Tevis Forum 2014 - page 3

TEVISFORUM 2014
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estern
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T
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F
oundation
Officers
PhilGardner,
President
TonyBenedetti,
VicePresident
BarbaraWhite,
VicePresident
ShellieHatfield,
Treasurer
DebbyLyon,
Corporate Secretary
ChuckStalley,
RideDirector
BoardofGovernors
PamBailie
TonyBenedetti
TomChristofk
ConnieCreech
Garrett Ford
Phil Gardner
AndrewGerhard
LindaGlazier
GaryV. Hall
SteveHallmark
ShellieHatfield
Jeff Herten, MD
Becky Lange
Debby Lyon, DDS
GaryMagdesian, DVM
GovernorsEmeritus
RhoBailey
JoeLarkin
ChuckMather
BobStevens
ChuckGabri
HankCook, DVM
J.C. “Bud” Dardi
LarryDeakyne
DonnaFitzgerald
HankGibbons
JoanneHoeffler
JerryScribner
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RideDirector ChuckStalley
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WSTFPresidentPhilGardner
BobMarx
KathiePerry
MikePickett
Bill Pieper
Terryl Reed
KateRiordan
LisaSchneider
LynnSeeley
Jenni Smith
ChuckStalley
Lori Stewart
MarcVanZuuk
BradWeston
BarbaraWhite
Roger Yohe
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BobDavis
LewisR. Gale III
RoxanneGreene
FrankHerald
Marvin Jacinto
JohnMcCullough
JulieSuhr
RalphDever
Mo Livermore
HenryGriffin
JimHumphrey
LarrySuddjian
JackVeal
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RideDateAugust 9, 2014
W
elcome to the59
th
runningof theWestern
States Trail Ride. The American River Fire
of 2013 threatened the 2014 course due to
a substantial amount of damage to the mid
section of the trail. TheWestern States Run,
theWestern States Trail Foundation and the
AmeriCorp trailrestoration teams logged liter-
ally thousands of hours rebuilding trails and
bridges lost in thefire.Due to the tremendous
efforts of friends of the trail, we have awell-
built trail for 2014.
Wearecontinuing theLegacyBuckleAwardsProgram for2014, our truly for-
ward thinking concept of donatingand reissuingbuckles tofirst time riders. The
bucklesaredonatedback to theWSTF frompreviousridecompleters,engravedon
DrucillaBarner (1914 - 1979)
DickBarsaleau, DVM (1925-2012)
CharlesBarieau (1916-2005)
Al Beaupre (1929 - 2009)
NanBenzie ( ? - 2000)
Heather Davis (1939- 2002)
BernardDobbas (1912 - 1996)
PaulaFatjo (1920 - 1993)
Pat Fox (? - 2003)
EldonHall (1915 - 1994)
MarilynHunter (1937-2013)
David Jay (1918 - 1999)
SmokeyKillen (1916 - 1995)
©2014
Western States Trail Foundation
©2014
150Gum Lane, Suite 103•Auburn, California95603
Phone: (530) 823-7282•  FAX: (530) 823-7901
E-mail: wstf@teviscup.org•  www.TevisCup.org
LeRoyKrusi (1894 - 1983)
Jim Larimar (1948-2013)
NickMansfield (1906 - 1999)
MaynardMunger (1932 - 2006)
Virl Norton (1916 - 1995)
Jesper Peterson
Clint Ritchie (1938 - 2009)
Wendell Robie (1895 - 1984)
Albert Shumate,MD (1904 - 1998)
BobSuhr (1919 - 2010)
Went Tellington (1917 - 2000)
BettyVeal (1927 - 2004)
Paul Yeagley (1959 - 2003)
W
elcome to the Tevis, it is like no
other event.Whether it is your first or
your forty fourth (yes, someone isplan-
ning on starting the Tevis for the forty
fourth time!) the feeling is thesame.The
anticipation, thenervous-
ness, that feeling in thepit
of your stomach is there
every timeyoustart. If this
is your first Tevis you are
about to embark on a life
altering experience. Your
knowledge, endurance
andhorsemanshipwillbe
testedas fewother events
in theworldcando today.
Ifyouhavestartedbefore,
well,youknowwhat Iam
talking about.
Wendell Robie liked
to talk about having a
pioneering experience.
Think about it, he grew up knowing
themenwho came toCalifornia in the
Gold Rush. He wanted to test himself
against the standard they set for tough-
ness. It isahighstandard indeed.There
is a reason that more individuals have
reached the summit ofMt Everest than
havefinished theTevis. It isbecausenot
only you but your partner, your horse
you have trainedwith for so long, has
tobeup for theday too. It is thisunique
partnership that makes the Tevis so
special and challenging.
The founders of theWesternStates
TrailFoundation (WSTF) continued the
work of BobWatsonwho in the 1920s
set out to rediscover the trail that was
usedby thegoldminersof
the 1850s. Since its incep-
tion in1955 theWSTFhas
beenanunfailingadvocate
for thepreservationof the
WesternStatesTrail(WST).
In the last fewyears three
major fires have hit the
trail. One forced the can-
celation of both the WS
100runand theTevis.Last
summertheAmericanFire
started near Deadwood
and burned through the
North Fork canyon de-
stroying the iconic Swing
Bridgeand thePacificSlab
Bridge between Devils Thumb and
Last Chance. TheWSTF has partnered
with theWesternStatesEnduranceRun
Foundation (WSERF), theUnitedStates
Forest Service (USFS) and California
State Parks andRecreation to establish
the Western States Trail Preservation
Committee (WStrail.org) to raise funds
and coordinate trail restoration. Last
fall the JointTrailsCommitteehadover
1,000manhours of hard labordonated
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