Monday, December 15, 2014

Effort equestrian Holly Corcoran strives for world-class standing - Full Article

By Wayne Witkowski
Pocono Record Writer
Posted Dec. 14, 2014

It’s the dream of every serious competitor: to be in an international arena representing the United States.
Holly Corcoran of Effort has carried that dream for the past nine years in equestrian endurance riding and got a taste of it recently when she returned from Brazil after participating in a 100-mile (160-kilometer) endurance race on a provided horse. She has five Arabian breeds of her own at home, the overwhelming horse of choice in this brand of competition.

With the season’s reversed and countries south of the equator in the thick of the summer season, Corcoran opted out of the race before her horse could have with a serious case of dehydration. Veterinarians are on site at stages during endurance riding competitions to see if the animals are fit to go on in the one-day event.

A certified public accountant by profession, Corcoran shared her stories at the weekly Wednesday meeting of the Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs, and feels she and her horses are ready for a chance at the big international stage for the first time when they participate in qualifiers for one of the five spots (and one alternate) on the American team in the Pan American Endurance Games that take place in Toronto next August. Those selections will be determined in endurance trials at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina in May...

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