President: Diane Enderle
Vice President: Mike Maul
Secretary: Jackie Davidson
Treasurer: Trilby Pederson
Board Member: Jan Jeffers
Board Member: Cathy Kauer
Board Member: Judith Ogus
Published by the Quicksilver Endurance Riders, Inc.
P.O. Box 71
New Almaden, CA 95042
Kathy Mayeda, Editor (650) 967-2050,
Kay Allison, Distribution Coordinator
Mike Maul, Chief Mover and Shaker
Diane Enderle was out of town – so we’ll give her a break this month!
I wish to thank Julie Suhr for all her past dedication as Editor of the Quicksilver Quips. I have always looked forward to receiving the newsletter. There was always that little extra touch of clip art or a keen personal observation by Julie that made the Quips so special. She will be a hard act to follow in many ways.
I told Mike Maul that I was afraid that I would say yes to being to being the editor. Like everyone else, I always feel that I don’t have enough time to do everything that I want to do in my life. But then again, if I have enough time to participate in internet flame wars on Ridecamp, editing the Quicksilver Quips may keep me out of trouble and on to more positive pursuits, huh?
I will be the “blabber-mouth” of the Quips, but behind the scenes, Mike Maul is providing quiet leadership and Kay Allison will be doing the mailing, so putting on the newsletter together is a group effort. (It is taking several of us to take Julie’s place!) Be patient with me, my graphics will improve as I figure out how to do clip art as well as Julie! We’re trying produce the newsletter electronically. I was in hysterics trying to scan the logo at my sister’s house! (Can’t believe how silly the scan software is.) Part of the group effort is your contributions of ride stories and your “life updates”. so keep bringing on those stories! E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. FYI, I am using Microsoft Word 97 for the moment. Call me if you don’t have access to e-mail and want to submit something, and I’ll give you other alternatives.
QSER club members have been featured in the new magazine, Endurance World, edited by Jennifer Nice out of UAE. Feature articles included Dr. Nancy Elliott, Dom Freeman, Heather Bergantz and Robert Ribley.. I was not able to get permission to copy the articles into the Quips, but you can contact Jennifer Nice by e-mail: email@example.com or call the number in UAE – 971-2-4455120, or write Jazzy Publications, P.O. Box 5882, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The magazine provides a fascinating peak into other countries endurance competitors and organizations. They will mail complimentary issues.
So be well and ride a lot. See ya on the trails! K.
TIME IN: 6:52 PM
TIME OUT: 7:32 PM
CALL TO ORDER:
PRESENT: Mike Maul, Jackie Davidson, Judith Ogus, Jan Jeffers and Trilby Pedersen.
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Read and approved.
SECRETARY'S REPORT: None given.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT: None given.
San Martin Horsemen's Newsletter and Redwoods Park letter were circulated for review.
We discussed possibly consolidating the accounts or moving them to another bank, since Bank of America charges a service fee of $10 per account, per month. Trilby suggested that next year the new treasurer could change the accounts as suggested. Action items: Jan, Judith and Jackie to check on fees at different banks. Jan will check Bank of the West, Judith will check Alliance Credit Union, and Jackie will check Washington Mutual (note, as of this writing, Washington Mutual offers free checking with no minimum balance - JD 10/12/01).
General Account: $ 356.54
Ride Account: 2522.35
Junior Account: 753.71
Trails Account: 834.54
· MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: None given. (It was noted, however, that we still have members - the Allison's had a full house!).
· PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Our Fall ride is on October 20th. The November meeting will be at Trilby's, and will be a business meeting. Voting for new Officers and Board Members will take place (see General Meeting notes, below, for the nominations), and the ride will be critiqued. The December meeting will be our Christmas Party. The location is to be determined. Kay Allison is going to check on rates at the Santa Clara Horsemen's, since she is a member, and may receive a reduced rental rate.
· GOODWILL COMMITTEE: None given.
· TRAILS COMMITTEE: Maryben attended the County Parks and Recreation Meeting on Saturday, 9/8/2001. This meeting was called to help the Steering Committee come up with a strategic plan for parks and trails. The meeting was widely attended by many special interest groups, including horse people, cyclists, hang glider pilots, dog owners, radio controlled car enthusiasts, etc. An additional meeting was planned, however Maryben was unable to attend it. As an additional note, the parking area at Hicks Road will supposedly be completed this year.
· RIDE COMMITTEE: Deferred to the 7:30 PM General Meeting.
· AWARDS COMMITTEE: Awards for the ride have been purchased. Julie Suhr is providing the 11th place award. NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE: Welcome to Kathy Mayeda as our new Quicksilver Quips editor, and to Kay Allison, our Quips Distribution Coordinator (Kay has graciously offered to take care of the labeling, stamping, and mailing of the Quips). We still need a volunteer who wants to take care of having the newsletter photocopied. Action item was assigned to Jan Jeffers to find costs of newsletter reproduction through Office Depot.
OLD BUSINESS: None given.
