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[RC] Mentoring 100s - Stagg_Newman

Kathie,

You asked:

"Also had a question regarding the conditioning for a 100 miler. Do you re=
ally have to do a lot of other rides, ie. 50', multi-days etc. Or, if you=
if you have access to miles and miles or terrain and trails where you ar=
e can you just do that type of riding prior to 100's?  In other words, ju=
st the miles regardless of how you acquire them; or is it really necessar=
y to do lots and lots of "rides" to get those conditioning miles?"

No, it is not necessary to do lots of or any other competitions provided
you are willing to put the milages in over the years to build the base.
John Crandall, one of the finest horsemen I know, will start horses in
100s.  John has won 4 Old Dominion 100s!!!  John carefully conditions
his horses and knows when they are ready to do what.

My horse Drubin only completed 3 50s before doing his 1st 100.  He then
went on to complete 21 of his first 22 starts in 100s and has done 33 thus
far.  Similarly my horse Jayel Super had done more 100s than 50s.  I
personally
would rather move a horse up to a slow 100 than do fast 50s.

Stagg

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