Friday, September 11, 2009

The Natchez Trace Endurance Ride

Mid-South Horse Review

September 26, 2009

By Karen Dely

Come ride with us at the Right Lead Endurance Ride on September 26, 2009. The trails are moderately difficult with some rock and hill, and ample water. There are great camping sites with a bathhouse, dump station and electrical hookups. Trails are shady and beautiful for a fall ride. This sport is open to any breed of well-conditioned trail horse and athletic riders.

In 1977 the Natchez Trace State Park held its first endurance ride. This ride started with 54 mile and 25 mile rides. The Natchez Trace ride was considered one the best rides in the country, drawing riders from as far as South Dakota, Australia, and Illinois. Al Stokes, Joan Hunt, Marie Threadgill, Pat Pugh, Ronnie McCollugh and Rudy Watkins were mentors of these rides, which continued until 1998. Back then this was considered a male dominated sport, but women are increasingly taking the lead on these rides. Dane Frazier rode this ride on an 1100 lb Quarter Horse with a 65 lb roping saddle with saddlebags on the back.

For more information, contact Karen Dely at 731-614-0902. Ride entry forms and more information available at Proceeds donated to the Equine Rescue and Protection Humane Society Inc.

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