Happy Holidays from WSTF!

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:11pm

We’d love to see you at the


Saturday, December 22nd 2018

6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, Auburn, CA  95603

$40 per person, sit down dinner (buffet) and full NO host bar

After dinner entertainment plus AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES!

Including several 2019 AERC ride entries and - the GRAND PRIZE - a 2019 Tevis Cup entry!

Please RSVP by December 5 with number of guests to

WSTF, 150 Gum Lane Ste. 103, Auburn, CA  95603

Reservations and pay at the door – call 530.823.7282 or e-mail jhixon@sebastiancorp.net




Hi Everyone,

The Board of Governors recently had meeting where we wrapped up the 2018 Tevis and turned our attention to 2019. We added two new Governors; Lucy Turnbull and Marisa Dardi. Both bring unique skills that will help the board.  We also want to thank two retiring Governors, Bill Gore and James Mather, for the past contributions.

We hope to see everyone at the 2018 Tevis Christmas party on Saturday December 22. Come and join us and enjoy some holiday time with your Tevis friends. 

Happy Holidays!

Tony Benedetti – WSTF President



As we head into the winter season, Tevis volunteers sign in or out of Tevis assignments for next year's event. We at Tevis are fortunate to live in an area so rich with qualified volunteers, although volunteers do come from all over the country--even as far away as Virginia. 

Several Head Volunteers have moved on and already talented people have stepped up and joined the Tevis Team to cover the positions that make Tevis the extraordinary event that it is. 

If you are interested in joining the amazing team that makes Tevis happen, log in to teviscup..org to locate the Volunteer Signup Form under the "How to Help" tab.  It will be loaded to the site very soon for the 2019 Ride.  

Season's Greetings - 

Chuck Stalley – Ride Manager


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NEW WSTF Board Members!

We are pleased to announce that Marisa Dardi and Lucy Trumbull have been elected to the Board of Governors of the WSTF.  Both of them have a long history of voluntarily supporting the year round work of the Foundation, and they bring a variety of skills and expertise to the Board.  They join the 28 other governors who will be led by Tony Benedetti as President, Shellie Hatfield and Jenni Smith as Vice-Presidents, and Carrie Ellinwood and Crysta Turnage as Corporate Secretary and Treasurer for 2019. Welcome, Marisa and Lucy!




Professor Allan Page, DVM, from the University of Kentucky, presented preliminary results of his study of mediators of inflammation in 2018 Tevis Cup Horses to the Western States Foundation Board of Governors at their October 27, meeting.

Eighty horses participated in the study which involved blood draws at the start at Robie Park, at Robinson Flat, Foresthill, and the Finish. The blood was tested for a number of mediators of inflammation, chemicals that produce inflammation.

Dr. Page has a mountain of data to evaluate but he was able to give us a sneak preview of data collected on three horses that proved fascinating. The first horse was an elite endurance horse that finished in the top ten, the second a solid middle-of-the-pack horse, and the third an older veteran horse that finished well.

An inflammatory index was devised to represent the levels of many of the inflammatory mediators. This index was reported for all three horses at all four locations.

The elite horse had an extremely low index at the start, medium level at Robinson and Foresthill, and a surprisingly low index at the finish.

The middle-of-the-pack horse had medium levels at the start, high levels at Robinson and Foresthill, and medium levels at the finish.

The older horse had medium levels at the start, very high levels at Robinson and Foresthill, and high levels at the finish.

From this very small sample it appears that a very fit horse has very low levels at rest that do not increase very much with the incredible stress of the ride and that return below normal at the end. The middle horse shows the stress of the ride much more but improves as the ride goes on. The older horse shows greater increases in the middle of the ride and stays elevated at the finish.

Dr. Page has a lot of number crunching and vet card info to correlate with his findings. Hopefully, he’ll have a lot more results and conclusions in the article published in the Tevis Forum in May 2019.

Stay tuned!



Base camp will be at Chicken Hawk and on day one the ride will be from Robinson Flat to Chicken Hawk.  On day two we’ll ride from Chicken Hawk to Driver’s Flat.  “Uber” service will be provided to get you and your horse to the start on day one and back to camp on day two.

Educational talks are scheduled each day, entry fees are $325.

Horses must have completed 50 miles in the preceding six months (NATRC and CTR are accepted).  Please note, riding the educational ride will no longer count as mileage for entry into Tevis.

This year, entries are limited to 40 so if you want to do the Ed ride in 2019, sign up now!



AERC Convention : March 8 and 9, 2019 - Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, Nevada

Tevis entries available at www.teviscup.org the first week of December

Tevis entry fees go up $100 on July 2nd

Ride date is JULY 20, 2019!