Friday, April 15, 2011

She’s in it for the long haul - Full Article

April 15 2011
By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

Wadena, Minn. - You could say that Angie Mikkelson loves to ride horses. But it would be more precise to say she loves to ride horses for hours and hours, miles and miles.

As a child, a congenital heart defect meant she couldn’t be as active in sports as she would have liked.

But her godparents introduced her to the joy of riding horses. “I’ve been riding,” she says, “ever since I remember.”

Later, a neighbor initiated her into the stay-in-the-saddle world of endurance riding.

In the 20 years since, she’s ridden more than 3,000 miles in endurance riding competitions. Distances vary from 25 miles to 50 miles on up to 100 miles.

Some might regard those marathon rides as a recipe for acute saddle soreness, but Mikkelson, 36, finds them a pleasurable way to experience the great outdoors from the back of a good horse...

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