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endurance riding

 

Outside of work, my passion is endurance riding. Endurance 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. (Distances less than 50 miles are judged differently and considered "Limited Distance" rides.) Think of this as the ultramarathon of the horse world; unlike flat track racing, 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 many sports, endurance riding makes a point of publishing all results and horse/rider records, in order to ensure a culture of transparency. Also unlike most extreme sports, endurance riding is female-dominated, with many champions who are also grandmothers! Don't let that factoid give you any false notions about the difficulty level, though; endurance riders have been shown to use as much energy as marathoners and endurance cyclists!