After hours of observing the top ten finishing horses over the course of the 100-mile Tevis Cup ride, which took place Aug. 1, the cup committee named Auli Farwa (or "Far"), a 15-year-old Arabian gelding, and rider Jenni Smith of Moraga, California, the 2015 Haggin Cup winners.
The Haggin Cup, created in 1964, honors the horse in the most superior condition and recognizes the rider’s sportsmanship and horsemanship.
Smith and Far finished fifth, only 54 minutes behind Tevis Cup winners Potato Richardson and SMR Filouette. This was Smith’s tenth Tevis completion.
Overall, 45% of starters in the 2015 ride completed the course. Ninety horses finished within 24 hours, while 110 were “pulled” or eliminated from the event.
Far’s owner, Kevin Myers, said at the awards banquet later that day that the gelding’s endurance record includes 62 lifetime starts, all of which he’s completed. This was Far’s sixth Tevis completion.
Cup committee member Linda Tellington-Jones, who completed Tevis six times between 1961 and 1972, praised the care the horses received throughout the event: “I am so thrilled to be back at Tevis and see how it has evolved since the years I rode. The crewing is better, the horses are great, and the riders and veterinarians are doing such a wonderful job of taking care of the horses.”