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  • 2022 Ride Between the Rivers photos by Becky Pearman
  • Who has the right of way on trails? What happens when bikes, hikers and horses meet
  • Wyoming rider wins worldwide horse race
  • Nevada: Horse owners protest design of fences at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  • The All-Important Equine Prepurchase Exam
  • Utah: BLM plans to gather wild horses west of Cedar City, and you’re invited
  • California: Park district working to retain access to horse trails
  • Prince Edward Island: Extended equestrian access on Confederation Trail includes West Prince routes
  • New York: One Of The State’s Most Popular Horse Trails Is Here In CNY
  • Meet Moss Rock Endurance: Amanda Johnson
  • Track improvements for Tevis Cup endurance ride after two horse deaths
  • Advocates for wild horses dispute BLM’s reasoning for roundup in northwestern Colorado
  • July Mongol Derby Day 10: That’s all, folks…until next week
  • WSTF Action Plan
  • July Mongol Derby Day 9: Coming in hot
  • July Mongol Derby Day 8: Here come the girls
  • July Mongol Derby Day 7: Battle of the sexes


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    2022 Ride Between the Rivers photos - Becky Pearman race

    2022 Ride Between the Rivers Endurance ride photos in West Virginia by Becky Pearman:
    https://beckypearman.smugmug.com/Other/Endurance-2022/Ride-Between-the-Rivers


    Who has the right of way on trails? What happens when bikes, hikers and horses meet race

    Corey Ohlenkamp/Star Press

    MSN.com - Full Article

    Kelley V. Phillips - Jul 6

    There’s nothing like a quiet trail. Just you and your thoughts traveling down a sun-dappled path as the wind ripples the leaves in a soft applause.

    For many people who enjoy the outdoors, that solitude is a treasure. At some point though, you’ll end up sharing the trail with fellow enthusiasts also taking a deliciously satisfying hiatus.

    Whomever you end up meeting — hikers, cyclists, or even horses — there are general guidelines so everyone has the peaceful experience they are looking for.

    Trails, especially those in more natural areas, tend to be narrow. Trail etiquette takes into consideration momentum, maneuverability and inertia. How fast are you going? Can you turn? Are you able to stop?...

    Read more here:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/who-has-the-right-of-way-on-trails-what-happens-when-bikes-hikers-and-horses-meet/ar-AAZg5yA


    Wyoming rider wins worldwide horse race



    Trib.com - Full Article with audio

    Abigail Landwehr
    Aug 7, 2022

    By the end of day one of the Mongol Derby, Jackson competitor Deidre Griffith finished last behind 46 riders. Eight days later, she, alongside her partner, were the first to cross the line.

    The Mongol Derby is an annual horse race that has, since 2000, aimed to recreate Genghis Khan’s horse messenger system of 1224. It tests endurance of competitors who ride through the Mongolian Steppe. The path stretches over 1,000 km, or around 621 miles, and often lasts over the course of eight to 10 days, making it the longest horse race in the world.

    July 23 marked the race’s return after a two year break courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “It was the most incredible feeling of accomplishment,” Griffith said when asked about reaching the end. “Two and a half years I’ve spent preparing for this and it all paid off. I would have been happy to finish at all, but to win was beyond belief...”

    Read more and listen here:
    https://trib.com/news/local/casper/wyoming-rider-wins-worldwide-horse-race/article_f7f0e4b6-14f0-11ed-8406-3f94ba2b879e.html#tracking-source=home-top-story


    Nevada: Horse owners protest design of fences at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

    8NewsNow.com - Full Article

    by: Greg Haas
    Posted: Aug 5, 2022

    National monument angers longtime residents over trail access

    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — They say that good fences make good neighbors, but apparently the kind of fence is just as important to horse owners who live along the border of the new Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

    An informational meeting Thursday night about how to make suggestions for the budding park bogged down in a debate about the National Park Service’s fence design. The meeting played out at the Clark County Shooting Complex at the north end of Decatur Boulevard, with a handful of vocal residents sitting alongside volunteers from a group called Protectors of Tule Springs...

