Horsin' Around
Christina and Ice at the
Biltmore Mountin' Hopes
Endurance Ride on
September 22, 2007,
where they completed their
first 55 miler.
Endurance Competition History
Date
Ride and Location
Distance
Placing
Time
Rider
05/17/2008
Red Barn Run Endurance Ride
Chester, GA
50 Miles
19th out of 24 starters
8:49
Christina
Schiro
03/29/2008
Pirate Run Endurance Ride
Ponce de Leon, FL
25 Miles
TOP 10
9th out of 39 starters
2:47
Christina
Schiro
01/29/2008
Southpoint Plantation Endurance Ride
Bronwood, GA
25 Miles
15th out of 34 startes
4:23
Christina
Schiro
01/01/2008
A Gallop on the Greenway, Endurance
Ride
Florida Horse Park, Ocala, FL
30 Miles
15th out of 33 starters
4:28
Christina
Schiro
12/01/2007
Blackwater Boogie 08 Endurance Ride
Blackwater River State Forest, Milton, FL
25 Miles
30th out of 52 Starters
4:07
Ashley
Kostelac
11/30/2007
Blackwater Boogie 07 Endurance Ride
Blackwater River State Forest, Milton, FL
30 Miles
25th out of 31 Starters
5:17
Diane
Hawthorne
10/13/2007
Red Barn Run Endurance Ride
Chester, GA
50 Miles
Pulled: Rider Option
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Christina
Schiro
09/22/2007
Biltmore Mountin' Hopes Fall Fling
Endurance Ride
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
55 Miles
41st out of 51 Starters
10:45
Christina
Schiro
05/12/2007
Blazing Saddles Endurance Ride
DeSoto National Forest, MS
25 Miles
TOP 10
10th out of 18 starters
5:01
Christina
Schiro
02/03/2007
Cow Pen Trail Endurance Ride
Osceola Nat'll Forest, Lake City, FL
25 Miles
TOP 10
10th out of 38 starters
3:33
Christina
Schiro
01/05/2007
Gator Run Endurance Ride
Goethe State Forest, Dunnellon, FL
25 Miles
30th out of 37 starters
4:05
Christina
Schiro
12/02/2006
Blackwater Boogie Endurance Ride
Blackwater River State Forest, Milton, FL
25 Miles
16th out of 43 starters
4:01
Christina
Schiro
11/11/2006
River Run Endurance Ride
Hahira, GA
25 Miles
27th out of 73 starters
3:28
Christina
Schiro
10/07/2006
Alabama Yellowhammer Endurance
Ride
Talladega Nat'll Forest, Heflin, AL
25 Miles
27th out of 36 starters
3:51
Christina
Schiro
10/06/2006
Alabama Yellowhammer Endurance
Ride
Talladega Nat'll Forest, Heflin, AL
25 Miles
33rd out of 42 starters
5:06
Christina
Schiro
03/25/2006
Lost Posse Run II Endurance Ride
Apalachicola, Nat'll Forest,
Tallahassee, FL
30 Miles
30th out of 36 starters
5:55
Christina
Schiro
02/11/2006
Camp Osborn Boy Scout Pow Wow
Endurance Ride
Sylvester, GA
25 Miles
25th out of 28 starters
4:18
Christina
Schiro
11/05/2005
Osceola Endurance Ride
Lake City, FL
25 Miles
26th out of 30 starters
4:52
Christina
Schrio
06/11/2008
Almost Summer At Biltmore
Competitive Trail Ride
Biltmore Esate, Asheville, NC
Novice
2-Day
Rider : 89%/ 2nd
Horse: 96.5%/3rd
n/a
Christina
Schrio
02/05/2005
Frigid Digit Endurance Ride
LBJ Grasslands, TX
25 Miles
41st out of 68 starters
4:07
Wayne
Becker
10/25/2003
Armadillo Endurance Ride
Davy Crocket Nat'l Forest, Kennard, TX
50 Miles
Pulled: Lame (lost
shoe at mile 45)
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Melissa
Becker
10/11/2003
Fort Worth Skyline Endurance Ride
Fort Worth Stockyards, TX
25 Miles
12th out of 62 starters
3:37
Melissa
Becker
09/27/2003
Llano Estacado Challenge  Endurance
Ride
Lake Meredith Recreation Area, TX
50 Miles
28th out of 43 starters
7:32
Melissa
Becker
Christina and Ice during
their beach ride on the
intracoastal water at Eglin
Air Force Base. Spring
