Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Houston to host major national equestrian event - Full article

Tue Apr 12, 2011

Staff Reports Bixby Bulletin

HOUSTON, (GHHC) - Endurance riders from across the nation will bring their mounts to George Bush Intercontinental Airport May 14-15 for six rides to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital. As an introductory for endurance rider wanabes, a 10 mile Fun Ride is for those that would like to find out more about the sport of Endurance or just get out and enjoy the beautiful airport trails, or explore becoming an AIRPORT RANGER, and be part of the "SADDLE UP" FOR ST. JUDE!.

Serious competitors will experience the thrill of daily 25 and 50 mile rides around the busy airport as passengers on jumbo jets from around the globe get a firsthand taste of Texas horsemanship as they land.

Houston has become a benchmark for distance running with the Houston Marathon which attracts runners from across the globe. Because of the setting at a major international airport, the Houston equine event could become another major sports venue for the Bayou City.

Endurance riding is an athletic event for both horse and rider. The goal is to complete the marked trail within the time given with a horse that is fit to continue. Rain or shine the ride goes on. All horses must pass a complete vet check before, during and after the ride. Because of the demands made on horse and rider, to finish is to win.

The general public will enjoy observation areas at the airport administration building on JFK, the Houston Fire Department Airport Substation at Will Clayton Parkway and Lee Road, Aircraft Viewing Area, on Lee Road, and the North Trailhead on FM 1060 East (watch for the signs) where the start/finish line is located.

Sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference


Sponsors: Greater Houston Horse Council, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, City of Houston, Horseback Magazine, Texas Endurance Ride Association

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