What a beautiful weekend for an endurance ride in Ohio. Cool evenings and cool days make for a great ride.

Pictures from the ride are available here: Cracked Oats Crunch endurance ride at Scioto state park in Ohio

Cracked Oats Crunch is an AERC sanctioned endurance ride. At this particular ride, FEI vets came to take random blood samples for drug testing. Although I would find it hard to believe that anyone would drug their horses for any reason at this level of endurance riding, you could see it happen that the national and international events where the competition is intense. At this level, the old slogan for endurance riding makes endurance riding as a sport a joy to the participants, ” To finish is to win”.

Amy Whalen brings along another daughter in Endurance riding

Shanon Loomis brings along her daughter in endurance riding

As you can see, Endurance riding is a sport that everyone can participate in. Amy Whalen is a ride manager for several rides each year. Shannon Loomis goes all over the region participating in rides with her daughter. These are two folks that I can almost always depend on seeing at every ride we participate in. Bringing along your kids into the sport helps the sport to expand and flourish for future generations. Not only that, but meeting a challenge together and with horses is very rewarding and brings lots of good personal character traits.

Rider at Cracked Oats Crunch endurance ride at Scioto State Park in Ohio

Janice Taylor at Cracked Oats Crunch endurance ride in Ohio

Cracked Oats Crunch endurance ride at Scioto State Park in Ohio

Pictures from the ride are available here: Cracked Oats Crunch endurance ride at Scioto state park in Ohio

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