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endurance riding

 

Outside of writing, my passion is endurance riding. Endurance riding is an equestrian sport in which horse and rider teams compete to complete distances of between 25 and 100 miles safely, within prescribed time limits and with the approval of veterinarians stationed throughout the course. Think of this sport as the ultramarathon of the horse world. Unlike flat track horseracing, endurance riding takes place at a lower relative speed and on varied, often mountainous terrain. Endurance is a sport that prizes radical self-sufficiency, with most riders carrying all they need to care for themselves and their mounts throughout a competition on their bodies and saddles. My long-term goal is to complete the 100 mile Tevis Cup, known as "the world's toughest horse race." You can view my current ride record at any time by looking up my name on AERC.org. Unlike most extreme sports, endurance riding is female-dominated. Many champions riding at the international level are also grandmothers! Don’t let that fun fact make you think this sport is easy, though. Endurance riders expend as much energy as cyclists over long distances, and occupational hazards include serious injury incurred in areas unreachable by ambulance. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is a truly beautiful way to see the wilderness.