Articles by Marsha Hayes
May 03, 2010
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
February 19, 2010
"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
February 18, 2010
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
February 17, 2010
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.
Elmer was Read More
February 15, 2010
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
January 05, 2010
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
November 29, 2009
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 13, 2009
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
June 05, 2009
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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
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
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
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
December 04, 2008