I have been competing in endurance with my mare Tia since 2011. There was a steep learning curve especially with the longer distances but I have gained a lot of knowledge through our journey. In 2016 I achieved a childhood dream by completing the Tevis Cup ride in California with Tia. One day I hope to do it again.
Carrie Schellenberg Wilson
Carrie picked up the horse habit in 2012 when the neighbour girl asked to borrow pasture for her horses. Since then, Carrie has come to own two happy Icelandics and enjoys riding as often as she can. After researching and talking to other Endurance riders, she successfully completed several rides in 2017. Carrie is very pleased to be part of the DRM board this year. She looks forward to many more miles down the trail with her new friends, four-legged and two-legged.
p style=”text-align: left;”>Trish Forde
Trish found herself attracted to the riders of DRM only about a year and a half ago. She considers herself relatively new to riding. She did not grow up with horses but when her 10-year-old daughter found her passion as a dressage rider, her family ended up purchasing their first horse, Taurus, an Arab-X. After a few years of boarding and spending many hours at the barn, they decided to purchase their own boarding facility. In 2010 Superior Equestrian Centre was born! Trish enjoyed learning her way around the horse boarding business and after her daughter moved to Ontario with a new horse more suitable to her level of riding, someone had to look after Taurus and ride him. Trish was 40 years old and had only been on a horse two or three times as a child, but really loved riding lessons and just wanted to trail ride. Unfortunately, in 2015, the family lost Taurus to severe torsion colic. Shortly afterward, Trish had the opportunity to own and start her first gelding, Copper, also an Arab-X. She sent him for training and attended some local clinics. In 2016, Trish and her cousin, Carrie, started preparing themselves and conditioning their horses for their first 15 mile competitive trail ride at the end of the 2016 season. After this ride, they were hooked! They entered in as many 25 mile rides as they could handle, both Endurance and Competitive Trail, in 2017. Trish also purchased a Tennessee Walking Horse gelding, named Memphis, and they are currently conditioning for the 2018 season. Trish attended a few board meetings for Distance Riders of Manitoba and knew she wanted to be part of helping the club on the inside. For the past 25 years she has been helping her father run the family business. With that experience combined with her education in Human Resource Management, she really feels that she can help this club grow and thrive. The board members are an eager group who want the DRM to continue on for many more years, and she is looking forward to working and riding along with them! She hopes to see everyone out on the trails. Happy riding!
p style=”text-align: left;”>Kelli Hayhurst
Kelli was born and raised in the city, but couldn’t wait to get out. She purchased her first horse at the age of 21 and boarded him out until she purchased her own place a few years later. Crockett was a 3-1/2 year old Arabian stallion who had not had the best start in life. After being gelded and with 30 days of training, a green Crockett hit the trails with his equally green rider and off they raced down roads and diversion ditches. When Crockett’s favourite pastime became running uncontrollably for miles, it was suggested that Kelli look into endurance riding. And so it started. Kelli joined the Manitoba Trail Riding Club (MTRC) in 1986—which at the time was hosting both Competitive Trail and Endurance Rides—and quickly became addicted. In 1992, some of the MTRC directors decided to only host Competitive Trail Rides, so Kelli and a few other endurance lovers started the Distance Riders of Manitoba. Kelli has remained active in both clubs over the years apart from some time off after the loss of her lovely competitive mare National Galleree. However, the addiction was not to be subdued forever, and her Arabian stallion IWF Psymir was gelded and convinced to change occupations (at the age of 14!) from a breeding stallion to a distance competitor. Well he loved it, and the pair were named Limited Distance Champions for the two years they competed together. After a year off, Kelli is looking forward to hitting the trails with Psymir again this season. Psymir will be 18 in 2020. Kelli’s age is significantly higher. After many many miles of competition and a good number of years of experience with this sport, Kelli has a few words of wisdom for those getting started that she is happy to share. The one heard most frequently is regarding the very important use of helmets while riding… “If you don’t think your head is worth protecting, you’re probably right”.
Bio to come…