· Insurance: Trilby told us that our ride insurance is up on October 20th (however we are covered for the ride). She suggested that we use the AERC ride insurance for next year. It is $45 per ride for any and all endurance rides (versus $800+ per ride for our current insurance). We need to check to see if we must belong to IIHA and AERC to get this benefit. Maryben mentioned that she thought that the AERC insurance was being discontinued. Mike Mail will call AERC to check on this, and we will discuss it further at the November meeting.
· The Spring Ride will be on May 18, 2002. Trilby will manage the ride (unless we decide to switch and have her manage the October ride - we will discuss this at the November meeting), and Nancy Elliot will be the Head Vet. We may need to find an alternate base camp. The Horsemen's charges $630 per day. To cover the ride, we'd need 3 days (Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday so that people who drove long distances have a place to stay on Saturday night), which makes the ride very expensive. Kay Allison will find out if she can get the facility at a reduced rate since she is a member of the Horsemen's. If the cost is prohibitive, we will have to research other sites for the base camp. Maryben's may not be a possibility, since having the base camp there in May could destroy her pasture, limiting forage for her horses. Trilby will hand make all of the awards for the ride. Completion awards will be horseshoe dream catchers; horse-print fleece blankets (for people) will be given to 1st, Fastest, and Best Condition; and horse pillowcases will be given to the Top 10. The ride will take place in Quicksilver unless we decide to have a ride at Henry Coe in the spring (in which case, we'll switch Trilby's Quicksilver ride to the Fall date).
· October, 2002 dates are pretty limited. Trilby suggested that we try to re-sanction our dates earlier in the year. We cannot use the 2nd weekend in October, per the Almaden Historical Society, so Mike Maul will check on alternate dates and let us know what is available.
· A Poker Ride would be nice to have in 2002, but since we are sponsoring 2 endurance rides, it is unlikely that we will have a Poker Ride.
Judy Etheridge is participating in the Muir Heritage Land Trust ride, and will donate her expense money from the Horse Summit (she attended on QSER's behalf in May) on behalf of QSER. Thank you, Judy! A motion to adjourn was called and seconded. The Board meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM. GENERAL
OCTOBER 10, 2001 TIME IN: 7:55 PM
Nominations for Officers and Board Members, and ride planning for the October 20th Ride. After a delicious dinner made by Kay and Connell (thank you, Kay and Connell, for the food and hospitality!), we kicked off a rather spirited General Meeting.
Mike Maul started the General Meeting by calling for nominations for next year's officers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for electing me Secretary in 2001. I have really enjoyed being able to serve the club. I turned down the nomination for 2002, however, as I am expecting a baby early next year, and figure that I'll have my hands full! Additionally, Trilby cannot run for Treasurer or Board, since she has served 3 years in a row. Many thanks to Trilby for all of her hard work!
The club made the following nominations:
President: Mike Maul
Vice President: Judy Etheridge
Secretary: Linda Cowles
Treasurer: Cathy Miller
Board Nominees: Marilyn Orlando, Scott Sampson, Peggy Bullock, Steve Lenheim, Pat McKendry
Voting will take place at the November meeting, which will be held at Trilby's on Wednesday, November 14th. After the nominations, the floor was turned over to Steve, who discussed logistics for the ride on October 20th, as far as locations of volunteers, vets, etc. We'll discuss how the ride went in the November meeting.
September 27, 2001
AERC National Office
11960 Heritage Oak Place
Auburn, CA 95603-2401
Subject: Nomination BOD West Region
This letter is to nominate Jan Jeffers, AERC #1974, for the position of Director – West Region.
I have been involved in distance riding since 1972 as a rider, volunteer and trails advocate. In my distance riding career, I have completed five Tevis Cups, the 2001 Ft. Schellbourne multi-day ride, many regular endurance rides, and several limited distance rides. I have had horses all my life and been involved in training, showing, three-day eventing, CTR, trail trials and pleasure riding. I am also an equestrian park patrol volunteer for County and State. My experience as a member of the Board of Directors for a distance riding organization for eight years, chairing such committees as publicity, newsletter advisory, management, judging, and corporate sponsorships has given me insight in setting and achieving goals that are in the best interests of the membership.
Some of the issues I would be involved in as a regional board member for the AERC are:
Education – This subject has been discussed a lot recently on various Internet lists. I believe that an educational program can be developed for new people coming into the sport that will give the new member first-hand knowledge of what our sport is about, how to care for their horse during a ride, how to prepare them for regular endurance, and what our basic principle “To Finish is to Win” means. I envision a program that would encompass hands-on seminars put on at the national as well as the regional level and clinics at various rides.
LD – Limited Distance is a growing part of some of our members’ goals. People ride LD for a variety of reasons; from bringing along a new horse to they enjoy seeing new trails and spending time with family and friends to preparing themselves and their horses for regular endurance rides. I will support the work in progress in making LD a rewarding experience for this part of our membership.
