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Pony Express Ride Accomplishments Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three articles that I wrote for Endurance News after the 2001 XP ride. This one was about the accomplishments of the horses and riders. It was pretty amazing when you think about it. Here is an excerpt:

230 horses were ridden 67,400 AERC miles by 104 riders in eight weeks. That works out to 1,348 fifty mile rides. This in itself is quite amazing, given that there are a few regions in the AERC that don’t contribute this much mileage over an entire year.

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XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories Part 2 of 3

This was the 2nd of 3 articles I wrote for Endurance News following the 2001 XP.

XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories. Be sure to click on the link to read the entire thing! Karen

Talk about anticipation! Most of the riders had waited months, years even…for the start of this ride and it was quite a spectacular one. The horses were loaded into trailers in St. Joseph, Missouri and hauled across the river to Elwood, Kansas. The morning was dark, humid, and dark clouds loomed menacingly overhead. Baseball sized butterflies fluttered around inside my stomach on the short trip to the start. We unloaded our already tacked up horses and just like that, we were off. After all the months spent dreaming about the ride here we were actually embarking on the adventure of a lifetime…


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Preparing for the XP Part 1 of 3

This is an article I wrote for endurance news about preparing for the 2001 XP. “Preparing for the 2001 XP”.

I surveyed and interviewed many if not most of the riders that went on the ’01 XP and got a lot of varied responses.

Enjoy! Karen

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Endurance Day Shows on Horses in the Morning

Here are links to the last few months of shows.  Click on each link if you want to listen to us talk about ENDURANCE RIDING for an hour and a half.  The show is done live on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 a.m. PST, on the Horse Radio Network.  They also have several other shows so be sure to check them out.  You can even get a smart phone app and

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Post Ride Recovery for the Endurance Rider

20 Mule Team 100 2014. Karen and Bo. Photo by Bill Gore.

Post ride recovery for endurance riders is not usually a topic that most of us think about. Usually after the ride is over, you just want to sit down and relax. But if you make wise use of the post ride recovery period, you will be well rewarded.

Recent studies have showed that an endurance athlete can significantly reduce the time

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Endurance Ride Reports

Karen on Rocky at Mt. Charleston Challenge

Long before blogging was popular, I often wrote up my ride reports.  I thought I’d share some of them from a few of the rides I did on Rocky.  I’m really glad now that I wrote a lot of that stuff down.  Many of the details I might not have remembered otherwise.

I have so many great memories from the miles of trails I shared with

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Bryce XP 2013

Had a nice ride at the Bryce ride (aka Paunsaguant XP) – four more days to round out the fall trip to a total of 14 ride days and 700 miles.

Chief and Bo both completed 7 days of the rides–350 miles each, plus each also went out a few days to mark or scout trail.  They both got quite the workout!

We achieved our goals for the season, which was pretty cool –

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2013 Grand Canyon XP

I just got home from spending more than a month in Arizona and Utah.  I had a great adventure with my horses Chief, Bo and Maya (my dog).  The best part is that we were able to ride all 14 days (700 miles) of rides, split evenly between both horses.  We also got in some great rides scouting and/or marking trail as well.

The weather wasn’t very cooperative at the Grand Canyon though in

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EHSC 2013 Ride Report and Photos

Had a great ride last Saturday at the EHSC 50 on Chief.  Here are a few photos.  My batteries died on the first loop so most of the photos are from the 2nd loop.

I rode really carefully, since I am am now headed to the Grand Canyon, Outlaw and Virgin and Bryce XP rides.  I’m hoping to alternate both horses.  Bo needs one more day to reach 7,000 miles and if I am

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2013 Nevada Derby – Ride Report & Photos

Ride Volunteers at the Nevada Derby 2013

Chief and Karen on Sunday. This was Chief’s 18th birthday!!

We had a nice ride both days at the Nevada Derby this past weekend. I rode Bo on the first day, and Chief on the second day. The last time i did this ride was in 2009, so it was nice to be able to go back and do it again.

The ride is in

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