Boomer -
30. Radu Ciubuc - HC Ashtar -
31. Jessica DiCamillo - RGS Crestwind Premiere -

Best Condition:
No Repeat, ridden by Becky Hart

Teams: 1. Mountain A
* Doug Swigley on Pal Of Mine
* Susanne Hayes on Greenbriar Al Jabar
* Suzanne Hedgecock on Aireagle
* Christoph Schork on Stars Aflame (did not finish)
Dominique Freeman - Rising Heat
Ceci Butler-Stasiuk - DJB Cytron Kon JMS
Christoph Schork - Stars Aflame
Lynn Lee - RS Silverado
Melody Blittersdorf - Lunor Sovreign
Kathy Brunjes - Frontier Random
Heather Reynolds - Destiny Gold
Nicole Smith - Ravenwood Shahbar
Mary Kathryn Clark - CRR FC Lantana
Carol Giles - SAR Tiki Gallaxy
Lindsay Graham - Monk

Photos by Merri Melde

Awards Ceremony

Loop 4-5

Loop 5-Finish

Loop 2

Loop 3-4

Gate 1 - Gallery I

Gate 1 - Gallery II

Gate 1 - Gallery III

Friday Afternoon

Opening Ceremony

Vet In Gallery I

Vet In Gallery II

Vet In Gallery III

Thursday Party

The Party Before the Calm Before the Storm - Merri Melde

Thursday September 23 2011

If you didn't see the horses - which you can't from Camp Central, because they're camped in the south field - you'd think it was just a big camping party.

Wine and cheese sponsored by Pac North, great folk music - guitar, stand up bass, mandolin and accordion - got the dancers started. Endurance riders from the Northeast, Central, Mountain, North, South, Southeast, and Canada - plus a few foreign riders (final entry list to come) - enjoyed the party before tomorrow's calm before Saturday's early morning start of the 100-mile North American Endurance Team Championship in Greenville, California.

"It's one big family that you see year after year," Canadian Joan said. She drove a couple of horses from Alberta, lost an axle near Reno, and was happy to be here with everybody. She rode in the first Endurance Championship in 1988; since then she's been rider, crew, groom, driver, you name it.

The Canadians originally had 15 horses and riders scheduled to come; the number dropped to 8, then 5 - and now just 4. But chef d'equipe Maura said, "We're here, and we'll have fun."

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Winding Up

- Merri Melde Friday September 23 2011
"I wouldn't trade a minute of riding with my daughter. We just want to have a good ride." So said Central team's Karen Binns DiCamillo, riding with her 17-year-old daughter Jessica, one of four Young Riders in tomorrow's North American Endurance Team Challenge. Karen and Jessica won the 2004 Bill Thornburgh Family Award Winners - top mileage parent(s)-child(ren) team - with 2410 miles.

Jessica already has 5000 endurance miles. She has ridden her 10-year-old horse 'Woody' in the last 4 FEI North AMerican Junior/Young Rider Championships. Their goal at this ride is to to have fun and finish, because they have an even bigger goal beyond this ride: Jessica is hoping to participate in this year's Junior World Endurance Championship in Dubai. Endurance is Woody's second career - he and the other DiCamillo horses do ranch work to earn their endurance riding fees. Karen will be riding RGS SHA Strike Two. This will be 11-year-old Strike's first 100; he entered the 100 at the Kentucky WEG pre-ride when the ride was shortened on course to 75 miles due to horrid weather.

"We expect the East riders to go out fast," an anonymous source told me. It's a hard first loop, a climb up, 13 miles and a couple thousand feet. It'll be chilly in the morning, around 56* at the basecamp start, and still chilly for the 30 minute hold up top. If some of those front runners go too soon too fast, it might set up nicely for those in the second tier, or some of those, like Jan Worthington and Golden Lightning who get stronger the last 50 miles. ... full story