Trails – Without trails - none of the distance riders would have a place to ride. We are all very fortunate to have ride managers putting on rides that are on private land; however, that is becoming a luxury in most areas. A good number of rides in the West Region are staged in regional, state or national parks. I will take part in our AERC trails preservation efforts and develop a network of members in all regions to take part in local trail days.
International – International competition and FEI are issues that are also important to part of our membership. While I am not an expert on this – I would learn more about it on the Board and from our members. I do feel that the AERC has to be a part of determining the direction it takes worldwide.
Endurance riding is a great sport, and I feel it is time to give back something to an activity that has given me great pleasure over the years. I will be an active representative of the West region membership and use my many years of experience to keep us all aware that the welfare of our equine partners and the principle of “To Finish is to Win” are our first goals.
Feel free to contact me regarding my views on the issues that are facing the AERC at this time. I can be reached at 408 779-4722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With this letter, I submit my nomination for re-election to the AERC board as a West Region director.
There is much to be done for our sport and our organization, and I hope to continue to be a part of it. We have trails issues, issues relating to our participation in international events, and the problem of a shortage of vets to monitor our rides. The last is a problem of which ride managers are particularly aware.
Much has been learned from research during the past few years to educate us about the physiology of horses under stressful workload. More has been learned from endurance research than from any other sport, a fact of which we can all be justly proud.
Presently I serve the membership as a regional sanctioning director and as sanctioning director of all special events, as well as being chair of the Rules Committee. I’ve been involved in all aspects of AERC…..as ride manager, as rider, as board member, as BOD officer, even as an international competitor, albeit in the very early stages of our involvement. This spring, I completed a revision of the Ride Managers’ Handbook, which is available on request or on-line from AERC.
MARYBEN ALSO SPEAKS ON THE INTERNET:
I am once again running for West Region director. I will continue to try to do what the majority of the membership lets me know they want. I have ridden LD, 50's, 100's and multiday rides with about 8,000 miles in 27 years. I have probably sponsored juniors for 7,000 or more of those miles. At one ride I rode with 6 juniors at one time. I also go to a lot of rides that I don't actually ride, am involved in management and feel that I do know what is happening in the trenches, so to speak. I am not politically correct and probably never will be but I care about our sport and its continuation. I have some very strong opinions on some of the more controversial subjects but try to vote the way the majority of the members let me know they would like for me to vote. I am always available to any member, regardless of region, by phone, mail, email or at a ride.
Howdy folks, just want to let you know where I am and what I'm doing. Mikey and I are now located at High Meadow Ranch in Solvang CA. Here's the link . At this wonderful location I can offer a wide variety facilities to better care for your horses. The ranch where Mikey and I live has large green pastures; we offer boarding arrangements from high end large box stalls, to large hilly grassy pastures.
Instead of your horses standing around in little muddy paddocks all winter, you can board them here at the horse heath spa and they can be natural happy horses in deep green grass. We offer foaling with around the clock watch and foaling stalls with monitors. The pastures are sown with 17 varieties of grasses, irrigated and rotated to insure year round fresh green grass. Hay, grain, supplements are given as the owner wants, Very individualized care to rejuvenate your horse. There are wonderful sandy trails (no mud) to condition even during thewet season. High Meadow Ranch has a great dressage arena, jumps. All training is gentle and "natural" Equis spoken here.
If you need a more medical facility for post injury or surgery High Sky Horse Rehabilitation center is a world class facility nearby offering boarding for rehabilitation situations. The facility has everything from alternative therapies, modalities, and conventional veterinarian treatment, it has an equine swimming pool, to condition horses without stressing the lower limbs, Stalls, large paddocks, including a full size race track. I will be training and practicing physiotherapy at High Sky and will be able to board, train and condition horses there or haul over from my place for weekly, bi weekly swims, The services I now offer are enhanced by these wonderful facilities. Hauling can be arraigned to and from the Quicksilver area, I've got a new truck!
You can reach me at 800-760-3296 or
High Meadow Ranch
PO Box 1587
Solvang CA 93463
See you on the trails, Dawn
P.O. Box 813
Pescadero, CA 94060
Same Phone No. –Just moved to Pescadero!
Hello from Park City, Utah!! Goose and I are getting all settled in our new home in and both enjoying it very much. Since we had our first real frost this morning Goose is watching the barn go up with much anticipation. I have done a bit of riding, but since Goose is just coming back from his supensory injury it has been minimal.
The trails that I have seen thus far are beautiful. Single track rolling through groves of Aspen that are bright yellow right now. We have had our first Moose encounter... much scarier then a Mountain Lion (in my book anyway). Fortunately, they were napping on the opposite side of a large pond from us. I am going to have to read up on what to do while riding in Moose territory.
I have hooked up with endurance riders Beverly Gray, Mary Url, and Louise Mahoney... but not yet to ride. Louise has too many horses and most ready to go, so I should get the opportunity to see more spectacular trail with a great guide before the snow comes. What I have seen from the top of my mountain bike has proven to be challenging and technical. It is no wonder several Park City residents top tenned at Tevis this year.
