July Quicksilver Quips

President's Message, July, 2000

Today is June 12, 2000, and while I have not heard from Ft. Shellbourne
officially, I just know that Trilby has already crossed the 50,000 mile
barrier.  What a great feat.  I cannot imagine that this will ever again
happen in our lifetime, although who is to know.  Maybe there is some
other total wacko out there who will make it.  Time will tell.

I have been riding my new horse, Bandit, and having a great time.
Thanks to Nancy Twight for taking him for two months and spending every weekend
letting me ride him while she told me what to do.  It was a real trip last week
when we encountered the hiker leading two fully packed Llamas, we had a old
campaigner with us, a retraining horse and a green horse that was on the
trail for only the second time.  There were all pretty snorty, even old
standby JR.  Bandit almost had a heart attack and I was right there with
him.  He sure did look pretty all snorted out and stiff legged like a halter
horse.

I am off to Cooley Ranch [the ride formerly known as Hashknife] this
weekend to do my secretary thing.  Hope to see everyone there.

Did you notice how my little DUH is catching on.  Traci used it a lot
this month.  Thanks Heather.  Good saying...

                                Maryben
 
 

              JULY 2000

                July 1      FLATWOODS 25/50/75
                                Churstie Evans   530-337-6530

                July 1      MARIPOSA RUN FOR THE GOLD 30/60/100
                                Richard Theodore  209-742-7895

                July 12      QUICKSILVER MEETING-Calero Park
                                Pot Luck & Ride - call Maryben 408-265-0839

                July 15     WESTERN STATES TRAIL RIDE 100  (Tevis Cup)
                                Dale Lake  530-823-7282

                July 15     MAPLE CREEK  25/50
                                Elaine Kerrigan 707-443-0215

                July 22 BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS  25/50
                                Cheri Briscoe  661-822-0963
 

QUICKSILVER MEMBERS keeping busy...............

Our Treasurer, Trilby Pederson, sends this end of May report

General Account        $   735.88
Ride Account                 2177.13
Junior Account               754.44
Trails Account               834..29

 TRACI FALCONE E-MAILS  MARYBEN

Sounds like you're having fun with Bandit.  Have a great ride at Mt. Madonna
tomorrow.  Pat (McDonald) is meeting us in Foresthill tomorrow and then
we're trailering up to Robinson Flat and riding back to Foresthill.  We'll
have to ride on about two miles of snow, but I guess that's OK.  Pat has a
"thing" about riding on the Tevis trail.  Last weekend, we rode from Michigan
Bluff and did "the canyons."  I'd love to get a photo of your horse - I don't
care how long it takes to download.

Love, Traci
 P.S.  I like your photo in the AERC magazine.    (See related story, page  5 )

SAD NEWS

Former Quicksilver member Stacy Olsen lost a horse in a training accident.
Breaking away from a trainer, the horse crashed through a fence, breaking a
leg and having to be destroyed.  Our sympathy to Stacy who witnessed the
whole ordeal.

 Stacy’s new address, by the way,  is:
       5710 Fernwood Drive,
    Shingle Springs, CA  95682
 

A good Member moves away

Diane Trefethen has moved from La Honda to 30158 Hart Oaks Drive, Hart’s
Flat, CA  93531.  Now some of us are not sure where Hart’s Flat is, but
from the zip code we are thinking      . Sounds like horse country to us.

Good luck in your new home, Diane. Come see us!

CATHY KAUER WANTS TO HELP A  FRIEND

A friend of mine, Cheryl Domnitch, is looking for a horse for ride and
tie. She currently uses Skip's horses (Raj, Corky, Split, Jafar) for ride and
tie. She has ridden for 3 years while doing ride and tie. She is looking
for an Arabian gelding between 5 and 10 years, and a petite horse is fine as
she is under 5' herself. Do you know of any, or can you refer me??
You can write to me or to her. Her address is: CDEFPE@aol.com

   Thank you so much,

           Cathy

Try to Beat This? FORGET IT!!

Maryben says that she and Trilby  have delved into the archives and come
up with some of the facts about her career and horses.

Trilby started riding in 1982 on Ring Offer [Ring] her appy gelding.  In 1983
Courtney brought Rushcreek Lad back from Nebraska.  He came to my ranch
from Nebraska and I got to ride him before Trilby bought him.  He was a great
horse to ride and perfectly trained.  When Lad died he had over 18,000 miles.
He actually had done 21,000 but some of those were taken away.  But that
is another story.

