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Midnight led the way for Tevis Cup Sweep Riders

Gtgazetette.com - Full Article

Gazette staff
Aug 17, 2023

This is the second year Cool resident Kelly Turney has ridden her horse Midnight as a member of the Sweep Riders for the Tevis Cup.

Sweep Riders are a team of volunteers that ride 4-27 mile sections of the Tevis trail after the last competitor goes through the Sweep Riders' assigned section. The Sweep Riders are responsible for assisting competitors should they have an accident, injury, illness or become separated from their horse. One or more members on the team is a HAM Radio operator and will notify Net Control if there is a problem on the trail. Then appropriate emergency veterinary or medical assistance will be dispatched to their location, while the Sweep Team waits with the rider...

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Behind The Photo: 100 Miles On A Shoestring

Lynne Glazer Photo

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PUBLISHED August 16, 2023
WORDS BY Christina Keim

Most of the time, if you are on your horse and the bridle is not, something has gone wrong. But for veteran endurance rider Jeremy Reynolds, who on July 29 won the one-day, 100-mile Western States Trail Ride, popularly known as the Tevis Cup, for the fifth time in his career aboard his Arabian mare Treasured Moments (DA Adios+—Hidden Treasure), going sans bridle was all part of the plan. Reynolds, 43, completed the oldest—and what is often regarded as the most challenging—endurance ride in North America with “Treasure” wearing nothing more than a neck rope.

“She normally goes in a really thin rope halter,” said Reynolds, who along his wife and fellow endurance rider Heather Reynolds operates Reynolds Racing in Dunnellon, Florida. “I’d like to say that I’m that good of a horseman, but really, I just have that good of a horse, and I’ve been able to listen to her and see what she likes.”

Jeremy initially planned to use the neck rope only along the first portion of the Tevis route, which travels along the notoriously rugged and occasionally treacherous Western States Trail in California’s Sierra Mountains. He began prepping his 13-year-old equine partner for this unique challenge earlier this year; after many trial ride successes, Jeremy decided to use the neck rope from start to finish...

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Dunnellon man and horse win 100-mile endurance race in California

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By Staff Report
August 9, 2023

A Dunnellon man and his horse claimed victory in the oldest “modern-day endurance ride” in the country for the fifth time in the past two decades.

Jeremy Reynolds, who owns Reynolds Racing with his wife, Heather, claimed victory atop his horse, Treasured Moments, in the 2023 Tevis Cup.

Held in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the competition takes riders and their horses through dozens of miles of challenging terrain.

During this year’s event, Reynolds and Treasure began their journey in Soda Springs at 5:15 a.m. and finished over 15 hours later, traversing Robinson Flat, Devil’s Thumb, and other parts of the mountain range...

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2023 Tevis and Haggin Cup by Haley Moquin

August 2 2023 by Haley Moquin

For those of you who don’t know PJs (Freaky) story. Here it is. Heather Reynolds had posted PJs breeding on Facebook stating her new horse would be arriving soon. PJ is a grandson of Okba - my favorite bloodline, a son of French Open, who Heather had won Tevis 2014 on. How exciting for her! I was flying to Florida to do the 3 day 100 with the Reynolds and PJ arrived while I was at their farm in Florida. PJ was a 12 year gelding who was apparently 15 hands with a stick and level. It was very clear PJ was not 15 hands. He is 14.2 with shoes on 🤣 obviously this was upsetting so I was like I’ll take him, and we arranged shipping from Florida to Texas.

It was said that PJ was rideable but difficult to mount but he hadn’t been ridden in a few years. He had been hanging out in a 40 acre pasture for 7 years in Colorado. Once he arrived in Texas, i began to work with him. He was perfect to saddle, knew how to round pen, and knew cues with the bit. He was reactive and spooky but he seemed to know what I was asking. About a week of ground work, i attempted to mount PJ. He bolted off before i could even put my foot in the stirrup. Fast forward 60 days, I was finally able to mount PJ. He was great our first ride. We walked in the round pen and I was able to get on and off of him safely. During the 60 days, it seemed that once PJ was over something, he never had a problem with it again...

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Medeiros, Filouette tackle 100-mile Tevis Cup

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Isaac Streeter
Aug 5, 2023

Placerville resident Colton Medeiros and his horse Filouette completed the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride with a 26th-place finish Saturday, July 29, in honor of his father.

Colton's father Matt Medeiros, who died at the age of 49 in early 2021 due to a stroke, introduced him to endurance riding.

“When he passed away I decided it was time to try it again,” Colton said. “I grew up watching him do it. He was my hero. I’ve ridden every ride he rode, so I decided I really wanted to make it to the end this time..."

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Capturing the Tevis Cup, again

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The Tevis Cup, or Western States Trail Ride, was established in 1955 and is recognized as the founding ride of endurance riding. Competitors have 24 hours to finish the 100-mile ride to earn a silver buckle.

August 2, 2023 | By JoAnn Guidry, correspondent

Dunnellon-based Jeremy Reynolds notched his fifth Tevis Cup victory on July 29 in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Reynolds, 43, and his mount Treasured Moments, a 13-year-old Arabian mare, covered the 100-mile endurance ride in 13 hours and 14 minutes. Reynolds also won the Tevis Cup in 2021, 2011, 2007 and 2004.

“Treasure is such an amazing horse,” said Reynolds, who won the 2021 Tevis Cup with the same horse. “She is so special.”

He said he rode the horse with no bridle, just a loop around her neck, “and she did the rest.”

Reynolds was quick to credit Tevis Cup officials with designing a slightly different course due to heavy winter snowfall and wildfire in the mountains...

