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The Official Newsletter of the Texas Endurance Riders Association

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Fall 2012


Trail Markers is published Quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

In This Issue:

It is distributed solely to members of the Texas Endurance Riders Association, and is comprised of both their input and the opinion of the editor, neither of which represent the organization’s views or official stance. Of course, if there is no input from members, then you’re pretty much stuck with the editor’s opinions. Which don’t amount to much, really, but they can sometimes make interesting reading. Other times … well, the term “bird cage liner” comes to mind.

TERA Ride Calendar - p2

AERC Mid-Year BoD Meeting - p4 And the Nominees are... - p5 Important Reminders - p5

We are also offering a classified section free to TERA members. Non-TERA members -.50¢ a word. Deadline for the next issue is January 11th, 2013.

Tip of the Quarter - p5

Reminiscing Through the Rides- p6-7 An RTS Ride Story - p8

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Advertising rates are as follows: Full page - $80 Half page - $55 1/4 page - $32 Business Card - $22 These are one time rates. Contact Todd for yearly rates.

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Editor’s Musings - p3

TERA Membership Form - p10

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Wanna be published? Get it in!

Cover photo: Crissie, Kristen Fisher’s mare, enjoys her meal during Ride the Storm. Crissie lacks 45 miles for her 1000 lifetime miles.

By-Law Changes - p11

Photo by: John Nowell - www.remuda.smugmug.com

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2012-13 TERA Sponsored Rides Trace the Trails Nov. 10-11, 2012 Trace Trails, Athens, TX Robin Howze 214-244-5909 (rhowze@sbcglobal.net)

Racing Stripes I & II February 16-17, 2013 Priefert Ranch, Mount Pleasant, TX Khristin Seymore 903-563-6639 HorizonAggie@aol.com

Lone Star I-II Nov. 23-24, 2012 Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera, TX Greg Bozard 956-369-9278 (greg@valleytrottersyouthranch.org)

Heart of the Hills Benefit March 2-3, 2013 Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera, TX Eron Howell 830-537-4604 eronh@gvtc.com

Wacky Waco Wide Dec. 8th, 2012 Reynolds Creek, Lake Waco, Waco, TX Vickie Roden 972-978-0072 (vickier_is@yahoo.com)

Texas Tango March 17, 2013 7IL Ranch, Cat Springs, TX Debbie Linebarger 281-703-0909 texas-tango@hotmail.com

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Shanghai Trails March 31-April 1, 2013 Pierce Ranch, Pierce, TX Cindy Kolvalchuk 281-961-5810 cindyatsaddlebrook@yahoo.com

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Unicorn Hunt Sept. 1, 2013 Kennard, TX David J. Fant 936-655-4048 (dfant2007@hotmail.com)


2012 Board of Directors President Diane Campbell 3401 Oakridge Blvd Harker Heights, TX 76548 254-698-1965 dcampbell1@hot.rr.com Vice-President Scott Godwin 201Oak Grove Dr. Dripping Springs, TX 78260 512-659-9719 aggiendurancerider@gmail.com

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Thank you Summer for leaving, finally! I’m not one who enjoys the heat but I am very thankful for the cooler weather which we had at Ride the Storm and I look forward to many more cooler weather rides. Speaking of cooler weather rides, we have Trace the Trails coming up and the TERA meeting in which we get to approve some new candidates for office. Also, even though there is a reminder in the newsletter somewhere, do not forget to renew your membership to TERA as well as AERC because of another NEW cooler weather ride, Wacky Waco, gotta love the name, which is the first weekend in December so if you don’t renew you’ll have to spend more money entering a ride. Don’t say you have not been warned.

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Publicity & Awards Director Khristin Seymore PO Box 559 Daingerfield, Texas 75638 903-563-6639 HorizonAggie@aol.com Membership Director Vickie Roden 373 Langston Ln McKinney, TX 75069 972-978-0072 M Vickier_is@yahoo.com

Ride Manager Director Debbie Linebarger 39748 Chambers Road Hempstead, TX 77445 979-826-5301 ridehappy@hotmail.com

Editor, Todd Hezeau 7259 CR 3223 Lone Oak, TX 75453 469.261.8733 maccwall@yahoo.com

See you on the trail, somewhere Hopefully... Safe Riding, Todd Hezeau

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Treasurer Tammy Powell 9011 Latma Ct. Houston, TX 77025 832-689-3820 sterling222@sbcglobal.net

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Secretary Sylvia Fant 3901 North Possum Walk Rd. Kennard, TX 75847 936-655-4048 sfant2008@hotmail.com

Education Director Valerie Bixler 3598 CR 406 McKinney, TX 75071 214-514-3618 bixlerdvm@gmail.com

The Editor’s Musings...

