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APRIL, 2017

Luck of the Irish Holds for Michelle Petty and her Horses

Repeat Last Year's 1st Place Finishes in 25-mile Races at
Bandera Hill Country State Natural Area

Sporting a green sequined vest, and green helmet, Petty piloted her gelding George to a stunning victory out of 51 starters in 2 hours and 27 minutes finishing ten minutes ahead of Jessica Lemmons in 2nd place on Golly Zands, an off the track purebred Arabian. Petty and George finished first in 2016, but no one expected George to do well in 2017 including Petty. George had suffered a hard extended colic just 17 days earlier and had lost over 100 lbs. Petty had reservations about even starting him despite approval from his team of vets at Retama Equine Hospital and Kendall County Equine, in addition to the pre-race endurance inspection veterinarians at the Heart of the Hills ride. Petty said she wore the green in honor of St. Patrick's day to summon good luck. George was examined post race and was awarded Best Condition out of the top ten finishers.

George is feeling extra spicy immediately prior to the start of the 25 mile Heart of the Hills endurance ride. George is ridden by San Antonio Attorney Michele Petty. Photo by Bobby Jo Lieberman.
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George is feeling extra spicy immediately prior to the start of the 25 mile Heart of the Hills endurance ride. George is ridden by San Antonio Attorney Michele Petty. Photo by Bobby Jo Lieberman.
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Best condition is determined by a combination of factors including weight, speed, and vet examination of heart rate, muscle tone, soreness of back and withers, mucous membranes capillary response, skin tenting, jugular refill, soundness, gait, gut sounds, swelling of legs, tack galls and wounds as well as attitude. One vet summed the award criteria as "the horse you would pick to jump on and ride off to escape a Native American raid." Petty weighed in with tack at 219 lbs.

Jessica Lemmons was thrilled with Golly Zands' performance as it was the mare's first 25 mile race ever. Golly Zands is for sale. Petty remarked, "I was really impressed. That mare was surefooted over the rocks, didn't spook--she was smooth and super fast. Someone is going to get a bargain."

Manda Morris, won the 50 mile race on Misfit Toi, lovingly known as Troy in 6 hours and 56 minutes. This was Manda's first 50 mile race after giving birth to a beautiful daughter just three months ago. Manda is from the Austin area and gives workshops on the proper biomechanics and seat position for maximizing your horse's performance.

Manda Morris on Misfit Toi, AKA Troy. Manda and Troy won the 50-mile race and Best Condition. Photo: Remuda Photography by John Nowell.
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Manda Morris on Misfit Toi, AKA Troy. Manda and Troy won the 50-mile race and Best Condition. Photo copywrite: Remuda Photography by John Nowell.
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Racing on Sunday, Petty's Irish luck held as she again took first place in the 25 with Kadmon, the great great grandson of Cass Ole, the star of the movie the Black Stallion. Kadmon shot to the lead so fast that by the first turn, according to one competitor, "he was so far in front, we never even saw his dust." Kadmon won by 18 minutes, and received the coveted Best Condition Award, which was a beautifully embroidered folding camp chair with a tray attached donated by Divine Arabians and Doug Carberry. Ironically, Petty says that Kadmon doesn't have an ounce of speed DNA anywhere in his bloodline.

Michele Petty on Kadmon, great, great grandson of Cass Ole. Sunday's 1st place winner and Best condition of the 25-mile race. Photo: Remuda Photography by John Nowell.
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Michele Petty on Kadmon, great, great grandson of Cass Ole. Sunday's winner of 1st place and Best condition 25-mile race. Photo: Remuda Photography by John Nowell.
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The Sunday 50 had two horses come in together with Nordik Star, ridden by Sylvia Sazama edging out KMA Odezzy ridden by Hope Misner for 1st place in 7 hours and 31 minutes, but Odezzy took the Best Condition Chair Award, which had been donated by Lee Edwards Realty.

The next endurance rides in Texas will be held at the world famous Priefert Ranch in Mount Pleasant on Friday April 7, and Saturday April 8 with introductory 12 mile rides, 25 and 50 mile distances, and the Lone Star Express Pioneer ride at the LBJ National Grasslands outside of Decatur, Texas on April 20, 21, and 22 including distances of 25 50, 75 and 100 miles. For more information about how to prepare for your first endurance ride, find a nearby endurance mentor, or to register for an upcoming ride, contact www.aerc.org.