2007
Christina and Ice at the
Almost Summer at Biltmore
Competitive Trail Ride in
Asheville, NC. June 2005
Camping at the Camp
Osborn Boy Scout Pow
Wow Ride in Sylvester, GA
in 2006
I have been riding since I was in grade school. My parents blame the rocking horse they gave me when I was a young
girl - it was the kind with springs. I  rode and rode that horse until the springs broke. They were replaced, and I went
of riding that thing again. I took hunter-jumper riding lessons and went to summer riding camps growing up, and
share-boarding (long-term lease) of a 3/4 Arabian for many years during high school and college. But I didn't have
my very own horse until after Dan and I got married in July 2000. I bought my first horse, JGS Cody ("Cody") in
June 2003 from a local farm, intending to use him for distance riding (endurance or competitive trail). He was a
beautiful 5 year old Appaloosa gelding, but we had a "conflict of personalities", so after 1-1/2 years of working at it
(sounds like a marriage leading to divorce, doesn't it), I decided to sell him. Then came Ice.

Meet Ice! Actually, his real name is Ibn Ionah. "Ibn" is arabic for "son of". "Ionah" was his mother's name. So his
name means "son of Ionah". I bought him in February 2005 from an
endurance horse farm in Gainesville, TX. He was
just what I wanted! An Arabian, older (over 10), and already successful competing in Endurance. Ice is a purebred
registered Arabian (Polish and CMK bloodlines), 13 when I bought him, and had already competed in two 25-milers
and two 50-milers. Each horse has his own very unique personality and Ice is no exception. It took me a long time to
earn his trust, but now we are partners and have a bond. He is not an "in-your-pocket" horse by any means. His
mother instilled a strong sense of "stranger danger". He and I have accomplished a lot since 2005 - check it out below!
Our last competition
1-1/2 years ago. I decided she needed a break from competing and conditioning. But I'm
planning on the Blazing Saddles ride in Mississippi
early 2010...
Left to Right: Christina on
Ice and MaryAnne on
Ashlie. Summer 2007 in
Holt, FL during a
conditioning ride.
Left to Right: Kellye on Max,
Renee' on Lips, and
Christina on Ice. Summer
2005 in Milton, FL before a
ride around the
neighborhood.
Ice is trying to hide, but
unfortunately he
underestimates his size.
He's only 14.3 hands tall,
but his length is what the
problem is!
Above: Ice can be silly
sometimes! This photo
was taken right after he
spooked. That's not
unusual, but it's funny
because the spook was
after he tripped while
walking in the pasture
towards me!
Ice after a good roll - which
is one of his favorite things
to do!
Ice during a conditioning ride at the
University of West Florida campus in
Pensacola. Thompson Bayou is in the
background - the same Bayou we take the
Sea Ranch to during hurricanes. 2007
Ice relaxing at the Trickum Creek horse hotel
south of Atlanta, GA - a half-way point along a
long drive home after a competition. Sept 2007
Ice leads the pack in the turn-out pasture at
the Coldwater Recreation Area in Milton, FL,
where we camp out and ride at a lot. 2007
Click here to check
out Ice's Pedigree
Adorable!
My first horse, Cody. 2006.
Dianne on Grace and
Christina & Ice at the
Biltmore Endurance ride.
September 2007
Christina trotting Ice out for
the vets at the 12/02/2006
Blackwater Boogie
Endurance Ride