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Fwd: [RC] back to back 100s - STELLERIDE

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In the book, THE GREATEST ENDURANCE HORSE RACE it is reported that 25 horses started off from Evanston, WY across the red desert, over the Continental Divide, down into Cheyenne then south to Denver in 1906.  There were Vet checks every 50 miles.  The field was evenly divided between Broncos and Pedigee horses.  The book states that the horses averaged 95 miles a day for 6 and 1/2 days. There was even betting as to which class of horse would win.  In the end two Broncos tied for first, Big Teddy who weighed 1050 pounds and carried the smallest rider and Little Sam, 733 pounds, who packed the largest rider. Little Sam was also awarded BC.  No pedigree horse crossed the finish line. 300 years of running from predators gave the Broncos great durability in all areas and determined heart. Research further shows that they originally came from distant Arabian stock. It is recorded that during an Indian fight in Wyoming a calveryman ran a young stallion over 200 miles for military help. Bob Steller  

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