Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.
Articles by Marsha Hayes
July 22, 2010
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
July 20, 2010
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
July 05, 2010
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
July 04, 2010
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.Read More
June 27, 2010
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
June 20, 2010
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
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.
How Read More
September 21, 2009
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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