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Re: [RC] Question for Mike - Joe Long

On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:14:49 GMT, "rides2far@xxxxxxxx"
<rides2far@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Last night my daughter got started looking up records on some of the 
great horses from the SE...like Amir Nezraff, Whoa Jack, Desert 
Ballad, Charbiel, Khalil Khai, etc. Really cool when we saw the first 
time Amir didn't win and looked to see who the heck did it...Vali 
Hifezeyna...would have loved to see that one.

Yep, the first Race of Champions, on the Big Horn 100 trail.  High
altitude was Amir's "Achilles Heel."  Most horses don't have a problem
with altitude, but Amir's recoveries would tank.  I don't believe he
won any of his rides that were held above 6,000 feet -- and lost
almost none below that.

Little anecdotes:  the only time Kahlil ever beat Amir was the time
Jon Warren rode him, and I'm pretty sure Jon let me win.  He was only
riding to qualilfy for the Husband/Wife award.

When I was managing rides, after the first couple I adopted a policy
that if I rode my own ride (with Robbie as Day Manager), I would not
finish in First Place.  I would hold back if necessary.  Sometimes I
stood for Best Condition, and sometimes I didn't, I couldn't seem to
make up my mind about that.  Well, on one ride, Nina Warren and I are
out in front about three or four miles from the finish, and she asks
me if I'm going to stand for B.C.  I tell her "Yes, I think I will."
She said "Thanks, I just needed to know how much to beat you by" and
took off.  Had I said "No" she'd have just ridden in with me, knowing
I wouldn't race at the finish.  Oh, Amir won B.C.

Joe Long


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[RC] Question for Mike, rides2far@xxxxxxxx