Fraser Valley Endurance Riding (“FeVER“) Green Beans
I started this chapter of the Green Bean Endurance program in 2014 for riders in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas of British Columbia who, like myself, are new to endurance riding (or have a horse that is new to endurance). In this group, you can find support and riding buddies by connecting with local mentors and one another.
The motto for Green Bean Endurance is “To finish is to win.” The goal is for you and your horse to be “fit to continue” at the end of the ride.
Thanks to the support of our local sponsors (Empire Equestrian, Otter Co-op Pitt Meadows and Bosley’s Pets) and volunteers from ERABC, our 2014 and 2015 two-day clinics were great learning opportunities and were well-attended.
Endurance 301: "A Comparison of Long-Distance Equestrian Sports"
DAY 1: SATURDAY, APRIL 16
"Classroom" portion will feature a presentation by FVER Green Bean mentor and ERABC member, Elaine Bessuille: a short-format “Beginning Endurance” overview, followed by a discussion focused on the differences, similarities and rules of three competitive long-distance equestrian sports -- Endurance, Set Speed Events and Competitive Trail Riding (CTR).
Also, Shawnee Venables is tentatively booked to speak to us about her experience doing CTRs. If requested, a demonstration of what happens in a vet-check and how to do a trot-out will be performed afterwards. Classroom session will take place in the Empire Equestrian clubhouse.
Time: 10:00am - 1 pm (Check-in at 9:30am)
Location: Empire Equestrian, 22947 - 132nd Avenue, Maple Ridge
DAY 2: SUNDAY, APRIL 17
We will host a SCHOOLING RIDE of 23 Km, in the style of a Set Speed Event, starting from Main Corral at Golden Ears Park. This route has hills, water crossings and rocky terrain.
Ride Start Time: 9:30am sharp! Arrive by 9:00am (or earlier) for ride briefing.
Location: Golden Ears Park, Main Corral, Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge V4R 2S1
The purpose of our training rides throughout the year and the ride portion at our two-day clinics is to introduce everyone to endurance procedures and etiquette, to learn what we need to consider for conditioning our horses for longer distances (i.e. assessing where we are each at currently in terms of fitness) and for local riding buddy networking.
In addition, they provide opportunities for us to learn how to manage our horses’ energy (mental and physical) amongst a group of horses. At these rides, do not expect a leisurely trail ride, but rather a workout for the body and mind of both horse and rider. We usually break up into smaller groups of two, three or four horses for the actual riding, but there is still the “energy in the air” of the larger group, at least at the beginning until the smaller groups stretch out along the route.
I am always happy to help arrange smaller get-togethers for those who don’t often have a chance to ride with more than one other person, and feel that they’re not yet ready to join one of the organized group events.
Two-Day Clinic & Ride: "Endurance 201 - Growing Skills" (April 2015)
Day one was a short-format "Beginning Endurance " presentation by Terre O'Brennan, followed by an insightful Q/A session with a five-member panel of ERABC mentors; included a demonstration of pulsing. On day two, we offered three Green Bean Ride options (16km, 28km, 40km), each starting from Allco Park in Maple Ridge.
Two-Day Clinic & Ride: "Endurance 101 - A Weekend of Learning" (April 2014)
First day was a classroom session featuring an information-packed presentation by FVER Green Bean mentor and ERABC member, Terre O'Brennan, followed by a demonstration of what happens in a vet-check and how to do a trot-out. Day two featured a Fun Ride (12 Km), with mock vet checks; ride held at Golden Ears Park in Maple Ridge.