Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Marietta native preps for world equestrian event - Full Article

Lanie Angel
MDJ Sports Writer
September 13 2017

Katie Baldino, an equestrian athlete from Marietta, will compete in the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors from Sept. 22-24 in Verona, Italy.

Forty-two nations were invited to send up to five athlete/horse combinations to compete for a team and an individual title, and the 19-year-old Baldino was one of the individuals selected by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

Endurance riding focuses on long distances and contains different variations of terrain, altitude and weather. The race is primarily conducted on a trail.

“The distance of the race is 75 miles, which is divided into 15- to 25-mile intervals,” Baldino said. “After each 15- to 25-mile interval, the horses are given a one-hour break where they can eat and relax. They are also given vet exams during their rest to make sure they are healthy and that they can continue the race.”

The Walton High School graduate races Synthetic, a grey Arabian gelding that Baldino has been competing with since May...

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