Thursday, May 09, 2019

VA Tech Senior Races Horses Across Three Continents

TheRoanokeStar.com - Full Article

– Amy Painter
May 8 2019

Hanna Bartnick contended with sharks, bears, and sandstorms during her capstone project and transcontinental odyssey.

As 23-year-old Bartnick raced her Boerperd gelding along South Africa’s aptly named Wild Coast, the duo negotiated jagged boulders, water crossings, vertical climbs, and narrow trails crowned with thorns.

It wasn’t until horse and rider arrived at the sandy shores of the Umzimvubu River on day two of the grueling Race the Wild Coast competition that the student paused to consider her most dangerous threat – sharks.

Located in the Eastern Cape province just south of Port St. Johns, the river, which feeds into the Indian Ocean, is a well-known breeding ground for bull sharks, making its waters some of the most perilous in the world. While swims were a daily part of the race, Bartnick and her competitors were warned to avoid this particular waterway...

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