Monday, February 3, 2020
by Douglas Preston, 2017
This new ebook edition includes for first time over 100 never-before-published photographs taken during the author's epic, thousand mile horseback journey across Arizona and New Mexico. It also includes rare and extraordinary historical photographs of the Old West, Native Americans, pioneers, prospectors, Indian pueblos, and vanished landscapes.
“The Old West’s last glimmers flicker through this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga in which Preston, astride his horse Popeye, traverses the desert and mountain wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico retracing the trail-blazing 1540-41 expedition of Spanish Explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold … In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss.” –Publishers Weekly
“The entire book is a sheer pleasure to read.” –The San Diego Union-Tribune
“A Blue Highways on horseback, well worth the trip.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A riveting yarn, with as many turns as a switchback road.” –The Christian Science Monitor
“A fearful, fascinating tale.” –Los Angeles Times
“A journey of historical importance.” –The New York Times
“By setting out with a companion and four horses to track Coronado’s army across a thousand miles of brutal desert and mountain country, from the Mexican border through Arizona and New Mexico, the author is ready to risk his life to try to see with his own eyes, as it were, ‘that moment, 450 years ago, when the peoples of the Old World and New World first encountered each other’ and quickly began the strife-torn redefining of America. Throughout the book, Preston intersperses the original reports and memoirs of Coronado’s adventure with accounts of his own party’s hard progress, making the centuries dissolve into a common, first-person, present-tense narrative. And along the way he records stories of the people and places he encounters, making brief excursions into mining booms and busts, the history of livestock ranching, the impact of barbed wire and windmills, the first mail routes, homesteading, the destruction of the Indian nations, and much more.” –Smithsonian magazine
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Enduring Memories: Remembering those horses and riders who came before us on the endurance trail - Lori Oleson
by Lori Oleson, 2018
Join us on a magical journey through the history of equine endurance riding and meet some of the talented and determined horses and riders who have made the sport great.
Those that came before us in the 1960s through the year 2000 have a story to tell. Their memories should live on and learning about the success and struggles are an inspiration. Learn about the great stallion, Bezatal. His story has it all, athleticism, family drama, successful progeny and the love of a girl and her horse. Another inspirational story is Omner. A powerhouse on the trail became gravely ill and overcame it all to ultimately give back to children, giving them hope.
Monday, May 27, 2019
by John Egenes, 2017
In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.
As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks.
Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
by Filipe Masetti Leite, 2018
Soon to be a major motion picture!How far would you go to chase your dreams?
This is the story of a Ryerson Journalism student who rode 10,000 miles from Canada through the Americas to his home in Brazil. Two years. Three magnificent horses. Ten countries. A thousand stories of drug cartels, mass migration, the glorious wilderness, the old cowboy ways, the kindness of strangers and the powerful connection between man and beast. This is a tale of grit and inspiration, of Filipe and Frenchie, Bruiser and Dude chasing a dream, one hoof at a time.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
by Bernice Ende, 2018
In her incredible memoir, Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback we are introduced to Bernice Ende, a solitary figure with the daunting goal of traveling from Trego, Montana to New Mexico in a single ride. At the age of 50, Bernice turned south into the unknown and began her first voyage on the way to becoming a world-class long rider. Since that fateful decision she hasn't looked back. Accompanied by her horses and an exceptional dog named Claire, Ende has logged more than 29,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America and beyond.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
by Judith Ayres Burke, 2019
COWGIRL is a galloping historical novel of the TEVIS CUP- the world famous100 mile one day endurance horse race over California's Sierra Nevada and a mother and daughter aiming to win.
DREAMS HAVE A WAY OF CHANGING. That’s what Cowgirl is always reminding her fourteen-year-old daughter, Lizzy. They certainly changed eight years earlier when Cowgirl’s husband and Lizzy’s father was incapacitated in a bull riding wreck.
But for Cowgirl, one dream has remained constant. That she and Lizzy would one day complete the Tevis Cup, the world-famous, hundred-mile, tenty-four hour endurance horse race over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Lizzy shares the dream but it is Cowgirl’s life mission on race day.
COWGIRL is the story of their attempt. With the support of their unique and skilled trail crew- a giant, a dwarf, an invalid and a tough old broad- the challenges they face, from both the natural world and the human condition, drive the evocative plot. Taking place over twenty-four hours, the saga chronicles a number of heroic journeys, not all of which involve a horse race.
