Endurance Riding

Jan 05 2011


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endurance-ridingI began riding at the age of 5. I grew up in the arena as a hunter jumper rider. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I began trail riding. Since then, I have competed in a small number of trail trials, both with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association and California State Horseman’s Association. I decided to conquer endurance riding after one of my friends challenged me to enter the Tevis Cup (I rarely turn down a dare, Julie).

I am excited to find out what this journey has in store for me. Except for the 3 years that I was on the swim team in high school, I have never really considered myself an athlete. I’ve always been more of an artist, writing poetry and performing on the stage.

I am dedicated to my family, my horses, and my nonprofit organization, Spirit Quilts. I am also a Registered Nurse, working for a rural hospital in my community. It has been my life’s dream to inspire and encourage others, and this challenge of the Tevis should be no different.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten


Hay! My name is Asali. That’s what they call me, anyway, although my registered name is Foxfire’s Little Britches. I am a Missouri Fox Trotter, born on March 10, 2000.

I am a very curious creature, and am always trying to get into Mom’s pockets to see if she has any treats for me. I like carrots, apple slices, cookies, granola bars, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I also really like Mom’s homemade apple pie goulash, but she only makes that at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I have always been a trail horse. I enjoy exploring new paths, especially with my barn mates, Forest, Beauty, and Gambler. I prefer to be in the lead, and if I’m galloping alongside another mare, hold on tight!


Originally, I had planned on keeping a personal journal just to record my training and progress with Asali. It didn’t occur to me to publish that journal as an online blog until a few friends asked me to keep them updated on our endurance training. When I first published the blog, one of those friends reminded me that if I didn’t actually end up doing the Tevis, my readers would “bring the smack down.” My husband was right when he said this blog would keep me honest! So, let’s get going… counting the days down until the Tevis Cup 2013!


~JayaMae G.


Photo credit: Jo Danehy