FEI World Equestrian Games Start Tuesday

World Equestrian Games

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, starts on September 11th at the Tyron International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. There is something here for everyone:  All FEI disciplines are represented – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. Right now, […]

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Then Pony Express commemorates its 150th anniversary

One  June 6th, the National Pony Express Association will conduct its annual Re-Ride over the 1,966 mile route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail from California to Missouri. The event commemorates the Pony Express of 1860-1861 and will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express. The real anniversary was April 3rd, the date […]

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What kind of rider are you?

Here’s a fun set of definitions that are floating around the Internet. Which one(s) ring true for you? THE BACKYARD RIDER: Usually found wearing shorts and a sports bra in the summer; flannel nightgown, muck boots, and down jacket in the winter. Drives a Ford 150 filled with saddle blankets and dog hair. Most have […]

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Amigo is one amazingly tenacious horse

Most of us have scratched our heads about the trouble that our horses manage to get into. I’m still wondering how Freedom ended up with bloody scratches all over his head (which thankfully did only superficial damage). Here’s a story that makes you wish the horse could talk. His case has attracted so much attention […]

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Elmer Bandit still going strong at 38

There hasn’t been much in the news about Elmer Bandit, the 38 year old Arab-cross who set a world record last year for competitive trail ride miles. Apparently no one told him that he is well beyond retirement age because Elmer is still racking up the miles. On July 18th, Elmer and owner Mary Ana […]

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Expedition Equus – Riding the Ancient Silk Road

On April 1, 25-year old Becky Sampson and her 10-year old paint horse Bertie’s Quest set off on an adventure of a lifetime: a four-year ride that traces the ancient silk trading routes. The journey will take her over two continents and 15 countries ending in Japan. Her route will cover Western and Eastern Europe, […]

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Elmer Bandit Readies for 2009 Competitive Trail Season

I’ve been wondering recently what Marianna Wood and Elmer Bandit have planned for the 2009 competitive trail riding season. Last year they made headlines when they set a new lifetime record for competitive trail miles. Elmer Bandit, now 38 years old, is getting ready for his first competitive trail ride for the season, according to […]

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Move Over Wing Tempo – Elmer Sets New Competitive Trail Riding Record!

This past weekend, Elmer Bandit and his owner/rider Mary Anna Wood achieved a new record for lifetime competitive trail riding: 20,720 miles. The 37-year old half-arabian gelding passed the previous record held by Wing Tempo this past weekend when he completed the 29-mile North American Trail Ride Conference at Kanopolis State Park near Lindsborg, Kansas.  […]

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