Friday, May 08, 2009

One-horse, two-person championship


The 39th edition of the World Championship Ride and Tie will return to Humboldt County. This endurance challenge teaming two humans with a horse will take place for the fourth time in Humboldt County June 20.

First held on the north coast in 1983 in the McKay tract behind Eureka, Humboldt has been a favorite venue for the unique event combining competition, teamwork, and strategy. In 1990 the course was located east of Trinidad and returned again in 2007 then to Humboldt Redwoods State Park near the Avenue of the Giants.

The 2009 event will again be located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the race starting and finishing at the Cuneo Creek Horse Camp.

The Championship even will feature two events on race day, one of approximately 18 miles and the other around 38 miles. Ride and Tie competitors start with one team member on horseback, the other on foot. When the horseback team member gets some distance ahead they dismount, tie the horse to a tree and set off down the trail on foot. When the second team member reaches their mount, they untie the horse, climb aboard and ride off to switch again with their partner. All horses must pass pre-race, mid-race, and post race veterinary exams with the safety of the horse being paramount.

To find out more about Ride and Tie, watch a video of the sport, meet competitors, and others interested in forming a team, come to the Joggn Shoppe at 1090 G St. in Arcata on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. or call Chris Amaral at 839-5624. Refreshments to be served.

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