Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mustang Extraordinaire Does It Again

July 15 2015
by Merri

When Janet Tipton says, "I am so proud of this little mare!" she's got good reason.

After becoming AERC's highest-mileage Limited Distance horse in October 2013 at the Moab Canyons ride in Utah with 3985 miles, Lady Jasmine set a new mileage standard July 12 at New Mexico's Fort Stanton multi-day endurance ride. After completing Day 1's 35 miler, the 13.2-hand, 19-year-old mustang mare passed 5000 LD miles.

Tipton, from Erda, Utah, has owned "Ladybug" since 1999, when she adopted her as a 3-year-old from the Logan, Utah, wild horse adoption, although Tipton will say that Ladybug chose her, instead of the other way around. Besides endurance, Tipton and her multi-talented mare have also found the time to participate in Extreme Cowboy Challenges, dressage, drill teams, and parades, and - since it's inevitable when you live in the West - moving cows.

Ladybug's record currently stand at 193 completions in 195 starts (the pulls were a rider option, and an overtime), 25 Best Condition awards, and 5065 miles. But the dynamic duo isn't resting on their laurels. They are currently competing in the last 3 days of the 6-day Fort Stanton ride.

For more background on Tipton and Lady Jasmine, see:

Top photo: Janet Tipton and Lady Jasmine, Owyhee Canyonlands 2012

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