Saturday, August 20, 2016

Coronadan Shines In Her First Ever American Endurance Ride Conference - Full Article

August 19, 2016

Coronadan Camelia Tzadok, 11, entered her very first 25 mile endurance ride and won the most coveted and sought after award, “Best Condition” in the American Endurance Ride Conference.

This is an adult dominated sport which is taxing on the horse and the rider, requiring good horsemanship throughout the ride. Camelia was one of the youngest participants and one of the few children to ride. The ride took place in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in Descanso, Ca, and includes difficult rocky terrain and stream crossings.

To win the highly desired “Best Condition” award, the horse must be given the highest marks in 12 categories by veterinarians at each vet check. Because of this, the rider’s focus is on the health of the horse, not being the first to finish. Riders must finish the ride in six hours to be considered having completed the ride. Riders are required to get their horses checked by veterinarians three times during the competition. The vet check is detailed and is used to ensure that the horse is fit to continue the ride...

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