I was in touch with Bobbie Lieberman who is competing in Endurance with her Tennessee Walking Horse mare Sport's Infatuated Gypsy. Gypsy gaited her way over 585 miles to win the award for the top Tennessee Walking Horse in
AERC owned and ridden by Bobby Lieberman. Bobby informed me about the yearly Tevis Cup that takes place this weekend. What is the origin of the Tevis Cup?
The Tevis Cup was named for Lloyd Tevis (1824 - 1899) by his grandson Will Tevis, a prominent San Francisco businessman and early benefactor of the Ride. The trophy is awarded to the first rider to complete the 100 mile Ride whose mount is "fit to continue." It was first awarded in 1959 to Nick Mansfield, riding Buffalo Bill, an eleven year old Thoroughbred Cross gelding.
For the most part, the route is as it was in 1955. The Trail still goes from the Lake Tahoe Area to Auburn, but the years of population growth in the Sierras have taken their toll: Certain route modifications had to be made. It is said that the Ride has 19,000 feet of "up" and 22,000 feet of "down". Is this true?
Pretty close. When the ride used to start a Squaw Valley the numbers were 17,040 feet of climbs (about 5,194 meters) and 21,970 feet of descents (about 6,696 meters.) Now that the starting line has moved to Robie Park, the overall elevation numbers are probably about the same, but new exact numbers have not been computed.
Bobbie Liebermann is not participating herself this year but will crew for a friend. However there are several gaited horses competing this weekend. If you follow the webcast
, keep an eye also on Odom's Raven, a Kentucky Mountain Gaited Horse, who is back after completing strongly last year. This horse also does 100 milers barefoot! Raven and Sue Walz are an amazing team with t. Also, watch for Bruce Weary and his Missouri Foxtrotter Sugar. Last but not least the Dean and Natalie Moon are competing with Rocky Mountain Horses.
More info can be found: http://www.foothill.net/tevis/index.html
It would have been a great opportunity for writing down hours/miles in the "NWH Trail Riders Award"
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