Endurance Horse Podcast

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Potato Richardson-Tevis-Episode 7 Endurance Horse Podcast

July 23rd, 2018

Episode 7


Hello from Wisconsin & Welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!

Episode 7 is being published on the 23rd of July 2018


I am your host, Christina Hyke- a Wisconsin based Equine photographer who also happens to love the trails and distance riding enough to create a podcast about it to share stories with other riders from around the world.

Here, we gather to cheer each other on, share stories and to make connections with riders from around the world.  It is, in a sense, a virtual ride camp.   I once had a friend ask me, “What does this podcast give to me that facebook doesn’t?”  And my simplest answer was this, ‘Your hands, eyes and feet.”  You don’t need any of them to listen in to the podcast, all you need is your ears. 


I’m happy to bring to you a special treat in Episode 7, really it is Jenny Chandler who has taken the time to create a special file with an icon of the Endurance world, Potato Richardson.  It is this file that spurred on an additional call for more audio files to create yet another episode in July- we wanted to share the audio sent in from Jenny and Potato before Tevis.


We are also going to, for the first time - hear from/about Ride and Tie competitors, we are going to hear updates from the Midwest and Coolich Endurance, the Southwest from Keisha,  a great update from Marvel Endurance at the State Championships Down Under and we will be welcoming another rider to the podcast- Erin Glassman.


Please check the show notes for links to websites and also to blogs.

Without further ado, I am happy to bring to you, Episode 7, of the Endurance Horse Podcast.


Email your audio stories to endurancehorsepodcast@gmail.com Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length. 

Your host is Christina Hyke.  Christina is a wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman.



Potato Richardson




Victoria Clark - Marvel Endurance Team






Melissa Coolich 

Coolich Endurance


Keisha Wood

Keisha’s Blog is:

Don’t Forget to Hold On!!!

Ride and Tie 


Green Bean Endurance Team 



Courtney Krueger

East Coast Championships 24-25 August 2018 Iron Mountain Jubilee!

Ride and Tie



Erin Glassman

Erin’s Blog-2 Weeks and Counting

Prairie Sylvania Arabians



Email your audio stories to endurancehorsepodcast@gmail.com Ideally the files should be from two to 7 minutes in length. 


Your host, Christina Hyke is a wife, mom, friend, equine photographer and life long horsewoman, signing off and saying

ride far, ride well, ride often.  


Rider Option Pulls Episode 6 Endurance Horse Podcast

July 7th, 2018

Hello & welcome to Endurance Horse Podcast!


This episode is the first topic specific episode of the

Endurance Horse Podcast.  In this episode riders are sharing stories on the topic of what we call here 

in the US, a Rider Option pull.  A Rider Option pull is when your horse has successfully gone

through the vetting process, though you feel that for some reason, you should not go on.  In other countries this is called a ‘Withdrawl’.


At the end of the podcast I will share about two times when I decided

to Rider Option, once on Faith in 2016 and once on Mandate for Gold in 2011.   


Sometimes the stories we share on the podcast are fun and uplifting, so it did give me a bit of a pause to decide to tackle a not so uplifting aspect of Endurance riding, stories about the days when things did not go as planned.  


We share the Rider Option stories in Episode 6 in hopes that we will give courage to someone who in the future who maybe faced with that feeling that something just isn’t right with their horse in hopes that the stories you hear here today will help you make that choice if there is ever a day when you are faced with that nagging feeling in your gut, even though all seems to be okay on the outside.  I also hope that this episode will lend peace of mind to some of you who had decided to withdraw, or not start a ride- that you made the right decision. 


In any case, at some point or another- if you ride long enough- there is a chance there will

Be a day when you just are not sure.  Yes, to finish is to win, though somedays it is best to stop, play it safe and follow your gut instinct.



Thank you to the riders who were willing to share your stories that were difficult to share.


Without further ado, I bring to you episode 6 of the Endurance Horse podcast. 


To send in your story to Endurance Horse Podcast please send an email to:



Episode 5.0 Endurance Horse Podcast

July 4th, 2018

Endurance Horse Podcast

Episode 5


Welcome to Episode 5 of Endurance Horse Podcast

Hosted by Christina Hyke

Sponsored by Christina Hyke Photography, LLC


Welcome to Episode 5!  Today is July 4th 2018.  In the United States it is a time for family and friends to get together, cook out and celebrate.  There will be parades, festivals and fireworks.  Today we are heading to a race to cheer on two of our older sons in the Whippet City Mile run that is right before the start of the 4th of July Parade, then out to the lake to enjoy a barbecue with my brother and family.  Though, since many of you maybe traveling this weekend, I thought it a good day to get episode 5 galloping out onto the airwaves.  So, here you go and I hope you enjoy the audios, I hope you find inspiration, laughter, joy, encouragement, empathy and most of all a feeling of all being a part of the same journey and the most I wish for you is that you enjoy the ride. 


Thank you to everyone who made it possible for this episode to be pulled together, and especially to two wonderful midwestern women, Laurie and Beth.  Both ladies ride in the Midwest region of the US, both are from WI and I have had the privilege of chatting with both of them on the trails.  When I needed two more files to complete this episode it was Beth that was first to answer the call, and then she suggested Laurie, whom I have met on the trail- and she is truly a ray of sunshine.  I am so glad that I waited and got the audios from these two midwestern treasures.  

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in.  To all of you who send files in, I know how busy everyone is- thank you for helping me create this podcast and share the world of endurance riding and bringing together riders from across the globe.  


When I started this podcast I had the idea that it would be a positive in the endurance world, focusing us on what brings us together- the love of a good horse and a beautiful trail, the challenges we face, the goals we set and maybe above all- that we see that, as riders, and really, as people, we all have a lot more in common than not.  And just maybe, this podcast would even bring some of us closer together online & in real life.  


On June 8th, my mother’s birthday, I saw a share worthy post and shared it. The post was from Potato Richardson, and that he had a horse available for Tevis- I shared the post on the Endurance Horse Podcast.  


One of the riders in the Endurance Horse Podcast group saw the opportunity and landed the ride on the horse.   I know several of you are going to Tevis and it would be amazing if some of you got together around an actual campfire or met each other at the ride meetings.  



Here is some additional good content from these wonderful endurance riders that submitted to Episode 5:


Jane Moss

The Shepherd Center


World Equestrian Games 2018


Beth Frieders

Endless Valley Endurance Ride 2018


Jenny Chandler

Tevis Cup

Fort Howes Endurance Ride


Kat of Marvel Endurance:

Marvel Endurance 

Marvel Endurance Facebook

Nanango Endurance Ride


Melissa Coolich

Coolich Endurance 


Glacier Trails 2018

ApDra 2018


Bec Radny

West Coast Arabians


Sharon Andrews

Welcome Arabians

Caja del Rio Endurance Ride

Fort Stanton Endurance Ride





Keisha Wood

Don’t Forget to Hold On

Caja del Rio Endurance Ride

Fort Stanton Endurance Ride


Green Bean Endurance Team


Daryl Owen

The Distance




This Podcast is paid for and sponsored by:

Christina Hyke Photography, LLC



Thank you for listening to Episode 5! I hope you share this with your friends and grow with us. 


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