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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:00 am
Joanna Michaud staff reporter
Although it was Heidi Larson’s first time participating in the 100-mile Tevis Cup Ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, CA, the 49-year-old Yacolt resident and her 17-year-old registered Arabian horse, Ash, placed 26th at the event out of 160 starters and 75 finishers.
“Most challenging was the Granite Chief Wilderness,” Larson said of the 100-mile trail. “It’s got some bogs, which I wasn’t worried about since we live in such a wet area, but you are riding at speed, probably 8 to 10 miles per hour, and in a row of horses, slightly downhill, and there are large, flat granite rocks in the trail, it’s very slick, very scary to trot over. My favorite part was probably going over Cougar Rock and crossing the American River in the dark with glow sticks floating in the water to light your way across.”
According to the Tevis Cup Ride website, www.teviscup.org, the Western States Trail Ride, widely called the Tevis Cup Ride, is the oldest modern-day endurance ride, having been held annually since 1955. The ride was first organized by Wendell Robie, an Auburn businessman and devoted rider of the Sierra high country...
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