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"From the first time I heard of the Tevis I knew that it was something I had to do. It was a burning issue and I would not be content until I completed it. That was 1963 and in 1965 I made my first attempt. There is nothing like the feeling after the ride. It is something that replays in your mind for months, even years, after.
It is really not something you can explain, only experience."
Phil Gardner

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Robinson Flats Videos: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11, 12 , 13 , 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 , 19 ,

  • Karen Chaton - Tevis Wrap-up
    August 9 I have added three new videos to the video list. There are also a lot of other videos there if you haven't seen them yet.
    John Crandell finishing and finishing his final vet thru and talking a bit about it
    Kassandra DiMaggio doing her victory lap in McCann stadium
    Kassandra DiMaggio doing her final trot out
    These horses both looked great and it was really a great privilege to be able to see them close up. Did you guys notice that Kassandra rode in jeans?
    The new album has photos taken by Tinker Hart at Foresthill.
    You can find them all on the photos page for the Tevis Webcast at this link: http://www.foothill.net/tevis/webcast06/photo_index.html
    I have been receiving photos from others -- so will put together an album for that. If anybody would like to contribute please send me the photos along with a description and photo credit.
    Please check the links for the commercial photographers that are also linked on the photos pages. They worked very hard to get the photos that they did so be sure to support them for their efforts. It really is special to get a photo of your horse on a ride like the Tevis. One of my favorite ride photos is the one of Weaver and I going over Cougar Rock -- that was the photo I put on the front of the photo albums when we were testing them in case anybody was wondering who that was. :) Riding the ride is great, but volunteering is also a lot of fun and I'm glad that to have been able to help Jackie and the WSTF with the webcast. If it weren't for all of the volunteers this ride would never happen -- this year they had 750 volunteers. They had twenty rigs hauling horses out of the checks (which are remote) -- those volunteers doing that all at their own expense. This ride is the ultimate team effort.
    The funniest story I have from this year is from one of the vet checks where I was taking photos and the volunteer said one of the foreign riders who didn't (obviously) understand English very well tried to come into the P&R area with tack still on their horse and she told him that he needed to strip -- he took her seriously and started to take his own clothes off! I guess some riders will do anything to get thru Tevis, eh? ;^) The crew shirts that said (fronts) "What is long and hard and lasts all night" and (back) "Crewing Tevis 2006" were commented on a lot also.
    The volunteers who contributed photos all did a great job and spent a lot of long hours driving, working, and staying awake. We split up and went to different locations which helped a lot -- while others took photos I was able to process them and get them online fairly quickly. Technology has come a long way in just the last couple of years. For example, the camera I used to take the photos and video with is about as big as a credit card (a little thicker though). It can hold over 800 photos. I'm not sure how much video. Software can now batch resize the photos in seconds, which makes everything so much more efficient and quick to upload. It got a little crazy at times trying to keep up with all of the various card readers, CD's, cords, plugs and such. It took the longest time to add in the comments and info that we had obtained when we took photos on Friday at Robie Park. We had a lot of fun getting to talk to riders from all over the country. How I wished they all could have completed their dream of finishing the Tevis and I hope that they will all try again if they didn't make it this year. We really do learn a lot from our failures and it makes success all that much better when we do achieve it. This is a link to one of my favorite quotes: http://easycareinc.typepad.com/karen/2006/05/one_of_my_favor.html Stay inspired and don't give up!
    Thanks to EasyCare for their sponsorship and support of the webcast photos, and also to Jackie Floyd and the WST ride management for making this such an enjoyable experience, and for working so hard to make this a First Class Event! You guys rock. ;)

