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  • Equine Land Conservation Resource to sponsor webinar: Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
  • UAE: Laila shines in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival
  • Australia: South Coast horse riders prepare for epic Mongolian trip
  • 2021 January's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast
  • US Equestrian Announces Endurance Award Winners for 2021
  • Argentinian Endurance Trainer Suspended
  • Bahrain: Best Horse Condition Award for Victorious
  • Endurance Horse Podcast: Pony Express National Museum
  • Meet My Endurance Horse: HB Aur Squirt
  • Saudi Endurance Rider Suspended
  • ‘This is NOT endurance’: calls for world to unite in condemnation after at least two horses die
  • Belesemo Arabians Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society
  • Endurance Horse Podcast: God's Country Endurance Ride
  • 2022 Gallop on the Greenway photos by Maria Phillips

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    Equine Land Conservation Resource to sponsor webinar: Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

    In partnership with American Trails

    January 9 2022

    Trail ambassador programs can be a boon to any trail or trail system. They build local engagement, help identify and solve deferred maintenance issues, and turn casual users into lifelong advocates.

    We've gathered together leaders of some of the best ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to share best practices and offer sage advice for starting programs for your trail.

    We have made this a two-part webinar series to showcase great examples and resources that will focus on providing ample time for answering your most burning questions.

    The webinar will be a panel presentation with six presenters sharing their ambassador program experiences reflecting different trail user groups

    One of the panelists, Steve McClintock, will be sharing his experience from the equestrian perspective.

    Steve is one of the two National Directors for Arizona on the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) national Board of Directors.

    He was President of the East Valley BCH Chapter in Apache Junction (East Mesa), Arizona from 2015-2021.

    He is also Chairman of the BCHA Legacy Fund — an endowment like fund.

    Steve has enjoyed many hours in the saddle with his Tennessee Walking Horse named Ranger which he describes as "a darn good trail horse."

    All webinar presenters:
    • Natalie Ferraro, Engagement Manager, Trailkeepers of Oregon
    • Adam Harden, Deputy Administrator, Ambassador Program, NOHVIS
    • Randy Harden, Program Administrator, Ambassador Program, NOHVIS
    • Steve McClintock, National Director for Arizona, Back Country Horsemen of America
    • Ursula Sandstrom, Trail Ranger and Outreach Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
    • Taylor Goodrich, Communication and Media Specialist, American Trails

    Please join us for the Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern to learn best practices from some of the outstanding trail ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to offer sage advice for starting ambassador programs for your trail.

    Click HERE to register and for more information

    UAE: Laila shines in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival

    GulfToday.ae - Full Article

    January 14 2022

    The rider Laila Abdel Aziz Al Reda reaped the fruits of her efforts to hand Al Wathba Stables the title of the third edition of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Festival for Women, which began on Friday morning for a distance of 100 km, on the sands of the fields of the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, with the participation of (145) riders. She was aboard Ayo Raghad.

    The festival is being held with the support and directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and includes three races, the first ride is for women, the second for private stables, and its activities will be held on Saturday, and the third main event will be held on Sunday.

    The champion covered the total distance in a time of 3:19:34 hours, with an average speed of 29.57 km/h, Sheikha Mariam Bint Omar Al Qasimi finished second, riding "Cheetac de Cormier", for the Stables (MRM)...

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    Australia: South Coast horse riders prepare for epic Mongolian trip

    AboutRegional.com.au - Full Article

    14 January 2022

    Two keen NSW South Coast equestrian riders will soon follow in the hoofprints of the world’s greatest warlord, helping today’s Mongolian kids move on from lives scavenging garbage tips.

    Bodalla’s Duncan McLaughlin and Moruya’s Cele Stone are among 16 riders selected for the 3600km Blue Wolf Totem Expedition across Mongolia commencing in May 2022. Raising funds for the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, the three-month adventure will see the pair onboard native Mongolian horses, riding roughly 50km each day.

    The horses are descended from those belonging to Genghis Khan’s armies as he carved out the world’s largest empire: an area covering more than 23 million square kilometres, including nearly all of Asia, the Middle East and a swathe of eastern Europe.

    Mr McLaughlin said the expedition is “much more than simply riding from A to B”...

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    2021 January's Horses in the Morning Endurance Podcast

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    Endurance: Horse Market, Winter Riding and Listener Questions for Jan 11, 2022

    Aubree Becker of Kentucky Horse Exchange gives some tips on shopping for Endurance horses and Karen answers some listener Endurance questions. Plus, Karen gives some tips on keeping motivated during the winter and some Endurance news. Listen in...


    US Equestrian Announces Endurance Award Winners for 2021

    ©Becky Pearman Photography


    by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 11, 2022, 10:00 AM EST

    Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian congratulates the top endurance athletes from the 2021 competition season. Cheryl Van Deusen (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) will receive the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the top U.S. senior endurance rider. Charly Dugan (Muncy, Pa.) will receive the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy as the top U.S. junior or young rider in the sport.

