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By Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-NewsFebruary 27, 2017
BANDERA — Most sports demand maximum effort.
Dig in. Fight back. Stay focused. Go big. Play hard. Never give up.
But on a cold, clear Hill Country morning, 100 competitors took the field in a game requiring — no, make that demanding — restraint.
Endurance horse riding, which took over a back corner of the Hill Country State Natural Area over the weekend, revels in its humanity and its prudence.
The sport’s name is deceptive, making it sound like an event where the fastest, hardiest horse triumphs and the others collapse in large heaps of equine failure along the side of a track.
No one leaves anything on the field here, other than a few thousand pieces of … you know.
If you are the type of person who must win whenever you compete, avoid this game. This sport is about the long game and the preservation of resources.
If traditional horse racing is the sport of kings, endurance horse riding is the sport of folks who hang out in piano bars. If Perry Como were alive, I have no doubts this would be his sport...
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