  • Jackie Floyd - Tevis Webcast
    August 7 Well, now that I am home and had a few hours of sleep and can think again, I just wanted to report in from my job at the Tevis Webcast .
    First, I want to thank Karen Chaton and her staff Sue Benson, Tinker Hart, Merri Melde and Steve Hallmark for taking photos and all that lovely video and getting it up so fast. They worked very hard to do a very big job, and I really appreciate all the time taken to make it happen. I think it adds a lot to the site. And Karen is STILL working on it!
    I'd also like to thank my laptop volunteers both out in the field and in net control. At Michigan Bluff we had the Baldwin family studiously entering in data. The Baldwins have helped for the past several years. At Foresthill, Dawn Simas, Liz Carey and Steve Anderson sent in information to Net Control and kept the leader board volunteers as up to date as possible. While Dawn was born into the Tevis, working the webcast is one of the things she hasn't volunteered for before. Back at Net Control, Pete Duisenberg and my husband Jim Floyd typed in the majority of the radio'ed in information from all the other vet checks. Carey Brock manned the stadium and kept the leaderboard volunteer Mary updated and also handled "Where's My Rider" questions for those waiting in the stands. Ralph Lucas headed up the 75 or so radio operators stationed all over this ride. Without them, there would be nothing to put on the webcast. Ralph has been working the Tevis radio command for YEARS. A big thank you to Lindy Young who stepped up to the plate and designed the database form that we used to enter the information into. without her, this would have never flown. She wasn't even supposed to be there on Saturday, but stayed into the wee hours of the morning, fixing things on the fly. Thanks, LINDY! An extra thank you to Pete for sitting with Lindy and explaining some of the things we didn't know before race day. He's worked data entry at Net Control for several years now and knew the ropes.
    If anyone is interested in how this whole ball of wax gets rolled ... here it is. We started with a website laboriously built over the past 10 years by past webmaster Richard. Unfortunately, we didn't have the database he used and so we started from scratch. Lindy and I worked many hours together to come up with something that would fill in the blanks of the web pages. We ran dozens of tests on dummy information. Of course, we figured we had crossed every "t" and dotted every "i", but at Pete said on The Day, there's no way you can test it for real until you are entering real live data. We found that to be entirely true!
    So we did have a little down time for fixing things that weren't going right. For instance, when we got past 9:59 in the morning, anything with two digits became two hours later. 10:00 was now 12:00. Since obviously, that would never fly, back to work we went. Then there were other things like a power failer at foothill.net, our internet host for the Tevis site. That took us down for awhile. Then there was the little fact that the Satellite wireless setup we had would go off and on once in awhile, leaving us there to just WAIT for it to come back on. It turned out to be our router and once we figured that out, we were good to go for the rest of the evening.
    Now on to the real "How It Works" ... For all stops except Michigan Bluff and Foresthill, information was radio'ed in to Net Control, written on a timer sheet, handed to either Pete or Jim, they typed it in and it was emailed to me. Michigan Bluff and Foresthill typed it into the same form and it was emailed to me. This is the same system Richard had used in the past and I know it seems weird to say they were emailing this stuff to me when I'm setting right next to them, but it has to do with the next step... Then I had to run it through a program Richard provided us with that converted the email into something the database could read. Then we would import it into the database through a series of keystrokes, export it back OUT into something my web page programs could read, run the merges, and then FTP all the web pages back up onto the server.
    Timers at the vet checks were instructed to send in a report every 20 horses or every 20 minutes, whichever came first. I was instructed to put it up on the web every 30 minutes. So, you add 20 minutes, 10 minutes for the email or radio people get it to us, and the time it took me to get it all into the database, and you have about 45 minutes to an hour behind the race. All in all, we kept up with that, and towards the second half of the race, we were managing to get changes up with only a 30-minute lag time.
    Considering it was the first time for me on the job, the first time Lindy had every worked with a race(system) like this, and a brand new database, I think we pulled it off quite well.
    Lots of you have send it comments and suggestions and I'm going to take them all into consideration for next year. One of the biggest seems to be that people can't find the finish list. I left all of Richard's pages alone as far as order, but for next year, will move the finish line up to the front page, I think. The other little bobble we had was we could never get the database to spit out a list of Top 20 by individual riders, vs. Top 20 most recent times posted, so those out in the front were listed several times because they were always the fastest times by a long shot, in and out of various checkpoints.
    Hopefully, we pulled it off well enough for all of you at home to keep track.
    Respectfully reported,
    Jackie Floyd
    Tevis Webmaster

