Local riders show endurance at Ft. Meade Remount Ride
Norma Jacobs, Jill Trautman and Hannah Pruss are not well-known endurance riders, but they competed and won against some highly respected riders and horses at the first Ft. Meade Remount Endurance Ride, July 28-29, near Sturgis, SD.
Jacobs, of Custer, SD, and her Mustang/Appaloosa-cross stallion finished first in Saturday’s 50-mile competition in eight hours of ride time, besting the second place finishers by almost an hour.
Trautman, of Black Hawk, SD, and her Mustang won the 25-mile competition on Saturday. Pruss, of Piedmont, SD, and her Arabian followed that performance by winning Sunday’s 25-mile competition. Both of their horses also won Best Condition honors. Points for best condition are given for ride time, weight carried and veterinary score at the end of the race.
Fifty-three horse/rider teams from Saskatchewan, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota competed during the two-day event. Riders were extremely positive about the beauty and history of the area as well as the competent veterinarian crew and friendly volunteers. They also enjoyed a historic cavalry presentation by Stan Hope.
The ride required cooperation between the BLM, NFS, Bear Butte State Park and local land owners. The assistance with coordination from the Sturgis Chamber and the South Dakota National Guard helped the event progress smoothly.
Local riders performed very well on the course, with Joshua Diede from Hulett, WY and Renee Radermacher-Bechen from Whitewood, SD finishing in the top 10 on the 25-miler Saturday. Betty Zehfus from Spearfish, SD, Cheryl and Diana Roth from Sturgis, Lynn Loverich and Laurie Van Heukeleen from Keystone, SD, also finished the 25 on Saturday. Norma Jacobs finished in the top 10 on a different horse on the 25-miler on Sunday. Deb Karl from Rapid City, SD and Laura Reinhold from Sundance, WY completed the 50-miler on Saturday.
The event is scheduled for July 26-27 next year and promises to be an even bigger event.
Several horse enthusiasts who drove out to Alkali Creek Horse Camp to watch the activities remarked on the beauty and good condition of the horses. One of them, 80-plus year old Walt Price remarked, “I think I have one I could do a 25 on next year!”