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Endurance News -- May 2019

President's Letter
Vice President's Letter
The Green Bean Scoop
Junior/Young Rider News
Classified Advertising

President's Letter: Convention: great news from Reno

by Monica Chapman

I had the best time at convention this year. It was relatively low drama and the board of directors accomplished a lot during the BOD meetings. I want to thank the retired AERC board members who served AERC: Terry Woolley Howe (DAL), Mary Howell (NE), Paul Latiolais (NW), Paul Sidio (DAL) and Steph Teeter (NW).

I want to recognize our new AERC BOD members; Nina Bomar (DAL) -- be sure to read her Membership News column in this issue, Jessica Cobbley (NW), Dawn Hilliard (NE), Naomi Preston (NW) and Tim Worden (DAL). I'm excited to get the BOD moving on accomplishing a lot this year.

During the General Session meeting on Saturday the following AERC BOD members were elected into office: Nick Kohut, DVM (Vice President), Connie Caudill (Secretary), Mollie Krumlaw-Smith (Treasurer), and I was re-elected as AERC President. I feel we have a great team and look forward to working with them all.

The "Recognition of AERC Longevity Members" motion was passed on Sunday morning of the convention. This program recognizes the number of years a member has belonged to AERC. Current AERC members would receive a pin, similar to the equine recognition pin, starting at 10 years and at five-year increments thereafter. The pins are funded by a private sponsor.

The pins recognizing equine longevity and mileage have proven to be very popular. I'm sure the membership will be just as excited about the new member longevity pin also. Everyone can thank Terry Woolley Howe and the Competitions Committee for presenting the motion.

I want to make sure the membership knows that the BOD meeting minutes are posted in Endurance News once they have been approved by the BOD; they are also on the AERC website (go to Resources, then Minutes of BOD Meetings). The minutes are the official record of what happens in BOD meetings. So to get the facts from the "horse's mouth," please see the minutes (pages 31-33).

The convention was filled with great seminars, committee meetings, vendors, awards presentations, and dancing. I hope all the attendees got as much from the convention as possible. I usually miss most of the seminars because I'm in meetings but I did get the chance to sit in on AERC Vice President Nick Kohut's seminar on AERC best condition from a veterinarian's view. What I saw was great.

The AERC Office ladies have launched a great new promotion. I hope everyone participates. It's the "Ride One More" incentive, available this season!

You are eligible for Ride One More acknowledgement if you were a member of AERC in both 2018 and 2019 and competed in (at least) one more ride in 2019 than you did in 2018. Once you have competed in one more ride this season than last, you can either fill out a quick online form ( or send an email to the office with your details. You'll be sent a fun prize and will be entered into a quarterly prize drawing.

Now that the weather has warmed up in most of North America, I'm hoping everyone gets out and rides their horses.

Meet your VP and plan your nominations

by Nick Kohut, DVM

For my first official column as the 2019 AERC vice president, I thought it might be appropriate to take the time to introduce myself seeing as how the vast majority of you have no idea who I am.

I am one of the co-owners of the oldest still-operating food animal veterinary practice in Pennsylvania. My wife Ranelle and I are located in Lancaster County, the heart of the Amish country.

I started my trail judging career in 1992 working competitive trail rides and then my first endurance ride in 1997. Since then I've had the privilege of working more than 250 endurance events (made up of over 660 individual rides) in 18 different states, four countries (USA, Canada, Costa Rica and South Korea), and four out of the nine AERC regions. I'm looking forward this year to be adding a couple of new states and another region.

Full disclosure: I am currently a 4-star FEI endurance veterinarian. For the last 15 years, between competitive trail rides and endurance rides, I work an average of 20 events a year.

I previously served on the Eastern Competitive Trail Riding Association's board for 17 years in various positions including two three-year stints as president. I've served on the AERC Veterinary Committee for 12 years, the Welfare of the Horse Committee for 12 years (currently as the chair), the Rules Committee for four years, and as one of the Northeast Regional directors for the past seven years.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd say that's enough of tooting my own horn, so let's move on to another topic. The AERC midyear board meeting will be occurring earlier than normal this year and will be happening on July 20. One of the reasons this is of importance to you is that during this meeting we will be determining the recipients of the AERC recognition awards. This will require any of you who wish to nominate someone or some equine for an award to make your nomination no later than July 8, 2019.

