Whose Record is Elmer Bandit Trying to Break? More on Wing Tempo

As 37-year-old Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit trots toward a competitive trail lifetime record of 20,710 miles, set by Saddlebred Wing Tempo, one has to wonder: Who is Wing Tempo?

Now 32, Wing Tempo lives a full and rewarding life teaching long-time owner Shirley Sobol's 6-year-old granddaughter, Sabrina Ortiz, to ride.

Wing Tempo

Wing Tempo on his birthday last May.

From her Black Mountain, N.C., home, Sobol said, "Wing Tempo's patience and gentleness with Sabrina astounds me. He teaches Sabrina how to enjoy and respect nature and learn to be one with the horse, a team player."

Wing Tempo displayed exceptional soundness and skill during his long, successful competitive trail career. He won 22 consecutive national championships. The North American Trail Ride Conference awarded him the President's Cup, their highest honor, seven times.

Sobol said she chose competitive trail competition for her horse because, "It's 50% soundness and 50% in the heart of the horse and his ability to team-up with a rider."

"Wing Tempo set many records," Sobol noted. "Having them broken flatters me and lets me know that someone else has the tenacity and drive to accomplish things unheard of."

Two great horses, so many miles.

Read more about Elmer Bandit.

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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