The day starts mighty early when you are riding in the Tevis Cup. This past weekend 174 early birds set out on the 62nd annual Ride at 5:15 a.m. The day was warm, overcast with rain much of the morning. Not enough to make the trails treacherous, just enough to knock down the dust.
The Ride follows the Western States Trail which stretches from Salt Lake City, Utah to Sacramento, California. The historic route passes along narrow mountain trails and through remote valleys. The winner is the first to cross the finish line, 100 miles down the trail.
92 horse and rider teams finished this year’s race. 82 horses were pulled at check points or withdrawn to the rider’s discretion. Lane Tennessee and her 17-year-old Arab gelding, Auli Farwa (Far) won this year’s race crossing the finish line Saturday evening at 10pm. This is the second time Auli Farwa has won, ridden by Jennie Smith in 2015.
The top 5 finishers rode Arabs including last year’s winners Karen Donley and Royal Patron (Winnie) who finished 4th.