Friday, March 15, 2019
by Merri Melde, 2016
Every horse endurance ride has its challenges and difficulties, but the Tevis Cup has 100 miles of it. It's extreme, challenging, relentless, frantic, exhilarating, heart-breaking, exhausting, exasperating, beautiful, treacherous, insane, exciting.
Merri Melde’s dramatic story of her unplanned and unforeseen attempt at the Tevis Cup, the world’s toughest 100 mile endurance ride, will put you in the saddle, gripping the reins, racing the clock to cross the finish line in the 24 hour time limit, on a beautiful, gallant gray horse.
by Lori Oleson, 2015
'Endurance...Years Gone By' is a historical look back of great horses and riders from the 70's, 80's and 90's in the sport of endurance. There is rich history of interesting characters that taught us and shaped the sport into what we have today. Their memories should never be forgotten. //// "The history told in these pages is enlightening, fascinating and downright entertaining." Heather Reynolds - Tevis Cup winner, Haggin Cup winner, Pan American Champion, over 20,000 miles. //// "The thing that makes Lori’s book so special is that we are treated to a succession of stories. As you finish each chapter, a story unto itself, you can’t help but reflect on its contents. The respect Lori has shown for the riders and the good horses she portrays between the covers of Endurance…Years Gone By will bring you closer to understanding what makes a few stand out among the many.” Julie Suhr - Haggin Cup winner, AERC Hall of Fame, over 30,000 miles. //// "Is Endurance…Years Gone By light entertainment, a source of inspiration or a string of cautionary tales (and I challenge you to read it through without thinking or saying, “Holy cow, they did WHAT?!” at least a half dozen times). While it can be any and all of those, I suggest looking for the pearls of wisdom contained in almost every chapter, whether those pearls instruct on how to be better by following in their footsteps, or by stampeding onto another path." Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, MS, AERC Director-at-Large, Chair - AERC Education Committee.
by Potato Richardson, 2015
Attention; The profits from the sale of this book will be used to build a Brozne Life size statue of Wendell Robie the man who started the Tevis Cup ride in 1955. Potato Richardson has won the Tevis 100 Mile One Day Horse Race that starts near Lake Tahoe and finishes in Auburn, California. The route travels over the Sierra Nevada Mountains using the trails of the early gold and silver miners. In his 40 plus years of involvement in the sport of endurance and trail riding Potato has won the Tevis Cup three times and finished nine times in the top ten out of thirty one attempts and twenty two finishes. Let him share his experience with you on the trails as well as in competitions. The funds needed to start the project is $35,000 USD. There will be limited editions of the statue available and offered first to the buyers of the book. The statue will be built by world famous Doug Van Howd. http://douglasvanhowd.com/about-the-artist
by Shannon Yewell Weil, 2013
“Strike a Long Trot” chronicles the distinguished early career of Linda Tellington-Jones, ranging from the 100-mile Tevis Cup Ride to Hunter Trials at Pebble Beach. As a brilliant educator at her Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm and School of Horsemanship, Linda shined. A destiny in Linda’s early life was fulfilled when she was sought by a wealthy Hungarian countess to promote her Hungarian horses, once revered as the finest warhorses in Europe. The book tells a charming story about how Linda transformed the stallion Hungarian Brado from a U.S. Equestrian Team reject into a multi-discipline champion. At the Westwind Hungarian Horse Farm, Linda literally hung up her tack and competitive lifestyle and followed her heart to create what is known around the world today as the Tellington TTouch® Training Method.
by Nancy Reed, 2014
A dozen short stories from the true experiences of the author's life living on ranches and training, breeding and competing on horse back. From bucking and biting wild horses, to a 100 mile race across the mountains, she's seen it ALL! Nancy was born in the city and moved with her family onto a 800 acre cattle ranch in Central California, where she trained , rode and showed horses and wrangled cattle in the wilderness. Now, on her own small ranch in the Sierra Nevada, she lives with and trains her own horses, and competes on endurance rides of 50 to 100 miles. Now battling cancer, she hopes to share her extensive experiences with horses in her own heart-felt way, with other readers and lovers of animals.
by Sandra Adams
For the truly stalwart sports fans, this short missive will surely tweak whatever remote interest the reader might have in "out of the box" sports. It is not the best spectator sport, but one, when experienced, is addictive. Visit "base camp" once - at least by reading if not in person! There are other endurance riding books which aptly explain the "how-to" of preparing for and completing a ride. This, on the other hand, will assist in preparing a person for the "everything else" of the sport - camping, planning, companionship, or not, and so forth.
by Karen Bumgarner, 2013
America's Long Distance Challenge II: New Century, New Trails, and More Miles by Karen Bumgarner
If your day is long and you need a smile, you will find it in the pages of this book. Each chapter tackles a different subject. By the last page, the heros are the horses who have inspired and then guided many lives to take a different course.
