Tuesday, April 29, 2003

[RC] The LBL Express

On Behalf Of Hickory Ridge Arabians

Hello Everyone,

As new rides become available for the endurance riders there
is always some interest on how the new ride went. To that end,
here is the LBL Express story.

On Wednesday before the ride we transported 3 horses to the LBL
ride site. Two for trail marking and of course JABASK KNIGHT aka
Irene for competition. Bianca Chevalier flew in from Oregon to ride
Irene. She did a teriffic job in taking him around the course and
finished with all A's for the day.

Back to the ride site. On Wednesday the trails were in perfect
condition. Some mud is the very low spots but generally in good
shape. On Thursday it began to cloud over, and by Thursday night we
had some good showers. There went the trail. Friday it did the same
thing with some hard showers. While marking the trail on Friday,
Truman Prevatt, Jim Holland and my husband Jerry Fruth were treated
to a royal soaking by mother nature.

There was a bit of confusion with the electrical fences. Matthew the
LBL Recreation Manager announced at the ride meeting that you could
have the fences, but during the day they would have to be turned off.
With a lot of children in the camp they wanted to be careful not
to shock one of the camp urchins. That seemed to please the riders.

Saturday began with open skies and by 10 am we had a perfect
day going. Sun and a temperature for the day of 71 degrees
made for a great ride day.
By and large the riders took the mud in stride. The mud at LBL
doesn't get deep with heavy rain. The base is a gravel, and stone
base which helps drain the soil. By Sunday afternoon the trail was
beginning to dry.

We had 53 entrants in the 50 and 32 entrants in the 25 mile
limited distance ride. ALL 32 limited distance riders completed
the ride, with an hour to spare, they didn't take six hours! They
were rewarded with a large round of applause at the
awards ceremony for taking such good care of their horses.

Vetting was done by Drs. Duane Barnett, Art King, Otis Schmitt,
and Melinda Poole. Otis was the treatment vet and had a relaxed
day. One horse on the first loop had a muscle pull or light
tie up which was attended to in speedy order because Otis was
posted about 8 miles out on the first loop of the 50 miler. He
was assisted by our ham operator at that location in notifying us
of a need for an ambulance. That was the only horse for the day
that required an ambulance ride back to camp.

As the day moved along all was going well until we had a race off
for the finish line. Two riders were booking it for home, rounded
a curve and found 6 trail riders standing in a mud hole giving
their horses a drink. At that point everyone scattered, but one the
endurance rider ran into a trail rider with each going down in the mud
hole. Both riders were covered in mud and both horses required
some vet attention. The riders are ok, and the horses are on the

We have been asked back by the Forest Service for next spring(last
weekend of April 2004), and they have asked us if we would like to do
a ride this fall. They had excellent reports from other trail riders
that our riders were very courteous when passing them out on the

The buffet before the awards cermony was one of the best. The
caterer had a vegetarian lasagna that was first rate. The dinner was
topped off with Mississippi Mud Pie and an array of other desserts.
They said our riders really like Chocolate. They will certainly be
asked back next year.

Special thanks goes to Nancy Gooch, and Jackie Mitchell as timers, Kim
Ruffin, Bobbie Dolchan and Nina Gibson Barnett as scribes, Lori Greco
and Joan Tipton as pulse in. .Thank you to Lori for helping to take
down ribbons on Sunday. Thank you to Truman and Jim for helping mark
the trail, and our crew of three ham operators that kept us informed
of the riders positions during the ride. Thank you to my good friend,
Bianca for designing the LBL logo and helping me with the ride. To
all the other volunteers who just stepped in and helped, you are

A very special thanks to Matthew Edwards of the USFS in helping put
the event together. As a land manager he is the very best. We are
looking forward to working with the land managers at LBL in the
future. They are definitely orientated towards recreation.
Like every place else in the nation they are short on funds for
trail maintenance, so we are going to see what can be done to
help them out.

Thank you to all the riders that attended!!! It was a great ride!!!