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2023 Tevis Cup - Mark Montgomery

August 2 2032
by Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery and his mustang MM Gus finished in 8th place

Tevis 2023 - almost didn't happen for me this year. My horse Gus came up lame just three days before the ride. I called my crew, and the Tevis office to let them know we were out. My wife Linda DVM couldn't find anything obvious causing the lameness, so she recommended pulling the shoes. Upon doing so, I found that the N/G shoes had cupped, causing sole pressure. I ground out more sole and put the EasyCare Flex shoes on him, which are more ridged than the N/Gs. Gus instantly went from lame to almost 100% sound, but he was still slightly off. His sole was still sore. It's now Wednesday evening. I start calling farmer friends, looking for Vet Tec, to add sole protection. Scotty Mayfield came to the rescue. He had a tube of Vet Tec and the applicator, and he gave me a demonstration on how to apply it. A huge Thank You to Scotty. We are good to go, and back in it. Woody has had great success for years with the EasyCare N/Gs, but Gus is more flat footed, and needs a shoe with more support.

Do to the depth of the snow over the top of the Sierras, this year the ride started at Soda Springs, in the dark, early Saturday morning. The first part of the trail was a long downhill road, starting with pavement, then changing to gravel, then to dirt...

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2023 Tevis Cup - Alexandra Collier

July 31 2022
by Alexandra Collier

7 years ago I made the decision to move from Maryland to San Diego, California. I had discovered that Auburn was the endurance capital of the world and where Tevis takes place. I didn’t move to Auburn specifically though for fear of lack of opportunities. Around this time period, I was not well, all around. I was in some of the lowest years of my life and just a mess. I had been contemplating and convincing myself that moving somewhere where there was “more endurance” would help set me on the right path to personal peace.

Fast forward to this morning at 4:42am, JM Gibbs and I completed the Western States Trail Ride aka the Tevis Cup. Until this weekend, Gibbs and I had never met. What I knew about him was that he was a stocky ole mustang from Devils Garden and “kids safe.” According to his AERC record, he has done a handful of 50s, maybe 5ish and the placings I saw were 25th, 28th, and 37th. Neither Gibbs nor I had ever attempted Tevis. I had a 100 mile completion under my belt, but Gibbs did not even have a previous attempt...

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Tevis Cup: Jeremy Reynolds claims title, Haley Moquin wins Haggin Cup

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Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments capture their second Tevis Cup in 3 years, and it's the fifth title overall for Reyunolds

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 31, 2023 8:08 PM

Jeremy Reynolds claimed his fifth Tevis Cup title Saturday night, crossing the finish line at Auburn’s McCann Stadium at 8:29 p.m., 15 hours and 14 minutes after starting at Soda Springs on the back of his bay Arabian, Treasured Moments (Treasure).

It was the second win for the duo, which won the 100-mile, one-day ride in 2021.

"It feels great. I love this horse," Reynolds said after sharing a moment with his trusted steed at the finish line. “There were four previous winners in this year’s field, but three of them were recent winners, so I knew it was gonna be kind of tougher and a little bit more competitive this year...”

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Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Repeat Tevis Cup Win; Haley Moquin and Im Hot N Bothered Win Haggin Cup

Monday July 31 2023
by Endurance.net

Jeremy Reynolds and his Arabian mare, Treasured Moments, repeated their 2021 Tevis Cup performance in winning this year’s renewal. The pair finished 8 minutes ahead of last year’s winners, Gabriela Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice.

Haley Moquin and Im Hot N Bothered, aka Freaky, finished in 6th place,56 minutes behind the winner and earned the next morning’s Haggin Cup.

One thousand mile buckles were earned by Lisa Schneider (riding FV Amazing Farwah) and Kassandra DiMaggio (riding WT Bezarif).

Hal Hall got his 32nd buckle! He rode Direct to for his second finish.

All four Junior riders who started the ride finished: Tierney Beloberk in 23rd place, riding Highh Treason; Vanessa Erickson in 42nd place riding Riyaaz Dezjon; Lila Reeder in 43rd place riding BES Belle Pepper; and Kinley Thunehorst in 59th place riding Danney Joe’s Prime Time Lady.

Three equines earned their 5th buckle, the Robie Cup award: Count on Tessie Flyin ridden by Kristine Hartman; Ever Ready ridden by Melissa Ribley; One Sun ridden by Andy Mayo

2023 Tevis Tidbits

by Endurance.net
July 26 2023

Kassandra DiMaggio and Lisa Schneider who are both riding for Buckle #10 this year. Kassandra will be riding her Arabian WT Bezarif. Lisa will be riding her Arabian FV Amazing Farwa

Twelve Riders representing 9 international countries will ride this year. Many of these riders are leasing US horses, while some live in the US full or part-time and are riding their personal mounts. There are riders from Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom this year.

Seven mustangs will compete:
Ken Campbell and MM Cody, Iian Dvir and MM Woody, Mallori Farrell and Red Hero (half mustang), Tosha Buker and MM Sonora, Audra Cook and Seven, Mark Montgomery and MM Gus, Sarah Arthur and Nevada.

SMR Filouette will be going for her 7th finish and will be ridden by Colton Medeiros. MM Cody will be going for his 7th finish and will be ridden by Ken Campbell.