    Read more here:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/horse-owners-protest-design-of-fences-at-tule-springs-fossil-beds-national-monument/


    The All-Important Equine Prepurchase Exam

    Thehorse.com - Full Article

    What to expect when a veterinarian performs a prepurchase exam on a prospective equine partner.

    Posted by Chris White, DVM | Jul 13, 2022

    Prepurchase exam steps, ethics, and best practices

    You’re in the market for a new horse and find one across state lines that checks all the boxes; he’s the right age, within your budget, and you love what you see in the seller’s videos. Why spend time and money performing a prepurchase exam (PPE) on this unicorn? In this hot market, you want to snatch him up right now!

    “I think of prepurchase exams as an information-gathering mission for the prospective buyer prior to making the decision of purchasing a horse,” says Rachel Roemer, DVM, owner of Great Bay Equine, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “I perform them to look for any indication of existing issues that may limit performance in the future for whatever desired job...”

    Read more here:
    https://thehorse.com/1113827/the-all-important-equine-prepurchase-exam/


    Utah: BLM plans to gather wild horses west of Cedar City, and you’re invited

    Spenser Heaps/Deseret News photo

    KSLNewsRadio.com - Full Article

    Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022
    BY DEVIN OLDROYD
    Digital Content Producer

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office plans to begin gathering operations to remove excess wild horses from an area west of Cedar City.

    Operations will begin on August 7, 2022. The Bureau aims to gather wild horses from within and outside of the Blawn WashHerd Management Area and Bible Spring Complex Area.

    According to a news release, this area can support 80 to 170 animals. The current population of wild horses in the area sits at 831...

    Read more here:
    https://kslnewsradio.com/1972550/blm-plans-to-gather-wild-horses-west-of-cedar-city-and-youre-invited/


    California: Park district working to retain access to horse trails

    TheCamarilloAcorn.com - Full Article

    July 30, 2022
    By Makena Huey
    makena@theacorn.com

    The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District is planning negotiations with nearby homeowners to protect access to the Las Posas equestrian trails.

    District staff said they hope to move forward in a way that benefits the district, the homeowners and the broader community.

    “If all goes well, we will have them sign and extend the 30-year agreement,” Administrative Analyst Dylan Gunning said during the July 14 long-range planning committee meeting.

    The trails surround Las Posas Equestrian Park, 2084 Via Veneto, which the district has owned since 1972...

    Read more here:
    https://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/articles/park-district-working-to-retain-access-to-horse-trails/


    Prince Edward Island: Extended equestrian access on Confederation Trail includes West Prince routes

    PEICanada.com - Full Article

    Jillian Trainor jillian@peicanada.com
    Jul 28, 2022

    Usually, when Connie Gaudette takes her horse Maggie for a ride, it’s through dirt roads, fields where she had permission from farmers, through wooded land, or the beach.

    “Prince Edward Island has the largest equestrian community of any province in Canada, between the harvest races, the saddle horses, the show horses, and the draft horses,” she said. “And we have limited areas where we can ride roads are not safe, too many accidents happen on roads.”

    A pilot project from the provincial government is hoping to change that by granting equestrians access to certain rural sections of the Confederation Trail in an effort to see how the integration of horses on the trail will impact it...

    Read more here:
    https://www.peicanada.com/west_prince_graphic/extended-equestrian-access-on-confederation-trail-includes-west-prince-routes/article_0658b4e2-0ce6-11ed-a00e-c39db26b7b53.html


    New York: One Of The State’s Most Popular Horse Trails Is Here In CNY

    WIBX950.com - Full Article

    If you're looking to go horseback riding this year, you don't have to look too far to find one of the best spots in New York State.

