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Endurance riders ready to saddle up for July 2 trek
Auburnjournal.com - Full Article
June 13 2011
By Elizabeth Speth gold country news service
Gold Country Endurance Riders are gearing up for a tough race this summer.
Loomis resident Steve Hallmark plans to be with his horse Tug at the starting line of the 29th annual Gold Country 50/30 Mile Endurance Ride Saturday, July 2, at Dru Barner Equestrian Park, near Georgetown. They will join as many as 140 other horses and riders eagerly waiting for the race to begin.
Gold Country Endurance Riders is an equestrian club founded in Auburn, in 1980. According to the website, members are endurance riders, social riders and even non-riders. The annual race includes a 50- and 30-mile loop course.
Hallmark and Tug are graduates of the grueling Tevis Cup, and Hallmark said he expects this race to throw them a few challenges.
“It’s not a fast course because it’s not flat. There’s a lot of hard-packed earth and a lot of rocks,” he said. “It’s pretty technical. You have to slow down, take care of your horse.”
Starting at the heavily wooded park at an elevation of 3,000 feet, the course is described by race officials as “moderate,” with tough climbs over forest trails and logging roads.
Race volunteers provide food and drink at various veterinary stops along the race route. Traditionally, more than 70 percent of the horse and rider teams complete the race...
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