Mountain Region Endurance Riders

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    MRER Convention and Awards Banquet

February 25-27, 2022


Delta by Marriot (same hotel-new management)    303-452-4100

        10 E 120th Ave          Northglenn, CO 80233

Special Convention Rate: $99/queen double or king

From I-25 take exit 223 (120th Ave) go east 2 blocks. The hotel is on the right.


Friday, February 25, 2022


MRER Stick Horse Derby: Back by Popular Demand!! Cash bar with light appetizers 6-10 PM, The races begin at 7pm. Bring your own steed or rent one from our talented herd. Win ride entries! Bet on your favorite horse. Win money! Participate in the Best of Show Grand Finale-another chance to win ride entries. It’s going to be a blast! Be there!


Saturday, February 26, 2022

Morning Sessions:

Running on Empty: Susan Garlinghouse, DVM 

Learn how dehydration and electrolytes affect endurance horses for good and bad. Susan will provide an in-depth look at research based handy little tricks to manage hydration for better performance and to avoid metabolic problems.

 Rocket Fuel or Failure to Launch? Susan Garlinghouse, DVM

Choosing what, when and how to provide high energy feeds, optimize performance and avoid metabolic issues. You'll learn some tips, tricks, hear a few "dumb" stories and learn how to avoid common mistakes.

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM: Dr. Garlinghouse is an endurance rider, ride vet and member of the AERC Veterinary Committee. She has completed the Tevis Cup numerous times with her Tennessee Walking Horse, John Henry. Dr. Garlinghouse is a well-known authority on many of the unique health and maintenance issues faced by the distance horse particularly in the areas of nutrition and metabolic health.


Afternoon Sessions:

Dressage: It's Not Just for the Show Ring- Patti Cary

Does your horse act like an idiot at the beginning of the ride? Does he travel with his head high and his back hollowed out? Do you feel as if you have been beat up after a ride? Patti was a dressage rider before she was an endurance rider. She will show you the benefits that dressage can provide for the endurance horse and rider including increasing suppleness, responsiveness, and balance. She will show you some ways to incorporate dressage in your conditioning program and provide you with an opportunity to practice some of the basic tenants of dressage. Be ready to get up and move!


The Eveready Bunny" Preserving Longevity in the Endurance Horse with Patti Cary and Susan Garlinghouse, DVM

Expect to learn a lot and laugh a lot when our two presenters tag team during this seminar. They both have been fortunate to have endurance horses with long careers. Susan and John Henry and Patti and Ned are Decade team members. They will be sharing some of their strategies for keeping horses going including a look at the physical changes in the aging horse and management of them as well as overcoming injury and setbacks. They will also discuss the impact of biomechanics on longevity and the importance of rest and recovery as well as some strategies for keeping the older horse fresh and motivated from a training perspective.

.Patti CaryPatti is an endurance rider, ride manager, former AERC BOD member/chair of the AERC Education Committee. She has her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and she is the creator of "Endurance Introspection", a website for "new, old, aspiring and contemplative endurance riders". She is also the creator of the "Endurance Essentials" Web-based Course. For more about Patti,




Trade Show/Raffle

Check out new items in endurance gear for both horse and rider. Restock electrolytes, easy boots, supplements, and other essentials for the upcoming ride season. Sell your unused saddle and tack. Pick up MT Region ride entry forms. Buy more raffle tickets!


Awards Dinner: Weight Division and LD Awards, Best Condition, High Mileage Champion and 100 Mile Champion, Hall of Fame, etc. Come celebrate the year’s successes.


Sunday, February 27, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting

Mark your Calendars! Registration opens January 3, 2022.