She also rode the following horses:
Bezeron
Alimah
Jeffrey Julip
Washoe Gahnite
Exclamation A who she rides still with over 6,000 miles
Jackpot Shogun
LS Shanell [Connie Creech's horse]
H. Sir Echo [borrowed from Robert Ribley]
M. Ben Farwiz [Red] who she still rides [over 6,000 miles]
Marksman
Sierra Fadway [we know who she borrowed him from]
Happy, another Bumgardner horse
Ben, we think that was another Bumgardner horse
Rajah
HCC Deep Dish
Shiner.
And then there was the infamous Trilby/Les race of 1986 where Trilby rode
40 horses for over 7,000 miles in one year.  She did not ride Lad that year
but rode him in 1987 for 4,260 miles in one year.  Lad did 74 rides that
year.

That's just what we did in 10 minutes of looking at the records.  I told
Trilby she should figure out some more of these things because I am sure
some of them will stand as records for a long time.
(ed: note: in our August issue of QQ we will have an in depth article
about Trilby and her 50,000 miles)
 

Last month  QQ printed an article by Connie Berto on Certified Weed Free
Feed

Coming Soon, an issue with which we may all have to deal  This month she
reports on a different aspect of this subject ...ENVIRO HORSE.  Read her
article on pages  8 and 9.  Connie is concerned. You should be too!
 

After all these years,, Quicksilver members have probably noticed that
the editor tends to feature rides in which she herself participated.  The
reason for this is these are the only ones she knows about because no one ever
sends her other ride reports.  It is sad, but true. BUT, there was an exception
this month with former Quicksilver President, Steve Lenheim sending in a
report without being asked.  Hurrah for Steve!.  However, he made one
terrible omission.  He forgot to mention that he was in the Top Ten on the
Wine Country 50 with a nice 8th place finish in a difficult ride.  He
also forgot to mention that he received the “old fossil” award.

Congratulations - Steve.

The editor also feels badly that she frequently misses people who “were
there” so to speak, but she did not personally happen to see.  This is
particularly true of the Castle Rock Ride where she knows many other
members, besides those mentioned in the Castle Rock article on page 5,
pitched in and helped.
 

Maryben has 40 acres of pasture and plenty of room for some more
boarders.  It will cost you $150 a month and if you are sort of an absentee
boarder, she will arrange the  de-wormings, shots and shoeing schedules
for you. Call Maryben at 408-265-0839

 THUMBS UP FROM JANICE

The board of supervisors passed the livestock ordinance unanimously.
                   Yippee success!

Janice Frazier, Manager Wafer Test and Yield , SSD, Office Bldg.14-2
225A; Phone tie line 276-4931; external (408) 256-4931 pager (408)
542-6270
 

Somebody help Elisabet Hiatt

 I've rescued a wild cat and I need to find a home for him. This is a
remarkably good cat considering he's been wild. He's very sweet and
loving, although still a bit scared of humans. My problem is that he has FIV
(Feline Infectious virus) which is contagious to other cats.  Having two other
cats at home, I cannot keep "Ruffio" for fear of infecting my cats. FIV affects
the immune system, so Ruffio should be an indoor cat in a single cat
family (or a family that already has an FIV positive cat).

He's orange and weighs around 12 pounds (even though he's still skinny)
and around 1 1/2 years old. He loves to have his belly rubbed and clearly
has the potential to be a wonderful companion... I'm amazed at how much he's
changed in the two weeks I've had him. Next week he will be neutered, and he is
up to date with all shots & worming.

Please - if you or someone you know would like to adopt Ruffio, let me
know.

My house is too small to be divided into two cat hotels!  Thanks much!
Elisabet (831)335-3223   lazo@cats.ucsc.edu

Tired of rough downhill work?
Nancy Twight is working with a very nice Paint Tennessee Walking Horse
that is for sale.  The 14.2 hand gelding loves trails, and is easy to handle
The owner is asking $4,000, but if you are interested, call Nancy at
831-761-3363

Tevis Cup Waiting List
We are told that there are close to 100 people on the waiting list for the
Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup ride) this year.  It seems that
everyone wants to ride it in the year 2000.  Last year all of the 70 on the
waiting list “got in” as others dropped out for a total of 224 starting riders.
This year, with the longer waiting list, it would appear that they will reach
their limit of 250 participants—the maximum number allowed on the trail
by the Forest Service. To see the current list of riders, go to  www.
foothill.net/Tevis.  The ride office has been up-dating it about once
every two weeks.

