Tribute to Ebony’s Blue Sky

My beautiful Skymare. Photo: Eleanor Bonner Anderson


The afternoon was growing long in the desert, but every stride my Skymare took rippled with strength. We crested the last hill and could see the rigs of camp scattered between the shooting range and the sandy road into Inyokern. Sky picked up a running walk and I took out my camera to video the yellow flowers starting to carpet the desert floor. Noting my momentary distraction, she kicked it into a higher gear as I fumbled with the reins and the camera. I eventually slowed her down chuckling at my wonderful horse, here at the end of 155 miles and still game. The gravel road eventually crunched under our feet and I swung off Sky,

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My First Fifty

by Jackie Fenorali

It is still dark outside my trailer and I can hear ride camp stirring as the 75 and 100 milers get ready to start their race.  I’m glad I’ve got another hour in my cozy bed, even though I haven’t slept much during the night  with worry about the comfort of my horse as she endured a night of howling winds.  I just needed to saddle up to be ready to roll, so there is no sense in rushing to get up.

My horse and I have a job, long distance product testing for Stonewall Saddle Company.  My ride is a tough little mare, a naturally gaited Spanish Mustang, SMR Tia.  She is 7 years old now and never been shod.  Born and raised running free on the large Cayuse Ranch in WY, she has mustang tough feet.  Read More…

Gaited Horses at the Tevis AERC Ride

in 24 hours from ROBIE PARK to AUBURN
August 1, 2009
compiled by Julie T.

Natalie Moon and her father, Dean Moon, love the Rocky Mountain Horses. With Dean
competing since 1993, Natalie couldn’t help but get the Endurance Bug. She started at
12 or 13 as a youth competitor. This year, at 18, Natalie feels very secure out there racing her gaited horses.  Read More…

“John Henry did it. I was just along for the ride”!

by Bruce Weary


 I am writing this little memoir at the flattering request of an embarrassing number of good people who, for some reason, have taken an inordinate interest in my horse and our completion of the Tevis this last Saturday (and a good part of Sunday). There is so much to tell, that I just couldn’t seem to boil it down to one title, as it is really a story of the wonders of the ride itself, as well as the horse that carried me through it. I will have to write in installments, as I want to do this ride justice but also don’t wish to bore anyone. So if I ramble on too much, I hope someone will be kind-hearted enough to tell me to please shut up!  Read More…

Tevis on a Paso Fino

by Melissa Margetts

In order to even begin to understand the true accomplishment of a Paso Fino completing Tevis, one has to know more about the ride itself. The Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance ride is considered the most difficult, dangerous and technically challenging endurance ride in the world. In it’s 54 year history, less than 50% of the riders willing to take up the challenge are ever able to complete the race and most are eliminated due to lameness, dehydration, metabolic imbalances caused by the altitude of the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the stifeling 100+ degree heat in the canyons.   Read More…

What is Distance Riding?

By Dodie Sable, for Sound Advocate      June 8, 2012

 The sport of Distance Riding is becoming more popular as Baby Boomers mature and begin seeking other avenues to explore with their horse. It is trail riding at the extreme! A distance rider spends hours and miles in the saddle on trail (and yes, even in the ring) conditioning their equine partner, and themselves, in preparation of competing against other horse/rider partners at distances of 25 miles to 100 miles…all ridden in one day.  Read More…