Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Guatemalan Endurance Riders: A team you can be proud of - Full Article

Thursday, 14 October 2010 06:31 Theresa Fryar
Photos by Ignacio de Wit

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying the Guatemalan Endurance Team to the World Equestrian Games in the United States. Five riders, grooms, family members and technical support people made the long journey to Kentucky. Forty one people in total. Over the past year and a half I have seen these riders and their trusty mounts train tirelessly for this event overcoming obstacles along the way separating themselves out as the elite Endurance riders of Guatemala.

As an American my sense of patriotism towards my home in the U.S. was strong as I arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park. The grounds were perfectly manicured and the excitement of the impending World Equestrian Games was in the air. One could not help but be overcome by the greatness of Equestrian sports.

Upon my arrival at the horse park I was immediately greeted with open arms by the members of the Guatemalan Endurance Team. This did not surprise me as I have always been treated as part of the Endurance family even though I am new at the sport. The veterans of the sport are always willing to impart their knowledge and share their experience. There were some very serious roadblocks along the way to Kentucky. ..

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