Nancy Elliot, DVM, Quicksilver's gad-a-bout but  hard working traveling
veterinarian is off again.  This time she will be helping judge the  Pan
American  pre ride in Vermont   and then to the  USET Festival of
Champions
in New Jersey. However, she is going to get away from official duties on
July 15th and take a busman's holiday on the Tevis Cup. trail.
 

GREETINGS FROM THE COOL CRASH TEST DUMMY
by Traci Falcone

Over the past several months, I have found myself the helmet testing
"dummy" for two different helmets.  I'd like to take this opportunity to relate
my findings. Back in February, I went for a ride on the California Loop section
of the Western States Trail with a new friend I had met at a local endurance
riders' club meeting.  I was riding Doogie, my bomb proof Arab, who has done the
Tevis several times.  We were having a terrific ride and had stopped on
a very narrow, cliffy section of the trail on the way back to see if Dale
could move a small tree out of the way.  I was in front,  and reached back to
hold the rein of Dale's horse while he walked ahead to see what he could do
about the tree.  Immediately my horse started fidgeting and I looked back to see
that the rein had gotten under Doogie's tail.  I leaned back to get the
rein free and the next thing I knew, Doogie was going over the side of the
cliff.  He was sliding so fast that he started to trot and I tried to remember
the scene in "The Man From Snowy River" where the guy was going down a cliff
to see if I could somehow instantly become that good a rider.  I didn't.

The next thing that happened is that I was unconscious.  Doogie evidently
made a sharp turn to turn his body perpendicular to the cliff and I kept going
straight down, "rolling down the cliff like a log, out of sight," to use
Dale's exact words.  I was unconscious for at least five minutes and do
not remember a thing until about an hour later when the two of us were
walking down the trail, hoping that we would eventually find Doogie.  We did
find Doogie (who didn't have a mark on him) and I rode the rest of the way
back to the trailer.

RESULTS OF THE CRASH TEST:  The helmet (a Lexington Lidlocker)
definitely saved my life.  I hit the right side of my head (right above my ear) and
the helmet foam is cracked all the way though for about four inches.

COMMENTS FROM THE DUMMY: I did not get off my horse to hold my friend's
horse.  We were on a very narrow trail which was on the edge of a cliff
and I definitely should have dismounted.  To use Maryben's expression, "DUH!"
Also, do not go over a cliff and get knocked unconscious on your first
ride with a new friend.  Pretty soon, you will have no one to ride with!

My more recent crash test happened yesterday (June 11) on a very wide
section of the Western States trail not far from the river crossing.  I was
riding my very green, just-turned-four-year-old who has only been under
saddle for one month and who is deathly afraid of mountain bikes.  So,
Mark and I are walking up a hill (I'm in front) and the next thing I know,
my horse is galloping downhill as fast as he can go and my feet are out of the
stirrups.

Now I need all the help balancing I can get - stirrups are a necessity
for me - and I'm riding a bolting horse down a steep hill thinking, "Wow, I'm
still "on" when, around a corner, I see the dry, rocky creekbed we had come
through on our way up the hill  (the creekbed also marks a sharp turn in the
trail).

Now I'm thinking, "This is where it could get ugly." And sure enough,
that is where I crashed, hanging on to the end, landing on my back, my head
whipping down on the rocks and the horse stepping on my leg as he makes his way
away from all the predators (SEVEN mountain bike riders).  As I fell, I felt
my helmet hit and then, right below the back of the helmet, my head hit
something, and then I see horse legs and feel my leg and foot get hit.
Luckily, I remained conscious and after a minute or two, I got up and
tried to tell the mountain bike family that it was not their fault and tried to
reassure Mark that I was OK (I'm a crash test dummy, remember?!)  I was
able to ride the few miles home and then went to the emergency room to get
two stitches in my foot and five in the back of my head.

RESULTS OF THE CRASH TEST:  My new helmet (a Lexington Rough Rider) must
have been pushed forward with the impact, allowing the back of my head to
become exposed to a rock.  I might not have had the straps adjusted properly.
The bottom section of foam in the back is dented, but not cracked.  The
bottom section of my head is not dented, but cracked (a two inch crack).

COMMENTS FROM THE DUMMY:  OK, if your horse is afraid of mountain bikes,
DON'T take him on a trail that is swarming with them until he has had the
opportunity to get used to them.  DUH!  And don't say out loud, "Gee, I
hope we don't run into any mountain bikes."  DUH!

I guess I should take a hint and start doing something SMART.  DUH!

Quicksilver's Gaily Galloping Gallant Great Grandmother Gloria Garners
Grand Award at Camp Far West.

