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Endurance News -- October 2018

President's Letter
Vice President's Letter
Century Club
Classified Advertising

President's Letter: Appreciating 2018 and 2019 anticipation

by Paul Latiolais

October is the month where in some parts of the country rides are winding down, but in others the last rides of the competition year are just ramping up. Some of us are thinking about those last few miles or last few points, while others are already thinking about next season -- which starts in less than two months.

We had a pretty good year membership-wise in 2018. We have 537 new members as of early September. There are lots of new members in every region:

Central: 49
International: 3
Mountain: 48
Midwest: 78
Northeast: 89
Northwest: 38
Pacific Southwest: 20
Southeast: 109
Southwest: 29
West: 74

The popular "fall special" has garnered dozens of new members since it opened in late August. Joining for the end of 2018 and all of 2019 is a win-win for AERC and for the new members. If you encouraged someone to join for 2018, be sure to remind him/her that now is a good time to renew.

Now would also be a good time for the rest of us to renew for next year, so that we don't forget to do it during the busy holiday season. Also, there will be a drawing for $500 of custom biothane tack, donated by Taylored Tack, to one renewing member -- but only if you renew by December 1.

I have been thinking about riding in Death Valley this year, between Christmas and New Year. My McCurdy Plantation Horse, Bob, needs the experience. So, I guess I will be renewing early. (And I'll have a chance to win that custom tack set!)

It is important to have incentives to join and to ride. I am incentivized by the miles that are counted for completing rides. Also, I am incentivized by the need to complete Tevis at least once. So out to ride I go.

What incentivizes you to ride, other than the actual riding -- which for all of us is kinda the point, right? Now go out and enjoy riding your horse while the weather holds.

Vice President's Letter: What you can find on

by Monica Chapman

Everyone who gets on the AERC website knows where the ride calendar and rider/horse history are located. It's amazing what other neat things you can find.

HERO. Under the Awards tab is the HERO (Helping Endurance Riders Often) Recognition. It describes how outstanding volunteers can be nominated by AERC members, who send in their nominee's names and photos, along with an explanation of the time, effort, and work they have done. At the convention there will be poster boards on the walls that have photos of the volunteers and a few words about each of them and how they have helped throughout the years. Endurance News or the AERC Extra will include the HERO's names and feature stories about the volunteers when they are honored.

The volunteer does not need to be an AERC member. They can be involved in many different activities: timers, vet scribes, trail workers, water tank fillers, vets, ride managers, trail markers, or just about anyone who helps the riders or the rides run smoother. The recognition is not for the average volunteer but for the workers who show up year after year and for the workers who have devoted numerous hours to volunteering. A $5 nomination fee is required for the certificate to be sent out to the awesome volunteer.

Research grants. If you go to the Education tab and then click on Research Grants, you can find links to some great research projects that AERC and AERC member donations have helped pay for. Some of the completed grants listed are:

-- Research to measure the heart of the endurance horse -- a final report on research into "comparison of echocardiographic measurements in elite and non-elite Arabian endurance horses."
-- Is heart rate variability an effective measure of equine fitness, overtraining, or metabolic derangements?
-- Are horses responsible for introducing noxious weeds onto trails and adjacent ecosystems in the western USA?
-- Are horses responsible for invasive plants in the eastern United States?
-- Why do endurance horses fail to finish: a pilot study
-- Can successful endurance performance be predicted by physiology?

Video series. Does everyone know that AERC has its own video series? Once again, go to the Education tab and then click on Videos. These videos are also on the AERC Youtube Channel. These are great for green beans and old campaigners. You can choose from: Vet check video (three parts); Arriving at camp; How to stay on trail; Control check exam; Crew bag, and Horse camping (two parts).

Trail experts. Under the Trails tab you can click on the AERC Trail Experts. This page has a list of all AERC Trail Masters and State Trail Advocates with an interactive map to help you find someone close to you. If you have a trails issue contact these people or someone on the AERC Trails and Land Management Committee.

Board of Directors. The last tidbit is clicking on the About AERC tab, then the Board of Directors. This page will give you each director's photo and contact information. Amazingly, this is the best way to contact your directors directly. Facebook and other forms of social media are not the preferred choice for many directors.

Call on the phone or email your director to get direct information. Remember to give them a fair amount of time to respond. AERC directors are not salaried employees. Many times we need to tend to our paying jobs and ride our horses also.

Century Club: Meet the newest Century Club members

by Mollie Krumlaw-Smith

AERC welcomed its ninth pair of Century Club members this July. On July 14, 2018, Janet Kirkpatrick (AERC #4404) and HA HI Fire ("Booker," H33945) of Andrews, Indiana, completed the Cracked OAATS Crunch 25 mile ride to qualify for this prestigious recognition.

A lifelong equestrian, Janet has competed at the national level in barrel racing, eventing, and open jumping during her career. Over the years and regardless of discipline, Janet's constant with all of her horses was to use trail riding as a way to clear their minds and play. She always felt it was a healthy release for her horses no matter the level of competition.

In the early 1980s Janet tried distance riding on her Quarter Horse Meyers Cajun, AERC #3775. Together the pair accumulated 865 endurance miles. When Janet's daughter wanted to take Cajun back into the show ring at the Quarter Horse Congress, Janet found her new partner in an Arabian grey gelding named Butch (AERC #10014).

Together Janet and Butch accumulated 1,355 miles of endurance and 350 LD miles, and Butch earned his 10-year longevity award. When Butch died suddenly following a brief illness, Janet was devastated. A good friend of Janet's who bred Arabians called her and said he might have a horse she would like. That horse turned out to be a 4-year-old un-started Arabian named HA HI Fire (H33945) or "Booker."

On her 65th birthday Janet and Booker began their competitive career and have gone on to accumulate 1,940 limited distance miles and 550 endurance miles, and Booker received his 10-year longevity pin.

In addition to her great horses and their rides, Janet was also an AERC ride manager, managing the Lost Bridge Boogie held at Salamonie Reservoir in Andrews, Indiana. Janet was not only instrumental in bringing one of the first endurance rides to Indiana, but also the development of the entire Salamonie Lake bridle trail system. These efforts led to the creation of 30-plus miles of trail as well as an equine camping area which was eventually developed into the wonderful horse camp those in the area enjoy now.

Janet was also one of the early board members of OAATS (Ohio Arabian and All-breed Trail Riding Society), an organization that sanctions rides in Ohio and the surrounding Midwest/Northeast/Southeast states. Her efforts there helped develop several of the career mileage award programs OAATS currently enjoys today.

Janet's goal has always been to simply ride to finish and keep her horse sound for another day. It's a goal that worked for her. As of the Cracked OAATS Crunch she's accumulated 2,775 miles of endurance and 2,315 of LD, plus 9,279 CTR miles. Earning Century Club recognition has just made it all the better.

With Janet's history in our sport, it is fitting that she qualified for this honor at a ride held on a trail system she helped develop decades ago and for years was home to the ride she managed.

Janet isn't resting on her accomplishments. Last month she was busy helping to mark trail for the Salamonie Stomp ride, then spending the two days of the ride volunteering and visiting with her endurance family. Ride on Janet, ride on . . .

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