We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine October 2018 - Page 43

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2018 Northeast Region Triple Crown completers (L to R): Evelyn Flores Baig of New Jersey, Lisa Delp of Maryland and Kathy Broaddus of Virginia.

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What tips do you have for successfully competing the same horse in three tough 100s just five weeks apart?

Lisa: Don’t overtrain. Between the 100s, Louie was only ridden a few times on short, easy rides.

Evelyn: I kept an eye on any changes in Rella’s gait, legs and body — and treated her if needed. A week prior to each ride, I went out for a leisure ride of eight miles or so just to stretch, nothing superfast. The horse needs rest, rest and rest!

Kathy: Do not overtrain. Schedule your

shoeing appropriately.

What advice do you have for others who may attempt the Northeast Triple Crown Challenge?

Lisa: Once your horse is ready for the 100s give them lots of rest. The rides take a lot out of them mentally and physically even if you don’t see it. Start with a horse that is happy and healthy.

Evelyn: Take it one ride at a time, check on your partner before committing to the next. Super-important is to treat all three combined as one big ride so don’t rush each one and have a goal to finish sound. You have no idea how each is difficult in its own way and if you breeze through the ride to win every time you might risk your partner by overworking them and not saving anything to get you through all three rides.

Kathy: Get top-notch crew. I had Dawn Hilliard for the OD, Dana Reeder for Vermont and Patti Stedman for Maine.

What advice do you have for others who may attempt the Northeast Triple Crown Challenge?

Lisa: Once your horse is ready for the 100s give them lots of rest. The rides take a lot out of them mentally and physically even if you don’t see it. Start with a horse that is happy and healthy.

Evelyn: Take it one ride at a time, check on your partner before committing to the next. Super-important is to treat all three combined as one big ride so don’t rush each one and have a goal to finish sound. You have no idea how each is difficult in its own way and if you breeze through the ride to win every time you might risk your partner by overworking them and not saving anything to get you through all three rides.

Kathy: Get top-notch crew. I had Dawn Hilliard for the OD, Dana Reeder for Vermont and Patti Stedman for Maine.