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


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


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


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


Brazilian Endurance Team Changes Route to Avoid Glanders Hotspot

October 14, 2008

The road to the FEI World Endurance Championship (WEC) will be a little longer for Brazil's six horses because of a recent case of glanders in a horse in Sao Paulo. The European... Read More


Elmer Bandit Completes Another Ride; Within 50 Miles of Record

October 13, 2008

"Heat, humidity, and extra speed, coupled with steep hills, made Indian Cave a tough ride," commented competitor Lucy Hirsch, DVM, after finishing the Oct. 11-12 competitive trail ride. Hirsch rode alongside 37-year-old Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit... Read More


Whose Record is Elmer Bandit Trying to Break? More on Wing Tempo

October 11, 2008

As 37-year-old Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit trots toward a competitive trail lifetime record of 20,710 miles, set by Saddlebred Wing Tempo, one has to wonder: Who is Wing Tempo?... Read More


Elmer Bandit Adds Another 60 Miles, Course Takes Toll on Competitors

October 06, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian approaching the record for lifetime competitive miles, competed Oct. 4 and 5 in the Kansas Flint Hills Competitive Trail Ride north of Manhattan, Kan.

Rocky conditions, steep climbs, and... Read More


37-Year-Old Horse Elmer Bandit Wins Competitive Trail Ride

September 15, 2008

Adding another 60 miles to his North American Trail Conference (NATRC) career, 37-year-old Elmer Bandit was declared the Open Sweepstakes division winner this past weekend at the Dave Smith Fall Fiesta competition near Lehigh, Iowa.

"We had... Read More


Elmer Bandit, 37, Completes Another Ride, On Track for Record

September 02, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding nearing a lifetime competitive mileage record, boosted his mileage to 20,480 over Labor Day weekend after completing the Nebraska National Forest event.

"Elmer loved trotting over the... Read More


37-Year-Old Horse Elmer Bandit Finishes Second at Competitive Trail Ride

August 18, 2008

Elmer Bandit, 37-year-old half-Arabian gelding, completed the Spotted Rump Ride Competitive Trail Event at Greensfelder Equestrian Park near St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 16 to boost his... Read More


37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Update: Summer Vacation

July 25, 2008

Like school kids everywhere, Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half Arabian gelding who is closing in on a world record for lifetime competitive trail miles, is enjoying a summer vacation.

Elmer's lifetime miles stand at 20,360, which is 350... Read More


Road to Nowhere: Tevis Hopefuls Head Home

July 21, 2008

Carrie Miracle-Jordan and Marilyn McCoy drove nearly 1,000 miles from Sierra Vista, Ariz., to Auburn, Calif., last week. Jordan planned to ride Stealawin, McCoy's 10-year-old Arabian gelding, in the 100-mile Tevis Cup endurance race.... Read More


California Wildfires: Tevis Cup Endurance Race Cancelled

July 10, 2008

As a result of ongoing California wildfires, the 2008 Tevis Cup endurance race has been cancelled. The 100-mile ride, which was scheduled to take place July 19, draws entries from around the world.

Although the fires are not on the trail at... Read More


Bahrain's Endurance Team Wins First Austrian Event

June 29, 2008

The Austrian International Endurance Horseride held yesterday (June 28) in Bad Blumau, Austria, is a qualifier for the World Endurance Championship to be held Nov. 9-11 in Malaysia. Bahrain's Royal Endurance Team captain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad... Read More


Endurance Discipline Manager Selected for WEG 2010

June 26, 2008

Emmett B. Ross has been selected as the Endurance Discipline Manager for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Ross brings more than 20 years of international endurance riding experience, acting as trainer, Chef d'Equipe,... Read More


Three-Time World Champion Named as Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Endurance Squad

June 14, 2008

After an extensive search, the USEF has named three-time World Endurance Champion and 1990 AHSA/Hertz Equestrian of the Year, Becky Hart, as Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Endurance riders.

An Endurance veteran, Hart was inducted into the American... Read More


Floods Cause Cancellation of Elmer Bandit's Scheduled Ride

June 10, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding closing in on a lifetime competitive trail mileage record, is under the weather. No, he's not sick--his competitive trail career is... Read More


37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Completes Another Ride

June 03, 2008

Elmer Bandit, a 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding, completed the Indian Territory North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) ride over Memorial Day weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing his lifetime mileage total to 20,360.

The... Read More


37-Year-Old Horse Completes First Competitive Ride of the 2008 Season

April 28, 2008

Nineteen days after turning 37 years old, Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit and owner/breeder Mary Anna Wood crossed the timing line on Sunday to complete his first Open Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) of 2008. Less than two hours later he vetted out sound an... Read More


37-Year-Old Horse Closing in on Trail Mileage Record

April 06, 2008

Pushing the envelope of equine athletic prowess, 37-year-old half-Arabian Elmer Bandit is gearing up to start yet another competitive trail ride season.

In 2007 Elmer's certified lifetime competitive miles stood at 20,240, nearing the... Read More


Wyoming Horse, Rider Celebrate 1,000 Miles of Endurance Riding

December 21, 2007

It's an unlikely story of a 25-year-old mare and her 62-year-old rider competing on the endurance ride circuit.

Over a seven-year span, the duo, starting at age 18 and 54 respectively, completed more than 1,000 miles. The horse is now... Read More


Officials to Investigate Horse Deaths at Endurance Ride

September 14, 2007

The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) will investigate the deaths of the two horses that were hit by a car after crossing the finish line on day seven of the Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Ride, said AERC President Mike Maul. The... Read More


FEI Appoints Members to Group Reviewing Endurance Rules

June 12, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has appointed members to the endurance task force, which has been asked to undertake a full review of the sport ahead of the disciplines major rule review due in January 2009.

Over 50 application... Read More


Idaho Endurance Rider, Horse Train for Another Marathon Ride

December 28, 2006

Lisa Benner and her horse are endurance athletes.

They covered 100 miles across the Sierra Nevadas in less than 24 hours, and now they're training to do it again.
"It's you against the clock," Benner said of the difficult... Read More