Friday, March 2, 2018

20 Mule Team

Congratulations to our members who completed rides at 20 Mule Team! 

Three members completed their first 100 mile endurance ride! Denise said it was "windy, painful, miserable, exhilarating, and rewarding". 

  •  Rachel Manley on Mystical Dancer (Peanut) 
  • Kristin Ojala on Shoubrah Lanni 
  • Denise Fissel on MCA Dark Star (Gabe). 

 Jenni Gomez on Sushi (Sioux) finished a 50 - a first for her horse.

 Jeanlaurie Ainsworth on Deste Tocata finished her first 50. She said it was her first 50 in 45 years, with the American River Ride completion from back in 1973. What a comeback, Jeanlaurie!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year, New Teams! Now what?!

There's a lot of buzz right now going on over in our Facebook group, discussing where everyone is from and what kind of horses everyone rides.  Teams are forming and questions are starting to crop up. 

Checking off the to-do list is pretty easy for a few items like joining AERC and Green Beans, and with the help of our teams coordinator, finding a team is pretty straightforward.  Fill out a survey and we'll get you matched up.  Actually figuring out where to go next can be a bit overwhelming!

Patti Stedman wrote an excellent blog article "Top Ten Questions Endurance Green Beans Ask" that might help you with some of your questions.

There's also a variety of books that have been written on the subject, many of which you can find listed on the MnDra.com website.  MnDRA is the local endurance riding club, short for Minnesota Distance Riders Association. 

Attending an Endurance 101 clinic or taking the Endurance Essential online course will set you up with excellent information before heading out to your first endurance event.

Finding a mentor can be challenging - here's a great place to start looking for one.

AERC Regional Mentors
UMECRA Mentors 
SEDRA Mentors

Other state & local clubs listing:

I hope this helps with a few of those initial questions.  And just for fun, here's a video I took of my first novice ride.  It's not fancy but might give you a flavor for what a novice\intro ride  might be like. 

~ Deb

Sunday, December 3, 2017

They rode all the miles!!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Green Bean'ers who miled out this season. May you continue to ride, learn, and share your experiences with the rest of us.

  • Flash Accardo (Blazin Belles)
  • Maranda Bibb (Blazin Belles)
  • Vicki Daggett Nickels (Coast to Coast)
  • Andrea Maitland (Mustang Endurance Horse)
  • Elise Levasseur Rogers (Mustang Endurance Horse)
  • Daniel Mccaslin (Rockin Mountain Monstas)
  • Beth Frieders (Wild Unicorns)
  • Kimberly Slamp Fosler (Wild Unicorns)

Time to sign up for 2018 Teams!


  • If you don't have 5 people right now, it's okay. Leave the names blank and pick "open spot". 
  • If you don't have a team name picked out, leave it as Team Number x. You have until Feb 15th to decide on a name.
  • If you are waiting to hear back from someone, enter their name and pick "tentative".
  • Try to appoint one person to keep this list up to date for your team.
  • Enter complete information for each teammate.

Use this survey and we'll help.


  1. Teammates do not need to live by each other. These are virtual teams. 
  2. All ages and mixes of experiences can be on a team.
  3. All miles you complete with for all of your horses go to the team total.
  4. Team registration ends Feb 15.
  5. Riders may only be substituted after Feb 15 if no team miles have accrued. One swap only.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Season ending! Time to get all activity submissions sent.

Today is the last day of the 2017 season!  To help us get the year end results announced, please submit final activities now.

We are working on setting up the team registration forms and scoreboards for the upcoming season. Watch for announcements on Facebook and in your e-mail for updates on how to do that process.

Also remember there are several "Green Bean" FaceBook groups.  Our group is called Green Bean Endurance Challenge. Any questions regarding the competition should be posted in our group four quickest response.  Or message us through our Facebook page.  We will return your message as soon as possible. The North American Endurance Green Beans FaceBook group is not affiliated with the program's administration. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

What happens in the dark......

In true Green Bean tradition, the scoreboards are dark for the rest of the season! This tradition started in season one, to help keep our focus on healthy and happy horses and adding a little suspense to the season end! Some of you hate this, some of you love it! To honor this tradition, Two Horse Tack is donating items for us to give away to anyone completing a 'first' in October and November. If you finished your first LD, first 50-75-100, first back to back, got your first BC, or even your first pull, we'll toss your name in a hat for a drawing.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Exciting news!! Green Bean Endurance is an official AERC program!!

Howdy Green Beans!

We have some exciting news!  After three successful years of existence, Green Bean Endurance is now an official program of the American Endurance Ride Conference! The AERC board voted to approve this motion at their midyear meeting and staff have added the annual enrollment, including the $15 fee, as an option on the 2018 membership renewal form so you can pay at one time when you renew!

