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Nancy Sluys
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Westfield, NC
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(1-14-08) I have been riding distance for around 20 years. I have over 5000 rider miles in NATRC competitive trail and have started endurance riding around 2002. I did a couple of 30s with my horse, Blue, then we had some bad luck for a while. My horse tied up at the beginning of our 1st 50 and a stick impaled him in the first loop of his second. We finally finished 3 50s in 2007 and I'm hooked! In 2008 Blue and I completed the Old Dominion 100 and the Big South Fork 100 as well as several 50s including the NC. What fun! I am now competing on Blue and Zanie (FYF InZane - LS Zane Grey X Night Time Lady) who is now 7 and off to a great start. I have several other youngsters that I'm just starting under saddle (Nancy's Summer Dance and R-Kons Able) and a 12 yr old rescue mare. So I will be really putting in the miles on the endurance trail!! Thought Blue was ready to retire but he tells be otherwise, he completed the AERC National Championship 100 this past fall at age 20!!
Number of Horses
Favorite Saddle
Specialized Saddles, Freeform
Number of Rides you do each year?
How Long have you been riding Endurance?
6-10 years

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Here's me on my main mount these days. That's Indigo Blue, an 18 year old Arab. I've had him for 12 years. He has around 2500 NATRC and other CTR miles and 320 AERC miles so far and he's still gettin it on down the trail. here we are at the AHA National CTR this past fall at Leatherwood in NC. He was 5th.
We just finished our 1st 100 mile ride, the Old Dominion!

Blue at the Arabian National Championship Competitive Trail Ride

Here's my mare Shady Rock Rose with her new filly and my future trail horse Summer Dance. Rose is an awesome horse who is also an NATRC 1000 mile horse with 2 National Championships. Summer's sire is Stetson CD who belongs to Nicki and Don Meuten. He's a 100 miler horse and I hope Summer will be too some day! Look for Rose at some endurance rides later this year.
In Sync

Here is Summer and her mom on her 1st birthday 7/9/08.
She certainly is turning out to be an athlete! Can't wait to ride that down the trail!
Summer Dance 1yr_2

Oh, yes, and when I went to pick the mare up at the breeding farm I just happened to fall in love with a 2 year old that I just HAD to go back and get. Her name is FYF InZane and she was born on April Fools Day. Zanie is the sanest horse I've ever owned. Here she is right after I brought her home last January. She's now 3 and 3/4 and under saddle and learning the basics.

Here are Blue and Rose in the Independence 4th of July parade representing the Iron Mountain Back Country Horsemen.
4th of July Parade 08

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2009 VV Classic

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 5:22am 0 Comments

Since I was in need of a little motivation I decided to participate in this virtual ride. Well, it worked! Yesterday it was 29 degrees with a stiff wind and there I was riding out on the trail! Got a little over 8 miles in on Blue and we had a blast! One thing I realized as the wind was whipping and things were blowing around was how far Blue and I have come as a team especially since doing a couple of 100s last year. In the past I wouldn't have made it out of the yard on this spooky Arab of… Continue

OLD DOMINION 2008- Nancy & Blue's 1st 100 mile ride!!

Posted on June 23, 2008 at 10:16am 0 Comments

The 2008 Old Dominion 100 mile Endurance Ride- Nancy & Blue’s Story

For years I have talked and dreamed about doing a 100 mile endurance ride and especially the Old Dominion. The stars just have never lined up for me to do one due to scheduling of my real life or horse issues but this past weekend my 100 mile…


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Posted on January 15, 2008 at 10:26am 0 Comments

Several years ago we bought some land adjoining the Jefferson Notional Forest near Fries, Virginia. It connects to litteraly hundreds of miles of trails. I spend as much time up there as I can (which wasn't too much last year with the foal arriving!). You can really get a lot of conditioning done since which ever way you go there is a mountain to climb.

The other weekend I did about a 30 mile loop which included part of the New River Trail. It was great because it had all kinds of…



Posted on January 15, 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Yes, I'm a barefooter! My horses have been barefoot since 2001 and I trim them all myself as well as some for friends. At the time I found barefoot all my horses had some kind of lameness due to bad shoeing except Rose who would kick any farrier that tried to nail a shoe on. We just don't have any good farriers in my immediate area so I had to take matters into my own hands! At this time they are all sound and doing trails without steel. I am not totally against shoes I just don't find them…


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At 9:47am on April 1, 2009, Endurance.Net said…
Nancy, I updated your vet card (it was not adding up all your loops) - I also changed your times to be 24 hour clock times so those add up correctly also. I didn't change 1 loop (22 miles starting at 9am and ending at 7pm) you can do that (change the 7pm to 19:00...) if those are the right numbers.

all else looks fine:)

At 6:34am on February 6, 2009, Cindy Collins said…
What kind of trailer are you getting? I'm looking at a 4star 3 horse with a small LQ. Likely won't get it until summer or next year. Cindy
At 6:11am on December 8, 2008, June Jordan said…
Hey Nancy,
Thanks for the info on Renegades. I have since purchased four of them but I'm not impressed. I love the design and the fact that they are so easy to put on and take off. But I lost one boot at Skymont last November and had a cable to snap the next time I used them. Talked to my farrier this past week about shoeing for the endurance season. I may try the glue on's. I'm just tired of loosing boots at an endurance ride. This has happened at all three rides we did this past fall. Who wants to stop and hunt for boots on a fifty mile ride! :-) Epics seem to stay on very well but the gaiters rub.
At 10:43am on September 16, 2008, June Jordan said…
Hey Nancy,
liked your article on Barefootin' My horse is also barefooted and currently using easyboots at rides.
You had any experience with the Renegades boots???
June Jordan
AERC # 9353
At 7:05am on January 15, 2008, Janice Taylor said…
Hi Nancy!
What gret pictures! Hope to see you out there this year. I've healed up nicely and back to riding, although the winter weather has conspired against me, as usual...
And yes, please don't forget your banjo at any ride!!!
At 5:37am on January 15, 2008, Angie Mcghee said…
Hey Nancy,
Looks like I'm going to put on Longstreet's Charge May 24. That's a ride that NEEDS an official banjo player!!! Will you come if I make a special effort to get all the sharp sticks off the trail? :-))
At 9:31pm on January 14, 2008, Elly Burnett said…
We used to have a blue heeler/border collie mix. Unfortunately, we lost her last September, but she was a great dog, if not a little too neurotic at times! Your horses are beautiful!
At 8:51pm on January 14, 2008, patty bass said…
aha! NOW i know how you are. i dont know if our endurance paths will cross this year, my finances are about nill at the moment. i'm conditioning anyway tho cause i plan to win the publisher clearinghouse sweeps LOL 5000/wk for life. the fun i could have spending that much money! take care.
At 8:45pm on January 14, 2008, patty bass said…
hey nancy, there is obviously osmething about thissite that my system does not like.i will be riding as much as i can. i actually logged over 50 miles in the virtual ride but i couldnt get all the techie stuff to work. i'm using windows 98 and it is missing something needed to download motionbased and google doesnt even support 98 so it was a no go for me tho i have the miles recorded on my GPS. i am going to try the local library to see if i can send from my gps unit on their system. i am still on the great saddle hunt. all your babies are so sweet and full of themselves in their pics.
At 8:10pm on January 14, 2008, Cindy King said…
Hey Nancy! Glad to be your trail riding bud!
Thanks for the invite!

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