If any of you need a stay over in Park City with horses or the need to escape horses and ski, I invite you all to come visit. I missed endurance and our club a great deal this summer as Goose healed and I spent a great deal of time traveling back and forth. I look forward to seeing you all on the endurance trail again.
Best, Jennifer Layman, Goose, and new pup Hogan.
7655 N. Whileaway Rd
Park City, UT 84098 435-940-1424
PS Big thanks to club members Jill and Michael Newburn for letting me stay with them for my last couple weeks in the Bay Area while I was homeless. I second huge thanks to Jill for traveling out here with Goose and I to keep me company and calm on road. Miss you guys!
by Kathy Mayeda
I had planned my whole ride schedule this fall around a margarita party promised by the organizers of the Ride and Tie Championships in Euer Valley near Truckee. I was not disappointed, even though I never drank a single margarita the whole weekend!
The event was well organized by event organizer Laura Christofk. The 50 mile ride that I was on was the only event to start at 6:00. The other events, a 35 mile and a 15 mile Ride and Tie, a 35 mile trail run and a 25 mile AERC LD ride started after 8:00 a.m.
All vetting was done in one location. Judy Holman was there on a loudspeaker leading the cheer section on and providing excellent commentary on each RAT team. There was a lot of adrenaline happening and it behooved us to get out of the 1st vet check fast before we were overcome by the RAT start! Did not feel like going through a second “shotgun” start.
The vet gate was run FEI style, with our AERC prez, Dr. Barney Fleming, as head vet for AERC rides. Drs. Greg Fellers and Bob Morgan from Loomis Basin Vet Clinic was there with Dr. Fellers being head vet for the RAT events. (Bob Morgan was the one who gelded Beau Joust many years ago – good thing Beau doesn’t remember him!)
Eric Thompson rode their 4 y.o. stallion Bobby in the 25 mile distance – there is some dispute as to whether or not he was in first place when the placings were announced at the banquet. Kathy Thompson was at the out timer at the vet check all day. But Bobby did well and they were proud of him.
Robert and Melissa Ribley were competing at the RAT but ran into a mishap and DNF. Cheryl Domnitch was competing on the RAT with Mocha again, but eliminated because of a errant rock where it shouldn’t be (stuck in the shoe). Judy Etheridge also ran into bad luck on the 50 miler where Orion clipped his heel bulb. Steve and Michele Shaw were there.
Lightfoot Stables was well represented. Skip Lightfoot and partner Tom Johnson came in a “disappointing” second. I believe they were riding Saamson. Heather Bergantz and friend Jeremy were lending a hand at the crew area. Curt Ripple was having bad luck 1) Corky got cut on the fetlock; 2) his RAT partner could not get a flight in time due to the disasters, 3) and second horse found somehow did not work. Of course I was there along with our friend Nina Cooke, bringing up the rear in the 50 AERC competition!
The course was actually pretty tough. The first finishers came in with a ride time of about 8 hours. Nina and I vowed that we would pull our horses if we were going to miss the margarita party. Nina was riding a very sensible 50 mile ride because this was her first 50 miler for her and her mare. I was riding a not-so-sensible 50 miler because I let Beau race the first 3 loops and felt it necessary to take extra long at lunch vet checks. We ended up riding the finish together ½ an hour after the margarita party started. I guess we both kinda got a little determined to just finish the ride! After taking our horses back to camp, feeding, watering them, cleaning ourselves up, we just looked at each other and celebrated our finish with a big hug and cheer! I am sure that you will see Nina joining QSER someday – she’s a natural at endurance and a kick to hang out with.
We were facing a long uphill walk up to the banquet at the Equestrian Center, but was lucky enough to have Kathy and Katelyn Thompson come by to give us a lift back home. On the way back after the banquet, we stuffed ourselves into a SUV along with the Ribleys. Melissa’s chinese pug has the most amusing snore, and that is why Robert says it’s “Melissa’s” dog.
The food was cold by the time I sat down to eat, but the people were warm. There was a raffle of neat prizes – Supracor Pad, multiple copies of Lew Hollanders’ Book and CD, a Skyhook Tether. . Potato Richardson was running the raffle, and boy – he’s kinda goofy. There was a silent auction – one of the items auctioned was a portrait of LS Zane Grey, which luckily Kathy Thompson was the high bidder. Copies of Endurance World were given to Top 10 finishers, along with an identified bag of horse feed.
The only thought about the WTC and Pentagon tragedies were at the ride meeting where the RAT founder BUD JOHNS (thanks for correcting me folks) said that they decided that the event must go on because people need to be with their families in a time like this and the RAT community is family. Curt Ripple led a moment of silence at the awards ceremony. I was running on lack of sleep for several days in a row before, during and after the weekend. The dam finally broke yesterday and I cried tears of grief for the tragedy and slept for 14 hours last night. But it is good to know that life is still good when we can share incredible events like the RAT Championship.
