Thursday, December 13, 2007

Local horse, rider go the distance to win national championship endurance ride - Dec 13 2007 - Full Article By Cynthia Cather Burton - The Winchester Star

MOUNTAIN FALLS — A Frederick County horse’s ability to go the distance has made it a national champion.

Kody, a 7-year-old Arab-Appaloosa blend, was first across the finish line in the Appaloosa Horse Club’s second annual National Championship Endurance Ride on Sept. 8 in Oneida, Tenn.

The win earned Kody the title of 2007 Appaloosa National Champion Endurance Horse.

Kody is owned by Karen Wade of Willowbrook Farm in the Frederick County community of Mountain Falls. He was bred by Val Van Meter of Little Ripple Farm, also in Mountain Falls.

Wade’s son, 18-year-old Nicholas Irianni, a Virginia Tech freshman and 2007 Handley High School graduate, rode Kody to victory in the 50-mile endurance ride.

He competed for the title against horse-and-rider teams from seven states and Canada.

The event took place in the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area...


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