Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Endurance Rides Here in Beautiful Arizona - Full Article

by Kim Abbott on September 14, 2011

The temperatures have finally dropped below 100 degrees!!! What a summer for fellow horse lovers! When they say HOT, HOT, HOT, they are not talking about salsa here in the southwest! October is right around the corner and with it brings cooler temperatures and the Endurance riding is at its best!

Starting out October 1st is one of my all time favorite rides, Man vs. Horse, put on by Ron Barrett up in beautiful Prescott Arizona. This is such a unique ride because there is a Trail run at the same time as the endurance ride! That’s right the humans run right along with the horses on the 12, 25 and 50 mile event! In the past the human has beaten the horse except for the past few years! It’s a great local event and a great place for those who think they might be interested getting into endurance riding to watch or volunteer. It is a great fall ride with trails that take you up over Mingus Mountain with spectacular views and cool Ponderosa Pine forests then back down to the desert floor!

The same weekend is a new ride put on by Terry Wooley Howe called the Best of Both. It should be a beautiful ride with trails from the Descanso Ride in the upper Cuyamaca Rancho State Park through meadows, pines and then onto the PCT with beautiful vistas overlooking the Anza Borrego Desert and the Salton Sea. Terry always puts on a great ride! This will be one not to miss! She has a 25 and a 50 mile event and a fun run!

October 5-9 is the Grand Canyon XP Ride put on by MS Karen Chaton and the Nicholsons aka the “Duck”...

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