See ya at the next ride!
Kathy Mayeda and Beau Joust
by Mike Maul
The Del Valle Vulture Venture was held Oct. 6 with a lot of QSER participation. The ride is local for us - near Livermore in the Del Valle Regional Park and the weatherwas great - mild temperatures. There was a 25 and 50.
The statistics first:
50 miles - 37 starting - 33 finishing
1st - Ed Meyer - not QSER
2nd - Cheryl Davidison - not QSER
3rd - Barry Waitte - not QSER
4th - Judy Etheridge/Orion ***BC***
11th - Jill Kilty Newburn
13th - Mike Tracy
14th - Robert Ribley/Muir The Blur
20th - Jeff Luternauer/Phoenix
24th - Lori Oleson
31st - Judith Ogus
32nd - Mike Maul/Roc
33rd - Trilby/Beau - Last
Marybens junior Katie Alton finished her first 50 on Jake - Marybens pinto - with Judith. It was Jakes first 50 as well. Katies parents were on hand as well as her grandparents from England. Katie looks like she is hooked now - perhaps another Heather in the making.
Pulled Mike Sofen/Nick - Lame and Maryben on Bandit - Rider Option
25 miles - 45 starting and 38 finishing
Steve Shaw 5th or so
Barbara White, Julie Shur, and Bob Suhr in the last few places.
Tom Stutzman Pulled
Working the ride were Melissa Ribley - Head Vet, Michele Shaw and Judy Reens assisting. Volunteers on the ride had Mike and Kirsten Bernsten, Brian and Val , Eric Thompson(Mr. ATV), Mike Newburn. Becky Glaser worked the ride after deciding not to start.
The ride was put on for the first time this year - the ride manager Jane Cloud and Ride Secretary Linda Rogers did an excellent job. Lunch was served at the away Lunch Vet Check(Grilled cheese sandwiches and BBQ hot-dogs) and there was an excellent meal at the awards.
There were lots of awards - high vet score, horse of excellence instead of BC in the LD, best rider care of their horse in the LD (Steve Shaw), last place awards in both - Bob Suhr(LD) and Trilby(50). The awards ceremony was well done with lots of fun - a song written for the event and sung by two of the volunteers,all the awards, good food, and a great place to hold it. Nice completion sweatshirts for everyone starting.
The ride was challenging - lots of hills with reasonable climbs. Lots of loops where you saw riders passing in opposite directions and sharing of the 25 and 50 trails. Marking was excellent - done all the afternoon before by Mr. ATV – Eric Thompson - because the rangers would not allow it before then. Lots of water.
Parking was tight but manageable - the park only allowed 75 to enter but with trailer sharing - the number of entries snuck up to a total of 83.
The views of the lake were beautiful from up on the ridges - lots of small boats with fishermen - a few sailboats - and waves. The wind was blowing hard and one time when we tried to get our horses to drink from the lake - the 3 inch waves kept coming in and the horses would have none of this - Arabians of course... Some of the trails followed the lake fingers and you could almost see the bottom in the blue green water.
We had a hold at 15 miles back in camp - then a lunch check at 34 miles – then a check a few miles out of the finish where you just had to meet criteria.
Observation on the ride:
A comment on the worries of ride managers - until just the week before – not many riders had signed up - lots showed up in the last week. Bet there was a big sigh of relief..
Something I had forgotten about lakes - if you catch the sun just right – it looks like thousands of little diamonds flashing from the surface. In the morning -the clouds hung around the peaks rising out of the fog. As you go thru the day - you see the quality of the light change on the peaks and know why photographers like dawn and sunset.
Some of the little thing you do as a ride manager - suckers in the ride packets. Some of the smart things you do - I heard an ATV start up at 3:50 AM that I believe went out for a last minute check of the markings.
Others use the parks too - there were lots of Boy Scouts there - camping and cleaning up the park. Something to remember and be careful of - it's a "shared" resource. We saw hikers - dog walkers - bikers - we all need to be courteous to each other.
Vets do more than watch our horses - I saw a vet send out a volunteer after a rider leaving the lunch check saying the rider looked really tired and could the volunteer talk him into staying a while longer.
Riders can be out there just to have fun - on the LD a new horse was causing it's rider a lot of problems and other riders pitched in to help get it thru. All very experienced riders using LD as a way of starting new horses.
Mules are different - we watched Roberts mule Muir The Blur - paw, buck, shake his head for 3 hours while tied to a trailer. All without harming himself even with a tether tied to one foot. Horses would last about 2 minutes. Mules look like they are smarter and tougher than horses but a whole lot more stubborn...
There are things to say about riding slowly. My guy Roc is recovering from a respiratory infection followed by a cough that wouldn't seem to go away. I wanted to make sure I didn't get carried away by how the horse was feeling and ride too fast. So I paired up with Trilby and rode together for the whole ride. It was quite a different perspective than I normally get - and well worthwhile. Trilby has a lot of stories to tell.
