Volunteers and Veterinarians Will Care for Pulled Horses at Tevis Cup

Only about 50% of horses complete the 100-mile endurance race; the rest must be brought safely back to civilization.
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Volunteers and Veterinarians Care for Pulled Horses at Tevis Cup
Volunteer transport drivers await their rolling orders to carry Tevis horses back to their barns. | Photo: Ron Osborn

When the 64th running of the 100-mile Tevis Cup commences at 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 17, head veterinarian Mike Peralez, DVM, and his team of 13 vets will carefully monitor all horses for signs of lameness, metabolic, or hydration issues at 10 checkpoints along the trail.

Statistically, only about 50% of the horses finish the challenge. Who cares for the roughly 75 to 100 horses that are eliminated along the way, often in remote locations? Horse transport coordinator Brad Weston and his 24 volunteer drivers traverse rough roads and bring the “pulled” horses safely back to civilization.

“Out part is relatively thankless,” Weston said, who carries with him a spreadsheet filled with driver names, checkpoint locations, and mileage estimates to trail access points. Volunteer drivers use their own equipment and stock up with water, hay, carrots, and extra halters, as well as snacks and drinks for tired and often extremely disappointed riders

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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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