[Feature Photo: Lisa Jamison]
Thought we’d highlight the top 10 riders of 2021. They have all posted some very impressive mileage for one year. A couple riders spread their miles & rides out among several equines, a couple partnered up with one equine, and everyone else was somewhere in the middle. Nonetheless, they saddled up a lot and took the very best of care of their high mileage partners throughout the year.
Challenge Mileage total are audited according to Top Trail Challenge rules:
|Rank||Rider||Challenge Miles||# of Rides||Equines|
|1||Lisa Jamison||2780.48||459||Chica, Dragon, Jo, Jasper, Mazey, |
|2||Robin Martensen||2455.87||229||CC’s Blaze N Boots “Lena”, |
CC’s Touch of Smoke “Jo”
|3||Mary Smith||2054.84||187||Missouri Mojo|
|4||Robin Morris||2045.14||140||Beau (Mule)|
|5||Kaitlyn Baker||1681.17||260||Valentia, Emmi Lou, Tesora, Valorie, |
Santiago, Tess, Luminosa, Zalina,
Novena, Mula, Isabella
|6||Melissa Dewitt||1624.6||146||Mustard, Casey|
|7||Tina Buirch||1621.44||131||Tank, Simey, Senor Atlas, Jiminy|
|8||Judi Sartell||1551.85||299||Junebug, Goldencash, Blackjack|
|9||Heidi Smith||1530.24||292||Wilgo, Itaalic, GHA Khemos Star, Secret Liaison|
|10||Alexandria Hopkins||1506.12||347||Gunnin For Charlie, Scoring A Touchdown, |
Tucker, Infinite Jazz, Hatcher, Rosie, Charlie,
Izzy, Intimidator’s Grand Finale, Siggi,
Don’t Touch My Aspen, Stormy Scott,
Score’s Blue Diamond, Gunner, Buddy, Bravo,
Ashur, Bo, Cha Cha, Diesel, Libby, Reba, Bo,
Pearl, Dolly, Dixie, Pilgrim, Otis, Dodge,
Pusher’s Candy Cane, Jazz Man, Charlie Brown,
Nick, Rex, Chief, Elvis, GK
It’s interesting to note that everyone in the top 10 is female. They were born with that special “H” gene for sure!
They are a mix of trainers, endurance riders, pleasure riders and they work work full time, part time or are retired. So it really doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, if riding is your passion, you will make it a priority.
Likewise, if you’re passionate about taking great care of your equine partner, that will make your rides even more gratifying, knowing that you’re both enjoying the ride.
Congratulations ladies! You inspire us all to “get out & ride” more in 2022!