    Merri - "Tevis - Just Another Trail Ride"
    August 4
    $It’s like one big trail ride… or is it? If you can forget there’s almost 200 horses and riders here, you can’t miss the atmosphere – there’s a little something extra here at the Robie Park ridecamp. A little more excitement, a little more activity, a little more nervousness maybe… at the ride meeting, everybody listened to the speakers, and everybody cheered when each speaker concluded with, “See you tomorrow in Auburn.”
    196 humans and horses will wake up about 4 AM in Robie Equestrian Park on the Western States Trail tomorrow – if they got any sleep at all – and, about an hour later, in the dark, in the dust, in the chaos and excitement, they’ll face west and start heading 100 miles down the Tevis trail.
    There’s the young (7 junior riders) and old riders, young and old horses (oldest horse is 26), first timers and 27-timers, the rich and not-so-rich, the scared and not scared, locals and foreigners (3 riders from Japan, 1 from Canada, 1 from Australia, 1 from England), fast riders out to win and slow riders out to just finish; they all have the same goal in mind: McCann Stadium in Auburn within the next 24 hours.
    A few statistics to keep in mind: there’s approximately 19,000’ of climbing and 22.000’ of descending to contend with. Just over 50% are likely to reach the finish line. Auspiciously, the temperatures have fallen from the killing digits they were just over a week ago, so the hot canyons will be a bit kinder to horses and riders.
    I had to ask the question to a few people: Are you nervous?
    $The answers:

      $“Yea, a little nervous.” (Tom Noll on Frank; it’s their first Tevis)
      $“Heck no. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.” (Nick Warhol on Forever Dawn GA – Nick’s completed twice; it’s Don’s first 100)
      $“I’m scared. There’s some hairy places out there on the trail.” (Quenby Dunlap on RC Lazeer – Quenby’s 3rd attempt; Buzz’s first Tevis)
      $“No! I never get nervous. I’ve been riding horses my whole life – it’s just another trail ride.” (Robert Ribley on Riptyde)
    A few people to watch:
    Bill Maiche on Holy Smoke. Bill was told, after his terrible car accident in 1982, where he spent 26 months in the hospital, that he’d never ride again. He’s here today for his first Tevis on Holy Smoke, the oldest horse in the ride, at 26. If Bill and Holy Smoke finish, Holy Smoke will tie the record as the oldest horse to complete Tevis.
    $Seiichi Hasumi, from Japan, riding Fames Baydal BL, has completed Tevis 3 times in a row and is going for number 4. He plans to one day own 10 Tevis buckles.
    $Quenby Dunlap is riding her crazy horse RC Lazeer (Buzz). She must have nerves of steel to ride this horse on this ride.
    $Barbara White on JAL Sebastiano is going for her 28th Tevis buckle.
    $Wild West, or “Willy,” fell off the Tevis trail 3 years ago – fell 500 feet down at Kaput Springs (the trail at the spring went kaput; the spot is also known as Willy’s Falls) and survived. You can still see his scars. Willy and Don Bowen are back to try again, along with Pam Bowen and Whyatt, 3 time finishers.
    $Tom Noll and the ever popular Frank (who was once maybe Wayne Newton’s horse), Idaho’s Tough Suckers, are Tevis first timers.