    During the 2021 season, Van Deusen rode Nazeefs Flashy Rose, her own 2007 Arabian mare, to third-place finishes at Greenway Gallivant CEI2* 120 in December 2020 and Broxton Bridge CEI2* in January. With her 2012 Arabian gelding, JG General, she won the CEI1* 100 at Horseshoe Bend Boogie in October and was Reserve Champion at the 2021 USEF Endurance National Championship CEI2* 120 in November.

    Van Deusen and her 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games partner, Hoover the Mover, placed second at the Greenway Galivant CEI3* 160 in December 2020 and won the CEI3* 140 at Broxton Bridge in January and Celebration 2021 in February. In May, she traveled to Italy with the 2004 Arabian gelding where they completed the test event for the 2022 Longines FEI Endurance World Championships in Verona.

    This marks Van Deusen’s fifth consecutive season at the top of the U.S. senior endurance rankings.

    Charly Dugan had a busy and successful 2021 season with multiple horses on the road to becoming the top youth endurance rider in the country. With Sally Jellison’s 2014 Half-Arabian mare, Gold N Charm, she won the CEIYJ1* 100 at Celebration 2021 in February. She rode Melody Blittersdorf’s 2010 Arabian gelding, Perseveranze, to a second-place finish at Fun in the Sun CEIYJ2* 120 in March and a win at the Broxton Bridge CEIYJ2* 120 in April.

    Dugan had an exceptional year with her own Southern Justice, a 2012 Arabian gelding. Together, the pair finished second in the CEIYJ2* 120 at Broxton Bridge rides in January and April and went on to win the USEF CEIYJ2* National Championship in November. In September, the pair traveled to Ermelo, the Netherlands, where they competed as part of the U.S. Endurance Team that finished in fifth place at the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors.

    The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award is generously sponsored by Gold Medal Farm and Larry and Valerie Kanavy in memory of Maggy Price. Price was the 1992 FEI Endurance World Championship silver medalist and was instrumental in developing international endurance in the U.S. The Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy is awarded in memory of Kathy Brunjes, a successful endurance athlete and active supporter of the junior/young rider program.

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    Argentinian Endurance Trainer Suspended


    10 January 2022
    Author: FEI

    The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

    In this case, a horse trained by Ruben Dario Flores (FEI ID 10168197/ARG), tested positive for the Banned Substance Stanozolol following samples taken at the CEIYJ2*120 Capitan Sarmiento (ARG), 15-16 July 2021.

    The trainer admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse from the event and imposed an 18-month ineligibility period on the trainer; the provisional suspension he already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. He was also fined CHF 5,000 and the cost of the B sample.

    The full Decision is available here.

    Bahrain: Best Horse Condition Award for Victorious

    GDOnline.com - Full Article

    Mon, 10 Jan 2022

    Victorious have won the Best Horse Condition Award in the National Day Endurance Championship, organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) and accredited by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

    In the 120km race, jockey Isa Hameed Al Enzi, trainer Ahmed Janahi and the horse Savin from Victorious Team won the first place, while jockey Ahmed Saleh Al Nuaimi, trainer Abdulla Helal and the horse Ghala from Al Asayel Stables won the first place in the 100km race.

    The Best Horse Condition Award is sponsored by Al Fursan Team Captain Shaikha Noora bint Hamad Al Khalifa...

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    Endurance Horse Podcast: Pony Express National Museum

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    28 December 2021
    Created by: Christina Hyke

    Welcome to Episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast.

    April 24th of 2021 was the day I turned 50 and I wanted it to be a memorable occasion. So Jim and I loaded up a rented van with two of our sons and our German Shepard and headed out our Wisconsin driveway bound for St. Joseph Missouri as our destination. We were on a mission to visit two museums, one way station and also to present the National Pony Express Museum with the 16 x 20 large wooden plaque engraved with the names of 500 riders in our Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge.

    The Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge has been popular with our listeners and the riders of the WARHORSE Endurance Challenges as we help to promote and preserve the Pony Express National Museum. We believe that the Pony Express Museum is a unique part of equine history and one that is deserving of preservation.

    We hope you enjoy a stroll down this very unique part of equine history where horses and riders were the main characters in the story.

    Without further ado, I bring to you episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast, The Pony Express National Museum.


    Meet My Endurance Horse: HB Aur Squirt

    January 8 2022
    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    HB Aur Squirt, aka “Squirt”
    18-year-old Arabian gelding
    Gulastras Splash X HB Samerica by Aur Samari
    owned by Darcy Bean

    1565 Endurance miles
    215 LD miles
    2021 Decade Team

    “Squirt is a challenge to ride endurance,” Darcy says. “He is 18 years old and shows no sign of ever slowing down.

    “He loves to go fast but then he won’t take care of himself; he has very little self-preservation. So consequently, he can be difficult to manage and prone to ulcers. But he’s never colicked and he has never been lame.

    “He was born at our place in Alfalfa, Oregon, by the famous endurance stallion, Gulastras Splash and a lovely CMK filly, who is closely related to BRR Aurber Lights, the Tevis first place winner in 1999 ridden by Rebecca Fiedler.

    “I’ve had to pull Squirt more than a few times when he has trashed me from holding him back, but if the ride is going well, he is a dream to ride! He is an excellent trail horse, loves doing obstacles and very fun to take horse camping.

