Are you looking for a new career for your trotter or pacer? Ever consider endurance riding?
If so, then you should read Triangle Ranch Communications’ Endurance 101: a gentle guide to the sport of long-distance riding, the first book written specifically for beginning endurance riders by Aarene Storms.
Endurance 101 is told in a comfortable narrative style with plenty of informative stories and photos.
In addition, photographs by Monica Bretherton on both covers and throughout the book spotlight Standardbreds. The bay mare in green tack on the front cover is “All Bollacks,” a 2001 Canadian pacer, and the back cover features a big bay mare in purple tack—the author’s own “Naked Willow”.
Storms uses the lessons she has learned in her more than 10 years of competition and combines them with practical advice from other experienced endurance riders. Endurance 101 enables new endurance riders to make better decisions when choosing a horse and tack, and to make good choices when feeding, conditioning and competing with a novice endurance horse.
“This is the manual I wish I’d had when I was a new rider in the sport,” says Storms. “I read every book, every magazine article, every listserv and Web page, even the fine print of tack catalogs, and I still made mistakes that I could have avoided with more guidance.”
Endurance legend and author Julie Suhr said, “I wish I had this book when I discovered endurance riding!”
And Merri Melde, equestrian traveler and correspondent, calls Endurance 101 “the next best thing to a two-legged mentor, unraveling the mysteries of getting you and your horse to the starting line, through your first ride, and through what happens afterwards, always with the goals of caring properly for your horse and having fun.”
Riders seeking a straightforward, easy-to-read book will love Endurance 101’s mix of narrative and practical, step-by-step advice on everything from packing the trailer to keeping their horse sane, sound and safe through the conditioning process. Storms’ enthusiasm for her chosen sport will rapidly infect newcomers, and even experienced riders will be look at their ride and training routines with fresh eyes.
Horse enthusiasts from all disciplines won't want to miss taking a ride in the company of Storms while dodging her nemesis, the Bad Idea Fairy, along the trail. Laugh and learn. Endurance 101 is the book you’ve been waiting for.
In the words of endurance powerhouse Dennis Summers, “Read this book, cinch up tight and get-r-done!”
Publication Information: Endurance 101: a gentle guide to the sport of long-distance riding is available as an E-book in multiple formats, available from the publisher website www.Endurance-101.com and through Amazon.com and other e-book retailers at the price of $9.99. A print edition of the book will be released in late December 2012; to reserve your copy and qualify for the publisher’s special offer, send an email to: release@Endurance-101.com.
Author Information: An advocate for junior riders, equestrian trails, and novice endurance horse and rider teams, Aarene Storms has published numerous articles in “Endurance News” and other equestrian sport publications. She has completed more than 2000 AERC miles on several horses, and currently competes on a tall, opinionated Standardbred mare called Fiddle. Her adventures in the saddle and on the ground are documented with tongue firmly in cheek at the Haiku Farm blog.