50 Milers 53 started, 41 finished
High Vet Score-Susan Kasemeyer
Best Condition-Susan Kasemeyer

1. Betsey Knight-1st Lightweight
2. Karen Cummings
3. Rick Melloan-1st Middleweight
4. Patricia Bullock-1st Featherweight
5. Wendy Manicini
6. Susan Kasemeyer(High Vet score & BC)
7. Linda Joyner
8. Teresa Mascaro
9. Patty Bass
10.Rachel Boyce
11.Nancy Kucera
12.Wendy Rosenbek
13.Melissa Frame
14.Sarah Hunt Engsberg
15.Joe Schoech-1st Heavyweight
16.Josie McGhee ( 1stJR)
17.Eva De Paulis
18.Judy Sandlin
19.Christina Frame
20.Chris Frame
21.Kajsa Vikman (Flew in from California)
22.Melissa Crain
23.Ronald Chapman
24.Brenda Kenley
25.Carol Ricketts
26.Ann Branch
27.Bianca Chevalier(Flew in from Oregon)
28.Cindy Laroy Young
29.Dee Dee Cushman
30.Laurie Tichenor
31.Debbie Sutton-tie
31.Alice Farrara-tie
33.Jim Barrett
34.Lisa Winburn
35.Megan Meckfessel
36.Kelli Kirchner
37.Jim Holland
38.David Bennett
39.Robin Burris
40. Patricia Harrop
41. Teresa Searcy

25 Mile Limited Distance
Best Condition-Marsha Millis
1. Marsha Millis
2. Megan Dickman
3. Dixie Hayes
4. Julie Jackson
5. Lorena Truett
6. Bruce Nagel
7. Ashley Creswell
8. Erin Darte
9. Stephen Cummings
10.Becky Spraque
11.Jerry Brown
12.Roger Abney
13.Jennifer Whittaker
14.Gwen Jackson
15.Tamara Schoech
16.Christy Wicke
17.Louisa Witten
18.Jan Shekell
19.Russell Dewitt-1st Junior
20.Rebecca Finlay(JR)
21.Robin Dewitt
22.Wendy Shields
23.Mary Ellen Shoemaker
24.Kathy Thompson
25.Eleanor Burnett
26.Tim Hughes
27.Vicki Hughes
28.Rachel Schmalzriedt(JR)
29.Shannon Cofield
30.Lisa Norris
31.Vicki Loren
32.Deb Blackburn

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Monday, April 28, 2003

Back Country Horsemen of California

BCHC's Public Lands Committee

BCHC's Public Lands Committee - Working for California

The Public Lands Committee (PLC) continues its efforts to keep our mission
in plain view for both ederal and state public land managers.

During 2002, PLC members from BCHC-Sequoia Unit and BCHC-Kern Sierra Unit
provided detailed analyses of the Giant Sequoia Monument Management Plan.
Their work helped our development of comments from the Public Lands

PLC Members from BCHC-Caballeros del Sol Unit, BCHC-Borrego Valley Unit and
BCHC-San Diego Unit responded to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park General
Plan and Draft EIR. That clarified the entire Public Lands Committee's
understanding of issues while developing our comments.

Throughout 2003 we will assist our federal congressional representatives in
developing "Right to Ride" legislation with the goal of solidifying the
historical importance of our western culture by preserving and facilitating
the continued use of pack and saddle stock in wilderness areas.

The Committee will also continue working with state legislative
representatives on California's state park issues.

Barbara J. Ferguson,
Vice President, Public Lands

[RC] Hog Wild day 1 - 50's

On Behalf Of Tammy Robinson

I want to thank everyone that attended this years ride. We thought things
went very well this year. A very BIG "Thank You" to all of my volunteers
this year. We would never be able to ever have this ride if it wasn't for

T he weather was great and the trails ended up in good condition due to
this years rains. Wild Flowers and green grass everywhere. It has taken 4
years now and I do feel that we finally have it down. Every year we learn
something to do it better for next years ride. If you have any in put on
this subject, please feel free to email us. Please don't ask for us to
remove hills. Just can't move mountains yet :)

Any Volunteers, or riders that didn't get their T-Shirts please let us know.
We didn't have any Jr riders in the 50 miler this year so we have decided to
give the 1st Jr. Polar Fleece Blanket to the 1st Jr in the 35 miler. We did
the same on day 2 and you should have seen the smile on that little girls