This is a story of emotions, the incredible soaring that accompanies conquering fear and the empty feeling when it escapes you. Mix it with levity, and you have ...but it wasn’t the horse’s fault!
For the non-horse lovers there is plenty of literary substance to ponder. The captive horse lover will nod in agreement for most of us have trod the same path. It will never be long enough.
Richly illustrated with both pictures and colorful cartoons, a visual delight accompanies the text with the message: It is always the trail ahead that counts, not the one left behind.
Endurance Ride Junkie (E.R.J.) trailer decal included with each book.erg Every copy of …but it wasn't the horse's fault is autographed.
All profits from the sale of this book go to:
The Center for Equine Health
School of Veterinary Medicine
by Julie Suhr, 2002
This engaging story is not for horse lovers alone but for all ages and all walks of life who have ever had dreams. It take you on one woman's journey from childhood to old age in a life of joy and passion.
You will find her failures and her successes full of inspiration, motivation, laughter and tears.
by Aarene Storms, 2012
The first book geared specifically towards beginning endurance riders, Endurance 101 is a step-by-step guide to getting started in the sport of endurance, from selecting a horse and tack to training for the trail, conditioning, feeding and competition, along with advice for solving problems along the way. Author Aarene Storms' easy narrative style will guide you down the trail, and the numerous photographs, illustrations, anecdotes and informative sidebars will give you an insider's view of endurance riding. The appendix is packed with links so you can connect with other endurance riders in your region via discussion groups and regional organizations, find endurance-specfic tack and more articles and books. Aarene Storms has been an endurance rider and writer for many years, contributing articles to "Endurance News" and other equestrian publications, and is a regular competitor at rides in the Pacific Northwest with her Standardbred mare Fiddle.
by Dennis Summers, 2012
My intent in writing 4th gear is to provide cutting edge information to all endurance riders that will help them and their horses reach their goals. We will cover many subjects you may have been in doubt about and hopefully a couple that you hadn’t much considered yet. I will raise as many questions as answers and call on you the reader to tap your inner horseman to come up with solutions yourself to the challenges that will arise. This is a skill that will in large part determine your success and satisfaction in this greatest of equestrian sports. These endurance horses are extreme athletes of the highest caliber. Together let’s develop a program that will bring out their best.
by Sharma Gaponoff
The Tevis Cup Ride is the most challenging 100-mile equestrian endurance event in the world. With names like Dusty Corners, Last Chance, Devil’s Thumb and Deadwood, the historic Tevis Trail, originally used by Native American Indians and pioneers, passes through historic gold-mining camps and towns along its 100 miles. Beginning at Robie Park in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area of Northern California and riding through the Gold Country that made this state famous, successful competitors cross the finish line in the historic town of Auburn. Those who complete the ride will have ridden a total of nearly 24,000 feet of downhill and close to 18,000 feet of uphill in elevation changes along the 100 miles of this rugged and scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain trail. Ride along with Sharma and her horse Tahoe as they tackle the granddaddy event in the sport of modern endurance riding. Experience the journey along with these two tenacious souls and their “supporting cast of characters.”
by Leonard Liesens
In his foreword, Jack Begaud writes: "The worldwide enthusiasm for this “close to nature” equestrian sport was in need of this recognition work from a European rider". He adds: "this book is a real reference manual where all riders or just fans will find the information they are looking for".
This reference book is organised in 27 chapters to present all aspects of endurance riding. "Endurance, A French perspective" is aimed at riders and endurance's fans. It explains in a non-scientific manner everything that a rider needs to know about the horse, its training and campaigning, the problems that can arise.
The author looks at all stages in the career of an endurance horse, always from the rider's point of view. Leonard offers advice on how to select, then educate and train an endurance horse from the very basic exercices to the high-level conditioning techniques. He discusses all subjects on a practical way, without any fuss. As the author is European, aspects like riding on asphalt or crewing during a race for example, are largely discussed.
France is one of the most prominent player in the sport and is given a preferential treatment. Liesens pulls all together all elements making what he calls the "French System" : the breeding, the young horses classes, the competition circuit, the policies.
Pierre Arnould, Belgian Chef d'Equipe, writes this on the back cover: "Leonard wrote his book like he rides and campaigns his horses: in a direct and effective style".
by Nancy Loving, 2006
This information-packed international bestseller should be on every endurance and competitive trail rider's shelf.
