Horse Podcast Ep 104: An Unlikely Endurance Horse – Competing her Tennessee Walker in the Tevis Cup

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 104 - AN Unlikely Endurance Horse

In today’s episode, Ute talks with Susan Garlinghouse, DVM and Endurance Rider. Susan is on the AERC (American Endurance Riders Conference) board and lives in Tevis Country. She has competed in Endurance competitions all her life. After riding Arabians and Arabian crosses, she fell in love with a big, portly Tennessee Walking Horse called John Henry. John Henry was a trail turned Endurance horse and he was the most comfortable horse she ever rode. When her owner offered him to her for sale, she did not waste a minute and brought him home. Since then, she has trained him and ridden him in many Endurance competitions including the Tevis Cup. Both of them won three of his five Tevis Buckles together. Susan tells us all about training your non-Arabian endurance horse, why gaited horses are different and why she wants to stick with them for the rest of her riding career. So if you are interested in Endurance riding, this is going to be your episode!

Tevis Cup – The Granddaddy of all Endurance Rides

The Western States Trail Ride or Tevis Cup, is the oldest modern day endurance rides, held annually since 1955. It runs a 100 miles or 160 km from Robie Equestrian Park near the town of Truckee to Auburn crossing the Sierra Nevada in the state of California.

The ride is sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and sponsored by the Western States Trail Foundation.

Every rider who finishes on a horse that is deemed fit to continue, will win a Tevis buckle in the true spirit of Endurance Riding: “To Finish is to Win”!

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Our Guests today:

Susan Garlinghouse (USA)

A veterinarian, endurance rider and Equestrian Adventuress, Susan has always loved horses and endurance riding. After decades of competing on Arabian horses, she had the chance of riding John Henry, a heavy Tennessee Walking Horse, not the typical Endurance horse. But John Henry had taken to Endurance riding like a fish to water and he has already won five Tevis buckles and has more than endurance miles under his belt with no signs of slowing down.

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Gaited horses & their training
  • Different gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horses
  • Traditional Endurance horses vs non-traditional Endurance horses
  • Tevis Cup

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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Krystal Kelly is a California girl on a Quest to see every country. She is a professional equestrian adventuress and has worked internationally with horses since 2010. Since then she has worked at professional competition and riding stables in Egypt, Italy, Romania, India and Bhutan! "I love travelling and I love horses and I am very blessed to be able to do both of my passions for a living!" She now has her own company, Krys Kolumbus Travel where she strives to empower women to travel and provides resources, tips and online courses to encourage women to travel SOLO to unique destinations. www.kryskolumbustravel.com www.krystal-kelly.com

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