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  • Meet My Endurance Horse: RGS Just Believe
  • Meet My Endurance Horses: Poete and Poetrie
  • US Equestrian Announces New U.S. Endurance FEI Calendar Policies & Procedures
  • A Growing Movement Aims to Simplify Trail Etiquette Through Old-Fashioned Courtesy
  • Equestrian Adventuresses Horse Podcast Ep 127: Living & Riding in Mongolia
  • New Mexico: Swell of hikers and bikers during pandemic leads to surge of support for trails
  • CAS upholds athlete appeal against 20-year horse abuse sanction
  • Meet My Endurance Horse: Treasured Moments
  • Monroe Co., Pennsylvania Woman Represents Team USA in Endurance World Championship
  • 2021 Broxton Bridge Let's Have Fun Ride - Becky Pearman

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    Meet My Endurance Horse: RGS Just Believe

    RGS Just Believe is 1 of 5 USA team Endurance horses headed to San Rossore, Italy, for the May 22 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship

    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    RGS Just Believe, aka “Rose”
    13-year-old Arabian mare
    By Justify X Beaukay Bey, by NV Beau Bey
    Owned by Jessica DiCamillo Torres

    RGS Just Believe became part of Jessica Torres’ herd when she decided to help out a friend in Southern New Mexico that needed to re-home her.
 “When I saw her for the first time I knew she’d be great in the sport of Endurance with those long legs and great attitude to impress,” Jessica says. “She’s always willing to give all she can and  present herself with the WOW factor.”

    The mare was broke when Jessica got her near the end of 2015, and came with a dressage background, so Jessica took to retraining her and focusing on Endurance. 

    One thing the DiCamillos do with all their Endurance horses is work cattle with them on their ranch. Rose wasn’t impressed with the cows at first, but she soon got over that. “She was like, ‘Oh, ok. You want me to race over here and get that thing? All right!”

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    Meet My Endurance Horses: Poete and Poetrie

    Poete and Poetrie are 2 of 5 USA team Endurance horses owned by Holly Corcoran and headed to San Rossore, Italy, for the May 22 Longines FEI Endurance World Championship. Poete will be ridden by Holly; Poetrie will be ridden by Hanna Weightman.

    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    14-year-old Arabian gelding
    By Bandjo de Falgas X Poetikka, by Statistic
    Bred by Asgard Arabians

    24 of 28 AERC starts, 1855 miles in 9 seasons
    8 of 9 AERC 100s

    10-year-old Arabian mare
    By Syndicat X Poetikka, by Statistic
    Bred by Asgard Arabians

    22 of 25 AERC starts, 1200 miles in 4 seasons
    4 of 5 AERC 100s

    Both owned by Holly Corcoran

    Holly tells the story of how she got Poete and Poetrie.

    “Both Poete and Poetrie were bred by the Sayvetz family at Asgard Arabians in West Virginia. They are purebred Arabians and are both out of the Statistic daughter Poetikka.

    “I took on Poete at 4 years old as a training prospect in cooperation with Asgard but as I started work with him, I just fell in love with him as a horse, not to mention his amazing, awesome athletic ability. So instead of working with Asgard to sell him, I acquired him.

    “I always knew he had great potential and he is just so fun (and sometimes difficult) to ride and he has proven me right.

    “Knowing how much I loved Poete and admired his abilities, when his ¾ sister was available, I purchased Poetrie as a 4-year-old. Initially she was really tough and quite reactive, but given time and training, she has turned out to be an awesome horse.
“Poete and Poetrie are both athletic and capable. They can both be quite strong willed, and I find it best not to argue with them but to re-direct.

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    US Equestrian Announces New U.S. Endurance FEI Calendar Policies & Procedures


    by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 7, 2021, 9:00 AM EST

    Lexington, Ky. - On September 29, 2020, the USEF Board of Directors approved the FEI Calendar Policies and Procedures for FEI Endurance competitions within the United States. These policies and procedures will go into effect starting with the 2022 competition calendar.