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AERC Mid-Year BoD Meeting

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On Saturday  August  18,  2012  Mike  Maul,  Michael  Campbell,  and  I  attended  the  AERC  Mid-­‐Year  BOD  Meeting  in   Denver,  Colorado.    The  following  is  a  brief  synopsis  of  what  was  discussed.    Please  feel  free  to  contact  me  with  any   questions.  

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AERC Liability  Insurance  (Ride  Managers  Insurance)  -­‐  Equisure  is  the  broker  AERC  gets  the  insurance  through.    The   actual  company  is  underwritten  by  Lloyd’s  of  London.    At  this  point  AERC  will  stay  with  Lloyd’s  of  London.    They   have  covered  our  claims  and  have  the  best  total  liability  coverage  AERC  can  get.  

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We discussed  tweaking  the  number  of  rides  drug  tested  and  how  we  want  it  done.  

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The membership  committee  is  working  hard  to  come  up  with  ideas  to  increase  membership  and  retain  existing   members.  

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The AERC  Ad  Hoc  Committee  is  developing  a  Strategic  Plan  for  AERC  for  the  short,  intermediate,  and  long  term.     They  presented  their  findings  thus  far.    They  submitted  a  motion  to  develop  a  new  logo  for  AERC.    The  existing   AERC  Logo  is  over  25  years  old.    The  AERC  membership  will  be  asked  to  submit  logos  for  AERC  and  vote  on  the  top   three.    From  there  the  AERC  BOD  will  choose  the  new  Logo.    The  winner  will  receive  an  award  yet  to  be   determined.  

The BOD  passed  a  motion  from  the  Ad  Hoc/Strategic  planning  committee  that  will  make  access  to  online  horse  and   rider  records  for  members  only.  

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Mollie Krumlaw-­‐Smith  the  AERC  Treasurer  went  over  the  2012  and  projected  2013  finances.    It  looks  like  we  won’t   be  in  the  red  for  2012  or  2013  but  after  that  without  some  changes  we  will  be  fighting  to  stay  in  the  black.   The  Sanctioning  Committee  brought  forth  sanctioning  requests  for  some  pioneer  rides  in  Idaho.   Susie  Schomberg,  head  of  the  Rules  Committee,  brought  forth  a  motion  from  the  Rules  Committee  at  the  request   of  the  BOD  to  list  all  names  in  a  protest  in  Endurance  News.    The  motion  passed.   Jan  Stevens  brought  a  request  to  the  BOD  for  AERC-­‐I  requesting  $2000  from  AERC-­‐I  funds  to  help  pay  for  expenses   associated  with  the  2012  Endurance  Championships  in  England.    The  motion  passed.    AERC-­‐I  also  asked  for  $2000   out  of  the  AERC  General  Operating  Fund  for  the  same  reason.    This  motion  failed.   Mike  Maul  went  over  the  survey  that  will  be  used  later  this  fall.  

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Patti Stedman  head  of  the  AERC  Ride  Managers  Committee  went  over  the  short  rides  problem  brought  up  recently   within  AERC.    At  this  point  she  has  not  heard  anything  about  Central  Region.    If  a  ride  manager  is  questioning  the   length  of  their  trail  let  me  know.    There  are  two  AERC  members  that  can  help  you  measure  your  trail  accurately   with  GPS  tracks  of  your  loops.      

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AERC is  looking  at  moving  the  convention  for  2014.    Reno  is  no  longer  the  huge  money  maker  it  used  to  be.     Somewhere  in  the  SE  or  Central  region  is  being  looked  at.    San  Antonio  is  not  an  option  for  2014.    It  is  already   booked.    If  you  have  any  suggestions  please  contact  a  director.    The  key  to  the  site  is  it  must  be  a  major  airport   hub,  the  rooms  in  the  hotel  must  be  reasonable,  and  fun  stuff  to  do  in  the  area.   Submitted  by  Monica  Chapman   AERC  Central  Region  Sanctioning  Director  

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And the nominees are...

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Yes, it’s that time again. Time for your vote to elect some new BoD’s for TERA as our faithful higher ups that have held the higher offices for a time have decided to take well deserved breather from those positions, only this time there is, as of time of printing, only one choice per seat. Those being nominated are as follows:

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President - Vickie Roden Vice-President - Donna Shifflette Secretary - Sylvia Fant Treasurer - Robin Howze

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So cast your vote at the meeting which will be held before the ride meeting at the Trace the Trails ride this coming November 10th. If you have anyone else to nominate, please let Diane Campbell know about it before the meeting. She can be contacted at 254.698.1965 or email dcampbell1@hot.rr.com

Important Reminders!

