Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tevis Cup: Barbara White going for record 33rd buckle

65-year-old rider can't keep herself off Western States Trail
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor

Barbara White calls it an annual pilgrimage.

Every year the 65-year-old Scotts Valley resident makes a trek up to Auburn for Tevis Cup, the horse ride along the Western States Trail that begins in the Lake Tahoe area and ends in the Endurance Capital of the World.

“It’s addictive,” said White, who has completed the 100-mile-in-one-day ride an unheard of 32 times. “The trail just lures me back. It’s a spectacular trail. It’s a spiritual experience leaving Squaw Valley at night and coming into Auburn at night. It’s magical. It’s a chance to see if I still have the stuff to finish the trail year after year.”

No one has more Tevis Cup finishes than White, who is the first — and only — person to have ever earned a 3,000-mile buckle for completing the ride in fewer than 24 hours on 30 different occasions.

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