311 Hunters Creek Drive
My most cherished accomplishment in endurance riding is my horse Bo “My Aky
Braky Heart” when we received our decade award. Bo introduced me into
endurance riding, and I have never looked back. I am a critical care nurse with
certifications in critical care, emergency nursing, and cardiac medicine and
surgery. I work hard to be the best nurse that I can be, and will do my best to give
as much back to the sport that I love also.
it is my pleasure to serve as TERA President, support our Ride Managers, cultivate
our membership and be there in any way I can for the organization.
I started riding when I was a toddler. Horses have always been my passion. I grew
up showing and even showed professionally after I graduated from Texas A&M.
The politics of showing turned me off and I began looking for other ways to enjoy
my horses. I found competitive trail and soon after discovered endurance. It was
love at first ride. I did my first LD in jeans and a western saddle on a big stock bred
paint horse. Now, 10 years later, I will earn the coveted Decade Team award with
my Arabian, Jose Baske when we complete our next 50. I enjoy riding with my son,
Jack. I am happy to have the opportunity to serve as your VP and give back to
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3598 CR 406
McKinney, TX 75071
I am one of those "horse crazy girls" that never outgrew her interest in horses,
much to my parents' dismay. And the Arabian breed was always my favorite. I
even barrel raced and competed in 4H and Texas Junior Horse Show Association
shows on my first Arab when I was in high school and was quite the oddity among
all the quarter horse folks. After 22 years without having horses, I graduated from
TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and was introduced to the sport of
endurance by vetting the Bluebonnet in 1999. I was hooked. I knew that I had
finally found "my sport" and in doing so, had also found my chosen "family".
Endurance has been my passion ever since. As you all know, no events get
scheduled without first consulting the Ride Calendar. Where else can you spend
your weekend with the nicest and most interesting group of people who all share a
love of the most beautiful animal created, all while riding trails that most people will
never see, let alone even know exist ? Heaven. I am expanding my experience
with the sport this year by serving on the TERA board ( thanks to all of you) and by
managing my first ride, Old Glory.
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PO Box 559 Daingerfield,
Vonita Bowers introduced me to the sport of endurance. I was known for bringing
my black and white quarter horse mare to rides and riding her bareback in camp all
day while my dad (Dennis Seymore) worked the rides. Vonita would sometimes take
me out for short rides the day after. When I turned 10 years of age Fire Pony (1/2
arabian and 1/2 welsh pony) came in to my life; it was then when I starting riding LD
and competing. I have since then ridden 25s, 50s, 75s, 100s, ridden once
internationally for the FEI Young Riders in Italy, volunteered at many rides, and
recently managed my first endurance ride. Endurance riding as you can see has
become a part of my life. I enjoy the many friendships acquired and the places all
over the world it has taken me.
163 Fisher McConathy Rd
Anacoco, La 71403
Horses have been my passion my entire life--from the third word I ever said (oddly
enough my second word was tractor!!), to riding my first horse at age 4, and then
owning my own horse at age 8. I come from a family who has never had any
interest in horses at all, much less owned one. I now own 8 horses, and this is my
fourth year doing endurance. I wanted to do it way back when but never had
transportation or the right horse. So now I'm making up for lost time! I currently
have over 1000 LD miles and 1500 Endurance miles, and I’m looking to compete in
Tevis in 2017, and log my 4th year in my quest for a Decade Team award. This is
my sport. I have tried a dozen different sports (from soccer to dog agility), some of
which I do still love, but there is nothing like the sport of endurance. The family
atmosphere, and the camaraderie is almost impossible to explain to an outsider. I
now have an extended family that actually understands, and even encourages this
addiction! Because it is VERY addicting. Just come try it! You'll never go back!! I
am honored to be on the TERA board and will do everything I can to help.
3651 White River Dr.
Dallas, TX 75287
I literally stumbled into the realm of endurance photography when I took my camera
to the 2009 New Year's in New Mexico ride and started taking pictures. The rest,
as they say, is history. Since then, it has been my privilege and pleasure to serve
as ride photographer for most of the TERA rides. In that time, I have become
acquainted with nearly every TERA member and have formed warm friendships
with a great many, and I have come to love this sport as much as those of you who
ride do. This is an amazing group of people: we come from all walks of life, from
many socioeconomic backgrounds and professions, with a wide diversity of ages
and riding experiences; yet we are untied with the love of our horses, placing their
welfare above our own, and the spirit of healthy and enjoyable competition. It is an
honor to serve as Secretary of the TERA Board and contribute whatever talents I
may have to growing this sport and ensuring its future success.
6101 FM 1374
New Waverly, TX 77358
My name is Russell Betts. I came to riding in my mid 30's in England, where I did
dressage, show jumping and fox hunting. I got bored one weekend when I had
been sent to Houston on assignment for work, and wound up at Cypress Trails.
There, I met Darolyn, and first learned about the wild and wonderful sport of
Endurance riding. Until I rode at Cypress Trails, I thought riding for more than a few
hours sounded crazy.
Needless to say, after one weekend I was hooked, and through the sport I met my
wonderful wife Debbie. We have both had many many great times at all the rides in
I would now like to give something back to the sport I enjoy so much by standing for
the post of Treasurer for TERA.
As for qualifications, in my day job I run large IT projects, handling the budgets for
them, Which should allow me to keep the accounts for TERA, which Robin Howse
has carefully managed for the past couple of years, in great order.
My heart is with the horses and really always has been. I have had this love and
addiction deep in my soul ever since I was a little girl. I believe the bond and
friendship between a human and a horse is one of the most magical things God
has given us to experience here on this earth. I find a lot of joy in teaching kids and
adults to ride and making new friends to partner up with in all sorts of fun equine
I am currently training myself and a few horses for WEG 2018.
I also teach young and old to ride for fun. No English or arena riding here. Just fun
with your trail mate enjoying the sunshine and beautiful outdoors.
I am blessed with 4 kids (Ryan, Amber, Eric and Zach) and a wonderful husband
I am very happy to serve our Endurance community as Education Director. Thank
you for that opportunity.