Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Two Texans Tie for Wahatoya Cup 100 Win in Colorado

June 29 2022
by Merri

Texans Erin Lemmons of Waco and Cameron Holzer of Houston tied for first place in the 100-mile Wahatoya Cup Endurance ride in La Veta, Colorado, on June 26. Managed by Tennessee Blouin, the course mainly covers trails on private property on Tennessee's family's land and with the kind permission of neighbors.

Lemmons rode Tuscarora John (TJ), 16yo Arabian gelding by Line Dancer X Fawora by Fawor,and Holzer rode Lily Creek Kong, a 12yo half-Shagya half-Trakehner gelding, to the win.

The two riders smoked the challenging mountain course, (ride camp is in a meadow at 8000 feet) in a ride time of 9 hours 50 minutes. They rode under overcast skies and just finished their final vetting when the rain started falling. After riding close together all day, drawing further away from the field each loop on their phenomenal horses, the two agreed to tie at the finish. Kong received the Best Condition award.

Kong has now completed 12 of 15 AERC 100-milers, including Tevis in 2017 and 2019, and the Big Horn 100 (2nd place) in 2020. He won 1st place and Best Condition in the Broxton Bridge 100 in 2016 and 2018, the Ft Howes 100 in 2017, the FITS 100 in 2019 and 2021, and Hunting for Big Foot 100 in 2020

TJ has completed 3 of 7 100-milers over 9 seasons, including a win and Best Condition at Broxton Bridge 100, and in last year’s Wahatoya Cup.

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