Registration is now open for 2018. This is done directly through AERC.  The form to join GBE can be found here

The program will have a few changes in 2018.  First, members can join GBE anytime throughout the season, much like AERC.  All members will be automatically enrolled in the individual points program (previously called 1H1R) at the same time, regardless of registration date.  Points will be gin accruing once AERC membership has been finalized.  Each horse/rider unit will accrue points for year end awards through GBE, much like how points accrue for AERC.  Declaring which horse is ridden is no longer needed.  

Team registrations will be done separately, directly through this website, beginning December 1 through February 15th.  Points for teams will again be based on rider mileage and bonus points.  A rider can ride as many horses as they wish and all miles will be included.  

Riders no longer need to choose between "individual" or "teams" program.  All riders are in the individual program.  Teams will be in addition to the individual program for those that opt to sign up.

Bonus points will once again be offered in 2018.  If you obtain a mentor, attend an AERC Endurance 101/102 clinic, or volunteer at an AERC ride, you'll be able to receive bonus points for these activities.   

We hope you'll join us for our first 'official' season of AERC Green Bean Endurance!

Deb Moe, GBE Director
Ricky Stone, GBE Director
Mary Howell, AERC Membership Committee Chair.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Audrey’s Shanghai Trails Ride, Sunday 30-mile Ride

Warm-up in the mist. Photo by: Bobbie  Lieberman
I’m separating the events of this ride into 3 posts to describe Friday Pre-Ride Catastrophe, Saturday 55-mile Ride and Sunday 30-mile Ride. Each day I learned a lot and hope to pass this on to other Green Beans.

This was Leggs, (aka Go Away’s Midnight Dancer) the Missouri Foxtrotter mare’s 2nd LD and longest distance ridden. She did a fantastic job a few weeks ago at the Heart of the Hills ride (see prev. blog post), the end of which I thought she was fit enough for a 50. Boy, am I glad we did a 2nd LD first! Physical training is important but mental training is far more important and Leggs is still learning. The start was a little more chaotic just because there were so many more horses (36 starters compared to 14 during my Sat. ride). I thought I had picked a good place in the pack to start out but Legg’s had race brain! What happened to the wonderfully responsive mare I had during the first LD only a few weeks ago? After reflection I realized the Heart of the Hills ride had lots of rocks, ups and downs and single track twists and turns enclosed by trees, which provided natural breaks to keep a horse from going off to the races. The Shanghai trails were largely straight, flat, farm roads, easy to gallop on if your horse had the mindset. 

I should have worn gloves, and she may need a bit for the first loop (I ride in an S-hack). She learned to tuck her head in and down and from the side it might look like she has a nice arched neck but in reality is avoiding the ‘bit’ and hanging heavy on my hands. For the first 10 miles we were fighting, I made her stop and stand, back up, did lateral bending work to try to keep her mind on me instead of running to catch the other horses. She was a handful and I’ll be consulting my trainer on what else we can do to keep her more light and responsive. Eventually she got better, in part because we found a good riding buddy to keep pace with for the last 3 miles of the first loop.

Finished! With riding buddy coming in behind.
At the hold we learned the importance of having a buddy horse at the vet check. During the exam everything looked good except her CRI went from 60 to 80! The vets recognized she was probably just excitable/emotional and said we should come back for a recheck. Kenny brought Jazz up and Leggs immediately relaxed, yawned and started eating. We redid the CRI (with Jazz gaiting beside her) and everything checked out. I did have difficulty leaving ride camp (Leggs didn’t want to leave her buddy behind) but eventually we got out back on trail and we caught up with our previous riding buddy. For the 2nd loop she was great, went on a loose rein and responsive and we took our time and completed the ride with all A’s on the final vet check.

Re-hydrating with Kenny and Jazz for support.
While the final vet check is technically the end of the ride, all A’s on the vet card does not mean everything is automatically OK. It was 1-2 hours after we finished and I went to the post-ride meeting. Bobbie and Kenny noticed Leggs didn’t want to graze in hand, while Jazz was eating heartily. Her gums were tacky, not as moist as they should have been and heart rate was a little high at 60 bpm when it should be lower when just resting. The vets concurred she was dehydrated and put in 1.5 L of saline along with CMPK supplement with an IV infusion. She perked up and started eating. After the infusion we knew her system had recovered when she pee’ed! This really highlights the importance of observing your horse post-ride. If we had just packed up and left right away she may have coliced on the trailer during the 4 hr drive home and gone down hill fast. I’m very thankful to have great riding partners and mentors in Kenny and Bobbie.