Older Horse Elmer Bandit Completes Iowa Competitive Ride

Perfect fall weather found 38-year-old Elmer Bandit completing both days of the Stephens Forest Competitive Trail event near Lucas, Iowa, this past weekend. The event added 40 miles to the gray, half-Arabian’s record mileage, which now stands at 20,780 miles.

Although not competing as much this year, owner and rider Mary Ann

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Perfect fall weather found 38-year-old Elmer Bandit completing both days of the Stephens Forest Competitive Trail event near Lucas, Iowa, this past weekend. The event added 40 miles to the gray, half-Arabian’s record mileage, which now stands at 20,780 miles.

Although not competing as much this year, owner and rider Mary Anna Wood of Independence, Mo., feels Elmer’s frequent dressage lessons keep him in shape.

Almost all of Elmer’s Competitive Trail career has consisted of the faster, longer, more difficult Open Division. In Iowa, Elmer competed in the Distance Only option and the Competitive Trail class.

“He led most of both days,” Wood said. “He started Saturday wanting to be an ‘Open’ horse and we did some shoulder in exercises

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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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