Georgetown Divide 2011 Tevis Competitors Take to the Trail

Sixteen local athletes have been especially patient, waiting for the 56th Annual Tevis Cup 100 Miles in One Day Ride, scheduled this year on October 8th.  Years of training will pay off when they perform their “victory lap” at Auburn’s McCann’s Stadium, having ridden for up to 24 hours beforehand clear across the Sierras.  This year, the heat of the typically late July event will be replaced by cooler night air.  The best of luck to our sixteen competitors:  Roger Yohe, Fred Emigh and Loreley Stewart from Georgetown; Crystal Costa, Leigh Bacco and Luanne Holmesen-Thomas from Cool; Becky Spencer, Trina Romo and Maria DeCarlo from Greenwood; Katherine Mason from Garden Valley; and Pamela Baillie, Doyle Baillie, Robert Weldin, Sharon Wimberg, Kadee Felton and Beth Felton from Pilot Hill.

Tevis week begins October 5th with a Tevis Hamburger BBQ at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.  A full day’s events takes place on Friday at Robie Park in Truckee:  rider check-in, BBQ lunch, veterinarian check-in, crew briefing, new rider meeting, junior rider and sponsor meeting, pre-ride dinner, and pre-ride briefing.  Horses and riders start their 100 mile journey promptly at 5:15a.m. Saturday morning.  Athletes must complete the ride before Sunday at 5:15a.m. to claim a “finish”.  Afterwards, breakfast, judging top condition for the Haggin’s Cup, the awards ceremony and presentation culminates not only a grueling event but years of conditioning and training.  Check out the very informative website, www.teviscup.org.

This International event would not continue without the heart of the roughly 800 volunteers who dote on horses and riders, making sure dreams come true for these spirited competitors who ride this historical trail in our backyard.  Thank you ALL!

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