Gardnerville woman fifth at endurance ride |

Gardnerville woman fifth at endurance ride

Staff Reports
Riley McHenry and Breezy the Horse.
Special to The R-C

Gardnerville resident Suzanne Huff came in fifth on her mare Sessa in the 100 Mile Western States Endurance Horseback Ride between Truckee and Auburn, Calif., on Aug. 17-18.

Huff bred, raised, trained and competes Sessa.

According to the web site, she completed the ride by 9:54 p.m. after 16 hours on the trail.

The second place rider was on Minden horse RTR Rimfires Etta, owned by chiropractor Dublin Hart. Florida rider and trainer Jeremy Reynolds rode 11-year-old Etta.

Reynolds also rode Etta to place at the world championships, representing Brazil.

A 14-year-old Minden resident Riley McHenry was one of 99 finishers of the 64-year-old competition, also known as the Tevis Cup.

She rode Connie Creech’s horse Breezy. McHenry has been riding Breezy for two years and they have competed more than 1,000 miles of competitive riding together.

McHenry was one of the few riders who received a legacy belt buckle and the Scripps Foundation Trophy for all riders under 18 who complete the ride.

The competition travels a rugged mountain trail that passes through remote rugged wilderness and the ride includes more than 15,000 feet of climbing and 22,000 feet of descending. Riders face many challenges including the forging the American River in the dead of night.

Tevis began in 1955 as bet between Wendell Robie and four of his friends. It is the most prestigious, oldest, and toughest endurance ride in the world. Riders from 22 different states and 11 different countries competed this year.