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Coronadan Shines In Her First Ever American Endurance Ride Conference

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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 4:35 pm

Coronadan Camelia Tzadok, 11, entered her very first 25 mile endurance ride and won the most coveted and sought after award, “Best Condition” in the American Endurance Ride Conference.

This is an adult dominated sport which is taxing on the horse and the rider, requiring good horsemanship throughout the ride. Camelia was one of the youngest participants and one of the few children to ride. The ride took place in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in Descanso, Ca, and includes difficult rocky terrain and stream crossings.

To win the highly desired “Best Condition” award, the horse must be given the highest marks in 12 categories by veterinarians at each vet check. Because of this, the rider’s focus is on the health of the horse, not being the first to finish. Riders must finish the ride in six hours to be considered having completed the ride. Riders are required to get their horses checked by veterinarians three times during the competition. The vet check is detailed and is used to ensure that the horse is fit to continue the ride.

The ride began Saturday morning, July 16. It was a very hot day, making the ride more arduous for horse and rider. This ride proved unusually difficult because Camelia was delayed and stopped during the ride because a rider in front of her was thrown from his horse and was impaled by a tree branch. He was helicoptered out of the State Park and the horse was found and brought to safety. Camelia was stopped in the direct sun during the hottest part of the day on a narrow path. She continued the ride after his horse was found and rescue crews were on the way.

Camelia rode Lacie at the endurance ride with a group of four other riders from the ranch where she trains. When her name was announced at dinner that evening that she had won Best Condition, Camilia said, “ I felt so proud of me and Lacie. I felt that all of our hard work finally paid off.”

Camelia has been riding horses for three years. She has been riding Lacie for almost two years. Camelia trained and conditioned Lacie and herself for months before the endurance ride.

Next up, Camilia hopes to do the next 25 mile endurance ride on a horse called Tragito. She hopes to ride Tragito more often.

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