As a reminder these awards are as follows:

AERC Volunteer Service Award. This award is established to honor an AERC member who has devoted an extraordinary amount of volunteer effort, time and service on behalf of the AERC for many years. This award may not be given every year.

Ann Parr Trails Preservation Award. This award, named after trails volunteer Ann Parr, was first given in 2012, and honors the member who has worked tirelessly for equine trails. Ann supported the Trails and Land Management Committee with her time, effort and knowledge. She worked with state, county and city political offices from her home in Draper, Utah, to promote trail easement preservation and urban trails development. Ann led a campaign to enable the city of Draper to purchase an area previously slated for residential development for use as a public outdoor recreation area.

Her trail advocacy and committee work are an inspiration for those who care for and work to preserve and expand equestrian trails.

Sharon Ballard proposed this award on the death of her beloved friend in 2011.

Pard'ners Award. Rider and horse perform together as a mutually bonded team. Rider and horse engender a spirit of friendship, enthusiasm and championship that makes those around them glad to have attended the ride. However competitive they may be, good sportsmanship remains their first priority. Horse and rider take care of each other.

Together horse and rider personify the prevailing and abiding goal of AERC: "To finish is to win." This award was established in honor of the late Mae Schlegel and her horse Pard.

Hall of Fame Person. The Hall of Fame award, presented at the AERC convention national awards banquet, honors lifetime achievements by recognizing outstanding performances or outstanding contributions to the sport or to AERC.

Hall of Fame Equine. The Equine Hall of Fame award, presented at the AERC convention national awards banquet, honors lifetime achievements by recognizing outstanding performances or outstanding contributions to the sport or to AERC.

It is up to AERC members to nominate members and equines for these awards. They are not necessarily awarded each year. Be sure to get your nomination in by July 8 -- you may either write up your nomination and send to the office by mail or email, or use the online form:

The Green Bean Scoop: Challenge. Support. Celebrate.

by Griffin Keller

The Green Bean Scoop is the name of our newsletter that is sent every other month to members of the Green Bean Endurance Challenge. The name came from a poll and voting on suggested ideas in 2018. I think it is also an apropos name for the column here as well. I am excited to be able to share the program, its intention, and how our Beans are doing with the whole of the AERC community monthly!

Our motto is "Challenge. Support. Celebrate." "Green Beans" are defined as riders with less than 1,000 completed miles in limited distance and endurance rides combined.

So far, we have 308 GB members (143 new, 165 returning), and 54 teams (of up to five riders). As of the end of March, Beans have submitted 3,530 miles ridden for completions! Team signups are over, but individuals can join the program at any time.

Beans earn points by completing rides (or not -- even an attempt earns a point), volunteering at rides, managing rides, participating in clinics and webinars, and using mentors (which is highly encouraged). There are team and individual awards at the end of the ride season, monthly and other special prize drawings, as well as exclusive vendor discounts. Many of our awards/prizes are sponsored and donated by wonderful companies like Riding Warehouse and Two Horse Tack, as well as individuals with their own horsey business such as Heartland Scoot Boots, Trekk-Et Saddle Bags, Carolina Creek, and your Tevis-bound custom face-scrubbie knitter Kellie Moore-Fryman.

If you are interested in learning more, visit our website at and/or join our Facebook group!

New ideas for AERC's young riders

by Heather Reynolds

It is finally springtime and I hope that all of our juniors and young riders are out there training their mounts for a fun season of riding.

I had an idea that might be interesting to you juniors and young riders: a regional exchange program. This would be a program that would allow you to go ride in another region, on another AERC member's horse, with the idea that you would trade riding with them in your own region.

This could be whatever you make of it. It could be simply a weekend where you go to their region and train on their trails or you arrange to trade an endurance ride. If this sounds interesting to you then please contact me and I will make a list of people who would like to do trades and then give that list to you so that you and your parents can make arrangements for a trade.

This is an opportunity to learn how to ride in different terrain and weather and see some new things, while making new friends.

I would love to hear from you with your stories. Please email me an article about your first endurance ride, or your first time doing a higher distance (like a first 75 or 100). It can be just a few paragraphs. A picture would be super to go with it. Please tell me who took the picture as well. Write me via email at

I also have a quiz for you juniors and young riders! When you get the answer, email me at

Quiz: Your endurance ride starts at 7:00 a.m. You have a 15-minute hold, a 50-minute hold and a 20-minute hold. If you finish at 3:05 p.m., what is your total ride time?

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