Endurance Introspection

"To Finish Is To Win"

Welcome to Endurance Introspection — a website for new, old, aspiring and contemplative endurance riders

About the Site

Authored by Patti Stedman, Endurance Introspection is a website for endurance riders, aspiring endurance riders and other sport horse enthusiasts interested in the cross-training aspect of endurance conditioning and training for horses. Patti Stedman’s vision for the website is to provide a place for endurance riding enthusiasts interested in the philosophies, training, conditioning strategies and life lessons learned during the act of enduring.

Patti Stedman is an AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) endurance competitor/Ride Manager/former BoD member who truly embraces the sport’s motto of “To Finish Is To Win”.

About Patti

Patti Stedman was raised in rural Western New York. She started riding at the age of seven and eventually showing in various disciplines, until she discovered dressage (the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.) in her late teens.

While she taught and trained professionally for a few years, it became apparent that a career outside of horses allowed more financial security (and that wackily practical health insurance), so her love of teaching took her in the direction of occupational safety and environmental compliance.

Patti began to crew her husband Richard in endurance rides, and eventually began competing herself. More than a decade and a few thousand miles of competition later, she has acted as a Ride Manager for the Allegany Shut Up and Ride and was formerly a member of the AERC Board of Directors, Ride Managers’ Committee, and Education Committee. She developed materials for and insurance coverage for AERC Endurance 101 Clinics and has taught dozens of clinics, and encourages others to do the same to give riders new to our sport the skills needed to succeed and a sense of community with other local endurance riders and mentors.

Patti loves combining the disciplines of endurance and dressage, and observing and writing about the inside world of endurance riding competition. Patti currently lives on a farm in rural western New York, with her husband Richard, their horses, dogs, cats and various vermin.

Throwing Boulders and Un-Tying Knots

Throwing Boulders and Un-Tying Knots

(Photo courtesy of Nancy Walker) Right around the cusp of the New Year, I was talking to someone who frequently gives me insight.  At a time where people all around were making and talking about resolutions, we were talking about whether or not people really can make...

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AERC Releases New Educational You Tube Videos

Check them out! And huge thanks to Susan Garlinghouse and the Herreras for their efforts in getting these videoed, produced, edited and posted for all of the world to see. This was a massive effort and I, for one, am grateful for all they have done....

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Are You On A Mentor Hunt?

AERC has a formal method for matching up new riders and mentors.  The Mentor Program lists, by region, individuals who have considerable experience in our sport and have reached out to the Education Committee or their Regional Director to volunteer to mentor new...

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Endurance 101 Clinic / March 23rd / Lockport, NY

Sponsored by the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council. Sunday, March 23rd    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Royalton Equine, 7735 Chestnut Ridge Road, Lockport, NY  14094 An indoor/un-mounted clinic to introduce you to the sport of Distance Riding -- to include an...

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Glue On Day at Daisy Haven — What We Learned!

Richard and I arrived at Daisy Haven Farm in southeast Pennsylvania, with a car full of boots, tools and old glue, plus two brains chock to the brim with questions. We were attending the final workshop day of four, so got introduced quickly to the other trimmers and...

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