There was a write up on vultures in the ride packet - but I must have missed the connection with the name Vulture Venture in the ride meeting. Even with the name - it was a great ride - Jane and Linda - and hopefully the start of a regular new ride in the Bay area.
by Marvin Snowbarger………….
First, let me say that this new QQ Editor is tough on the contributors. Not only is she threatening my pay, but she is a bear for more productivity. I thought I had it tough with Julie, but Kathy has started out by suggesting that in these hard times I should consider working for less. On top of that, I got 24 hour notice for this submission. (Ed.Note: Yeah, right, Marvin,J….) I know that it's not supposed to hurt, because she's smiling at me.
After my Western States completion(June 23), my running quickly wound-down. There was recuperation and vacation. But along about August, I had to begin thinking about the Sierra-Nevada Double Marathon which was scheduled in mid-September. With 3 consecutive completions behind me, this year would be number 4 -- just 1 completion shy of the 5 needed to qualify for a buckle. What I won't do for a buckle!
The Sierra-Nevada Run is tough. We start in Sacramento and go(via the American River Trail) to the turnaround at No-Hands Bridge in Auburn. Then, we re-trace our steps back to the start in Sacramento. The weather this year was hot, the course is always difficult, and I had no conditioning. Needless to say, I suffered. At 14 hours and 41 minutes, I crossed the finish line -- in the dark, and 19 minutes ahead of the cutoff. The effort was worthwhile, however: I got my finisher's award(sweatshirt), number 4 completion in the bank, plus an awareness that not all of my Western States conditioning was gone. I was pleased, thankful, and amazed that my 5 months training earlier in the year had left me with a substantial base that I was able to draw upon. I was hoping that it would hang around for another month because I had two remaining runs scheduled for October.
Saturday, October 6, was a cool, overcast morning, and those of us who entered the Quicksilver Half-Marathon were very appreciative. The course begins at the McAbee end of Quicksilver Park, goes up to the water-trough, down Mine-Hill to Randol, and then back to McAbee. I had little additional conditioning subsequent to Sierra-Nevada, but felt that I could easily handle the relatively short run. Everything went fine and I finished in 2:28. However, I was apprehensive about the next run on my schedule, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler in the East Bay.
I've always found the Collins Run to be very difficult. It starts at the Lake Chabot Marina and goes out 26 miles, and back 24 to the Marina. There are a series of steep ups and downs and the hot weather can be a problem. I had a pretty good run, though, finishing in the dark(again) with a time of 13:11. My running was reasonably strong and consistent all day and I was pleased that my Western States conditioning base was still hanging around. But it won't be around for long.
I'm taking the next 4 months off from running. Maybe I'll do some short stuff with Pat McDonald and Kendra Mumford on Saturday mornings, but no more 50's and no more events. By the middle of November, I'll have to make a decision about next year's Western States 100 Mile Run. Who knows, I may repeat this year's effort.
Strange, but there is an addiction, here. My awareness of additional physical strength has never been higher. The consistent, long miles of trail running have delivered to me an endurance that is intoxicating. I don't want to let it go. I'm grateful to the good Lord for the health that makes it all possible.
What I need, now, is a sound, strong horse that can run with me. Then, I would shoot for the endurance-double: The Western States 100 Mile Run, and The Tevis Cup 100 Mile Endurance Ride -- both in the same year. Buckles? Number 2 for Western States and Number 6 for Tevis. That would be neat!
By Peggy Bullock
Chamberlain Creek was a very well organized and fun ride. It was a long distance to drive, but well worth the time and effort! Parking was a bit small and tight - you need to get there as early as possible - we were late and had trouble finding a spot for Ken's rig, but the park ranger was very helpful and we were able to find our own private spot on a roped off road....Bing and Jennifer came at 1am or thereabouts and parked behind us...
The trail was extremely well marked. I don't think you could have gotten lost if you wanted to!
It was Rocky's first 50 after being laid off for year, so we were taking it easy. There were 2 other Foxtrotters there - one that looked like Lucky and turned out to have nearly identical bloodlines....the first ride I've been to where I wasn't the only "different" breed...
The trail was challenging with some good climbs, but overall it was a moderate ride. The scenery was drop dead gorgeous....fantastic views of redwood forest and an added bonus of seeing old train trestles winding through the trees... The footing was good- most of the trail was forestry roads (gravel/dirt) or jeep trails). It can be a very hot ride, but we were fortunate as it was cool this year....
Dinner was the best dinner I have ever had at an endurance ride so far! Luscious tri-tip, beans....salad....chocolate cake...yum, yum, yum. The ride was put on by Calamity Paul and Marianne Gerssing who both did an excellent job. We would highly recommend this ride - it's worth the drive!
Lake Sonoma was a hot one! It got up to 96 degrees at one point! The first loop was 13 miles and the pace was fast and furious for me! I backed off at the first vet check and gave Ken the green light to leave me and my Foxtrotter behind! Rocky was in top form and wanting to go!
