Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Patriot's Day 100 Endurance Ride

California - Plumas County News
By Centella Tucker
Special to Feather Publishing

The Patriot's Day 100 Endurance Ride was held May 19 in Greenville and attracted riders from California and beyond.

The event, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club, brought 33 entrants to Coppercreek Camp for the first 100-mile endurance ride in Greenville.

This ride was held with the hope of attracting the AERC National Championship Ride to this site in 2008 or 2009.

Riders followed the trail over the Keddie Ridge saddle to Walker Lake and back.

They later traveled through Haun's Meadow and along the ridge overlooking Lake Almanor.

The first to finish completed the ride in just over 13 hours, including 2 hours 45 minutes of mandatory rest times at five veterinary checks where the well-being of the horses was evaluated.

Anderson resident Betsy Adamson on Wriana's Destiny and Redding resident Deanna Guinasso on RGR Flash Fire rode across the finish line in a photo finish at 6:34 p.m., after a 5:30 a.m. start.

First-place horse Wriana's Destiny also earned the Best Condition Award.

Other special recognition goes to First Junior Rider Katie Lydon and Rusty of Manton.

First Featherweight was Betsy Adamson of Anderson on Wriana's Destiny.

First Lightweight was Deanna Guinasso of Redding on RGR Flash Fire.

First Middleweight was Ron Belknap of Coarsegold on Sussman.

First Heavyweight was Gina Hall of Carson City, Nev., on Fire Mountain Destiny.

The Turtle Award went to Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom of Fort Bragg, riding SJ Kerensky to the finish at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, May 20, after an early afternoon fall slowed her pace.

The toughest rider was Renie Burnett of Anderson on Czentinel, who finished 25th with a possible broken collarbone.

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