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Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Might Compete This Month

September 02, 2009

Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old record holder for competitive trail mileage, hasn't hit the trails lately, but last weekend found the gray Half-Arabian and owner Mary Anna... Read More

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Tevis Wraps Up; Horse Dies in Fall

August 03, 2009

The awards ceremony capping the 2009 Tevis 100-mile ride began on a somber note when ride officials announced the death of a competing horse.

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Tevis 2009: We're Going Home, K-Zar! Southern Horse Wins

August 02, 2009

K-Zar Emanuel, 15-year-old gray Arabian gelding won the 2009 Tevis Cup, crossing the finishing line at 10:20 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 1). Four miles from the finish, after crossing No Hands Bridge in the California moonlight, rider Sarah Engsberg... Read More

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They're OFF! Tevis Cup 2009 Riders Hit the Trail

August 01, 2009

After months of planning by ride officials, and often years of conditioning for both human and equine participants, the Western States Trail Ride 2009, popularly called the Tevis Cup Ride, started with around 171 human/equine teams at dawn on... Read More

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Tevis 2009: Dr. Marcia Smith Leads into Robinson Flats

August 01, 2009

With crew and volunteers crowding the forest road, Marcia Smith, DVM, of Loomis, Calif., (rider #12) appeared around the bend at the Robinson Flat vet check and crewing point.  First to arrive at Mile 36 of the 100-mile Tevis Ride, Smith an... Read More

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Competitor Preps for 100-Mile Tevis Endurance Ride

July 30, 2009

The first competitors in the 2009 Tevis Cup endurance ride to arrive at the Auburn, Calif., fairgrounds last week were Thor Halseth, of Agoura, Calif., and his 8-year-old gray Polish Arabian gelding, Road Rage.

Halseth arrived early to... Read More

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Tevis Veterinarians Add New Post-Ride Check

July 30, 2009

Head Tevis Cup veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM, will implement a new post-ride vet check this year. His check will be conducted within two hours after horses complete the 100-mile ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif.

"What I am looking for... Read More

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Tevis Cup Endurance Ride Vet Countdown Begins

July 27, 2009

Veterinary preparations for the 54th running of the Tevis Cup, a 100-mile horse race, have kicked into high gear as the Aug. 1 race day approaches.

Head veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM, has been working on recruiting and organizing the 17... Read More

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Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Rides Again

July 20, 2009

Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old Half-Arabian who broke the record for lifetime competitive mileage last October, added another 20 miles to his record July 18 when he completed one day of the Cedar Creek competitive trail ride near Columbia, Mo.... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Sidetracked by Justice System

April 28, 2009

A call to jury duty prevented Mary Anna Wood from competing her 38-year-old half-Arabian gelding, Elmer Bandit in the Rustlers and Renegades Competitive Trail ride in Cherryvale,... Read More

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Trail Record-Holder Elmer Bandit Turns 38

April 09, 2009

Elmer Bandit's 38th birthday did not go unnoticed April 8, as dawn found the Independence, Mo., temperature matching the gray half-Arabian's age.

"I brought him four apples and sang him Happy Birthday," reported his lifelong owner, Mary Ann... Read More

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Sheik Voids Race Results After Endurance Horse Tests Positive

April 08, 2009

The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.

Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More

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Emergency Care at Endurance Events

March 14, 2009

Endurance rides are often held in wilderness areas without good road access, posing a challenge when trying to reach a horse in distress. A Treatment Veterinarian should be equipped with sufficient horsepower (vehicle, ATV, or horse) to reach a horse... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Entered for April Ride

March 09, 2009

Elmer Bandit, the Half-Arabian who broke the lifetime record for competitive trail mileage last October at the age of 37, has been entered in a one-day Competitive Trail event... Read More

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Elmer Bandit's Winter Workouts Move Inside

January 30, 2009

Winter weather has driven 37-year-old competitive trail horse Elmer Bandit and his owner and rider Mary Anna Wood inside for dressage lessons.... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Takes it Easy in the New Year

January 02, 2009

What has Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old record-holder for competitive trail mileage been up to since breaking the record last October? Participating in dressage lessons and generally taking it easy, says his owner and rider Mary Anna Wood of... Read More

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2008: A Year in Equine Health News

December 30, 2008

What a year it has been. The equine industry has had its ups and downs--from the losses of Eight Belles and Teddy O'Connor, to the amazing story of 37-year-old superhorse Elmer Bandit, as well as the incredible display of equine talent at the... Read More

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You Told Us: Favorite Happy News on TheHorse.com

December 30, 2008

A total of 700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which happy stories did you most enjoy on TheHorse.com this year?"

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Endurance Horse Missing in Arizona

December 01, 2008

A search party is combing the desert around Arizona's McDowell Mountain Park, after a 7-year-old grey Arabian horse competing in an endurance event lost his rider and disappeared, according to Phoenix television station Read More

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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Ride Along at the FEI World Endurance Championship

November 21, 2008

The first-ever FEI World Endurance Championship in Malaysia was held Nov. 7-8 in Terengganu. Meg Sleeper, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, and her horse, Syrocco Reveille, competed on the team representing the United States.

While the competition didn't... Read More

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Lightning, Illness Rein in U.S. Team at Endurance Championship

November 19, 2008

A cloud of bad luck hung over the U.S. squad at the first-ever FEI World Endurance Championship in Malaysia, held Nov. 7-8 in Terengganu. Of the six American riders, only two completed the 160-kilometer (99.4-mile), course, having... Read More

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Riding with Elmer Bandit

October 29, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian who recently broke the record for competitive trail mileage, and his owner/rider Mary Anna Wood inspire me. I have known Elmer for eight years and have written about his career for TheHorse.com for... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Did It! 37-Year-Old Horse Sets New Mileage Record

October 27, 2008

Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit trotted under the finish line to set a new competitive trail mileage record of 20,720 miles, 201 days after his 37th birthday. The North America... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Under Wraps as Cold Weather and Record Ride Approach

October 23, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian on the verge of setting a new record for lifetime competitive mileage, in bundled up in preparation for this weekend's competitive trail event near Lindsborg, Kan. If Elmer completes the 60-mile ride,... Read More