Sunday, September 30, 2012

Aspen Lake tests riders’ endurance - Full Article

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:00 am

Before the sun came up Saturday morning, more than 60 riders and their horses were getting ready to trek 10, 30 or 50 miles through the forest for the Aspen Lake endurance ride.

The ride is associated with the American Endurance Ride Conference. Organizer Diana Aldridge said a proper endurance ride is 100 miles, but 50 miles qualifies and 30 miles is a modified endurance ride. The 10-mile ride is just for fun.

The ride started off on Clover Creek Road, about 10 miles outside of Keno.

Riders didn’t seem to mind the early hours, and the horses were excited to go.

Anna Sampson, of Mololla, kept track of everyone’s numbers, greeting them by name. At 7 a.m. she called out that the course was open, and the riders trotted away down the dusty road...

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