Friday, June 06, 2008

Endurance rider places in Idaho championship

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Article Launched: 06/05/2008 03:31:03 AM PDT

On Sunday May 25, Joyce Sousa of Hydesville and her Arabian equine partner, LV Integrity raced to a four way tie in the 100 mile Owyhee Fandango AERC, FEI,and AHA Region IV Championship in Idaho. The pair received the Best Condition award in the Arabian Horse Association Championship Ride. The pair posted a time of 9 hours and 2 minutes.

The pair competed against 25 riders, most of which have been nominated for the World Endurance Championship to be held in Malaysia in November of this year. Riders came from Virginia, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and California. Becky Hart, World Team Endurance coach, attended the ride and divided the nominated riders into rider teams.

Joyce Souza and LV Integrity teamed up with two riders from California and two from Washington. The team placed first taking the top four placings. A final training session will take place in Nevada at the end of July with the selection of a World Team sometime in August.

Endurance riding is a popular sport with rides taking place across the United States. Locally, the Redwood Empire Endurance Riders put on four events each year. The first club ride will be on June 6 at the Chalk Mountian Ranch in Bridgeville.

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