Thursday, January 08, 2009

Arizona: Wickenburg endurance ride slated for 8th year

January 8, 2009

Once again it is time for the Land of the Sun Endurance ride, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24.

This will be the eighth year for this wonderful ride through the desert and surrounding areas of Wickenburg.

The ride consists of two rides -- one a 50-mile ride and the other a 25-mile ride. There are two loops of 25 miles each.

The entire trail is cleaned by members of the Wickenburg Horseman’s Association and friends. All of them volunteer their time and energy to help make this one of the more successful rides in Arizona.

Within a few days of the ride, the trails will start to be marked with a red and white striped ribbon attached to a clothespin. The trails will be unmarked within a few days after the ride. It takes of lot of work to do this, and it keeps riders who are going fast down the trail from getting lost.

The ride committee appreciates people leaving the ribbons on the trails. When the trail-marking ribbons are removed, it causes problems for the endurance riders.

For more information, to participate in the ride, or to help with the preparations, call Nancy Halsey at 684-3415.

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