    There's no better trail to bring your horse on than the Brookfield Trail system in Madison County. With over 100-miles of multi-use trails, you and your horse could spend hours exploring the beauty of rural Central New York. The trails are actually maintained every year primarily for horseback and carriage riding...

    Read More: One Of The State's Most Popular Horse Trails Is Here In CNY | https://wibx950.com/one-of-the-states-most-popular-horse-trails-is-here-in-cny/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral


    Meet Moss Rock Endurance: Amanda Johnson

    “This just fell into my lap at the right time.”


    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
    August 4 2022


    It was a most unlikely career pivot.

    “I had been doing accounting for 16 years,” Amanda Johnson, of Moss Rock Endurance, said. “But I was always too loud to be an accountant. I was always too in-your-face. I love numbers. I’m such a nerd, but none of us are exciting.”

    And then her husband asked if she wanted to move from Black Forest, Colorado, to Penrose. “All of a sudden I had an opportunity to start a business.”

    Lisa Douglass, Amanda’s neighbor in Black Forest, had owned Moss Rock Endurance, creating custom tack products for distance and trail riders. “I had bought tack from her for the last 6 years, which is how long I’ve been riding. She’s all I knew. She’s the best tack I’ve ever known, and she retired last year.

    “Suddenly I had an opportunity to buy myself a job. And because I haven’t been in horses my whole life like some of these other riders, I knew that if I wanted to get into this, I couldn’t go be a vet. I couldn’t go be a farrier. I couldn’t do anything specialized that requires that knowledge.

    “But saddles and tack - something that I believe whole-heartedly in is saddle fit. It’s one of the most important things as a rider to me. And this Beta Biothane (TM) tack, I think, is just bang for your buck. I just love it. It’s all I know because of Lisa. And before she retired, she taught me everything she knew.

    “I had never sewn a thing my life. My mom finished laughing when I said ‘I’m going to sew tack!’ And she was like, ‘Yea, good luck.’ And I’m unstoppable now.”

    That “in-your-face” quality Amanda describes is really pure enthusiasm and passion for her products and for people and their horses.

    “I. Love. It. Horse people are great, because we’re all crazy about the same thing. And you always want to try to make it better. We changed a couple things. We added a lot of things to the lineup. Before, there were no horse head collars. There were no little knickknacks - padded nosebands and things. We added sponge leashes. And I like bling. It makes me extremely happy, so I try to add bling to a lot of things. I try to see what everyone needs and try to fill in those blanks.”

    Amanda would not be Moss Rock Endurance without her mom, Sue, who helps with the sewing and creating, and accompanies her daughter and her business to Endurance rides. “Thank God for my mother! I couldn’t do this without my mom! She helps me in every way possible. My mom is my rock. She helps me with everything.

    “When I cry over sponge leashes, she picks up the hardware and she makes them for me. She’ll cut pieces for me so that I can sew. She will set me up an assembly line so that I can crank it out and we can get orders in. She’s fantastic.”

    Saddle fit is also something Amanda loves, though originally, she had no plans to actually carry and sell saddles.

    “After I bought the business from Lisa, Marlene calls me.” Marlene was the original creator of Moss Rock in 2003. “Marlene says, ‘I am so excited you’re going to be doing saddles!’ I said, ‘I’m not doing saddles! I don’t like treeless saddles!’ And Marlene said, ‘Great! I’m sending one! It’ll be to you in 3 days!’ I said, ‘Marlene, no,’ and she hangs up!”

    Amanda received the Ghost treeless saddle she didn’t ask for, and she was sold. “I love the Ghost and Cavallin treeless saddles. They changed my world. I now have 34 on order. They’re handmade in Italy in a small shop.

    “I stand behind them 100%. There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all in any world, but man, has it solved some really tough-to-fit saddle problems for me.”

    Moss Rock is primarily a business dedicated to designing and making custom Beta Biothane (TM) tack for all sizes and shapes, and it now includes the Ghost treeless saddles. Amanda’s long term plan is to expand the business to not only meet the growing needs of Endurance, Competitive Trail and those who simply enjoy riding trail, but to also encompass those in the sports of Dressage, Hunter Jumper, Grand Prix and Eventing.

