Minia­ture Horse Com­pletes En­durance Ride

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on en­durance rid­ing, call (866) 271-2372, or go to www.aerc.org.

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).

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