    The aim of these policies and procedures is to produce the most effective U.S. endurance calendar. It is important to note at the outset, that these policies and procedures do not replace the USEF licensing and/or mileage rules.

    The policies and procedures document outlines the process by which organizers will need to submit their applications and go through an open review period prior to consideration by the USEF Committees and then potential submission to the FEI.

    Applications for events wishing to be submitted to the FEI by October 1 for the following calendar year must be submitted to USEF no later than June 1. Any application received after the June 1 deadline has no guarantee of being submitted to the FEI for the applicable October 1 deadline.

    The June 1 deadline allows for the addition of an open review period to the standard approval process. The procedure timeline is as follows:

    June 1: Deadline for submission of applications.

    June 15 – July 1: Open Review: Proposed calendars are circulated to all OCs that submitted an application. OCs may request modifications, cancellations, or comment on potential areas of concern during the Open Review.

    Beginning of August: USEF Endurance Sport Committee reviews calendar. If potential areas of concern are noted by the committee, USEF staff will work with OCs to resolve areas of concern and re-submit the calendar to the USEF Endurance Sport Committee prior to sending the calendar to the USEF International Disciplines Council (IDC) or an IDC Ad Hoc Calendar Group.

    September: IDC reviews calendars and makes recommendations to the USEF Board of Directors or an Ad Hoc Calendar Group approved by the USEF Board of Directors. The USEF Board of Directors approves calendars prior to the October 1 submission deadline to the FEI.

    To renew an existing competition, log into the licensee account here. Select “Competition Dashboard” then “Endurance Application to Host a 2022 USEF/FEI Competition” and select the competition(s) to renew (eligible competitions will populate on the next page).

    Online applications are only for renewals. First-time FEI events must be submitted on the paper application found here.

    The full Policies and Procedures can be found here.

    For questions, please contact Steven Morrissey, Project Director of High Performance Programs, at smorrissey@usef.org.

    A Growing Movement Aims to Simplify Trail Etiquette Through Old-Fashioned Courtesy

    photo: Jeff Barber

    SingleTracks.com - Full Article

    By Jeff Barber
    May 5, 2021

    I recently noticed a new addition to the staid, standard trail markers dotting my local trail system. Below the usual icons for bikers and hikers, difficulty ratings, and directional arrows, there was a square showing a waving emoji-style hand with the words “Be Nice, Say Hi!” in a friendly, bubbly font. While the message itself seems pretty straightforward, I wanted to learn more about the campaign. Could trail etiquette really be boiled down to just four words?

    Erik Hillard has been involved in trail advocacy in California for many years now. Growing up, Hillard and friends rode their bikes on trails that weren’t exactly bike-legal, and he learned early on that he could generally get away with riding the trails as long as he was extra nice to the hikers he encountered. Later, while handling social media for the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association (MWBA), Hillard says he noticed a drawback to the language associated with trail usage, particularly the triangle-shaped “share the trail” graphic most bikers are now familiar with.

    “I don’t feel like I could come up with a better graphic to communicate that bikes need to slow down or yield to hikers and horses etc, than that triangle. Graphically, it is a successful way of communicating that. But it’s not fun. It’s not something that like, people really want to talk about...”

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    Equestrian Adventuresses Horse Podcast Ep 127: Living & Riding in Mongolia

    EquestrianAdventuresses.com - Listen

    by utetonia
    April 28, 2021

    On today’s episode Ute talks with Julie Veloo, Equestrian Adventuress from Canada who made Mongolia her home more than ten years ago. Together with her husband, Julie runs the Veloo Foundation, operating two kindergartens for underprivileged children in Ulan Bator. Julie learned to ride at the age of fifty only after she came to Mongolia in what she calls an 35 00 Acres-Open-Arena on Mongolia horses. Today she has ridden more than 37 000 km all across Mongolia. She organises the annual Gobi Gallop endurance ride as a charity event for her foundation and she is planning the longest charity horse trek in history criss-crossing Mongolia in 2022.

    Having lived in Mongolia for so many years, Julie shares her insights into Mongolian society and culture with us and talks about its people and horses which will make you want to pack your bags and book the next flight to Mongolia!


