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Bryce 2011 XP – 2 days made for 16,000 miles, yay Bo and Cheefy!

We had a most excellent ride this year at the 5 day Bryce XP.  We headed down early to help with trail, as there was a severe blow-down of trees on the trail.  It took a lot of work to get everything cleared and the trail marked so that horse’s could get through.  The FS, Dave Rabe and Dwight, Ann and Dave Nicholson all really worked hard chainsawing and clearing trails.  Kerry Redente and

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Bryce Canyon XP 2010 – Ride Results & Ride Photos

Karen and Granite Chief @ Bryce!

Click here for the 2010 Bryce Canyon XP Daily Ride Results and here for the Overall results for both 5 day horses and 5 day riders.

I will get a report on the actual ride done in the next couple of days.  Till then, check my previous blog post on a writeup about marking trail prior to the ride.

Fastest overall time for the 5 days on

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Bryce XP Results 2009

Some of the 5 day riders at the 2009 Bryce Canyon XP!

Click here to download the PDF file of the five day ride results. Sorry it took me so long to get it posted – had a lot going on the last couple of weeks. If somebody has a correction or spots any errors, please let me know

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We made all five days of Bryce!

Five day riders – woohoo!!

To celebrate, here is Chief kicking up his heals after he passed his final vet check on day 5.  He and I had a really great ride.  I rode him on days 1, 2, 4 and 5.  Bo got to do the middle day.  I have tons of photos from all of the days of the ride.

I had a hard time deciding how many days

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More pre-ride Bryce XP photos

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The Grandview Trail

[Show picture list] jQuery(‘#ngg-slideshow-aa8ed6cd185058e89fe6d83ec4c00730-256827320-image-list’).hide().removeClass(‘ngg-slideshow-nojs’); jQuery(function($) { jQuery(‘#ngg-slideshow-aa8ed6cd185058e89fe6d83ec4c00730-256827320’).nggShowSlideshow({ id: ‘aa8ed6cd185058e89fe6d83ec4c00730’, fx: ‘fade’, width: 640, height: 480, domain: ‘http://www.karenchaton.com/’, timeout: 4000 }); }); Here are a few photos from the Grandview trail that is part of the Bryce Canyon XP in Utah, where we ride a lot under the rim – pink cliffs.  It’s gorgeous, of course.  This year is extra special because some new trail has been reopened that hasn’t been available to be

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Bryce XP 2009

I can’t even begin to choose a favorite photo from the Bryce Canyon XP.  I’ve had some of my favorite photos made into enlargements and framed.  It’s hard to take a bad photo with scenery like this!

The scenery is truly beautiful and almost surreal when you ride through it.  I always find a certain peace and tranquility there, knowing that all of the beautiful pink and orange hoodoos and cliff formations will eventually

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Remember to renew your AERC Membership by December 1st!

It’s easy to do online.  Go to the aerc.org website.  From the left hand side of the website look for a dropdown menu with the title “Membership”; select that and then drop down to “Join/Renew Membership”.  From there, select “renew”.  You’ll then need to log in with your AERC membership number, last name and entering the name of one of the top three most famous endurance rides in the US.

This year you have

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Getting our gear ready for winter endurance and trail riding

Chief in the rain at a vetcheck

Been riding in the rain lately?  It seems like every year at least a couple of times I end up riding either at an endurance ride or a conditioning ride in wet weather.  Over time our rain gear becomes less waterproof, and it’s never fun to find out during the middle of a ride that your gear is not doing it’s job.  Now is a good

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Tulip the Morab Reaches 20,000 AERC Miles at Bryce XP!

Les Carr and Tulip

I just received this article with permission to use it in my blog from Les Carr.  Many congratulations to Tulip for reaching 20,035 miles!

A BOY MORAB NAMED TULIP

20 YEARS OLD and 20,035 miles-AERC Hi-Mileage Horse

-and Still Going Strong Down the Trail-

(How We Did It?)

Les Carr, Ph.D.

Without

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