September 24 2018
At the AERC National Championships in North Carolina on Saturday, Holly Corcoran and Poete won the 100-mile ride in a ride time of 12:26.47, more than 2 hours ahead of their nearest competitor. Pete also won the Best Condition and High Vet Score award, and Holly was First Lightweight.
Second was Marcia Weilbach and Zanthus Fury in 14:36 (First Featherweight), with Wendy Mancini and Sterling third in 14:36.50.
First Heavyweight, finishing ninth, was Guy Worthington aboard PA Hi-Spirit, in 15:50.55, Guy rode with his mom, 78-year-old Jan Worthington, riding Dimitri KS into eighth place.
First Middleweight was 16th place (and turtle) Cheryl Van Deusen, riding Ebs Regal Majjaan, in 19:25.13.
Claire Godwin rode PL Mercury to a 15th place finish in 17:44.39. The incomparable, 27-year-old "Merc" finished his third 100 miler of the year (including Old Dominion and Tevis), and his 17th 100 overall! The gelding is now just shy of 6000 miles.
33 started the ride and 16 finished.