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Re: [RC] USA Gold Trail Blazer Chef D'Equipe Report part 2 - Tom Sites

Also by  this point Miss Lexa had developed some stomach irregularities and slowed down.  Tom Sites decided to slow his pace as well.  Mike and Jeannie continued at their present pace and rode with Val Long and Jane McGuiness of Great Britian.
Coming into this 88Km stop, France, Great Britian, Spain, and USA had 4 Team Riders in competition.  Leaving the stop, France and Belguim had 3, Spain had 1, Great Britian and USA had 4.
At 127 Km. the horses were spread over a greater time distance.  The lead rider was 90 minutes ahead.  The lead team riders were only 17 minutes ahead of Mike and Jeannie but were up to 3 hours apart.  Arriving at this stop the team positions were unchanged, but several horses did not leave.  The Team for Great Britian left w/ a 74 minute lead,  Belguim was 90 minutes behind USA.  Already the "Motto" was begininning to show itself, France Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Germany were down to 2 team competitors.
At this stop USA lost Miss Lexa.  She had barely passed her pulse parameter of 64, at the 30 minute point of a 60 minute hold.  The Veterinarians were however using the '
"Rigdeway Trot" for data gathering purposes and Miss Lexa elevated to 68 and Viki decided to pull and avoid any possible damage to Lexa in the upcoming mountains and unaccessible trail.
Arriving at 144Km., the team standings were unchanged.  This was a Gate/10 minute hold.  USA came through clean although spread over 83 minutes.  Great Britian lost a second team member, leaving only USA and Belguim with 3 team members.  Could we keep all 3 til Sunday morning?