Gloria Vanderford and “Blue” left Hugh at home
and went off to Camp Far West to show that little old ladies in tennis shoes
no longer fits the great-grandmother set.  Now they are out winning Best
Condition Award  and finishing third in a field of 119 horses and
riders.  It was a great day for this pair and Blue and Gloria never missed a beat.

Of course, Ken Cook was giving them a run for their money riding behind
them, and  finished a strong 4th place on his good horse Rocky who had top
tenned Castle Rock the week before.

The Memorial Day weekend ride threw a blast of hot air at the riders,
but with lots of creek crossing,  and a good throwing arm, it was possible
to sponge off the horses on the fly and keep moving on this fairly moderate
course. It was an exceptionally clear day and the rolling hills and oak trees
and blooming buckeyes made up a landscape so typical of California that
it could not be anywhere else.  The afternoon brought on some really
gorgeous  and unusual cloud effects, which Bob Suhr, who studied celestial
navigation in the Navy years ago,  claims are called Mare's Tails.

How appropriate.

Other Quicksilver members there completing the ride were Carolyn Tucker
on the lovely Oman, Trilby Pederson (completing her 49,965th mile)  and
Jeff Luternauer.

That was supposed to be the end of this article.  However, word just in
that Gloria did a repeat at the 75 mile NASTR ride. She finished in second
place and took home the Best Condition Award again.  But Quicksilver hit it
pretty big that day in the 50 miler too.  Skip LIghtfoot’s horses finished
first and second and Skip was aboard one of them himself. We were told
that one of the horses is full brother to Skip’s Red that won the 1999
Haggin Cup. with Heather Bergantz doing the steering.

We are hoping for more details.

MARYBEN'S SPIES TELL HER......

Brownings have a new idea about ride and tie.  If you go over the obstacles,
the course is shorter.  You can go around but if you do, you add a mile or
two on with each one you skip.  At the race this weekend, only two horses did
ALL of the obstacles.  One of them, Skip LIghtfoot’s Raj, did all the
obstacles, won the race and got BC to boot.  Of course along with Skip
his other human partner was Tom Johnson.  My spies have told me that the
only reason they went over the first obstacle was that Skip did not see it
it until too late to stop.  It was a kind of Man From Snowy River hill and
by the time he realized it, they were already on the way down.

Mike Maul has a new horse

Mike Maul has just bought the nice Arab gelding, Thor, from Deborah
Manion. Mike and Thor are already well acquainted as they shared
the Tevis Trail and several 50’s last year.
 

Hot and Humid Castle Rock Comes  Up A Winner

After weather conditions gave the McCrary family an “iffy” week prior to
their annual Castle Rock Ride, they  pulled it all off in grand style with a
crystal clear day and  forests and meadows thick with lush growth.

Quicksilver was there in force with the best performance being put in by
Judy Etheridge and Orion who trailed the winner by only 13 minutes on this
tough course.   Ken Cook and Michelle Shaw also top tenned, Ken on his Rocky
and Michele on the mustang Robin Hood.  Gloria Vanderford  followed in 11th
place and from then on it was one Quicksilver rider after another  the rest
of the afternoon.

Robert Ribley, Nancy and Peter Twight, Pat Verheul, Gertrud
Walker, Julie Suhr, Leonard Cabaniss, Mike Tracy, Jeff Luternauer,
Trilby Pederson, Elisabet Hiatt and Robert Oram.

Seventy-nine of the 125 starting crossed the big meadow to the finish line.

In the 30 Mile Barley Patch Ride Linda Cowles, Mike Sofen, Mary Inman,
and Dave Fanara chose the shorter course and were glad of it as they watched
the 50 milers go back out on the trail for  a scorching afternoon.

Nancy Elliot shouldered the veterinarian responsibilities and picked one
of the best teams you could find at any ride.....professional and fair,  including
Quicksilver's Melissa Ribley.  The flow of horses through the checks was smooth
with very little waiting in line.  The vet checks are easy to crew because they
are not far apart.

Other Quicksilver members helping on the ground were Chere Montgomery, Pat
McAndrews and Darlene Wilcock. Quicksilver was also represented by  Jim
and Joanne Dietz riding drag, Lori Olsen, David Walker, Hugh Vanderford.
past president Steve Lenheim, Rick Gomez and his wife Joyce and their girls,
Jennifer Layman and Steve Shaw.

