· 840 Miles of Endurance over 6 years, 4 Best Conditions
· Breeders Sweepstakes
· Completed the 75 mile Heart of the Hills ride March 2007
· 2006 - 7th Middleweight in Central Region Points
· 2006 completed 2 multi-day (50 miles @ day) rides in the Texas Hill Country
· Placed 1st and BC on the 2nd day of his 1st multi-day ride, finishing in 5 minutes less ride time than the 1st day and 53 minutes ahead of the 2nd place horse in steep, rocky terrain
· 15 hands, 1000+ lbs in fit condition, fits a Sharon Saare DD tree
· Resting pulse 26, ultra sounded for proof of a large heart, fast recoveries, eats and drinks very well
· Personal endurance horse of a professional trainer for 6 years
· Foaled 6-27-1995
Hank owns 2 personal endurance horses, Bearcat and Envoy BBF. Envoy is the stallion featured in the AERC ads in Arabian horse magazine. After trying to keep 2 top horses conditioned and ready to compete for the past 2 years, he has come to the conclusion that with the number of horses he has in training for other people he simply doesn’t have the time. In 2005 most of his rides were on Envoy, because he felt Envoy was ready to start 50s; in 2006 he only rode Bear. So, he has decided to offer Bear for sell, to concentrate on Envoy. Bear loves endurance and has been a tremendous horse for us since the beginning. He is calm in camp, eats well and drinks extremely well both in camp and on the trail. On conditioning rides he is easy to handle and can be ridden by intermediate riders. All of his riders have loved riding him. We have done lessons on him in the arena and he really enjoys basic dressage work. But, on an actual endurance ride Bear is determined to run up front and requires a competitive rider that enjoys a strong, powerful front-running horse and can manage his strong will to win. The only way to ride a middle of the pack ride is to not allow him to see or catch up to the front runners. The best way to manage him in a ride is to have him in top condition so that he can run up front without too much of an argument from the rider. The other way to ride him at a slower pace in a ride is to choose a technical ride with steep or rocky terrain. He is sensible on difficult, technical trails and will slow down on his own and carefully select his footing. We purchased him as a 6 yr old. He had 60 days training 2 years prior, but had not been ridden since. Hank rode him in the arena every day the 1st 2 weeks we owned him. He planned to take him on a slow 25-mile ride at the end of the 2 weeks and “go for the turtle”, quitting at the hold if he looked tired. He waited until everyone had left camp and started out on trail. There were 51 horses in the 25. Bear ran away with him for the entire 15-mile loop, catching and passing every horse he saw. Hank managed to keep him on trail and tried to keep him on the trail behind horses they would catch, but as soon as a wide area appeared, Bear would pass. He had passed over 25 horses at the hold, but he pulsed in immediately, received all As on his vet card and drank a half-bucket of water and started eating hay. In the last mile of the 2nd loop he caught up with the 4 lead horses (that were from our barn) and settled down. At the end of the ride he pulsed down immediately and won BC. Hank knew he had bought the right horse for him. He spent the next 2 years trying to do Long Slow Distance and teach Bear that the rider makes the decisions. Bear’s other limited distance rides were due to Hank riding with his students on their first rides. Bear only has 3 pulls on his record, a lameness pull in 2003, where he was fine the next day and 2 rider option pulls. The first rider option was due to the fetlock and sometimes knee deep mud on the trail. The 2nd rider option was their 1st 100. Hank was nauseated at 65 miles. After being nauseated for 3 days afterwards, his doctor told him he had the flu. Bear always has high vet scores at rides and always does his best. In addition to being a top competitor, he likes a lot of attention, is very affectionate and has a beautiful classic Egyptian head with a long thick forelock and mane. His sire is Barefoots Ladid, the #2 leading Egyptian sire of performance horses for several years and his dam is a daughter of the well-known U.S. and Canadian Top 10 Stallion, The Minstril. Bear is the full brother to BA Suddid+/, 2005 AHA 50-mile National Champion. BA Suddid was also 1st and BC in one of his 100 mile rides.
Congratulations to Barry Waitte on his purchase of Bearcat. Bearcat will be in training with Heather and Jeremy Reynolds in California.