    Watching Amanda interact with customers-turned-friends with her genuine, unstoppable enthusiasm, despite the hard work it’s obvious she has found her true calling in life.

    “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I thought I knew what busy was. I was really good at staying busy. This is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m exhausted all the time.

    “But I love it! I love horse people. This just fell into my lap at the right time.”

    Endurance.net is happy to have Moss Rock Endurance as a long-time advertiser!


    Track improvements for Tevis Cup endurance ride after two horse deaths

    Photo by George Lamson

    Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

    August 3, 2022
    Horsetalk.co.nz

    An investigation is under way by organisers of the Tevis Cup endurance ride over three serious incidents at the California event, in which two horses died from injuries sustained while falling from the trail.

    California’s 100-mile Western States Trail Ride (WSTR), popularly called the Tevis Cup, is organised by the Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF).

    Three horses fell off the trail during the 2022 event in mid-July; one died of his injuries while two others required rescue. One died in veterinary care a few days after the ride.

    “We are deeply saddened … and very concerned that we had three separate accidents this year. (We) will dedicate time, resources, and money to figuring out what happened in these incidents,” the WSTF Board of Governors said...

    Read more here:
    https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2022/08/03/track-improvements-tevis-cup-endurance-ride/


    Advocates for wild horses dispute BLM’s reasoning for roundup in northwestern Colorado

    AspenPublicRadio.org - Read and listen

    Aspen Public Radio | By Halle Zander
    Published July 21, 2022 at 8:53 PM MDT

    On July 15, the Bureau of Land Management started rounding up wild horses on land between Rangely and Meeker in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, or PEDHMA.

    The ongoing roundup, or what the BLM calls a "gather," was originally set for September, but BLM officials announced in June they were moving the event up two months.

    The BLM cited the poor condition of the wild horses, and the high numbers of horses roaming in the 190,000-acre PEDHMA.

    To improve these conditions, the federal agency is seeking to remove 1,050 wild horses from the area.

    But wild horse advocates say the horses are not in poor condition, and that cattle are causing more problems on the range than the horses...

    Read more and listen here:
    https://www.aspenpublicradio.org/environment/2022-07-21/wild-horse-advocates-dispute-the-blms-reasoning-for-northwestern-colorado-round-up


    July Mongol Derby Day 10: That’s all, folks…until next week

    Equestrianists.com - Full Story

    Holly Conyers
    1st August 2022

    We can’t quite believe it’s over. 10 days of top drawer thrills and spills later, all of our riders still out braving the steppe have ridden across the finish line, on another stupefyingly sunny day. A massive congratulations to all who participated for a superhuman achievement. We are busy totting up the final placings taking account of all those penalties and extra riding hours you’ve been reading about all week, but for now here is a rundown of the day’s action.

    Closest to finish camp as the sun came up this morning were Lena Haug (LHA) and Kayleigh Davenport (KDA), camped just 10km shy of home. Holding their overnight position against those starting behind them at HS28, they were the first to storm across the finish line this morning, to raucous applause from the gathered crowds gathered. So raucous, in fact, that one of their two baffled mounts executed a swift about turn about 50 feet short of the line. Blip swiftly sorted, the two rode over the line together, hand in hand and enormous smiles plastered over their faces...

    Read more here:
    https://equestrianists.com/updates/july-mongol-derby-day-10-thats-all-folks-until-next-week/


    WSTF Action Plan

    July 29, 2022 Teviscup.org

    July 29, 2022

    The Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors (WSTF BOG) joins the entire endurance community in grieving the accidents that occurred at this year’s Tevis Cup ride.

    Three horses fell off the trail: one died of his injuries while two others required rescue. Ultimately one of those also died in veterinary care a few days after the ride.

