Tevis Cup photo
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
PL Mercury ("Merc"), owned and ridden by Claire Godwin, has been named AHA Distance Horse of the Year. At 27 years of age this year, he completed 6 of 7 endurance rides, including 3 100-milers: Old Dominion in Virginia in June (6th place, ride time of 16:44.33), the Tevis Cup in California in July (13th place, ride time of 17:18), and the AERC National Championship at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in September (15th place, ride time of 17:44.39).
The gelding by AM Autumn Mead X Playland Lady, by Al-Marah Milton started his endurance career in 2006 with Godwin as a 15-year-old.
His overall record now boasts 5950 AERC miles with 104 completions in 112 starts, 18 out of 20 100-mile finishes.
Godwin was featured on October's Horses In The Morning radio show, speaking about Merc's Hat Trick and how she keeps the gelding happy and healthy and going strong.