Monday, May 20, 2019

Biltmore Endurance Challenge attracts big number of competitors - Full Article

20 May 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Becky Pearman

Biltmore Equestrian Center; Asheville, NC. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May 2019. The 26th running of the Biltmore Endurance Challenge drew 228 competitors from at least twelve different countries. Both open and FEI races were offered.

The ride, which is un-arguably one of the largest two-day endurance events held in the United States, has a history of traveling through one of the most beautiful estates on American soil.

The Biltmore estate is an 8000 acre working farm and vineyard situated along the French Broad River in Ashville, North Carolina. The trail system traverses hills and woodlands as well as open vineyards and pastures on the west side of the river. Many grand views of the Vanderbilt mansion can be seen from points along the course. This trail can also be technical, with very little flat country.

On Friday, fifty-seven horses started the 50 mile race, and another fifty-three started on the 25 mile ride...

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