    We are committed to reducing the likelihood of future accidents and improving potential outcomes. To that end, we have identified two key areas on which to focus our time and resources.

    • The WSTF BOG will work to improve emergency response with faster and more effective strategies. The horse-rescue teams WSTF contracts with will be on-site, stationed along the course and focused in areas identified as higher risk. We will also stage rescue equipment and provide veterinarian support to all rescue efforts. Our standard helicopter and ambulance infrastructure will continue to be on call.

    • We will survey the trail and identify areas that are most in need of repair. Working with our partner, the Western States Endurance Run, and in cooperation with two primary agencies – Auburn State Recreational Area and the US Forest Service, we will review every foot from Last Chance to Francisco’s with the goal to improve the trail bed – widen it, stabilize the base, and remove obstacles as much as possible – specifically for horse safety. The higher risk areas will be prioritized and we’ll attempt to complete them as soon as possible.

    As we continue to gather information on this year’s incidents, we realize that additional changes and recommendations/actions may be added to the above items. The Tevis Cup is an iconic ride like no other and – while there is an inherent risk to this trail, as there is to many others – we are committed to minimizing these incidents while at the same time being ready to respond as quickly, appropriately, and effectively as possible. Our goal is the best possible outcome should they occur.

    We will keep our community updated as these changes are implemented, and as further actions are identified.


    July Mongol Derby Day 9: Coming in hot

    Equestrianists.com - Full Story

    Holly Conyers
    31st July 2022

    The podium positions may have been decided yesterday, but Day 9 of the July 2022 Mongol Derby brought plenty more action and emotional scenes as the rest of the field continued to bomb across the steppe towards their goal. On another summer sizzler, 11 more incredible riders made it across the finish line, with the rest of the field inbound tomorrow.

    Riding hours were extended until 20:00, in order to try and allow as many knackered, creaking bodies to get themselves across the finish line and into a hot shower sooner rather than later. We would like to say this is solely for their benefit, but we also have the crew coming into close contact with riders to think about, now that riders are generally smelt before they are spied coming into horse stations...

    Read more here:
    https://equestrianists.com/updates/july-mongol-derby-day-9-coming-in-hot/


    July Mongol Derby Day 8: Here come the girls

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    Holly Conyers 30th July 2022

    Day 8 of the July 2022 Mongol Derby will go down as one of the most thrilling in Derby history. In scenes of unbelievable drama that went right down to the wire, Deirdre Griffith (DGR) and Willemien Jooste (WJO) held their nerve and rode a tactical blinder to snatch victory from right under the noses of Chris Walker (CWA) and Patrick Heffron (PHE), who had been clinging onto the lead since Day 4. Timing their move to perfection, the ladies, who had been snapping at the erstwhile leaders’ hocks for days, overtook them at HS27, the second last horse station before the finish line. A few hours of almost unbearable tension later, and they crossed the line holding hands to take joint first place. A stunning performance by two outstanding horsewomen and athletes. We salute you, ladies. Read on for the blow-by-blow account of how the day’s drama unfolded...

    Read more at:
    https://equestrianists.com/updates/july-mongol-derby-day-8-here-come-the-girls/


    American and South African win world’s toughest horse race

    Equestrianists.com - Full Story

    Holly Conyers
    29th July 2022

    Day 7 draws to an end on the July 2022 Mongol Derby, and the tension has ratcheted up a notch at the head of the race. Overnight leaders Chris Walker (CWA) and Patrick Heffron (PHE) have ridden their pants off today to cling onto their advantage by a nose, camped at HS25. Still tantalisingly close behind them but just out of reach remain Deirdre Griffith (DGR), Willemien Jooste (WJO) and Tiffany Atteberry (ATA), riding hard and fast to reach a campsite between HS23 and HS25. Can the gents cling on until the finish line, just three horse stations away, or do the girls still have enough time to run them down?

    Read more at:
    https://equestrianists.com/updates/july-mongol-derby-day-7-battle-of-the-sexes/


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