Celebration and Reflection

Sep 21 2010

The 200th endurance win of Christoph at last weekends Las Cienegas 100 mile ride was certainly a landmark and world record. No other rider has ever crossed that threshold. It was reached on Stars Aflame, competing in her third season now. Last year she was highest finishing USA horse at the Kentucky Cup. This year, she was among the final 25 horses selected for a spot on the USA Endurance Team for the WEG. She ended up not being selected, which allowed her to return to the AERC competitions for the remainder of the year. This was her first 100 mile win. Christoph was glad for being able  to work with her in partnership during this race.

Stars Aflame enjoying running at liberty after her 100 mile win.

Focus, constant learning, commitment and dedication to the sport certainly paid off for Global Endurance Training Center with this accomplishment. This is a time to not only celebrate and bask a little in the sunshine, but also to give Thanks to our horses and their willingness to work with us in partnership. Without their commitment, eagerness and spirit, we would not have achieved these goals.

We are lucky to have such a great family of performance horses at GETC. Christoph has roughly 400 completions. Half of them, 50% are first place finishes. During the endurance careers of Christoph and Dian, GETC horses have accumulated over 135 BCs. (Christoph and Dian have over 100 combined BCs alone). If you think about it, of roughly 700 completions of our horses, there is a 20% chance of a Global Endurance horse receiving BC.

Kevin Myers, Marketing Director of EasyCare, Inc, interviewed Christoph yesterday. His Press release can be viewed at EasyCare’s Blog: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/easycare.

EasyCare has been instrumental in the success of Christoph, Dian and all the GETC riders. The new EasyCare Glue-on boots and Gloves are helping our horses tremendously in their performance. Many times we have written about the ease of application, the light weight of the boots, their sole protection. These new boots are unprecedented in the hoof care market. Nothing will ever be the same from here on out. Hoof protection companies have to step up to the plate. The bar has been raised substantially by EasyCare.

C NC 09 Stars Aflame
Stars Aflame and Christoph at the National Championship in 2009 in California

We are celebrating, but not too long. What’s next on the agenda?

Christoph, Dian and Zach Rabow will be traveling within a few days to the 5 day Owyhee Canyonlands Ride in Oreana Idaho. The ride days are Sept 28th through Oct 2nd. GETC is one of the sponsors of the ride. These are the contributions of Global Endurance Training Center:

From the Endurance.net website:

“Global Endurance Center:
Donating awards, and offering a few special prizes: 1 free hoof trim (all 4), and a 4 hour riding clinic. There will be a drawing from Day 1 ride entries for the trim, and a drawing for the clinic on Day 5.
Plus GEC will hold a free Question and Answer hour (from 5 to 6 pm – changes will be posted) each afternoon of the first 4 days. Anybody can go to the GEC trailer with or without horses and pick Christoph and Diane’s brains regarding any issues: training, conditioning, saddle fitting, nutrition, FEI, hoof trimming, shoeing and protective boot application”.

Visit www.endurance.net for further details. We would all love to see you there.

After this 5 day ride, Global Endurance Training Center will be conducting a hands on Hoof Care clinic at the Moab facility. This will be a two day hoof trimming seminar. Horses and all tools for the participants will be provided. Entries will be limited. Details are forthcoming in our next Blog after the Oreana event.

Success through Learning! Our Motto has been validated again.

Our horses in Mongolia enjoying pasture after a long day traveling. Altai Mountains, 2009 


Christoph Schork, GETC Staff member

7 Responses

  1. LIESENS says:

    Extraordinary achievement. How does Kristoff still have the motivation? Kisses… Leonard

  2. Carla Richardson says:

    GETC = Great, Extraordinary, Terrific, Competitors. Congratulations to Christoph and Dian, a team that is hard to beat.

  3. Carol Federighi says:

    Congrats Christoph. Glad Dapple is still going strong!

  4. Kevin Myers says:

    Bravo, Christoph. I tip my hat to you.

  5. Keith Kibler says:

    I just want to say I am absolutely totally impressed with what you have done and what you are doing. My wife and I raise,train and compete gaited mfts and twhs in endurance and I am coming from a background of triathlon and human endurance.
    We are extremely deliberate with our training and would love to learn from you. Having just finished my first 100 (on a twh) I can’t imagine all your bcs!
    Keith Kibler
    Shawnee Sunrise Farm

  6. If I get enough interst I will go ahead with it.

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