50 Miler - 72 starters 67 finishers

1. Terry Roselle Cayenne Kate 5:56 1st
2. Dabney Finch Orzo 6:16 1st
featherweight BC
3. Linda Morelli Falling Leaf 6:16.01
4. Julie Herrera CV Sweet Dal 6:21
5. Kirstin Loft Mallone 6:25
6. Fred Beahm WMA Challenge 6:25.01
7. Jonathan Bowman Height Ho 6.26 1st
8. Charlene Lewis-Stueve TR Hayhook Hobo 6:41 1st
9. Chris Paschke BRR Moon Far 7:04
10. Sandra Bartsch Sun Roader 7:07
11. Melody Wong Kay Cee 7.07.01
12. Carl Bruno Oso Denmark 7.08
13. Mike Maul Rroco-my-sol 7.14
14. Jan Jeffers DS Mi Mstik 7.14.01
15. Robert Ribley Cveli 7.21
16. Michelle Mueller Sky Bask 7:36
17. Tracy Schroeder SA Feat 7:36.01
18. Blayne Chenoweth Killians Red 7:37
19. Teresa Bitondo Magniffire 7:47
20. Tracey Cary Fire Mt. Redcloud 7:52
21. Marci Cook AA Allusion 7:52.01
22. Callie Thornburgh Muddy 7:58
23. Elfta Hilzman Luna 8:08
24. Cora Greene Chihoulis 8:23
25. Mae Chase-Dunn Benjamin 8:25
26. Maureen Elliot Don Juan 8:25.01
27. Cheryl Searer Quicksilver MBN 8:25.02
28. Dale Wheeler One-to-nine 8:32
29. Betsy Mograin FS Any Question 8:34
30. Alison Farrin Caer Donn 8:34.01
31. Kristin Olko Hammod 8:36
32. Gabriele Mitteregger Myden Windsong 8:36.01
33. Quinby Dunlap Granite Annie 8:36.02
34. Michelle Warner MJA Sans of Tyme 8:38
35. Nancy Donaldson KS Starbuck 8:38.01
36. Tiffany D'Virgilio Sweet Khemoshah 8:47
37. Sandy Prior Suntiki 8:47.01
38. Barbara Fredy Dawid's Star 8:47.02
39. Nannette Young Sensational Flame 8:58
40. Gail Shifrin SA Sherzeena 8:58.01
41. Nina Bowmar Spider 8:58.02
42. Chris Herron On Your Toes 9:10
43. Cherry Stockton Zip 9:19
44. Don Bowen Wild West 9:35
45. Christine Haack MM /avengionce 9:50
46. Scott Ehredt TR Solitaie 9:50.01
47. Dave Braithwaite Scamper Sam 9:55
48. Claire Toomey River Foxtrot 9:55.01
49. Jackie Bungardner Zayante 9:55.02
50. Mary Ellen Kautz Fire Mt. Odyssey 9:55.03
51. Nicki Frances Ramey MMF Elentari 9:55.04
52. Connie Wilhorn DR Storm 9:59
53. Sue Benson Rocky 9:59.01
54. Jane McGrath Fire Mt. Scamp 10:00
55. Marci Cunningham Koztarr 10:00.01
56. Bart Eskander Deuce 10:02
57. Cheri Briscoe MMF Faramir +/ 10:07
58. Suzanne Porrazzo Goals Raindance 10:07.01
59. Christine Jones Neziah's Naledi 10:07.02
60. Bruce Weary Rebel 10:21
61. Dayna Weary Heisman 10:21.01
62. Deborah Huebsch Stand Bye Me 10:59
63. Tracey Tromp Snow Dragon EA 10:59.01
64. Saundra Hill Carraval De Ocala 10:59.02
65. Anne Nilsson The Mischief Maker 10:59.03
66. Robin Everett Ice Storm Aam 10:59.04
67. John Parke Remington 11:04
Suzy Kelley La Petie Dancer L
Tim Couture Indikator M
Cynthia Hamberg Encanto Boy L
Vicky Vaughan Totally Klipse L
Terry Banister Ebey L

[RC] Gastric Ulcer Study

On Behalf Of Michele Roush Shaw

I would like to publickly thank Dr. Barney and Linda Fleming for all their
time and effort in putting together their tour around the country doing
endoscopy on our horses to look for gastric ulcers. It seems to me to be a
bit of a thankless job, and a lot of driving!

Thank you, also, to the people who participated and had their horses scoped.
Kudos to you for wanting to know more about what goes on inside your horses.
I would like to add that there is no shame or embarrassment involved in
learning that your horse has ulcers, and that it should not be construed as
a reflection upon you as a horse manager. The shame should come from
sticking your head in the sand and not wanting to know whether your horse
has ulcers or not.

I would encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to look at
your horse's stomach, should that opportunity arise. It is better to make
informed decisions.

Friday, April 25, 2003

[RC] Seabisquit: An American Ledgend

Blatant commercialism: (but steph's read it twice and carol has it


Ready to go I think:)


[RC] Seabiscuit movie starring Shirley Temple

On Behalf Of joan

I just this week watched "Seabiscuit, the movie" (I believe that's
what it's called) on one of the classic movie channels. It stars
Shirley Temple, the love interest of Tim Knowles. It's a great movie
that even shows some actual race footage. Check your cable listings.


