Miniature Horse Completes Endurance Ride
Wee B Jelly Bean (Jelly), an American Miniature Horse, completed the Hat Creek Hustle 25-mile endurance ride in Northern California, a first for the American Endurance Ride Conference.
After scouring AERC’s rulebook and consulting with the AERC national office, Jelly’s owner, Elicia Kamberg, of Smartsville, Calif., discovered there’s nothing in the organization’s rules that requires the horse to be ridden during the competition.
Cyd Ross, an ultramarathon runner, ran with Jelly, while while Kamberg, aboard her mount, Kenlyn Amir, followed. “Jelly was a little mentally tired after the ride, but physically was great,” said Kamberg. “Our ride time was 5:21 for the 25-mile ride, and Jelly got good scores from the vets and pulsed in easily at the finish.”
Kamberg, who needed a traveling companion for her horse, rescued Jelly at an Oregon auction, then started taking Jelly on training rides so she wouldn’t be left alone at the barn. At first, Kamberg ponied Jelly, then Kamberg began allowing Jelly to run loose. Kamberg gradually increased mileage or speed until Jelly could keep up with the fit horses. Then Jelly became so fit, she took the lead.
After two years of conditioning and accompanying the horses to endurance rides, Kamberg decided it was time for Jelly to try one. She enlisted Ross to run with the horse. After some practicing and getting permission from ride management and the veterinarians, they set off for Hat Creek and finished the ride.
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BILL GORE, GORE/BAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY Ultramarathon runner Cyd Ross and American Miniature Horse Wee B Jelly Bean (Jelly) completed the Hat Creek Hustle 25-mile endurance ride, along with Jelly’s owner, Elicia Kamberg, aboard Kenlyn Amir (in back).