Elmer Bandit Sidetracked by Justice System

A call to jury duty prevented Mary Anna Wood from competing her 38-year-old half-Arabian gelding, Elmer Bandit in the Rustlers and Renegades Competitive Trail ride in Cherryvale, Kan., this past weekend. Elmer broke the record for lifetime competitive trail mileage last October, at the age of 37.

In addition to the jury duty, Wood voiced some concern over her recent work schedule, which left her with limited time to condition Elmer for the ride.

She's considering competing on a younger horse.

"Elmer is a geriatric horse. Rides are beginning to interfere with his geriatric lifestyle," she said, citing his long and frequent naps.

With jury duty completed and the possibility of a shorter work schedule, Wood ponders competitive opportunities, but for now she observes, "Elmer is enjoying his pasture life and friends."

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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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