Saturday, August 09, 2014

Tevis Cup riders aren’t horsing around - Full Article

Wednesday Aug 06 2014
59th annual Western States Trail Ride

100-mile equestrian endurance test set for Saturday
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor

The 59th annual Tevis Cup is so foal of good horses, Ride Director Chuck Stalley can’t even pick a favorite.

“The field is loaded,” Stalley said of the 195 riders and steeds entered in Saturday’s Western States Trail Ride, which begins at Robie Park at 5:15 a.m. and ends 24 hours later in the Endurance Capital of the World. “Sometimes they put pressure on each other and they can’t finish. But they’ll push each other hard. This is a very competitive field. It will be very hard this year to get in the top 10.”

Some of the equestrian endurance athletes will be seeking the Tevis Cup with a first-place finish and others the Haggin Cup, awarded to a top-10 finisher whose horse finishes the ride in the best condition after arriving at the Gold Country Fairgrounds’ McCann Stadium.

Others simply just want to finish in less than a day’s time, bringing home a coveted buckle...

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