Thursday, August 12, 2010

World Equestrian Games: Endurance - Full Article

August 11 2010
By: Coree Reuter

When I was at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships last week, I was driving through downtown Lexington, Ky., and found myself brimming with excitement about the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Not only were there totally beautiful horse statues everywhere, but we drove under a countdown clock to the Games!

There are only 43 days left until the opening ceremonies, so this week I’m exploring another fairly new horse sport: endurance.

Theoretically, endurance riding’s origins are thousands of years old. Since the time when man first tamed horses and trained them for transportation and work, they’ve been the engines behind man’s nomadic ways. However, endurance riding as a modern sport didn’t exist until the early 1900s. Quite a time gap!

Before it became a sport, riding over long distances was simply a means to an end...

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