In spite of the heat, there is no one who would question that this is
spectacular ride.  The visibility was great, way out to sea and then from the
mountain tops....breathtaking vistas with no sign of human habitation.
Just forest, meadows and the pounding Pacific surf in the distance.

The Castle Rock 50 is not an easy ride.  When you complete it, you know
you and your horse have done something special.  The course is mapped out
and planned by the McCrary family in a year long effort. Keeping this trail
passable is the result of three generations of one family working together
months in advance. The day of the ride they keep track of three events - the 50
Mile Castle Rock Ride, the 30 mile Barley Patch Ride and a Ride and Tie,
primarily organized by Ellen McCrary Rinde. The great food served both
the night before and most of Saturday afternoon has a well deserved 5 star
rating among riders and crews.

    js
 

Wine Country 50 through the eyes of Steve Lenheim

Every now and then Endurance Riding can be fun.  And so it was on June 3rd.
I had not received an entry for the Camp Far West ride the week before
and stayed home.  So looking for a ride, I sent in an entry for the Wine Country
50 and then proceeded to drive up on Friday. The nice surprise was the
grounds at  the park they used.  It was public entity run by a non-profit
organization of volunteers.  Just think of Calero with showers, flushing
toilets, green grass, well kept trails, etc.  All this for half of what it
costs Santa Clara County and the taxpayers under the present reign (oh,
they even had a riding arena with bleachers).

The ride itself turned out to be a perfect endurance event.  The trails were
at times rocky (very rocky with lava outcropping), then flat and smooth
single track that you could zip along.  Jessica Tuteur had laid it out with
sections of very steep up hills (like get off and crawl on all fours),
rolling hills, and of course, the  flat meadows with farmer roads.  Not
an easy course. In fact, I would rate it as difficult+. What made it great
was the weather.  It's not so bad having a tough course if the weather
cooperates which it did.  Nice cool fog in the a.m. (‘'til 9) then a breeze with
70-80 degree  temperature.  It wasn’t a test in survival as much as a test of
the horses endurance skills.  You could go at a reasonable pace and conquer
each section,  letting the speedster go ahead.

Jamie Kerr vetted and had a great crew to help. Lots of students from UC
Davis and, of course, our own Melissa, DVM who worked so her husband
Robert could pay for his ride . (I like that!)  This year they solved the
problems they had last year such as water. Along the trail they had trucked it in
for key spots and kept spongers from screwing it up so late people could
water their horses.  The vet checks were also well watered with running water
and great grounds to trot on.  If I had a complaint (and I always do) it's
that they didn't have a beer stand at the afternoon vet check.

Good help, good people, good time!

As I recall, from our club, I saw the Flying Falcones (Traci and Mark),
Becky Glaser, Kirsten Berntsen (having too much fun!),  Jennifer Layman
Robert and Melissa and Jill Newburn. There may have been  others but
this is three days later and the memory isn't razor sharp.

If you go next year, check the weather, plan on a great dinner, maybe
pad for rocks and take an extra beer.  Oh, one thing I almost forgot was the
awards. I think I left with about $200 in prizes.  Jessica had more than
she could give away.
 

  The Arabian Trail Riders Association

Region III of the International Arabian Horse Association  (which includes
most of Northern California) is divided into six committees, one of which
encompasses endurance. Titled the Arabian Trail Riders Association, the
committee chair- person is Quicksilver member Eric Thompson for the year
2000. Membership in ATRA entitles you to all the benefits of the IAHA and is
a good way to demonstrate your support of trail riding. The following is an
announcement taken from ridecamp.

The ATRA meeting will be Sunday June 25th, 9:30 AM.  The club is
 furnishing lunch as a big Thank You to all of you for all your hard work
 on our club events this year.  RSVP by Friday June 24, to Rita via e-mail
 or phone, 510-657-5827 this way we know how much food to buy.  If we do
 not hear from you it will be a No I am not coming.  The meeting will be
 at 2331 Jackson St. Fremont, take 680 to Washington exit, right on
 Washington to Olive make right, go over two speed bumps to Jackson make
 right one and 1/2 blocks house on the left.