Seven horses are taking to the trail for their 5th Completion, which equals a Robie Cup:
Count on Tessie Flyin’ ridden by Kristine Hartman
Treasured Moments ridden by Jeremy Reynolds
MM Woodrow ridden by Iian Dvir
Ever Ready ridden by Melissa Ribley
HV Cimmarons Goliath ridden by Kelsey Ebach
One Sun ridden by Andy Mayo
RA Ares Bey ridden by Wasch Blakeley

Four Junior riders will start this year:
Kinley Thunehorst and Danney Joe's Prime Time Lady, Lila Reeder and BES Belle Pepper, Vanessa Erickson and Riyaaz Dezjon, and Tierney Beloberk and Highh Treason.

Hal Hall will be riding for his 32nd buckle! He’ll be aboard his Arabian Direct, who has one finish.

The husband and wife team of the Ribleys, 2021 AERC Hall of Fame Members, will ride the trail. Robert will be riding for his 19th buckle aboard Chipofftheoleblock, and Melissa will be riding for her 16th buckle aboard Ever Ready.

Previous Tevis winners are taking to the trail:
Heather Reynolds, Jeremy Reynolds, Sanoma Blakeley, Gabriela Blakeley, Hal Hall, Treasured Moments, LLC Pyros Choice, RA Ares Bey, SMR Filouette

Previous Haggin Cup winners taking to the trail:
Christoph Schork, Jeanette Mero, Jeremy Reynolds, Melissa Ribley, Heather Reynolds, Hal Hall, Michele Rowe VA Blizzard of Ozz, Ozark Kaolena SWA, MM Cody, Treasured Moments


2023 Tevis Cup riders will all be equipped with trackers

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Sanoma Blakely's book, Chasing Dreams, chronicles her 2019 Tevis Cup victory.

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 25, 2023 3:00 PM

Sanoma Blakely was 18 years old when she won the Tevis Cup in 2019, crossing the finish line at McCann Stadium in 14 hours, 12 minutes.

Blakely was an underdog when she won the race, as she was neck and neck with former champions Jeremy and Heather Reynolds down the stretch.

The story of Blakely’s perseverance and resilience touched the hearts of endurance riding fans across the country, prompting her to write a book about her experience.

Blakely started writing "Chasing Dreams: The True Story of the Youngest Female Tevis Cup Champion" in early 2020, and it was released July 25, 2023...

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2023 Tevis Cup riders will all be equipped with trackers


It's not live until the big day, but the trackers are ready for the Snow Course!

This year *all* riders will be equipped with trackers, so you can follow your favorite teams:

The ride will start in the Soda Springs parking lots.

There are currently 98 riders signed up. The rider number assignments are here:

More at https://teviscup.org/

Endurance Horse Podcast: Gabriela Blakeley - Reflections on Tevis 2022

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July 18 2023

Episode 58 of Endurance Horse Podcast is being published on 17 July 2023

Hello and welcome to episode of Endurance Horse Podcast! We are back after a pause and today chatting with Gabriella Blakely of Oregon, who won the 2022 Tevis Cup with horse Pyro with a time of 17 hours 9 minutes. The Blakeley family is no stranger to the Tevis trail and has arguably created a family tradition and legacy around Tevis. Stay tuned because at a later date we will be sharing more information on a new book authored by Gabriela's daughter Samona Blakeley about Samona's journey to her 2019 win at Tevis. Her book is called Chasing Dreams: The True Story of the Youngest Female Tevis Cup Winner.

Sorry for the long pause in producing content, life has been busy & this momma was getting a bit tired! Now on with the show!

Without further ado, let's jump into episode 58 of Endurance Horse Podcast.


2023 Tevis Cup will start at Soda Springs


July 11 2023
Ride Director Chuck Stalley's Message

RIDE DATE: July 29 2023

The 67th Annual Tevis Cup will start with Base Camp at Soda Springs. The parking is going to be tight. If you have a choice, bring your smaller rig to the start. We ask that you do not arrive prior to Thursday morning, July 27, as our lease covers only Thursday – Saturday morning. Shade is nonexistent, so please BYO shade. Vendors, management, Friday lunch and dinner will be in the paved parking lot. Afternoon meetings and the Friday evening pre-ride meeting will be in the same area. Horse check-in will start at 1 pm and end at 5 pm. Rider check-in and Registration will open at 11 am.

The start of the ride heads south on Soda Springs Road and will be a controlled start for the first two miles until the paved road turns to a dirt road. This is the official “timed start” line, and all riders will be held there until 5:15 am when the trail will officially open. Riders will have their number recorded by the timers and must pass that line by 5:30 am at the latest to be officially started in the 67th Annual Tevis Ride.

Riders will ride to Lyon Ridge and Cougar Rock heading to the first vet check at Red Star Ridge. After Red Star, riders will travel down the road to Robinson Flat. You may be up to one hour faster into Robinson for the 1st one hour vet check, but you will need that time later as the trail is longer after Francisco’s due to high water levels in the American River. We will reroute you so that you stay on the north side of the river and cross on the Highway 49 Bridge to reconnect with the trail at No Hands Bridge for the familiar ride up to the Overlook finish in Auburn.

Lots of time and energy has gone into seeing that this Tevis Ride is as special and memorable as any past ride and look forward to seeing you in Soda Springs. Your rider packets will be posted online in a couple weeks; rule books, passes, checkpoint cards, will be mailed out about July 21 to riders with addresses in CA, OR, WA, NV and ID. All other riders will pick up their materials in the Tevis office in Auburn the week in advance of the ride.

Keep training! We will be ready for you on July 29th!

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Tevis Route 2023

Last winter brought a record amount of snowfall to the Sierras necessitating some trail reroutes to the 2023 Tevis Cup Ride. Riders will follow a special and spectacular route which still involves many iconic locations.


