Best friends and University of Tennessee sophomores Morgan Watson and Erin Champion of Clinton, Tenn., finished first and second, respectively, in the 50-mile competition at the 2012 American Endurance Ride Conference National Championship in Asheville, N.C. The event was held in September on the grounds of the Biltmore. On their half-brother Arabian horses, Morgan rode My Lords Elisha (aka Bentley) to victory, while Erin finished a neck behind on My Lords Solomon (aka Kimbo).

Best friends and University of Tennessee sophomores Morgan Watson and Erin Champion of Clinton, Tenn., finished first and second, respectively, in the 50-mile competition at the 2012 American Endurance Ride Conference National Championship in Asheville, N.C. The event was held in September on the grounds of the Biltmore. On their half-brother Arabian horses, Morgan rode My Lords Elisha (aka Bentley) to victory, while Erin finished a neck behind on My Lords Solomon (aka Kimbo).

Endurance rider Megan Lewis riding on hourseback from Beijing to London, photographed in front of the Zailisky Mountains, Kazakhstan (2012 Olympics Silk Road connection!)

2012 Olympics: Megan Lewis rides on horse back from Beijing to London

Endurance rider Megan Lewis riding on hourseback from Beijing to London, photographed in front of the Zailisky Mountains, Kazakhstan (2012 Olympics Silk Road connection!)

"Horse Camping Part 1, AERC Educational Series"- About endurance riding but definitely could be useful for trail rides too.

"Horse Camping Part 1, AERC Educational Series"- About endurance riding but definitely could be useful for trail rides too.

The American Endurance Riding Conference is the sanctioning body for endurance riding in the United States and provides a significant amount of information to the general public and its membership.

The American Endurance Riding Conference is the sanctioning body for endurance riding in the United States and provides a significant amount of information to the general public and its membership.

In which Endurance 101 describes DIMR, which is a real thing - Distance Induced Mental Retardation.  Yes, we can get this.

In which Endurance 101 describes DIMR, which is a real thing - Distance Induced Mental Retardation. Yes, we can get this.

Young women riders are bursting to prominence on the international endurance riding scene, and undergo special training in the UAE.

Women race ahead in endurance test - CNN.com

Young women riders are bursting to prominence on the international endurance riding scene, and undergo special training in the UAE.

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