Friday, June 26, 2015

Kiona man to compete in upcoming Ride & Tie - Full Article

Tri-City HeraldJune 25, 2015

Dick Root knows how complex a horse’s personality can be.

The 71-year-old Kiona man has worked with horses big and small, in his career as a veterinarian and pursuing his hobby on the ride-and-tie competition circuit.

“They’re just like people: different body types, different minds,” he said.

Ride and tie is a relatively unknown sport that combines horse riding with trail running.

In a competition, two runners and a horse team up to complete a cross-country course of 20 to 100 miles. The final time for a team is given when all three members have crossed the finish line.

Root will participate in the 45th annual Ride & Tie World Championship on June 27 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He will run with his partner, Jen Titus, of Grants Pass, Ore., and his horse, Ali...

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