Richardson and SMR Filouette Win 2015 Tevis Cup

Potato Richardson, 72, won his third Tevis Cup aboard his homebred 14-year-old Arabian mare SMR Filouette.

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Richardson and SMR Filouette Win 2015 Tevis Cup
Richardson and Filouette crossed the finish line at 10:05 p.m. PDT. | Photo Credit: Ron Osborn
A tough 60th anniversary Tevis Cup field packed with former winning riders and horses proved no match for Potato Richardson, 72, of Greenwood, California, and his 14-year-old chestnut Arabian mare SMR Filouette.

Running up front nearly all the way on the 100-mile Western States Trail in California, Richardson and Filouette finished 30 minutes before the second place team—Sizedoesntmatter, a 9-year-old gray Arabian gelding, ridden by Gwen Hall.

The win garnered Richardson his 22nd Tevis belt buckle, which is awarded to any horseman who can complete the event in less than 24 hours with a sound, healthy horse.

Richardson crossed the finish line at 10:05 p.m. PDT to secure his third win, all of which were accomplished on homebred and -trained Arabians. Richardson rode Filouette’s grandmother, Fille de Caiman, to his 1998 win and Fayette de Cameo to victory in 2002

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

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