Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Long riders – horses kick up their heels in Seneca Stampede - Full Article

uesday, July 30, 2013
By Raymond Field Blue Mountain Eagle

SENECA – Horse trailers loaded with tough and highly trained endurance horses stirred up the dust near the 96 Ranch in Bear Valley last weekend, as riders gathered for the Seneca Stampede.

For seasoned riders in the sport of competitive trail riding, challenging courses like the Bear Valley routes are a sweet addiction. The horses take their riders along sometimes treacherous backroads at 5 to 10 mph, across some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. The courses followed secondary, over-grown dirt roads and trails with hill climbs and stellar mountain views, most of the roads having been closed for years due to a big fire that swept through the area a decade ago...

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