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JUNE 12, 2013
JUNE MELHUISH, SPECIAL TO THE NEWS
About 20 years ago, I attended my first endurance ride in Pemberton. We loaded our QH/Arab mare into the stock rack, the girls into the jump seat of the truck, and headed over the Duffey Lake Road to the ride site. I had no idea what I was getting into at that ride, or that I would keep on going to long-distance horse competitions for so many years… that I would be totally hooked by the sport!
What is it? Endurance rides are competitions over marked wilderness trail for distances of 25 to 100 miles, and allow six to 24 hours for completion. It's a test of horse and rider over challenging terrain, and getting there requires lots and lots of conditioning for you and your horse, and that builds a remarkable relationship of friendship and trust between the two of you that I don't think any other equestrian sport can offer. It also encourages the rider to learn everything out there about how their horse works in order to support their effort, and develop their health and soundness to qualify for the endurance goal of 'fit to continue' at the end of every event...
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