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[RC] Tevis, True Sportsmanship and Horsemanship - paul

I appreciated being able to see and hear about the Tevis race winners, but 
wanted to share this you folks. While riding at Tevis this week, I was 
priviledged to see as great an act of sportsmanship and horsemanship I have 
ever witnessed.  

Stagg Newman had brought his great horse "Super" out west to compete at Tevis. 
Since Super and he had ridden to  a first place tie only 7 weeks before at the 
the Old Dominion, I am reasonablty sure that he came out there to win the ride. 
It would be a noteworthy exclamation point on a great horses career. 

During the ride,at the 56 mile mark, Stagg and Super vetted through at 
Deadwood. They were with the leaders. Poised to strike and make a permanant 
notation in the history books. With all that in his grasp, Stagg knew his horse 
wasn't right. He had some metabolic issues. The vets ok'd him, through, but 
Stagg knew his horse better than them and pulled, RO-M. Faced with the 
temptation for choosing glory or his horses well being, Stagg chose not to risk 
his horse. It does him and our sport credit.

Then in a further display of good sportsmanship, Stagg patiently waited at the 
vet check for his trailer ride out. While waiting he took the time to encourage 
and congratulate other riders as the got into the vet check. When he got back 
to Auburn he took care of his horse, and then instead of sulking in his 
trailer, getting drunk, and kicking a dog as lesser people might do, Stagg 
stayed out at the finish line until the wee hours of the morning. He was 
cheerfully welcoming and cheering riders home. 

This is what the sport is about folks. He earned my respect more that day than 
if he had won a dozen Haggin Cups

Paul Sidio
There was probably a rock out there on the Tevis Trail with my name on it but 
it was mis-spelled  "SIDEO", so I missed it:)  Yippeee!!!

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