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2019 Convention Program
10:00 am Registration Opens
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Trade Show with Vendor Presentations
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Used Tack Sale
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Raffle
MEETINGS (Garden Foyer):
11:00 am (Garden A) Ride Manager Committee
(Garden B) Education Committee
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (Garden C) PNER BoD Meeting
4:30 pm (Lounge) Trails Meeting
SPEAKERS (Mt Adams Room):
10:00 am – 10:45 am Heather Havens/ Concentrates, Inc
Soil Management - understanding local soils, and how we might manage our soils, to grow more
suitable forages for our horses.
2:00pm – 3:00 pm Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle/REI
Essentials of GPS Technology
Join REI Outdoor School Instructor Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle for an introduction to GPS
navigation technology. We’ll cover the fundamentals of how GPS works, become familiar with
key terminology, and discuss the pros of cons of both dedicated GPS units and various smart
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS (Mt Adams):
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Care and Feeding of an Endurance Horse
*Panel: Sylvia Ouellette DVM/Oak Hurst Equine, Shane Smith DVM/Idaho Equine
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Stepping it Up: From first trail ride to fast 100s and everything in
*Panel: Becky Fiedler, Kristin Grace, Bonnie Girod
6:00 pm Cash Bar
Mt Adams Foyer – “Fireside Chat” with Donna Snyder-Smith
7:00 pm Awards in the Mt Adams Room
8:00 am Registration Open
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Trade Show with Vendor Presentations
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Raffle
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Used Tack Sale
*Used tack sale closes at 3:00pm (all tack to be picked up!)
MEETINGS (Garden Room/Mt Adams Room):
8:30 am – 9:30 am (Garden C) PNER Junior Meeting
11:00 am – 12:20 pm (Mt Adams) PNER General Assembly Meeting*
*How to use the blood machine after general meeting in Garden Room
SPEAKERS (Mt Adams Rooms):
8:00 am – 9:00 am Monica Chapman, AERC
AERC Trails and Land Management
9:00 am – 10:50 am Kathleen Dunham
Wilderness Horse Rescue
12:30 am – 1:20 pm Shane Smith, DVM/Idaho Equine
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: What you need to know about diet, training, management,
and prevention for the endurance horse.
1:30 am – 2:20 pm Room B Sylvia Ouellette, DVM/Oak Hurst Equine
Unraveling the mysteries of current lameness treatment options and what they mean for
my horse - Especially when it comes to the alphabet soup of treatments...PRP, IRAP, ACS, etc.
- what they mean, how are they used and how do they get my horse back into the saddle quicker.
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (With breaks) Donna Snyder-Smith
Endurance - It's All In The Mind Set
The details that make the difference from selecting a horse, to planning a fun campaign; training
strategies for moving to the next level and that 1% of effort that gives you the competitive edge.
6:00 pm Cash Bar
7:00 pm Dinner and Awards in the St Helens Room
9:00 pm – 12:00 am Music and Dancing
08:00 am – 10:00 am Board of Director’s Meeting
Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle is an REI Outdoor School Instructor with over 6 years of experience
teaching people how to use GPS technology to further empower their outdoor activities and stay
found while they explore. A Pacific Northwest native, she is an avid backpacker and paddler
who loves helping people develop the skills and confidence to pursue their outdoor passions,
whatever they may be.
With a BS in Ag from OSU, Heather is the General Manager and partial owner of Concentrates,
Inc, an Agricultural Product Distribution Company, who specializes in Organic or Natural
products, for organic or natural agricultural producers, and has been there since Feb 1997. Prior
to that, Heather was at Down To Earth in Eugene, and has worked in Natural ag in several other
capacities. Through her career path in natural/organic agriculture, Heather has had a deep
understanding of our soils, what we do with them - what works, and what doesn’t. Heather
understands how our soils’ biological ecosystem, and plants, and animals, are all very similar in
how our bodies function, and interact with each other.
Dr. Sylvia Ouellette graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1991 with a
Bachelors of Science in Zoology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She
began practicing in Southern California at the Racetrack circuit upon graduation. In 2001,
Dr. Ouellette left the racetrack to pursue her own practice, specializing in lameness in the
sport horse. After practicing for 10 years and an extensive application and examination
process, in 2005 Dr. Ouellette became board certified as an equine specialist with the
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). From 2001 through 2016, Dr.
Ouellette was also the Radiation Safety Officer and Supervisory User for the Southern
California Equine Foundation Nuclear Imaging Facility. Dr. Ouellette is also a Clinical
Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, School of Veterinary
Dr. Shane Smith grew up on his family's cattle ranch near Jordan Valley, Oregon. He received
his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2013. He joined
Idaho Equine Hospital in 2013. Dr. Smith has worked with many different disciplines of clients
and horses, including several of the endurance riders in the Treasure Valley, and enjoys applying
his knowledge to better help these horses perform at their top levels. Growing up in the Owyhee
mountains of southern Idaho, he understands the challenges that these horses face when
competing and tries to apply all aspects of veterinary medicine to help the endurance community
provide the best care for their animals, whether that be conditioning issues to gastric ulcers to
*Panel: Tani Bates, Kristin Grace, Bonnie Girod
Monica Chapman, AERC
AERC Trails and Land Management
Wilderness Horse Rescue
Sport coach, Donna Snyder-Smith has taught equestrians for 45 years. Her specialty,
biomechanics, focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for the human and equine body to
work in a fluid, harmonious partnership. “Reduce a rider’s body tension and you reduce
damaging physical strain and increase comfort. It also means the rider’s body language (the
signals or aids delivered to the horse through the pressure applied by a rider’s seat, legs and
hands) can be more clearly felt and understood by the horse. Improve a rider’s biomechanics and
you improve their horse’s performance as well.” Donna works with all levels of riders, from
amateurs to professionals, helping each one erase inhibiting body tension and counter productive
muscular use patterns through a combination of systems including “Centered Riding” and
An all-around competitor, Donna earned her Tevis buckle in (1966) in her first endurance ride.
In her second ride, the 50 mile Castle Rock Ride (CA) she took home the Best Condition award
riding a quarter horse. She has successfully trained, conditioned and competed a number of
horses in endurance, including 4 mustangs. She has also earned a “qualified rider” certificate
from the California Dressage Society, been a member of the State of California Jumping team (
Silver medal in 1966), and won numerous championships in Eventing in California (Ram Tap,
Concord Mt. Diablo & Pebble Beach). She has authored 3 books including The Complete Guide
to Endurance Riding & Competition, and been awarded the American Riding Instructors
Association “Lifetime Achievement Award,” (1991).
Donna's clients have won the Tevis (in 2000). Top tenned Tevis (5 or more X).
Won the USET World Endurance Championships (Holland & Kansas) and ridden and placed in
the top ten on multiple US international teams. In the year 2000, at least one of her clients placed
in their regional year end awards in FIVE AERC regions. Donna works with all levels of
competitors, from novice thru international.
In addition to coaching and competing, Donna has served in endurance as:
Vet secretary (Tevis X 5 years, 100 Mile Cosequin Challenge (East coast) +
Crew member (more times than I can recall at rides from coast to coast)
Ride Manager (Los Vaqueros Ride, Knightson, CA.) for 2 years.
Columnist for AERC “Endurance News” (“It's The Little Things”)
Editor of Trail Blazer Magazine (2 yrs.)
Member at Large of the AERC Board (1997-98)
Speaker at multiple AERC year end regional conventions in addition to the AERC
National Convention a number of different years.