  • Merri Melde - The 52nd Tevis Cup begins!
    I skip the dark start, with their new method of starting the 200-odd horses. They are grouped together in 3 groups and walked in a hopefully somewhat orderly manner toward the starting line, so there isn’t a pile up there.
    $Robinson Flat, the first 1-hour vet check, is like a weekend at Disneyland. The narrow forest service road is lined with cars, ‘Main Street’ is full of people. There’s a frantic unloading of equipment, as most vehicles have raced here from Robie Park soon after the 5:15 AM start. Vet check gear piles up along the road with people and grows by the minute, as the first two riders come barreling into Robinson: Potato Richardson and Kenneth Keele. They take about 15 minutes to pulse down, however, and the rest of the top ten are not far behind: Joyce Sousa, Marcia Smith, Kassandra KiMaggio, Dennis Tracy, Heather Reynolds, Michel Block, Shellie Hatfield, Chuck Mather.
    $The crowd grows as does the festive atmosphere. People, horses everywhere, coming, going, hanging out in the sun or shade, eating, resting. It’s a pleasantly cool morning in the high Sierras under the sugar pines. The horses should have a bit easier ride with the cooler weather… unless the riders are tricked into riding harder.
      $Quenby, who would have been coming in up front, has already been pulled. Buzz went slightly lame behind.
      $Nick’s horse Don is doing so well “His CRI was 44-44” he’s almost giddy and in disbelief at the same time. Don does not look like he’s been 30 miles.
      $Tom Noll and Frank are cruising steadily along and having a good time.
      $Mr. Hasumi from Japan’s horse is doing well, and he’s got a smile on his face.
      $Barbara White and her horse are both doing well and having a good time. The White and Suhr crew are rooting her along and helping crew.
      $There’s no sign of Bill Maiche as I leave, when most horses have arrived at Robinson. I hope he’s still going well!
      $I’m off to Forest Hill, a long but easy ride along the ridges 20 or 30 miles, while the horses and riders head for the canyons…

    Merri Melde - "The End - Tevis"
    $What happened to Bill Maiche indeed! Next year maybe there should be the Good Ol’ Guy or Gal Award given out at Sunday’s awards. I suggested to Bill that he was the hero of the ride. He brushed that comment off with, “Well, I don’t know about that…” in his slow drawl. I asked for details but he brushed those off, too, so I got the gist of his adventures from his friend and crew Toni.
    Bill and Holy Smoke were trottin’ down the Tevis trail having a good time Saturday morning, just another horse and rider of about 200 others when, somewhere between Mile 1 and Robinson Flat, Bill and Smoke became sainted knights in shining armor. One lady rider was having big trouble getting an easy boot on her horse, what with all the other hundred or so horses going by, so Bill stopped to help her with that. Later on, Bill came upon an injured rider – the rumored injured junior who broke her thumb. Bill stopped to help her with that situation, which took a fair amount time. During this time, Bill ended up taking over sponsorship of this junior – of course she wanted to continue riding - and another one, a job he was pleased to do. With all the time those events consumed – and you don’t want to dawdle on the Tevis trail – that was why Bill rode into Robinson with 3 minutes to spare till the cutoff time. With that close timing, Bill and his two juniors didn’t make it by the cut-off time to Michigan Bluff, so they were pulled.
    I asked Bill if he had fun anyway. “Well, yea, I did. But if I had everything to do over again, I would have done the same thing. Those juniors – they’re important to the sport. They’re the ones going to be riding 10 years from now.”
    Bill was eager to have me meet Holy Smoke. “You want to see him?” He led me to the stall where Holy Smoke, a little plain dark bay arab with the lower half of his face smeared with a good breakfast, stuck his head over to the door to greet Bill. Bill’s hands are damaged by the accident he had back in 1982, and as he fumbled with the halter, Smoke stopped everything else he was doing, including chewing, to lower his head into the halter, and he held it there until Bill got it buckled.
    Bill foaled out Holy Smoke 26 years ago – you can see the great fondness they have for each other. Bill doesn’t really live anywhere – he and his horse are pretty much vagabonds, living on the trails together. Did I mention that he and Smoke, back in the older days, were champions – at reining, cutting, western pleasure, and Smoke is sure enjoying himself now at endurance. Maybe one day they’ll top this sport too…
    Eighty-seven riders finished Tevis, out of 196 starters – only a 44 percent finish rate.
    Nick and Don finished right about 4 AM, and Nick just could not express how much he worships his horse. “You know how when you go fishing, you usually throw back the fish? Well this one’s a keeper.”
    Don Bowen’s horse, “Flying Willy” – the one who fell off the Tevis trail 4 years ago, completed his first Tevis with riding horse buddy Whyatt – Whyatt’s 4th completion.
    Steve Workman finished with about 10 minutes to spare, though he wasn’t worried about making the finish. “We had it timed right. There were a few hard spots – like that last bit coming up out of that canyon from the river, it was dark. We didn’t have any moonlight down there. It was tough, but we had a good ride.”
    Barbara White was pulled at Michigan Bluff. What a bummer, but I bet she is already getting butterflies thinking about next year’s attempt at Tevis buckle #28.
    Seiichi Hasumi now has only 6 more buckles to go – he completed his fourth Tevis in as many tries. He still had that big smile on his face at the awards.
    Tom and Frank (who was maybe Wayne Newton’s horse) – first time Tevis starters and finishers! I don’t know about Tom for sure, but his horse Frank has a growing fan club. When I took pictures of Frank trotting out at the Foresthill vet check, one woman crowded the ropes, leaning over, following Frank’s movements, like a swooning fan following a movie star – only this movie star has 4 legs. “Can you get me a picture of that horse?” “Oh, you know Frank? Isn’t he an awesome horse?” I said. Her eyes grew big and she nodded, “Yeah – I’m crewing for him. My friend and I told Tom we’d crew for him if he came here, because we really like his horse.”
    Well, Frank did his usual great job, and Tom was very happy to go along for the ride on him. Tom confirmed it was a tough ride. “I think I’m giving him the rest of the season off. He deserves it.” I think that will disappoint many of his fans, but we hope to see Frank on the trail again soon.
    I’d guess at least half of the human Tevis finishers each year get a little tear in their eye, or a catch in their throat, when they realize what they and their horses have accomplished. It is a pretty big deal to partner up with a horse that is willing to keep on going, over lots of rocks, up mountains and down canyons and back up canyons, and get you from Robie Park to Auburn, 100 miles away. Of the other half who pretend it’s no big deal, I guarantee you they’ll get a little more animated when they’re talking about this year when this happened on this horse, and that year when that happened on that horse. Get the old Tevis hands going, and I bet you can squeeze out a tear or two.
    One special Tevis finisher today, Karlon Oliver, had a strong motive to finish, and I believe left a tear in the eyes of many in the audience. Karlon rode this year’s Tevis to raise money and awareness for Muscular Distrophy, a disease that her son has. “We should all be grateful that we are able to come here and ride these horses, because some people can’t…”
    One more thing needs mentioning, and that’s the fine job that everyone does putting on the Tevis ride. A staggering 750 volunteers help with the ride – that’s bigger than the town I live in in the summers.
    The date is already set for next year’s Tevis Cup: July 28. “See you in Auburn!”

