Sunday, April 03, 2011

Bellvue women enjoy endurance riding, competition

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By Marty Metzger
North Forty News

Endurance is defined as the ability to withstand hardship or stress and synonymous with courage, persistence and fortitude. The sport of competitive endurance riding adds speed and strategy.

Popular worldwide, the equestrian racing activity might trace its roots to the Pony Express of the 1860s or even back thousands of years to Arabian desert survival matches. But nowadays, necessity is supplanted by athletic competition and just plain fun.

Northern Colorado enthusiasts of the spirited sport include Jan Bright, DVM, and Suzie Barbour, RN, both of Bellvue. Though dedicated competitors, they also train together.

Fifty-three-year-old Barbour, who's ridden since age 6, ran in marathons after her children were born. When they were grown, she again bought a horse and tried dressage. But the trails called loudly – ring riding just wasn't for her.

Fifteen years ago, she switched to endurance riding and hasn't looked back since ...

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