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  • Meet My Endurance Horse: Al-Marah Triple Speed
  • Daylight in Vermont:The Covid Edition.
  • After helping prep Western States Trail, Auburn man will compete in Tevis Cup
  • Great Britain: ‘The hardest day of my life’: 1,000-mile two-horse trek
  • Suzanne Hayes is Repeat Winner of the 2021 Big Horn 100 Endurance Ride
  • 2021 Big Horn 100 - Lauren Coziah
  • Wyoming: Fun and Fellowship Among Horsefolks
  • Upstart group working with partners to blaze new trails in Moffat County, Colorado
  • 2021 July's Horses in the Morning Podcast
  • Wild horse and burro populations decrease in past year
  • Webinar Recording: Current and Future Trends in Equestrian Trails
  • 2022 AERC National Championship announced
  • 2021 National Championships at Fort Howes

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    Meet My Endurance Horse: Al-Marah Triple Speed

    By Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    Al-Marah Triple Speed, aka “Ace”
    8-year-old Arabian gelding
    Owned by Suzanne Hayes

    By Al Marah Swift X Al-Marah Tripoli, by AM Ben Dream

    500 AERC miles
    50 LD miles
    1st place 2021 Big Horn 100

    Suzanne Hayes, of Arlee, Montana, used to ride Al-Marah horses in endurance. When Bazy Tankersley (who founded Al- Marah Arabians in 1941 focusing on Crabbet lines) died, Jerry Hamilton, Bazy’s long-time employee who continued to manage her Arizona ranch after her death, contacted Suzie. 

    “They had 37 two-, three-, and four-year-olds in a pasture,” Suzie said, “and he wanted me to come down and pick one out. So I took Lynn [Lee, Suzie’s neighbor and long-time riding friend] with me, and the first one I picked out was Ace. Jerry said, ‘You can’t have him. I’m going to give him to my wife.’

    Instead, Suzie picked out another one for herself and one for Lynn. The next day, Jerry’s wife asked Suzie which horse was her favorite. “I said, ‘It’s the one that Jerry was going to give to you,’ and she said ‘Oh, you can have him, there’s a lot of other horses for me!’” So Suzie ended up bringing 3 Al-Marah horses home, including Ace, who was 3 at the time...

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    Daylight in Vermont:The Covid Edition.

    July 18 2021

    The traditional Vermont 100 weekend hosted a 25 and 50 mile ride AERC endurance ride. WE had TWO amazing runners join us to celebrate how special and unique this event is. WE ARE THE last combined run and ride!. Thank you Krista and Guy. I spoke to them at the finish line and they were smiling and not even winded!! They ran to show the spirit of the Vermont 100 and to support VASS and to just be who they amazingly are!! You ROCK Krista and Guy. The REAL Vermont 100 will be back in 2022. Stay tuned!

    Pamela J. Karner, V.M.D.


    After helping prep Western States Trail, Auburn man will compete in Tevis Cup

    GoldCountryMedia.com - Full Article

    After helping prep the Western States Trail, Auburn's Greg Kimler will compete in the Tevis Cup

    Bill Poindexter
    July 18 2021

    Greg Kimler pulls up a photo of a fallen tree on his cell phone. It’s in Volcano Canyon on the Western States Trail – a week before the Tevis Cup.

    So if 163 teams (to this point) of horses and riders are to challenge “the world’s best-known and most difficult equestrian endurance ride,” according to the website teviscup.org, “I gotta hike in there and get it,” he says.

    Kimler and his team at Echo Valley Ranch in Auburn will be doing much more than removing trees from the trail during a summer heavy in drought and beetles. Having been involved in the Tevis Cup for 38 years, the business will supply 80 100-gallon troughs for water on the course, certified weed-free hay, trucks. Echo Valley will make deliveries to the Gold Country Fairgrounds and provide information to the teams...

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    Great Britain: ‘The hardest day of my life’: 1,000-mile two-horse trek

    Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

    Sarah Radford
    18 July, 2021 16:21

    A solo rider is hoping to become the first person to trek the length of Britain with two horses.

    Elsa Kent, 22, has embarked on the 1,000-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an attempt to introduce environmental education into the school curriculum, as well as raise money for other environmental projects.

