Saturday, October 09, 2010

Woman Keeps her Distance - Full Article

Friday October 8 2010

Scales Mound woman, 70, competes in endurance equestrian events around the nation and world.

SCALES MOUND, Ill. — Jan Worthington recently rode 100 miles in one day, on a horse.

That is not uncommon for an endurance rider, except Worthington is 70.

The mother of three and grandmother of four competed last week on the five-woman team representing the United States at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky. Her event required a one-day ride of 100 miles at roughly 13 mph.

Worthington said competitive endurance riding is a race with mandatory stops for veterinarian checks.

"They check the horses for lameness and metabolics," she said. "They don't check the riders. We are human and can talk."

She said veterinarians pulled her from competition last week in Lexington at the third check, or about the 60-mile mark.

"I have a really good horse and he had never been lame, but he went lame at the big deal," Worthington said.

Worthington said a veterinarian checked her horse, named Golden Lightning, by using ultrasound and found no major muscle tears...

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