Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.
Articles by Marsha Hayes
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
November 27, 2008
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
November 23, 2008
As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment. Read More
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
October 27, 2008
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
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
October 11, 2008
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
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
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
August 28, 2008
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
August 18, 2008
August 16, 2008
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.
July 28, 2008
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
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
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
July 16, 2008
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
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
July 04, 2008
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
June 26, 2008
Veterinary teaching hospitals save horses' lives and train future veterinarians. But along with the human faculty, another type of staff member has an integral role in training new vets to care for your horse.
"Our teaching horses are Read More
June 12, 2008
Standing 18 hands tall, the 6-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron cross, Cody, escorted a group of bicyclists displaying, among other things, their right to protest in the front of the White House.
The cyclists were part of the third annual Read More