Camp Osborn Boy Scout Pow Wow is an Amazing Success
(Sean Bennett - Sylvester, GA) I have attended a good number of endurance rides in the Southeastern portion of the US, but I have never had as much fun and learned as much as I have at this year's Pow Wow. Because of a long series of unfortunate events, Gwin and I were unable to compete this year, so we decided it was time to learn what goes on in the vetting area of the ride. We contacted Kim Williams, the ride manager and all-around amazing person, and asked to volunteer as a Vetting Scribe. Her answer was simple, "Absolutely!" It has been our theory for some time that many endurance riders know nothing to very little about the vetting process, and this would be an awesome time to learn all about conditioning, vetting specifics, and the Best in Condition process. . . and boy were we right! The vetting team gathered together for the Pow Wow under the direction of Deidre "DD" Huff took us through the entire process and even let us film portions that we are going to release as instructional materials on the site. All three vets on hand were amazing in their own right. Dr. Brad Johnson was an amazing wealth of knowledge in the vetting in process and overall health of the horses. Dr. Amber Burton, a former endurance rider who had an amazing junior career, was truly instructional in her explanation of the Best in Condition judging. Dr. Huff was on hand to provided much needed treatment for any of the pulls who seem to be in critical condition. Beyond being truly blessed to have the ear of three amazing vets for the weekend, we were also barely able to stand because of all of the humorous comments that were passed around. All three made the weekend so enjoyable for all of the participants and the vetting staff.
15 New Articles Added to the "Articles" Tab
Ever wanted to know everything that the best riders know about Endurance Riding, but were afraid to ask? Well, you're in luck because there are now more than 150 articles linked in the articles section of the site. Not only are there amazing articles for the novice rider, but extensive veterinarian research about performance, illness, and diet. Newly added this month are several research studies about injury and special considerations for high performance equine sports. Unlike other sites, 100% of all of the articles are about endurance riding and horse health.
2014 AERC Season Has Begun
It's that time again. Time to gear up for another season of endurance riding with the AERC, and Endurance Horseback Riding has all of your links to get started with the new year.
The more I am around horse people, the more I believe that they are truly a different breed (pun intended). A good friend of ours recently broke her arm after being thrown from a horse that she probably shouldn't have been on, and in the ER all the doctor could talk about was his six horses. Endurance riders are an even more diverse group of people - my friends first question for the doctor, "Will I be able to ride in December?" I explained that we would have to replace our "Ride til You Puke" sticker with on that said, "Ride til Your Bones Break!". My friend's husband is almost worse.
At an endurance ride in Florida, I witnessed a horse step into a portion of panel fencing, get spooked, and race through a group of riders with thirty feet of fencing trailing behind like a giant dragon's tail. The horse punctured a rib and was beaten half to death in the experience. I ended up helping hold the horse while my friend's husband cut the horse loose with a pair of bolt cutters. That horse now sits in his barn because all he could do is think about riding an animal with that much spirit. The horse, appropriately known as the "panel horse", finished two fifty-milers last season and continues to thrive.
The odd thing is that horse people a fanatics no matter what the event is and those involved with horse racing are some of the most passionate about what they do. I have a few friends that venture into the horse racing field and own amazingly expensive bloodlines that travel a break-neck speeds around the racetrack every month or two. I follow all of the horse racing that I need online where you can find all of the latest latest horse racing odds from Paddy Power. Whatever the event is, it is fair to say that horse people are not stable individuals.
Endurance Horseback Riding.com
Endurance Horseback Riding is dedicated to informing riders, novice or veteran, on the amazingly thrilling sport of endurance riding. The sport that we know and love is a technical field that involves the best of horse training, competitive trail riding, and extreme athleticism. The ultimate goal of Endurance Horseback Riding. com is to be a resource for anyone interested in endurance riding and all of the work and play that is involved in it. Check our pages often because when we are not on the trail, we are trying to get you on a trail. Here are several great pages to check out while you are here:
Articles about Endurance Riding - More than 100 articles about endurance riding are linked and listed by the article title. New articles are added weekly. If you have any suggestions for article or want to write your own, please contact us to make arrangements
Endurance News - Daily and weekly updated news articles about the sport and results from endurance rides all around the world. This page also gets updated frequently and has the option to subscribe to the updates via RSS feeds
Georgia Trails Review - There are many great trails out there to ride, but the Georgia Trail review highlights trails that are accessible, enjoyable, and allow for distance rides of fifteen miles or more. If you know of a good trail, please let us know on our contact page.
American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC)
The American Endurance Ride Conference was founded in 1972 as a national governing body for long distance riding. Over the years it has developed a set of rules and guidelines designed to provide a standardized format and strict veterinary controls. At the same time it has sought to avoid the rigidity and complexity so characteristic of many other equine disciplines. The AERC provides a significant amount of the information needed to compete in the United States and Canada. Below there are several important links to information:
AERC Ride Calendar - A complete and updated list of all of the sanctioned endurance rides broken down by regions with all of the information needed to ride.
The Rider Handbook - An excellent source for information about preparing for rides, selecting and conditioning of horses, and tips for successful performances.
AERC Rules and Regulations - This is an absolute must-read containing information on the general rules of sanctioned events and the point system attached to them.
Control Judges Handbook - Beyond reading the rules and regulations, this guide will teach you what the ride judges are looking for and the rules they must adhere to also.
Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)
“The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport worldwide by promoting, regulating and administering humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional equestrian disciplines” - FEI Mission Statement. The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Para-Equestrian Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. There is an amazing amount of information on the FEI site, but below you will find some of the best sections.
FEI Rules and Regulations -This document outlines all of the specific rules that are used to sanction and govern a FEI Event.
Vet Gate Protocol - An exhaustive list of the rules governing the vet gate at endurance events and a good reference to return to also
Endurance.Net is a very intricately developed website devoted to providing education about endurance riding and introducing riders to new products that make endurance riding enjoyable. The two main things to look for on this site are the links to the many helpful articles on the Education page and the plethora of ride videos that are entertaining and informative. There are several good link below to some of their content:
Endurance.Net News - The site maintains a good number of quality articles about endurance riding throughout the world and a healthy list of alternative blog sites.
Education and Tips - There are an amazing amount of article linked that are gauged to the needs of the new rider and the more experienced professional.
Video Database - Endurance.Net also maintains a significant number of video links to some of the more interesting, informative, and even, exotic rides.
* Endurance Horseback Riding.com does not endorse and is not directly affiliated with any of the organizations and other sites listed here.