* The ride will start in the Soda Springs parking lots. From there, it will head down Soda Springs Road, then up 51 to the Lyon Ridge trot-by.
* Between Lyon Ridge and Francisco’s, the ride will follow the traditional route.
* After Lyon Ridge, riders will encounter Cougar Rock, Elephant’s Trunk, and Red Star Ridge.
* Leaving the Red Star vet check, the ride will travel down Soda Springs Rd to Robinson Flat which puts riders there at mile 30 instead of mile 36. The mileage will be reclaimed on a new section of trail after Francisco’s, bringing the total trail mileage to 100 miles upon arrival in Auburn.
* At the first hour hold at Robinson Flat, due to the anticipated lower number of total riders and horses, Management will not enforce a “2 crew members per rider” limit, as was the practice for the last two years.
* The route then continues through all three canyons:
- The Mosquito Ridge Fire did significant damage last fall to the middle canyon (El Dorado). The resulting lack of tree cover will allow more sun exposure but has opened up spectacular views.
- Swinging Bridge, Devil’s Thumb, the pump at Deadwood, most of the town of Michigan Bluff, and an untouched Chicken Hawk will stand as welcome points along the way.
* After an hour hold at the Foresthill Mill Site – as we have for many years – riders will head into town and down the California Loop to Francisco’s.
* This year, crossing the Middle Fork of the American River presents an insurmountable obstacle due to the amount, temperature, and speed of the run-off water. Your trails team has worked hard to find an amazing alternate route to keep horses safe and not have to cross the river this year.
* Out of Francisco’s riders will be heading up to Driver’s Flat. From there, they will follow the south side of the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT) which is a wonderful trail with great footing and ridgetop canyon views. Riders will cross Foresthill Road (under careful traffic control) to the north side of the FDLT and continue west, riding beautiful trails with views of the North Fork of the American River and Lake Clementine which should have good moonlight. Pre-riding the FDLT is strongly discouraged due to high mountain bike use and possible conflicts on the narrow trail.
* Riders will then cross Lake Clementine Road and turn on to Fuel Break Trail, and then cross Foresthill Road a final time (under careful traffic control) to head to the American River Confluence. This alternate trail is NOT TO BE PRE-RIDDEN for any reason. Doing so can greatly jeopardize agreements we have worked hard to negotiate to allow our passage this year. We must insist that the public and the Tevis riders stay off this trail with their horses (you are welcome to hike the route). The trail will be extremely well marked and overly flagged on Ride night. We appreciate your honoring our agreements.
* Several highway-patrol-hosted road and bridge crossings will ultimately enable the ride to reach No Hands Bridge. Then it will be a short and familiar trip to the finish at Auburn.

Route Checkpoint Card

2022 Tevis Cup Stories

Blakeley and LLC Pyros Choice Win the 2022 Tevis Cup

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Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding won the Western States Trail Ride’s 66th edition.

Posted by Merri Melde | Jul 18, 2022

The Western States Trail Ride, commonly called the Tevis Cup, is the longest-running modern-day endurance ride. The 66th running of the 100-mile event took place on July 16.

Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding, LLC Pyros Choice, crossed the Tevis Cup finish line in Auburn, California, at 10:24 p.m, completing the race in 17 hours and nine minutes. This was Blakeley’s first Tevis Cup win and eighth completion (her third on “Pyro”). The pair finished second in 2018 and sixth in 2017.

After a tight race over most of the last third of the course, Blakeley pulled away in the final 15 miles to finish 24 minutes ahead of Christoph Schork, a rider from Utah, aboard GE VA Blizzard of Ozz...

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Second horse passes away due to injuries sustained in Tevis Cup

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Jordan Georgeson
Jul 26, 2022

A second horse has passed away due to injuries sustained in the 2022 Tevis Cup.

Jamboree, ridden by Carrie Ellinwood of Penryn, was a 17-year-old Arabian gelding that was an experienced horse in endurance riding, having completed nearly 1,000 miles during his career.

He fell near Foresthill and was attended to by vets on the course while his rider was airlifted out of the area. According to the Tevis Cup website, the fall was around the 72-mile mark and was caused by the horse getting spooked on the trail and stepping off. A few hours later, Jamboree was airlifted from the trail and sent to UC Davis on Sunday morning, where he was recovering...

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Tevis Cup: In Memoriam

July 23, 2022

We are devastated to have to share that two horses have died as a result of injuries sustained during the 2022 Tevis Cup ride.

Midmorning on Saturday, July 16, Susie Kramer and A Ali Aseel (“Steel”) were among the leaders competing in the 66th Annual Tevis Cup Ride. The pair was navigating the trail of the first steep canyon which runs between Last Chance and the Swinging Bridge. Steel fell from the trail and suffered catastrophic injuries.

Another rider alerted a radio operator stationed at the Swinging Bridge, who communicated the incident to Net Control. Emergency response was deployed from both Last Chance and Devils Thumb checkpoints down into the canyon, and search and rescue led by a veterinarian responded to the scene. Unfortunately – due to the remote and difficult location of the incident – it took some time for help to reach Susie and Steel. Once on scene, veterinarians confirmed that Steel had expired from his injuries.

Susie and Steel had come from Arizona to compete in this year’s Tevis Cup. They wore the #4 – their finish placing in the 2021 Tevis Ride. Together, they were a fit, experienced, tough, and competitive team.

Steel – a handsome 12-year-old grey Arabian gelding – had completed 2,360 miles of endurance competitions beginning in 2016. He was five for five in finishing 100-mile competitions coming into this year’s event.

This accident and the loss of Steel has been traumatic and emotional for Susie, her family, her crew, and the entire endurance community.

