Sunday, December 26, 2010

Into the Wild

Kamas woman's endurance racing takes her globetrotting
Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff
Posted: 12/23/2010 03:42:47 PM MST
Never in her wildest dreams did Beverly Gray imagine her proclivity for horses and sports would combine into a lifetime of jaw-dropping experiences and exotic travels.

The long-time Summit County resident has been part of the U.S. Equestrian Team in the World Equestrian Games, has raced in the President's Cup race in Dubai, and raced all around South America, the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas and the deserts of Utah.

And most recently, her endurance racing took her to the dark jungles of Malaysia, where she was invited by the royal family to participate in her third Sultan's Cup endurance race.

The race hosted 80 local and international riders in a 75-mile course through the tropical forest.

Gray said the race was conducted at night during a full moon.

"You would hear all kinds of noises in the trees," said Gray, laughing about the unknown around her and her horse during the nocturnal race. "You don't know what's out there."

Rewind back to when Gray was an 18-year-old college student at the University of Utah and had just moved to the Beehive State. Always a lover and rider of horses, Gray got involved in Ride and Tie, a race that features two riders/runners and one horse using an exchanged-riding strategy over a designated course.

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