Friday, January 08, 2010

Get in on the Action: Ride like Hidalgo - Full Article

Endurance Riding - Canutillo, TX
By Mark Bedor

"Endurance riding is on the increase in the U.S., is among the fastest-growing equestrian sports in Europe, and is the largest in the Middle East," says Tracy Webb, who operates the program.

"Sounds like the movie Hidalgo," I told her. "Well, the concept is the same, but you don't have to go to the Middle East to participate," she says. "Endurance riding is a rewarding opportunity to bond with an equine athlete and test your mental and physical strength" by participating in races of 25 to 100 miles.

Riders of all ability levels and ages attend training sessions, and then compete on the school's Arabians.

"Your age and skill level is not nearly as important as attitude," Webb says, as demonstrated by the performance of a 70-year-old lady who completed 110 miles over two days on her first endurance outing. The King of Malaysia is also a program graduate.


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