WSTF will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident during the coming weeks.

Please respect the privacy of the parties involved as they mourn the loss of a dear friend and partner. A hiatus of discussion on social media would be appreciated.

At approximately 10 pm on Saturday, July 16, Carrie Ellinwood and her horse Jamboree had completed about 72 miles of the 100-mile distance of the 66th annual Tevis Cup Ride. Near Cal 1 on the California Loop, Jamboree spooked and fell from the trail.

Sweep Riders of the Sierra’s (SOS) came upon the pair and radioed in the emergency to Net Control. Rescuers were dispatched to the scene and – as a first step – Carrie was evacuated to an awaiting ambulance and taken to the hospital. She was examined and released.

Due to the difficulty of the terrain, a large animal rescue team was called to the site along with the VERT (Veterinary Emergency Rescue Team) from UC Davis to attempt to extract Jamboree. This endeavor had to wait until daylight on Sunday morning. Ultimately, they decided to airlift Jamboree. A helicopter operated by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department was able to get him to a safe location in Foresthill.

He was attended to by veterinarians and transported by horse trailer to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital for further examination and care.

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that the Tevis family reports that Jamboree unexpectedly succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning, July 22, 2022.

Jamboree and Carrie began their endurance career in 2013 and accomplished nearly 1000 endurance miles together. Jamboree was a beautiful, 17-year-old grey Arabian gelding.

WSTF will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident during the coming weeks.

Please respect the privacy of the parties involved as they mourn the loss of a dear friend and partner. A hiatus of discussion on social media would be appreciated.

Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore'

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Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78

Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022

Auburn woman, 78, earns 25th Tevis belt buckle: 'I'll quit riding ... when it's not fun anymore' Kathie Perry completed the ride for the first time in 1975 and won it in '78 Jordan Georgeson Jul 23, 2022 10:30 AM

At 78 years young, Kathie Perry is still kicking up dust in the sport of endurance riding. The Auburn resident earned her 25th Tevis Cup belt buckle Sunday, finishing 30th. She rides with nothing to prove and embraces the challenge each ride presents.

Perry started endurance riding in 1969, the same year as Woodstock and the moon landing. She was living in the Bay Area when her husband and brother decided to invest in quarter horses and try their hand at the sport. As the two prepared for their first ride in Virginia City, Nevada, Perry decided to give it a go herself.

“Of course, naturally, we had to buy a horse for me,” Perry says. “We went to the Arabian-type horse at the time, but because we lived in the Bay Area, we did not have a lot of space for the horse.”

That brought the Perrys to Auburn in 1972, where Kathie set her sights on the Tevis Cup...

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Feeding Tevis Winners

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The first and second place finishers in the 2022 Tevis Cup describe their feed strategies.

Posted by Shoshana Rudski, The Horse Digital Editor | Jul 23, 2022

Developing an endurance horse takes correct training and conditioning, but without a solid nutrition program even the best-trained horses can struggle. Gabriela Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding LLC Pyros Choice (aka “Pyro”) won the 2022 Tevis Cup, and Christoph Schork and GE VA Blizzard of Ozz came in second. “Ozzy,” 13-year-old Arabian gelding, also took home The Haggin Cup, the award for the Top 10 horse in the best condition the morning after completing the ride.

Both riders know feeding their horses well is paramount to their success and long-term well-being. Carey Williams, PhD, equine extension specialist and professor at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who also has experience in feeding endurance horses, shared her advice with The Horse...

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Extraction of horse from canyon is a first for CAL FIRE chief; injury occurred during Tevis Cup

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Jordan Georgeson
Jul 20, 2022

Matt Furtado of CAL FIRE NEU Nevada, Yuba and Placer said while it's not uncommon to facilitate the rescue of a person falling while in the American River Canyon, it was the first time he has been involved with a horse rescue.

"The horse was a little bit of an anomaly," Furtado said. "But they were able to make that work and secure him well enough for the team to be able to secure the horse prior to the waist and lift him out."

Interim Fire Chief Jed Matcham said his crew received a call around 2 a.m. Sunday, stating a horse and rider competing in the Tevis Cup were in need of assistance following a fall near Foresthill...

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2 horses injured, 1 dies during Tevis Cup Ride on Western State Trail, Cal Fire says

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Daniel Macht
Digital Media Manager
July 19 2022

wo horses were injured and one died during the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn over the weekend, Cal Fire said.

Dramatic video showed one of the injured animals being hoisted to safety on a giant sling by a helicopter. Advertisement

The Tevis Cup took place Saturday on the Western States Trail in Placer County. The event’s website describes it as the oldest endurance ride of its kind, having been held each year since 1955.

On Monday, Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit shared a video on Facebook of rescuers helping a horse that had fallen over the end of the trail during the race...

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Tevis 2022 - Annette McGyver

by Annette McGyver

Tevis 2022: it’s a long one, We did ALL the things. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I saw somewhere on Facebook that if somebody doesn't think they're going to finish Tevis then they're wasting their money when they go. I don't know if this is true or not. I do know that I filled out my application as soon as entries opened and I planned on riding Johnny and I certainly planned on finishing. But then the gremlins struck and now I'm rehabbing Johnny. My friend Terry offered a horse to ride; I was still “in”. I previously took Rupert through the canyons and on a few other sections of the trail.

