Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Ride, Compete, Endure - Full Article

Posted in Rome life on Monday, September 7, 2015

Molly Caldwell is happiest when the wind is pulling at her hair, the terrain is gliding beneath her and when her movements are in sync with those of her horse.

Caldwell is one of only a few people in the Rome area who regularly participates in endurance riding — an equestrian sport based on controlled long-distance races.

She packs a tent and loads up a trailer and is gone for days at a time, traveling to events throughout the southeast where she and other endurance riders compete, testing themselves and their horses while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

“The horses’ health and well being is the most important thing we consider,” said Caldwell, who has been riding since she was 2. “Winning feels great, but I’m really out there because I love it and the horse loves to get out there and run too. We’re addicted to it...”

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