Marsha Hayes

Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

Articles by: Marsha Hayes

Car Forces Horse into Storm Drain, Rider Escapes Injury

A horse is dead after being forced off a road and into a storm drain by a passing car. The accident occurred on Dec. 4 when a speeding car reportedly forced 100-year-old rider Bert Bonnett and his Missouri Fox Trotter mare, Cassie, from the road they were travelling on in an equestrian community in Sunland, Calif. The mare slipped on the leaf-covered metal entry to a storm drain and …

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Technology at WEG Endurance Event: GPS Tracking and Swipe Card Accuracy

Cutting-edge GPS technology will provide real-time tracking of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Endurance competitors as they race tomorrow in Lexington, Ky. “Anyone with a laptop will be able to track the horses, at the event, or at home, around the world,” explained Emmett Ross, endurance discipline manager for WEG. Ross also noted the system will be in p

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Criteria for Tevis Veterinarians Judging Haggin Cup Winners

Veterinary involvement in the selection of the Haggin Cup, awarded to the horse found to be in the “most superior physical condition” after successful completing 100 miles of the Western States Trail, is extremely important. Greg Fellers, DVM, head veterinarian of the event for the past five years, explained, “The physical examination findings carry the most weight

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Tevis Volunteer Rescues Fallen Mare

Jack Meyer, a Tevis volunteer and an ultra-marathon runner from Foresthill, Calif., went beyond the call of duty when he rescued a black Anglo-Arab mare that had fallen into a ravine. Christoph Schork’s 9-year-old Castle Country Karahty (“Kat”), ridden by David Shefrin, slid from the Western States Trail July 24 during the horse and rider’s attempt to complete the 100-mile Tevi

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Tevis Cup 2010 Claimed by Heraldic and John Crandell

John Crandell and Heraldic won their second Tevis Cup at 10:14 p.m. (unofficial) yesterday when the 12-year-old bay Arabian gelding cantered across the white chalk finish line to the cheers of nearly 200 endurance racing enthusiasts in Auburn, Calif. The 100-mile event started Saturday at dawn near Lake Tahoe.

LR Bold Grayson, ridden by Shannon Constanti, fi

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Beating The Heat at Tevis

When riders mount up this morning for the 55th Tevis Cup Ride they will be attempting a 100-mile horseback journey from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif. When they begin their ride at the 7,200-foot-altitude Robie Equestrian Park, they will take with them the equipment and precaution necessary to keep their horses from overheating on the trail.

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Good Horse Luck and Good Karma, Tevis Style

Horsemen have always been a superstitious lot. For the Tevis Cup, a 100-mile equestrian endurance ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif., riders pull out all the stops to improve their chances of completing the race in the required 24 hours. That includes calling on lucky charms, good luck trees, special numbers, and horoscope readings.

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Tevis Will Highlight Conditioning, Athletic Prowess

At dawn on July 24, nearly 200 riders from across the country and around the world will set out on a 100-mile riding adventure over California’s Sierra peaks. Some will race each other, and others will race the 24-hour clock that signals the end of event. Those finishing with sound horses, as judged by a Tevis vet, in the prescribed time win coveted Tevis Belt Buckles.

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WEG Regional U.S. Endurance Team Selection Trials Held

The quality and depth of the horses and riders vying for the five coveted spots on the United States endurance team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were made apparent after three regional selection trials held June 20-28. “We identified some very good horses,” noted Chef d’Equipe Becky Hart, three-time World Endurance Champion.

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Mobile Veterinary Emergency Team Ready in Texas

Inspired by images from Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Rita, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in cooperation with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has created a mobile Veterinary Emergency Team (VET).

Dr. Wesley Bissett, DVM, PhD, serves as lead faculty member on the project. “The unit has to be prepared to treat a wid

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Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta: Who’s Your Daddy?

Father’s Day will probably find the super dads of American’s equine racing superstars doing what many dads will do on their day: relaxing in the outdoors and basking in the sun and their offsprings’ accomplishments.

Medaglia d’Oro, Rachel Alexandra’s proud papa, and Street Cry, good ole dad to Zenyatta, share a lovely Lexington, Ky., hill on their home at Darle

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Belgian and Car Collide: Car Loses

What started as a simple training exercise in Independence, Kan., turned into a two-mile chase involving five police officers, two highway patrolmen, concerned citizens, a horse-drawn wedding carriage, and Rocky, an 1,800-pound, 7-year-old Belgian gelding.

Before Rocky was captured on the grounds of a local high school with no injuries to horse or people, the carriage collided wit

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Elmer Bandit Necropsy Performed at Kansas State

“We are looking for what was right with Elmer, not what was wrong,” said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, friend of Elmer Bandit, as she accompanied owner Mary Anna Wood on Elmer’s final journey, which was, fittingly, to a veterinary teaching ho

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Donations to NATRC Trail Fund Honor Elmer Bandit

Long before Elmer Bandit set the record for competitive trail miles, he and his lifelong owner Mary Anna Wood of Independence, Mo., worked together to raise money for the North American Trail Ride Conference’s Trail Fund. The approved tax-d

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