ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] Suzy Kelley's horse

[endurance] Suzy Kelley's horse

Wed, 20 Sep 1995 01:35:02 -0400

We participated in the Manzanita Ride last Saturday. Suzy Kelley's horse
died approximately 3 1/2 miles from the start. I don't even think the sun
had come up yet. This was the not the horse she currently rides most of the
time, but a 17 yr. old she used to campaign.

I did not see what happened. I was told by someone who did that Suzy and her
horse passed some other riders and then went down in a cloud of dust. One
person told me the horse had a heart attack while another said it tied up.

It was very depressing to see Suzy crying while she walked back and then see
her dead horse stretched accross the trail. Although she is one of the top
riders in the region, her friendliness and courtesy on the trail have made
the greatest impression on me on the few rides I've attended. I feel very
sorry for her.

Other than this one terrible incident, the ride was another wonderful Terri
Woolley Howe production. Her attention to every detail and horse and rider
comfort really makes for a fun experience. The semi-desert scenery in the
McCain Valley was beautiful. The heat, sand and occasionally steep terrain
was tough on a lot of the horses. Shelley Sexton Lohman won the 50 mile