2009 ANCER buzz!

2009 ANCER Buzz!Post by Kevin Pullen, ApHC Trail/Distance Coordinator; Photo by Barry Grubb.

I just got back from Ohio and the 4th annual ApHC National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) and WOW, was it exciting! Cat Carter and her gelding TheSpurOfTheMoment swept the field for the second year in a row. It was a heated race as the frontrunners burst out of the woods into the meadow and headed for the finish line. A gentleman on his Arabian appeared first with Cat and Spur behind. Cat urged Spur forward and it became a runoff. In the remaining 100 yards, Spur caught and passed the Arab at the finish line, winning by a neck!

Cat and Spur’s unofficial time was 50 miles in 4 hours and 46 minutes — a full 1 hour and 45 minutes faster than last year’s time of 6:31. At an average of 10 ½ miles per hour, they were bookin’! Diana Macdonald on her 14-year-old mare ‘Loosi’ came in a close third. The unofficial results show 5 Appaloosas in the Top Ten out of a field of nearly 50 entries! How’s that for a showing of SPOTS in a major competitive event?!

Spur also received the coveted Best Condition Award, a category determined by the ride veterinarian as the horse “most fit to continue”.

Keep in mind that Cat and Spur won these two awards in two categories: the OVERALL Cracked OAATS Crunch ride (on which we piggybacked our ride) AS WELL AS our National Championship Endurance Ride.

Stay tuned for more details. At this point we are still waiting for the official results!



  1. Brian Amerine Said,

    September 23, 2009 @ 3:34 am

    It was such a great time, and so good to meet you Kevin. The weather was perfect, and the competitors were such great sports. I hope you have so excellant pictures to post. Thank you for your hard work.

  2. Kathy Coviello Said,

    November 6, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    what an awesome write up. Appaloosas just rock on trails!!!

  3. Merry Wicklund Said,

    September 24, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    This is a very nice write up. Hoping we can see one for the 2010 ANCER soon.

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