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[RC] WS Run and Tevis buckles price and history - Dawn Simas

I heard that the Tevis buckles currently cost the WSTF around $800 each to buy for the awards, due to the price of silver right now.  This is why you have to "buy" the buckle.  Many finishers have one and don't necessarily want a collection of buckles, so it saves them and WSTF $$ to not recieve one.   But, the silver alone in that Run buckle has to be worth more than the current bid.  BTW:  The *old* buckles like the one on Ebay are much higher % of silver.  
 
It's sad to think that if the owner died (hence in an estate sale), their family didn't appreciate the accomplishment and care enough to want to keep it.  :(
 
For those interested, the run is this Saturday.  It's always one month prior to the Tevis, unfortunately for the runners, they have no moon this weekend at all.  I'm embarassed to admit that I remember when was started back in 1974 when Gordy Ainsleigh's horse was lame and he decided to run the ride on foot.  The next few years, several runners ran it with Gordy and were getting in the way of the riders, so they started a Run separately a month earlier.  It's a premiere event now, with about 450 runners competing this weekend.
 
 
And to Nancy who asked:  Yes, the WSTF has the perpetual trophies (Tevis, Scripps, and Hagin cups) and they are usually on display in the City Hall at Auburn.
 
Dawn