Shop for the Trail!
The holiday shopping extravaganza is upon us. You can support the Western States Trail at the same time you satisfy the wishes of your loved ones! Amazon Smile - a special shopping portal which gives you access to everything on Amazon - will donate 0.5% of every purchase you make to WSTF. Here's how to sign up;
1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com
2. You'll see this page;
3. Enter "Western States Trail Foundation" in the search box at the lower right.
4. On the next page choose WSTF and you're off and running.
Just make sure when you shop Amazon that you shop at www.smile.amazon.com.
Tevis thanks you and Happy Holidays!
The Chance to Make a Difference
Keep an eye out for an important holiday card from the Western States Trail Endowment Foundation. The card will kick off a fund raiser that will have a major impact on insuring the future of the ride, an opportunity that may not come again. If you believe in the magic of the Comanche Moon and identify as a member of the Tevis Family, you will want to read that letter and, hopefully, respond.
Thank you to all of the Trail Committee team members, volunteers and conservation groups who helped us have a trail for 2017! The WSTF contributed over 1300 hours of trail work to the trail to make this year’s ride possible. Volunteers and trail funding are what keeps us going. If you are able to contribute your time or help as a trail work volunteer then please email email@example.com to be placed on the WSTF trail volunteer roster. 2018 Trail work dates will be posted early in 2018. If you don't have time but would like to support our trails with a donation then please visit www.teviscup.org and click on the donate button.
Nicole Wertz, Tevis Trail RBM
Veterinary Report – Ultrasound Study Update
Michigan State University veterinary professors Hal Schott, DVM and Melissa Esser, DVM report that nearly a hundred horses were tested pre-ride and seventy-one post ride. They have over six hundred, thirty-second ultrasound clips from Tevis horses to analyze. Very preliminary findings showed better gut motility pre-ride than post-ride though stomach emptying into the duodenum appeared the same. We should have additional information on whether pre-ride motility is predictive of success or failure in the ride and whether speed over the course influenced motility as well. The research group was very pleased with the enthusiasm and participation of the riders and the support of the Tevis veterinarians. They were also very impressed with the organization and accomplishment of putting on such a large ride point-to-point over such remote terrain. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort.
Jeff Herten, Chair
Tevis Veterinary Committee
The Tevis Fun Ride will be May 19, 2018.
The Tevis Store will be paying the entries for any/all juniors who want to ride the Fun Ride!
The Tevis Store
will be at the AERC 2018 Convention both days.
March 9 and 10, 2018 - Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, Nevada
We will have lots of new spring riding apparel and some great deals. See you there!
Signature Rder Program
A grateful thank you from WSTF to all the folks who rode as Signature riders in 2017.
We had 18 Signature riders and 12 of them completed the ride with 3 in the Top 10. That is a completion rate of 66.6% - so if you are looking to sweeten your odds, consider being a Signature rider in 2018!
But seriously, the Signature Rider Program has become a key piece of fundraising for the historic Western States Trail. Please consider being a Signature rider in 2018 and contribute to the preservation of the trail we all love.
Our finishing Signature riders in 2017 were:
Tennessee Lane: 1st
Karen Donley : 4th
Tony Benedetti: 19th
Rob Lydon: 38th
David Shefrin: 39th
Debby Lyon: 47th
Shellie Hatfield: 58th
Diane Royal: 66th
Troy Eckard: 67th
Caroline Cowley: 68th
Tessa Kimbler: 80th
Erin Glassman: 91th
Foreign Rider Program - Update
We had a wonderful turnout of foreign riders in 2017 - there were 19 riders from nine countries including; Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Spain and the U.K.
Seven foreign riders finished and we commend all of them for the supreme effort it takes just to get to the start from beyond the U.S. borders.
Finishing foreign riders for 2017:
Gerard Bou : 31st
Erin Krahnen : 33rd
Simone Krahnen : 34th
Alisija Zabavska : 36th
Susana Caeiro : 51st
Caroline Cowley : 68th
Jaye Yavis : 70th
Thank you again from the Western States Trail Foundation for all those who participated in these programs. We hope to see you back in 2018!
Calling all riders and writers!
The WSTF would like to hear your Tevis story, about your amazing horse, and fantastic crew! Send a short story of 300 words or less and include a photo if you like. The editorial staff of the Tevis Forum will read each story and may include your story in the 2018 Forum.
Please email your creation to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see the 2017 Tevis Forum online at www.teviscup.org
The Tevis Forum Team is also interested in recruiting volunteers to help with the advertising sales; please email Carrie at email@example.com with your story or to volunteer.