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And these are just a few reminders that you need to be aware of:

A: Do not forget to renew your membership, both TERA and AERC. As most of you know that have checked the ride calendar, we have ride sanctioned on the 8th of December which is, as you know, the first ride of the new ride season and that ride is the Wacky Waco Ride being held at Lake Waco, Waco, TX. Same place this years Old Glory was held. If you do not renew your memberships, you will have to pay the $15.00 day fee that AERC charges per ride and you will not get your TERA discount as well, so that right there is at least a $20.00 incentive to renew. B: Ann Goolsby is going to be in charge of food for the Lone Star Ride and needs your help to make it a great Thanks giving feast so please contact her to get a list of items that will be needed so we won’t have an overabundance of one particular thing, like desserts. Turkey and dressing will be provided. Her email is eagoolsby@aol.com or call her at 214.244.5483

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C: Sylvia needs your volunteer hours to be turned in. If you have your hours recorded, please send them to her or give them to her at a ride. Her email is sfant2008@hotmail.com

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Go over all your tack and trailer storage since we are starting our fall season, make sure that everything is still there and ready to go.

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An RTS Ride Story

By LeeAnn Rost

As we were driving into the Huge 6,000 acre Ranch with it’s beautiful rolling hills I was already getting excited for the ride. After we set up camp-time for the first vet check. Magnum got all A’s on his report card(vet check).Woke up at 5 a.m. and fed the horses and dressed for the ride. The group of 26 fifty milers that I was a part of left just after light a little after seven. I was at the front of the pack with Wilhemina(who had recently did her first Tevis and placed in top ten)and Eliott on the first loop till I blew a tire. This was a rocky ride and my usually barefoot horse lost one of his back easy boots after just a few miles(maybe cause I had put them on in the dark??). I stopped and put it in my fanny pack and we rode on. Magnum didn’t seem bothered by only having three tires. The first loop took us through dense brush and lots of hilly climbs and beautiful views where you felt like you were on top of the world. Up the steepest climb and I discovered one of the reasons for the breast collar, which I had neglected to put on my horse. My saddle had slipped almost onto Magnum’s hind end with the cinch under his belly. My cool headed horse did not seem to mind and just wanted to keep up with his new friend, but I made him stop so I could reposition the saddle-he may not have minded, but I did… About the middle of this loop we blew another back tire. This time it didn’t come all the way off and I heard a funny flopping sound. Magnum did not want to slow, but I made him stop and we took the other back tire off. Magnum was not minding his back feet bare over the rocks and we decided to just keep going. First loop of eighteen miles, then a vet check and thirty minute break. Magnum and I felt great. Magnum did not drink at all this first loop and scored all A’s except gut sounds-which was a C. I wish he wouldn’t try so hard to be a camel. Second loop was just eight miles over mostly flat ground. It went fast and Magnum and I still felt great. Magnum finally gulped some water this loop and his gut sounds went back up to an A at the end of this loop. Forty-five minute break, some lunch for both of us and we headed out for the third loop of 17 miles-partly hilly and partly over grassy fields. Magnum was still moving great, even over rocky areas. He must have very tough feet. When we came to the grassy areas we galloped to make up for slower time over rocky places. Once we were galloping along and Magnum simultaneously shied a bit to the right at the same time I heard a rattle on my left! A rattle snake was not happy at almost being tromped by a horse. I was glad both Magnum and the snake kept going and that I didn’t fall off. About the middle of this loop I was starting to tire, but still having fun! Back into camp and a good vet check and back out for the final loop after another break. Final loop was only seven miles and over mostly flat ground. Magnum was feeling good and was happy to keep up his fast trot and even some galloping. After the hot summer it sure felt good to have the temps in the seventies! Rode mostly the last two loops with a gentleman who has covered thousands of endurance miles on his horse. We took turns passing each other. I crossed the finish line in fourth place(out of 26 starters) and was very happy to get to announce my first ride of NOT getting lost on the trail! Sure had a blast! Last vet check was very good. So proud as always of my Magnum. And grateful to my hubby, Shane, who supports my fun and watches grandson Nate so I can ride! I love that I am making new horsey friends at the rides! Besides the 50 milers and 75 mile riders, there were 67 twenty-five mile riders and lots of volunteers and managers and vets- lots of people at this ride. A great bunch of very nice horse people! What a fun sport! Thanks to all those who make it possible for those of us who like nothing better than to be outdoors on the trail with our trusty steeds.

