by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
September 8 2016
Leah Cain of Gypsum, Colorado, won the AERC National Championship 100 mile ride Saturday at Antelope Island State Park in Utah. Riding her homebred gelding OT Dyamonte Santo, the pair finished in a ride time of 10:32. Finishing second and third, two minutes behind her were sponsor Pam Bailie, of Pilot Hill, California, aboard Bailie Skrit Ablaze, and Junior Anya Levermann, of BC, Canada, riding Chris Martin's gelding Monk.
Anya was first Junior, Pam was first Featherweight, Leah was first Lightweight. Christoph Schork, finishing 8th aboard GE Pistol Annie in a ride time of 13:18, was first Middleweight. First Heavyweight was Kevin Waters and Belesemo Impressario, who finished 10th in 16:09.
The next morning, Leah's OT Dyamonte Santo won the Best Condition award. Ever Ready, ridden to a 7th place finish by Melissa Ribley, won High Vet Score.
17 started the ride, with 14 completing.
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