I then paired up with Kirsten Bernsten and rode a more conservative pace. We were joined by Nancy Elliott for a while until our pace got too slow for her. Got some good advice from Kirsten...."trot the sun and walk the shade" - very necessary as the temperatures peaked and there wasn't much of a breeze at all, if any! There was plenty of shade, thank goodness! The majority of the ride was through Oak forest. The trail mostly hugged the edge of the lake so we could see the boaters and skiers below - cooling themselves as we and our horses sweated buckets above.... It was my first experience riding in high heat, but my Foxtrotter handled it well - another experience to chalk up together! Ken and I had trace clipped Rocky the night before, and I decided to raise Lucky's existing trace clip which was a good thing.
Kirsten's mare was eager to boogie down the trail, so we parted ways about 10 miles or so from the finish. I continued the ride on my own - enjoying the views and the quiet, but remembering to "trot the sun and walk the shade" as Kirsten had recommended. I must say that good water was lacking....there were some ponds and streams, but water quality was yucky - my horse wouldn't drink it. We came to a row of buckets of fresh water all lined up next to each other - probably about 5 miles or so from the finish, and Lucky proceeded to suck one nearly completely empty.
At the finish I learned that Ken had finished 2nd on Rocky! Pretty admirable for his 2nd ride back! To add to his debut, he won B.C.!!!
Other ride highlights....at one number's check, we were greeted by Halloween costumed drag riders who handed us masks and candy and carrots for our horses!
It was interesting to have to be trailered back to the start! It was very well organized in this department - lots of cheery smiling volunteers. Speaking of water quality, there was 1 horse (a mare with more discerning
taste) whose name and rider I can't remember, who performed a serious stretching feat by reaching up to an upper ledge on a stream to get the fresher stuff above - I wasn't personally there to see it but those that were wished that they'd had a camera!
The trail was all single track - parts of it quite narrow with lots of windy bits and rocky ditches to traverse. There weren't any significant climbs or changes of elevation...it was the sudden changes of direction and "whoop dee doos" (rocky ditches) that made it challenging!
Food was good again.....huge plates of homemade lasagna (both for meat lovers and vegetarians...). In all, it was another good ride that I'll plan to attend next year!
QUICKSILVER FALL CLASSIC by Mike Maul
We had a lovely day for the Fall Quicksilver Classic ride this last weekend in Henry Coe Park south of San Jose. The park is huge - some 84,000 plus acres and we used just a quarter of it for the 30/50 put on by first time ride manager Steve Lenheim. The weather was moderate and the views were spectacular. The ride was challenging - winning time of 5:48 - without being extremely difficult. There were very few pulls with people riding their horses conservatively.First the statistics:
Starting in the 30 were 18 with one Junior and 16 finishing. Club members in the LD included Eric Thompson riding in "drag" - he even shaved his beard and used makeup with eye shadow for his costume. Tom Stutzman was pulled.
Starting in the 50 were 30 riders with 28 finishing - 1 Junior.
in the 50
1 Leisa Belser 5:48 ride time
2 Dennis Vaca 5:48:01 ******** BC**********
3 Rick Gomez 6:00 QSER Member
4 Mike Black 6:00:01
5 Pat McAndrews 6:21 QSER
6 Nina Bomar
7 Hugh Vanderford QSER
8 Alex North
9 C. Pokorny
10 Robert Ribley QSER
12 Dawn Perrine QSER
13 Heather Bergantz QSER
16 Jan Jeffers QSER
17 Mike Maul QSER
18 Becky Hart QSER
19 Julie Suhr QSER
20 Barbara White QSER
23 Marilyn Orlando QSER
28 Trilby Pederson 10:15 QSER
Most of the club either rode or worked. Volunteers or equipment contributors included Maryben, Connell & Kay Allison, Hillorie Bachman, Stephanie Beebe, Ken Cook, Linda Cowles, Jackie Davidson, Joyce Gomez, Diane Enderle, Judy and Ken Etheridge, Cathy Kauer, Kathy Mayeda, Pat McKendry, Bill and Sandie Parker, Jeff Luternauer, Melissa Ribley(Head Vet), Marvin Snowbarger, Nancy Twight, Georgina Wallbridge, Michele Shaw(Vet), Bing Voight, Bob Suhr, Lori Oleson, Jill Kilty Newburn, Frank Orlando, Richard Vargas(6 bales of hay), Browns Ranch, Jan Jeffers, Peggy Bullock, Scott Sansome, and Gloria Vanderford.
BC was won by Dennis Vaca/Royal who called up at the last moment to enter. Melissa Ribley said he seemed a little unfamiliar with endurance rides at the Wild West ride in Sept. but he won BC at that ride and this ride. His last endurance ride was Tevis in 1978. Apparently you don't forget how to do endurance...
