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

Elmer Bandit Sidetracked by Justice System

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

Trail Record-Holder Elmer Bandit Turns 38

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

Elmer Bandit Entered for April Ride

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

Elmer Bandit's Winter Workouts Move Inside

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

Elmer Bandit Takes it Easy in the New Year

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

Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a Read More

Equine Program Encourages Elementary School Students to Read

Although they aren't literate, 14 horses are now involved in teaching reading to the 360 students at Jefferson Elementary School in Farmington, Mo. 

The project, devised by Sheryl Robinson, the school's principal, and local horse Read More

Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

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

Riding with Elmer Bandit

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 for Read More

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

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

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

Elmer Bandit Completes Another Ride; Within 50 Miles of Record

"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

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

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

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

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

Resource Helps Military Families with Horses Make their Move

In March 2008, horse owner Valerie Van der Veer launched a Web site to help military families locate on-base stables when they experience a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

"It Read More

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

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

Lost Competitive Trail Horse Located by Luck

A 21-year-old chestnut Morgan mare was found after being missing for over 40 hours in the Blueridge Wildlife Management Area of the 65,000 Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Dirty Jobs for Horses: Not All Fun and Games for Party Ponies

Small children run between their legs, kids try to mount backwards, and necks are grasped and smothered with sticky kisses, but party ponies happily jump into the trailer the next time the work whistle blows.

Pony boss Tamara Dumont of Read More

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

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

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: Keep Horses Healthy in Smoky Conditions

Wildfires continue to burn in California, renewing concerns about the effects of smoke-filled air on equine health.

"Exercise (in a smoky environment) or excessive exposure to smoke may compromise a horse for weeks or months to come," said Read More

California Wildfires: Tevis Cup Endurance Race Cancelled

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

Funny Cide Gets the Last Laugh

This July 4th marks the one-year anniversary of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide's last race. The champion didn't rest on his laurels, though: just 48 hours after crossing the finish line for the last time, Funny Cide found himself employed in Read More