We had a great time, we started out by ourselves and he was a rock star through that fast start, (it sure seemed fast this year). It was a bit of a stressful ride through granite chief. We got stuck in a Congo line of 31 horses with a bad whiplash effect. (In hindsight I should have pulled off and let them all leave). As it turns out my friends caught me at Lyon’s ridge. I was happy to ride with them into red star. But when we got there, we were up against the clock; he was a little dehydrated and hanging at 72 but eating and drinking just fine, peeing and pooping as well. He got pumped up with an optional IV. We got Rupert settled in at Foresthill.

Time to rally and wait for our riders at Michigan bluff...

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July 16

From rookies to veterans, Newcastle's Crater Hill prepares riders for Tevis Cup

July 14

‘We just keep going’: Chico equestrian to push limits in 100-mile endurance race

Camp Fire survivor, organ donor rides in 100-mile horse race

Back in the saddle: Tevis Cup royalty Hall returns for another ride

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After 8 years on the sideline, Hal Hall returns for another Tevis Cup ride: 'I missed the trail'

Jordan Georgeson
Jul 11, 2022

Hal Hall has nothing left to prove in the world of endurance riding.

The Auburn native has earned 30 buckles in 38 Tevis Cup rides, which complements his three championships and 14 top-10 finishes nicely. Hall earned his last buckle in 2013, which was also the last time he competed in the world-famous endurance ride.

Hall has spent the last eight years crewing for his wife, Ann, who finished ninth last year. This year, Hall will ride again.

“I still have a little burning desire to do this,” he says...

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Tevis Cup Dispatches: Watch this Texan

**Turns out Cameron will be riding CH Fancy Finesse instead of Kong. But enjoy reading below about Kong and root for Cameron anyway!

Cameron Holzer already has 3 buckles, 2 with her phenomenal 13-year-old half-Shagya, half-Trakehner gelding Kong (11th and 16th place). He was a free horse when he was 3 - you know how those stories often go. He was a handful to break, and was sent home by one trainer.

Kong is a big solid horse, but he and Cameron move so lightly and effortlessly together. They’ve become a super team over the years, Kong with 2500+ miles all with Cameron, 12 100-mile completions, 22 first places, and 26 Best Conditions. They most recently won the 100-mile Wahatoya Cup in Colorado, tying with Erin Lemmons and Tuscarora John for the win.

Tevis Cup Dispatches: Winners! Winners!

We have several previous Tevis and Haggin winners in this year’s Tevis Cup entries: Heather Reynolds, Jeremy Reynolds, Hal Hall, Kathie Perry, Tennessee Lane, Sanoma Blakeley, Michele Roush Rowe, Potato Richardson. (I don’t think I missed anybody.)

But there’s also a couple of winning horses in the field!

SMR Filouette won Tevis in 2015 with Potato Richardson. The 21yo mare will be going for her 7th buckle and will be ridden by Colton Madeiros. MM Cody won the Haggin Cup in 2018 with Mykayla Corgnell. He’ll be ridden this year by Ken Campbell. Ozark Kaolina SWA won the Haggin Cup last year with Jeanette Mero. They’re teaming up again this year!

Tevis Cup Dispatches: Kelly, Cassidy, Jesse

It’s a family affair for Kelly and her daughter Cassidy, and Kelly’s husband Jesse.

Kelly has 1 Tevis buckle and Jesse has made one attempt.

This will be 12-year-old Cassidy’s first Tevis but she is no slouch in the saddle. This enthusiastic horsewoman has over 1300 AERC endurance and LD miles, including 3 100-milers. (Can you say Big Horn 100?). Watch for her trotting out her mare Hope, who some of us would call Bitey McBiteFace. Kelly says the mare is all bluff in the trot-out, though.

Tevis Cup Dispatches: Sue Basham and Kismet Cognac

This 17 year old bay Arabian has finished Tevis 6 times with Sue (her fifth buckle earned her the Robie Cup) in 6 starts. The mare has over 3000 AERC miles, and Sue has over 5400. They prepped for this year’s Tevis by finishing all 5 days of LDs at the challenging mountain ride of Spanish Peaks Pioneer in Colorado.

Tevis Cup Dispatches: Meg Sleeper and Sizedoesntmatter

Meg Sleeper and Sizedoesntmatter, owned by Gwen Hall

Meg has ridden internationally around the world on many of her home bred horses, and she has over 17,000 AERC miles, but this is Meg's first ride in the Tevis Cup. She's teaming up with Gwen's gelding Sizedoesntmatter (Dakar), who has finished Tevis 3 out of 32 times, in 8th, 2nd, and 4th place with Gwen. Meg rode Dakar for the rist time at the Spanish Peaks ride in Colorado in June.

Dakar has also finished first in his last 12 of 13 Endurance rides, and that includes the 2021 AERC Nat'l Championship 100 at Fort Howes in the searing heat. And remember the 2017 AERC Nat'l Championship 100 in Colorado? He and Gwen won that one too.

Tevis Cup Dispatches: The Meros

If you’re betting on this year’s winner, keep an eye on: The Mother-Daughter Mero team of Jeanette and Ozark Kaolina SWA, and Reyna and Chndakas Eklipse SW will contest the Tevis Cup together again. Finishing 6th and 7th last year, Jeanette’s “Lena” went on to win the Haggin Cup (Best Condition) the next morning.

Lena has 2400 AERC miles, and has completed 7 rides this year as prep for the Tevis trail, including 3 wins and a Best Condition. Eklipse has completed 3 of 4 starts, including 2 seconds and a Best Condtion.

