Thursday, July 21, 2011

Still Time for Ranch Riders in Endurance Competition - Full Article

By Milo Dailey BCP staff Rapid City Journal | Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BELLE FOURCHE - Three days of horse endurance ride competition is scheduled for the BLM-administered Fort Meade Recreation Area located east of Sturgis, July 29 through 31, 2011.

The primary camping areas at Alkali Creek Recreation Site and Alkali Horse Camp have been reserved for event participants from July 27 through Aug. 1.

The Centennial Trail Fort Meade Trailhead will be used as an event staging area and veterinary check-point on all three days. The public is invited to watch the competition. There will be 25 and 50 mile events on Friday and Sunday; on Saturday there will be 30, 55 and 75 mile events.

Kerry Greear of Whitewood is ride manager.

It's not the first modern endurance ride in the Fort Meade area where once the U.S. Cavalry trained on maneuvers and trail riding.

Greear calls the combination of events the Fort Meade Remount Ride.

"The idea for the ride at this site came from my mom, Millie Humphrey, an avid horse and mule rider who rode cavalry horses in this area in the 1940s," she said. "Anyone who loves history will love riding The Remount."

"The last time we had it two years ago, we had people from 17 states, Germany and Canada," Greear said of the potential turnout. "I am planning to have 50 riders a day..."

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