WESTERN STATES TRAIL - This weekend of the full moon, the 60th Tevis Cup (Western States 100 mile - 1 day endurance ride) will take place. This endurance event is considered the oldest, and the most difficult of all the U.S. endurance rides. Riders and their crews come from all over the world to compete and share in the experience of the amazing, unique Western States Trail.
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Here are some quotes from the Ride Director, Chuck Stalley:
"Ride Director's Message
The 60th anniversary of the running of the Tevis Cup ride is fast approaching. To help make this a year to remember, the ride committee is examining every aspect of past rides to ensure that this is a remarkable, commemorative year for all the right reasons.
Special 60th anniversary buckles have been designed and ordered, as well as 1000 mile and 2000 mile "decade" buckles and the first place buckle.
The trail used this year uses RD. 43 as it leaves Robinson Flat and then the traditional trail on to Auburn. *In Auburn, after horse and rider have crossed the Official Timed Finish Line, riders will have a 40 minute period for their horse to meet criteria at the final vet check in McCann Stadium under the banner.
This year there will be film crews shooting footage during the ride and possibly at the Ed Ride as well. Tevis has not had a film crew for the past several years and Kooks entertainment is excited to be filming this year.
The trail is open for training except for the section of the trail that goes through Squaw Valley. This section is under such heavy use at this time of year that it is not safe for horses and riders.
During the ride additional water will again be provided at places like Millers Defeat, Dusty Corners, El Dorado Creek, Fords Bar, Baltimore Mine and Cal 2 as well as other spots. All this added water along the way is the result of a concentrated effort by the Ride Committee to help you and your horse get to the finish line and look good when you get there.
From all of us at WSTF, happy training, and we will see you on the trail.
2015 Ride Director