66th Running of Oldest-Modern Day Endurance Ride Brings Equestrians From Across the Nation and Overseas to Sierra Nevada


At 5:15 am start on the morning of July 16th, 2022, the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) will officially kick off for its 66th birthday. Endurance equestrians from all over the world and the United States will compete in the 100 miles-24 hour event, named by Time magazine as one of the world’s top ten endurance events. Considered the founding ride for modern day endurance, this trail ride boasts supreme athletic performances from both equine and human participants, as well as team work, life changing stories and a gathering of the endurance community.

The trail begins near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, just east of Auburn, California, Endurance Capital of the World, where the finish line resides at the Gold County Fairgrounds. Strict veterinary criteria for the safety of the horses and challenging terrain add to the difficulty of this ride, contributing to the prestige of horse and rider teams that finish.

Historically started by area influencer and avid history buff Wendell Robie in the 1950s, this event brings partnerships of horse and rider teams together to test months and even years of rigorous training, to forge new friendships and to face Lady Luck herself in a quest for the coveted silver Tevis Buckle, held by an intrepid few the world over.

The Western States Trail Ride Board of Governors cordially invite you to cover this event either in person or with a provided press release post ride; media passes will be provided to those who inquire with the contact listed below. Alternatively we can submit stories geared toward your publication post ride with sports, humanitarian or inspirational geared themes that arise yearly with the Tevis Cup. Exclusive access to ride photography will be available and advice for locations to observe and meet the rider teams will be provided. We look forward to you joining us!

Bill Poindexter
Jun 24, 2022

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride.

And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Each is considered the granddaddy event in its discipline.

Robie and four others – Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill and Pat Sewell – completed the first ride from Tahoe City to Auburn in 22 hours, 45 minutes on Aug. 7, 1955...

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Auburn's Tevis Cup Ride is on deck

Shannon Weil (middle) with Wendell Robie at a pre-race briefing in the early days of the Western States Endurance Run in 1979.

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Bill Poindexter
Jun 24, 2022

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride.

And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Each is considered the granddaddy event in its discipline.

Robie and four others – Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill and Pat Sewell – completed the first ride from Tahoe City to Auburn in 22 hours, 45 minutes on Aug. 7, 1955...

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Ticket the mule and her rider Shane Lesher (Road to the Tevis Cup # 49)

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by Jessica Black
August 6, 2021

When I shared my post about the 2021 Tevis Cup and asked for suggestions about further blog posts, many people wanted to hear more about Ticket the mule and her rider, Shane Lesher. (See their Tevis 2021 profile.) Shane isn’t on Facebook, nor a current member of AERC, but fortunately Garden Valley Feed & Hardware, the store his wife and he own, has a Facebook page. I left a message, and a manager was kind enough to reply and forward my phone number to Shane. He called me right away, on a Saturday morning, no less. I was riding at the time, and he was camping so I agreed to call back Monday.

By the time I was done riding and working Monday, it was late afternoon. Shane and I ended up talking the next day. This gave me a bit of time to prep for the interview, but I didn’t find much. Shane was not an AERC member. That made the story that much more interesting! Talking with Shane Lesher about Ticket and Tevis

I loved interviewing Shane. His enthusiasm for the sport and his love for Ticket shone so brightly I wanted to go out and get me a mule, preferably one bred for racing, like Ticket!...

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Speaking of Ann and Hal Hall

There was a Haggin Cup winner on the trail, though he wasn’t competing. Or, at least, not officially (he thought maybe he should be).

The gorgeous 28-year-old, Bogus Thunder, bred and owned by Ann and Hal Hall, carried one of the sweep riders, Leslie Bisharat, out of Robinson Flat.

Bogus Thunder earned 5 Tevis buckles, carrying Ann to two finishes and Hall to three finishes, winning the Haggin Cup in 2002 when they finished second.

Bogus Thunder still has an incredible presence and as he kept looking right at me, I just fell in love with him.

Bogus Thunder was always Ann's Perfect Horse. She described him a decade ago: “He makes my heart smile. Having Bogus in the barn has been a wonderful experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to ride him, and for me he has been the perfect horse.”

Ann Hall

10 Tevis buckles for Ann Hall. 1000 miles on the Tevis trail!

She rode Suzanne Hayes' gorgeous 18-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Greenbriar Al Jabal (Atlas) to his 5th Tevis Cup finish. 500 miles on the Tevis trail!

That's her husband Hal Hall running alongside, handing off water - he's finished 30 Tevis Cups. 3000 miles om the Tevis trail!

He presented her with her 10th buckle the next morning.

Pete Davies and FF Fargo Earn Tevis Buckle

After numerous attempts, 81-year-old Peter Davies of Alpine, California, finishes his first Tevis on his 15-year-old Arabian gelding FF Fargo, a Monrch AH grandson.

Congrats Pete!!!

Sire and Son, and Sire and Son complete Tevis Cup together!

It was equine family day at this year’s Tevis Cup.

Lindsay Fisher rode 23-year-old Bucephalos (Dexter) beside his 19-year-old son Monk, ridden by Nancy Martin. It was Lindsay’s 8th Tevis completion, and Dexter’s first Tevis attempt and finish. It was Nancy’s first 100 miler, and Monk’s 6th Tevis completion (and he and Lindsay won the Haggin Cup in 2019). And it was maybe his slowest ride ever :)

Lindsay said the start was quite interesting for Monk, who had his nose buried in Dexter’s tail, as Monk is used to going quite a bit faster. Lindsay said, “Monk is not an easy ride and the poor gal [Nancy] kept a huge smile on her face all day even when Monk was trying to run away with her from foresthill to the finish!!! What a tough woman!!!”