 Meeting items
 Club events for rest of year.
 trail rides/camp outs
 Saving Distance riding in IAHA
 resolution for 2000 convention

Election for club officers in October
 possible meeting at Concord Mount
Diablo club house

 I do hope you will attend this meeting.  IAHA is in the process of
 eliminating CTR, Endurance and rec. riding programs at their Aug. or Nov.
BOD meeting.  We must try to save these programs if we want to save our
 trails for the next generation. Important Meeting  Wednesday
June 21, 10:00 to 1:00 at the Adobe in
 Concord, Ca.  To save trails in Yosemite.  It is a Presentation of
 Yosemite Plan.   If at all possible try to attend and show the Federal
 Government we do care and we want to keep horse trails, staging areas,
 camp out areas and the horse stables.
 The Adobe, 3119 Grant St.  which is between Solano Way and Olivbera Rd.
 formed in a triangle with Hwy 4 and 242.  Phone number 925-681-0135

               Rita Schlim ATRA President

 Quicksilver members now belonging to ATRA besides Eric and Kathy are
Kirsten Berntsen, Becky Glaser, Lynge Simoni and Bob and Julie Suhr.
Eric would be happy to have more Quicksilver Members  belong to ATRA
so if you are
interested, he can be reached at 916-645-0655
 

   ENVIRO HORSE??
       WHAT IS IT??                          CONNIE BERTO EXPLAINS...
 

EnviroHorse was founded in December 1998 to  identify, gather, and
disseminate infor-mation to ensure and enhance equine access to both
public and private lands.   Where data gaps exist, EnviroHorse  will sponsor
research to fill them. EH has form-ed a fund-raising partnership with Bay
Area Barns and Trails, dedicated to  the preservation and stewardship of
San Francisco Bay Area equestrian barns, trails, pastures, staging areas and
horse camps.

   EnviroHorse and Bay Area Barns and Trails are proud to announce that
we have secured an agreement with the University of California at Davis for
our first research project.   It will help answer the question:

DOES YOUR HORSE POSE A RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT?

More studies are needed to determine the effects of equine manure on
public health and the natural environment.  Equestrians face increased
operating costs and more restrictive stable and trail regulations.  These are due
to often unfounded concerns and opinions of public land managers, the
general public, organic food growers, and consumers.  Is a pathogenic strain of
E. coli 0157:H7 found in equine manure?  Are noxious weed seeds found in
feed consumed by horses?  Are equestrian trails, pastures and stables harmful
to wildlife habitat?

   A three-phase research project is planned to help answer these questions.
Research will take place in equine operations in the coastal areas from
stables housing at least ten horses, located near a creek or body of
water, are invited to participate.   Participation will be voluntary and the
requisite questionnaire will be confidential.

Please note:   Results of this research will be made available
world-wide.

Phase 1:   Assessing E. Coli  0157:H7.  Dr. Robert Atwill, DVM,
 MPVM, Ph.D.., of UC Davis of School of Veterinary Medicine will conduct
the tests and studies assessing the presence/absence of E.coli 0157:H7.
If we find that horses shed insignificant levels of pathogens, we can conclude
that concerns are unsubstantiated.   If we find that significant levels do
exist, we can design management options that reduce the pathogen
risk.
       Phase 2:  Microbial Source Tracking -- Genetic Identification
of Horse Manure.  Dr. Samadpour of the University of Washington has
assembled a large database of source-specific genetic finger-prints for
E. coli strains, thus identifying host species.   Bay Area horse fecal samples
will be sent to Dr. Samadpour to augment this "equidatabase" of equine
specific genetic fingerprints.  This will enable  more accurate ident-
ification of  the specific source of fecal contaminants found in water-
sheds in future studies.

      Phase 3:  Assessing Presence of Weed Seeds in Manure.   This phase
of the project will isolate, identify, and attempt to germinate seeds found
in uncomposted manure samples.   A recent EnviroHorse report cited studies
showing that weed seeds are destroyed in properly composted horse
manure.

Little is known, however, about seeds in manure left on trails, camps,
and staging areas.  This study will attempt to add to this knowledge.

     It is estimated that this research will cost around $15,000.  As of
May 2000,  $8,000 has been raised.  The work that EnviroHorse is doing
cannot be done without support from others.   Any amount will be greatly
appreciated!

Donations are tax-deductible and
should be sent to:
  University of California, Davis;
  Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC)
  Tulare, California 93291.
  Attention:  Dianne Benner.

 Memo: Research/Equine Manure/Dr. Rob Atwill.    A big thank you for
your help!

     PLEASE,  FEEL FREE TO  SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS
AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS!   For a copy of the official announcement with its
additional information, please email me at cberto@juno.com with a snail
mail address.   Visit our website at www.envirohorse.org or email:quinn@epri.com
and again, your support is vital!.
 

Published by the Quicksilver Endurance Riders Inc.
P.O. Box 71, New Almaden, CA 95042
Julie Suhr, Editor TEL and FAX 831-335-5933