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September 18 2013
What makes you smile? Riding a horse fast and far makes 17-year-old Flora Gertsch smile. That smile has become simply radiant upon qualifying for the 2013 American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) National Championships to be held Sept. 20 at City of Rocks, Almo, Idaho.
Gertsch will compete in the 50-mile ride, climbing in elevation from 5,400 to 8,500 feet. Qualifications were steep as well: 300 AERC miles for the horse, 300 AERC miles for the rider with 100 of those miles completed together. Gertsch and her horse, Belesema Finalia have Kim Johnson, owner of Belesemo Arabians in Caldwell to thank for superbly matching up this dynamic duo...
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