Elmer Bandit Completes Another Ride; Within 50 Miles of Record

"Heat, humidity, and extra speed, coupled with steep hills, made Indian Cave a tough ride," commented competitor Lucy Hirsch, DVM, after finishing the Oct. 11-12 competitive trail ride. Hirsch rode alongside 37-year-old Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit, who's approaching the record for lifetime competitive miles.

At the pulse and respiration checks, Elmer's owner and rider Mary Anna Wood reported she had to "fan Elmer really hard to help him cool off."

Vet examines Elmer

Mary Anna Wood holds 37-year-old Elmer Bandit as he's examined by Pat Regier, DVM, at the Indian Cave ride.

But when asked about Elmer's attitude, Wood reported, "There were places on the trail Elmer wanted to run, but I wouldn't let him."

The Nebraska completion brings Elmer's lifetime mileage, unofficially, to 20,660. He's now only 50 miles from Saddlebred Wing Tempo's record of 20,710.

Wood and Elmer are scheduled to compete October 25-26 at Kanopolis State Park, north of Lindsborg, Kan., at the Region 6 Benefit Ride.

Read more about Elmer Bandit.  

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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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