    The health and human sciences graduate is now nearly 300 miles into her mission, accompanied by 17-year-old quarter horse Rosie, who she has owned since a foal, and seven-year-old part-bred Welsh mare Summer, who she bought just two weeks before the trip.

    She was inspired to undertake the journey by family friend James Greenwood, who spent 10 years riding across the world...

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    Suzanne Hayes is Repeat Winner of the 2021 Big Horn 100 Endurance Ride

    July 18 2021
    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    On July 10 (actually, the wee hours of July 11), the familiar face of Suzanne Hayes landed in this year’s Big Horn 100 winner’s circle again. But instead of riding one of her older, experienced campaigners (both Sanstormm, last year’s winner, and Greenbriar Al Jabal, 2012 winner, are headed to Tevis this year), she rode one of her young horses to the win.

    Considered one of the toughest 100-mile endurance rides in the country, Suzie thinks the Big Horn, in the mountains above Shell, Wyoming, is just perfect for a horse’s first 100. She rode her 8-year-old Arabian gelding, Al-Marah Triple Speed ("Ace") in his first 100-mile ride. The win was just cake icing.

    “It’s perfect because you have to go slow,” Suzie explains. “To me it’s a very metabolically kind course for a horse. Because of the footing - there’s a lot of rocks - you just can’t go very fast. And there’s tons and tons of grass for the horses to eat, so to me it’s a really good course for a first time. You can go to the flat 100-mile courses and you can you gallop the whole way, but to me those are way harder on a horse….”

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    2021 Big Horn 100 - Lauren Coziah

    by Lauren Coziah

    We did it! We finally FINALLY did it! I think it’s actually starting to sink in the enormity of what Cora Lane and I accomplished in completing the infamous Big Horn 100 Endurance Ride. To be quite honest, I didn’t think we’d even make it through the vetting in the night before, let alone finish the ride. Ever since City of Rocks the beginning of June, Cora and I have been plagued with gremlins. I’ll leave all those fun little details out so as not to bore the non-horsey folks out there, but I can see my horse friends in the back ground nodding slowly in solidarity. All y’all know all the things that can and do go wrong and boy did they.

    Anyway, we vetted-in the evening prior with all A’s on our card and a few scribbles noting Cora’s apparent new bug allergy (😳😭🤷🏼‍♀️) and then sat in on a rather entertaining ride meeting where the particulars of the trail and expectations from the vets were shared. If any of my riding buddies ever get the opportunity to go to a ride where Dr. Irena’s vetting, do it. The woman is hilarious. Serious and a no-nonsense vet, but hi-larious. Afterwards, we finished packing everything on the crewing list into the truck and headed to bed around 9:30. Praise the good Lord for unusually cool weather in Shell that let us get a couple hours of decent sleep.

    3:00 AM—Get up, dressed, Pooper Pony fed and saddled and to the start.

    4:00 AM—Trail opens and I hear Karen B calling my name in the dark. She and I start out together across the desert in hopes that our horses will start quietly and reasonably.

    4:01 AM—Pooper Pony Cora Lane gives a little chubby mama rodeo which is quickly ended with a swat to her backside.
    (I’m thankful these episodes are really uncommon)…

    Read more at: http://stories.endurance.net/2021/07/2021-big-horn-100-lauren-coziah.html

    Wyoming: Fun and Fellowship Among Horsefolk

    TetonValleyNews.net - Full Article

    By Michael Mulligan for Get Out Magazine
    Jul 14, 2021

    Horsewomen and horsemen of the Valley, including die-hard mule devotees, can now claim membership in a chapter of the national organization of the Back Country Horsemen. Founded in 1973, this group thrives in 32 states and is dedicated to perpetuating the commonsense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness. BCH works to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use and assists the agencies responsible for the management of public lands in meeting their goals. Members volunteer to clear and repair trails and to undertake projects such as building pathways and bridges to protect wetlands. Devoted to “leave no trace” principles, BCH and the Teton Valley chapter are committed to keeping our backcountry and wilderness lands wild. This past summer, in conjunction with the Forest Service, members of TVBCH restored parts of three different wilderness trails and linked arms and loppers with HAPI Trails to clear their riding trail. Experts also partnered with HAPI Trails to offer a day of instruction to members and the public on how to pack and camp with stock.

