Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Toth secures Haggin Cup

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Fourth-place finisher gets high marks for horse health
By Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer

Rusty Toth, of Durango, Colo., was awarded the Haggin Cup after last weekend's Tevis Cup.

Toth rode Farrabba, otherwise known as Stoner, an 11-year-old Arabian, to a fourth-place finish Saturday night. After the 100-mile ride, Farrabba was not only deemed able to go on by veterinarians at the finish, he was also determined to be in the best condition, securing the Haggin Cup.

The Haggin Cup is reserved for the one horse in the best condition out of the top 10 finishers of the Tevis Cup, which is an annual endurance ride that draws competitors from around the world.

Kathie Perry, president of the Western States Trail Foundation, said vets look at how the horse has recovered throughout the race and evaluate if it would be able to continue riding.

"The key thing is the horse's soundness, if you could get back on that horse and go another 50 miles," Perry said.

During this year's Tevis Cup, 98 of the 205 riders that started the ride crossed the finish line and 40 of those finishers received their first ever completion buckles, according to the Tevis Cup website.

Garrett Ford, also of Durango, Colo., finished first this year with his wife, Lisa, in close pursuit. Kevin Myers, also of Durango, finished in third place with Toth right behind him.

Shannon Constanti, of Auburn, came in at fifth place a little more than an hour after Toth. This was Constanti's fifth Tevis Cup and has placed in the top 10 three times.

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