[RC] Listen to the Seabiscuit races on PBS.Org

On Behalf Of louisa pierce


Got o PBS.Org and you can hear the races, just like they
did back in the 30s. It's very cool.


Thursday, April 24, 2003

[RC] USET Festival of Champions 75 mile Endurance Ride

On Behalf Of Lori & Rick Stewart

The annual USET Festival of Champions extravaganza takes place June 19-22,
2003. See www.uset.org for more information.

This year the USET is hosting an FEI/AERC sanctioned 75 mile ride, Saturday,
June 21. It is open to all with no limit on entries, however there will be
no separate AERC Division.

Entry is $150 per person which includes the stall and initial bedding as
well as a ticket to the Competitors Party on Friday night.

For an entry and more information contact:

Mary M. Lutz, Director of Endurance Activities
United States Equestrian Team
Pottersville Road
Gladstone, NJ 07934
(908) 234-1251 - phone; ext. 15
(908) 234-9417 - fax

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

IntNewsGroup: FEI Press News FEI PRESS NEWS 13/03

On Behalf Of Lori & Rick Stewart


Following the conclusion of successful discussions with both sponsors and
the FEI, the International Sport Horse Show has now confirmed that they will
indeed be organising this year?s FEI Open European Endurance Championships
which will be held at Punchestown (Ireland) in conjunction with the European
Eventing Championship. It will be the first time that the Europeans of the
disciplines of Endurance and Eventing are organised together.

The Endurance Championship will take place on Sunday 21 September 2003 and,
subject to agreement from the FEI Bureau and Endurance Committee, it will be
run as a one day event run over a 160 kilometres course in the picturesque
Wicklow Hills.

Over 100 competitors from up to 25 countries are expected to take part in
what promises to be an historic event in which the course will be routed
through the beautiful valleys and hills of Kildare and Wicklow. In a novel
and innovative site design, the main Vet Gate at Punchestown will be located
beside the Main Arena where, on the Sunday whilst the Endurance
Championships are in progress, the top eventers will be fighting for the
final places in the show jumping phase of the European Eventing

The European Eventing Championships return to historic Punchestown after a
gap of 12 years. Sponsored in a joint Public / Private partnership by Bord
FĂ ilte, the Irish Tourist Board through the International Sports Tourism
Initiative, and IFG Group plc, one of Ireland?s leading companies in the
growing financial services sector, the championship that will take place
from 18 to 21 September, is expected to attract large numbers of overseas
visitors to Ireland in mid September.

The Punchestown site, which has recently undergone a major ?20m
refurbishment, will have a course specially designed for the Eventing
Championships by the Irish course designer Tommy Brennan

Booking both tickets and accommodation can all be done on the International
Sport Horse Show?s web site at www.sporthorseshow.com
Press accreditation and hotel reservation for accredited media will start
this week and close on 15th May.

Accreditation and hotel reservation forms will be e-mailed to media. If you
wish to be added to the media mailing list, or make sure that your
name/publication is in it, please send your request to
press@sporthorseshow.com .

An official press conference to present the European Eventing and Endurance
Championship will take place at Badminton (GBR) on Sunday 4 May.

For more information, please contact
Lucia Montanarella, Press Officer
ph. +39 335 6165415
e-mail press@sporthorseshow.com


The ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will host the
official equestrian test event in the form of a CIC**, from Friday, 15
August to Sunday, 17 August at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. The
format of this Eventing competition aimed at testing the infrastructure and
organisation of the 2004 Games will be a CIC and the level of difficulty
will be two stars (**).

The schedule will be available as of tomorrow 23 April at Athens 2004
Olympic Games website at the following address:
www.athens2004.com/equestrianCIC. All NFs wishing to participate in this
event shall consult this website for further information.

Muriel Faienza, FEI Communications
1005 Lausanne Switzerland
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IntNewsGroup: European Championships - Ireland 2003

On Behalf Of Lori & Rick Stewart

Note: Date of the event is on or about September 20,2003.

Hello Ian and Everyone,

I think it is a good idea that we receive input from the NF's about the
change in the distance for the European Continential Championships (from a 2
x 100, to a 1 x 160 ). I would personally be in favor of this change but I
am forwarding this message to the Group IV Countries for their input.

If I can be of further service in this matter, or answer any questions that
the federation countries might have, please advise.