The BC award was a lovely framed, numbered, and signed artwork by Judith Ogus that had been previously used as the cover of our yearly calendar. Julie Suhr donated some very nice shipping boots as an 11th place finish award - the bridesmaid prize. She also donated a $50 gift certificate to the winner of the "2nd Commandment of Endurance" Contest from the last Quips that was Mike Maul. The LD "Horse of Excellence" award was another artwork from Judith.
The ridecamp was spread out over several meadows with lots of room. There were three dry creeks to get thru and the big rigs had to be careful not to bottom out.
The start was pretty laid back. We got to the start about 3 minutes before 7 AM and only 4 riders were there. We thought we had missed the start and everyone was gone. Steve honked the truck horn to let everyone know the ride had started and a few more riders appeared. The LD and the 50 both started at the same time.
The ride goes out for about 3 miles level for a warm-up and then starts some reasonable hills up to Wilson Camp for the trot by check. There was lots of water(2000 gallons) on the trail brought in by truck. The views were spectacular - there was some haze so we couldn't see the Sierras but almost. There were a number of ups and downs with the toughest hill coming right after the lunch stop at Coyote camp.
We saw deer, lots of turkeys, pigs, hikers, bikers, and other horse people. It's really a great park for a ride. In the spring - the wild flowers are incredible.
Some observations on the ride:
I'm turning into a morning person for rides. The light on the hills slowly creeps down as the sun rises. The horses are alive and very alert. As we trot out in the three mile flat area - I can feel his trot gradually starting to extend as he really warms up. There's fog out in the distant valleys - as we climb the first hill - I can see horses down below on the flat getting ready for their first climb. Above and to the side - I see a pair of riders and horses keeping perfectly in stride as they go up the hill to come for us. The sun is golden as it comes up over the hills. We pass through areas where it's cold - then 15 degrees warmer in the next 100 feet - then back to cool again. Mornings like these are something to remember about our rides - we don't get out there just to ride - we are out there to experience something we don't see in our cities and towns.
You catch up with a friend - you talk about horses you have both ridden -Zayante for one in our case - horses and rides where you will ride together again in the future.
You come up over a hill and see all of Monterey Bay spread out before you hidden in the fog. You wonder what this park looked like 100 years ago. Much like it does now probably but without the pigs and turkeys. You wonder what Wilson camp looked like in the sunset when it was in use.
On the west side of the hills - you see mostly oaks. We go over the hill and it all turns to pines with these huge cones on the ground. Interesting how the trees change this fast in such a small distance. We look down and see the vet stop at Coit Lake to come. You can see everything from up in the hills.
You don't appreciate what horses can do compared to cars until you try to mark trails by car. On Friday - we went out in my little 4 WD Subaru to mark a part of the trail. The dry creeks with the rocks are tough. The turn and then steep up are more than my 4 WD can handle. I smell clutch burning as I carefully back down. The next day on my horse - it's easy. We don't even think about the rocks or the uphill. A 4 WD truck with low gears could probably do it. I end up with two flats and a real appreciation of where horses are king...
At the ride meeting - Steve Lenheim - a Vietnam vet - has his American flag out for the ride. He says it's the first time in 30 years that he has put this flag up from that time. Sept. 11 has had its effect on us all and will continue to do so.
We're following three riders in the afternoon. The riders in front of us have more world championships, more Tevis buckles, and more miles between them than it would seem possible to find in any one place in the world. We catch up at the water - then quickly lose them again as they go on. Becky, Barbara, and Julie...
At the very nice awards dinner - some of the outside world comes back. You talk about layoffs in the Internet world. What will happen next in the tech world. Maryben has a problem with the computer program used for BC and scoring. We are in the flight path for San Jose. Still it's good to see them flying again after what happened. We live in a mix of the old and the new - mostly new here but for the weekend - we escaped back to the old for a while. This was a very nice first ride for Coe Park.
The club knows things about the trails and times so the next ride can be even better. Whenever we do it in the spring - the yellow wildflowers paving the roads will make it look the yellow brick road in "The Wizard of Oz".
A great ride and hopefully the first of many as we explore the rest of the park.
11/3/01 lAKE OROVILLE VISTA 30/50, OROVILLE, CA
Cathleen Papa (530) 589-4624
****COSO JUNCTION JAM CANCELLED****
11/10/01 NEDA 25/50, SILVER SPRINGS, NV
Kathy Lewis 775-577-9693
11/11/01 BLACKJACK 50, SILVER SPRINGS, NV
Kathy Lewis 775-577-9693
11/14/01 QSER MEETING 7:30 @ Trilby’s
11/17/01 SUNLAND RIDE 25/50, SUNLAND, CA
Roxanne Greene 818-352-7363
11/23/01 SILVER STATE POINT TO POINT 50, JEAN, NV
11/24/01 SILVER STATE POINT TO POINT 50, JEAN, NV
11/25/01 SILVER STATE POINT TO POINT 50, BLUE DIAMOND, NV
Quicksilver Endurance Riders, Inc.
P.O. Box 71
New Almaden, CA 95042