The other family finishing together (within 5 minutes of the Monk gang) were Sirii Berg aboard the 16-year-old stallion HCC Elessar (Monster), beside his 7-year-old son HCC Tetherow Joe (Jojo), ridden by Sara Anderson. Both are owned by Kristen Grace, who happened to ride along and finish on Monster’s brother, 16-year-old HCC Symbol (Bingo).

Kathie Perry finishes her 24th Tevis Cup!

Kathie Perry finished this one on 14-year-old Arabian Cowbboy Bob. It's Bob's 4th Tevis buckle and 2nd with 77-year-old Kathie. She's one of our Endurance Legends!

Jeremy Reynolds Wins Fourth Tevis Cup

Team John Henry Goes For Buckle #6

Many of you are following the John Henry saga. This 21-year-old Tennessee Walker, beloved by so many, had 5 Tevis buckles, over 4000 AERC miles, a catastrophic pasture front-leg injury, a long healing process, an amazing comeback-to-endurance journey, and Saturday‘s attempt at a record (for a gaited horse) sixth Tevis buckle.

Jenni Gomez had the ride on Susan Garlinghouse’s gelding, and Team John Henry turned out in full support...

they crossed the finish line in Auburn...

but alas, due to Tevis Gremlins, they were overtime so he did not get a completion.

so close, and yet so heartbreakingly far!

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments Win 2021 Tevis Cup; Jeanette Mero and Ozark Kaolena SWA Win Haggin Cup

by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
July 26 2021

Jeremy Reynolds and Treasured Moments finished first in the August 24th Tevis Cup. Riding at the front of the pack of 133 riders, the two enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory at the end, finishing the 100 miles in 14 hours 48 minutes.

Second place was a nail-biter, as 3 riders popped up trail out of the dark 1 hour and 10 minutes later, with Christoph Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz nipping Vicki Holzer and SW Majestica, with Susan Kramer and A Ali Aseel another length back in fourth.

Suzanne Ford Huff and S D Expressa had been running up front with Jeremy leaving the Foresthill vet check, but they dropped back to finish fifth.

Finishing sixth and seventh were the mother-daughter duo of Jeanette and Reyna Mero. Jeanette rode Ozark Kaolena SWA (Lena) and Reyna rode Chndakas Eklipse SWA, with Lena receiving the Haggin Cup the next morning.

Jeremy is now a 4-time Tevis Cup winner (he also won the Haggin Cup 3 times previously).

Treasured Moments is an 11-year-old mare by DA Adios X Hidden Treasure, by RD Five Star, who received her 4th Tevis Buckle (her first buckle was a 3rd place and Haggin cup with Jeremy). Eight weeks previously she’d been in Italy where she and Jeremy won the 100-mile Italian Championship.

Jeanette Mero received her 4th Tevis buckle and Lena received her second. The mare has completed all but 2 of her 34 starts and she’s earned 7 Best Condition awards, including the 2019 National Championship 100 in California.

This year's heat wasn't particularly awful, though some riders did have to contend with the usual Tevis Gremlins out on trail (and before the ride). The riders and horses did have to contend with smoke from the start to several miles past the first hour vet check at Robinson Flat (36) miles but a top rider didn't consider that a factor.

63 riders finished out of 133 starters for a completion rate of 47%, which is more or less average for the Tevis Cup.

July 21 - Wondering what the Tevis Cup is *really* like?

“It is not for the faint of heart: 100 hard-won miles of rock, dust, elevation, uphill (19,000 cumulative feet of climbing), downhill (22,000 cumulative feet of descending), imposing mountains, plunging canyons, wild Rivers, wilderness, extreme heat, suffocating humidity, extraordinary effort, and luck - good or bad, all in various doses, riding your horse across the Sierra Nevada mountains, in the dark and the light and the dark, all done within a 24 hour time limit. In 2010, Time magazine listed the Tevis Cup as one of the top 10 endurance competitions in the world.“

oh, but there’s more, so much more! Ride along with Merri Melde and Big Sky Quinn in their attempt at the World’s Toughest 100 mile Endurance ride, in Tevis Cup Magic.

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winner of Best Book at the 2016 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards.

July 21 - 13 year old Junior Kyla Law will be attempting the Tevis Cup aboard her Hackney pony, Piece of Perfection (Flash). She’ll be riding with her mom, Natalie Law, aboard Mo Motion Jack.

Kyla has 915 AERC, EDRA, and WDRA miles, and she and Flash finished their first 100 in the December Scottsdale ReMarkable 100.

you can’t miss Flash - he’s pony-sized, but he’s got the personality of two horses put together and the determination of four, and Kyla has the biggest smile you’ll see all weekend!

July 21 - The legendary 21 year old John Henry will be going for his sixth Tevis Buckle, which would be a record for a gaiter horse. Jenny Gómez will be aboard (Brenna Sullivan was scheduled to ride but an injury change plans). Owned by Susan Garlinghouse (pictured with John Henry at Tevis in 2013) they have two buckles together, team John Henry will be out in full force!

July 18 - The legendary Kathie Perry (11,000+ AERC Miles) will be riding for her 25th Tevis buckle this year! She’ll be aboard Cowbboy Bob, who has three buckles of his own, one with Kathie in 2019

(The two are pictured at City of Rocks Pioneer in June)

July 17 - Ann Hall posted this:
Suzanne Hayes is riding for her 10th Tevis buckle, her mount Sanstormm is going for his first Tevis buckle. I am riding for buckle #10, my mount owned and trained by Suzie, Greenbriar Al Jabal, is going for his 5th buckle.
Suzie is #9
I am #72

(The 2 of them are pictured at last year's Big Horn 100, where Suzie and Sanz won, and Ann and Atlas came 3rd)