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 starting in endurance. Jack and Gold are starting in the show arena and eventually will work as endurance horses. 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.
Full of Fiesta “Fiesta”
Mary Full of Grace “Beauty”
ValleyDictorian “Riku”, In Memory of
Leap of Faith “Merriment or Minty”
Hheartbreaker “Bella the Buffalo”
Dancinginthemoonlyte “Let’s Go Luna”
AF Jack the Knife
AF Gaga for Gold “Fleur”
Sunrise Oak Farm Riders
Competing since 2005
Total Miles 2,105
60 Rides / 50 Completions
33 Top Ten Finishes
3 First Place Finishes
3 Best Condition Awards
Competing since 2013Total miles 1,025
33 rides / 23 Completions
12 Top Ten Finishes
Additional Information on Endurance Riding
AERC - American Endurance Ride Conference
US Equestrian - USA Endurance
SERA - Southeast Endurance Riders Association