To spend hour after hour on the back of a horse is a dream come true for many riders. To ride for miles—25, 50, or even 100—on a fit horse, is an extremely satisfying experience, whether done in competition or just for pleasure. This thrill does not come easily however; it requires immense dedication from the rider and a lot of hard work from the horse.
No other equestrian sports demand such a continuous training effort as do endurance and competitive distance riding. To reach the highest level of the sports—competing in a 100-mile ride—requires years of careful conditioning. Even a 25-mile ride demands close attention to every nuance of a horse’s being—during the many miles of work beforehand and during the competition itself. It is the horse’s welfare that must come above all else.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
All Horse Systems Go: The Horse Owner's Full-Color Veterinary Care and Conditioning Resource for Modern Performance, Sport and Pleasure Horses - Nancy Loving
by Nancy Loving, 2006
The contemporary go-to veterinary reference for horse owners, ensuring today's horse can perform to the best of his ability, whatever his task may be.
by Marnye Langer, 2004
The Tevis Cup, a 100-mile endurance ride through the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is the granddaddy of endurance riding. It remains one of the best attended 100-mile endurance rides in the world, only recently surpassed by those in the Middle East offering monetary prizes.
Endurance riding is recognized as one of the seven international equestrian disciplines, and much of the early organization of the sport arose from the Tevis Cup itself. Endurance riding tests a horse and rider over a long distance of usually 50 or 100 miles within a time limit of 12 to 24 hours.
For the past 46 years, 250 riders from all over the world gather annually to test their mettle and that of their horses at the Tevis Cup. The race is not only an equestrian competition--it's a slice of Americana in that it represents the pioneer spirit of the Old West.
by Donna Snyder-Smith, 1998
First Star to the Right and Straight on Till Morning.... At the 90-mile vet check she sat in the middle of the road crying, claiming extreme illness and trying to avoid her nightmarish fears her horse would die of founder or colic, or anything. The last ten miles of trail stretched forever in her mind, black like licorice taffy. After a large measure of TLC from her patient and understanding crew, she and the gelding were out of the check and on the trail again. The entire universe shrank to center on the pair in the moonlight. Time stopped and the world faded into nothingness. They were running in a small, ever-changing pocket of existence, the rhythm of his hooves, the heartbeat of that universe. Ribbons and trail appeared before them and lost substance as they moved past. For the rider, clinging to the saddle, there was no thought, no pain, no emotion, only the instinctive drive to chase past each ribbon as it appeared.
Suddenly her horse jumped sideways, eyes and ears frozen forward. Awakened from her trance, she oriented herself on his suspected woods troll, a familiar embankment that meant they were a half-mile from home. Easing him past the scary object, she sent the gelding on, clinging to his neck. As his soft lope swept them across the finish line, she wanted to laugh out loud or cry, but was unable to summon the strength for either. A few small tears trickled down her cheek, the only sign of the enormous pride she felt inside. Becky Huffman Endurance rider, wife, mother of two, and student of author Donna Snyder-Smith
The Howell Equestrian Library
by Dodie Sable, 2007
endurance and competitive trail riding. It's a fresh look at the thrill of being part of a sport that is rarely heard of and never televised. The spunk and tenacity of the riders and their horses sparks a thrill in any reader, begging them to go out and buy a horse, a beat up saddle and get started on their own thrilling adventure. This book, part one in a series, encompasses the riding years of 2005 and 2006. Quickly addictive, a warning label should be attached to the outside binder letting the readers know that they should beware of the humor, fun and giggles contained inside. If you have no interest in rolling on the floor in gut busting laughter, you should not engage in reading this book.
by Angie McGhee, 2006
The only thing that might force you to put this book down before reading it cover to cover is the laughter induced, side splitting stomach ache you will experience within a few paragraphs. A must for everyone who has ever loved, and been confused by, horses and riding. Barbara White
by Claire Wild, 1996
From England comes this, the best book available on the sport of endurance riding! Offers encouragement and advice for those starting out as well as professional tips for the dedicated competitor.
by Lew Hollander, 1989
Endurance riding from beginning to winning
by Cornelia Koller, 2002
A comprehensive and easy-to-follow introduction into this fascinating sport. Going the distance—endurance riding is not just a sport. It is an almost addictive experience, where the fastest do not always come first. This practical guide contains a wealth of basic knowledge for all beginners wanting to know more about this fascinating sport.