Friday, August 31, 2007

Horse Race Has A Lot Of Heart

SANTA FE, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hard-core cowboys are slipping on their stirrups for the Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race.

The 10-day ride begins on Labor Day (Sept. 3), and takes cowboys on a grueling path of more than 500 miles, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Gardner, Kansas.

Ride coordinator Rob Phillips explains, “It’s the same way the Native Americans and the American cowboys did it.”

But it’s some modern technology that’s giving these riders the advantage over the real Wild West wranglers.

Phillips says the competing cowfolk have been studying the 515 miles of terrain, and preparing the horses for the rough ride – and some are even using heart monitors to make sure the horses don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

Though riders can trot away with a trophy and bragging rights, there’s no cash prize for these Lone Rangers – just a chance to ride into the sunset.

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