    CAS upholds athlete appeal against 20-year horse abuse sanction


    4 May 2021

    The FEI Tribunal’s 20-year suspension of UAE Endurance athlete Sh Abdul Aziz Bin Faisal Al Qasimi has been overruled on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In its decision, the CAS has eliminated all sanctions, ruling that in its view the burden of proof of horse abuse had not been sufficiently met by the FEI.

    The initial FEI Tribunal ruling involved the horse Castlebar Contraband, ridden by Sh Abdul Aziz Bin Faisal Al Qasimi at the CE1* in Fontainebleau (FRA) on 15 October 2016. The horse suffered an open fracture to its front right cannon bone during the event and had to be euthanised.

    Blood samples collected from the horse post mortem revealed the presence of the Controlled Medication Substance Xylazine, which is used as a sedative, analgesic and muscle relaxant but is prohibited in competition. The substance, which is rapidly excreted from the body, is known to be used in Endurance to lower the heart rate. No valid Veterinary Form, the equine equivalent of a Therapeutic Use Exemption, exists for this Substance.

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    New Mexico: Swell of hikers and bikers during pandemic leads to surge of support for trails

    SantaFeNewMexican.com - Full Article

    By Matt Dahlseid mdahlseid@sfnewmexican.com
    May 2, 2021 Updated May 3, 2021

    David Estes found something he needed at Galisteo Basin Preserve after a move to Santa Fe in the winter, when the coronavirus pandemic was near its peak and the stresses of life were mounting.

    Three or four times a week in the months since the move, Estes has taken his bike to the open space trail system near Lamy to ride the ridges, soak in the stunning high desert views and feel temporarily unburdened.

    “The thing I’d like to say about these trails is that they’ve saved my life,” said Estes, 44, a New Mexico native and carpenter. “This trail network has been really important to me at a really, really critical time in my life.”

    Hikers and bikers have flocked to the trails at unprecedented levels during the pandemic, many seeking similar solace. With little to do for fun while businesses and entertainment venues were closed under public health orders, the restrictions recalibrated the relationship people have with the outdoors.

    An enhanced appreciation for local trails has sparked a surge in interest for stewardship as people have come to realize how essential they are for their physical and mental well-being...

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    Meet My Endurance Horse: Treasured Moments

    by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

    Treasured Moments
    11-year-old Arabian mare
    DA Adios X Hidden Treasure, by RD Five Star
    bred by CreRun Farm

    owned by Heather & Jeremy Reynolds ridden by Jeremy Reynolds 

    1550 AERC miles 3 Tevis Cup starts/finishes 2017 Haggin Cup winner Treasured Moments could have been a top racehorse but for the year she was born. “She was really fast on the track but was in the stable that had the top three mares that year and she was number 3,” says Heather Reynolds.

    Jeremy had shod her on the track as a late 2-year-old and fell in love with her. Since the mare was #3, the Reynolds were able to buy her as a 3-year-old. Racing’s loss, Endurance’s gain.

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    Monroe Co., Pennsylvania Woman Represents Team USA in Endurance World Championship

    BRCTV13.com - Article & Video

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021
    By Emily Kress

    A Monroe County woman is representing Team USA in the 2021 Endurance World Championship. The 100 mile equestrian race will take place in Italy later this month after being postponed last September due to Covid-19.

    Holly Corcoran of Stroudsburg is just one of five team members participating for Team USA in the International Federation for Equestrian Sports Competition. The team and their horses will fly out this weekend to Pisa, Italy. Corcoran will be riding her horse Poete for the 100 mile trek. She has another horse named Poetrie, that qualified for the race. Poetrie will be ridden by another Team USA member, Hanna Weightman.

    "It's incredibly humbling, I'm just overjoyed. I feel privileged and it's a special feeling when you're asked to represent your country," said Corcoran...

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    2021 Broxton Bridge Let's Have Fun Ride photos - Becky Pearman

    2021 Broxton Bridge Let's Have Fun Ride photos in South Carolina by Becky Pearman: