Toth and Take A Break Win Tevis Cup in Soaring Temperatures

Toth and Take A Break Win Tevis Cup in Soaring Temperatures

Rusty Toth and Take A Break (center) crossed the finish line at 10:12 p.m. to win the 2013 Tevis Cup.

Photo: Ron Osborn

Rusty Toth and Take A Break, an 8-year-old chestnut Arabian gelding, crossed the finish line first late on July 20 to win the 58th running of the Tevis Cup. Toth and "Quake" bested a field of 160 starters in the 100 mile endurance event, however soaring temperatures kept the 2013 ride's completion rate to less than 50%.

Toth, of Durango, Colo., did not take the lead until around Mile 95, but crossed the Auburn, Calif., finish line at 10:12 p.m. on Saturday to secure the victory. Toth and his crew sponged Quake with cool water and fed him carrots as the gelding’s heart rate dropped to the required 68 beats per minute, and Toth’s win was certified when Quake trotted sound for the official veterinarian.

Less than five hours after the event ended, veterinarians evaluated the top ten equine finishers to select the winner of the Haggin Cup, which recognizes the horse found to be “in the most superior physical condition.” Veterinarians presented this year's award to LZP Julioslastchance, a 12-year-old gray Arabian gelding ridden by Suzanne Hedgecock of Park City, Utah; the pair completed the ride at 12:11 a.m. on July 21.

High temperatures, which soared to over 100°F during the event, were considered a factor in the 47% completion rate; Only 75 horses completed within the allowed 24 hours and vetted out completely sound. Throughout the ride, 27 horses were withdrawn due to metabolic problems and 28 were withdrawn due to lameness issues.

Additionally, one horse suffered a serious fall during the ride, resulting in a neck injury. Despite on-site veterinary care, the horse's injuries were deemed catastrophic and the animal was euthanized.

About the Author

Marsha Hayes

Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

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