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Endure for the Cure


Saturday, Jul 13

Last First Horse Place13 Miles13 Pts13
Troyer Tony Heart of Valperaiso  (1/2 Arab) 1 25 11
Mowrer Aaron Arazi (Half Arab) 1 12 5.28
Casserly Tim Auran Bachlava (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Casserly Tim Auran Harley Dvdsn (Arab) 1 12 5.28

Sunday, Jul 14


Last First Horse Place14 Miles14 Pts14
Casserly Tim Auran Bachlava (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Casserly Tim Auran Harley Dvdsn (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Troyer Tony Heart of Valperaiso  (1/2 Arab) 1 12 5.28

by Alice Hubert

This past weekend was Endure For The Cure endurance ride and drive.  This event, a fundraiser for Susan B Komen, was held at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park near Chandlerville, IL, which is close to Springfield.   The weather was unusual for central Illinois in July, with reasonable temps and humidity.  The camp facilities were nice, with a big shelter for meals and the award ceremonies.  Campsites were large, and many had trees for shade.  There were also showers.

The driving trails were a mix of open meadows, snowmobile trails through the woods, field roads, and some very technical corners and hills.  Many of the longer steep hills had landscape timbers and other erosion control devices which created some pretty jarring bumps.  I would definitely recommend brakes, large wheels, and good suspension on your cart/carriage.   One challenge several drivers mentioned was that you would go from bright sunny meadows to dark woods, and before your eyes had time to adjust, there were corners or steep hills.

There were numerous water crossings, ranging from a narrow trickle, to a 20-foot wide creek a couple of feet deep. Some corners were very sharp, less than 70 degrees.   Many of these corners were banked with the inside part of the corner being much higher than the outside.  There were also gullies in a lot of the trails as a result of all the recent rain, and these could easily catch a wheel.  All of the single drivers got knocked out of their carts at least once.  The team was able to straddle these gullies, which made the ride a bit more stable.  Ray was going around one of those high banked corners, and the outside wheel dropped into a gully, the cart rolled on its side and knocked Penguin down, ending Ray’s drive early.  Penguin got scraped on his back legs, and the cart shafts were bent, but all is fixable.

The overall conclusion of the drivers was that the trails were “technical” but do-able, especially if you had some good luck on your side.

by Alice Hubert

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