Anytime I try to explain my sport to a non-horsey person (hell, sometimes even to horsey people too), the go-to line is that Endurance is like Marathon on horseback. Of course, as anyone in the horsey group understands, the response from the non-horseys is generally "oh but the horse does the work, so its not… Continue reading What Happens When an Endurance Rider Runs a Marathon
If you are a long time follower of this blog, or you just have been cruising through the archives, you probably already know that myself and the other fine women who write here are adventure addicts and crave challenges. It's not uncommon for us to have already planned the "next" adventure before the current one… Continue reading New Challenges
Article originally appears in Equestrian Ontario Magazine, December 2017 (pick yours up at your local Ontario tack shop today... FREE!) If you have been following our series, you are likely now on your horse, looking down the open trail from the start line, about to embark on your first 6 or 12 mile distance ride! … Continue reading The Basic Trail Guide for a First Time Distance Rider
1. The Old Hat The distance between this rider's legs doesn't change when they dismount, and they have more miles under their girth than a migratory bird. Their horse never seems to break from its perfect 10mph trot and never seems to be all too taxed. The fountain of youth may be dry, but the… Continue reading 15 Types of People You’ve Definitely Seen at an Endurance Ride
Us equestrians are a tough sort. All that time in the barn getting filthy and we get to brag about how our immune system is almost that of a superhero. But alas, every superhero has a kryptonite. Mine is children, so when exposed to the young'uns at a family holiday gathering, I immediately fell into… Continue reading Take advantage of cold and flu season – show your helmet some love!
Article originally appeared in the October issue of Equestrian Ontario (formerly On The Horse) Magazine. See it here or pick one up in your local Ontario tack shop today! If you have been following along with our series, you may be keen to load up your trailer and hit the trails with Ontario… Continue reading Your First Competitive Distance Ride
The colours (duh!) Do I even have to say anything here? Yeah green is nice and fresh, but nothing beats the vibrant reds and yellows of the season. Plus, it goes with all my tack. 2. The BIG trot Cooler weather + endurance season fit horse = wheeeeeee!!!!!!!! The giant gaits and frisky snorts are… Continue reading 11 Reasons to Love Love Love Autumn Riding
We have been addressing some very controversial topics recently. There has been good conversation. Improvements are already happening all over. The Green Bean Movement is alive and well. There are a lot of great mentors. This post is about ideas. Here are some of ours. And we want to hear yours!
Do you have goosebumps yet? In October 2016, team riders Sarah and Rose rode in the inaugural Race the Wild Coast from Port Edward to Kei Mouth in South Africa. Throughout the race, they and ten other riders were filmed on their journey... the product of which will be coming soon to your screens! Stay… Continue reading Racing the Wild Coast – Movie Coming Soon!
August 19 and 20th I packed up my car and headed to Solstice's home, at the Ganaraska Forest for the Summer's End OCTRA ride. This is a particularly special ride, as it started as a training clinic a few years ago and has grown both in popularity and in size as generous landowners allowed the… Continue reading Summer’s End Ride