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Tevis Cup a bucket list item for woman who had heart transplant - Full Article

August 3 2014
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor

Angie Mikkelson has been dreaming about Tevis Cup and riding along the Western States Trail for years.

The circumstances, however, have never been right for the 39-year-old North Dakota woman.

She’s never had the right horse. And until having a heart transplant in 2000, Mikkelson wasn’t healthy enough to compete in the 100-mile equestrian endurance ride from Robie Park to Auburn.

This year, though, the pieces are all falling into place.

Mikkelson is leaving Scranton, N.D., today, embarking on a three-day drive to the Endurance Capital of the World.

Mikkelson and her 9-year-old chestnut gelding Tango are both in good condition, trying to earn a buckle in Saturday’s Western States Trail Ride...

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