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Renewing Member? __ If so, prior year TERA Number: _________________ AERC # ______________ ____ Single Membership is eligible for one vote at TERA meetings and is $25 per year. ____ Family Membership is entitled to two votes at TERA meetings and is $35 per year. If you are registering as a family, please indicate first and last names of your spouse and the names and ages of minor family members and date of birth: ____________________________D/O/B_______ ______________________________D/O/B________

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TERA has initiated an emergency ride information contact program. YOU MUST OPT TO ENROLL in this program. In the event of an emergency cancellation or rerouting of entering or departing traffic for a specific ride, TERA Officers and members of the Board of Directors will call the number provided below. If possible, e-mails will also be sent to the address provided. _______ YES, please call me at ___________________________________, and if possible, e-mail me at _________________________________________________________ with emergency ride updates. With your membership in TERA you will receive a membership card with your TERA number. This card entitles you to a discount to all TERA sponsored limited distance and endurance rides for the coming year. Paid TERA members receive a subscription to TRAIL MARKERS, the quarterly newsletter of the Texas Endurance Riders Association. Additionally, your membership makes you and your family members eligible for the annual TERA awards. We are now asking for your Date of Birth for a new Senior Award, so please provide this information.

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Your member fees help to defray the costs associated with the production and distribution of our newsletter, the purchase of our annual awards, provide insurance coverage to TERA sponsored rides and ride managers and help to fund the annual Old Glory Endurance Ride; training ground for new Texas ride managers.

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Please mail this completed application and a check made payable to TERA to: Tammy Powell 9011 Latma Court Houston, Texas 77025

If you wish to obtain more information about endurance riding, want to volunteer or assist at a ride, have a desire to manage a ride, or just have a few questions, please check this and a TERA Officer or Board member will contact you. 10


By-Law Changes ARTICLE 3 MEETINGS OF MEMBERS 3.01. Meetings - The membership of the Corporation shall meet semi-annually, the time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors, with notice being given through the Corporation’s newsletter and/or electronic media. 3.02. Agendas - Meeting agendas shall be printed in the Corporation’s newsletter and/or electronic media prior to the meetings. 3.03. Quorum - Ten (10) members shall constitute a quorum. 3.04. Notice of Meetings - Notice of meetings shall be given not less than ten (10) days before the date of the meeting and not more than fifty (50) days before the date of the meeting. 3.05. Actions - The membership shall try to act by consensus. However, the vote of a majority of voting members in good standing, present and entitled to vote at a meeting at which a quorum is present, shall be sufficient to constitute the act of the membership unless the vote of a greater number is required by law or by the By-Laws. Voting shall be by ballot, voice, or by a show of hands. 3.06. Voting by Mail - The Board of Directors may authorize members to vote by mail or verifiable electronic means. ARTICLE 4 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 4.01. Management - The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors. 4.02. Number of Directors - The number of Directors shall be eight (8) and shall consist of the President, VicePresident, Treasurer, Secretary and four (4) Directors at Large. Because of the even number, it is understood and decreed that the President does not vote except in case of a tie vote. 4.03. Requirement - All Directors shall be members in good standing of the Corporation. An unexcused absence from two consecutive Board or Membership meetings is grounds for removal from the Board of Directors upon majority vote by the Board of Directors. 4.04. Quorum - Five (5) Directors shall constitute a quorum. 4.05. Meetings - The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice a year at such time and place as may be set by a majority of the Board, with the agenda to be printed in the Corporation’s newsletter and/or electronic media at least one month prior to the meeting.

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ARTICLE 5 OFFICERS 5.09 Webmaster – The Webmaster is considered an adjunct member of the Board. He shall: (a) Receive all information to be published on the TERA Website. (b) Publish future TERA rides, meetings and other pertinent information to the members. (c) Perform duties as assigned by the President and/or Board of Directors. ARTICLE 6 COMMITTEES AND RIDE MANAGERS 6.02. (d) must attend the TERA Ride Managers Clinic to obtain/continue TERA Sponsorship. Ride Managers must renew this certification once every 3 years

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ARTICLE 9 AMENDMENTS 9.01. These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present and voting at any regular meeting of the membership. CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY I certify that I am the duly elected and acting Secretary of Texas Endurance Riders Association and that the foregoing By-Laws were duly adopted at a meeting of the membership held on November 10, 2012. DATED this 10th day of November 2012. Sylvia Fant Secretary, TERA

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Fall 2012 Texas Endurance Riders Association

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