Carpe Diem

>From: "Ian Williams"
>Subject: European Championships - Ireland 2003
>Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 15:49:08 +0200
>Good Afternoon Gentlemen,
>We have just received word that the sponsorship has been secured for the
>above event and we are now faced with the choice of changing this from the
>day X 100km to a 160km I day event. More funds are available which now
>this possible.
>As the FEI EC will need to request permission for this change from the
>Executive Board I am about to issue the following email/fax to all National
>Dear Sir/Madame
>We have today received confirmation from the organisers at Punchestown that
>the above championships will definitely take place.
>Their recent discussions with sponsors have been concluded successfully.
>This now means funds are available for the organisers to construct an
>additional vet gate and to run the event as a 1 day 160km if so wished.
>For the existing European Championships, accepted as a 2 day X 100km per
>day, to now change it needs the permission of the FEI Executive Board.
>Before approaching this FEI board we would like your confirmation that you
>would like this change of distance and are happy with the event to now run
>as a one day competition.
>Under the new qualification criteria, running this as a 160km I day ride
>will also mean that it can be used as a qualifier for the World
>Championships in 2004, which at present it could not.
>As time is short we would request your reply by the 30th April 2003.
>Dependent upon the view of all participating countries the FEI board will
>then be approached as necessary.
>We await your urgent response.
>I will keep you updated on the feed back from the NFs as received.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003


On Behalf Of Hickory Ridge Arabians

Southeastern Trails Conference
JULY 17-20, 2003
Gainesville, Florida
Sheraton Hotel

Email: setc2003florida@aol.com
(352) 486-7040 (775)719-0969
Hosted by: The Friends of San Felasco,Inc.

Helen F. Koehler
1950 SE 111th Court
Morriston, FL 32668


On Behalf Of Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Please note who is helping out from endurance. The Ambassador
Endurance organisation ????? This seems to be made up of ex-FEI (well,
I would hope that they are ex) who seem to be mainly promoting the UAE.
The home page for the site is most enlightening and probably contains
more pictures of a certain patron of equestrian sport than almost
anyone needs. They also have the nerve to list Egypt as a participant.
There hasn't been an honest endurance race in this country in the last
two years....and the Ambassador's race was a total fiasco, albeit
highly entertaining locally.

Maryanne Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt



In conjunction with the FEI World Cup Final, which starts today in Las
Vegas, the FEI is pleased to announce a new online riders biography


The biographies of all riders participating in the World Cup Final are
available for commentators, media representatives and any interested

After having selected the jumping discipline on the homepage, you can

1) Consult the biography of each individual rider by clicking on the
rider's name,
2) or print the biographies of all riders participating in the World

Final in a printer friendly pdf file.

For several months, the FEI has worked on a global biography project
including the development of a database of riders for all disciplines.

This development includes the requirements of the International Olympic
Committee and will be used for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Information
riders includes present and past results, rankings and personal data.

After a test version at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, the FEI
riders' biography service will be offered to all Super League events,
World Cup Finals and Championships at senior level in 2003, thanks to the
invaluable cooperation of many contributors, among whom:

Show Jumping Archive
Umberto Martuscelli & Mauro Battistini

Cindy Velstra-Timmer

Ambassador Endurance
Thomas Cathomen

Dan Wall

Lucia Montanarella, Mediancer, and the FEI Secretariat.

The information on riders will be completed and constantly updated
during the year. Your comments and input are always welcome.

Muriel Faienza, FEI Communications
1005 Lausanne Switzerland
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Friday, April 04, 2003

[RC] IntNewsGroup: USA Equestrian and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC

USA Equestrian and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE)
submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today documents containing
bylaws and an application to be the Olympic Sport Organization and National
Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
The new organization is to be formally called the United States Equestrian
Federation, Inc. and it will be commonly referred to and marketed as U.S.

The bylaws and application, as proposed to the USOC Membership &
Credentials Committee, are cerrently available on the respective websites
of both USAE (www.equestrian.org) and the USET (www.uset.org).

The website postings provide for the 30-day public notice for the public
hearing to consider the application that is required by the Ted Stevens
Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and the USOC Bylaws. The USOC Membership and
Credentials Committee meeting and Public Hearing will be on Saturday, May
3, 2003 at the Denver Airport Gateway Marriott. Representatives from both
the USET and USAE will be in attendance. The second and final Public
Hearing will be held in September at a date to be determined. The final
recognition of the US Equestrian Federation, Inc. as NGB will rest with the
USOC Board in the autumn.

USAE Vice President, David J. O'Connor said, "This is an important and
exciting step in creating the new organization for the future of equestrian

Armand Leone, Jr., USET President, also hailed the submission. "The
working group is to be commended for focusing on the mission at hand and
the best interests of the sport. This is a great day for all involved in
equestrian sports."

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