Sunday, August 21, 2011

Local Endurance horse races challenge both animals and riders - Full Article

Sunday, August 21, 2011

By Vanessa Grieve - Idaho State Journal

A brief downpour of rain cooled horseback riders as they proceeded to finish the first loop of the Buckskin Challenge Saturday morning.

Event coordinator Kara Yost said the weather was ideal for horses involved in the 25-mile or 50-mile endurance races west of Pocatello that started in Buckskin Canyon.

“We don’t have a lot of endurance races around here,” Yost said. “We’re hoping to build up interest.”

Participants came from Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. Yost said 20 people competed in the 50-mile event and about 20 competed in the 25-mile event.

After losing her horse, Firth’s Peggy Taysom abstained from endurance riding for several years. This year she participated in the 25-mile event with her gelding, Maynard.

This was her third endurance race.

“It was hard. It was really hard,” Taysom said...

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