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 16, 2010
National competitive trail mileage record holder Elmer Bandit was euthanized Feb. 14 at the age of 38 in the pasture of his longtime boarding stable, surrounded by several friends and his lifelong owner, Mary Anna Wood.
Following hi... 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
December 31, 2009
The economy and its far-reaching effects on horse health and welfare was a major focus in 2009, along with polo pony deaths, Miami horse poaching, an amazing story of rehabilitation, and disease investigations book-ending the year.
I... 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
November 15, 2009
A lot of things can happen over the many miles of an endurance event. California veterinarians recently tracked the incidence and resolution of equine medical issues encountered during endurance competition.
C. Langdon Fielding,... Read More
October 16, 2009
The United States dominated the Kentucky Cup Endurance FEI CEI***, sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation. The Kentucky Cup was the official endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.
The U.S.... Read More
October 14, 2009
It was weather fit for neither man nor beast. But, it was not going to stand in the way of the determined horse-and-rider combinations that made their way to the Kentucky Cup Endurance --the official test event for the discipline of endurance ridin... Read More
October 08, 2009
On Oct. 14, riders from more than 20 countries will compete in the Kentucky Cup Endurance race, sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation. This is the official endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian... Read More
September 21, 2009
September 04, 2009
Want to spend a Kentucky autumn day watching some elite equine athletes and riders do their thing against a backdrop of Bluegrass? How about getting an inside view of the veterinary work behind the scenes at an international endurance event?... Read More
September 02, 2009
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
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
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
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
April 28, 2009
April 09, 2009
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
April 08, 2009
The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.
Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More
March 14, 2009
Endurance rides are often held in wilderness areas without good road access, posing a challenge when trying to reach a horse in distress. A Treatment Veterinarian should be equipped with sufficient horsepower (vehicle, ATV, or horse) to reach a horse... Read More
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