Wins 50 & 100-Mile Arabian Horse Endurance Championships
Kanavy couldn't have mapped out a better weekend. On Thursday, October
23, 2003, she captured the 100-mile Arabian Horse Association National
Championship Endurance Ride in Henryville, Indiana with Shahdon,
last year's reserve champion and picked up a $6,250 payout from
Breeders Sweepstakes. Two days later she won the 50-mile ride with
Emphatic. Both horses took best condition awards.
the scenes, things didn't go quite so smoothly for Kanavy. In September
Emphatic, who is long listed for the U.S. Endurance Team after placing
eight in the World Cup in Dubai last March, trotted out lame at
the second gate of the Pan American Games. "He didn't stay
lame long enough for us to figure out went wrong," says Kanavy,
of Fort Valley, Virginia. "So my goal was to ride him hard
enough to either antagonize the problem so we could get it diagnosed,
or make him tougher."
no problem surfaced, and Kanavy finished the ride in 4:06:01, a
split second in front of reserve champions Edward Kidd and CKP Seger,
sprint at the end was as hairy as it gets because the road is gravel,"
says Kidd, a Nashville, Tennessee resident. "Merlin and I were
just a horse length behind Valerie, but I had to back off because
we were getting pounded so hard by the stones."
Emphatic, Kanavy's 100-mile horse, Shahdon, who competed in Spain
in 2002 with the U.S. Endurance Team, was at his peak. The 11-year-old
chestnut gelding had placed fifth a month ago at the European Championships
just minutes behind the top horses, cinching a berth on this year's
last year he has matured," says Kanavy of the ex-racehorse.
"He is highly competitive and used to waste energy wanting
to be first, but now he has learned to conserve his energy."
finished in a time of 9:56, 34 minutes ahead of reserve champions
Lois McAfee and LM Khemosabi. McAfee was very pleased with their
placing. Her strategy was to keep a steady pace and finish in the
top ten. "I didn't try to stay with Val, and I never pushed
on any loop," says McAfee. "So I accomplished even more
than I set out to do."
Rider Joni Buttram, a 9-year-old from Hillsboro, Alabama, riding
Fantastiq Love in the 100-mile Arabian division, received a jacket
from Region 11 and a silver "International Award" trophy.
50-Mile Half-Arabian Champion, the 8-year-old Half-Saddlebred mare
Jamila Khalil, was bred and raised by Kara Disbrow, of Corryton,
Tennessee. This was Disbrow's first AHA national ride, and initially
she thought, "an extra $75 was a lot for a T-shirt, but after
winning the beautiful trophy, Turtle Neck blanket, plaque and ribbon,
I wondered how I was going to fit everything in my trailer."
champion Earle Baxter, of Millbank, rode 10-year-old CH Gretzky,
a Half-Standardbred gelding, to the AERC National Heavyweight Champion
several years ago. "My strategy on this ride was just to complete,
so I was thrilled to take reserve," says Baxter.
the 'Terminator horse,' " says Holly Fleming about Rome Dome,
an 11-year-old gray Anglo-Arabian who won the 100-Mile Half-Arabian
Endurance Championship. Although it was only Fleming's second 100
miler, she buddied up with a highly seasoned veteran and her favorite
riding companion, her mom, Myra Fleming. Myra, who was just shy
of 10,000 competitive miles, was third in the Arabian division with
FlyLikeTheWind. The mother-daughter duo trotted at a steady 10 miles
per hour and finished together with relatively fresh horses.
on Fleming's heels was Baxter and CH Cruise Control, a full brother
to CH Gretsky. Baxter bred and raised the pair. Asked about his
back-to-back successes, Baxter says humbly, "I got lucky. My
boys did a super job."
first timers to an AERC Hall of Famer, the ride drew 16 competitors
in the 100-mile ride and 14 in the 50-mile ride and paid out $11,606
to eligible Breeders Sweepstakes horses. Kanavy's sentiments echoed
those of most riders: "The organizing committee did a heck
of a job, we were blessed with super weather and the prizes were
go to ride manager and secretary Robert McAfee, ride steward Carolyn
Loedeman and ride veterinarians Mike Habel and Duane Barnett.
ride sponsors were Paint Rock Designs, Arabian Saddle Company, Mobile
Milling Services, Equisure, Will-O-Bar Arabians, Elite Sport Horse
International, Indiana Arabian Distance Program, Jacki Marsh, Barbara
Bailey and AHA Regions 3, 8, 10, and 13. Paint Rock Designs donated
a Turtle Neck blanket to the champion and a Horse Sheet
to the reserve champion, top ten and best condition. Mobile Milling
provided Mobility, a hoof and joint supplement, All Natural Electrolyte
and Healing Tree Products, Inc as completion awards. The Arabian
Saddle Company donated an endurance saddle to a ride drawing that
was won by Cheryl Fenton.
year's ride will be held in Spruce Woods Park in Glenboro, Manitoba,
Canada on July 30 and August 2.
& Best Condition: $Shahdon (Tyx+ x Shaheda Saba), Valerie Kanavy,
Fort Valley, VA
Champion: $LM Khemosabi (Kharramba+/ x Fayeks Fatima), Lois McAfee,
Ten: $FlyLikeTheWind (Count Galagor+ x Wild Win), Myra Fleming,
Ortonville, MI; Ramegwa Sharli (MI-Nabasque x Nonsuch Dakila), owned
by Margaret Price and ridden by Sue Greenell, Post Falls, ID, $Huckleberry
Moon (Desperado V x Aerial Moondanse), Jim Winburn, Morriston, FL;
SF Mon Fiire (Mon Fortchin x FM Sunn-Flower), Denise Culberson,
Tspark, Sue Keith, Floyds Knobs, IN; Aaristocat, Deborah Strand,
Wellesley, ON; SH Kais, Julie A Powell, Mansfield, OH; Fantastiq
Love, Joni Buttram, Hillsboro, AL
$Rome Dome (Sir WM Tryczamt+ x Upper Rome), Holly Fleming, Ortonville,
& Best Condition: $CH Cruise Control (Middlemarch x Barbs Hope),
Earle Baxter, Millbank, ON
Dash-of-Premeer, Julie Phair, Paisley, ON; Fancy Savage Nite+, Jinnifer
Plummer, Martinsville, IN
& Best Condition: Emphatic (Statistic x Eventyra), Valerie Kanavy,
Fort Valley, VA
CKP Seger (MHR Sabre K x Foxviews Carmalot B), Edward Kidd, Nashville,
Ten: Zaubaa Saif (Namr W x Summer Primrose), Nelia Rueter, Lenoir
City, TN; Sanegors Secret+ (Simeon Sanegor x Secret Wish), Cheryl
Fenton, Alexandria, OH; Promisme Fortchin (Mon Fortchin x Maamika),
Denise Culberson, Modoc, IN; Akkhim (Akkhir x MC Ra Mouna), Julie
A Powell, Mansfield, OH; Phantoms Rival (Mabrouks Barakat x Misteyna),
Robert Plummer, Martinsville, IN; Hub Habibi (Nigee x E-Fahara),
Sandra Page, Bordon, IN
Blacks Mistake, Jenni Rich, Holly Springs, MS; Artymusco, Debra
Leader, Mount Gilead, OH; A Flashback+, Dennis Leader, Mount Gilead,
& Best Condition: Jamila Khalil (Wind Fortune x Amarettas Genius),
Kara Disbrow, Corryton, TN
CH Gretzky (Middlemarch x Barbs Hope), Earle Baxter, Millbank, ON
Breeders Sweepstakes Winners
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