The Fury Awarded Haggin Cup at 2010 Tevis

At the conclusion of the 2010 Tevis Cup awards banquet, The Fury, an 8-year-old Arabian gelding ridden by Garrett Ford, Durango, Colo., was named the James Ben Ali Haggin Cup winner.

Haggin Cup 2010

Dr. Melissa Ribley (far right) presents the Haggin Cup to Garrett Ford's Arabian Gelding, The Fury.

The cup is awarded to the horse deemed to be in the best condition following a successful completion of the 100-mile ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif.

To be considered for this award, a horse must be one of the first 10 horses to finish the event. The Tevis veterinarian team, led by Greg Fellers, DVM, examined each horse and made recommendation to the Cup Committee.

Soundness, metabolics, and manner of travel (liveliness, impulsion, alertness)were some of the criteria veterinarians used in the award's selection.

Ford's goal this year was a top 10 finish; he and The Fury finished eighth of the 96 finishing horses. They crossed the finish line near the Auburn Fairgrounds at 12:56 a.m.

Ford competed in his first Tevis Ride at the age of 13. "The ride has stayed in my blood," Ford said in his acceptance remarks.

The 2009 Haggin Cup winner, Melissa Ribley, DVM, presented the award. During this year's race, Ribley collided with a tree branch on the trail and required 30 facial stitches. Undeterred, she continued the ride, but her horse was "pulled," or eliminated by the veterinary team at 10:11 p.m., 85 miles into the event.

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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