Thursday, December 07, 2017

Canadian Riders Swarm the Finish Line at USA Fall FEI Fundraiser Rides - Full Article

Canadian endurance riders had strong performances across the board at the USA Fall FEI Fundraiser Rides at Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, SC, held Nov. 9-12, 2017.

Robert Gielen of Flesherton, ON was first to cross the finish line in the CEI 2* 120km division on his eight-year-old Arabian gelding, More Bang for Your Buck (Doran x Forty Thieves). The two averaged a speed of 15.11 km/hr to complete the course in just under eight hours – an impressive feat, particularly when considering that Gielen underwent knee replacement surgery just four months earlier in July, and hadn’t ridden such a distance since.

“I had quite a layoff with my horse this summer, so I wasn’t really planning to go out and go for a win,” explained Gielen. “But, we just kept going along at that regular pace and on the second-to-last loop I passed the person who was in first place and I thought, ‘Well, might as well just go for it then.’ So, we just kept going and ended up crossing the finish line 10 minutes ahead...”

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