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U.S. Endurance Team training at Shaker Village - Full Article

September 15, 2010

PLEASANT HILL — If the U.S. Endurance Team has any success at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it may credit some simple gifts gained from thundering through the hilly terrain once staked out by the Shakers.

Ten endurance riders have been in training at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill since Sept. 1 with hopes of being one of five chosen for the final U.S. team.

Becky Hart, the Endurance Team’s coach (or Chef d’Equipe,) said a group, including veterinarians, will convene Friday to decide which five riders and horses will move on to the Kentucky Horse Park on Sept. 24 for the competition.

With many locations to choose from, Hart said Shaker Village stood out because of the terrain and the fact the team could take its meals and training within walking distance. Also, instead of working a small pasture or track, members get to spread out on the 33 miles of horse trails at Pleasant Hill...

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