    “Squirt has just 1500 miles; I’ve never ridden him very many miles in a year. Mostly just 50’s that are close by, as he stresses out when he is in the trailer more than a few hours.

    “He has given me the best and worst rides of my life and I am the only one who has ever ridden him endurance as I worry too much about him. I am happy we made it to Decade Team and hope for many more years of riding him!”

    Saudi Endurance Rider Suspended


    FEI Tribunal issues Final Decision in equine anti-doping case

    07 January 2022
    Author: FEI

    The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in an equine anti-doping case.

    The horse Sarem (FEI ID 105MZ22/KSA), ridden by Mohammed Almalky (FEI ID 10134839)/KSA), was selected for an in-competition doping control test at the CEI2* 120 - Al Ula (KSA) on 1 February 2020.

    The Athlete was notified of the sample collection of his horse, however disappeared on the way to the testing box. By failing to submit the horse to sample collection, the athlete violated the anti-doping rules.

    In its Final Decision, the FEI Tribunal imposed a two-year ineligibility period on the athlete. The Provisional Suspension of the athlete, which came into effect on 19 February 2020, is credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in the decision, meaning the athlete will be ineligible until 18 February 2022. He was also fined CHF 7,500 and asked to pay costs of CHF 2,000. The results obtained at the event have been disqualified.

    The full Decision is available here:

    ‘This is NOT endurance’: calls for world to unite in condemnation after at least two horses die

    Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

    Eleanor Jones
    5 January, 2022 16:02

    Britain’s governing body for endurance is calling for investigation into and the “strongest possible condemnation” of those behind any wrongdoing related to the deaths of at least two horses in a UAE ride.

    Endurance GB (EGB) wants national federations across the world to “unite behind the FEI in calling for an investigation” into the fatalities in a private class run during HH The President of the UAE Cup at Boudheib International Endurance Village in Al Khatim, Abu Dhabi.

    Mekadesh Park, ridden by Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alli Saeed Al Baloushi for Alyamamah Endurance Stables, is listed as having suffered a catastrophic injury at gate four. Rum Rebellion, ridden by Awadh Alsuwaidi for Sudan Endurance stables, is shown in the ride results as having died at gate one. Baldikova de Becherel, a 10-year-old mare from France ridden by Yasser Abduikareem Al Ameri for Al Hareth Al Badi stables, is shown as eliminated on metabolic grounds at gate two, but “there are unconfirmed reports of this horse having also suffered a catastrophic injury”, an EGB spokesman said...

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    Belesemo Arabians Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society

    January 5 2021
    by Endurance.net

    In early 1997, the Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society officers and directors approved the presentation of an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who best exemplify the ideals as stated in the ECAHS Philosophy through a lifetime of work for and with the Arabian horse.

    2021 recipients of this Lifetime Achievement Award are Dirk and Kimberly Johnson of Belesemo Arabians in Caldwell, Idaho, for 40 years of breeding Crabbet Arabians.

    "It is with great humbleness and appreciation that Belesemo Arabians received the Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society’s (ECAHS) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021," Kim Johnson said. "We are honored beyond belief that our breeding program was selected to receive the Award in recognition of almost 40 years of breeding Crabbet Arabians.

    "Plans were to fly to the East Coast this summer for the presentation of the award in person at the Crabbet Celebration. However, with the current Covid situation this past year, the committee sent the award to us and we celebrated locally with long time friends/clients Cindy and Tom Lempp from Colorado and Bob and Sue Jerome from Middleton, Idaho.

    "Thank you to the selection committee from ECAHS for this great honor. This is most definitely a shared award, as we thank all the wonderful people down through the years that have believed in our horses, and taken them to their national and regional show and endurance titles. Our breeding program would not be what it is today had it not been for you, the talented individuals who chose our horses as your companions, and we owe you a huge debt of gratitude. THANK YOU! You are the true recipients of this honor!"

    L to R - Bob and Sue Jerome - Ohadii Arabians, Middleton, Idaho; Dirk and Kim Johnson; Cindy and Tom Lempp, - Sojourn Arabians, Pueblo, Colorado.

    Top photo: Third generation 2021 filly, Belesema Omega (Belesemo Ibn Trad age 25 x Belesema Finalia age 25). The last two direct offspring of Belesemo Trad.

    Endurance Horse Podcast: God's Country Endurance Ride

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    Created by: Christina Hyke
    December 27th 2021

    Welcome to Episode 52 of Endurance Horse Podcast. In today’s episode we will hear audio that was sent to us from four riders at the 2021 God’s Country Endurance Ride at Cole Creek in Richland, Missouri. This trail is in the Missouri Ozarks and is a lovely combination of riding through pines, hardwood forests though also has some gravel roads, fields and access to a river to cool your horse. It has been awhile since we have had an all listener audio episode of Endurance Horse Podcast, sit back and gather around the virtual campfire while we listen in to some adventures from God’s Country 2021.


    2022 Gallop on the Greenway photos by Maria Phillips

    2022 Gallop on the Greenway Endurance ride photos in Flrida by Maria Phillips: