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Catch the Endurance Fever! By Stephanie Kwok “It’s not easy being Green...” Are you new to endurance riding? Is your horse? If so, you’ll find support with the Fraser Valley Endurance Riding Green Beans! Have you already “bean” there, done that, and want to help newbies get going down the trail? If so, you’re a Green Bean, too!


ndurance newbies and mentors can connect with each other on the new Facebook group, Fraser Valley Endurance Riding Green Beans ( FVERGreenBeans/). This group is a local chapter of the international Green Beans Endurance program, which was developed to encourage networking, discussion and meetups between local endurance riding mentors and novices. The FVER Green Beans serves riders in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas of BC who are new to endurance riding (or have a horse that is new to endurance). Equestrians participating in this group share an interest in learning, long distance trail riding, outdoor adventure, and


growing the sport of endurance riding in the BC Lower Mainland. We are excited to announce that our first Endurance 101 Clinic, a two-day learning event, is scheduled for April 12 and 13 in Maple Ridge. The “classroom day” on Saturday will feature a presentation by FVER Green Bean mentor and ERABC member, Terre O’Brennan, and includes a demonstration of what happens in a vet-check and how to do a trot-out. It will take place in the Empire Equestrian clubhouse and runs from 10am-2pm (Terre can take questions until 3pm); lunch and refreshments will be provided. On Sunday, our Green Bean Ride will feature a 12-km ride with a mock vet check at the end, starting from Main Corral at Golden Ears Park at 9:30am sharp! The cost of the clinic is $10 per person, and you may attend only the “classroom day” on Saturday if you wish. Anyone planning to participate in the Sunday Green Bean Ride must ALSO attend the presentation on Saturday. Please contact Stephanie Kwok, at, for further details and to register. Any clinic updates will be posted to the group’s “Events” section. If you are in the BC Lower Mainland and interested in learning about Endurance Riding, consider joining the FVER Green Beans ( groups/FVERGreenBeans/). Send your questions to the group administrator, Stephanie Kwok, at Stephanie@

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