SOF Endurance Horse Team

Our endurance team is made up of Arabian horses that we compete in the sport of Endurance Racing. Valleydictorian was our first horse and our other horses are from the same race barn where he was raised. Fiesta, Langley and Mary were successful race horses that have found a second career. Hheartbreaker, Tribecka and Dancing are young horses that we are developing. We enjoy providing our magical horses the opportunity to once again compete and live up to their breed potential as endurance athletes.

We focus on horse welfare and competing each ride with our horses having fun and being fit enough to continue. Endurance riding is a competition of stamina over a set route and against the clock. It’s not like track racing where horses gallop on a short track course. Endurance rides very in length with limited distance 25 to 30 miles and endurance distances 50-60 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles. Each ride is split into loops of approximately 12 to 25 miles. At the end of each loop the horse is evaluated by a veterinarian and mandatory rest of 40 to 60 minutes. This is called a Vet Check. The time at each Vet Check starts when the horse’s heart rate drops to 64 beats per minute or less.

Horses that do well at endurance rides love going down the trail. They generally are calm (after they get warmed up-- usually 10 to 15 miles), eat & drink well at veterinary holds and move efficiently and have good heart rate recoveries.

Endurance riding is a team sport with a strong bond between the horse and rider and also occasionally with a little help from friends (i.e. pit crew in holds).

Photo Gallery of the joys of seeing horses in the pasture, training and racing.

Our Horses

Full of Fiesta “Fiesta”

Langley “Moonbeam”

Mary Full of Grace “Akua”

ValleyDictorian “Riku”, In Memory of

Leap of Faith “Merriment or Minty”

Hheartbreaker

Tribecka

Dancinginthemoonlyte



Sunrise Oak Farm Riders

Heidi
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Competing since 2005
Total Miles 1,880
55 Rides / 46 Completions
31 Top Ten Finishes
3 First Place Finishes
3 Best Condition Awards

Tom
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Competing since 2013
Total miles 920
31 rides / 21 Completions
10 Top Ten Finishes


Additional Information on Endurance Riding


AERC - American Endurance Ride Conference
US Equestrian - USA Endurance
SERA - Southeast Endurance Riders Association