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    Wendy Merendini wendy.merendini@xxxxxxxx
    "...My greatest thrill in this sport was my first 100 when my mare did is
    this and put away the last 10 miles in 45 minutes. Rider, what rider, I
    was a passenger! Tired - not me dad."

    I remember when I was doing my first 100 with Flikka and I was coming off the 55 mile loop and Shirley Delsart on Dusty was going out on her last loop. Dusty was full of energy, head up, ears perked moving off at a strong trot. He did not look like he had gone eighty miles! I remember thinking that it must be awesome to have your horse look like that at the end of a 100 mile ride. And, two years later I was the lucky lady to experience just that feeling as Flikka canter easily and stongly over the finish line winning her first 100 mile ride on that same ride.

    As for dark - When I did the Cosequin 100 in 1999, I rode TK FireNGold. The ride started at 4:00 am and the first loop was pitch black. It was still dark at the first vet check - I did not even put my bridle down, I would not have been able to find it. The second loop was in the woods and it was still very dark, I was a bit apprehensive as the trees are so close and I am used to riding in the desert where there are no trees at all. I told Fire "Buddy, it is all on you". And it was great, I just steered him towards the glow bars and he took care of the rest! I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride.

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