    Chaton - Aug 03
    "There are currently 200 riders and horses on the entry list. Let us know if you have any riders you are watching and we'll do our best to get photos of them. We've got 8 different photographers and will hopefully be able to cover several areas of the event, everything from the pre ride BBQ that was in Auburn last night, to trail photos that are being taken today and tomorrow, the riders checking in at Robie tomorrow, then riding all day and night Saturday thru the Haggin Cup judging and awards on Sunday. Webcast link is here. BBQ Photos are here. Good luck to all of the riders, their horses and the ride volunteers and ride management!" Karen

    The average age of the horses entered is 11.38 years.
    Riders are from:Horses:
    AR 1Geldings139
    AZ 9Mares51
    CA 140not declared4
    ID 2Stallions6
    CO 4Horse breeds
    GA 3 not declared 4
    MD 2 1/2 Arab 6
    ME 2 Anglo 1
    MI 2 Arab 152
    NV 9 Arab cross 12
    NY 1 Arab Shagya/Arab 2
    NE 1 Arab/Canadian 1
    OH 1 BLM Mustang 2
    OR 3 Grade 2
    RI 2 Kentucky Mtn. Horse 1
    SC 1 Missouri Fox Trotter 2
    SD 3 Morab 2
    TX 2 Mule 5
    UT 3 Mustang 2
    VA 1 National Show Horse 1
    WA 2 Paint 1
    Canada 2 Spanish Mustang 1
    England 1 Spotted Saddle Horse 1
    Japan 3 Tiger Horse 1