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Riders Take To National Forest For Fifth Annual Endurance Race

Fifth annual Mount Adams Endurance Rance takes place June 2

The fifth annual Mount Adams Endurance Ride expects to once again draw a large number of horse and rider teams to compete at distances of 12, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles.

The ride, sponsored by Kerrits of Hood River, will begin at the Buck Creek Trail Head north of Trout Lake (follow the signs) on June 2.

Last year's race was a huge success with 158 riders in attendance, arriving from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada.

The race will once again operate under Federation Equestrian International rules, to qualify riders to compete at the international level.

Officiating veterinarians will work with head vet and White Salmon resident Dr. Michael Foss, D.V.M., of Hood River Alpine Veterinary Services. Foss is becoming very well-known on the international endurance circuit. He recently vetted an international competition in Australia.

The course will combine hilly terrain, excellent trails and old Forest Service roads, operating with two vet checks to insure that fit-to-continue criteria is met.

Competitors, horses, trailers and pit crews generally arrive Friday afternoon to establish camp and pass through the mandatory pre-ride vet check.

The pre-ride meeting Friday evening will define details of the race, including water sites, race "loops" and trail markings.

This is a wonderful chance to view endurance competition close to home, said spokesman Leslie Wallace. "We encourage would-be competitors to visit camp and see a race progress."

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