The Raton Range
August 28 2007
By Todd Wildermuth
for The Raton Range
RATON, New Mexico (STPNS) --
Springer will host a myriad of horse riders and their mounts as they gallop along the Santa Fe Trail competing in a 13-day, 500-mile endurance ride from Santa Fe to Missouri.
The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race is scheduled to take place Sept. 3-15, with 62 riders leaving from just outside Santa Fe on Labor Day.
The first two days of the 800-mile race will take riders from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, N.M., and then to Springer, where the race participants will spend the night next Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Colfax County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. for visitors to meet the riding teams and see their horses that are part of the first-ever event. The riders are expected to start arriving in Springer about 2 p.m. Tuesday.