Saturday, December 25, 2004

Stories of love line champion rider's trail

Published: December 24, 2004

By Dallas Finn

The Bulletin

If it hadn't been for falling in love with Ronald Sproat, the man who would become her husband, Carol Giles wouldn't have met Stranger, a bay Arabian gelding.

If it hadn't been for Giles' lifelong love of horses, Stranger might have ended up at the slaughterhouse.

And if it hadn't been for the healing love she showered on Stranger, the Prineville duo might not be headed next month to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Giles, 48, and Stranger, 12, leave Jan. 15 for Dubai, where they'll compete as members of the United States Endurance Equestrian Team in the 100-mile World Cup Endurance Championships, to be held Jan. 26-27.

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