Marsha Hayes

Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

Articles by Marsha Hayes

Beating The Heat at Tevis

When riders mount up this morning for the 55th Tevis Cup Ride they will be attempting a 100-mile horseback journey from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif. When they begin their ride at the 7,200-foot-altitude Robie Equestrian Park, they will take with them Read More

Good Horse Luck and Good Karma, Tevis Style

Horsemen have always been a superstitious lot. For the Tevis Cup, a 100-mile equestrian endurance ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif., riders pull out all the stops to improve their chances of completing the race in the required 24 hours. Read More

Tevis Will Highlight Conditioning, Athletic Prowess

At dawn on July 24, nearly 200 riders from across the country and around the world will set out on a 100-mile riding adventure over California's Sierra peaks. Some will race each other, and others will race the 24-hour clock that signals the end of e Read More

WEG Regional U.S. Endurance Team Selection Trials Held

The quality and depth of the horses and riders vying for the five coveted spots on the United States endurance team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were made apparent after three regional selection trials held June 20-28. " Read More

Funny Cide Celebrates Fourth of July Retirement Anniversary

Exactly three years ago, Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide crossed the finish line, first, of course, for the last time in his racing career. On that Fourth of July, he won the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap, bringing his earnings to $3,529.412.

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Mobile Veterinary Emergency Team Ready in Texas

Inspired by images from Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Rita, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in cooperation with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has created a mobile Veterinary Emergen Read More

Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta: Who's Your Daddy?

Father's Day will probably find the super dads of American's equine racing superstars doing what many dads will do on their day: relaxing in the outdoors and basking in the sun and their offsprings' accomplishments. Medag Read More

Belgian and Car Collide: Car Loses

What started as a simple training exercise in Independence, Kan., turned into a two-mile chase involving five police officers, two highway patrolmen, concerned citizens, a horse-drawn wedding carriage, and Rocky, an 1,800-pound, 7-year-old Belg Read More

Elmer Bandit Necropsy Performed at Kansas State

"We are looking for what was right with Elmer, not what was wrong," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, friend of Elmer Bandit, as she accompanied owner Mary Anna Wood on Elmer's final journey, which was, fittingly, to a veterinary teaching ho Read More

Donations to NATRC Trail Fund Honor Elmer Bandit

Long before Elmer Bandit set the record for competitive trail miles, he and his lifelong owner Mary Anna Wood of Independence, Mo., worked together to raise money for the North American Trail Ride Conference's Trail Fund. The approved tax-d Read More

Elmer Bandit Tribute Planned, Condolences Shared

The North American Trail Ride Conference, the group that sanctioned and tracked Elmer Bandit's lifetime record 20,780 official Competitive Trail miles, will honor the horse at their annual banquet, which begins Friday.

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Competitive Trail Horse Elmer Bandit, 38, Euthanized

National competitive trail mileage record holder Elmer Bandit, 38, passed away Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the pasture of his longtime boarding stable, Misty River, in Independence, Mo.

Surrounded my several friends and his lifelo Read More

Tulsa Police Horse Adoption Aided by Community

Using community resources, the Tulsa, Okla., Police Department successfully placed eight laid off police horses with five non-profit organizations. The horses will continue to work in therapeutic programs.

Due to dropping revenues an Read More

Older Horse Elmer Bandit Ready for Winter

With four days of consecutive dressage lessons that ran from Nov. 20-23, Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old National Competitive Trail mileage holder, observed Thanksgiving by resting at his Independence, Mo., boarding stable home.

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Older Horse Elmer Bandit Completes Iowa Competitive Ride

Perfect fall weather found 38-year-old Elmer Bandit completing both days of the Stephens Forest Competitive Trail event near Lucas, Iowa, this past weekend. The event added 40 miles Read More

Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Might Compete This Month

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

Tevis Wraps Up; Horse Dies in Fall

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

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

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

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

Tevis 2009: Dr. Marcia Smith Leads into Robinson Flats

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

Competitor Preps for 100-Mile Tevis Endurance Ride

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

Tevis Veterinarians Add New Post-Ride Check

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.

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Tevis Cup Endurance Ride Vet Countdown Begins

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

Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Rides Again

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

Funny Cide Hits the Road

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, currently a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, expanded his résumé Saturday when he traveled to Ellis Park Race Track in Henderson, Ky.

The track star and ambassador found a new Read More