    Teton Valley is a historical stronghold of Western horsemanship. In recent years, though, our Valley has experienced exceptional growth: an explosion of home construction and home rentals; the building of several golf courses; burgeoning interest in bicycling both on the roads and in the backcountry; the advent of electric bikes, as well as the long popular use of motorized two- and four-wheelers...

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    Upstart group working with partners to blaze new trails in Moffat County, Colorado

    CraigDailyPress.com - Full Article

    July 15 2021
    Cuyler Meade

    From some perspectives, Northwest Colorado’s vast wealth of outdoor recreation space was given all the grooming and artistry it needed by an ancient hand.

    But, as the region seeks to shift a portion of its economic focus toward attracting visitors to the region — often on the sturdy back of that god-given exterior space — there are those who know that a little bit of love is due these areas to maximize their utility for humans.

    That’s essentially the mission of the Northwest Colorado Trails Corp., a relatively new group seeking to help update and maintain the trails in the region that are populated by motorized recreators as well as mountain bikers and trail horse riders and others.

    “There’s a lot of trails that don’t get maintained,” said Samantha Jager, who’s working on securing grants for the group. “Local people, when they want to go ride, they bring equipment with them because the trails don’t get logs cut or cleared often, if at all. The idea was to get grants to do trail maintenance...”

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    2021 July's Horses in the Morning Podcast

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    Endurance: Tevis Cup: History, 1st Timer’s POV, and TWH John Henry for July 13, 2021 by Horseware

    Jul 13, 2021

    Tevis Cup Committee Erin McChesney joins us to explain the history and purpose of the Cup Committee and what it does in regards to the awarding of the Haggin Cup. First time Tevis rider Andy Botello shares what it’s like leading up to his first his first Tevis with his Alnglo Arab Aur Quick Chick. Susan Garlinghouse, DVM updates us on her TWH John Henry who is about to attempt his 6th completion. Listen in...


    Wild horse and burro populations decrease in past year

    Wildlife.org - Full Article

    Posted on July 14, 2021
    by Laura Bies

    The number of wild horses and burros on public lands has decreased for the first time in almost a decade, according to a new report from the Bureau of Land Management.

    The reduction appears to indicate that the recent uptick in the removal of animals from public lands is having the desired effect.

    The report estimates that 86,189 wild horses and burros currently range across 27 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the western United States. Those numbers are down 9% from last year’s count. However, the current population of the ecologically feral animals is still far above the agency’s established appropriate management level of 26,785 animals — the maximum numbers that those public lands can sustain without damage to vegetation, soils and other resources...

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    Webinar Recording: Current and Future Trends in Equestrian Trails


    July 12, 2021, by ELCR

    Date recorded: June 24, 2021

    On June 24th American Trails hosted its 124th webinar in its Advancing Trails Series sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority. This webinar focused on trending equestrian trails topics with information shared by recreational trail planners, land managers, and trail users. Topics are presented by ELCR, MIG, INC, Sustainable Stables, USDA Forest Service, and Hancock Resources LLC. Check out the recorded webinar to learn more about conserving equestrian trails resources, community engagement and inclusion in trail planning, equestrian trails sustainability and new technologies, and land managers’ challenges and opportunities….

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    2022 AERC National Championship announced

    The Old Dominion Ride in Virginia will host the 2022 AERC National Championships, with the 55-mile competition on Thursday, June 9, and the 100 on Saturday, June 11. More details to come at https://aerc.org/

    2021 National Championships at Fort Howes

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    June 22 2021
    by Valerie Jaques

    It's enough to make a person question their life choices.

    After pulling at 20 Mule Team with a stone bruise, and having addressed such with pads, and seeing no further sign of lameness in Demon since, I was fully confident we'd do well at National Championships and bring home a completion. It was not to be.

    Two weeks before National Championships, I reshod Demon. The bruise in his hoof looked good, was well keratinized, and he was trotting sound even after a 10 mile ride. He got new shoes and pads before turned back out until we left for Montana.

    The whole trip started out rocky. My elderly dog, Mac, suddenly took an extreme turn for the worse and clearly required euthanasia. The vet couldn't get out to perform the job until noon Thursday. I had planned to leave Thursday morning. Well, OK, guess I'm leaving in the afternoon. Shouldn't be a huge problem...

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